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Repeat after me: “Andrew Shepherd is a fantasy”

Well, I think I’ve just reached my level of bullshit tolerance.

At the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Barack Obama sliced and diced the assembled luminaries, depicting them as trivial ratings chasers more eager to pursue a scoop so as to drive ratings and sell more advertising, than serious practitioners of the art of journalism, plying their craft as a public trust so that free citizens in a free republic can be fully informed about the issues of the day so as to render sober decisions about their own lives.

The poster child for this frivolous “journalism” is Maureen Dowd of the New York Times, who seems to have upped her Obama-dismay to 11 over the past few weeks. The President’s take down of her article saying that he was nothing like Andrew Shepherd, fictional president in “The American President”, is a beauty to behold.

Maureen Dowd said I could solve all my problems if I were just more like Michael Douglas in “The American President”. Michael, what’s your secret, man? Could it be that you’re an actor in an Aaron Sorkin liberal fantasy?

Obama’s entire WHCD speech was a master class in telling a captive audience just how useless they were to the wider country’s problems which needed urgent solutions.

Of course, this failed media experiment through which we’re living is not one to be easily cowed by being embarrassed at its signature event of the year, their “Nerd Prom”—which is an affront to real nerds everywhere. Ms. Dowd returned with a variation on the same theme, and the White House press corps was its usual indolent, insolent, useless self, asking about Benghazi conspiracy theories and whether Obama had any “juice”.

These are the people over whom the President is supposed to have “juice”:

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) told the Times Herald that some Republicans opposed his amendment to expand gun background checks because they didn’t want to “be seen helping the president.”

Said Toomey: “In the end it didn’t pass because we’re so politicized. There were some on my side who did not want to be seen helping the president do something he wanted to get done, just because the president wanted to do it.”

“In subsequent comments, he tried to walk that remark part-way back by noting he meant to say Republicans across the nation in general, not just those in the Senate.”

And these are the people sending Republicans to Congress:

Three in 10 registered American voters believe an armed rebellion might be necessary in the next few years, according to the results of a staggering poll released Wednesday by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind….

Eighteen percent of Democrats said an armed revolt “might be necessary,” as compared to 27 percent of independents and 44 percent of Republicans.

Please, if someone can illuminate me as to how Obama is supposed to cajole these people to act on his priorities, I’m all ears.

Yes, the operative word is “leadership”. But leadership requires two parties: a leader of significant stature, and a body willing to be led for a common cause. We have the former; the latter has been erased from the American body politic.

The modern GOP is not a political party in the traditional American sense. It is, quite simply, a radicalized faction representing an increasingly diminishing segment of the population, which has appropriated the vestments of the former Republican Party, and maintains its precarious hold on power through electoral tricks. Democrats running for the House earned 1 million more votes than GOP candidates; but thanks to the country taking leave of its senses in 2010, blue states which have no business sending GOP majorities to the House were taken over by the Tea Party Republicans, who then promptly gerrymandered their temporary advantages into law.

This GOP does not want to be led by Barack Hussein Obama. It has spent the past four years demonizing him as an un-American outsider, an Other, a despoiler of all things good, true, Christian and American. Obama could have a tank-full of “juice” and it wouldn’t matter. Obama-hatred is the only thing unifying what’s left of the Republican Party. I have no doubt that Mr. Toomey and Marco Rubio will soon learn that trying to “do something” will not redound to their favor if that attempt at action in any way helps the incumbent in the White House.

And yet, the press keeps harping that Obama doesn’t “lead”, is too “confrontational”, doesn’t “inspire”. The sheer hackery of that analysis would make one laugh, if it weren’t coming from a press which is supposed to inform the public; in any civilized, industrial society, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC wouldn’t be allowed to exist. But such is the state of our political reporting that focusing on the trivialities of politics is considered a “good job done”.

Barack Obama is a man who, every day, changes the political landscape. A generation is coming to maturity that will never vote for a Republican; the young, who were politically apathetic, are now supercharged; American politics will not be the same after Obama’s presidency. And yet the media views politics through the lens of the 1990s; it is hardwired to parrot right-wing discourse, for fear of being labeled “liberal”. It’s a label they shouldn’t fear; any pretense the media had of being liberal passed long ago; it is now a mere servant to a faction which wants to radically remake America in its vision, a vision of an America which never existed.

Brian Beutler’s closing paragraphs illustrate the pass in which the President finds himself:

So he has two options: He can do nothing. Or as a long shot he and his allies can create atmospheric and procedural and rhetorical conditions that might allow House Republicans to give Obama something he wants without appearing to have consorted with him in any way. Ideally while retaining a pretense that they’ve somehow dealt him a defeat. To try and find a sort of legislative wormhole connecting the House GOP’s irrational universe and the universe everyone else inhabits.

But that’s precisely what Obama meant at his press conference on Tuesday when he talked about building a “permission structure” upon which Congressional Republicans might engage in some responsible budgeting. We’ll have much more on that shortly, but he was actually describing the very peculiar and contorted community organizing campaign Dowd alluded to when she wrote that “The job of the former community organizer and self-styled uniter is to somehow get this dunderheaded Congress, which is mind-bendingly awful, to do the stuff he wants them to do. It’s called leadership.”

Right. But he called it a “permission structure” which I guess isn’t leadership-y sounding enough or something I don’t know.

Our media—which exists only to provide spectacle—can’t recognize that what Obama is doing is leadership. Leadership isn’t sexy. Leadership isn’t showy. Leadership is slow and painstaking, especially when the people with whom you have to come to agreement hate your very being.

But, there’s always Michael Douglas. Pop in a DVD of “The American President”, MoDo, and dream away.


136 Responses to “Repeat after me: “Andrew Shepherd is a fantasy””


  1. May 1, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    • 2 vcprezofan2
      May 1, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Hi Bob. Congrats, Bob>

    • May 1, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      Well done, as always, LL!

      Each day it becomes ever clearer what must be the singular focus between now and election day, 2014.

      The GOP must be crushed and everyone of these #NEWSTAINERS exposed for enabling the vicious insurgency against our President, against the majority of Americans and to the considerable detriment to every aspect of our society, fiscal stability and national security.

      Yes We Can

      • 5 jackiegrumbacher
        May 1, 2013 at 10:00 pm

        Bob, that singular focus has to be registering voters, delivering information person to person and getting people out to vote in local elections. Voting is a muscle that has to be exercised each year and for every election and there is no election too unimportant to get out the vote. Whenever we get upset at the asses in Congress and the media, we need to sign up at an event that involves voter contact. This is the season for outdoor events and street fairs. Volunteer. Every Dem voter registration we get is a stick in the eye to the haters in DC. And every person registered is one vote we can get out in 2014, THE crucial election that we must win, if this country is to survive as a working democracy. There is always something going on in every community. Take advantage of every opportunity to get out the word.

    • May 1, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      Congrats on first Bobfr!

    • May 1, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      Congrats, tireless truth warrior!

      Surely you meant Nov 2008?

      I’ve posted this before, but it wasn’t just GOP Senators plotting treason against this country; it was GOP Governors too:
      Republican governors go back to the drawing board
      At a meeting in Miami, the governors debate how the party can reclaim the momentum from Democrats. The confab is also an early audition for the 2012 presidential race.
      By Mark Z. Barabak
      10:04 PM PST, November 13, 2008

      http://www.thedailydemocrat.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2344&Itemid=99999999

    • 9 nathkatun7
      May 1, 2013 at 10:04 pm

      Thanks Bobfr for your tireless work in spreading the TRUTH. Congrats on #1.

  2. 10 Nena20409
    May 1, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Hello All ;)

  3. 11 Nena20409
    May 1, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Congrats Bobfr :)

  4. 12 betseyc
    May 1, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Bringing this over from the end of the last thread because it’s been link heaven in the comments today, and this week. Don’t forget to save your links so you can add them to the Sunday Lynx. If you missed the intro, here it is: http://theobamadiary.com/2013/04/28/join-the-team-the-sunday-lynx.

    Excellent piece, LL. I’ve been around a while, and I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s beyond frustrating — it’s scary.

  5. May 1, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    At this stage all I can say if f@@k the entire useless (never thought I would say this but to borrow from Sarah Palin) lame stream media. I need a drink. They can all go to hell

  6. May 1, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Thank you Nena, VC, LL :)

    #FORWARD

  7. May 1, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Brilliant, LL. This essay crystallizes what I have been feeling.

  8. 21 JIM and BARB PINE
    May 1, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I so enjoy all of the “helpers” for Chipstick and your article of reaching your level of BS tolerance is a hoot! Keep up the great work of keeping us enlightened, motivated and true to POTUS!

  9. 22 Nena20409
    May 1, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Great Job LL.

  10. 23 vcprezofan2
    May 1, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    There’s Now an API for We the People

    // …
    A couple months ago, we invited a group of developers and tech experts to the White House for a hackathon to kick the tires on an early version of the API, and we’ve also published a gallery of some of those projects — including links to live examples and GitHub repositories. You’ll see maps that show the geographic support for a range of petitions, a time-lapse visualization of zip codes where petitions are being signed, an embeddable thermometer that shows progress toward crossing the signature threshold for any given petition, and a range of data analysis.

    Coming up on June 1, as part of the National Civic Day of Hacking, we’ll host another hackathon here at the White House. Today we’re also making the GitHub repo open to the public — where participants will be collaborating with each other and the White House development team.

    This first version of the API is just the start, by the way. Now, we’re turning our efforts to a Write API that will allow individuals to collect and submit signatures from their own platforms without directly sending users to We the People. After that, we’ll work to decouple the presentation and data layers of the application and begin building a new, streamlined signature process. We hope you’ll follow the process and continue offering your thoughts and feedback.
    … //

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/05/01/theres-now-api-we-people

    • 24 Betsy
      May 1, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      What does an “API” mean? At my school, it is academic progress index.

      • May 1, 2013 at 9:10 pm

        Application Programming Interface.

        Completely non-technical here, but for Twitter there are several independent platforms to view multiple streams of Twitter feeds (e.g., Tweetdeck). When Tweetdeck has a problem I see an unobstrusive small pink banner that says that the API is down, or something like that.

        So API is way to seamlessly communicate between different applications so that the end user isn’t inconvenienced by having to logon to or learn another system.

        • 26 vcprezofan2
          May 1, 2013 at 10:30 pm

          Arapaho, it’s a good thing I ‘went for a walk’, because I wouldn’t have had a clue how to answer Betsy. :razz: I just assumed it was another of those ‘Aps’ that I often see mentioned and I’m not even sure what those really are. TY

    • 27 utaustinliberal
      May 2, 2013 at 7:48 am

      Good.

  11. May 1, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Please share this inspiring, interactive site, telling the stories of every running shoe that has been donated.

    • 29 arkluvspbo
      May 3, 2013 at 10:47 am

      Heartbreaking and inspiring all at once. We must continue to move FORWARD, otherwise the terrorists have won.

    • 31 a4alice
      May 1, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      aw criminy Dotster. Pink. smdh

    • 32 jackiegrumbacher
      May 1, 2013 at 10:06 pm

      Dotster, this is what madness looks like. Children who aren’t old enough to tie their shoes or make decisions about to wear in the morning, are given weapons to kill. We are living in some science fiction story about spread of madness from home to home across a vast nation. Instead of becoming pod people, Americans have turned into gun nuts. Guns replace everything–reason, common sense, parenting, love, concern for others. Guns are to be worshiped and loved, while people are made disposable.

    • 34 arkluvspbo
      May 2, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      That is absolutely disgusting. Shameful is what it is.

  12. May 1, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Over the past several years, I’ve been amazed at how many people who should know better take “The American President” as a documentary, not what it was, a rather interesting romantic movie. That most definitely includes the White House Press Corps.

    Republicans are dealing with their own factional issues, and the biggest problem they really face is that their base is shrinking, and they’re flailing about trying to find the “magic words” that will make other groups want to join the party. The problem they have is that what they’re about now is nothing most people want to hear, or want their government to do.

    • May 1, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      It’s the infantilization of our culture. Too many people believe in easy fixes to complex problems. And in the “man on the white horse”; of course, that horse is knee-deep in mud and crap.

      • 37 arkluvspbo
        May 2, 2013 at 5:12 pm

        We are a “microwave society”, we want it hot, we want it fast and we want it 30 seconds ago.

  13. May 1, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    I doff my cap, LL, you said it all.

    “This GOP does not want to be led by Barack Hussein Obama. It has spent the past four years demonizing him as an un-American outsider, an Other, a despoiler of all things good, true, Christian and American. Obama could have a tank-full of “juice” and it wouldn’t matter. Obama-hatred is the only thing unifying what’s left of the Republican Party.”

    And:

    “Leadership is slow and painstaking, especially when the people with whom you have to come to agreement hate your very being.”

    A powerful, painful truth.

    Thank you LL.

  14. May 1, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Great piece LL!

    THIS!!!! “Yes, the operative word is “leadership”. But leadership requires two parties: a leader of significant stature, and a body willing to be led for a common cause. We have the former; the latter has been erased from the American body politic.”

  15. May 1, 2013 at 8:08 pm

  16. 41 donna dem 4 obama
    May 1, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    ***Standing Ovation*** for that masterpiece LL!!!

    You are spot on!

  17. May 1, 2013 at 8:12 pm

  18. 43 carolyn
    May 1, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    “Leadership isn’t sexy. “Leadership isn’t showy. Leadership is slow and painstaking…..” SO TRUE. The newstainers want sexy and showy. The president understands slow and painstaking. Our country needs to grow up.

  19. May 1, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Just read it again LL, it really is a gem. I salute you, sir.

    • May 1, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      Thank you, ma’am! The poll showing 44% of Republicans thinking armed revolt will be needed crystallized what had been turning in my head all day.

      • May 1, 2013 at 8:26 pm

        You know LL, I’m almost ready to take up arms myself against these people. No, no …. I don’t mean that.

        • May 1, 2013 at 9:46 pm

          I am taking up my arms, my hands, my brain and my feet to defeat these GOP asses in 2014. My first priority would have been Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, but I have to wait until 2016 to get him out.

      • 50 nathkatun7
        May 1, 2013 at 10:52 pm

        Why aren’t these Republicans called terrorists? Aren’t terrorists people who resort to force in order to achieve their political objectives? Republicans couldn’t defeat President Obama at the polls so now they want an armed revolt to nullify democracy. Exactly what’s the difference between them and the terrorists? If terrorist is not the right term can’t we, at least, call them traitors? Isn’t an armed revolt against a democratically elected government of the United States a violation of the Constitution that they supposedly love so much? And we have these totally unethical people in the media going around pretending that President Obama is dealing with sane people.

        • May 1, 2013 at 10:59 pm

          Well, I may be being flippant, but the difference between terrorists and these “citizens” is that terrorists will put their lives on the line for their convictions. The 44% are moral and physical cowards who would run at the first onslaught of the 1st Infantry Division.

          • 52 nathkatun7
            May 2, 2013 at 3:20 am

            “The 44% are moral and physical cowards who would run at the first onslaught of the 1st Infantry Division.”

            I don’t know if your intention was to be flippant or not, but it really doesn’t matter to me. All I know is that you are simply speaking the TRUTH and I have no problem with that. After all, most of these vocal leaders talking about armed rebellion had a chance to volunteer to go to different wars to supposedly defend “freedom, but many of them found excuses of why they couldn’t serve. My point, which you may have missed, was that any one advocating armed rebellion against a democratically elected government should be classified as a terrorist, or, at the minimum, a traitor to the country. It was was never my intention to represent all the people advocating armed rebellion against the U.S. to be courageous people ready to give up their lives for the cause. At the same time, I think some of their manipulated, heavily armed, foot-soldiers are capable of creating enormous chaos. We must never forget the lesson of Tim McVeigh and the Oklahoma bombing! Once highly politicized people start talking about armed revolt against the government of the United States, I think it’s wise to take them seriously; which I thought you were doing with your post.

    • 53 criquet
      May 1, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      Good evening all.

      Agree with your sentiments completely Chips.

      Bravo LL.

      How could we get this published in the mainstream “librul media” like WAPO, NYT (next to a Maureen Dowd piece ) and others?

  20. 56 japa21
    May 1, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Well done, LL. And people forget that Andrew Shepard finally would have gotten what he wanted, which he didn’t really want anyway, only by giving up on something of importance to his base. In other words, if he stuck to his guns he would have gotten nothing at all, or he would have gotten something minor by giving up something big. Neither of which is truly leding.
    At the end he did end up leading, to a degree, but it was words only at that point.

  21. May 1, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Wow, the balls on these guys! Ugh and I’m too sure that some idiot will be nodding their heads along not ever realizing that this is basically the RNC pot calling the kettle blackkety black. Gawd I hate politics so much sometimes!

    RNC Hits Obama for Failure on Gun Control

    The RNC put out a new ad which criticizes President Obama on the failure of his legislative agenda — including gun control — and uses a black and white photo of the president reaching to embrace the mother of a Sandy Hook shooting victim.

    • 58 theo67
      May 1, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      This isn’t surprising, since we heard the idiots who sit in the front two rows of the briefing room harp on about the President not having “juice” to fulfill his agenda, and basically castigating him for not making the GOP do what he (and 90% of the thinking population) want them to do. They couldn’t defeat his bid for a second term, so now they want to weaken him. The American people better wake up. The only people being defeated and weakened are the American people.

    • 59 Obama Grandmama
      May 1, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      They have also blamed him for the sequester when he was out there daily for weeks in front of audiences condemning the sequester and the GOP let it happen.

      • 60 nathkatun7
        May 1, 2013 at 11:11 pm

        The Republicans are able to get away with this because our so called media are busy enabling them. I’ve said it before, but I will say it again, I think the greatest threat to our democracy is our unethical media which are ignoring Republican insanity and are, instead, focused on attacking the President. As far as I am concerned, most of the MSM, and especially the WHPC, are acting as the propaganda arm of the right wing Republicans..

  22. 61 prettyfoot58
    May 1, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Great Piece…LL….

    esp this…

    “Obama-hatred is the only thing unifying what’s left of the Republican Party”.

    need we explain what this hatred is all about!

  23. May 1, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Paraphrasing PBO on M. Twain…”The rumors of the demise of gun reform are greatly exaggerated”

    • 63 Lovepolitics2008
      May 1, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      I’ve been waiting for those law enforcement officials to get more vocal on this. They witness the craziness each and every day. They should be the leaders in the fight for gun safety rules.

  24. May 1, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    oops, I’m in moderation Chips. I think it’s cause of my turn of phrase involving balls…lol

  25. May 1, 2013 at 8:24 pm

  26. May 1, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Brilliant and thoughtful writing LL. As an outsider looking in, I can’t fathom how the GOP work so hard to obstruct a man that any other country would love to have as a leader.

  27. 71 sherijr
    May 1, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    thanks LL Excellent commentary. I’m right there with you on hitting my tolerance level of bs w/ this media. FedUP.

  28. 72 hopefruit2
    May 1, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    // “Our media—which exists only to provide spectacle—can’t recognize that what Obama is doing is leadership. Leadership isn’t sexy. Leadership isn’t showy. Leadership is slow and painstaking, especially when the people with whom you have to come to agreement hate your very being.” //

    Liberal Librarian – 2013

    Thanks LL for this outstanding piece. Required reading. I hope the lurkers from the MSM are taking note..we’ve got your number.

    • May 1, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      I like to think that some MSM folks amble on by here now and again. :-D

      • 74 hopefruit2
        May 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm

        Yes, I would think so too. If for nothing other than their obsession with anything “Obama.” :)

    • 75 nathkatun7
      May 1, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      Just to think that these people in the MSM are paid six to seven figure incomes to produce BS that they think is journalism. Of course they have no ethical integrity to allow LL piece in their publications to challenge their lazy pundits.

  29. May 1, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Two absolutely wonderful posts today by LL and UT, can’t thank either of you enough, nor LovelyPlains and Amk. Blog Tyrants extraordinaire. You’re the best.

  30. 78 japa21
    May 1, 2013 at 8:31 pm

  31. May 1, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    I’m not sure what to make of this story about Kamala Harris suing Trader Joe’s and Whole Food over lead found in ginger and plum candies. There’s virtually no information in this or other web articles, and I didn’t see anything on the LATimes’ website (no tweets from them either).

    I know Kamala has a lot of fans, but I’m a bit wary of her. She strikes me as someone as ambitious as Gavin Newsome, and is sailing on the President’s coattails. But something struck me a bit off with her when she NARROWLY won Attorney General in 2010. Every other Dem statewide candidate won handily in 2010, but not Kamala.

    I’m sure TODville will set me straight. I don’t have anything concrete against Ms. Harris, it’s strictly a gut mistrust. Please let me know that I’m wrong.

    • 80 theo67
      May 1, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      I haven’t had any negative vibes with her at all, and I also think that if President Obama considers her a friend, then she must be ok. I also can’t see anything wrong with suing companies that are selling candy with lead in it. Whole Foods is run by a rabid right winger capitalist – so I’m not surprised there – even though I continue to shop there shamefully. As for Trader Joe’s, I’m not familiar with their management. But, I don’t blame Kamala Harris if she’s ambitious – because she seems to be ambitious while trying to do the work of the people. That’s fine by me! :)

    • 83 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      May 1, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      Suing over Prop 65 violations? She’s doing her job! I’m concerned because this is the first I’ve heard of the lead/ginger connection — I’ve consumed quite a bit of that stuff…

      “But something struck me a bit off with her when she NARROWLY won Attorney General in 2010. Every other Dem statewide candidate won handily in 2010, but not Kamala.” Maybe it’s because she’s the FIRST female/African/S.E.Aisian American…

      • May 1, 2013 at 9:50 pm

        That’s a possibility, Alycee, but I’m hesitant to attribute her winning margin to her ethnicity/gender.

        In her television ads, she looked like much of our coastal population: mixed heritage, who-knows-what-ancestry.

        The East Coast elite like to portray CA as a hotbed of racial tension (Rodney King, now more than 20 years ago), but most of the population moved here from some other state/country within one or two generations ago (post-WWII migration).

        Both Los Angeles and San Francisco elected African American mayors, and we’ve had female Senators for years. Our congressional mix is probably one of the most diverse in the country.

        To be honest, it never occurred to me that Ms. Harris’ margin might have been due to her ancestry. If that was a contributing factor, I’d be ashamed of those voters.

        • 85 Alycee (@jazziz2)
          May 1, 2013 at 10:32 pm

          I’m not trying to portray CA as Deliverance – west coast edition; I’ve lived there, have family there, and with the exception of 2008 & 2012 spend several months a year there. Her victory margin MAY have been less due to her uniqueness. “Firsts,” be they female or minority, usually face a tougher time; Kamal Harris is a three-fer… Personally, I think she’s “kick-ass” and I’m cheering her on!

  32. 86 japa21
    May 1, 2013 at 8:35 pm

  33. May 1, 2013 at 8:41 pm

  34. 90 Jovie
    May 1, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Finally the truth. RT

    • 91 Obama Grandmama
      May 1, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      I am hoping the GOP obstruction ploy does not work out for them in the end. If they take control of any of the three branches of government their tactics win. That would be a loss for all of the people. Bad behavior should never be rewarded. I take heart in the recent poll against the GOP for the next election.

  35. May 1, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Gotta go for tonight, but can’t leave without sharing some good stuff. Ella sings for us all.
    Restful nights and stimulating days! Love you!

  36. May 1, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    This is sick and disgusting…..sad state of bigotry after the Boston bombings…….He served our country & still got his jaw broken.

  37. 100 dotster3
    May 1, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    I’m seeing regular updates on my daughter’s facebook page about this transit officer who was badly wounded in Boston—-his wife works at my daughter’s co. They recently posted an adorable photo of their new baby in a “My dad is Superman” onesie. This officer arrived at the hospital basically dead, no pulse and almost no blood—–he received CPR for 45 minutes. Altho still in the ICU and has a long recovery, he is now able to sit up and walk a few steps with a walker. The best news is that he survived and will be coming home to his family.

    • 101 jacquelineoboomer
      May 1, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      Totally, totally heartwarming.

    • 102 theo67
      May 1, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      I heard something about this last week – I couldn’t believe he lost all his blood and was basically dead for 45 minutes! Remarkable. Superman, indeed.

  38. May 1, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Here’s an opportunity for Community College students in 30 communities across the U.S. to participate in a “cyber-lab” with the Department of Homeland Security.

    I have no idea what this means, but the deadline to register is this Friday, May 3:

    Here’s the DHS press release that lists the 30 communities:

    http://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/SHP_Cyber_Student_Initiative_Bulletin.pdf

    Most of the “cyber-labs” will be held in coastal states (including San Juan Puerto Rico), but what’s interesting (to me) is that the state with the most locations is the one that Jeremy Bird working to turn blue: Texas.

    DHS Cyber-Labs in TX:
    Dallas, El Paso, Lubbock (we miss you Buddy Holly!), Midland, San Angelo, San Antonio

    Other non-coastal state locations:
    AZ Phoenix
    Tucson
    CO Denver
    IL Chicago
    NV Reno
    NM Albuquerque
    OK Oklahoma City

  39. 105 jacquelineoboomer
    May 1, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Chips and others probably know this already, but here’s a cool response Brian gave me on the “Dear Brian” thread, if ya missed it:

    Brian Patrick Fogarty
    May 1, 2013 at 8:18 pm
    I’ll keep the updates coming on my FB page, will have a link on it next week or so to a Youtube vid I’m working on:)

  40. May 1, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Lord, young people are sooo stupid today. Let me tell ya now. If your “friend” has been identified a terrorist bomb suspect, the first thing you do is NOT go to your friends room and try to dispose of evidence against your friend. Damn! Come on now! My advice to young people today: BEING YOUNG DON’T MEAN YOU CAN’T USE COMMON SENSE!!!!

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/fbi-3-friends-removed-backpack-from-boston-suspects-room.php?ref=fpb

  41. 108 Jovie
    May 1, 2013 at 9:15 pm

  42. May 1, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    This is how clueless the MSM is.

    They are convinced that the Manchin-Toomey Background Check amendment that died in the Senate means that gun control is over, now on to immigration.

    I don’t understand why they can’t put two and two together and come up with four, and realize that some (several? many?) Senators who voted against Manchin-Toomey will cast their votes a different way now that their approval numbers are tanking.

    • 111 theo67
      May 1, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      These simpletons can only do one thing at a time.

    • 112 Lovepolitics2008
      May 1, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      And if some gun legislation gets through, watch for the media to credit Joe. Joe is doing a terrific job of course but this is a team effort. And I wouldn’t be surprised if President Obama allows Joe to become the White House front man for gun laws, since he knows, unfortunately, that republican lawmakers don’t want to be seen as collaborating with Barack Obama.

    • 113 Obama Grandmama
      May 1, 2013 at 10:28 pm

      Another media complaint I have is when the media always spins the news as bad and a lot of the time it is because they measure the results against what some expected the results should have been. To me that only shows the so called experts made bad predictions especially when the numbers improved. Seems like they should be measured as to whether there was improvement or not. I am tired of tuning into news and hearing it spun as bad news when it is obviously an improvement.

  43. 114 Jovie
    May 1, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    If they are just going to shut down The Presidents legislative agenda because of spite, he might as well just initiate carbon tax through the EPA.
    He should have spite as well, of course that would hurt economy and hurt dens chances in 2014.
    I don’t know , I guess he is kind if in a box because of the economy and the filibuster.

  44. 115 amk for obama
    May 1, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    So CL has now become an all bundesliga affair ?

  45. 122 nathkatun7
    May 1, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    I had posted this on a previous thread. Bobfr asked me to repost it. So here it is:

    The GOP’s well coordinated obstruction of President Obama, aided and abated by the media, is really nothing new for some of us who are old enough to remember what happened to Mayor Harold Washington, the first and the only Black Mayor of Chicago. In my humble opinion what the GOP and the media are doing to President Obama is aimed at sending a message to future non-whites, and especially African Americans, who may want to run for President. The only non-whites who are tolerated by powerful interests in this country are those who do as they are told. Any non-white who is serious, intelligent, independent, and self-confident is an absolute no, no! This is why it’s possible to attack President Obama as an arrogant tyrant who has already taken away, or plans on taking away, the rights and freedom of God-fearing American citizens; but at the same time attack him for being a weak, effeminate, incapable leader who does not measure up to what it takes to be President. Surely both of these characterization of President Obama can’t be true. Yet, they are routinely voiced by both the people on the right and the left, in what appears to me to be a deliberate effort to make sure that the first African American elected President, who by any objective standards is an exceptional leader, is not allowed to succeed. The Powerful interests did everything they can to deny President Obama a second term and failed. But that doesn’t mean that they gave up. This is round two. Since they couldn’t manipulate the majority of Americans to vote against him they are now doing everything to stop him from governing effectively. The way I see it, It’s now up to us, the majority of people who voted for the President, to make sure that they don’t succeed. That’s why I believe we must do everything in our power to defeat Republicans in the 2014 Congressional elections.

    • 123 amk for obama
      May 1, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      Yup. The rw has declared a personal jihad against PBO. Unless the voters wake up in 2014 and strip these suicide bombers of their vest of congressional powers, they will continue to be ruled by terrorists.

      • 124 theo67
        May 1, 2013 at 10:12 pm

        Well said. Republicans are in power because people have voted them into power – maybe not this last time, because of the jerry-mandering. But the jerry-mandering was only enabled because of people voting these people into positions to manipulate the voting process. This didn’t just happen. It’s been happening over several years. People need to wake up.

        • 125 EricFive
          May 2, 2013 at 1:35 am

          Exactly. We are still feeling the effects of the 2010 midterm elections where the MSM (left, right and center) made a concerted effort to depress democratic turnout with an all out propaganda offensive. I’m worried about the Supreme Court decision concerning the Voting Rights Act (they will use a favorable ruling on gay marriage to lessen the sting of disenfranchising black and brown people). This is definitely class warfare, and the only way the ruling class can maintain power is the dupe or disenfranchise the masses.

    • 126 yardarm756
      May 1, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      On point nathkatun7. I remember Harold and how it was around here. Damn shame it was. At least the world now sees the hypocrisy that is the United States Of America!

      • 127 nathkatun7
        May 2, 2013 at 12:06 am

        Yes indeed Yardarm! I remember the City Council saying NO, No, to any anything Harold proposed to reform the machine politics. Guess what, many so called Democrats did not have his back either. Who knows if his heart attack was not a result of the way he was treated.

    • 129 hopefruit2
      May 2, 2013 at 12:05 am

      Nath, Bravo for this excellent comment. You are spot on in your assessment of the underlying racism that motivates not only the GOP, but the right AND left media in trying to make Barack Obama a failed President.

      And as you have so effectively stated, it’s up to US the people, to stand up to these corporate bullies and let them know that we’re on to them and will not allow them to manipulate us into apathy and counterproductive actions that only result in furthering the nefarious agenda of the GOP.

  46. 130 a4alice
    May 1, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Brilliant LL! simply a must read for people thanks!

  47. 132 Jovie
    May 1, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Chris Kelly died! :(

  48. 133 nathkatun7
    May 1, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Thank you, Liberal Librarian, for yet another of your excellent essays. May be you can submit it to the NYT as a counter to Dowd’s lazy analysis, which is based on fiction and not on solid historical knowledge of the way the American government functions. I doubt that the NYT editorial Board has the backbone to print your excellent which makes mince meat to their esteemed columnist. Last night in my comment on yesterday’s WH press conference, I suggested that the people in the WHPC need to read Ted Sorensen’s ” A Thousand Days.” As he recounts, one of JFK’s biggest surprise about the presidency was his realization of the limits of Presidential Power. I suppose Maureen Dowd, if she was writing columns for the NYT at the time, would have called JFK a wimp.

  49. 135 EricFive
    May 2, 2013 at 1:23 am

    Great piece LL. Since the MSM refuses to call out the GOP on its treasonous behavior and vile hatred of President Obama (which is in a large part racially motivated) we are stuck with a MSM that seems to exist in an alternate reality where fictional characters are given the weight of reality and it is President Obama’s fault that the GOP has an irrational, racist hatred of him. The MSM’s refusal to acknowledge those two “elephants in the room” results in the idiocy of reporters positing that if only PBO would have a drink with Mitch McConnell or golf with John Boehner, all will be well in Washington. It is easier (and more helpful to the GOP) to simply blame PBO for the racist hatred he has endured from the GOP since day one of his presidency. Exposing the truth and educating the public are not prime directives of today’s MSM. Rather, today’s MSM is the communications arm of the GOP, and exists to deflect blame from the GOP so the GOP can win elections despite the harm they continue to cause the country. This propaganda is necessary since the policies of the GOP only benefit the top 1 to 5 percent of the population (and the corporations that own the MSM) and if the masses were informed and educated, no amount of gerrrymandering would produce GOP majorities in Congress or a Republican president. For the GOP to stand a chance, the masses have to vote against their own self interest. By keeping the masses ignorant of where blame lies by refusing to criticize the GOP without using that “both sides do it” bullshit, the MSM purposefully cultivates an American intellectual underclass, that is ignorant of how its goverment works, what the two parties stand for and which party’s policies are most beneficial to them.

  50. 136 arkluvspbo
    May 2, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    My “liberal fantasy” is to stand up in front of congress and shout — YOU WORK FOR US you damn fools! And then go to each and every congress critter, shake their knobby necks and repeat over and over and over “YOU WORK FOR US!”


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