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1200 days

We have reached a point where the GOP doesn’t even hide that they have no interest in governing.

Chris Cilliza and Aaron Blake have a piece in the Washington Post. In it, they have a remarkable quote from Speaker John Boehner:

“We should not be judged by how many new laws we create,” Boehner told CBS’ Bob Schieffer in an interview that aired Sunday. “We ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal. We’ve got more laws than the administration could ever enforce.”

Let that sink in for a moment.

Of course, Mr. Boehner states that he’s merely sticking to ideas of Republican governance, which is to govern as little as possible. And he’s also sticking to Grover Norquist’s ideology of making government small enough to drown in the bathtub.

But, in general, most people send their representatives to Congress in the hope that they’ll get something done. They may grumble about “big government”, but they want roads fixed, pensions paid, and all the other goodies they get from the evil government.

Republicans now feel secure enough in their gerrymandering to dispense with any pretense of working in a positive fashion. From the unprecedented obstruction carried out by the GOP in the Senate to the thirty-eight votes in the House to repeal Obamacare, Republicans have shown that the only interest they have is in stymieing any Democratic proposal. Since they have no power to implement any of their own ideas or priorities—and since polling shows that a majority of Americans are against the things which fire up the Republican base—the only type of government in which the House leadership and the Senate minority can engage in is a negative one: to make the process of government so viscous and confused that enough voters will decide that it’s better to have all branches of government in the same hands, so that at least something can get done.

Of course, there’s a slight hiccup on the way to the libertarian nirvana: the inconvenience of the 2014 elections. And on that front—with the caveats that polling this far out can be meaningless—the news is quite encouraging.

The latest RCP average of the generic congressional ballot shows Democrats up by 5 points. Even Rasmussen has the Democrats leading the GOP by 2, which of course means that the Democrats are leading the GOP by five times that figure.

One of the most frustrating things about 2010 was that OFA wasn’t very involved in the midterms. But now with President Obama no longer running for re-election, and with governance for the remainder of his term in the balance, OFA is becoming what the DNC wishes it could be: a super-powered organization which can bring to bear the efforts of its millions of volunteers on all sorts of local races. Because although regaining the House and keeping the Senate are of paramount importance, what OFA volunteers do in local elections is just as important. That fact was made abundantly clear in the past month, with the farce that occurred in Texas around reproductive rights, and the Stand Your Ground laws passed across the country, which led to the tragedy of Trayvon Martin. When Democrats vote, we win. When we don’t, people like George Zimmerman are empowered by laws passed by legislatures elected by a minority of the electorate.

Organizing For America held an event promoting its Action August agenda, where it will unleash all those volunteers to swamp the local town halls of congressional members, in a mirror image of what the Tea Party did before the 2010 elections. President Obama was the keynote speaker. He made a comment that he had only 1200 days left in his presidency.

The question that fact brings up is this: what are we going to do for those 1200 days? Are we going to make each one count? Are we going to knock on doors, make calls, send emails? Are we going to leave everything on the floor, and carry out the struggle to make this country more just, more human? We know what our opponents want to do; they’ve been doing it since 2009: obstructing, obfuscating, being derelict in any duty to make the commonwealth function. That is a situation which cannot be allowed to stand. If we want to live in a country worthy of the sacrifices we and our ancestors have made, we have to be as involved in the politics of the day as we are in the latest sporting scores. Anything less and we have more Trayvon Martins, we have more Rand Pauls, we have more Stop & Frisk.

This is what democracy looks like: not the astroturfed Teabaggers who invaded town halls in 2010. Democracy is men and women marching in Austin, serving notice to the Texas legislature that it won a battle, but will lose the war. Democracy is the thousands who came out over the weekend in honor of Trayvon Martin, committing to not letting his death be in vain, but to make sure that these ALEC-sponsored laws are stripped from the books, state by state, so that no one has the right to shoot a boy dead in the street, whose only crime was that he was black and unknown to the shooter.

The Obama coalition is the future. A Democrat won the Presidency twice without carrying a single state of the Deep South. That is what frightens the GOP and those who fund them. The GOP base is no longer needed to run the country. What is true on the presidential level will be so on the Congressional and local level; no amount of gerrymandering will be able to stop that.

If Speaker Boehner is of the opinion that legislating for the good of the country isn’t part of his job, then it’s time to find those who will do the people’s business and elect them. Congress shouldn’t be for those who fail upward.


102 Responses to “1200 days”


  1. 1 MightyPamela
    July 22, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Yo, y’all.

  2. July 22, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    “This is what democracy looks like … the Obama coalition is the future”

    Yes it is LL, no turning back.

    You are the David Moyes of TOD – thank you!

    • July 22, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      I’m really afraid that you might black out the site for a day once Wayne signs for Chelsea.

      • July 22, 2013 at 9:22 pm

        As if I’d be so moody.

        Exclusive preview:

        • July 22, 2013 at 9:30 pm

          I’ll send you gouda-encrusted cheesy puffs.

          • July 22, 2013 at 9:35 pm

            Ah, that’ll help – a little!

            I’m flummoxed by this saga.

            True, I’m a Wayne devotee, so not (cough) entirely impartial on the issue, but I’m at a loss to understand United’s treatment of him. Not since Roy Keane have they had a player so lion-hearted and gifted, yet they seem to be doing their level best to force him out of the club – it’s bizarre.

            It’s Moyes’ first test – if they sell Rooney it will prove Ferguson is still the man in charge. And my heart will break in to smithereens!

            • July 22, 2013 at 9:39 pm

              I think Wayne burned his bridges from his first transfer request. Sir Alex does not forgive. And of course he’s still in charge; he bought RVP in precisely so that they could afford to get rid of Wayne, or, worse, not sell him but keep him on the bench, useless. Of course, as an England fan, this is awful, as he’s the team’s best striker.

              • July 22, 2013 at 9:50 pm

                But judging by the latest reports, presumably leaked from the Rooney camp, he never actually asked for a transfer – Ferguson put that out in his completely weird attempt to end Rooney’s United career, his final act before ‘retiring’.

                The story goes that Rooney went to Ferguson for a talk after he’d dropped him for a few big games, notably Real Madrid in the CL, and continued to play him hopelessly out of position.

                He said, apparently, if this carried on he didn’t see a future for himself at United – which was a reasonable enough conclusion. And then Ferguson told the media this was a transfer request. It wasn’t! It was a frustrated Rooney looking for answers to perfectly fair questions.

                I will never, ever understand Ferguson’s handling of Rooney, both football-wise (endlessly playing him out of position and, thereby, utterly blunting his potential), and on the personal level. He defended just about everyone in the squad, even flippin’ Nani, the useless piece of nothingness, regardless of their form or behavior, but never Rooney, even though he never gave less than everything for the team.

                It’s tooooooo weird. I wouldn’t blame Rooney for wanting to leave, I really wouldn’t.

                • July 22, 2013 at 9:53 pm

                  I think Sir Alex spent too much time alone in his wine cellar.

                  We’ll gladly take Wayne, an English striker for an English team. He can be paired up front with that moppet Fernando.

        • July 22, 2013 at 9:44 pm

          All I can say, Chips, about you, UT & LL is that President Obama is DAMN LUCKY that the 3 of you bring as much passion to your love of him as you do to these ‘football’ players!!

          In the context of thet rather stark polarity regarding certain teams, among the 3 of you, would suggest that their might actually be hope for an Israeli-Palestinian 2 state agreement ;)

  3. July 22, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Washington (CNN) — U.S. intelligence now believes Edward Snowden did not gain access to the “crown jewels” of National Security Agency programs that secretly intercept and monitor conversations around the world, CNN has learned. The Obama administration is reviewing what the admitted leaker of classified information actually got his hands on and what damage he may have caused. The ongoing damage assessment indicates he did not gain access to what is called ECI or “extremely compartmentalized information,” according to a U.S. official familiar with the review. Snowden fled to Moscow after his leaks in June and has been stranded at the Moscow airport awaiting a response to his request for temporary asylum. He faces espionage charges in the United States.

  4. 33 arapaho415
    July 22, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Bringing over from the last thread:

    Meta posted:

    Write this list down, peeps:

    - August 4th: Obamacare Day of Action
    - August 5th: Comprehensive Immigration Reform Day of Action
    - August 13th: Climate Change Day of Action
    - August 21st: Gun Violence Prevention Day of Action
    - August 31st: Comprehensive Immigration Reform Day of Action

    • July 22, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      Thx, arapaho415!

      TODers, please sign up at barackobama.com to contribute to our efforts in August. We need all hands on deck.

      • 35 HZ
        July 22, 2013 at 10:19 pm

        Thanks meta. I am in. Also with our email of thanks for signing up, we are also asked to bring in three other people. I just sent off my invitation to many of my friends and family members in 9 other states. Remember your friends, family, and their friends in other states. Contact them and ask them to go to the above site that meta has shared with us and let us get this done.

        TY, LL for another brilliant piece. I hope that as we move into August next week, your piece will be a reminder for all of us to bring up again as move into our August Days of Actions.

        TOD family, please share this brilliant piece with your friends and family members. We can get this done.HZ

  5. July 22, 2013 at 9:28 pm
  6. July 22, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Yes We WILL

    • 39 jackiegrumbacher
      July 22, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      I love this, Bob. In 2010, the ugly was everywhere–the bought and paid for Teabaggers, screaming at town halls and clogging up the streets in our towns and cities. The next two summers are ours. We are on the job and we won’t be silenced or defeated. Thank you for putting it so succinctly.

  7. July 22, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Brilliantly and concisely said LL. Lucid as a a drink of fresh spring water. Thanks

  8. 43 arapaho415
    July 22, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Reminded today from @KurtEichenwald about why state-level Stand Your Ground Laws basically allow jurors to absolve anyone they feel are *deserving* (aka White Males):

    June 6, 2013
    “A jury in Texas acquitted a man on Wednesday who admitted to shooting an escort he found on Craigslist that allegedly stole from him, the San Antonio-Express News reports, because of a state law that allows people to use deadly force to recover stolen property”
    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/texas-jury-acquits-man-who-admitted-to-shooting

    To reiterate the social justice aspect of the Zimmerman verdict, from yesterday:

  9. July 22, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Won’t fit in a tweet, but a message that should be emblazoned on the neurons of every American worthy of the title:

    “This is what democracy looks like: not the astroturfed Teabaggers who invaded town halls in 2010. Democracy is men and women marching in Austin, serving notice to the Texas legislature that it won a battle, but will lose the war. Democracy is the thousands who came out over the weekend in honor of Trayvon Martin, committing to not letting his death be in vain, but to make sure that these ALEC-sponsored laws are stripped from the books, state by state, so that no one has the right to shoot a boy dead in the street, whose only crime was that he was black and unknown to the shooter.

    The Obama coalition is the future.”

    Yes We ARE

  10. July 22, 2013 at 9:36 pm
  11. 47 arapaho415
    July 22, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Also, this commercial for the Whitehorse Yukon (Canada) city council is highly entertaining (apropos of the usual Night Owl fare):

    Whitehorse is a small city that is literally in the middle of nowhere (was there once); just love that they’re getting some publicity.

  12. 48 arapaho415
    July 22, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    This Saturday, President Obama marks the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice:

    Reposted from Friday:

    And speaking of military pilots flying missions over Southeast Asia (and octogenarians):

  13. July 22, 2013 at 9:51 pm
  14. July 22, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Please check out and support Janelle Monae’s TL right now:

    https://twitter.com/JanelleMonae

  15. July 22, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Chipsticks, I assume he was a sous chef in your kitchen?

  16. 59 amk for obama
    July 22, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Regarding the Obama coalition, if you look at 2012 EV map, PBO carried more states (26), more states with double digit EV’s than mittbot and the dems won more total congressional votes (by a million or so) . Yet the congress is being controlled by the thugs. Looks to me gerrymandering alone is not to be blamed for this. The cause is that more rethugs are being elected in the blue states than the dems in red states. So I blame the blue states for not doing enough to elect the dems. Just fucking flip 20 seats in blue states already.

    • July 22, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      “Just fucking flip 20 seats in blue states already.”

      Tweet that to @Messina2012 @JonCarsonOFA – good advice

      • 61 amk for obama
        July 22, 2013 at 10:16 pm

        If the blue states are deep blue as the red states are as deep red, the dems will probably have a 50 seat majority. While howard dean’s 50-state strategy is a good slogan. you need first to fortify your base before you go poaching into enemy’s territory.

        • July 22, 2013 at 10:30 pm

          Although California is a solid blue state, there are plenty of pockets of flaming red RWNJs and tea party jerks and they vote.

        • July 22, 2013 at 11:01 pm

          “While howard dean’s 50-state strategy is a good slogan. you need first to fortify your base before you go poaching into enemy’s territory.”

          Yep. And, if the ‘enemy territory’ is a CD in a Blue State, then mobilize massive BLUE presence in that CD to support Dems in that CD.

  17. 64 Bill R.
    July 22, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Excellent graphic here

  18. 65 vitaminlover
    July 22, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    That ‘Snowed in’ guy and Eric ‘Catnap’ both have the same shady sneaky facial expressions. Just shady, I mean smirky shady.

  19. July 22, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Good evening TOD! I have seen Pacific Rim and I am happy!!! I loved it. I fully admit that I had to interest in this movie until I saw that Idris Elba was in it and even after seeing the trailer awhile back ago, I still had NO idea what the hell the movie was even about, but THEY HAD ME AT IDRIS ELBA…lol! Even without Idris in it, I still thoroughly enjoyed myself. If you are into sci-fi, Godzilla, Asian monster films, then you will love this movie. If you like huge robots beating the crap out of “alien” monster, you’ll love it. I swear I think I must have been a teenage boy in another life, cause I admit I loved it. It filmed beautifully and the fight sequences were definitely on an EPIC scale. Oh and Idris…I’m sure I don’t need to say more. Anyone, guys go see it, ladies, if you’re not into sci-fi or monsters, skip it.

  20. 71 arapaho415
    July 22, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Update on the pilot shot down over North Korea 60+ years ago (see above for photo of downed pilot).

    Looks like flooding may put a damper on the plans of this Medal of Honor winner (from the Truman Administration):

    Dennis Rodman got a lot of ink for his clown visit to North Korea. Doubt if these Korean War heroes will get much; maybe they’ll get some ink on Saturday when President Obama honors the Korean War armistice.

  21. July 22, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    A Democrat won the Presidency twice without carrying a single state of the Deep South. That is what frightens the GOP and those who fund them

    this cant be said enough, IMO.

    President Obama showed the way….you can get to 270 without one fucking Southern State. It was nice that he won NC, VA and FLA in 2008 and VA and FLA in 2012…but he’d still be President anyway – WITHOUT THEM.

    SAY IT OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

  22. July 22, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    William Russell James, an 84-year-old priest in Robertsdale, Ala., said he’s a lifelong Democrat who last voted for a Republican when Dwight D. Eisenhower first ran for president. He said he mailed Obama a $200 contribution in April because he was frustrated by congressional gridlock.

    “He’s going to need all the help that he can get,” James said.

    Jewel Buford, 93, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., sent Obama’s campaign $100 in April.
    “I figured they have as much need for money after the election than they did before. It’s not a whole lot. I don’t have that much to give,” Buford said. “I’ve known Mr. Obama for years, and he is a good man, and I would like to give to him, and I try to when I can.”

  23. 75 hopefruit2
    July 22, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Very nice piece, LL. I enjoyed reading this immensely. Some deep truths and important messages in here about the importance of utilizing our democratic rights or risk being at the mercy of the GOP thugs, Zimmermans, et al….

  24. July 22, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Can’t think of a better time to re-launch #ADollarADayToOFA :)

    Yes We Can

    • July 22, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      During his comments earlier this evening, PBO noted that ‘we don’t have a billion dollars’ in referencing the battle ahead with the GOP and the cash available during the 2012 campaign. I still do not think they have groked the potential that TODers coalesced in the #DollarADayToOFA endeavor. Maybe now they will ….

      …. let’s hope so. If he had only 5% of his twitter followers would commit to that investment in the future of America and humanity it would still be more than 2 Times a Billion $$.

      Yes We Can

      • July 22, 2013 at 10:40 pm

        Dear Chips & UT,

        Please consider pushing the #DollarADayToOFA message. We’ve got slightly more than 1200 days of President Obama’s term and if OFA groked the power of framing their fund raising in this simple, TOD-birthed strategy they would have more money than has ever been committed to a political cause in US history.

        I have no ability to drive this via twitter, but the two of you have both TOD and your amazing presence on twitter to get the folk at OFA to FOCUS on what is their greatest asset – the nearly 35 MILLION people who follow PBO. Since the funds being sought are not about his re-election or the election of any candidate for Federal, State or local office, they could come from anyone, anywhere.

        Thank you.

  25. 82 amk for obama
    July 22, 2013 at 10:27 pm
  26. July 22, 2013 at 10:36 pm
    • 85 Nena20409
      July 23, 2013 at 11:25 am

      And he was thinner then, with a yr of exercise regiment and some martial art training……and now 100 lbs plus heavier, he is rescuing people from a rollover SUV?

      • 86 hopefruit2
        July 23, 2013 at 11:31 am

        LOL! Exactly nena. And as someone else on Twitter said, since when is the Sandford PD in the business of putting out random info of “rescues” to the media?

    • 87 arkluvspbo
      July 23, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      Of course all the Z-bots were out stating that the “libs’” heads were exploding. HA…whenever they have to push a meme that hard, it’s probably not true. I wouldn’t put anything past that Z-creep and his lawyers.

  27. 88 Jovie
    July 22, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Obamia

  28. July 22, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Spot on. But ONLY 1,200 days? That’s depressing.

    • 90 hopefruit2
      July 22, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      I saw several tweets from people saying that the thought of only 1200 more days of PBO makes them sick.

  29. 91 Jovie
    July 22, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    White House threatens to veto GOP transportation, housing bill
    By Keith Laing
    The White House threatened on Monday to veto a $44 billion budget for the departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development that is being considered by Republicans in the House.

    The GOP budget calls for the departments to spend $7.7 billion less than their 2013 spending levels in the 2014 fiscal year.

    White House officials said on Monday that the cuts were too steep for President Obama to stomach.

    They’re gutting everything. EPA especially.
    Nothing left!

  30. 92 amk for obama
    July 22, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    For all his chest thumping bravado talk, nut n yahoo is backsliding. Wants to have a referendum on the peace deal.

    You are the leader, then fucking lead, instead hiding behind people’s skirts.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23412282

    • July 22, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      That may not be backsliding. As the New Republic piece which LP highlighted says, a plurality of Israelis describe themselves as “right wing”, but a majority of the Israeli public would support a peace deal more radical than the one which got scuppered in 2000: symbolic “right of return”, partitioning Jerusalem with the Old City under international governance, a Palestinian state on 100% of the West Bank (and, of course, Gaza) with land swaps. I’m not throwing confetti just yet, and Bibi and Abbas (who has even more problems with his population) are always wild cards, but if any duo can do it, it’s Obama and Kerry.

  31. 94 Jovie
    July 22, 2013 at 11:02 pm
  32. 95 hopefruit2
    July 22, 2013 at 11:05 pm
  33. July 22, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Umm….so…I should be asleep, gotta go to work tomorrow, but before I do, I found a pic of a young Idris Elba, and I just had to share with my fellow Idris-stans…lol. Good night ladies and happy dreams…lol

  34. July 22, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    All right, gentle people, I’m off to read and nod off. See everyone tomorrow.

  35. 100 utaustinliberal
    July 23, 2013 at 12:12 am

    New post for the really really Night Owilish crowd.

    http://theobamadiary.com/2013/07/23/chat-away-into-the-night-3/

  36. 101 Jovie
    July 23, 2013 at 12:19 am

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