(I have about three words of Spanish …. but even I get this)
10:45: President Obama departs the White House
1:20: Arrives Miami, Fla.
5:25: Departs Miami
6:20: Arrives in Tampa
6:50: Delivers remarks at a campaign event (private residence)
9:05: Departs Tampa
11:10: Arrives Joint Base Andrews
Michael Tomasky: ….. One of the things that really gets me is hearing people say things like, “I voted for Obama because I hoped he’d be able to unite the country, and he hasn’t, and I’m very disappointed by that.” ….. this is like blaming Sharon Tate for failing to make peace with Charles Manson. The Republicans operate from a mindset of wanting to crush and destroy the Democrats, and I bring this up today because the debate over the “freeloading” 47 percent is as good an exhibit as exists with which to make the case…..
….. it’s Obama’s fault that the tone in Washington hasn’t changed? It may have been idealistic and naive of him to promise it, but at least he tried, and I’ll take idealistic and naive over dishonest and cynical. It’s a sad thing to say, but the country will be united only when the liars and cynics see that their tactics no longer work.
Full post here
Charles Blow: …. So I’m inclined to take Mitt Romney at his word when he disparages nearly half the country to a roomful of wealthy donors on a secretly recorded tape.
…. There is no amount of backtracking and truth bending that can make this right. It’s just wrong. It’s not just the patently false implication that half the country is parasitic. It’s not just the bleak view that they wallow in victimization. It is also his utter dismissal of this group: “my job is not to worry about those people.”
Those people? Those miserable peasants scrounging around the castle entrance? Those lay-abouts with mouths open for a spoonful of rich folks’ bounty? Those fate-forsaken unwashed with dirty hands outstretched for help unearned? Those ingrates who bring in a pittance but reap a premium?
Only a man who has never looked up from the pit of poverty could look down his nose with such scorn.
Full article here
EJ Dionne: The most incisive reaction to Mitt Romney’s disparaging comments about 47 percent of us came from a conservative friend who e-mailed: “If I were you, I’d wonder why Romney hates America so much.”
A bit strong, perhaps. But the more you think about what Romney said, the more you wonder how he really feels about the country he wants to lead.
What kind of nation are we if nearly half of us are lazy, self-indulgent moochers who will never be persuaded to mend our ways? “I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives,” Romney said, thus writing off a huge share of our citizenry.
From his perch high atop the class structure, Romney offered an analysis of political motivations that even Marxists would regard as excessively materialistic. He speaks as if hardworking parents who seek government help to provide health care for their kids are irresponsible, that students who get government aid to attend community colleges are not trying to “care for their lives.” Has he never spoken with busboys and waitresses, hospital workers and janitors who make too little to pay income taxes but work their hearts out to “take personal responsibility”?
Good morning Chips and all TOD friends,
Late Monday evening I posted a comment (see here) that noted that we’ve reached a moment worthy of folk taking a step back, out of the trees, be they the right height or not , and recognize that we are all looking at a forest we’ve never seen in the history of US elections.
…. Well, you have all witnessed the past 48+ hours, and what you have primarily witnessed is just how powerful YOU ARE, how powerful TWITTER is, and how powerful THE TRUTH always IS.
In that 48h, #47Percent has entered the consciousness of almost all, if not every, American (and millions of folk, globally).
In that 48h, you’ve seen every corporate #NEWSTAINER attempt to defy the laws of physics to spin #BainMitt’s ‘off the cuff’ seething disregard for way more than the #47Percent, because as you reflect on all his comments during that shindig, he actually trashed most of humanity.
In that 48h, you’ve also witnessed how quickly Issa was exposed for his witch hunt against AG Holder, McConnell, McCain et al were pilloried for their continued obstruction of jobs, made even more despicable because the legislative intent was to provide jobs to Veterans, and …. actually a rather long list.
So, a simple recommendation.
During the next 48 days, if you spend any time listening to a pundit, #NEWSTAINER, opposition candidate, whatever, do so with one intent – you’re going to pummel them with the TRUTH.
Otherwise, save the energy and channel it to phone banking, registering voters, driving folk to a voting place wherever early voting is available or provide them transportation and any other assistance they need on 6 Nov, etc.
Do not allow polls or any of those paid to distract, disrupt you in any way.
The only poll that matters is the tally of VOTES.
To anyone who attempts to distract, dish the TRUTH.