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  1. 1 sabreen60
    August 17, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Hi everyone.

  2. 4 cookemom
    August 17, 2012 at 11:10 am


    • 5 sabreen60
      August 17, 2012 at 11:16 am

      Thank you cookemom. I was coming here to post this.

      • 6 cookemom
        August 17, 2012 at 11:19 am

        My post from the last thread.
        ” I have this image of Ryan giving his speech at the retirement village in Florida. As soon as he takes the stage, after a cue from his mom, the seniors rise in unison and storm the stage with walkers and canes ablazin’. False teeth and boxes of Depends are hurled as Ryan retreats. Mom is lifted in the air and passed among the throng in a mosh pit fashion victory lap.”

        Don’t underestimate the grannies. I know, I am one.

      • August 17, 2012 at 11:38 am

      • 11 99ts
        August 17, 2012 at 11:39 am

        He wants his mother there in case any protesters are around – He’ll stand behind his mother – Sarah Palin used her children in the same way

        • 12 veryslowwriter
          August 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm

          Exactly. She hid behind her kids and then got all huffy that they were being attacked. Early on, she & Piper (Pooper? Peeper?) dropped the puck for a hockey game somewhere. Palin was roundly booed and then got indignant that the crowd was booing “a child.” Apparently, it never dawned in her pea-sized brain that the crowd was booing HER.

  3. August 17, 2012 at 11:16 am

    From last thread.

    BuzzFeed pushing tweets that “Obama only answers ridiculous questions” and now Reince from RNC has picked up on it and had the balls to tweet that Americans deserve answers and POTUS won’t give them. I’ve been pushing back by asking BuzzFeed what hard hitting questions they are dying to ask Pres.Obama?

    • 14 sabreen60
      August 17, 2012 at 11:19 am

      I’ll see if I get a response from BuzzFeed. Reince is a ahole and I intend to deal with him on Twitter, also. He said because of ACA and Medicare, PBO has blood on his hands. They actually pay this guy??

      • 15 anniebella
        August 17, 2012 at 11:33 am

        I never thought I would say this, but they got rid of Michael Steele for this little punk Reince.

        • 16 nathkatun7
          August 17, 2012 at 2:47 pm

          Anniebella that’s what is called “white privilege.” In my opinion Reince is 10 times dumber than Michael. Michael Steele was used to shield them while they unleashed their racist attacks on the President. Once he served their purposes they no longer needed him.

    • August 17, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      Isn’t that a reflection on the reporters more than on PBO?

  4. 20 utaustinliberal
    August 17, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Thanks Chips. A majority of my tweets today are going to be about Romney’s tax returns and I’ll also focus on journalists demanding they do the same. The Obama team is setting a wonderful example. Their Bain Ads were a work of genius. There is a beautiful method to their madness. This has been going on for months and now 63% of voters want Romney to release his tax returns. Even uninformed voters know one thing about Romney: He fired people at Bain, destroyed lives of middle and working class and doesn’t want to release tax returns. They also know one crucial thing about Paul Ryan: He wants to destroy Medicare.

    Bravo to Team Obama!

    • 21 Linda
      August 17, 2012 at 11:42 am

      Charitable contributions are deductible……..do they think we are stupid…

      I let TeaNN know we are NOT ! They are pathetic.

    • 22 carla4obama
      August 17, 2012 at 11:49 am

      BUT BUT Mitt Romney said he paid at least 13.6% in taxes..isn’t that enough and we should just put this issue to rest!
      Knowing what a honorable man Mitt is and how he never lies that should surly put this issue to rest. NOT!

    • 24 anniebella
      August 17, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      Keep up the good work Obama Campaign.

    • August 17, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      The anchor is ready to take Romney’s word because he came out and said so? Is she serious?

    • 26 Lovepolitics2008
      August 17, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      The interviewer seems genuinely surprised that Romney’s words aren’t enough. This is UNREAL !!! . Any SERIOUS journalist should be perfectly aware that Romney lied in 2002. If they didn’t research the subject themselves, at least they should be aware of what Rachel Maddow reported a few days ago.

      I’m speechless. MSM is lazy, biaised. But at least I would hope so-called journalists don’t want to look THAT ridiculous.

      • 27 0388jojothecat
        August 17, 2012 at 1:11 pm

        Funny….they didn’t want to take the word of SEVERAL people, a newspaper ad from 1961, and a sitting Governor of HI, that President Obama was born in the United States….the media wondered out loud why he just won’t show it and shut these birthers up.

        • 28 0388jojothecat
          August 17, 2012 at 1:13 pm

          …..not newspaper ad, I meant to say, birh announcement in the newspaper…

          • 29 veryslowwriter
            August 17, 2012 at 1:23 pm

            The announcement was in TWO papers. Fiendishly clever of the muslim soshalist! One question that never seems to get asked: why would an 18-year-old sneak off to Kenya (of all places) to give birth? What possible advantage to that could there be? Better medical care in Nairobi? I don’t think so. Having US citizenship is no big deal and Kenyan citizenship is much more of a leg up in the world? The whole idea is stupid.

    • 30 Obama Grandmama
      August 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      That commentator acted like all was well cuz Romney said he paid 13% the other years and more than 20% when adding in charitible deductions. The charitable deductions are used to arrive at the discounted percentage of taxes and if everyone could add on charities as Romney did he’d still be behind what percent everyone else paid.

      He left the detailed page out of the overseas shelters on his only submitted tax form for 2010. He has left out info on his submitted financial forms before too. I notice the fact that Romney has said he did one thing before and it was proved he had not (sited above). We cannot take his word for it as he has lied too much to the point where most people do not trust him.

      • 31 Obama Grandmama
        August 17, 2012 at 12:44 pm

        We also need to know if he is speaking about Federal INCOME taxes. What about the overseas sheltered accounts that should have been paid in taxes to the US?

        The good thing about his 13% comment is my neighbor came over when I was watering yesterday and we were chatting. She does not keep up on politics. She mentioned on her own and we were not even talking politics about how absurd it is that he only paid 13% taxes. So that alone had her floored without all the other things we are aware of so I thought that was encouraging.

        • 32 0388jojothecat
          August 17, 2012 at 1:16 pm

          Yeah, I saw many the two panelist on LO saying that too……”are we supposed to be so blessed that he PAID 13% in taxes and with charitible deductions almost 20% ( charitible deduction REDUCE your taxes not increase them).”

  5. 33 utaustinliberal
    August 17, 2012 at 11:20 am

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  8. 40 utaustinliberal
    August 17, 2012 at 11:39 am

  9. 41 Ladyhawke
    August 17, 2012 at 11:40 am

    The Romney Spell: Paul Ryan Starts Flip-Flopping Days After VP Selection

    By Sahil Kapur


    Not even conservative purists are safe from the Romney Spell.

    Within a week of being selected as Mitt Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan is already being accused of the same political sin critics often charge Romney with: flip-flopping.
    The Obama campaign, meanwhile, is happily noting these contradictions, claiming Romney is essentially criticizing his own running mate. On Thursday, referring to the China flap, Obama spokesman Danny Kanner taunted, “Today, Paul Ryan once again demonstrated that he’s been co-opted by Mitt Romney after flip-flopping on his own record.”



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  11. 44 isonprize
    August 17, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Just thought I would remind Lyin’ Ryan aka the zombie-eyed granny killer (that description is thanks to Esquire’s Charles Pierce!) of the reception he’s going to face when he finally gets to Florida.

    Re. Alan Grayson (D-FL) Get sick? Die Quick.

  12. 45 PoliticalJunkessa
    August 17, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Willard wasn’t ready for this, and his sidekick VP *definitely* isn’t ready for this. Willard was bad enough, but I’m looking at Ayn Paul’s record and I’m seeing absolute mediocrity. He has done nothing of distinction except get himself elected to office and put together some Powerpoint presentations full of fantasies and bullshit. Oh, and name a post office and lower the tax on arrows. He’s mediocre in every way, and this little emperor has no clothes on. This faux-earnest looking fraud deserves ridicule and he’s gonna get it before this election is over.

    • 46 utaustinliberal
      August 17, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      Hahahahahahaha….the “Ayn Paul” coinage had me doing a spit take.

    • August 17, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      Not true. He did get more stimulus money for several energy initiatives in his district. Oh wait minute…

    • 49 Ladyhawke
      August 17, 2012 at 12:29 pm


      I agree PJ. Paul Ryan is an overrated one trick pony. His budget plan is his claim to fame. Followed by P90X and Ayn Rand. And now he is already running away from his precious budget plan. Once we dispense with that, what’s left. Those two bills he passed for a post office and some arrows? I couldn’t believe how dismal his voting record is. Meanwhile, he totally enabled GWB’s agenda. He is a fraud. He is not a wonky deficit hawk. And don’t even get me started with his extreme and radical views on women’s reproductive rights. As if all of that wasn’t enough, he is turning out to be just as big a liar as Romney. They are two peas in a pod as far as that goes. I am looking forward to OFA doing to Ryan’s budget plan what they did to Romney’s CEO of Bain experience. I can just imagine the treasure trove of opposition research on Ryan. He’s not all he’s cracked up to be. I bet Minority Leader Pelosi and Congressman Barney Frank have some good stories to tell about Boy Wonder.

    • 50 Obama Grandmama
      August 17, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      When Ryan is viewed as the hope for the future of the Republican party it seems they have no one of substance on their side. I keep wondering why Romney even picked him other than pressure from the Right. I keep thinking Romney and his campaign are just reacting and running by the seat of their pants counting on the economy, the rich people’s ads, and the voter suppression. Those may still be enough but I pray not.

  13. 51 donna dem 4 obama
    August 17, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Here you go Criquet 😉

    • 52 criquet
      August 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      Thanks so much Donna Dem 4 Obama,much appreciated. You guys are the best.

    • 53 isonprize
      August 17, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      Shorter Benen: Re-thugs voted against creating Medicare, been trying to kill it ever since, most recently with CouponCare. Democrats created Medicare and have defended it for those same 50 years. It’s popular and saves lives. Why would Dems abandon Medicare now?

  14. 54 terim
    August 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Watch: Broadway Stars Turn ‘Les Misérables’ Into Awesome Obama Re-Election Ad
    This gave me chills!!

  15. 59 Squarepeg
    August 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    CHIPS, have you seen this? If not, PLEASE POST IT, THIS IS PRECIOUS.

  16. 61 edwina3
    August 17, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Little known Romney factoid, Tracy Morgan tells Letterman that he went to high school with Mitt and he smoked weed:

    • 62 hopefruit2
      August 17, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      I think that’s a joke he was making. Morgan is 20-some odd years younger than Mitt. There’s no way they went to the same HS. Plus they came from starkly different SES backgrounds. Mitt probably went to a very select private high school for Mormon whites only.

      • 63 edwina3
        August 17, 2012 at 12:44 pm

        Oh that’s Tracey’s shtick, he also claims that all kinds of wildly outrageous people are his birth fathers and that he an Oprah are in a relationship

  17. 65 Dudette
    August 17, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Partial report card. Any President would be proud of having achieved a small subset of this President’s accomplishments and he would be re-elected with a resounding and overwhelming mandate to continue his work on behalf of the American people.


  18. 66 donna dem 4 obama
    August 17, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Ryan will be going to the “Villages” in Florida tomorrow with his mother (hate to say it but just to use her as a prop). PBO went to “Century Village” (the kissing grannies) which leans Democratic. Where Ryan is going tomorrow is a Republican haven. It’s billed as one of the largest retirement communities in the Nation and the vast majority of seniors that live in that community are Republican. I remember the half-term gov went there after their convention in 2008 and drew a really big crowd. So be prepared for a big turnout for Ryan tomorrow with the newstainers all fawning all over him and his mother. The whole event will be staged by the Romney camp and the media will lap it up.

    • 67 hopefruit2
      August 17, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      That’s fine. It’s the best they’re going to get and then it’s all DOWNHILL from there… I would advise them to savor the moment while it lasts.

  19. 68 utaustinliberal
    August 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm

  20. 69 Dudette
    August 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    The Fantabulously Awesome Stephanie Cutter debunks the bogus whiteboard

  21. 71 Dudette
    August 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I’d be doing this too, if I had the chance to go there…

  22. 75 donna dem 4 obama
    August 17, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    So the media feels that because Romney said so we should take his word that he paid at least 13% in taxes. Now this same media who said the President should just release his long form birth certificate to put the speculation to rest. So PBO has to show proof but Romney’s word is good enough….

    • 76 hopefruit2
      August 17, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      Unfortunately for the media, the Obama camp continues to push the issue, and so are we. This tax issue is not going anywhere! 🙂

    • 77 carolyn
      August 17, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      No, Romney’s word isn’t good enough. Remember Trump and a few other stupidos led the fight for the birth certificate…the MSM went along, but I don’t remember them driving that one. The MSM will follow Messina, and Reid, and others who keep this hot potato going. This isn’t going away…..only a small break while Ryan stumbled out of the gate. It’s on again.

  23. 78 cookemom
    August 17, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    thanks for the one term more video, added it to zenful blog: http://www.zenfulrevolutionapparel.com/blogs/news
    How do I embed a video to a tweet?

  24. August 17, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    I personally don’t think for one minute that Mitt Romney is worth $200M. He must be worth at least 4 times that much considering how much he has invested all over the planet and what he really must make on interest every year if he’s actually reporting $21M.

  25. August 17, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    The Obama administration said Friday that it would use $470 million in unused money earmarked by members of previous Congresses to pay for new transportation projects.

    The White House said the money comes from appropriations bills that were passed by lawmakers from 2003 to 2006. Since taking over the House in 2010, Republicans have banned earmarks, and have touted the fact that the recently approved $105 billion transportation bill did not include any.


  26. 84 Ladyhawke
    August 17, 2012 at 12:55 pm


    Rep. Ryan’s Undeserved Reputation for Fiscal Responsibility (A MUST READ)

    By Center for American Progress


    The reputation of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as a fiscal hawk is at odds with his record of supporting nearly every single budget-busting law of the past decade. Since 2001 he has voted for at least 65 separate pieces of deficit- and debt-increasing legislation, with the total tab for all those votes a whopping $6.8 trillion in cumulative deficits.

    Rep. Ryan has served as a member of the House of Representatives since 1998. That year the budget was in surplus and stayed that way for the next three years. But with the start of the George W. Bush administration came the return of the red ink. In January 2001, before any Bush administration policies had been passed, the Congressional Budget Office, or CBO, was projecting budget surpluses totaling $5.6 trillion over following decade. Instead, we got cumulative deficits totaling $6.1 trillion, an $11.7 trillion difference. CBO estimates that laws passed by Congress and signed by Presidents Bush and Barack Obama are responsible for $8.5 trillion of that difference. Rep. Ryan cast his vote for about 80 percent of that $8.5 trillion.
    Rep. Ryan also voted, repeatedly, to increase federal spending without paying for it. Most notably, he voted in support of every single defense spending bill over the past 11 years. These votes, on both the regular defense appropriations bills and on a series of “emergency supplementals,” have added nearly $1.9 trillion to the deficit since 2001.


    Much more here with supporting CHARTS.


  27. 85 utaustinliberal
    August 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Thanks for the idea Linda. 🙂

  28. 87 utaustinliberal
    August 17, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Whose fault is it? Pres. Obama’s fault. With those darned wonderful economic policies of his. 😉

  29. August 17, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Ok, I listened to a Paul Ryan speech, and let me tell you, you didn’t miss much. I always have this sort of problem with Republican Conventions. I’ll say that I won’t look at it, yet I end up doing it anyway. I was sort of curious, considering that while in 2008, I saw many of Obama/Biden and McCain/Palin Campaign rallies, that we have not really seen many Romney/Ryan rallies. Then, the media today, from MSNBC, FOX, to C-Span didn’t cover this one except by live stream. So, I checked the live stream out.

    Well, I will say this. I know why the Republicans are trying to jack up Vice President Biden now. Paul Ryan really didn’t have IT like Joe Biden does. I didn’t sense he really connected with the audience at all. Hell, Sarah Palin did a better job of connecting with the audience, and THAT’S saying something.

    Ok, the rally itself was impressively large. It was also astoundingly white. It was funny how Ryan alluded to Virginia being diverse, yet there was hardly a sign of diversity in the whole gymnasium. You would expect raucous cheers and shouts rivaling the Obama/Biden rallies. Well, here I felt they were subdued. The little things don’t lie here. The crowd was not really feeling Paul Ryan the way that they would Sarah Palin or George W. Bush.

    Ryan is not a great speaker. AT ALL. Great speakers are able to cajole with their words and give the audience a sense of feeling that you are in a room with an important person. They are supposed to help the listener connect with the speaker. The way the reactions were, you got the sense people were cheering out of sense of obligation than really feeling it. This is just the political science part of me talking here. Reagan, Clinton, W. sort of had some sort of ability to make the audience feel proud of them and thus proud of themselves for supporting a winning ticket. I didn’t get that here.

    Ryan’s speech was short, with applause lines pretty much lifted from any Obama 08 speech you could find. “They are more focused on winning the next election….” “They have run out of ideas…” Imitation is the best form of flattery, and man are they doing it. It is OBVIOUS that the Romney campaign has gone to the old Obama 08 files, speeches, and videos and is really trying to recreate that feeling on their side. It’s also noticeable they have done this, since their ads consist of footage from then to try and somehow shame President Obama and the Democrats for supposedly straying from that campaigns message, though it makes me wonder how in the hell would they even know what the message was.

    Ryan had nothing but open ended policy promises, such as creating 12 Million new jobs in 4 years. How they will do that, cut regulations, cut spending, and cut taxes. Such a winning recipe during the Bush years, right Paul? Then, he decried the Obama administration for the “uncertainty” and threatening to impose an “above 40% tax hike on our small businesses and “job creators”.” YEAH.

    Then, he said the new falsehood that we need to smack down, that Barack Obama promised that he would keep unemployment below 8% when he came into office.” Never said that, and I bet most of that crowd really knew it too, because they know subconsciously that Barack Obama has ALWAYS said that we would have a tough time getting our economy back on track.

    In his attempt to relate to the crowd in Virginia, he alludes to him “fishing bass in Virginia” and talks about the founding fathers and the bullshit about how “Rights came from God and Nature, not Government”…..which is funny considering that many in that crowd believe that Gays and Lesbians should not copulate nor any minority with a white person. Yeah, if this is the stuff their bringing, bring on the convention speeches, because our convention is gonna be off the hook.

    • 89 nospin
      August 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      thanks for watching so I didn’t have to and for the summary.

      “Ryan’s speech was short, with applause lines pretty much lifted from any Obama 08 speech you could find. ”

      that was funny as heck. hah!

      • August 17, 2012 at 1:40 pm

        I mean, seriously. I was listening, wondering where have I heard this before. Not to mention, they used “Only in America” the song played at the end of Barack Obama’s 08 nomination speech!

        • 91 utaustinliberal
          August 17, 2012 at 2:57 pm

          Thanks for watching. Very interesting and astute observations. I’ve had the unfortunate “pleasure” of watching Paul Ryan give a speech at an event and you’re right; he’s one step above the snooze-fest that is Romney and that’s not saying a lot. He doesn’t have the Palin factor that the GOP seems to love (don’t ask me why) and you get a sense that the crowd merely shows up and applauds as a sense of obligation and to toe the party line.

    • 92 jackiegrumbacher
      August 17, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      You are brave, Sly, and very observant. Thank you for taking it for the team. I would have trouble controlling my nausea and rage listening to little Paul.

  30. 93 Ladyhawke
    August 17, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    The Big Lie Of The Day: The Osama Swiftboaters



    Osama bin Laden and most of Al Qaeda’s top leadership, a president who — in the midst of a highly polarized election — earns a 58 percent approval rating on terrorism, according to Gallup?

    Republicans only have one trick up their sleeve when it comes to attacking a Democrat with an impressive military record. It’s called “swift boating,” and in 2004, the original swift boaters disgracefully demeaned the war record of Senator John F. Kerry, a genuine war hero and Democratic presidential nominee.

    In 2012, the GOP faces an even more difficult predicament, running against a president who undeniably played a crucial war in not only ending a war but ending the life of the man behind the 9/11 attacks. Worse still, the GOP convention is about to nominate a ticket with less foreign policy and national security experience than any Republican nominees since at least the 1940s. Leading the ticket is a man who avoided the Vietnam draft when his church sent him as a Mormon missionary – to France! Which made the announcement of his vice presidential choice on a warship look just slightly ridiculous.
    This fresh eruption of swift boating is so lacking in credibility that the media immediately compared it with the widely discredited 2004 attacks on Kerry. The difference is that this time, Democrats are fighting back.



  31. 94 utaustinliberal
    August 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Twitter is just on fire today pointing out the hypocrisy of Romney-Ryan. Journalists are also glomming on to the topic. Team Obama is wise indeed.

    • August 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      “…Team Obama is wise indeed.”

      Yeah indeedy! 😉

      Obama 2012: Built to Broadcast…

      When Obama 2008 campaign manager David Plouffe likened the campaign’s email list to a television network in his campaign memoir, it was a rough analogy. But for the revamped Obama 2012 campaign, the meaning is quite literal. The YouTube and social media revolution of the last four years has given the campaign the power to produce and disseminate powerful video content that it can broadcast to a highly targeted audience of millions, effectively for free…

      The campaign doesn’t put out a blast to reporters with every video. Indeed, Obama 2012 sends out few press releases at all. The point is not to leverage traditional media outlets to amplify the campaign’s message. The point appears precisely to go around the mainstream media, using social networks and more blunt tools like segments of the campaign’s email list to bring unfiltered messages directly to key consituencies…

      We’re seeing something really new in the history of presidential politics develop out of Chicago. This is a social-media-optimized campaign. And it’s not just video: Last Friday the campaign’s #ILikeObamaCare hashtag campaign on Twitter — in which tweeps were asked to declare their personal reasons for supporting the law — became the number one trending topic in the country, outpacing Justin Bieber, Hunger Games and National Puppy Day.

      All of this direct communication with targeted voters is happening without the advice or consent of the mainstream media, in ways that David Plouffe could scarcely have imagined just four years ago. Meanwhile, the Mitt Romney campaign website looks like it’s still trying to catch up to Obama 2008.

      Consider the Obama advantage: (Of course, its’ advantage has expanded to other social media/medium (Google+, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram, et al)!!!)

      Facebook likes:

      Obama: 25.8 million
      Romney: 1.5 million

      Twitter followers:

      Obama: 13.4 million
      Romney: 0.4 million

      Email list:

      Obama: ~13 million
      Romney: N/A

      Pinterest followers:

      Obama (joined yesterday): 7801
      Romney (wife Ann’s account): 4801

      Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/national-affairs/obama-2012-built-to-broadcast-20120328#ixzz23pWPKIkb

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together – WE MUST!
      YES.WE.CAN, Again…Obama./Biden 2012!
      HOPE over fear & CHANGE over racism!

    • 96 Don
      August 17, 2012 at 3:06 pm

      Oh so true, you can’t have both. Either pick President Obama and keep your medicare or pick the white guy and loss your medicare.

  32. August 17, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Good old bat Andrea Mitchel is outraged, that the President will nit submit Himself fro questions to the DC press.
    More like an interrogation. The DC and Campaign reporters are an extension of the RNC and they got their loaded questions ready to go.
    If the Beltway press could get away with it, they would waterboard the President.
    Lots of hatred in that Tea Party Press Corps.

  33. 98 cookemom
    August 17, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    As I read somewhere, The base is as excited about Paul R’ayn as the VP pick as they were about the VP pick in ’08 who is now banned from their own convention.

  34. 99 cookemom
    August 17, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Kevin Madden, Robme campaign manager does not look well. He is trying to defend his candidate on Mitchell’s show and the campaign must be taking a toll. It’s mighty hard to keep up appearances when you instruct people to lie everyday.

  35. 100 Ladyhawke
    August 17, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    TOP SIX MYTHS ABOUT MEDICARE – (Very Informative. A must read.)

    By Mark Miller | Reuters


    Mitt Romney’s selection of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate guarantees a fierce debate about the future of Medicare during the presidential campaign this fall.

    Ryan is the author of several plans to slash the cost of Medicare, the U.S. health insurance program for the elderly and disabled. He would do that by transforming it into a voucher program that would provide seniors a fixed annual benefit, so-called premium support. That plan is overwhelmingly unpopular among all Americans, and especially seniors, because it would more than double their current out-of-pocket Medicare costs over the coming decade.

    The debate already is generating plenty of claims and counter-claims about what is and is not working – often based on misinformation about how Medicare actually functions today. So let’s take a look at the six biggest myths about Medicare, along with the facts.








    Read a thorough write-up on each Medicare myth here …….


  36. 101 nospin
    August 17, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Obama Administration says “We Can’t Wait,”
    tells states to use idle earmarks to improve transportation and put people to work

    At DOT, we know that America’s transportation infrastructure is in need of attention, while construction workers across the country remain eager to get back on the job repairing, replacing, and modernizing our roads, rails, and runways.

    Over the last decade, Congress has set aside $473 million in transportation funds that were never spent. These idle earmarks have sat on the shelf as our infrastructure continues to age and fall into disrepair, and hundreds of thousands of construction workers look for work. That ends today.


    • 102 Ladyhawke
      August 17, 2012 at 1:35 pm


      Thanks for posting nospin. This makes my heart sing. Just terrific news. President Obama is making government cool again and it’s freaking out the Republican Party. This is what smart and efficient government looks like. He is a true leader. PBO is leaving the GOP in the dust. They are going to squeal like stuck pigs. But they are going to look pretty foolish complaining about this.


    • August 17, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      It’s amazing that LaHood is still allowed to call himself a Republican …

    • 104 daisydem
      August 17, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      Now this one makes MY heart sing! Go people … use those funds, build those roads, build those tracks, repair those bridges … and oh yeah, you are gonna need workers! Jobs!

  37. 106 utaustinliberal
    August 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Video of Pres. Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on Entertainment Tonight.


    • 107 carolyn
      August 17, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      How much larger is Entertainment Tonight’s audience than any of the cable news stations? This is a good move. Reaches an audience that won’t be reached by news stations. Someone in a comment said they were all “softball” questions…..DOH! This is ENTERTAINMENT where they belong. Watch MTP, FTN, etc, and see where softball questions are used and should not be.

  38. 108 cookemom
    August 17, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Chris VanHollen is the stand-in as Paul R’ayn during practice debates with Joe Biden.

    • 109 hopefruit2
      August 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      I would love to see those rehearsals – John Kerry as Romney and Van Hollen as Ryan 🙂

      I guess the GOP is all hush-hush about who their stand-ins are…so far we haven’t heard anything from their side.

  39. 111 4morefor44
    August 17, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    over the next 2 months, i want to destroy palin ryan’s political career forever. i don’t ever want to see this guy resurfacing as a “potential presidential candidate” years later. and destroy the entire republican party too while we’re at it…that would be good for the future of humanity. that’s exactly what president obama has been doing with his constant attack on “trickle down economics” once and for all. forward!!!

    • 112 cookemom
      August 17, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Not to worry, demographically the elephant is on life support. They have alienated every group with the exception of older white working class men. They can’t continue unless they become more inclusive. Their base won’t let that happen any time soon. As for Pay’em and R’ayn, they will only be relevant as long as the rabid teabutts keep them that way. R’ayn may have enough sense to keep his head down and try to redeem himself among his congressional peers. $arah Pay’em has no such sense of introspect so don’t count on her ever leaving the limelight. She won’t let us quit her.

  40. 113 Claire
    August 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Another hit job in the WaPo today. They find one black man who no longer supports the POTUS and it’s front page news. They make ill.

  41. August 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Oh this is Rich-

    Paul Ryan slammed President Obama on Thursday for failing to rescue an auto factory in his Wisconsin district — one that closed in 2008, under President George W. Bush.

    The latest attack highlights the complicated politics of the auto rescue for Ryan, who was one of only a handful of Republicans to vote in favor of the 2008 bailout that President Bush signed as a stopgap measure to prevent the industry from going under.

    “I remember President Obama visiting it when he was first running, saying he’ll keep that plant open,” Ryan said in Ohio Thursday, describing the shuttered GM factory in Janesville, Wis. “One more broken promise.”

    Ryan blamed rising gas prices under Obama for the closing. He echoed the complaint in an interview with a local ABC affiliate, suggesting it showed that Obama’s auto rescue was a sham.

    “It didn’t help Janesville,” he said. “They shut our plant down. It didn’t help Kenosha. I represent there; they shut down the Chrysler plant.”

    The Detroit News noted that Obama said during a visit in early 2008 that government help and some restructuring could keep the plant open. But after the financial crisis and a collapse in demand for the SUVs the factory produced, it shut down in December 2008 in the waning days of Bush’s second term. It’s still owned by GM, but has been closed ever since.


    • 115 Claire
      August 17, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      That’s rich indeed!

    • 116 jackiegrumbacher
      August 17, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      This is what you say when you’re running for Congress, not for VPotus. The president saved the auto industry, which then determined which plants and products it would continue. Plus, as usual, he makes a sloppy point that can be fact checked. This man is still very junior in his experience and outlook. This is the big leagues, little Paul. Grow up. Wish Bob Zerban, his congressional opponent, would manage to shred him.

  42. 117 Ladyhawke
    August 17, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Republicans Claim Obama-Biden Are More Nasty And Divisive Than In Any Presidential Campaign In History: Really?

    By Progressive Professor


    But both Barack Obama and Joe Biden have stuck to attacks on the issues, not personalities, as both have always said that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are good family men, decent people, but are wrong on the issues.

    On the other hand, the Republicans have launched personal attacks on both Obama and Biden, making insulting comments about them, particularly Obama, questioning whether he is an American, wondering about his birthplace, playing the race card, and showing him disrespect. And now, Biden is being attacked that he may have “lost it”, ridiculing mistakes he makes, which are few and far between as compared to Mitt Romney throughout his Presidential campaign!

    So what it comes down to is that GOP does not like an aggressive opposition on the issues and contradictions they have as their record. The answer is tough on them, as this is the “big time”, and no longer will the Democrats allow themselves to be disrespected and ridiculed without a strong, aggressive response!



  43. 120 utaustinliberal
    August 17, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Thanks Jovie. 😀

  44. 121 Ladyhawke
    August 17, 2012 at 1:49 pm


    Surprise: “Golden Boy” Paul Ryan Budget Plan Balances The Budget In 2040!

    By Progressive Professor


    Paul Ryan is supposed to be the “Golden Boy” of the Republican Party, their best hope for the future!
    This is courage? This is “reform”? Give me a break!



  45. 122 utaustinliberal
    August 17, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Paul Ryan is quickly becoming a bane on the Romney campaign.

  46. 124 Ladyhawke
    August 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm


    What Romney considers ‘suicidal’

    By Steve Benen


    We’ve heard quite a bit from Romney and his surrogates lately about how eager they are to have a substantive, policy-focused debate. And while that sounds delightful, they neglected to mention the asterisk — the substantive, policy-focused debate has to steer clear of any and all details.

    As we’ve discussed before, this isn’t a new development for Romney. He explained to a conservative magazine in April that when he told voters his specific plans in previous campaigns, voters didn’t agree with the specifics and it undermined his ambitions.

    It’s better, he effectively argued, to hide the facts from voters until after the election.



  47. 126 nospin
    August 17, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Off topic

    Harlem teen says she was cuffed, held in MetroCard flap
    Cops detained her for 90 minutes after wrongly believing she had misused a student transit pass

    Cops roughed up and handcuffed a Harlem student after mistakenly believing that the 15-year-old was too old to use a student MetroCard, the teen claims.

    And now the NYPD has opened an investigation into the allegation, the Daily News has learned.

    Alexis Sumpter, 15, wasn’t arrested or given a summons during the July 26 interaction — but she says she was shaken and humiliated by the experience.

    “They called me liar,” she remembers. “Then they grabbed me by my arms and flung me up the stairs. I kept saying, I’m only 15 — why are you guys doing this?

    “They said they didn’t owe me an explanation,” she said. The police called her dad, William, a Con Ed worker, who vouched for her age. Still disbelieving, they called her mom, who had to take her birth certificate before they released her daughter.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/harlem-teen-cuffed-held-metrocard-flap-article-1.1126674#ixzz23pScKhwy

    I am so ticked off with this. . . I think the solution is to send this to LaHood and a few others in the Obama administration.

    • 127 Linda
      August 17, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      New York City is a Police State..

    • 128 Don
      August 17, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      But no, Bloomberg has the time to worry about other shit while his officers continue to stop and frisk and harass African Americans.

    • August 17, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      Don’t see what LaHood can do about that. This is most likely the result of Bloomberg’s policies like Stop & Frisk.

      • 130 Dudette
        August 17, 2012 at 4:08 pm

        Subway system is administered by the Metropolitan Transit Authority. If they receive federal funding, contacting Secretary LaHood isn’t totally out in left field.

        The Transit Authority has something called the Permanent Citizens Advisory Board. You might find a sympathetic ear there. Their contact info is here: http://www.pcac.org/contact-us/

        • August 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm

          Federal funding or not, the kid was harassed by cops. its for the NYPD to handle or a civil rights group. If this case was taken up several notches and taken to federal level, the guy to call on would be Eric Holder.

  48. 132 Ladyhawke
    August 17, 2012 at 2:25 pm


    By Judah Ginsberg


    What does a political party do if its ideology appeals to a shrinking percentage of the electorate?

    It either alters its ideology, the logical thing to do, or it alters the electorate, which is what the Republican Party is attempting to do.

    In state after state, Republican-controlled legislatures have passed laws aimed at narrowing the electorate. Some of the new laws curtail early voting and impose requirements aimed at limiting registration of new voters. The most common legislation requires voters to show government-issued photo identification.
    Not confident they can win the presidency on the merit of their policies, Republicans have decided to rig the 2012 election by excluding groups likely to vote Democratic, especially by excluding African American voters. Rigging elections by race used to be common in America.

    That was in the past, or so we thought.

    Apparently, Republicans are willing to return to the past of racially rigged elections. That’s a result the rest of us should not allow to happen.

    Posted July 27, 2012



  49. 133 Ladyhawke
    August 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Paul Ryan in Six Charts: How He’d Bring Romney’s Taxes Close to Zero

    —By Tim Murphy


  50. 134 nospin
    August 17, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Mitt Romney’s Abortion Business Made Him $50M

    Truth is stranger than fiction. You can’t make this stuff up because nobody would believe you. Mitt Romney’s business record is his chief qualification to be President, he says. Did you know that Mitt Romney’s business was the abortion business, from which he made $50 Million burning aborted fetuses through his company Stericycle?

    Continue reading at NowPublic.com: Mitt Romney’s Abortion Business Made Him $50M | NowPublic News Coverage


  51. 136 nospin
    August 17, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Romney advisers confirm it: We’re running a `just trust me’ campaign

    ” Advisers say the campaign has no plans to pivot from its previous view that diving into details during a general-election race would be suicidal.

    The Romney strategy is simple: Hammer away at Obama for proposing cuts to Medicare and promise, in vague, aspirational ways, to protect the program for future retirees — but don’t get pulled into a public discussion of the most unpopular parts of the Ryan plan.

    “The nature of running a presidential campaign is that you’re communicating direction to the American people,” a Romney adviser said. “Campaigns that are about specifics, particularly in today’s environment, get tripped up.”


  52. 141 Ladyhawke
    August 17, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Five Reasons Paul Ryan Is Already a Worse VP Choice Than Sarah Palin

    August 17th, 2012 12:45 am Jason Sattler


    The economic crash of 2008 clearly didn’t help John McCain’s chances of becoming president. But his decision to “suspend” his campaign at the beginning of the crisis is remembered, along with his “game-changing” choice of running-mate Sarah Palin, as the worst strategic blunders of his campaign. The selection of Paul Ryan by Mitt Romney combines both of these blunders into one massive mistake.

    You can discern what the Rove-era Republicans view as their most troubling weakness by noting whatever they attack. Their full-court press on the credibility of Joe Biden proves that the right knows Romney’s choice of Ryan hasn’t resulted in a bounce and carries tremendous downside risk.

    For months, Romney had vowed to make this election entirely about the economy. And in the heat of August he chose Paul Ryan and changed the game.

    With Palin, the burbling celebration curdled into buyer’s remorse within a few weeks after the Republican convention. With Ryan, that same emotion has taken hold among Republican insiders two weeks before their convention.

    – The Ryan Record
    – Ryan’s Plan
    – Seniors
    – Ryan v. Ryan
    – It’s a Trap



  53. 142 nospin
    August 17, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Ohio auto industry adding thousands of jobs

    Ohio’s auto industry is rebounding from a long slide, having added thousands of jobs as pent-up demand for new and more fuel-efficient vehicles has pumped up production, according to environmental advocacy group and the federal government.


  54. August 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Has anyone seen/heard this? My daughter sent it to me. http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/obama-compliments-romney-sort-of .
    It is FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!! Don’t mess with this President!

  55. 146 hopefruit2
    August 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm

  56. 147 donna dem 4 obama
    August 17, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    More Media Fail. Like I said yesterday if the cable chatter spent half as much time discussing the truth about the issues we face (like Medicare) as they do trying to ensure a horse race for this election our President would be ahead by 20 points in the polls. I honestly believe this!

    POLL: Republicans Oppose Paul Ryan’s Proposed Changes To Medicare


    Although vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has put Medicare back in the news by touting his drastic plan to phase out the traditional program, Americans’ opposition to the Republican ticket’s plan for Medicare is consistent across party lines. Two new polls from the Kaiser Family Foundation find that neither Democrats nor Republicans favor overhauling the government program, and a majority of Americans report they would trust Obama over Romney to make the right decisions about health care going forward.


  57. 148 Vicki
    August 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    To Bobfr and other able Twitterers: Ryan’s medicare Voucher widens your donut hole and takes away paid-for Obamacare wellness provisions.
    Only affects 55 & under?!? LIES!!!

    I don’t Tweet or I’d get this to all FL congress.

  58. 152 Linda
    August 17, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    The Romney/Ryan Medicare plan ?

  59. 153 nospin
    August 17, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    VPOTUS on Medicare.

  60. August 17, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Just when You think you have heard everything, the WH had to address the Pussy riot in Russia.

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