Hey Mitt! You Have Hillary Clinton, Now Where’s Harry And Louise?

Update: We briefly discussed the appearance of Mitt Romney, boos included, at the NAACP below. It was an example of the Romney campaign doing smart things and our attempt to encourage Republicans/conservatives to become more I/E instead of neanderthal E/I.

Tonight we have another example of some Romney smarts. According to Drudge: Condi Rice near the top of Romney’s VP shortlist?

We doubt Rice will be the VP choice by Romney. But Mitt Romney’s campaign must be admired for stepping on the “Romney is racist because he didn’t pander to the NAACP and how dare he go there and give the same speech he gives to every group telling them what he will do as president.” (By the way, where’s Barack? Is he raising money in the ‘hood?)

By leaking the Condi Rice as potential VP story Romney sure stuck a shiv in the NAACP race-baiters. Smart move Mitt. Now give a call to Harry and Louise.

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We frayed our favorite lace gloves applauding The Greatest Republican Ad Evahhhh. You recall that ad don’t you. It featured Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton is again featured in a brand new Romney ad which correctly calls out Barack Obama as the liar he is:

“When a president doesn’t tell the truth,” the voiceover in the ad says. “How can we trust him to lead?”

“The Obama outsourcing attacks: ‘misleading, unfair and untrue,'” the voiceover continues. “There was ‘no evidence’ that Mitt Romney shipped jobs overseas.”

Then, the ad refers to what it considers unfair attacks on Democrat Hillary Clinton during the 2008 campaign. “Candidate Obama lied about Hillary Clinton,” the voiceover states, before cutting to a clip of Clinton saying, “So shame on you, Barack Obama.”



At Republican/conservative HotAir, they don’t get it. In their analysis of Dueling ads: Liar in Chief vs the Unfeeling Technobot the Obama “bitter, clingy” returns with a red tint:

“Team Romney obviously aims for the Hillary Clinton voters who have grown disenchanted with Obama in this ad, but any of them still nursing resentment over 2008 probably aren’t voting for Obama this time around, anyway. Hillary will almost certainly be campaigning for Obama in the general election, so Romney’s defense of her honor here is going to get negated at some point in time.”

First of all Hillary Clinton has already declared that as Secretary of State she will not campaign for Obama nor will she attend the Obama disaster in North Carolina. But the point of the ad is to speak to independents and reminding those independents that Obama lied about Hillary Clinton and that Obama is lying about Romney. Why is this such a tough concept for usually intelligent people to understand?

It’s the same with why Romney went to the NAACP was not to court black voters. It was to court whites who want to be reassured that Romney is not a racist. That Romney got booed at the NAACP convention is a plus for him. Wolf Blitzer gets it. It’s not really a very tough concept to understand.

Wolf Blitzer rips Obama for skipping NAACP convention and states the obvious:

“BLITZER:Despite the boos, it was a smart political move for Mitt Romney to address the NAACP. He knows he is not going to win over a lot of black voters, but attending these kinds of events is important in reassuring a lot of the suburban white voters that he is a moderate, decent politician, someone that wants to work with all Americans”



If Blitzer understands why Romney getting booed is smart, why Romney going into “the lion’s den” is smart, why can’t usually smart Republicans/conservatives understand that Romney highlighting Obama lies against Hillary Clinton is very smart? Why? Is it that you can’t teach I/E to the E/I?

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Mitt Romney’s campaign is not only following our advice on the “Secret Weapon,” the Romney campaign has adopted the Big Pink catechism:

“Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.”

Candidate Obama lied about Hillary Clinton.” We love the smell of Napalm truth in the morning.

Speaking of Napalm truth, isn’t this ad that merges the “War On Women” with “It’s the economy, stupid?” easily have come from the Hillary Clinton campaign?:



Now, do we have to explain to the E/I Republicans/conservatives that this War On Women ad is very good or will they stupidly reply that talking about the “War On Women” is somehow bad?

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Mitt Romney is wisely reminding voters of Obama lies against Hillary Clinton. Mitt Romney is smartly using our catechism about trust to expose Obama. But where in blazes are Harry and Louise? If Mitt wants to be particularly daring maybe it’s time for Harry and Louie. We explain below.

In December of 2007 we quoted Paul Krugman and several of his columns voicing concern about Barack Obama (yes, Paul was logical then). This is what Krugman wrote back in 2007/2008:

Have you seen or heard about the radio ad that Obama is running in Iowa about health care?

It has a man and a woman talking, with the man leading off saying that health care mandates “force those who cannot afford health care insurance to buy it, punishing those who don’t fall in line.”

This is what I’ve been complaining about. I was willing to cut Obama slack on the lack of mandates in his plan, even though the economics says they’re necessary; I figured that in practice, if elected, he’d end up doing the right thing.*

I started ramping up the criticism when he started attacking his opponents from the right, making the lack of mandates a principle rather than a compromise — because that was poisoning the well, making it much harder for any future Democratic president to implement a plan that will work.

And whaddya know, now he’s running an ad that bears a striking resemblance to the infamous “Harry and Louise” ads, run by the insurance industry, that helped block health care reform in 1993.

Call it the audacity of cynicism.

Krugman understood that Obama was “poisoning the well”. Krugman agreed with us that Obama was “making it much harder for any future Democratic president to implement a plan that will work.”

Obama lied. Obama lied repeatedly. This is an important fact to communicate to voters who “like” Obama. HotAir please take note.

Obama lied. Obama lied repeatedly. Obama in his attacks on Hillary Clinton did indeed “poison the well”. Mitt Romney and all his allies should force the water from the poisoned well down Obama’s lying throat.

Isn’t it time for Romney to slam Obama at the kitchen table with a doozy of an Harry and Louise ad? Payback can be an itch that gets scratched:

“Obama Hit Hillary In 2008 Mailer For Individual Mandate Penalty

The mailings went out across Ohio during the heated 2008 primary, and hit Clinton for the individual mandate and penalzing those who don’t buy health insurance. Hillary Clinton said the mailing was a lie and seemed “almost if the insurance companies or the Republicans wrote it.”

With a little tweaking the Obama ad against Hillary could be turned into a fresh as a daisy ad today.


Obama Tax


Obama Tax


Obama Tax

Change you can believe in? C’mon Mitt – waterboard Barack Obama with the water from his poisoned well. Don’t worry about what the Obama “romneycare” return fire will be. All you have to do is force voters to see what a liar Obama is and stoke your base of voters to come out in massive numbers.

Americans don’t like to be lied to. Obama said it was not a tax. It’s a tax, most Americans know it is a tax, call it a tax:

“A new Quinnipiac University poll shows why Barack Obama has been so reluctant to talk about his health care plan this summer.

55% of voters say ObamaCare is a tax, while only 36% say it’s not. That’s a nearly 20% gap and a huge political liability.

Some of the specs:

a. Voters think Congress should repeal the law, 49%-43%.

The takeaway here: Very often, voters don’t like undoing something that’s been done, but tend to make peace with legislation only as time passes.

That suggests Republicans only have a small window of time to repeal the law, and it also means that it will probably be a potent political issue, heading into November.

b. A surprisingly high 40% of Hispanics want Congress to repeal the measure. Healthcare is still a top issue to Hispanics, and this is a pretty big repeal number.

c. Indies want repeal, 49%-41%.

d. Even though most voters want the law repealed, they nevertheless support the Supreme Court’s decision on its constitutionality, 48%-45%.

That shows the Supreme Court’s relatively strong image in the eyes of many Americans, but even more profoundly, it shows just how unpopular ObamaCare is, considering that voters are turning to Congress (which they hate) for a resolution.

e. Most voters (59%) said the Supreme Court decision wouldn’t affect their vote, but 27% said it would make them less likely to vote for Obama, while 12% said it would make them more likely.

Now here’s the money stat: 27% of indies say it’ll make them less likely to vote for Obama, while only 9% say it will make them more likely.

f. Gender gap on the mandate. 50% of women support a health insurance mandate, while 50% of men oppose it.

g. HUGE margins think ObamaCare is a tax.

55% say it’s a tax, while only 36% say it’s not. That gap widens when independents are asked. 59% of indies think it’s a tax, and 22% say it’s not.

That’s a stunning 37% gap that works to Republicans’ political favor.

Interestingly, Hispanics think it’s a tax by 60%/29%, which is an even higher margin than among whites. Real phenomenon or perils of polling subgroups?”

Obama can’t be trusted. He said ‘read my purple lips, No New Taxes‘. But then Obama taxed and taxed again. Romney can borrow from John Roberts and call Obama a Tax and Spend liberal. Is that too hard or will E/I Republicans complain about that too?

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306 thoughts on “Hey Mitt! You Have Hillary Clinton, Now Where’s Harry And Louise?

  1. and this proves Obama is walking a fine line….

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/top-obama-bundler-obamas-tax-hike-rhetoric-unfair-and-delusional/article/2501993#.T_8rsuDjHcc.twitter

    Top Obama bundler: Obama’s tax hike rhetoric ‘unfair and delusional’ Sick and tired of his constant anti wealth rhetoric.

    R. Donahue Peebles, a wealthy fundraiser for President Obama’s campaign, derided Obama’s push to raise taxes on the wealthy as “unfair and delusional” and defended Mitt Romney from criticisms pertaining to his wealth.

    “I’m so tired of hearing that the rich are not paying their fair share of taxes. Yeah, we are,” Peebles, who has raised between $100,000 and $200,000 for the Obama campaign, told The Huffington Post on Monday. “[T]o say that wealthy individuals are not paying their fair [share] is unfair and delusional.”

    The Congressional Budget Office reported this week that 20 percent of Americans pay 94 percent of all taxes, as Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, noted.

    Obama has made the “fair share” argument a central part of his call to return to tax people who make $250,000 or more at 39 percent, while extending the Bush tax rates for the rest of Americans. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney made the argument yesterday when he said that Republicans “I guess object on principle to the notion that everybody should do their fair share when it comes to getting our medium- and long-term deficits and debt under control.”

    Peebles is more sympathetic with the second part of Carney’s argument, though not entirely behind it. “So what should be said is that the wealthy Americans should have their tax rates raised because we need more money,” he suggested. “Now by the way, if they got all these tax raises it still wouldn’t put a dent in the national debt.”

  2. Romney going after Obama straight away.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/07/12/obama-felon-lie-romney-apology-demand

    Romney Demands Apology For Obama Campaign’s ‘Felon’ Lie

    This morning, the Obama team, springboarding from mainstream media coverage it had likely astroturfed, said that Mitt Romney was either a “felon” or a liar. Its mainstream media lackeys quickly played it up. And this morning, the Obama team was completely debunked by members of its own media, who were shamed into telling the truth by an enraged New Media. Now, the Romney campaign is calling for an apology from the Obama campaign and a retraction from the Boston Globe.

    “President Obama’s campaign hit a new low today when one of its senior advisers made a reckless and unsubstantiated charge to reporters about Mitt Romney that was so over the top that it calls into question the integrity of their entire campaign,” said Matt Rhoades, Campaign Manager of Romney For President. “President Obama ought to apologize for the out-of-control behavior of his staff, which demeans the office he holds. Campaigns are supposed to be hard fought, but statements like those made by Stephanie Cutter belittle the process and the candidate on whose behalf she works.”

    Another day, another Obama campaign implosion on Bain Capital.

    Yesterday, official mainstream media Obama bootlicker Greg Sargent of the Washington Post explained why the Obama campaign was so intent on targeting Bain Capital:

    The goal is twofold: First, to undermine Romney’s principle case for the presidency, i.e., that his business background makes him a “job creator” who is equipped to turn around the country’s economy. And second, to define Romney in a way that makes it easier for voters to understand his true policy goals and priorities on entitlements, taxes, and other issues.

    And thus the Obama campaign has sought to exploit the Bain Capital issue in a variety of ways. Each time, they’ve failed epically:

    When the Obama team first attacked Romney for his time at Bain Capital, Corey Booker and Bill Clinton quickly struck back, reminding Obama that attacking private equity was outrageous;
    When the Obama team, led by DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, attacked Romney for having offshore accounts, the New Media reminded the old media that Wasserman Schultz had offshore accounts of her own, and that Romney has never been accused of illegality in any way, shape, or form;
    When the Obama team attacked Mitt Romney with false charges of outsourcing via an obviously coordinated story in the Washington Post, the New Media immediately debunked the story and forced the media to back down;
    Now, the Obama team has tried to pretend that Romney was still running Bain Capital between 1999 and 2002 by deliberately misreading federal filings – and the New Media has debunked them and forced the mainstream media into compliance.

    Romney deserves an apology from Obama.

    But even more importantly, the Obama campaign is clearly grasping at messaging straws – and they’re not doing their fact-checking, instead relying on their media buddies to carry their poisonous water. Every class warfare straw at which they grasp seems to be lying atop a factual landmine. And with every Obama narrative that collapses, the President seems less and less credible.

    …………………

    Romney seems souped up, he does not like his personal integrity attacked.

  3. I had forgotten the extent to which the POS outright lied about HRC’s healthcare plan. And now he’s done the same thing he accused her of doing. He is a pathological sociopathic POS.

  4. Romney not bending over and taking it.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2012/jul/12/romney-camp-obamas-staff-out-control/

    Romney camp: Obama’s staff ‘out-of-control’

    Mitt Romney’s campaign manager today accused President Obama’s campaign of being “out-of-control” after a top Obama staffer said the former Massachusetts governor either broke the law or lied to voters.

    Stephanie Cutter, Mr. Obama’s deputy campaign manager, said recent news reports that questioned when Mr. Romney left Bain Capital have put his entire business record under scrutiny, and said he owes voters — or the Securities and Exchange Commission — an explanation.

    On a conference call with reporters Ms. Cutter said Mr. Romney “is the most secretive person to run for president since Richard Nixon.”

    But Matt Rhoades, Mr. Romney’s campaign manager, said that charge was so over-the-top that Mr. Obama needs to apologize for his entire campaign operation.

    “President Obama’s campaign hit a new low today when one of its senior advisers made a reckless and unsubstantiated charge to reporters about Mitt Romney that was so over the top that it calls into question the integrity of their entire campaign,” Mr. Rhoades said in a statement. “President Obama ought to apologize for the out-of-control behavior of his staff, which demeans the office he holds. Campaigns are supposed to be hard fought, but statements like those made by Stephanie Cutter belittle the process and the candidate on whose behalf she works.”

    Ms. Cutter is a long-time political operative who worked for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, worked for Sen. John Kerry’s campaign in 2004 and now works for Mr. Obama.

  5. ‘Romney seems souped up, he does not like his personal integrity attacked.”

    Agreed, moononpluto. The more I pay attention to his campaign the more I am convinced he has no hidden agenda, he truly thinks he’s the best person for the job, he is not afraid to put his policies on the line as he actually believes in them and he is not overly concerned about the ultimate electoral outcome as he has a clear conscience.

    Unlike the lunatic left who will need to be committed to an insane asylum if the POS loses MR is ready to accept the decision of the voters, whatever it may be, and is at peace with himself.

    He has dignity, competence and a calmness about him which I like.

    A lot.

  6. New York City regulators approved an average 17% increase in taxi fares Thursday, the first change since 2006.

    Yeah that’ll go down like a sack of shit in NY.

  7. BASIL99
    July 12th, 2012 at 4:54 pm
    He is a pathological sociopathic POS.
    _________________________________-
    This is the organizing principle from which all his actions flow.

  8. New York City regulators approved an average 17% increase in taxi fares Thursday, the first change since 2006.

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    That’s very very roughly 2.8% per year. Gasoline has gone up since 2006 — more than that, I bet.

  9. AFL-CIO’s Trumka: We’re not giving major $$ to Dem convention

    ” . . .unions will be holding their own event on August 11 in Philadelphia in advance of the convention, dubbed the “Workers Stand for America” rally. An AP story dubbed the event a “shadow convention,” a characterization union officials have tried to shoot down.”

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/afl-cios-trumka-were-not-giving-major-to-dem-convention/article/2501741

    Also, 3 KY dims not attending convention.

  10. Yup its desperation.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-my-biggest-mistake-was-not-telling-story_648482.html

    CBS News’s Charlie Rose has an interview with Barack and Michelle Obama airing tomorrow, and in an advance excerpt, the president says his biggest mistake was focusing too much on policy and not enough on the “story” of his presidency:

    “When I think about what we’ve done well and what we haven’t done well,” the president said, “the mistake of my first term – couple of years – was thinking that this job was just about getting the policy right. And that’s important. But the nature of this office is also to tell a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism, especially during tough times.”

    Mr. Obama acknowledged the dissonance between others’ perception of his strength as an expert orator, and his own.

    “It’s funny – when I ran, everybody said, well he can give a good speech but can he actually manage the job?” he said. “And in my first two years, I think the notion was, ‘Well, he’s been juggling and managing a lot of stuff, but where’s the story that tells us where he’s going?’ And I think that was a legitimate criticism.”

    Pressed by Rose about what he felt he needed to explain better to the American people, the president corrected that he wanted to do more “explaining, but also inspiring.”

    …………………………………….

    When you have to explain what you are doing, you have lost.

  11. Yup the Unions have basically snubbed their nose up at Obama, this Dem convention is going to be a mess, it started when Obama did’nt use union members for the work and brought in outside contractors. now Labor unions are determined to mess the convention up.

  12. uh oh, Obama insulted them……………

    Obama’s Absence The Talk Of NAACP Convention

    “I don’t think there’s anyone around the president who’s really, truly from the black community,” complains Chambliss.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/obamas-absence-the-talk-of-naacp-convention

    HOUSTON, Texas — The black leaders that attended the NAACP Convention here Thursday heaped praise on Vice President Joe Biden for a heated morning speech, but one question quietly pervaded the gathering: Where was President Obama?

    Obama’s decision to skip the annual convention in the heat of his re-election bid has been a point of of constant speculation here in recent days, providing a sort of microcosm for how the black community views the nation’s first African-American president as he nears the end of his first term.

    “The people here overwhelmingly supported President Obama, would have loved to have President Obama here. So there’s definitely some disappointment about that,” said Dedrick Muhammad, director of the NAACP’s Economic Department.

    Convention organizers said the president’s office cited a “scheduling conflict” as the reason he couldn’t attend. (Obama spent today in Washington D.C., and has no major public events.) And the president did make an effort to ensure the convention that he hadn’t forgotten them, appearing in a brief, pre-taped video praising the organization that aired before Biden’s address.

    But one former Obama administration official noted to BuzzFeed that the move looked like a snub.

    “Even considering the politics here, it seems odd that the first African-American President is sending his vice president to address the NAACP national convention in an election year,” the official said.

    Most of the convention’s audience, comprised of black civic leaders, business owners, and community activists, were reluctant to criticize Obama to the press, even as they complained about his neglect off the record — a reflection of a sense of protectiveness among many African-Americans, and an understanding that Obama must at times disappoint.

    But theories abound as to why Obama skipped the convention, with rumors being passed around over dinner buffets and in Starbucks lines. Several attendees claimed that a rift had recently formed between the NAACP board and the First Lady’s office (though no one had firsthand knowledge of the supposed breaking point). Others speculated that conservatives would have used the president’s presence at the convention to appeal to racist voters. And one prominent civil rights leader was still holding out hope minutes before Biden’s speech was scheduled to begin that the president would surprise the convention and show up.

    Alvin Chambliss, a retired law professor at Texas Southern University and lifelong members of the NAACP, blamed Obama’s advisers — particularly Valerie Jarrett — for his decision not to show up, echoing a common complaint here about the people in the president’s inner circle. Chambliss, who called the president’s absence “a downer,” said Jarrett is too afraid of Obama becoming defined by his race, and has led him to take his African-American supporters for granted.

    “I don’t think there’s anyone around the president who’s really, truly from the black community,” Chambliss said. “We have to re-elect him, but I pray that his second term will be different from his first term.”

    Chambliss went on to say he “long[ed] for the day when the NAACP will be an organization where every president, whether Republican or Democrat, would come because there would be punitive damages for not coming. But today is obviously not that day.”

    “We can give him a pass,” Chambliss concluded. “But to say it was a scheduling conflict, that’s bull. At the end of the day, it’s the NAACP; you schedule stuff around them. You’re supposed to know when there’s a convention, and you’re supposed to come.”

  13. Interesting………………

    Romney camp giving donors a chance to meet Mitt + his VP. Who’ll be announced “sometime between now and the Republican convention.”

  14. ROMNEY NARROWS VP CHOICES; SURPRISE NAME EMERGES AS FRONTRUNNER

    Tonight on Drudge……interesting.

    I wonder if he goes for something interesting. Something is afoot.

  15. Surprise name as Frontrunner, interesting, can’t help but think Gov Sandoval or Martinez.

  16. However, i have also just learned that Paul Ryan is being officially vetted for VP even though he turned it down months ago. There is a bit of Buzz around Ryan tonight as VP.

  17. http://spectator.org/blog/2012/07/12/mitts-made-his-vp-choice

    Mitt has apparently selected his VP.

    I just received an e-mail from Team Romney which reads:

    We’re getting ready to share some exciting news. Sometime between now and the Republican convention, Mitt will be announcing his choice for VP.

    Know what’s even more exciting? Every week until the VP announcement is made, one lucky supporter will win the chance to meet Mitt and his choice for VP.

    So Mitt Romney has already made his choice for VP. Well, whoever the Romney decides to share this with better hope doesn’t have loose lips because it could (depending on the choice) send the air out of the balloon or could peak excitement too soon. Either that or Team Romney will have to somehow erase their donors’ memories of any such encounter a la Men in Black.

    The plus side in picking a VP candidate now is that Romney won’t have any surprises during the Convention assuming, of course, that their vetting is up to snuff. But if they are going to reveal the VP pick before the Convention I would prefer that they would do it 24 to 48 hours prior to its opening. At least then the VP pick is still a fresh topic of discussion in the news cycle. Romney has little to gain by picking his VP in July no matter who it is.

  18. Great article, Admin, and really informative links in comments. Big Pink is always a great resource for info.

    Having a hard time seeing how anyone with O’s administration has the nerve to call Mitt Romney – or anyone else “secretive” … or “liar or felon” for that matter. Pot meet Kettle.

    I’m glad to see Romney fighting back. He seems to be in the game – not allowing the accusations of being “racist” prevent him from actually telling it like it is about Obama. Barack and his nuts have overplayed the race card to the point that (hopefully) it’s no longer having the desired effect.

    Admin is spot on about the reason Mitt went to NAACP conference. He was certainly aware that he would not be well received, yet, he had the cajones to go, regardless. Reminds me of Hillary in 2008. Remember that she went to this conference, and like Romney, some of the bastards booed her. I don’t think Obama went in 2008, either. I seem to remember Tavist Smiley slamming the POS on his show for not going, and praising Hillary for attending the conference. Of course, I think Tavist did throw his support to O in the end – no surprise there.

    Mitt seems to be hitting O harder than McCain wanted to do in 2008. I’m guessing Obama is going to get tired, and Michelle will have to complain about Romney having the nerve to refuse to surrender to Barack – Remember when she complained about Hillary’s continuing to fight.

  19. NAACP = National Association for the Advancement of “Colored People.”

    If anyone called them “colored people” to their faces now they would be insulted.
    The “evolution” of the PC way to refer to “colored people” ranges from negro to colored to black to African American. The terminology changes every ten years as they find some reason to be insulted by the words they had previously adopted.

    It is schizoid and tyrannical. Whites are always referred to as whites, occasionally as caucasian and, of course, as honkeys by AA’s.

    What is it with black folk and their continual disaffection for how they are referred to, even when it’s words of their own choosing? There is no winning. There will always be new, previously benign words which they will take offense at like the most recent “kitchen cabinet” and “Obamacare” which the POS uses himself.

    I say down with the tyranny of PC language. As Bradbury pointed out in Farenheit 451, continuing down the path of eternal racial grievances and the language police is the path to real slavery.

  20. Here we go. How soon before rumors of threats against the POS pop up?

    D.C. officer allegedly made threatening comments about first lady

    By Clarence Williams and Mary Pat Flaherty, Thursday, July 12, 4:21 PM

    A D.C. police officer who worked as a motorcycle escort for White House officials and other dignitaries was moved to administrative duty Wednesday after he allegedly was overheard making threatening comments toward Michelle Obama, according to several police officials.

    The police department’s Internal Affairs Division is investigating the alleged comments and notified the U.S. Secret Service Wednesday, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to give details of the investigation.

    No doubt the officer in question was white.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/dc-officer-investigated-after-comments-about-michelle-obama-alleged/2012/07/12/gJQAByh6fW_print.html

  21. Quinipiac poll

    86% say economy poor or not so good

    The U.S. economy is as bad as Europe’s, voters say: 14 percent say America’s economy is “excellent” or “good” while 86 percent say “not so good” or “poor;” Europe’s economy is “excellent” or “good,” 11 percent say, while 81 percent say “not so good” or “poor.”

    A total of 67 percent of American voters are “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” about the impact of the European economic situation on their personal economic future.

    “Americans are watching what’s going on in Europe and are concerned that problems could make their way across the pond to the United States,” said Brown.

  22. It’s Rice.

    *Exclusive**

    Late Thursday evening, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign launched a new fundraising drive, ‘Meet The VP’ — just as Romney himself has narrowed the field of candidates to a handful, sources reveal.

    And a surprise name is now near the top of the list: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice!

    The timing of the announcement is now set for ‘coming weeks’.

    MORE

    It was Condi who received two standing ovations at Romney’s Utah retreat a few weeks ago, and everyone left with her name on their lips.

    Rice made an extended argument for American leadership in the world.

    In recent days, she emailed supporters:

    “2012 is perhaps a turning point for the United States.”

    “The upcoming elections loom as one of the most important in my lifetime,” she warned. “I’m very often asked to speak about our current foreign policy and the challenges that lie before us. However, we, as a country, are not going to be able to address any of those international challenges unless we first get our domestic house in order.”

    Developing…

    Drudge


  23. “Vice President Joe Biden at the NAACP conference says that “Children should be educated to the degree they are educable.” “

  24. http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/07/12/2892871/poll-most-floridians-disapprove.html#storylink=cpy

    “A majority of Florida voters oppose the national health care law and half want it repealed, a new Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9 poll shows two weeks after President Barack Obama’s signature achievement was largely upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
    Only 43 percent of voters statewide support the Affordable Care Act and 52 percent oppose it, with 5 percent undecided. With the exception of southeast Florida, more voters think the law will make the health care system worse.
    More voters also favor the state opting out of provisions of the law, something Gov. Rick Scott has already said it would do.
    And 50 percent want to see Republicans follow through on their vow to repeal the law, with 43 percent saying it should remain.
    In perhaps the most worrisome sign for Obama and Democrats, only 39 percent of voters 65 years or older support the law. Seniors make up about 30 percent of the overall state’s electorate.
    “Florida voters didn’t like it a year ago, two years ago (and) they still don’t like it,” said pollster Brad Coker. “There’s nothing there that suggests health care is a winner for Obama’s people.””

  25. The man on O’reilly’s show from NAACP sounds like an idiot. Completely disconnected, race baiting.

  26. Can we call them racists if they go after Condi? Somehow this explains if true Romney’s appearance at NAACP.

  27. The OTurd campaign is now calling Romney a felon, have these people in Chicago lost what little of their minds??

  28. My wife and SIL like Dr. Condi Rice, I’m not so much a supporter of hers, but at least she’s light years better in experience than OTurd.
    Rubio is really beginning to grow on me.
    But really, I don’t care who is the VP. There is no VP that will not make me cast my vote for Romney.

  29. pm317
    July 12th, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    They’ll go after her the same way they’ve gone after West.

    Some commenters at various sites are convinced this announcement is a head fake.

  30. Dims are fucked if it is Condi. I thought she may be a liability because of her connection with the Bush admin. But so is my other favorite Rob Portman though to a lesser extent. I think they can overcome that because she is regarded very well in the Black community and Obama people will be afraid to tear her down.

  31. Not so sure it is a head fake. She is a good and viable VP candidate and will bolster foreign affairs side for Romney and she is Black. AA vote is one of the advantages that Obama has in the swing states right now.

  32. The idea of Condi is fun coz it would coz lefty head explosions but I can’t see it happening.

    I nominate Trey, the silver fox.

  33. “I thought she may be a liability because of her connection with the Bush admin. ”

    well, as much as I hate to admit, I’d vote for George W bush over OTurd, never in a million years did I think it would come to that, yet things are what they are now.

  34. Drudge HL reads Condi “emerges as frontrunner.”

    It doesn’t say THE frontrunner or even A frontrunner. It’s probably One OF the frontrunners.

    I’m OK with that.

  35. what is the ladies and Trey? Even my SIL is smitten with him. I don’t get, I really don’t… LOL. 🙂
    Maybe its the accent.

  36. Trey is a brilliant and forceful speaker, an accomplished lawyer, a former judge AND he has gorgeous hair.

    He’s hot and smart.

  37. “Candidate Obama lied about Hillary Clinton.” We love the smell of Napalm truth in the morning.

    —-
    That’s a keeper!

    BTR

  38. “Know what’s even more exciting? Every week until the VP announcement is made, one lucky supporter will win the chance to meet Mitt and his choice for VP.”

    So Mitt Romney has already made his choice for VP.

    ===============

    No, that just means some donor will get a ticket to meet the VP later, after the VP is chosen.

    Anyway, this promo sounds like it was written by Favreau, moonlighting.

  39. so amusing, I read some old article how MEEEEEcheelle says that anything in the future she can do to help Hillary, she’ll be there.

    first, yea right.

    second, Hillary doesn’t need a woman who was openly and admittedly ashamed of America 99% of her life.

    third, Meeechelle and idiot hubby didn’t even pay off Hillary’s debts, as promised, why the hell would Meeeechelle keep other any word of hers?

  40. Robert Costa ‏@robertcostaNRO

    Top Romney source tells me “no Condi.” More: Romney wants someone more comfortable in ‘attack dog’ mode

  41. BASIL99
    July 12th, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Personally I’d like to see Trey Gowdy as VP.
    ———-
    Maybe he should be Press Sec so we could listen to his southern accent and talk about his hair every day. 😉

  42. Obama Has Now Increased National Debt By More Than $64,000 For Every Taxpayer In America…

    That’s 3 or 4 times more than Spain or Greece.

  43. tim
    July 12th, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    what is the ladies and Trey? Even my SIL is smitten with him. I don’t get, I really don’t… LOL. 🙂
    Maybe its the accent.

    ——-
    Tim, his head and nose are kinda narrow, but other than that, he is the total package.

    Nice face
    Nice hair
    Smart as a whip
    Great southern accent and charm
    Doesn’t take any crap while staying polite.

  44. Update: We briefly discussed the appearance of Mitt Romney, boos included, at the NAACP below. It was an example of the Romney campaign doing smart things and our attempt to encourage Republicans/conservatives to become more I/E instead of neanderthal E/I.

    Tonight we have another example of some Romney smarts. According to Drudge: Condi Rice near the top of Romney’s VP shortlist?

    We doubt Rice will be the VP choice by Romney. But Mitt Romney’s campaign must be admired for stepping on the “Romney is racist because he didn’t pander to the NAACP and how dare he go there and give the same speech he gives to every group telling them what he will do as president.” (By the way, where’s Barack? Is he raising money in the ‘hood?)

    By leaking the Condi Rice as potential VP story Romney sure stuck a shiv in the NAACP race-baiters. Smart move Mitt. Now give a call to Harry and Louise.

    ——————————————————————————————

  45. We doubt Rice will be the VP choice by Romney.

    ——–
    I agree admin, she said she isn’t interested in being VP but the hubbub is good for him as folks ponder.

  46. That’s damn true…Obama has OUTSourced our Space Program to the Russians!!!

    Damn his half black skinny ass for destroying our space program. Halfwit.

  47. maybe they need to just have people like Newt and Sununu on the liberal media, and that man, Eric fernstrom? needs to stay in the background, and the other man, I forget his name, but he looks like he stepped out from some men’s clothing commercial; both need to stay in the background, let Trump, Newt and Sununu and others like them speak for Romney.

  48. Mutnodjmet… on the link, admin explains it… this is what admin posted with reference to the E/I, I/E item you referred to:

    “Sean Hannity has long been an E/I conservative. With this interview Hannity demonstrates he can become an I/E conservative. “Intelligence over Emotion“.”

  49. Damn, I just got a pile of crap in an envelope from MO, must have cost a pretty penny, big color photo of the BO family, semi-laminated ‘cards’ explaining what Baracko has ‘done’, and a bs letter with an envelope for donations.

    I actually wish there would have been a little bumper sticker with the stupid BO logo on it, so I could put a big black, ‘international symbol of no’ slash across it, and stick it next to my Hillary 2008 and 2012 bumper stickers.

    I am going to send the donation envelope back in the mail, with the included card, printed in big black letters, “I only donate to Hillary Clinton!”

  50. Yup the Unions have basically snubbed their nose up at Obama
    ————————————
    They called in the cavalry in Wisonsin and Obama told them Miss Otis Regrets He’s Unable to Lunch Today. Madam. In doing so he made the ugliest man on earth, Trumpka, look even uglier to his members. Trumpka and Jarret belong on the Muppets show. Both of them look like Muppets. I have never in my borne days seen a worse facelift as bad as the one on Jarrett. It is like something out of tales from the crypt. It took Pelosi five facelifts to look as bad as she does, but Jarrett looks like an extraterrestrial.

  51. We doubt Rice will be the VP choice by Romney.

    ——–
    I agree admin, she said she isn’t interested in being VP but the hubbub is good for him as folks ponder

    I have it on good authority that Poppy Bush is pushing Romney to make her vice president. This was the price of supporting him. The alternative was Jebediah The Jedi Bush–who is not interested. Condi would be horrible. I hope it falls through. Poppy was a weak man. He picked Quayle because he was no threat to him. Let us hope Romney does not do that.

  52. Tim, his head and nose are kinda narrow, but other than that, he is the total package.

    ———————-
    Governor Christy?

  53. The role of operatives is to help their candidate win. But as we are seeing now that is not always the case. Certainly, the Romney advisor who conceded that the mandate was a penalty as opposed to a tax put Mitt behind the eight ball with conservatives in his own party who wanted to hang Obama out to dry by calling Obama care Obama tax. But this Stephanie Cutter–the so called one woman SWAT team barfly damaged Obama when she called Romney either a felon or a liar. The campaign that lit up the universe in 2008 is now the gang that can’t shoot straight.

    The Judges have gone into exectutive session, where, by a vote of 12 to nothing, they taken the Darwin Award away from Hilary Rozen and given it to Cutter, with an inscription that reads keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool rather than open it up and remove all doubt.

  54. Quayle………that’s about as desperate as someone can get

    ———————
    It is. Until you compare him to seldom sober Joe Biden–the other village idiot.

  55. That’s damn true…Obama has OUTSourced our Space Program to the Russians!!!

    Damn his half black skinny ass for destroying our space program. Halfwit

    ———————-
    As he told Putin he will have (even) more flexibility in his second term.

  56. what is the ladies and Trey? Even my SIL is smitten with him. I don’t get, I really don’t… LOL.
    Maybe its the accent.
    ————————————–

  57. Wbboei 12:06

    Trey is cute plus it is the accent and he seems very bright. He had that southern gentleman thing going on which comes through loud and clear and is VERY appealing!

    But then, I’m a southern gal so maybe I’m not being real objective here.

  58. Romney supporter John Sununu reacted to the Obama Campaign’s disgusting attack today on Mitt Romney’s integrity calling the former governor a “felon” during an interview today.

    “Can you imagine how dumb this president is for introducing the concept of felony into the discourse when this president comes out of Chicago politics where felony and politics are sometimes a synonym?… This president is not smart at all!”

    (from the video posted above)

  59. mcnorman

    @Shadowfax

    Got one too. Yes, that is expensive photo paper. UGH!
    ——-
    Yea, I kept thinking…how much did this cost to send to folks that donated to Hillary and having had a kind word nor donated one red cent to Baracko. How many millions of these did they send out? 36 Million???

    What a waste of money in these bad times when so many people are hurting, and they want us to send them money so they can play king and queen for another 4 years?

    Hold your breath, MO.

  60. I think Condi is a good choice for Mittens. Hopefully, Obama won’t panic to the point where he dumps Biden and and tries to put Hillary on the ticket. As far as Hillary is concerned, it’s TOP OF THE TICKET OR NO GO!!!

  61. Trey is cute plus it is the accent and he seems very bright. He had that southern gentleman thing going on which comes through loud and clear and is VERY appealing!

    But then, I’m a southern gal so maybe I’m not being real objective here.

    ———-
    😆
    I’m not Southern, but I sure like that southern charm, wit and intelligence too.

  62. Not going to be Condi, no way, not a chance in hell.

    Firstly she has said she is moderately pro choice, a non starter with the repub side, secondly, she’d be crucified with all those lesbian rumors that still persist, she’s unmarried and the electorate won’t do for that just yet. Also she still has that huge Bush administration cloud and the WMD fiasco hanging over her head. Mittens would commit political suicide picking her.

  63. So guys, we need to start dealing with VP Sweep Stakes.

    Who are your runners and riders.

    I’m going to start a look at who i think is in the running starting who i think is in No 1 position.

    1 : Paul Ryan, has repeatedly said not interested but is definitely being vetted by Romney.

    Photogenic 42 yr old articulate family man, attractive, youth voters like him as polling shows. Polls very well at home and would probably bring Wisconsin with him as recent polling shows. Comes from an area that could help Romney in multiple states like Wisc, Minn, Ohio, Penn, Mich, Rust Belt.

    Runs with Romney as a Economy – Business ticket. 12 Years as congressman, chairman of House Budget Committee, sat on Ways and Means committee. Of Irish and German ancestry, Catholic and important in assisting Catholic vote(takes Biden’s advantage away as VP). Balances the religious question, Studied University in Ohio, so helps in Ohio, he knows the state well.

    Worked in family business which has operated since 1884.

    At 42, would be able to take over republican mantra for some time, leading to running for Presidency should Romney win and carry on any legacy. That compared to Biden is substantial as Biden is near end of career. Makes Biden look like a Dinosaur as VP, gives voters a look forward compared to Dems who have Biden unless Hillary returns we hope in 2016.

    Ryan’s wife is a TAX attorney, would be useful for advice on Obamacare.

    and did i mention how good looking this guy is, which would certainly help with the female vote.

    Doesnt help with Hispanic or black vote whatsoever but is a real boon to the northern states Romney needs.

  64. I think the Hillary Clinton angle is not working because at the heart of the matter, the Republicans didn’t feel Hillary Clinton’s pain, so they can’t get their commercial using her in it, right either.

    I could help them get it right, for a consulting fee. It’s not as easy as it looks.

  65. DailyPUMA
    July 13th, 2012 at 5:16 am
    —————–
    I agree. Tacking on just that frame of Hillary in the ad is kind of ‘what?! where did that come from?’ unless his surrogates also talk about what Obama minions did to Hillary in 2008. Sununu evoked Hillary’s name last night in the Hannity show and I forget what he said but whatever it was, it didn’t make an impression.

  66. I thought Sununu did fine in using Hillary’s name. They will never be able to compleletely emulate Hillary– there is only one, but I thought he did fine, the ad Romney put out with Hillary was pretty effective too. I suppose the best convincer would be people like Arthur Davis, former dems, who in the 90s was a clinton dem and now leaving the very far lefty party, lamenting, this is no longer a party of moderates, like clinton, jfk type dems.
    But so far, they are doing pretty fine using Hillary in their ads and in their messaging in how OTurd attacked Hillary too.

  67. http://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/2012/07/13/the-democratic-party-as-the-party-of-race/?singlepage=true

    sadly, this is becoming more and more obvious now…I think someone, a former dem, at noquarter at one point in 2008 made this same point in a post several years ago.

    “The Democratic Party as the Party of Race
    by Roger L Simon

    As someone who was a sixties civil rights worker, wrote movies for Richard Pryor (successfully) and Whoopi Goldberg (unsuccessfully), and has had the pleasure of working with many talented African Americans at PJ Media for nearly seven years now, I think I have earned the right to write what should be painfully obvious to everyone — most of the racism in America today is from blacks (aided and abetted by white liberals) toward whites.

    In fact, it’s getting to be outrageously so. The rude treatment of Mitt Romney at the NAACP convention is yet another data point in what has become an all-too-predictable scenario.

    Much of the reason for this stems from the extreme dependency of the Democratic Party on race politics. With union membership dwindling, the party would literally disintegrate without the overwhelming support of African Americans and Hispanic Americans. Without at least the perception of racism, the Democratic Party has only marginal support. The party is forced to encourage it for its survival.

    A whole network of connections, careers, and lifetyles has evolved from that, many of them largely counter-productive. Indeed, the argument can be made that the Democratic Party has destroyed the lives of minorities in order to save itself. Their programs, from the Great Society onwards, have done nothing substantial to improve minority lives, only to encourage dependency. The proof of this failure we see before us today in the dreadful statistics on black and Hispanic unemployment, far worse than the already horrendous national numbers. The more minorities are “helped,” the worse their lives become, the less equal we are.

    The Democratic Party is then the true racist party, trapped in nostalgia for a time when genuine racism — Jim Crow, etc. — stalked the land. They have to assume significant white racism still exists because not to do so threatens the fabric of their being. A Tea Partier has to be a racist so you can dismiss his ideas without having to confront them or even think about them. Mitt Romney is just another rich white man so you don’t have to deal with what he is saying, you don’t have to evaluate whether he has a solution to a mutual problem.

    It’s all racist as I understood the word in the sixties — making assumptions about other people so you don’t have to consider their humanity — only it’s now in reverse. This isn’t to say that whites undergo severe oppression. They don’t. But the racial climate of our society is increasingly polarized and the survival of the Democratic Party, as presently constituted, is the cause. Everyone’s life suffers as a consequence, with the exception perhaps of those who make a living off race-baiting. That the minorities being exploited suffer most of all is almost a cliche. Unfortunately, it also happens to be true.

    Correcting this depressing conundrum will not be easy. It is a long time in the making and is based on numerous mythologies and misconceptions, not to mention deeply entrenched habit. It is also based on vengeance, a vengeance fanned by the liberal media for the preservation of their own power and to validate that same nostalgic self-righteousness. But vengeance is an especially powerful creator of racism (remember Gandhi: an eye for an eye and the world will die). Because whites behaved in an atrociously racist manner toward blacks in the past cannot be allowed as any sort of justification for the reverse. That is a prescription for perpetuated mutual destruction.”

  68. Bravo to this young lady. As for Cleaver, used to have lots of respect for him, but after he openly and without proof lied about being spit on during their OTurdcare little march in 2010, its obvious they all seems to want to see and create racism, where none exists. Anything and everything is racist in Cleaver’s mind, what a race baiting idiot. I suppose this is the only way to keep power for themselves, once people (AAs) don’t trust or believe peopel like Cleaver have their best interests at heart, the power then transfers back to the individual, who will have accountability.
    Its all about power and dependency, this isn’t about a hand up to help people up from poverty, etc, this is about a handout, and keeping people on the handout, and then having that control over them.


  69. Romney – Ryan
    Romney – Rubio
    Romney – Rice

    i’m going with the alliteration factor. better graphics. looks good on a bumper sticker.

  70. I’m seeing all these OTurd ads online now a days: “Victory of the Middle Class: Supreme Ct rules for OTurdCare”

    Who the hell do they think they’re fooling?!

  71. tim
    July 13th, 2012 at 7:07 am

    I thought Sununu did fine in using Hillary’s name. They will never be able to compleletely emulate Hillary– there is only one, but I thought he did fine, the ad Romney put out with Hillary was pretty effective too. I suppose the best convincer would be people like Arthur Davis, former dems, who in the 90s was a clinton dem and now leaving the very far lefty party, lamenting, this is no longer a party of moderates, like clinton, jfk type dems.

    But so far, they are doing pretty fine using Hillary in their ads and in their messaging in how OTurd attacked Hillary too.
    ____________

    I agree- next, the Romney campaign should float a Romney/Hillary ticket with follow up questions like… would HC jump over to the Republicans?. That would throw whats left of the tattered Obama campaign to the mat and down for the count.

  72. Now that Morgan Freeman has explained the cosmic universe to us bypassing Hawkins’ rendition. Freeman is giving us lessons in genetics- Informing us, Obama is NOT the first black president. Ask Oprah- He’s da ONE!
    _______________

    July 13, 2012
    Morgan Freeman on Obama

    Last Friday, while on Michel Martin’s NPR show, “Tell Me More,” Hollywood titan Morgan Freeman informed his host that, contrary to the prevailing wisdom, Barack Hussein Obama is not America’s first black president.

    He is the country’s “first mixed-race president.” The first black president, Freeman continued, has not as yet “arisen.”

    So, one wonders, whence stems the popular misconception that Obama is black? Freeman has an answer ready at hand: the president’s opponents.

    Obama’s rivals want to fuel the flames of racial bigotry by emphasizing his African ancestry while ignoring his white background. Yet they conveniently “forget that Barack had a mama” who “was white, very white American, Kansas, middle of America.”

    Some commentators, particularly those on the right, think that Freeman’s remarks should have been met with more outrage. I personally think that incredulity is a more fitting response.

    At the 2009 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, the black comedian Wanda Sykes quipped that while she was “proud” that she could characterize Obama as “the first black president,” her pride would endure only as long as he didn’t “screw up.” Once that happened, however, then she would be asking: “What’s up with the half-white guy?”

    It is difficult indeed not to think that Freeman — a long-time Democrat and supporter of the president — isn’t animated by the same impulse over which Sykes joked.

    Obama, after all, long ago fell hard — and fast — from the peaks at which he stood in November of 2008. His unpopularity continues to increase as more and more Americans come to understand the disastrous toll that his policies are taking on the nation. This consideration in and of itself should suffice to legitimize the theory that Freeman is now revising Obama’s racial identity so that “the first black president” isn’t remembered by his contemporaries and history as an abject failure.

    But there are other considerations that make this thesis that much more plausible.

    First, it stretches credibility to the snapping point to suggest that it is Obama’s opponents who are alone, or even primarily, responsible for accentuating his blackness. If anything, the president’s critics twist themselves into proverbial pretzels doing their best to avoid invoking race to any extent. Their dread over being accused of “racism” dictates this as the safest course of action (or so they think).

    Moreover, if they really wanted to play the racial angle, as Freeman claims, then there is an abundant supply of resources in the way of Obama’s own utterances (for one, his own memoir, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance), deeds (his “community organizing,” as well as his intercession in the cases of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Trayvon Martin, to say nothing of his massive redistributive schemes within which blacks and non-whites benefit at the expense of whites), and alliances (Jeremiah Wright, Van Jones, and a host of other notorious anti-Americans).

    Yet Republicans avoid like the plague touching upon these topics.

    There are other reasons not to take Freeman seriously.

    If anyone can be said to be ultimately responsible for identifying Obama as black, it is the president himself.

    Obama was abandoned at a very young age by his Kenyan father. It is his white family — his mother and his grandparents, and particularly his grandmother — who provided him with the life of privilege that he enjoyed. Obama spent much of his young life in Hawaii surrounded by mostly white friends while attending the top prep school in the state, followed by one prestigious private educational institution after the other.

    He lived a life that, as far as safety and material comfort is concerned, would be the envy of most of the world. If the leftist drivel of “white privilege” had any meaning at all, Obama could be said to have enjoyed it.

    And yet he insists upon identifying himself as black.

    Shortly before his election, Obama said: “I identify as African-American — that’s how I am treated and that’s how I’m viewed. I’m proud of it.” As recently as 2010, while filling out the census, the president identified himself as “Black, African Am., or Negro” — in spite of the fact that he had other options.

    Finally, and most decisively, Morgan Freeman had regarded Obama as the first black president up until this most recent discussion on NPR.

    Just last September Freeman told Piers Morgan that Obama’s nemeses, specifically the Tea Party, were motivated by sheer “racism.”

    “Their stated policy, publicly stated, is … Screw the country. We’re going to do whatever we can to get this black man out of here” (emphasis added).

    Whether Freeman, Wanda Sykes, or any other one-time Obama admirer secretly wishes to deny his blackness now or not is ultimately irrelevant. They are stuck with him. They wanted the first black president, and they got him. Any attempt to wish his racial self-identification away now must be seen for the piece of disingenuousness that it is.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/07/morgan_freeman_on_obama.html
    ____________________

  73. ADMIN: love the way you keep hitting I/E over E/I – seems to me we’ve needed this formula in pol jargon for ages!

  74. “Obama was abandoned at a very young age by his Kenyan father. It is his white family — his mother and his grandparents, and particularly his grandmother — who provided him with the life of privilege that he enjoyed.”
    _____________

    Every other racial minority has in the past returned to their country of origin and worked hard to raise up their profile by educating their youth. As examples, the Japanese communities concentrated on refining electronic components for export. The Chinese used cheap labor to raise their GNP Index for export around the world. The Irish held education in high regard educating their youth for competition on the world stage regardless of the Brits attempt to annihilate them from the face of the Earth during the potato famine.. I have to ask- What has prevented AA’s around the world from making their native continent, Africa competitive ?..

  75. Mrs Smith – “Every other racial minority has in the past returned to their country of origin and worked hard…”

    The examples you give of the Japs, Chinese, Irish communities are true; but these successful efforts were not due to returning emigrants.

    Emigrants will typically send money back to relatives in the homeland and keep up correspondence, in the hope of bringing their families and friends along on their journey.

    For 300 years, black slaves in the Americas (and not just the southern US) were cut off from their roots, paid nothing and deliberately kept in an illiterate state. They lost all contact with Africa, and it was meant to be that way. They were supposed to feel isolated, that was part of slavery.

    Liberia was created along with a “Back to Africa” movement, which was meant to uproot the former slaves once again. Liberia is not doing too badly, but the rest of the continent wanted no part of these double rejects. If the rest of Africa is in such bad shape, despite having a plethora of natural resources, it is basically because of (i) very corrupt ruling classes (ii) the people’s general inexperience with economic activity, (iii) lack of education.

  76. pm317
    July 12th, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    … Condi. I thought she may be a liability because of her connection with the Bush admin.
    _______________________________________________________________________________________

    Same. Further, she really doesn’t arouse much enthusiasm. On that basis, the optics are of a safe, “token” selection and tie in to the “neo-con” screed of the Bush years.

  77. Blacks in Africa captured, enslaved and sold their fellow blacks into slavery. Without that crucial component the slave trade would have been impossible.

    That was the first link, the originating action, without which slavery would not have occurred.

    Oh, and the regional Islamic countries were prime agents in the slave trade.

    When those two realities are discussed and disclosed a real conversation will be possible. Until then, the facts remain that slavery ended in 1865, the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s enforced most of the rights which had previously been withheld (in this country) and an enormous amount of retribution has been expended to assist the black population.

    Enough is enough. The tipping point has been reached and blacks have been adequately compensated for actions which NONE of us ever committed.

    It’s also critical to note that black males were given voting rights roughly 50 years before all women.

    The guilt trip has worn out its effectiveness.

  78. House Democrats Blocking Bill Seeking To Aid Christians And Other Persecuted Religious Minorities In Muslim Countries…

    Let’s get this straight. So dims will pour money into Muslim countries bent on establishing Sharia Law and eradicating the few women’s rights left yet they will not lift a finger to help Christians in those same countries under attack by Muslim extremists.

    Yeah. That works. Women. The eternal universal original slaves.

    http://weaselzippers.us/2012/07/13/house-democrats-blocking-bill-seeking-to-aid-christians-and-other-persecuted-religious-minorities-in-muslim-countries/

  79. Hollywood titan Morgan Freeman
    ——————————
    One drop of white blood and he cannot be black?

    Freeman channels the codes which existed in the ante bellum south, which said that you could not be white if you had a drop of negro blood.

    Which makes the Hollywood titan what?

    Why a racist of course.

    The other thing we learn from Freeman is the identity of the people who pretended he was black (as opposed to mulatto)

    Accoring to Freeman, it was not Obama who claimed he was born in Kenya, or wrote about his blackness in Dreams of My Father, or used it as the centerspiece of his presidential campaign, no no no siree. Nor was it his big media allies, who mentions his blackness at every turn. Nor was it Rev. Wright who called him Black Jesus. No sireee.

    Then who the hell was it that ever claimed he was black?

    Why, it was his opponents–like Hillary, McCain, FOX News and their ilk.

    The problem I have with people like Freeman, Spike Lee, Roly Poly Martin, Jesse, Sharpie and the NAACP is they see everything through a racial lense, and discount everything that has been done to rectify the situation. The problem they create for this society is an insoluble one, which divides. And it provides a built in excust for failure.

    The problem I have with Romney going to the NAACP Convention trancends partisan politics. And it does not, ipso facto, make me a conservative who does not get it. My concern is that organization today, makes a market in white guilt, and like the others I mention, they promote the idea of the special grievance in a population which is being surpassed by every wave of new immigrants, and when the white people are supplanted by Cubans in Miami for example, the NAACP and its fellow travellers launch the identical complaint against them. They are frozen in time.

  80. Sorry that I have been off the track for a while buy now feel some fight to spread in defense of our great democracy.

    I can no longer stand the image of our “Il Duce”head back nose and chin up to the sky while the Italian villagers prepared the scaffold that would stop Benito Musolini from his treacherous rule.

    We will survive and return to our world leadership
    status wiyh Hillary as aour true POTUS.

  81. I was happy when Ann Romney hinted that Willard was looking around for a woman as VP. I was thinking: Jan Brewer? Nikki Haley? But they are both governors, which would stack the deck with governors (including Willard himself) with no world view. Condi Rice would fill out the ticket just like Biden did for the POS – give him some foreign policy credentials. She would debate Biden very well.

    I think her proximity to Dubya is a drawback in the public’s mind, but not to mine. She had to spend a lot of time making up for Dubya’s failings and mistakes.

  82. Therefore, in my view, it was not courageous for Romney to appear before the NAACP. Bush did it, and he was never called courageous. It was calculating, and it signalled that they will be part of the national dialogue, whereas, if it were me, I would treat them for what they are, namely an extension of the Dimocratic Party.

    That is not to say that Romney should ignore the black population—far from it. But I think he should have found a better entre into their community. A group of black leaders who have moved past the racial grievance which obsesses big media (this stunt was aimed at them, as much as it was at the black community-and the booing served his purpose–my sense is the reason they gave him the standing ovation was because they knew they had shown the world what they are really about when they booed, and we could not have that could we).

    I think he should have addressed black business organizations about enterprise zones, education and the like. I think he should have brought in black athletes, and intellectuals who offer a more hopeful vision to the black community, rather than catering to an organization which is invested in past, and supported by people like those I mentioned who dismiss the fact that we fought a civil war, and spent the equivalent of of $7 trillion (in today’s dollars–half the national debt since the 1960s to redress, and it has backfired). Let to their own devices, black people would have pulled themselves up as Tom Sowell rights. The country needs them for their potential to contribute to the future, rather than invested in an artifact of the past.

  83. I think her proximity to Dubya is a drawback in the public’s mind, but not to mine. She had to spend a lot of time making up for Dubya’s failings and mistakes
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    I disagree. When Hillary took over the State Department, it was in a totally demoralized state. That was Condi. I saw her as largely ineffectual. If he is going to pick a female politician, Niki Haley is a far better possibility. Her life story is more uplifting, and frankly I have had enough of the black narrative. If he picks Condi, then I believe it is a reflection of his vanity and arm twisting by Bush. I do not think she is the ideal candidate at all. I feel differently about Haley.

  84. IN THE FACE OF BLEAK PROSPECTS, NY TIMES “SELF-MEDICATES”

    Sad to see such self-delusion…or is it comical??

    Nate Silver refers to RCP averages showing Obummer leading Romney by 1.8%…say, that isn’t one of those **funny** polls, where they oversample Dems, and under-represent Republicans and Independents, IS IT???

    Also, RCP shows Obummer’s job approval at -1.3%, 47.3% approve, 48.6% disapprove. Yet he conveniently refers to Obummer’s recent high water mark of +1.8%. Typo? Error? Lie???

    http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/12/why-obama-may-be-stronger-than-his-approval-ratings/

    July 12, 2012, 3:56 pm
    Why Obama May Be Stronger Than His Approval Ratings
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    By NATE SILVER
    There is a small but reasonably persistent gap between President Obamas net approval ratings and his head-to-head polls against Mitt Romney. Whereas Mr. Obamas approval ratings have been almost exactly breaking even for most of the past few months in fact, theyre very slightly underwater now according to the Real Clear Politics average he has more often than not enjoyed a slight lead in head-to-head polls against Mr. Romney.

    Liberals and conservatives tend to interpret this evidence in different ways. For liberals, it may be taken as a sign that Mr. Romney is an especially weak candidate enough so that many voters who are on the fence about Mr. Obamas job performance, and even a few who disapprove of it, will be willing to vote for Mr. Obama if Mr. Romney is the alternative. The claim has often been made in recent weeks, for instance (in my view, based on relatively speculative evidence), that Mr. Obamas attacks on Mr. Romneys tenure at Bain Capital may have damaged Mr. Romney.

    Conservatives instead sometimes argue that this is a sign that Mr. Obama has some softness in his numbers. As voters become more engaged with the campaign, Mr. Romney may have a bit of wind at his back if he is able to keep the focus on Mr. Obamas job performance; the head-to-head polls could fall more in line with Mr. Obamas approval ratings.

    Neither of these views is irrational. In support of the liberal position, my research suggests that there can be some predictable-seeming differences between a presidents net approval rating and the result he actually realizes on Election Day, based in part on candidate quality factors related to his opponent. For instance, opponents who have especially extreme ideologies (who are perceived as being very liberal or very conservative) may allow a president to over-perform his approval ratings, while challengers who are viewed as moderates may get the benefit of the doubt from voters. Elections are perhaps mostly a referendum on the incumbent, but they are not purely so.

    On the other hand, in support of the conservative position, my research suggests that approval ratings may have some predictive power even once you are also accounting for head-to-head polls, especially early in the campaign.

    Both of these views, however, leave aside an intriguing piece of evidence. That evidence is Mr. Obamas favorability ratings. They are net-positive right now, as they have been throughout most of his presidency.

    Right now, the Real Clear Politics average shows 50.6 percent of Americans with a favorable view of Mr. Obama, versus 45.1 percent with an unfavorable one. That contrasts with his approval ratings, which now show 46.8 percent as approving his job performance and 48.7 percent as disapproving it.

    In other words, there is a small slice of the electorate, about 4 percent, that has a favorable view of Mr. Obama, but does not approve of his job performance. Given how close the election is, the way they behave in November could be decisive. If the election is a referendum on Mr. Obama based on his approval ratings, its going to be very close. He may be a slight underdog, especially since some of the approval ratings polls are of adults or registered voters, which are generally a point or two more favorable to the Democratic candidate than those of likely voters. However, if its a referendum based on Mr. Obamas favorability ratings, his net-positive score (plus 5.5) makes him look like the favorite.

    Is there evidence on whether approval ratings or favorability ratings are a better indicator of a presidents re-election chances? Actually, theres not very much of it. Favorability ratings have received much less academic study than approval ratings. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, the two sets of ratings are normally extremely close to each other. Unless you need extreme precision for something, your choice just wont matter that much. And second, the historical record of approval ratings is a little richer. Pollsters take them somewhat more often than favorability ratings, using somewhat more consistent question wording, and these ratings are archived more completely than the favorability ratings are. So approval ratings tend to be used as a default in studies of the presidency.

    What Ill offer here is only some cursory evidence: a comparison of approval ratings and favorability ratings for the past five incumbent presidents who were running for re-election, as taken from the CBS News poll database (most CBS News polls were conducted in conjunction with The New York Times). Five data points isnt very many, but using both approval ratings and favorability ratings from the same polling organization at least allows for the comparisons to be a bit more apples-to-apples.

    In the table below, Ive listed the average net approval ratings and net favorability ratings for each of these presidents, in CBS News polls conducted from Sept. 1 of the election year through Election Day. These are listed alongside the results of the election.

    Three of these presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush had nearly identical approval ratings and favorability ratings. But they diverged by a material amount in two other cases.

    In 1996, Bill Clintons approval ratings (roughly plus 25) were quite a bit stronger than his favorability ratings (roughly plus 14). He won a perfectly solid victory over Bob Dole, but the 8.5-point margin was somewhat more consistent with his pretty good favorability ratings than his very good approval ratings.

    Consider that Mr. Clinton in 1996 had roughly identical approval ratings to Ronald Reagan in 1984 but Mr. Reagans margin over Walter Mondale was much larger than Mr. Clintons over Mr. Dole, perhaps because Mr. Reagans favorability ratings matched his lofty approval ratings while Mr. Clintons did not.

    In 1980, Jimmy Carter had bad approval ratings (negative 14 net), but somewhat more forgivable favorability ratings (negative 6). His 10-point loss to Mr. Reagan roughly split the difference between them.

    There are a few other wrinkles to consider that complicate the analysis. For instance, presidents with very strong or very weak approval ratings tend to have election results that are a little closer to the mean. A president with a plus-40 approval rating isnt likely to win the election by as many as 40 points. When his ratings are that strong, many of the voters approving him will be of the opposite party, and some of those opposite-party voters will wind up for their partys own nominee out of partisan loyalty.

    Ordinarily, the more robust way to analyze this data would be with regression analysis. In this case with two highly correlated measures tested upon just five data points regression analysis is not a very powerful tool. Still, I ran those numbers for fun and got an interesting result: (chart not shown)

    Note that the regression coefficient on the approval ratings and favorability ratings is almost exactly the same. What that means is that the best policy in these past elections would simply have been to weight them equally.

    If you take an average of Mr. Obamas approval ratings and his favorability ratings right now, based on the Real Clear Politics numbers, you will get a positive rating (approve or favorable) from 48.7 percent of voters, and a negative one (disapprove or unfavorable) from 46.9 percent.

    The net rating plus 1.8 percent almost exactly matches his current standing against Mr. Romney. The Real Clear Politics average of head-to-head polls has Mr. Obama with a 2-point lead on Mr. Romney, while our now-cast (which is based only on the polls and does not look at economic factors) has Mr. Obama projected to a 2.1-point lead.

    Let me emphasize, again, that although this analysis produces a neat-looking result, its based on some relatively thin evidence really just two presidential elections (1980 and 1996) where the two sets of ratings diverged to any appreciable degree. Check back in 2040 or so, and we might be able to answer more definitively which set of ratings has more predictive power, or whether the method of averaging them together is the most sensible choice.

    Still, it seems as though the small set of voters who take a favorable view of Mr. Obama but do not approve of his job performance are very much worth fighting over for the campaigns. The split between the two sets of ratings may reflect a sensible enough reaction from voters, who have ample reason to be dissatisfied with the direction of the country, but may be more sympathetic to Mr. Obama as some of the problems began before his tenure.

    If youre part of Mr. Obamas campaign, there could be risk in taking a negative tack that might reduce that sympathy factor. At the same time, these results suggest that Mr. Obama doesnt necessarily need to damage Mr. Romney to win. If voters are judging Mr. Obama based on a mix of his personal qualities and their perception of his job performance, his numbers might be just strong enough to win as it is, without their factoring much about Mr. Romney into their decision.

    Mr. Romneys campaign in Boston faces an equally interesting set of choices.

    Do you explicitly try to appeal to the set of voters who like Mr. Obama personally but take a neutral or negative view of his job performance? There have been times when Mr. Romneys campaign seemed to adopt this strategy. At times on the campaign trail, Mr. Romney has told voters that he thinks of Mr. Obama as a good man, but that hes just not up to the job of being president.

    Or do you try to bring down Mr. Obamas favorability ratings by a couple of points? This is more in line with the advertisement that Mr. Romneys campaign released on Thursday, which accuses Mr. Obama of dishonesty in how he portrayed Mr. Romneys tenure at Bain Capital.

    That strategy seems a bit higher risk especially as Mr. Romneys favorability ratings are rather tepid, meaning that he does not necessarily want to give voters an excuse to think of the election as a popularity contest.

    However, Mr. Obama may be slightly stronger than his approval ratings imply, if not as strong as his favorability ratings suggest. In that case, a higher-risk strategy might be called for, particularly if the small lead Mr. Obama has in head-to-head polls seems to persist for another several weeks.

  85. admin- please post video:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/13/bill-clinton-mitt-romney_n_1670678.html

    Bill Clinton Calls Out Romney On Release of Tax Returns

    WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton said Mitt Romney’s financial record is a matter of legitimate campaign scrutiny because he’s been selling himself as a fix-it man on the economy.

    Clinton told NBC’s “Today” show Romney’s hesitation to release all of his tax returns “struck me as a little odd.” Romney has released a full tax filing only for 2010.

    He explained, “I am a little surprised he only released a year’s worth of tax returns. That kind of perplexed me, because this is the first time in, I don’t know, more than 30 years that anybody running for president has only done that. you know, it’s typical we all release 10, 11 years. I think Senator McCain released over 20 years of tax returns.”

    Clinton said Romney’s record as the head of private equity firm Bain Capital is fair game and says taking a microscopic look at Romney’s finances is “just as relevant as going over my record as governor when I ran for president.”

    He said voters “ought to make up their own mind” whether they support someone who apparently sought to minimize his federal tax liability by parking large sums of money overseas.

    On extending the Bush-era tax cuts, he said, “If we’re going to have long-term debt reduction, we’re going to have to have some spending cuts and some more revenues and that’s the fairest place to get it. What the Republicans are trying to do is to put him in a position of giving all that up for another year, which I think would be a big mistake.”

  86. For 300 years, black slaves in the Americas (and not just the southern US) were cut off from their roots, paid nothing and deliberately kept in an illiterate state. They lost all contact with Africa, and it was meant to be that way. They were supposed to feel isolated, that was part of slavery.
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    Perhaps you have seen the statue at the Louve commemorating this.

  87. “OH NO, NOT ANOTHER SPEECH…”

    http://pjmedia.com/victordavishanson/tuning-out-a-president/

    Tuning Out a President
    ====================

    July 8, 2012
    by Victor Davis Hanson

    Somewhere around early 2006, the nation tuned out George W. Bush for a variety of reasons, some warranted, but many not. Most thought the Katrina aftermath catastrophe was due to state and local officials (do you recall the utterly incompetent loudmouth Mayor [“chocolate city”] Nagan, or the clueless FEMA director Michael [“Brownie”] Brown?), while the president’s culpability was largely political: he flew high over, rather than waded into, the muck on the first day of the recovery.

    No matter: either the media or his opponents succeeded in confirming the narrative of an out-of-touch president at best, and at worst one indifferent to the plight of African-American poor in particular. The more the president talked of help and rescue, the more we heard absurdities from a malicious Nagan and inanities from an incompetent Brownie.

    The same was true of Iraq by 2007. I felt the surge had a good chance of restoring calm and salvaging Iraq, especially given the skill and determination of David Petraeus and the admirable decision of George W. Bush not to give up. And establishing a consensual government in the heart of the ancient caliphate after removing the genocidal Saddam Hussein was an historic achievement. No matter again — almost every column I wrote in 2007 suggesting that Iraq was not only not lost, but also in the process of a brilliant recovery, earned lots of venom, many of it from some of the original staunchest supporters of the invasion. The people, I guess, had by then tuned the president out.

    Perhaps it was the media barrage. Perhaps it was the relief of the incredible three-week Iraq victory followed by the furor over the carnage of a botched occupation. Perhaps it was the visceral hatred on the Left of a Texan evangelical Christian. Perhaps it was the estrangement of the right-wing base, angered over the deficits, big-ticket entitlements like the prescription drug benefit, or No Child Left Behind. Perhaps it was the strategic blunder of hyping weapons of mass destruction rather than sticking to the 23 congressionally passed writs authorizing the use of force to remove Saddam. Perhaps it was weariness from the 24/7 assault on the Bush-Cheney security protocols, a paradox in which the more such measures succeeded in reducing the chance of another 9/11 attack, the more an increasingly complacent public bought the Barack Obama/Michael Moore line that renditions, Guantanamo, wiretaps, intercepts, Predators, and preventative detention were superfluous anti-constitutional excesses all along and the ensuing post-9/11 calm was more a natural development than the result of the new Bush vigilance.

    One could not convince the American people, say in 2007, that deficits were heading downward and a balanced budget was scheduled on the horizon, much less that 5.5% unemployment or 3% GDP growth was not that bad. And when the September 2008 meltdown came, no one wished to examine the policies of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae that allowed the utterly unqualified to receive government-guaranteed subprime mortgages. Few cared about the machinations of a Maxine Waters or Barney Frank, or wished to concede that government corruption, hand-in-glove with Wall Street buccaneering, had led to the housing explosion. It all happened on Bush’s watch, the public had concluded, and it was the fiscal bookend to Iraq and Katrina. All the good economic news of the first seven and a half years mattered nothing. Massive help to stop AIDS in Africa was of no consequence. Quiet in Iraq in 2008 was too little, too late. Again, no matter what one wrote to offer context, it mattered nothing. Fairly or not, the public had just tuned the president out — in the manner it had tuned out Jerry (cf. WIN buttons) Ford in 1976, Jimmy (cf. the waterborne rabbit assault) Carter in late 1980, and George (cf. “read my lips”) H.W. Bush in 1992. Some presidents recover from a tuned out public — Reagan did after Iran Contra, Clinton did in a way after Monica — but most don’t, especially if they are conservatives and not adept rhetoricians.

    Imagine…
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    Imagine if Barack Obama said the following: “I promise by the end of my second term that I will close Guantanamo Bay, end renditions and preventative detentions, cut the deficit in half, that my second stimulus program will put the unemployment rate below 6% within three years, that I will create 5 million new green jobs, that my health care plan will lower premiums, that I will ostracize lobbyists, end the revolving door, and earmarks, that I will participate in public financing of the 2012 campaign, and that I won’t raise any tax whatsoever on those earning less than $250,000.”

    Would any believe him?

    So Barack Obama is likewise being tuned out. “Let me be perfectly clear,” “Make no mistake about it,” “In truth,” “In point of fact,” “I’m not kidding,” and “I’m not making this up” all tip off a weary public that just the opposite is true. We are so confused over Guantanamo, Predators, and renditions — being told everything from them being unconstitutional to vital — that we likewise just shrug at the absurdity of an Obama and Harold Koh embracing all the protocols that they once has so vehemently demonized. Were they then, now, or always just simpletons, naïfs, hypocrites, or abject careerists?

    The Dog Ate My Economic Plan?
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    After nearly four years, no one, either supporter or skeptic, assumes the president to be either consistent or sincere. He expects us to believe that his economic problems date back to the Reagan and Clinton administrations, when employment and growth were far more impressive than they are now. He thinks neo-socialism is the cure for the “failures” of the past — a past that also apparently explains why he inherited the reins of the most powerful and richest country in the world. His fables about Bush did it, the tsunami did it, the EU did it, ATMs did it, etc., have as much factual basis as his own memoir. When Obama swears he was outspent in his earlier campaigns, I no more believe that than the details of his literary biography. Examine almost any current topic, and the president simply does not tell the truth about it, or contradicts what he earlier had asserted — or we are left with some contorted postmodern narrative. The concocted story about Rev. Wright (Obama was married in Trinity, baptized his children there, bragged about perfect attendance for 20 years, stole Wright’s sloganeering for the title of his second book while serially claiming he scarcely knew what Wright was saying all those years — in the manner he hardly knew either Bill Ayers or Tony Rezko) is sort of the model for all of Obama’s explanations: a current narrative becomes “true” if it is in service to a progressive cause. The result is that Obama has left us with a postmodern mess on about every current issue, about which what he has said and done never add up.

    Illegal, Legal, Neither, or Both?
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    I think the current status of immigration law goes something like this. It is fine for a municipality or state to contravene immigration law by declaring a region a “sanctuary,” where federal law cannot be enforced. But it is illegal for a state to enforce immigration statutes when the federal government will not. Arizona was sued for trying to deport illegal aliens; so California is considering ways to grant them amnesty. If an illegal alien graduates from high school, serves in the military, or breaks no law, he can be exempt from deportation; but if he does not graduate, does not serve, or breaks a law, there is no expectation that he will now suddenly be deported at the time those eligible for amnesty will not be. The president told Latino activists he wanted to, but could not, issue exemptions by fiat, but then did exactly that a bit later as the campaign heated up. Eric Holder both claimed the Arizona law encouraged profiling and admitted he had never read it. Obama called for an end to vilification, and then begged Latinos to “punish our enemies,” in the manner he once asked supporters to “get in their face.”

    Mandate/Tax/Penalty?
    ================

    The new federal takeover of health care requires a mandate, a tax, or a penalty, but the architects of the plan cannot agree on which — not a surprising postmodern turn when Justice Roberts reportedly wrote much of both the majority-confirming and the minority-dissenting opinions. It is unpopular now, but supposedly won’t be when it is enacted (or read for the first time) — and that is why over 2,000 insiders obtained exemption from such popular legislation. The 2,400 pages of ObamaCare were to lower our premiums by $2,500 a family, but they have already risen by almost 10% on average. Barack Obama ran against Hillary Clinton for her advocacy of a mandate, a position he ridiculed as both unfair and unworkable — before asserting just the opposite when he adopted her position as his own. One cannot be rejected for insurance for a preexisting illness, and therefore need not purchase insurance (preferring instead to pay the mandate / tax /penalty) until he is actually in extremis and in need of costly care — sort of like buying car insurance the day after you were blindsided, or life insurance on the day you were diagnosed with leukemia.

    Bush Did It All

    We have created four million new jobs since January 2009 which is cited as an impressive statistic, although we have also lost far more than four million old jobs, which is why a half million fewer Americans are at work today than in January 2009 — which is nevertheless supposedly good news given that more jobs were “saved” than would have been lost. In olden times, “It’s the economy, stupid” was the reply to 3% plus GDP growth under Bush I, and a “jobless recovery” was the charge against Bush II’s 5.4% unemployment rate. What name does 1.9% GDP growth and 41 months of 8% plus unemployment merit? Or in other words, since a younger Barack Obama damned the Bush record of job creation as dismal in creating only 310,000 jobs per month, what he would say of his own record of 80,000 jobs this month — a number 5,000 smaller than those added to the monthly disability roles? And does anyone remember Obama’s promise of “5 million new green jobs,” or cutting the deficit “in half” by the end of Obama’s first term? You should, since the candidate who swore there should be no more red or blue states declared George W. Bush “unpatriotic” for running up a $4 trillion debt in eight years, which he then trumped in three.

    Don’t/Do Drill
    ==========

    This is all so confusing. We have vastly curtailed granting new federal leases for gas and oil exploration in order to discourage fossil fuels, while subsidizing wind and solar. But as the former failed and cost us billions of dollars, gas and oil production on private land skyrocketed despite, not because of, the Obama administration — which now takes no credit for the green energy it squandered, but for America’s increased oil and gas development it ignored. Gas went over $4 a gallon at about the same time that it was announced that newly found U.S. shale oil reserves and natural gas finds now mean the U.S. (with the largest coal reserves) is sitting atop the largest fossil fuel resources in the world. To understand a Solyndra, remember that the president promised that coal-generated electricity plants would bankrupt their owners, that electricity rates would skyrocket, that proper tire pressure would preclude new drilling, and that he might enact the cap and trade protocols the Senate rejected — even as his energy secretary wished gas to reach European price levels.

    No One Left to Teleprompter to?

    Again, examine any current topic — green jobs, the Chevy Volt, cash for clunkers, the stimulus, tax hikes, ObamaCare, unemployment, amnesty, the debt, the deficits, race relations — and more or less incoherence follows. Either things have gotten worse or what Obama says is either untrue or not consistent with what he earlier had asserted. The result is that when he starts one of those long teleprompted orations, with the dropped g’s and the faux-African-American preaching patois, we still are impressed how the cadences can package the rather empty content and serial half-truths.

    None of the above means that Barack Obama is necessarily going to lose the election, and here is why, given the following paradoxes. There are roughly now two groups of tune-outs: the first are the 50% who are either partisan opponents or who have had it with a president who does not speak the truth and blames his own failures on others. The second are the 50% who likewise don’t pay much attention to Obama’s rhetoric anymore, but they assume that mortgage bailouts; loan forgiveness; massive public hiring; more food stamps, unemployment insurance, and disability payments; freedom from income tax; racial and class resentments; and more still all offer, for the poorer, welcome material, and, for the richer, psychic and philosophical, recompense.

    In other words, supporters, both the poor and rich, don’t worry all that much what Obama says, but focus instead only on the fact that he either wishes them to have more government stuff or abhors the same people they’ve always abhorred.

    But either way, both the president’s critics and his supporters now are tuning him out.

  88. Credit where its due……………..

    Newt Gingrich : President Clinton and the republican congress created a bipartisan work oriented reform of welfare. Obama has single handedly destroyed it.

  89. Newt : Obama’s suspension of workfare requirements is almost certainly illegal, a sign of the jobs failure, and a reminder how liberal obama is

  90. Meet Bainers, the New Birthers

    Posted by Erick Erickson (Diary)

    Friday, July 13th at 4:46AM EDT
    24 Comments

    First, let’s dispense with the bull shiitake mushrooms. Condi Rice is not the veep pick. She served President Bush for 8 years, has never been elected, and is pro-abortion. It’s not happening. Likewise, much of the fawning the left does over Rice has more to do with her carefully portrayed image as a spoiller to Rumsfeld and Cheney than to her actual background.

  91. wbboei
    July 13th, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Therefore, in my view, it was not courageous for Romney to appear before the NAACP. Bush did it, and he was never called courageous. It was calculating, and it signalled that they will be part of the national dialogue, whereas, if it were me, I would treat them for what they are, namely an extension of the Dimocratic Party.
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    I wholeheartedly agree- Calling the NAACP a Lion’s Den is giving too much power away to an organization intimating they should be feared by a presidential candidate other than Obama. The NAACP has benefited greatly from initiatives created for them through government and societal programs geared to helping them raise themselves up with Tax Payer money. The Thank Yous have been far and few between and rather thought of as entitlements because of their color.

  92. Richard Nixon is looking pretty good compared to what we have

    Posted by William A. Jacobson Friday, July 13, 2012 at 10:58am

    Obama’s new campaign talking point is to compare Mitt Romney to Richard Nixon in terms of secrecy.

    The Board of Editors of The San Francisco Chronicle already have weighted in on the Nixonian quality of one of the presidential candidates:

    The Obama White House’s restrictions on media access to its fundraising events makes a mockery of its claim to be the most transparent administration in history.

    If anything, there is almost a Nixonian quality to the level of control, paranoia – and lack of credibility – this White House has demonstrated on the issue of media access to President Obama’s fundraisers.

    Ruth Marcus of The Washington Post agreed with regard to Obama’s war on Fox News:

    It makes the White House look childish and petty at best, and it has a distinct Nixonian — Agnewesque? — aroma at worst.

    Ken Rudin of NPR made a similar comment, substituting “Nixonesque” for Nixonian:

    Well, it’s not only aggressive, it’s almost Nixonesque. I mean, you think of what Nixon and Agnew did with their enemies list and their attacks on the media and certainly Vice President Agnew’s constant denunciation of the media. Of course, then it was a conservative president denouncing a liberal media, and of course, a lot of good liberals said, oh, that’s ridiculous. That’s an infringement on the freedom of press, and now you see a lot of liberals almost kind of applauding what the White House is doing to Fox News, which I think is distressing.

    Related, from October 2009, A Clintonian Defense of Our Nixonian President:

    We have seen this Nixonian tendency throughout Obama’s political career. Obama eliminated his state senate opponents through nominating petition challenges. He destroyed his U.S. Senate opponent by having his supporters gain access to divorce records (all the while claiming he didn’t think the records should be released). It is what John Kass of The Chicago Tribune calls the “Chicago Way.”….

    There always seems to be an enemy against whom to campaign. Obama’s brief 10-month tenure has seen the permanent campaign shift to the drug companies, the insurance industry, Tea Party attendees, health care protesters, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, among others. If you oppose Obama’s policies and are willing to say so publicly, you will be demonized.

    And Obama has not hesitated to use the threat of government regulatory power, much as Nixon used various government agencies as a coercive tool. During the campaign, a group of Missouri prosecutors aligned with the Obama campaign threatened prosecution against anyone who spread “lies” about Obama.

    When the health care industry recently released a report claiming that Democratic proposals would raise insurance rates, the Department of Justice in conjunction with Congressional Democrats, announced an intention to examine whether to revoke a 60-year-old antitrust exemption for the insurance industry.

    Everything about the history of Obama and this administration’s prior conduct culminated in the attempt to intimidate and isolate the only major news organization willing to take on this administration. Fox News was attacked because it has been the sole dissenting voice in the news media.

    Since October 2009, it has become even worse, with Obama taking upon himself major legislative shifts through executive order, and rewarding political allies with federal funding of “green” jobs. The Department of Justice has become a political wing of the Obama campaign, refusing for clearly political reasons to defend legislation like DOMA it previously defended, and attacking attempts to prevent voter fraud by playing the race card, while the Attorney General gives political stump speeches to pro-Obama audiences.

    Add in the suspicious invocation of Executive Privilege to shield documents regarding a program which killed a U.S. border guard, and right now Richard Nixon is looking pretty good compared to what we have.

  93. Why Are So Many Pollsters Oversampling Democrats?
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    To keep the dream and hope alive.

    What dream and hope is that?

    The dream and hope that he can destroy this country before his term in office expires.

    Thick as thieves.

  94. BASIL99
    July 13th, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Thanks Basil- I was hoping you would put your two cents in elaborating on the history you’ve accrued first hand from your experience in a bi-racial marriage.

  95. All this talk of #ReleaseTheReturns would’ve been GREAT around the time Obama was selecting a cabinet of tax cheats

  96. wbboei
    July 13th, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Hollywood titan Morgan Freeman
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    One drop of white blood and he cannot be black?

    Freeman channels the codes which existed in the ante bellum south, which said that you could not be white if you had a drop of negro blood.

    Which makes the Hollywood titan what?

    Why a racist of course.
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    I used to like Freeman and Cosby- Not anymore. Not when they surface stirring up racial bias for the benefit of their inept president. Neither one of them has the integrity or the gumption to call Obama out for the destruction he has caused and continues to cause to America. Thumbs down on their movies and personal appearances.

  97. BAWACK IS POISON!!!

    More Dems flee Obummer’s clutches. They can’t make Obama’s Coronation…er, the Democratic National Convention. Ky. Rep. Ben Chandler can’t make it, although his rep offered this excuse:

    Chandler’s spokeswoman, Meghan Groob, denied Barr’s claim that Chandler’s decision was due to Obama, who is unpopular in Kentucky.
    “The congressman will not be attending the national convention because he has a full schedule that week in the district,” Groob said. “Congress has been in session much of the summer and he feels he needs to be in the district. This has nothing to do with President Obama.”

    http://www.kentucky.com/2012/07/12/2256867/us-rep-ben-chandler-will-skip.html

    Also, on the radio today, a union rally will be held in Philly during the NC Coronation, as a protest to North Carolina’s anti-union positions. So unions are also feeling “a little under the bus”.

    For others considering skipping the Coronation, but want to weasle out gracefully, here are some convenient outs:

    * My son/daughter is going to college, and we are just SO busy getting ready…

    * Gotta cut the lawn.

    * I will be ill that week.

    * Vacation plans, man. Had that puppy booked lonnnnnng time ago.

    * I am busy reaching out to the voters in my district. During the four days in August, I will be going door to door, and to every supermarket and diner. Before the convention, I’ll be on vacation, and after the convention, I’ll resume my vacation…but for those four days, I’ll be listening to my constituents.

    * I’ll be at a political seminar, “Healing Our Divisive Political Structure”.

    * I’ll be feeding homeless people.

    * Traveling to Africa to work on famine relief.

    * In training for CPR.

  98. wbboei
    July 13th, 2012 at 11:31 am
    Why Are So Many Pollsters Oversampling Democrats?
    &&&&&&&&

    (1) they are on the payroll.

    or

    (2) they don’t want to get “Breitbarted” (Coroner: “cause of death appears to be ‘natural’ “).

  99. wbboei, the “poll” that matters will be in November.

    Hmmm, it is possible for Dems to be oversampled during the election too (dead voters, repeat dead voters, bus loads of voters voting in one state then the next, tri-state voters). As Obama gets more and more desperate, he and his henchmen will work on “less traditional get-out-the-vote strategies”.

    You betcha!

  100. Clint Walker was once an aspiring actor. The studio was looking for someone for the lead role in a new television series called Cheyene. He was fortunate to get an interview for that role with the legendary silent film and later talkie director, Cecil B. DeMille. The morning of the interview, he left home early and drove down the freeway. He did not want to be late. However, en route he noticed a woman pulled off to the side of the road with a flat tire. There were no cell phones in those days, so she was effectively stranded. Therefore, Walker, who was a chivalrous sort, stopped and fixed the tire. As a result, he arrived late for the interview, and De Mille was, as you might expect, pissed or at least appeared to be. Walker apologized and DeMille waved his hand and said spare me the details–I know all about it. The woman you saved was my secretary. Walker got the role.

    Years later, De Mille was out of the picture, and Walker got into a contract dispute with Jack Warner. By then Walker was a star and wanted a wage commensurate with that status. Warner saw it different. They reached impasse, with neither side willing to budge. Warner Brothers scrambled to come up with a replacement series. The name of thta series was Bronco Lane. The star was Ty Hardin.

    I have posted two clips below. The first clip is the trailer for the series. The second is of Hardin as he is today, eight marriages later. The reason I post it is to give context to the remarks he makes in the second clip on the significance of the western, and the particular period in our history which began with the ending of the Civil War and ended with the closing of the frontier in 1890. The myths and legends of that period defined the American character notwithstanding what came later. Today, however, Obama and his dimocratic party are determined to scrub the memory of all that from the public mind. The rugged individualism, the heroics, the individual responsibilty have no place in the vision of the dimocratic party. Hardin’s laments this general trend. There came a point where he joined a group in Arizona which was serious about not losing the sense of our national identity, and carried it a bit too far. The FBI arrested some of his co-horts and he fled to Costa Rica, briefly. Today, he is back in the United States, and you see him now and then at events like the Memphis Film Festival.

    For more years of Obama and this could prove to be a repeating phenomenon. Most people in this country are not keen on the idea of redefining what it means to be an American, along the lines of the hard left.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXvuX8xiu_E&NR=1&feature=endscreen


  101. In the absence of anything truly BAD about Romney, the LameStreamMedia (CNN, NYT, Joan Walsh of Salon, etc.) are having to revisit mundane issues about Romney’s finances, exactly what day did he depart from Bain, and yete more jokes about his dog on the car roof.

    And yet from Obama in 2008, where was the critical eye? And it 2012, after 3+ years with an obvious paper trail, where is the critical eye on his record??

    Say, you’re not reporters, you’re OBAMA CAMPAIGN STAFFERS!

  102. For more years of Obama and this could prove to be a repeating phenomenon. Most people in this country are not keen on the idea of redefining what it means to be an American, along the lines of the hard left.
    __________

    Certainly- with the verboten pledges of allegiance to the US of A in the classroom to the reassignment of the melody and the words of the National Anthem. There is not doubt about it, it is happening before our eyes.

    Here is an e-mail sent to me by a new acquaintance after my visit to the Old West..

    PRAYER REQUEST

    “I have a prayer request. There’s a lady I’ve known forever. She’s very sick. On top of that, she’s being abused by those to whom she has given everything.

    Lies about her abound, and seem to come from all sides. Just breaks my heart. Seems there’s nothing I can do alone. But maybe, if we join
    in and lift her up to God together, He will heal her. She’s well over 200 years old, but way too young to die.

    Her name is America … and I love her.”

  103. rgb44hrc
    July 13th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    In the absence of anything truly BAD about Romney, the LameStreamMedia (CNN, NYT, Joan Walsh of Salon, etc.) are having to revisit mundane issues about Romney’s finances, exactly what day did he depart from Bain, and yete more jokes about his dog on the car roof.

    And yet from Obama in 2008, where was the critical eye? And it 2012, after 3+ years with an obvious paper trail, where is the critical eye on his record??

    Say, you’re not reporters, you’re OBAMA CAMPAIGN STAFFERS!
    _____________

    The point is WHERE OH WHERE are Romney’s advisors? This are just stupid stupid Kung-Foo mistakes that should never happen. A skilled professional political team would be advising him not to release just one year of Tax Returns informing him of the BLOWBACK if he does! Fire the advisers and man up and get people who know how to present a presidential candidate!

  104. CNN: 2 active Obama-supporting Bain execs confirm Romney left in 1999

    That’s that mantra dead in the water.

  105. Morris has a point, kids and young voters are very fickle, if they don’t perceive you as cool or past it now, they will desert you in droves and it is happening to Obama.

    He was cool in 8 and smells in 12.

  106. I should use that as a bumper sticker for former kiddy obots.

    “Obama, he was cool in 8 but smells in 12”

  107. can i throw up……

    Pres Obama begins campaign speech in Virginia Beach noting “negativity” and “cynicism” in campaign ads. | “Except mine!”

  108. Here are a couple of links to the highly anticipated new series “Political Animals” which is unabashedly based on Hillary Clinton. (Series starts this Sunday, July 15th @ 10pm) on USA network):

    “The new Sigourney Weaver series is a refreshing change from recent shows that portray women as incompetent or hysterical.”

    http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/07/political-animals-finally-a-show-that-loves-powerful-women/259752/

    SNEAK PEAK — “In this exclusive clip from an upcoming episode of USA’s “Political Animals” above, Weaver addresses the Cabinet and President Garcetti (Adrian Pasdar) about a diplomatic crisis involving a hostage case.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/10/political-animals-sigourney-weaver-clip_n_1662204.html?utm_hp_ref=tv

  109. http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/mitt-romney-tisha-bav-jerusalem_648521.html

    Mitt Romney: Tisha B’Av in Jerusalem

    THE WEEKLY STANDARD has been able to confirm reports that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney plans to be in Israel on Sunday, July 29. That day coincides on the Jewish calendar with the ninth day of the month of Av—Tisha B’Av, the fast day that commemorates the destruction of the first and second temples in Jerusalem.
    Netanyahu and Romney

    During discussions about the trip over the last month, advisers to Romney and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the appropriateness of a Romney visit to Israel on this date. But Netanyahu, THE WEEKLY STANDARD has confirmed from top aides in Jerusalem and Boston, encouraged Romney to be in Jerusalem on this solemn day, one that recalls the tragedies of Jewish history and calls to mind current threats to the Jewish people.

    Indeed, THE WEEKLY STANDARD can report that Prime Minister and Mrs. Netanyahu have invited the Romneys to join them for the traditional meal breaking the fast following sundown after Tisha B’Av. This gesture suggests that what may have started out as a routine candidate touchdown in Israel has become a more serious and significant moment for both Netanyahu and Romney.

  110. Who is gonna pick up the tab…..Obama gutting Welfare reform.

    Obama’s HHS yesterday announced a change to the welfare act of 1996. The requirement to work or look for work has been deleted from the welfare reform act of 1996 by Executive Order, specifically the dependent child section.

    the 1996 act worked. It cut welfare applications by 50% because of the requirement to work or look for work. Obama has done away with that requirement yesterday with a stroke of the pen. Of course, this garners him millions of more votes in November.

  111. The economy is screwed, there is no money and they do this…..

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/07/13/republicans-accuse-hhs-gutting-welfare-reform-with-quiet-policy-change/

    Republicans are accusing the Obama administration of unilaterally gutting welfare reform after the Department of Health and Human Services quietly notified states that they may seek a waiver for the program’s strict work requirements.

    HHS made the announcement in a policy memo Thursday, news that slipped well below the radar amid a raucous day on the presidential campaign trail. But a few prominent GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill picked up on the change, and accused the administration of overhauling one of the most important bipartisan agreements of the past several decades.

    “President Obama just tore up a basic foundation of the welfare contract” Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, D-Ohio, said in a statement. He also called the move a “blatant violation of the law.”

    Mitt Romney on Friday spoke up on the change, saying: “President Obama now wants to strip the established work requirements from welfare.” He said “the linkage of work and welfare is essential to prevent welfare from becoming a way of life.”

    How exactly the HHS change will play out is unclear. In Thursday’s policy directive, the department said the states may seek a waiver from the work component of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program, in order to “test alternative and innovative strategies, policies and procedures that are designed to improve employment outcomes for needy families.”

    HHS stressed that any alternative should still aim to get welfare recipients into gainful employment. Any plan that “appears substantially likely to reduce access to assistance or employment for needy families,” will not be approved, the memo said.

    But HHS is suddenly allowing for more flexibility in a program known — and in many circles, lauded — for its rigid framework. Currently, states have to have 50 percent of their caseload meet certain work participation requirements, though there are ways around that as many states fall short.

    The latest department directive suggested alternative plans could “combine learning and work” to fulfill the work requirement, or let “vocational educational training or job search /readiness programs” count as well.

    The hard-fought welfare reform agreement in 1996 was struck between the Bill Clinton administration and a Republican-led Congress. It is still considered a signature legislative achievement from that period.

    The number of people on TANF has decreased dramatically since 1997, but roughly 4 million people are still enrolled according to federal figures. The change comes in the middle of a competitive election fight between Obama and Romney.

    Rep. Dave Camp, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, have written to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking for a more detailed explanation of the change and her authority for making it. Both expressed concern that the change would strip the crux of the 1996 welfare reform deal.

    “This ends welfare reform as we know it,” Camp said in a statement.

    “I’m disappointed that after years of sitting on their hands and failing to propose any significant improvements to the TANF programs, the Obama Administration is once again over-stepping their authority and attempting to circumvent Congress through an unprecedented bypass of the legislative process,” Hatch said.

  112. Obama again circumventing congress and doing as he damn well please, Congress needs to stop Obama once and for all with his “directives”

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/romney-hits-obama-move-gutting-welfare-reform/article/2502070

    While the Obama campaign goes all out attacking Mitt Romney’s business history, the Romney campaign is looking carefully at a new Obama administration policy that could become a significant part of Romney’s case against the president. In a quiet move Thursday — barely noted beyond the conservative press — the Obama administration “released an official policy directive rewriting the welfare reform law of 1996,” according to Robert Rector, a welfare policy expert at the Heritage Foundation.

    The directive — which some Romney aides found stunning — allows the Department of Health and Human Services to waive the work requirement at the heart of welfare reform. That reform, originally vetoed but later signed into law by President Bill Clinton, is widely viewed as the most successful policy initiative in a generation. Under it, the growth in welfare rolls was reversed and millions of people moved from welfare to work.

    Despite its success, however, many liberals remain opposed to reform. For example, in the years immediately after passage of the law, Barack Obama himself pledged to do all he could to undo it. Now, he has.

    The administration’s action means “the end of welfare reform as we know it,” in Rector’s words. In coming days, look for the Romney campaign to press that case — showcasing what Obama has done in office, even as the president fixates on an imaginary narrative of what happened at Bain Capital years ago.

    Friday morning, with Obama’s action still largely unreported, Romney released a statement calling Obama’s move “completely misdirected.”

    “President Obama now wants to strip the established work requirements from welfare,” Romney said. “The success of bipartisan welfare reform, passed under President Clinton, has rested on the obligation of work. The president’s action is completely misdirected. Work is a dignified endeavor, and the linkage of work and welfare is essential to prevent welfare from becoming a way of life.”

  113. Obama’s Shrinking Majority
    He won 9.5 million more votes than McCain. That won’t happen again.Article Comments (627) more in Opinion | Find New $LINKTEXTFIND$ »smaller Larger facebooktwittergoogle pluslinked ininShare14Email Print Save ↓ More
    smaller Larger By KARL ROVE
    Elections are about numbers, and right now the president’s are bad. To understand why, consider 2008 as a reference point. That year, Barack Obama received 69,456,897 votes to John McCain’s 59,934,814.

    But a big chunk of President Obama’s 9.5 million-vote advantage is probably gone. Let’s break this down. According to exit polls, 44.8 million Republicans showed up to vote in 2004 while only 41.4 million did in 2008. Almost all those 3.4 million Republicans who stayed home have been energized by Mr. Obama’s agenda and are now eager to vote against him.

    Gallup found in April that Republicans were five points more likely to vote than Democrats. More recent measures, including by the Pew Research Center in June, show Republican voters displaying more intense interest than Democrats. If 2008 stay-at-home Republicans vote, Mr. Obama’s margin would shrink by more than one-third (to 6.1 million). Similarly, the 2.4 million veterans who voted in 2004 but did not in 2008 could turn out in 2012. Mr. McCain’s winning margin among vets was 10 points.

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    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., looks on as President Barack Obama makes remarks on government contracts.
    Nor can Mr. Obama count on winning the support of 9% of Republicans—or roughly 3.7 million—as he did in 2008 (according to exit polls). If he instead wins the same 6% of Republicans as Sen. John Kerry did in 2004, then 1.25 million Obama Republicans would be subtracted from the president’s column and added to Mr. Romney’s. That would narrow Mr. Obama’s popular-vote margin to 3.6 million.

    According to the exit polls, Mr. Obama won independents by eight points in 2008 (52% vs. 44% for Mr. McCain). But the July 1 CNN/Opinion Research poll showed Mr. Romney winning independents by seven points, 49% to 42%. The June 24 Gallup poll found Mr. Romney up by one among independents, 43% to 42%. Independents will shift back and forth, but if they split 49% to 49% (with the rest going to minor candidates), then Mr. Obama’s vote total would be shaved by 1.1 million and Mr. Romney’s would grow by an equal amount, cutting the president’s margin to 1.4 million.

    Among voters age 65 years or older, Mr. Obama lagged behind Mr. McCain by eight points, 45% to 53%. That margin has doubled to 16 points (41% vs. 57%) in the July 1 CNN/Opinion Research. In the June 24 Gallup, the gap among seniors is 15 points, 39% to 54%. A big gap in November implies that Mr. Obama would lose some undetermined number of Democratic or independent seniors.

    Mr. Obama also has a problem with middle-class voters. In the June 24 Gallup, he led among those making up to $36,000 a year by 51% to 39%, and he trailed among those making $36,000-$90,000 by 44% to 51%, both well behind his 2008 pace.

    Finally, Mr. Obama faces real challenges in generating the turnout he needs from blacks, Hispanics and young people.

    If the turnout of African American voters this fall is just a half-point less than in the last election, Mr. Obama would lose roughly 700,000 votes. With black unemployment at 14.4%, that’s a real possibility.

    Mr. Obama captured Hispanics by 67% to 31% in 2008. But the June 24 NBC/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll found Latino “interest in this election remains far below 2008 levels.” Even after Mr. Obama’s June 15 decree exempting young illegal immigrants from deportation, his approval rating among Hispanics is down to 58%. In the June 25 Gallup poll, four in 10 Hispanic voters list unemployment and economic growth as their greatest concern. This is no surprise, since Latino unemployment is 11%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Another group vital to Mr. Obama’s 2008 victory—young people—are now less enthusiastic about voting and about Mr. Obama. According to a June 24 NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, Mr. Obama leads Mr. Romney among them by 23 points—11 points less than Mr. Obama’s margin over Mr. McCain. If this holds up, it would cost Mr. Obama up to 1.25 million votes.

    Still, Romney isn’t home free. To win 270 Electoral College votes, he will have to keep Republicans energized, increase his support among independents, seniors and the middle class, and make inroads among Hispanics and young voters. To do that, he will need to do much more than just criticize Mr. Obama’s many failures.

    The closer Nov. 6 gets, the more pressure there will be on the GOP challenger to offer a principled, practical, detailed governing vision. He has many important policies on his website. He could cite them more consistently in his speeches and point voters to them in his campaign ads.

    That doesn’t mean rolling out everything right now. If Team Romney were to do that, the media will declare it old news by Labor Day. But to close the sale, Mr. Romney needs to be perceived on Election Day as the man with a plan.

  114. Newt Gingrich : President Clinton and the republican congress created a bipartisan work oriented reform of welfare.

    =============

    Bill Clinton says that he kept vetoing GOP welfare bills until they let him put in some things to HELP people get jobs, such as education, day care, etc.

    Wasn’t that called “Putting People First”?

    Of course Bill also gave us a healthy economy where there were more jobs TO get.

  115. Hm? Did Bill Clinton just say that we should get more revenues by, gasp!, taxing the rich?

    ===============

    On extending the Bush-era tax cuts, he said, “If we’re going to have long-term debt reduction, we’re going to have to have some spending cuts and some more revenues and that’s the fairest place to get it. What the Republicans are trying to do is to put him in a position of giving all that up for another year, which I think would be a big mistake.”

  116. When Hillary took over the State Department, it was in a totally demoralized state.

    ====================

    Someone described the reaction of the State Dept staff to Hillary’s entrance as resembling that of the Munchkins to Dorothy’s. 🙂

  117. There is no possible doubt now. Obama is running a scorched earth policy, i think he knows he loses in Nov and the man is really trying to bankrupt this country and corrupt it.

  118. Bambi’s got problems….Youth and hispanics got low intentions of turning out in Nov, way below 2008

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/155711/Young-Voters-Turnout-Intentions-Lagging.aspx

    Fifty-eight percent of U.S. registered voters aged 18 to 29 say they will “definitely vote” this fall, well below the current national average of 78% and far below 18- to 29-year-olds’ voting intentions in the fall of 2004 and 2008. The 20-percentage-point deficit for young voters versus the national average compares unfavorably with six- and seven-point deficits in the later stages of the 2004 and 2008 elections, respectively.

    …………………………………………………

    Thus, young voters’ vote intention deficit will likely shrink in the coming months, but there would need to be a larger increase than occurred in 2004 and 2008 to indicate their turnout levels might match those from the last two elections.

  119. DailyPUMA
    July 13th, 2012 at 5:16 am

    I think the Hillary Clinton angle is not working because at the heart of the matter, the Republicans didn’t feel Hillary Clinton’s pain, so they can’t get their commercial using her in it, right either.

    I could help them get it right, for a consulting fee. It’s not as easy as it looks.

    ——–
    You can’t even get the people on THIS site right, and thinking you should be PAID to help Republican’s use Hillary in their ads is comical.

  120. moononpluto
    July 13th, 2012 at 2:10 pm
    There is no possible doubt now. Obama is running a scorched earth policy, i think he knows he loses in Nov and the man is really trying to bankrupt this country and corrupt it.
    ______________________________________-

    Yup. I’ve long been fearful of what the period between Nov 12 and Jan. 13 will have in store. He’s vindictive, loves to humiliate, and has a fundamental dislike of America. Could get really bad after the election.

    I hope he becomes thorougly demoralized BEFORE November, however, because I can easily see him thinking he has any chance of reelection doing something like getting us involved in a pointless war somewhere to bolster his national security creds.

  121. Rendell: Bain Attacks “Went A Little Bit Too Far With The Felony Business”

    All this attack [is] maybe hurting the president’s brand too. I think our supporters went a little bit too far with the felony business,” fmr. Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA) said on MSNBC this afternoon.

    “I’m not sure it does us well to be saying it. It’s okay if the press says it,” Rendell added.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/07/13/rendell_bain_attacks_went_a_little_bit_too_far_with_the_felony_business.html

  122. that clip Tim posted above of the girl slamming Cleaver is so spot on…

    …after a certain point all this constant racism talk just diminishes those bringing it up…they sound like they need to have some special treatment to prevail or succeed…instead of just standing up as a man or woman…an american, a person…Cleaver and Brazile, etc make it sound like AA needs so much protection and coddling…however they have no limits as to what they can say…often so much of what they say sounds like reverse racism…or obvious racists comments towards anyone but AA…

    I will be honest I cannot even tell who is what these days and I do not care…the ones constantly talking about racism are making this a big issue and drawing lines to divide everyone…they are pushing any progress between people backwards and you can sense all the resentment they have…many of the AA leaders hopping on racism are setting a bad example to the youth…the world has changed…and they sound stuck in a mindset they used to manipulate others

    ************************************

    imho…use Sununu as the media spokesperson…who knew Sununu could be so likeable as he goes for the juggular…(i guess we knew from days gone by)
    He is great at pulling in so many loose ends all of us wondered why the media never explored, rezco, Chicago, felons, etc…such a light touch to powerful pushback…

    …more and more Sununu in front of the camera on tv…

    *************************************

    Paul Ryan could bring so much to the ticket…he comes across so earnest, has a great family, is very articulate and has the gift for explaining things…plus he is youthful and good looking…

    *****************************************************

  123. CNN reported last night that the accusations from Team Obama of felonious conduct are sheer nonsense and lies — and got that message from four executives at Bain, two of whom are “active” supporters of Barack Obama. John King spoke to all four, three of whom are Democrats, and all four said that Mitt Romney left Bain in a big hurry in 1999 in order to work full time on rescuing the Salt Lake City Olympics. The rushed departure created a lot of paperwork headaches as Bain tried to unwind Romney from leadership, which required a significant amount of time. That’s why the company had Romney’s name on their SEC paperwork the next two years, as King reports:

  124. About MR at the NAACP convention, I have no problems with his appearance. If he hadn’t shown up he would have been called a racist anyway. Much better he be called a racist, incomprehensibly to a thinking person, for his thoughtful policies then based on a no show.

    What he did NOT do was pander to the POS the way McCain did in 2008. That’s a start. He did not go in there apologizing for running against the first “AA” presidential candidate. He was cordial, his speech was excellent and he handled the hostility admirably.

    Just my 2 cents.

  125. Republicans are accusing the Obama administration of unilaterally gutting welfare reform after the Department of Health and Human Services quietly notified states that they may seek a waiver for the program’s strict work requirements.

    HHS made the announcement in a policy memo Thursday, news that slipped well below the radar amid a raucous day on the presidential campaign trail. But a few prominent GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill picked up on the change, and accused the administration of overhauling one of the most important bipartisan agreements of the past several decades.

    “President Obama just tore up a basic foundation of the welfare contract” Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, D-Ohio, said in a statement. He also called the move a “blatant violation of the law.”

    Mitt Romney on Friday spoke up on the change, saying: “President Obama now wants to strip the established work requirements from welfare.” He said “the linkage of work and welfare is essential to prevent welfare from becoming a way of life.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/07/13/republicans-accuse-hhs-gutting-welfare-reform-with-quiet-policy-change/

  126. moononpluto,

    I know you are interested in this case.

    Lead Detective In Zimmerman Case: I Was Pressured To Bring Charges, But I Didn’t Think There Was Enough Evidence
    —Ace

    Notice the pattern, here, too, at the end:

    Telling the FBI that he was concerned that people inside the police department were leaking information, Serino cited Sgt. Arthur Barnes, officers Rebecca Villalona and Trekelle Perkins “as all pressuring him to file charges against Zimmerman after the incident,” an FBI report said. “Serino did not believe he had enough evidence at the time to file charges.”

    Serino, a 15-year veteran of the department who was a major-crimes investigator, was demoted last month to overnight patrol.

    AOS

  127. Basil

    ….What he did NOT do was pander to the POS the way McCain did in 2008. That’s a start. He did not go in there apologizing for running against the first “AA” presidential candidate. He was cordial, his speech was excellent and he handled the hostility admirably.

    —-
    Yup.

    I want a President that has courage, and not worry about that the media will say when he talks to folks that normally don’t like/understand him. This gives them a chance to hear it from the horse’s mouth and not MSNBC spin cycle.

  128. Gingrich on Welfare rules change

    Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who led efforts to reform welfare in the 1990s, had this to say about Barack Obama’s decision to suspend TANF’s work requirements:

    Obama’s suspension of workfare requirements is almost certainly illegal, a sign of the jobs failure, and a reminder how liberal obama is

    — Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) July 13, 2012

  129. Shadowfax,

    I thought MR did a good job. And he got a standing O at the end of his speech although you won’t find that inconvenient fact mentioned in LSM.

  130. White House “Sneers” At Reporter Asking About Obama College Records

    A once-again stumbling and ultra-defensive Jay Carney attempts to defend Barack Obama’s ongoing secrecy regarding the president’s college records. Note how Carney repeatedly avoids answering the actual question:


    Carney Clown is slippin’ and slidin’ on this question, he can only think to blame it on Trump.

  131. Mrs. Smith,

    My experience certainly broadened my perspective as did my work in several predominantly black and hispanic school districts.

    The marriage did not last long.

  132. Basil, yes…

    I thought Mitt did well, and he told the story from his beliefs not from some buttered up – bs on a stick version to pretend to give more unicorn and pixie dust promises to them like Barcako did.

  133. Some FAQS about Welfare according to a WZ poster

    In 40 states welfare pays more than an $12.00 an hour job.

    In 29 states it pays more than the average starting salary for a secretary.

    In 17 states the welfare package is more generous than a $17.00 an hour job.

    In 9 states welfare pays more than the average first-year salary for a teacher.

    In 6 states it pays more than the entry-level salary for a computer programmer.

    NYC, because of it’s cost of living issues ,has a full aid package that = $48,000 a year.

    51% of illegal immigrants are on welfare.

  134. The biggest LIAR in American History says his problem is that he hasn’t told enough “stories” to the American People.

    The POS whose entire life story is a work of fiction says he lacks story-telling skills.

    👿

  135. DailyPUMA
    July 13th, 2012 at 5:16 am

    I think the Hillary Clinton angle is not working because at the heart of the matter, the Republicans didn’t feel Hillary Clinton’s pain, so they can’t get their commercial using her in it, right either.

    I could help them get it right, for a consulting fee. It’s not as easy as it looks
    ——————-
    DailyPUMA is an idiot to say this.

  136. Clinton said Romney’s record as the head of private equity firm Bain Capital is fair game and says taking a microscopic look at Romney’s finances is “just as relevant as going over my record as governor when I ran for president.”
    *****

    Clinton, back walking on Bain, sad, just sad…
    ***************

    I for one will repeat that I feel Romney’s speech @ NAACP was exceptional and courageous, and most importantly, he did not flinch when the the boo’s came and that my friends bode’s well for him and actually put him up a notch IMHO.

    Hillary would have done no less….

    **************

    had no idea about the fraud eliminating workfare. What a dumba*s. He is desperately trying to get the ghetto to come vote.

    “If you don’t vote for me, you might have to actually work”! (picture of the fraud)

    Romney needs to hit this hard, and for that matter that you can get tattoo’s, buy beer and your nails done on OUR dime.An’t welfare grand? no wonder people refuse to pay tax’es. When is this insanity going to end? Hell, I can’t afford to get my nails done and I am paying for someone else’s? BS, BS, BS…Time to stop the insanity!
    **********

    Sununu would be great as his spokesman, we need to get that message to Romney, anyone know anyone that would care?

  137. BASIL99
    July 13th, 2012 at 3:14 pm
    ****

    Let’s put an end to that story come November, as my daughter say’s. “end of story”, vote Romney…Good bumper sticker

  138. Update: Mitt Romney responds in an official statement:

    President Obama believes that millions of Americans have lost their homes, their jobs and their livelihood because he failed to tell a good story. Being president is not about telling stories. Being president is about leading, and President Obama has failed to lead. No wonder Americans are losing faith in his presidency.

  139. We need a “Romney girl”, like the obama girl in 2008, maybe we can get her to do a video on utube, I hear she isn’t hot for the fraud anymore!

  140. trixta
    July 13th, 2012 at 1:22 pm
    Here are a couple of links to the highly anticipated new series “Political Animals” which is unabashedly based on Hillary Clinton. (Series starts this Sunday, July 15th @ 10pm) on USA network):
    &&&&&&&&

    Announcer: “All characters are fictional. Any resemblance to real people are coincidental…of course, it’s about Hillary, we just can’t SAY that”.

    &&

    I heard Sigourney being interviewed, and she spoke about it being a composite of various political families (Kennedys, Bushes, Clintons), but some of the SoS / First Lady was obviously a nod to HRC, even though in the show she’s divorced.

  141. FoxNews has a whole series of videos worth watching. First Mike Huckabee:
    What is Obama’s biggest regret of his presidency? | Video | Fox News
    Jul 13, 2012- 5:46 –
    Mike Huckabee reacts to president’s first term ‘mistake’
    http://video.foxnews.com/v/1732783442001/

    Recap: It hasn’t tasted good and we cannot afford.
    83% doctors will consider retirement if OCare comes to be

  142. http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/07/issa-probes-cabinets-campaign-work-128880.html

    Rep. Darrell Issa turned his sights Thursday on the Obama administration’s handling of the gray area between campaigning, fundraising and taxpayer-funded official trips.

    In a letter to the heads of 18 Cabinet agencies and other departments, Issa (R-Calif.) requested an account of travel to political events connected to President Barack Obama’s campaign, as well as the Priorities USA Action super PAC supporting Obama’s reelection effort.

    Issa, chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, gave the Obama officials until July 26 to detail any trips connected to their political activities and whether official or campaign funds were used to pay for transportation.

    The Republican also requested the names of any government officials who coordinate with the Democratic National Committee on political events.

    Issa cited POLITICO and other media outlets’ reporting about the use of Obama’s Cabinet, including their official travel to battleground states and participation with the super PAC and the campaign’s so-called Speakers Series. The Wall Street Journal reported last November that the Speaker Series events allow donors a chance to hear from administration officials including EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

    All of those efforts, Issa wrote, “appear to reflect an orchestrated attempt to use government officials for partisan fundraising purposes.”

    White House spokesman Eric Schultz responded that Issa’s information request was all about scoring political points. “The administration complies with all of the rules and regulations governing campaign activity,” he said. “In fact, it is Republicans who recently acknowledged these Congressional investigations, funded-by taxpayers, are driven by election-year politics.”

    As of early June, a half-dozen Obama Cabinet members had been on more than 85 official trips this year to electoral battlegrounds such as Colorado, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Obama campaign manager Jim Messina, top strategist David Axelrod and Democratic National Committee Executive Director Patrick Gaspard also briefed some Cabinet members in late April about the campaign during an hour-long meeting at DNC headquarters in Washington.

    Roll Call on Tuesday reported that no members of Obama’s Cabinet have attended fundraisers for the super PAC despite Messina’s announcement in February that some would.

    Issa’s letters went to the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, Transportation, Treasury and Veterans Affairs, as well as EPA, NASA, U.S. Agency for International Development, General Services Administration, Small Business Administration and the Office of Management and Budget.

  143. Congratulations @SharylAttkisson for her Emmy nomination for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for #fastandfurious

    Bet she does’nt win, the obama enablers protectors in the industry will make sure of it.

  144. moononpluto
    July 13th, 2012 at 1:05 pm
    Morris has a point, kids and young voters are very fickle, if they dont perceive you as cool or past it now, they will desert you in droves and it is happening to Obama.

    He was cool in 8 and smells in 12.
    &&&&&&&&&&

    Moon, this backs you up:

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/155711/Young-Voters-Turnout-Intentions-Lagging.aspx

    July 13, 2012
    Young U.S. Voters’ Turnout Intentions Lagging
    Black turnout intentions look similar to 2008 on relative basis
    by Jeffrey M. Jones

    PRINCETON, NJ — Fifty-eight percent of U.S. registered voters aged 18 to 29 say they will “definitely vote” this fall, well below the current national average of 78% and far below 18- to 29-year-olds’ voting intentions in the fall of 2004 and 2008. The 20-percentage-point deficit for young voters versus the national average compares unfavorably with six- and seven-point deficits in the later stages of the 2004 and 2008 elections, respectively.

    (chart here)

    These results are based on an analysis of May 1-July 10 Gallup Daily tracking interviews with more than 30,000 registered voters, and more than 2,800 18- to 29-year-old registered voters. In addition to asking presidential vote preferences, Gallup asks registered voters to rate their chances of voting on a 10-point scale, with “10” indicating they will “definitely vote.” This analysis reports the percentage of voters who say they will definitely vote. The question is asked as part of Gallup’s larger likely voter scale that will be used in the fall.

    Turnout intentions are currently lower among all registered voters than they were in the month before the last two elections, with 78% saying they will definitely vote, compared with figures of at least 85% in October/November 2004 and 2008. This partly reflects the normal pattern in which fewer voters say they will definitely vote in the late spring and early summer months than in the fall of an election year. However, a comparison of similarly timed data in the 2004 and 2008 elections still suggests turnout levels this year may not match those from the last two elections. In June 2004 (80%) and June 2008 (82%), slightly more registered voters said they would definitely vote than the 78% who do so now.

    Young voters were one of the key groups in President Obama’s winning 2008 coalition. They widely support the president this year as well, but historically their turnout levels usually lag behind those of other groups. Thus, the question surrounding young voters is not so much whom they will support as whether they will officially register that support in the voting booth.

    The 20-point deficit in turnout intentions for young voters compared with the current national average is the largest among major demographic subgroups. A table showing the full data on each subgroup can be found on page 2.

    If history is a guide, young voters should become more likely to say they will definitely vote between now and the fall, as occurred in 2004 and 2008. These increases were much larger than the national increases in those years, suggesting young voters decide whether they will actually vote later than most voters do.

    is unclear whether the percentage of black registered voters who say they will definitely vote will increase significantly over the course of the campaign, as occurred for young voters in the past two campaigns. In June 2008, 84% of black registered voters said they would definitely vote, compared with 87% at the end of the campaign, suggesting little change over time. In 2004, however, black voting intentions did increase significantly from June (78%) to October (88%).

    Hispanic registered voters, who currently support Obama by more than a 2-to-1 margin, are, along with 18- to 29-year-olds, one of the groups with the lowest expected turnout. Currently, 64% of Hispanic voters say they will definitely vote, 14 points below the national average. In the fall of 2008, Hispanic turnout intentions were eight points below the national average. Gallup does not have data on Hispanic turnout intentions prior to October 2008, so it is unclear how the current figures compare to the summer of 2004 or 2008.

    (snip)

  145. Sessions: President Set To Ignore Law By Not Providing Congress With Budget Update
    budget.senate.gov

  146. Bill Clinton Calls Out Romney On Release of Tax Returns

    WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton said Mitt Romney’s financial record is a matter of legitimate campaign scrutiny because he’s been selling himself as a fix-it man on the economy.
    _________________

    BC saying this may trigger a whole new onslaught of calls for Obama’s College Transcripts.. If Romney moves fast enough he could have his surrogates turn this around into a nightmare for Obama- Opportunity knocking… Wake Up!

  147. I liked what Krauthammer, who is no Romney fan, said: “Romney not only doesn’t have a skeleton in his closet, he doesn’t even have a closet.”

  148. Are any of you seeing what I am seeing? I am seeing Romney become a better candidate as time goes on.
    He comes across to me as articulate, poised and on point. He is an ethical man and that makes him harder to attack.
    I supported him in the 2008 primary, but not in the 2012 primary. My growing suspicion of the Washington establishment made me distrustful of all elites–which can be a mistake because there are exceptions. I particularly like his explicit goal of saving the middle class.

    The other thing I am seeing is Cavuto moving into a class of his own as far as a media figure is concerned. Some of his speeches are compelling–much more thoughtful than what we see from Bill O and others. I am so happy that Sharyl got nominated for an Emmy. She is the state of the art of investigative reporters. At this point, NBC, ABC and CNN have no investigative reporters. I have spoken to Brian Williams at ABC, but he is flighty as hell, and that does not bode well for investigative reporting. My friend who owned the best small town newspaper in the country, and whose father was president of the Newspaper publishers association told me that the economics of the newspaper business do not reward investigative reporting activity. The reason for this is the digging it involves takes time and leads to many dead ends. His people were some of the best, but even at that he said often you could not verify some of the points, therefore, rather than ruin someone’s reputation based on information that could not be verified by two independent sources, he had to throw all of it away, and eat the cost.

    It is a tribute to CBS that they gave Sharlyl the latitude and the support to delve into the fast and furious matter. I have to give credit to Moonves for that. The scumbag executives at the other networks including the guy from ABC whom I met the other night lack the guts and commitment to journalism to dig for the truth. They would rather ply us with the happy talk of Tapper, or the blowjobs by Step and Fetch it, or the magnolia blossom horsehit of the daughter of Hale Boggs–Cokie Roberts, or the tut tut arrogance of Sir Brian Williams, or the rat like behavior of Chuck Todd, than do the heavy lifting which yields truth. Murrow, Cronkite and Sevarid would be proud of Sharyl and we are too.

  149. I have spoken to Brian Ross at ABC–who is their investigative reporter. NBC has none, and he closest CNN has is Jeanie Most.

  150. MORE SWISS ACCOUNTS FOR ROMNEY

    Oh,sh!t, rumor has it that the incumbent campaign,surrogates, pundits,Brazile/Pelosi/Biden are now faulting Romney for more ‘Swiss’ incidents.

    They are going ballistic over reports that Mitt Romney has a Swiss Army Knife in his possession; further there are reports that each son owns one, too. I’d bet they will go over the moon when they find out that the entire family drinks “Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate.”

  151. Yes, rgb44hrc, the show certainly does pay homage to a HRC-like character … even has as her antagonist a character inspired by none other than the dour Maureen Dowd. Can’t wait to see it. The review by Alyssa Rosenberg in The Atlantic was favorable (link provided above), but the one by Emily Nussbaum in The New Yorker was a bit snarky. (The series airs Sundays at 7pm Pacific Time; 10pm East Coast time.)

  152. wbboei, Neil Cavuto has a very dry sense of humor and I can identify with that; he is a very busy host on both the news and business channels of Fox – and iirc, he is one of the big bosses. He always seems fair to me; but his commentary at the end of the show is much more substantive than other shows. He knows his financial stuff and in my estimation is a good person. I can hardly tolerate O’Reilly anymore, he is so pompous and he thinks his opinions override everyone else; he gave the incumbent a less than hammering interview while he gave Hillary a hammer right between the eyes…and both he and Hillary were enjoying all the hardball questions he gave her; she hit them out of the ballpark. Since he cut a deal to interview the incumbent, he has bent over backwards for him. Hannity has improved some, but still has his biases trump better judgment at times. For my viewing, it is Cavuto.

  153. P.S. The one that I enjoy viewing most is Charles and the Charles is Charged segments. His life story is a very sad but endearing; since just a little boy he always wanted to carry a briefcase and do something important with his life.

  154. I haven’t seen the MR media blitz interviews yet but according to drudge:

    Romney Demands Obama Apology… Says president ‘reckless and absurd’… ‘Deceptive and dishonest’… ‘Beneath Dignity Of His Office’… ‘It’s disgusting. It’s demeaning’…

    All I can say is good on MR hitting back so fast. He must do the same through November. Any lie left to fester and grow will hurt him. Attack the lies head on.

  155. Thomas Sowell on slavery

    “Clearly, the ability to score ideological points against American society or Western civilization, or induce guilt and thereby extract benefits from the white population today, are greatly enhanced by making enslavement appear to be a peculiarly American, or a peculiarly white, crime…

    “Before the modern era, by and large Europeans enslaved other Europeans, Asians enslaved other Asians, Africans enslaved other Africans, and the indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere enslaved other indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere…

    “While slavery was common to all civilizations, as well as to peoples considered uncivilized, only one civilization developed a moral revulsion against it, very late in its history- Western civilization. Today it seems so obvious that, as Abraham Lincoln said, ‘If slavery is not wrong, nothing is not wrong.’ But the hard fact is that, for thousands of years, slavery was simply not an issue, even among the great religious thinkers or moral philosophers of civilizations around the world…

    “Contrary to the ‘myths to live by’ created by Alex Haley and others, Africans were by no means the innocents portrayed in Roots, baffled as to why white men were coming in and taking their people away in chains. On the contrary, the region of West Africa from which the Kunte Kinte supposedly came was one of the great slave-trading regions of the continent- before, during, and after the white man arrived. It was Africans who enslaved their fellow Africans, selling some of these slaves to Europeans or to Arabs and keeping others for themselves. Even at the peak of the Atlantic slave trade, Africans retained more slaves for themselves than they sent to the Western hemisphere.”

  156. Parts of Condi’s June speech at an MR fundraiser.

    Rice’s speech in Park City aptly captured the mood of conservatives, painting a bleak portrait of the “dangerous, chaotic times” facing the country, and blaming President Obama for bringing on international weakness, class warfare, and fiscal recklessness. She even urged those in attendance to “storm Washington D.C.” on behalf of Romney.

    Framing her speech around three major “shocks to the international system” in the past decade — the 9/11 attacks, the global financial crisis, and the Arab Spring — Rice said Obama’s failed governance has thrown the world deeper into crisis.

    “What we’re feeling most is not just that tumult, we’ve been through tumult before,” she said. “What we’re feeling is the absence of American leadership.”

    She continued: “When our friends aren’t certain that they can count on us — and they aren’t so certain now — and when our foes don’t fear us or respect us, this is what you get: tumultuous, dangerous chaotic times,” Rice said.

    Riffing on the Arab Spring, which she dubbed “in many ways, the most dramatic of all these shocks,” Rice said the various dictator-toppling movements were the inevitable and ultimate consequence of authoritarian rule. She compared it to the 1989 Romanian Revolution, when Communist leader Nicolae Ceaușescu was executed by his own people.

    “The Ceaușescu moment is when what separates a dictator from his people, when fear breaks down,” she said, adding, “That’s what you see in the Middle East.”

    She sounded other hawkish themes as well, condemning Obama for allowing America to be “governed by the lowest common denominator collective will of the so-called international community of the United Nations.” And she Romney’s absolute belief in “American exceptionalism.”

    But the first moment that brought the crowd to its feet came when she moved from foreign to domestic policy, blasting the president for pitting the rich against the poor.

    “It is a narrative that is being pushed by our current president, that ‘I’m doing poorly because you’re doing well,'” she said. “That has never been the American narrative. Ours has never been a narrative of aggrievement, and ours has never been a narrative of entitlement.”

    And then, moments later, she received her second standing ovation by declaring, “It is time for all of us, in any way we can, to mobilize, get our act together, and storm Washington D.C.”

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/audio-exclusive-the-speech-that-landed-condi-on-r

  157. I see, the current Obot dems are for the middle class, really?

    One of the top Obot donors who designed the olympic uniforms, had them made in China… so I see, they support a liar OTurd who says he’s for the middle class, so they can feel better about themselves about supposedly being for the middle class… and then they ship jobs overseas that middle class employees would have worked at in this country.

    http://freebeacon.com/u-s-olympic-uniforms-made-in-china/

    “The company who designed the uniforms, Ralph Lauren, has received less scrutiny. Few outlets have noted that Ralph Lauren himself is a prominent contributor to President Obama and the Democratic Party.

    According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Lauren has given $7,300 to Obama since 2008, and more than $35,000 to the Democratic National Committee.”

  158. shocked? not really.

    http://freebeacon.com/gao-obamacare-timeline-based-on-election/

    “A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has laid bare the Obama administration’s effort to delay the impact of Medicare cuts in the health care law until after the 2012 election.

    Under the new law, cuts to Medicare Advantage funding would force many seniors off their preferred health plans. This aspect of the law was originally intended to go into effect before the election in November, but fearing the political backlash, the administration launched an $8.35 billion “demonstration project” that would effectively delay the cuts until after the election.

    The GAO report urged the administration to cancel the project, citing its numerous “design shortcomings” and noting that the program fails to “conform to the principles of budget neutrality,” meaning the $8.35 billion is not offset by spending cuts or other revenue, and will have to be borrowed.”

  159. DailyPUMA
    July 13th, 2012 at 5:16 am

    I think the Hillary Clinton angle is not working because at the heart of the matter, the Republicans didn’t feel Hillary Clinton’s pain, so they can’t get their commercial using her in it, right either.

    I could help them get it right, for a consulting fee. It’s not as easy as it looks

    ====================

    Dunno what DailyPuma has in mind here, but he’s the most brilliant and dedicated PUMA I know of.

  160. Obama’s suspension of workfare requirements [….]
    — Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) July 13, 2012

    =======================

    Sfaik, it’s not much of a ‘suspension’. Just allowing some people lower down to make some small adjustments. Like most of Obama’s supposedly-liberal gestures, really fake.

  161. this is the kind of republican establishment people that needs to go, have some small govt small business people in congress instead.


  162. So OTurd guts a law just by an executive order, why even have a congress, heck why even have laws?
    Whatever barry says is law, there is no “we the people”.

  163. Death surrounds Obama…..

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/13760238-418/obama-campaign-worker-collapses-at-chicago-campaign-hq-and-later-dies.html

    A 29-year-old staffer at President Barack Obama’s downtown Chicago campaign headquarters collapsed there Friday and later died.

    Alex Okrent worked with Obama’s political team since 2004. The president called Okrent’s family to offer his condolences. Obama later consoled campaign staffers in a conference call Friday afternoon.

    Okrent worked in Obama for America’s paid media department, which handles advertising for Obama’s re-election bid. He was a staffer for Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and worked on his 2004 race for an Illinois Senate seat. He also worked in a variety of other campaigns.

    After he collapsed, Chicago paramedics were called to the Obama headquarters in the Prudential Building where he was given emergency treatment. He was then taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

    Okrent, who lived in north suburban Evanston, was a graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

    Obama’s November opponent, Mitt Romney, offered his condolences, saying via Twitter: “Ann & I were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Alex Okrent. Prayers are with Alex’s loved ones and the entire Obama campaign team.”

  164. Surprise: In 2002, MA Dems attacked Romney for NOT working/living in-state (Bain’s HQ) after 1999, arguing he was ineligible to run for Gov.

    Hilarious.

  165. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/07/13/Obama-took-bain-cash?

    Obama Took Cash From Bain Outsourcing Execs

    Barack Obama’s campaign has been quick to rip Mitt Romney for his association with Bain Capital, which outsourced certain jobs during restructuring of companies. There’s only one problem: many of the very executives who were running Bain Capital during the 1999-2002 period now under media scrutiny donated to Obama’s presidential campaign. And Obama was more than happy to cash the checks.

    The same SEC form from February 2001 that lists Mitt Romney as “sole shareholder, sole director, Chief Executive Officer and President of Bain Capital … the controlling person of Bain Capital” also lists over a dozen other managing directors of Bain Capital, Inc. — all of whom were undoubtedly more active than Romney was during this period. And President Obama took money from many of them.

    Take Joshua Bekenstein. Bekenstein has been a managing director of Bain Capital since 1986. In 2008, he signed Barack Obama a $4,600 check. In 2004, he gave a $50,000 donation to the Democratic National Committee. That’s outsourcing money, plain and simple. And Obama was happy to take it.

    Or how about Stephen Pagliuca? Last year, he cut a $35,800 check to Barack Obama’s Victory Fund. Then he cut another $30,800 check to the DNC. And another $30,800 check to the DCCC. Jonathan Lavine and Mark Nunnelly have both maxed out to Obama already, as well as to the DNC. Lavin was a bundler for Obama, and raised over $100,000 for him. Michael Krupka gave Obama $4,600 in 2008.

    As we’ve seen, the leftist media thinks it’s a disaster if a private citizen, Mitt Romney, made money from an investment company that outsourced jobs to save companies. But the leftist media seems perfectly comfortable with Barack Obama cashing checks from the executives who actually made the decisions to outsource.

    The truth is that there’s nothing wrong with a private company outsourcing. Democrats know it. Republicans know it. Everybody knows it. But the Obama campaign is hypocritically pointing to Romney’s pocketbook while zealously guarding its own. Apparently, it’s fine to outsource so long as the name on the contribution check reads “Barack Obama.”

  166. I find it so amusing Evan Byah is on Fox saying how America needs to create more jobs, be more competive, yet he voted for the biggest tax hike on the middle class, and a huge tax on small businesses, making the overrall economy more brittle, and the individual citizen less able to make better, smarter choices for themselves and their families.
    Keep up that hypocracy Sen Evan Byah.

  167. only 29? the article didn’t say how he died. very sad as well

    and very classy of Romney to offer condosclences.

  168. Uglyass photo of Barry on Drudge.

    I hate the black and white photos on Drudge for the last few days. This isn’t 1943…that’s why Big Pink is pink!

  169. Admin, could you please ‘turn off the automatic sound’ on the video that Mrs. Smith posted of Bill saying Mitt should release more of his taxes.

    Every time I refresh this page, the sound is on Bill in this video, and I didn’t go and push the play button at all.

    Am I the only one????

  170. Evan Byah says people want to focus on jobs, idiot, I had so much respect for this man at one point, obviously its beyond his understanding, OTurdCare is hindering the ecnomony from growing! The economy is now more brittle, taxes are going up, choices are going down, prices for insurance and care will go up, taxes on medical devices will go up, so really Mr. Byah, you don’t get how this/OturdCare is affecting jobs and the economy? they are not mutually exclusive.

  171. Dorothy Rabinowitz. She writes for wsj, and she regrets the absense of chivalry and older virtues in this celebrity obsessed society. It seems to me that Mitt Romeny, as conventional, boring and unhip that he is, offers the virtue she longs for and society is missing today. That decent respect for mankind that the founding fathers spoke of. To take the time to send his regrets to a young zealot who was committed to destroying him and everything he stands for is the sign of a higher calling. This is something which Obama and his ilk are incapable of. Being the consummate sociopath, Obama is concerned only for himself, and it would never occur to him to offer his heartfelt condonlences to the other side. Barack Husseing Obama, the quintessential sociopath, who represents everything that is wrong with modern American society. Everything that has brought us to the brink of collapse is present in his warped character.

  172. Am I the only one????
    _____________

    You are not alone- The Hannity video played every time I logged in to the last thread.. It’s Bill being Bill. He wants to be heard! lol

  173. Evan Byah says people want to focus on jobs, idiot, I had so much respect for this man at one point, obviously its beyond his understanding, OTurdCare is hindering the ecnomony from growing! The economy is now more brittle, taxes are going up, choices are going down, prices for insurance and care will go up, taxes on medical devices will go up, so really Mr. Byah, you don’t get how this/OturdCare is affecting jobs and the economy? they are not mutually exclusive.

    ———————–
    Most likely he will be the vice presidential candidate. He is, as you say, the consumate hyporcrite. I have a friend who worked for his father–Birch Bayh, who knew him as a young boy. This friend had some hopes for Evan, until he supported Obamacare. Prior thereto, he interposed an objection, namely that we could not afford it. His constituents cheered. And then, after a meeting with Obama, he did a 180 and announced that his concerns were resolved and he was prepared to give it his “full throated” as he put it, support. At that point, his constituents lost faith in him. They believed him to be a lying prick. They were not wrong to think that. Ergo, when he talks about jobs, he is like Obama, a day late and a dollar short. But do not be surprised if he is tapped for vice president. They are looking to dump Biden–why, I will never know.

  174. The other thing I neglected to mention about Bayh is his wife is an executive with one of the pharmaseutical companies. This raised a strong inferene that his about face on Obama care was weighted in self interest, rather than the welfare the constitutents whom he took an oath to represent.

  175. “And then, after a meeting with Obama, he did a 180 and announced that his concerns were resolved and he was prepared to give it his “full throated” as he put it, support. At that point, his constituents lost faith in him. ”

    That was pretty much why I think he’s a lying hypocritical jerk. I trust nothing he says anymore.

  176. http://marthasvineyard.patch.com/articles/live-chat-elizabeth-warren-live-qa-chat-on-patch-9add3a56

    Unbelievable, I’m willing to grant leeway to someone if they were misled as a kid about their heritage or the family had genuinely believed something, but this woman has been proven to have no native american in her ancestry, and yet she continues to boldface lie.
    Just stunning. This is getting into the pathological liar relm.

    “Growing up, my mother and grandparents often talked about our family’s Native American heritage. As a kid, I never asked them for documentation–what kid would?

    But growing up, I knew that my parents had been very much in love, but that my father’s family said they couldn’t get married because my mother was part Cherokee and part Delaware. So they eloped. We grew up with this all our lives.”

  177. “Growing up, my mother and grandparents often talked about our family’s Native American heritage. As a kid, I never asked them for documentation–what kid would?

    But growing up, I knew that my parents had been very much in love, but that my father’s family said they couldn’t get married because my mother was part Cherokee and part Delaware. So they eloped. We grew up with this all our lives.”

    ====================

    Warren is relating what her family told her all her life: just like Hillary’s family told her she was named for Sir Hillary.

    And there is no evidence that the story by either family was a a lie. There is LACK of written evidence about WArren’s ancestors. That does not mean none of them WERE Indian.

  178. Tim,

    What do you think ‘elope’ means? It doesn’t have to mean you climb out of a window and run away to another state across an ice flow with bloodhounds chasing you. It just means that instead of having an announced conventinal wedding with both families invited, you go in secret to a minister or JP and don’t tell anyone about it till it’s over.

    Here is some perspective:
    http://www.democraticunderground.com/125141997

  179. http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/309347/why-are-so-many-pollsters-oversampling-democrats

    My regular correspondent Number-Cruncher checks in, groaning about the latest Pew poll and that organization’s strange habit of including an unrealistic percentage of Democrats in their sample.

    The latest one from Pew poll is a shining example of why our side gets so frustrated with polls. Every time a Pew poll comes out, the numbers appear out of whack. Of course if you are a number-cruncher and look to the cross-tabs, the results are clearly flawed. Pew, to its credit, tells us its history since 1988. Basically in 1988 they did a good job, calling the race almost perfectly, possibly even overestimating Bush support by 0.4% (keep in mind they round so 50-42 could be 7.6%). But since then, their results have been downhill.

    Starting in 1992, EVERY Pew poll appears to lean to one direction — always towards the Democrat, and by an average of more than 5 percentage points. Worse this is a reflection of the “final” poll which even the Democratic firm, Public Policy Polling, usually gets right.

    October 1988 — Bush 50 Dukakis 42; Actual Result Bush +7.6 (Call this one spot on.)

    Late October 1992 — Clinton 44 Bush 34; Actual Result :Clinton +5.5 (Skew against Republican candidate +5.5)

    November 1996 — Clinton +51 Dole 32; Actual Result Clinton +8.5 (Skew against Republican candidate +10.5)

    November 2000 — Gore 45; Bush 41 (Skew against Republican Candidate +3.5)

    November 2004 — Kerry 46; Bush 45 (Skew against Republican Candidate +3.4)

    November 2008 — Obama 50 McCain 39 (Skew against Republican + 3.8)

    After being wrong in the same direction so consistently, wouldn’t you think that Pew might attempt to adjust their sampling techniques to adjust their techniques to avoid under-sampling Republican voters? Keep in mind the polls I have highlighted are the last polls in the race. I find it interesting that not one of their poll statisticians came out and said, ‘Boss, these results look whacked out because the electorate is going to be more than 24 percent Republican, and self-identified Democrats aren’t going to outpace Republicans by 9 percentage points.’ The Democrats couldn’t even reach that margin in 2008 . . . and you wonder why so many people think Obama is going to win. Didn’t Einstein once say the definition of insanity was “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. So I ask are the people at Pew insane or just biased?

    ****

    On another polling annoyance, I turn to your favorite punching bag PPP-D. Here is the trend with PPP-D. They do a terrific job polling our primaries (this is not sarcasm). Their closing polls are usually okay. But their tracks, should be involving a Republican versus Democrat race be viewed with healthy skepticism. The latest poll release in NC showing Obama +1 indicated a Democrat advantage of +12. I don’t know what they are smoking over there but I want some (just kidding) . . .

    As I tracking every public poll, I have found it amazing on how many pollsters are oversampling Democrats. On average, every poll is indicating a partisan ID similar to 2008. Based on my analysis, the average gap is +6.4% Democrat which compares to the +7% which was in 2008. Alas, for the RCP poll average to be correct you have to assume the self-identified party preference turnout will be similar to 2008, if the turnout is similar to 2004 or 2000 or 2010, Obama’s polling leads may as well be part of his “story telling.” For the pollsters that look at preference, Rasmussen has indicated that the self-identified party ID (for Adults – not likely voters) is about +1.4% Republican.

    Based on my track if the election were held today Romney wins by 5 percentage points.

  180. “As I tracking every public poll, I have found it amazing on how many pollsters are oversampling Democrats”

    Not really. This is what pollestors do now a days, just like reporters they shower their Messaih and the far left with praise so that then the dems use their polls, if they don’t hold the line, they use favor with the left; just like these so called reporters, actually do their job as reporters, and they will never get called on again. Its about access, power of influence etc.
    The problem is people can now look up the history of accuracy of each poll. So, far I’ve found Rassmesum to be one of the most accurate, based on their predictions and the reality of the results.

  181. Very telling they will go after Greenberg on Wall Street, yet will not touch the so called regulators who were either in on it or too incompetent. Its never the govt’s fault, ever, apparently. Barney Frank refused, in 2006?, for insurance companies who were insuring against subprime loans to be tightened in regulation when Bush suggested it.

  182. Instead of appaulding Romney for giving up his job to help straighten out the Olympics, Oturd and his mafia like posse are showing themselves to be what they are, distracting scumbags.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/07/13/cnn-two-active-obama-supporters-at-bain-confirm-romney-left-in-1999/

    ” CNN: Two “active” Obama supporters at Bain confirm Romney left in 1999

    CNN reported last night that the accusations from Team Obama of felonious conduct are sheer nonsense and lies — and got that message from four executives at Bain, two of whom are “active” supporters of Barack Obama. John King spoke to all four, three of whom are Democrats, and all four said that Mitt Romney left Bain in a big hurry in 1999 in order to work full time on rescuing the Salt Lake City Olympics. The rushed departure created a lot of paperwork headaches as Bain tried to unwind Romney from leadership, which required a significant amount of time. That’s why the company had Romney’s name on their SEC paperwork the next two years, as King reports:

    CNN isn’t alone in debunking the ludicrous charge of felonious conduct made by Team Obama. FactCheck concluded that even with the “new” evidence produced by the Boston Globe, it still points to the same conclusion:

    None of the SEC filings show that Romney was anything but a passive, absentee owner during that time, as both Romney and Bain have long said. It should not surprise anyone that Romney retained certain titles while he was working out the final disposition of his ownership, for example….

    We would reassess our judgment should somebody come up with evidence that Romney took part in specific management decisions or had any active role (not just a title) at Bain after he left to head the Olympics. But nothing we’ve seen directly contradicts Romney’s statements — which he has certified as true under pain of federal prosecution — that he “has not had any active role” with Bain or “been involved in the operations” of Bain since then.

    con’t…..
    Put it simply: Team Obama is lying, and it continues to lie about Romney. They are desperate to find a way to make Romney’s time at Bain work in their favor, and that desperation has nearly reached pathological levels. Still, for Obama, it beats talking about the economy, jobs, the deficit, and anything else that actually matters to voters.”

    What I want to know how can these former Bain employees still be “active” supporters of OTurd, after seeing what depths of vileness the person they are supporting resort to?
    My guess, some big lobbying protections for them from Oturd. Collusion of big govt and big business.

  183. Polling can never be 100% accurate but when you deliberately go against what are the current partisan trends then you are just nothing more than a bought stooge.

    Either poll properly or get out of dodge, you just bring disrepute on the rest, pollsters doing polls just to produce a narrative for the person buying the poll is just frankly dishonest.

    Certain pollsters are guilty of it.

  184. Preach it Sununu!

    This president is DUMB for introducing the concept of felony into the discourse.


  185. Another 2008 vs 2012 Obama

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/07/13/video-during-the-2008-rick-warren-debate-obama-sounded-different-on-welfare-reform/

    [VIDEO] During the 2008 Rick Warren debate, Obama sounded different on welfare reform

    As Neil Munro reported, “The White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the controversial July 12 rule that allow states to opt out of the successful, bipartisan and popular 1996 welfare reform law that required people on welfare to also work to maintain those benefits.”

    But when Rick Warren asked Obama at the 2008 Saddleback Debate if there were an issue he had changed his mind about, Obama seemed to signal he now supported President Bill Clinton’s welfare reform law, saying:

    I always believed that welfare had to be changed. I was much more concerned ten years ago when President Clinton initially signed the bill that this could have disastrous results…

    It worked better than I think a lot of people anticipated. And one of the things that I am absolutely convinced of us that we have to have work as a centerpiece of any social policy. Not only because, ultimately people who work are going to get more income. But the intrinsic dignity of work, uh, the sense of purpose.

    … We were made for work … and the sense that you are part of a community, because you’re making a contribution.

    ……………………………….

    More making it up as he goes along and lying about what he says.

  186. What is it with this family……………….The Kennedy school of driving.

    Kerry Kennedy busted for ‘drugged’ driving after ramming rig: police

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/drugged_kerry_car_smash_81hY7Wpf9Srd14bmFdoFyL#ixzz20baudlMP

    Kerry Kennedy, the ex-wife of Gov. Cuomo, was busted for driving under the influence of drugs yesterday after she smashed her luxury ride into a big rig on a Westchester highway — and then fled the scene, cops said.

    Police found Kennedy, 52, in her 2008 Lexus RX 350 parked on the side of a road at about 8 a.m. in North Castle, shortly after several motorists called 911 reporting an erratic driver on I-684 during the morning rush hour, according to State Police.

    The allegedly kicked-up Kennedy had been driving southbound on the highway when she slammed into a tractor-trailer just south of Exit 4, authorities said. The tractor-trailer did not stop, sources said. Cops don’t know his identity.

    Kennedy continued driving down I-684, even though she had a flat tire, and got off at the nearest exit, law-enforcement sources said.

    The disoriented Kennedy stopped near the bottom of the off-ramp. When a passing motorist approached her car, she reversed into a guardrail, the sources said.

    Police found her slumped behind the wheel, the law-enforcement sources said.

    An investigation showed that Kennedy, the mom of three teenage daughters by Cuomo, was impaired by drugs, officials said.

    Kennedy told police she had taken prescription drugs, but she couldn’t remember which, the law-enforcement sources said.

    WABC/Channel 7 reported sources saying that “it is believed Kennedy had taken an Ambien.”

    Kennedy was taken to the State Police barracks in Somers. She gave blood samples and took a sobriety test.

    She was issued traffic tickets, charged with misdemeanor driving while ability impaired and released on her own recognizance, according to police.

    Kennedy spokesman Ken Sunshine denied she was under the influence of drugs or booze.

    “Kerry Kennedy voluntarily took Breathalyzer, blood and urine tests — all of which showed no drugs or alcohol whatsoever in her system,” Sunshine said. “The charges were filed before the test results were available.”

    A spokesman for Cuomo, who was married to Kennedy from 1991 to 2003, declined comment.

    Kerry Kennedy, the seventh child of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy and younger sister of Bobby Jr., is considered one of the more responsible members of the often-wild tribe.

    In May, her longtime friend and college roommate, Mary Kennedy — Bobby’s estranged wife — committed suicide.

    Kerry was outspoken about her tragic pal’s longtime struggle with alcohol, drugs and depression.

    When Mary was charged with drunken driving in 2010, Kerry accompanied her to her court hearing and wrote a letter of support to the judge.

    Mary had drugs in her system when she died, toxicology reports showed.

    Kerry is due in court July 17.

  187. Here it is.. The beginning of: “If you bring a knife to the fight; We’ll bring a gun.”

    The People vs Obama’s Army
    _________________________

    July 14, 2012

    NAACP Furthers Mission of KKK

    By Lloyd Marcus

    In the heat of passion during a radio interview, I said, “The NAACP, Congressional Black Caucus, and Democratic Party are more destructive to blacks than the KKK!”

    After the radio show, I thought my statement may have been a bit over the top. Upon further thought, though, I concluded that my statement is true. Before calling me crazy, please hear me out.

    The mission of the KKK is to stifle black liberation via intimidation, which is exactly what the modern black civil rights coalition continues to do to blacks. Both organizations despise self-starting, self-reliant, and free-thinking blacks.

    The primary mission of the black civil rights coalition (NAACP/CBC) and the Democratic Party is to keep black Americans believing themselves eternal victims of an eternally racist white America. Many blacks have been successfully indoctrinated into believing that every problem in the black community is the result of white oppression.

    This is why the black civil rights coalition verbally brutalized black actor/comedian Bill Cosby for suggesting that blacks embrace moral responsibility, hard work, and self-reliance to solve problems in their community.

    This is also why the black civil rights coalition hates two of the most powerful blacks on the planet: Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Thomas and Rice achieved extraordinary success competing without special concessions or lowered standards due to their race. The KKK shares the black civil rights coalition’s disdain for such uppity, self-reliant you-know-whats.

    As I stated, the mission of the KKK is to suppress blacks. The black civil rights coalition has assisted in the fulfillment of the KKK’s mission for decades.

    Democratic Party failed policies supported by the black civil rights coalition have destroyed the black family and sparked epidemic out-of-wedlock births. They have created fatherless black boys who run to gangs in search of male bonding. Blacks are disproportionately represented in prisons, have epidemic high school dropout rates, and suffer from genocidal levels of black abortions — all due to Democrat-led government intrusion.

    Yes, monolithic loyal voting for Democrats has truly paid off for blacks. It would be fitting and proper for the KKK to send the black civil rights coalition a thank-you card for wreaking such havoc in the black community.

    A black man in the White House is the ultimate symbol of America’s repentance from her sin of slavery. And yet, to preserve its relevance, the black civil rights coalition strives to convince blacks that race relations have progressed very little since the 1950s. Meanwhile, President Obama is the huge black elephant — or perhaps I should say donkey — in America’s living room proving otherwise.

    The NAACP further revealed its true colors when Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addressed its members at their convention.

    Clearly, this once-great organization, which comprised champions of civil rights, has morphed into a shameful liberal activist hate group. They do not give a hoot about real black empowerment. Their mission is solely to advance a far-left, liberal, socialist/progressive, and anti-America agenda. The NAACP has sold its soul for a seat at its white liberal massa’s table. This disgraceful bunch no longer deserves our respect.

    The NAACP called Romney offensive for speaking about family values, self-reliance, character, and hard work — values touted by MLK.

    The liberal NAACP audience wanted Romney to give an Obama type speech, proclaiming that business owners are rich, selfish SOBs! They wanted Romney to vow to punish achievers and redistribute their ill-gotten gains (earnings) to black America. Such a speech would have won Romney an NAACP parade in his honor.

    This is why, as a black conservative, I have disassociated myself from the low-rent modern black civil rights coalition. They consistently appeal to black America’s lower nature, promoting victimhood-ism, class envy, and racial hatred. I refuse to be a part of such a bottom-feeding mindset.

    Also, there are grave consequences associated with constantly telling blacks that they need lower standards and special concessions to succeed. Such bigotry of low expectations sends a not-so-subliminal message to blacks. The message is that blacks are intellectually challenged and inferior. The KKK could not do a better job of negatively impacting the self-esteem of black Americans.

    Further insulting blacks is the black civil rights coalition’s argument that requiring a photo ID to vote will disenfranchise black voters. In essence, they are saying that blacks are too stupid to find their way to acquire a photo ID.

    A photo ID is required to board an airplane, cash a check, and do a host of other things. But somehow, acquiring a photo ID is too challenging for blacks. It appears that the KKK, the black civil rights coalition, and the Democratic Party all agree that blacks are just not as smart as whites.

    The black civil rights coalition and the Democrats have a cow when conservative Republicans bring up morality. They are outraged when conservatives suggest that it might be problematic that 73% of black babies are born out of wedlock.

    Here is what the Obama administration, praised by the black civil rights coalition, considers black empowerment. Proudly declared as an effort to assist black America, the Obama administration announced that it has softened the penalty for possession of crack cocaine.

    I suspect the KKK cheered, “Right on brothers! Right on!”

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/07/naacp_furthers_mission_of_kkk.html

  188. ATLANTA, GA – A bold and original animated music video, calling for President Obama to “GET OUT”, was released this week by nationally known speaker and Emmy Award-winning Creative Director, Ryan Bomberger. The 2 minute long video, complete with a jingle that’s infectious, adds a creative punch and dares to call out the President’s failures on a wide range of issues.

    “I’m as black as Obama, and I’m tired of any legitimate criticism of the President’s policies reduced to lazy and ludicrous charges of racism. Obama and the Democrats have been promising a whole lot of hope and change but, instead, have delivered higher unemployment, higher poverty rates and millions more welfare enrollees while aggressively promoting abortion in the black community,” Bomberger explains.

    “Unemployment among Blacks was 12.7% when Obama took office. It spiked at 16.7% last August and remains at 14.4% today. Abortion, which has cultivated a culture of abandonment, occurs up to 6 times more in the black community than in the majority population. Yet, President Obama persistently promotes Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion chain, which claims that ‘abortion and food stamps elevate the black community’.”

    “There is a profound lack of command of history that enables the black community to be so easily swayed by a political party that desperately depends on revising its own history,” says Bomberger. “The Democrats — the party of slavery, Jim Crow laws, anti-women’s suffrage movement, the KKK, abortion, and generational welfare–is also the party that hopes to change our liberties through its abuse of the Constitution. This video just says out loud what many others are feeling.”

    http://www.catholic.org/national/national_story.php?id=46952

  189. Gotta love Obama’s campaign for putting their foot in it, its so clear, they dont give a shit when can’t even spell ISRAEL on the invitation correctly….what is this country called Isreal.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/07/obama-loves-the-jews-so-much-he-misspells-israel-on-campaign-invitations

    And to prove his love for the Jews he’s holding a big event in a Philadelphia-area synagogue Monday on behalf of the Obama for America campaign. DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) is scheduled to appear at the Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park.

    Team O even sent out invitations.
    Too bad they can’t spell Israel.

  190. White House Press Secretary must be going through a couple of bottle of Scotch a day in order to maintain any demeanor of holding things together because his rhetoric is as reprehensible as Barack Obama’s.

    “The entire purpose of the Recovery Act was to grow the American economy and grow American jobs here at home, and that’s what it did. It’s widely recognized to have broken the back of the recession,” he said at Thursday’s briefing.

    He explicitly claimed that if he got the stimulus money, which was in excess of $800 billion of tax payer money, that the unemployment rate would go down. So what are the results that the people got from Barack Obama throwing away nearly a trillion dollars of the people’s money? We still have unemployment above eight percent.

    The question that I have is, “Widely recognized by who?” The only people I can come up with are Democrats in the House and Senate and Obama’s buddies who claims such nonsense explicitly claimed that if he got the stimulus money, which was in excess of $800 billion of tax payer money, that the unemployment rate would go down. So what are the results that the people got from Barack Obama throwing away nearly a trillion dollars of the people’s money? We still have unemployment above eight percent.

    ……………………………….

    And the world of fairy dust and unicorns is alive and well.

    http://freedomoutpost.com/2012/07/white-house-stimulus-widely-recognized-to-have-broken-the-back-of-the-recession/

  191. worth a read…

    http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/27-things-that-every-american-should-know-about-the-national-debt

    I agree with what Thomas Jefferson said about amending the Constitution that the Federal Govt can borrow NO debt. Of course the US Consitution is now treated like toilet paper, so uh, wonder when the next revolution will be? Seems more and more people are waking up, tuning out the establishment media, learning and reading and figuring things out on their own.

  192. What I see on my News Feed at my FB community: those against the incumbent are getting a little bolder in posting stuff that speak out against him. While the supporters, most of them union members, are prolific in posting stuff that is just outrageous lies. Most of it are lies about Romney while posting graphics with outrageous data that either has been so manipulated that it is a lie or is so fictitious it is a lie. Either way, the loony liberals and union workers are determined to have their candidate by hook or crook. What happened to these otherwise sane people? Is it all about ‘I got mine’ and I have no concern about how you are going to get yours to the future generations?

  193. July 14, 2012

    Texas winning the fight for ballot integrity?
    According to at least one Texas news source Friday, things are not going too well for the Department of Justice in the Texas Voter ID lawsuit. “Texas Demolishes USDOJ’s Case Against Voter ID”, screams the headline from WOAI radio in San Antonio.

    Amidst the week’s slanted coverage from most Main-stream press sources, a few largely un-noticed nuggets of truth have slipped out here and there. Notably, DOJ’s first witness, Texas Democratic State Rep, Trey Martinez-Fischer was completely discredited by Texas AG Abbott’s staff.

    For a period of 13-months, Martinez-Fischer publicly used his own 73-yr old Mother as a political weapon, contending that she epitomizes elderly citizens who do not have proper ID, and would thus be disenfranchised by the state’s new law.

    Abbott’s office exposed that Martinez-Fischer’s mother not only possessed a valid driver’s license when he first perpetrated the falsehood, but further, she actually renewed her license in August 2011, and he thereafter continued to tell the lie.

    Martinez-Fischer’s retort? As reported by the Dallas Morning News, (the only source which appears to have bothered with reporting this episode) ” In my mind, I believed that she did not have a drivers license…”

    Indeed, throughout the week most news outlets picked-up the Associated Press’ version of events and simply parroted them. As former DOJ Attorney, J. Christian Adams, writing for Breitbart put it, “This is par for the course for writers like Henry Jackson at the Associated Press, and it’s why Americans can’t trust them to report accurately about the federal government blocking state efforts to ensure the integrity of American elections.”

    To be sure, a summary of events, here, from Texas’ Attorney General Abbott’s office roundly contradicts the less than accurate reporting to be found, and suggests the DOJ’s case was blown out of the water inside the federal courtroom. In fact, the report would seem to indicate the DOJ did not bother to vet many of their own witnesses for credibility, leading Holder and crew to come off as a bunch of amateurs on an embittered political vendetta.

    The matter was made all the more troubling when the nation’s top cop spoke to the NAACP convention in Houston this past Tuesday, referring to the law passed by the Texas’ Legislature and signed by Governor Perry as, “…its proposed voter ID law.”

    Holder added warnings such as, “But let me be clear: we will not allow political pretexts to disenfranchise American citizens of their most precious right.” Along with, “We will simply not allow this era to be the beginning of the reversal of…historic progress.”

    While on one hand it may be easy to dismiss Holder’s proclamations as mere political blather, considering DOJ’s response to Arizona after the Supreme Court upheld portions of that state’s controversial SB1070 law, we would do well to consider it a genuine veiled threat by an administration which is showing an increasing penchant for lawlessness.

    If he does not prevail in Federal Court, should we expect U.S. Attorney General Holder to punish Texas?

    George Scaggs is a free-lance writer, commentator and audio/video producer based in Austin, TX. His commentary can be found at sites including Ramparts360.com and GOPUSA.

  194. “This is par for the course for writers like Henry Jackson at the Associated Press, and it’s why Americans can’t trust them to report accurately about the federal government blocking state efforts to ensure the integrity of American elections.””

    Bingo. And I would expand that even further, the AP, and every other media outlet, wire service cannot be trusted to report anything that requires analysis. If the want to report a fact, like say, its 75 degree, ok, that I would trust as there is a metric that is nonbiased, however if they want to tell me its due to global warming, that is no longer “reporting”, that is the leftist media’s assessment.
    However there are very few “reporters” out there, 90% of them are lefties. One of the few I can think of that is truly impartial, I cannot sense any bias is Jim Leher of PBS and the creator of CSpan, Brian Lamb.

  195. ShortTermer
    July 14th, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Hello Short Termer.. I waited until you were here to respond to your previous posts to me-

    We are on the same page- and I thank you for your kind words about my absence while I was away..

    I’ve left my heart in Texas- It is a reminder of a place that I experienced as a young child. A place that used to be, our own America.

  196. tim
    July 13th, 2012 at 8:11 pm
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    This is a good CNN video that explains why Romney’s name was still on the SEC docs. Romney’s people should cite these reasons and I don’t know why they don’t. They seemed to think just saying it was a ‘technicality’ is enough. It is not — explain why. The other BAIN partners talking to King did as King relates in this video. Romney should make a video using this King report as a rebuttal to Obama’s negative ads. Better yet, I hope one or more of Romney’s partners go on camera to say what they told King.

  197. I wonder whether the blacks EVER get tired of being USED by the Obama forces as for their own purposes?

    Now, they are being used to dismantle the laws designed to protect the public against voter fraud.

    They will make no progress until they reject organizations like NAACP as their spokemen.

    That organization has too many memories of the past . . . and too few dreams of the future.

    The rest of the country has lost patience with the racial grievance.

    While they wallow in it. Wallow in it.

    With Obama, they have had their day in the sun.

    And it has cost us our pre-eminent position on the world stage.

    As well as our economic future.

    I wonder if the blacks will ever figure this out. I really wonder.

  198. Romney’s people have to explain very cogently (like his partner did with King) why his name appears on the SEC docs. What are they waiting for?
    Maybe they are waiting to see how far Obama will go with this attack line. Then they can come out and tell us the story about how Romney left Bain for rescuing the Olympics suddenly, unexpectedly, unforeseeably, without preplanning, without premeditation, and as a result the reorg at Bain took sometime and while he and his partners sorted out what needed to be done, his name had to appear on the SEC docs by law. While explaining that he can also point out how he had not done any of the things pre-1999 at Bain that Obama campaign accuses him of doing after 1999. If outsourcing and bad business was his MO and pattern, would he not have done it all along? Why only in the two years after 1999?

  199. Indeed, throughout the week most news outlets picked-up the Associated Press’ version of events and simply parroted them. As former DOJ Attorney, J. Christian Adams, writing for Breitbart put it, “This is par for the course for writers like Henry Jackson at the Associated Press, and it’s why Americans can’t trust them to report accurately about the federal government blocking state efforts to ensure the integrity of American elections.”
    ———————————-
    The fish rots from the head. The top man at AP is an effusive Obama supporter. And for that he will direct his reporters to slant the news to favor Obama, and plant it in every newspaper. Christian is right. Jackson is a liar. But the big lie starts at the top of that organization. There is a word for this. That word is corruption. Corruption writ large.

  200. If he does not prevail in Federal Court, should we expect U.S. Attorney General Holder to punish Texas?
    —————————-
    Perhaps he will. Holder, you see, is something of an expert on the subject of contempt.

  201. A bold and original animated music video, calling for President Obama to “GET OUT”,
    ———————–
    That phrase has been going through my mind too. It is what big media (e.g. Jeffrey Toobin jurnolister at CNN), the Kennedy Cabal (Leahy, Dodd, Kerry) and NYT writers (at the direction of Keller and young Arthur) bleated at Hillary after the early states. Thus, it is only right that the same words be directed at the fraud. Let us hope that he and his supporters rot in hell for what they have done to this country.

  202. Wow, Obama fail.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/07/14/mcclatchy-poll-shows-majority-favor-extending-all-bush-tax-rates/

    McClatchy poll shows majority favor extending all Bush tax rates

    The news gets worse for Obama in the demographics, even if McClatchy has a problem with reporting on the issue:

    Young voters ages 18-29 favored tax cuts for everyone by a margin of 69-29, the largest margin of any age group.

    Latinos favored tax cuts for all incomes by 62 percent to 36 percent. Whites supported tax cuts for every income by 50 percent to 44 percent. African-Americans split, 48 percent for limiting the tax cuts to incomes below $250,000 and 47 percent for extending them to all incomes.

    And those making less than $50,000 supported tax cuts for all incomes by 53 percent to 41 percent.

  203. Based on my track if the election were held today Romney wins by 5 percentage points.
    —————————-
    Pretty damned accurate.

    Ed Silver of NYT is way off the mark–as usual.

    What people do not know about him is he is in hoc big time to the casinos in Atlantic City.

    It therefore follows that his statistical assessments leave something to be desired.

    But like so many others in his profession he is for sale.

    When you ask people like Ed what is 2+2 he says–what do you want it to be.

  204. Based on my track if the election were held today Romney wins by 5 percentage points.
    ———————————-
    They have GOT to knows this. By they, I mean the Obama campaign. They know he is down in the real polls and sinking. They have got to see an avalanche of money to the other side which is about to bury them. How much of this he knows is anybody’s guess. And then there are all these attacks which are backfiring like Chinese firecrackers. What does all this mean to a man who once told someone we all know: “I can make them believe anything I want them to believe”? Whe he finally realizes he is trapped, he will start acting out. Then it will get interesting.

  205. What an ignorant arrogant POS.

    He tells people fainting in the heat at his rally they can turn to the para-legals for help.

    O.M.G.

    Like Navy corpsemen.

    Or calling asthma inhalers breathalyzers.

    Or saying there are 57 states.

    Pres Obama tells suppporters there are “para-legals if they feel weak from the heat. Catching his mistake he said “you dont need lawyers.”

    — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 14, 2012

  206. thanks pm317 and moonpluto for those videos.

    Frankly, I’m getting angry at what they’re doing to Romney. Obama is scum, he is pure and utter arrogant gutter scum. And quite honestly, every dem who’s doing this nonsense is scum in my eyes. I hated it when OTurd and his thugs did it to Hillary, and then Palin and now Romney.

    Are they going to call Romney a rapist next? Wouldn’t surprise me one bit.

  207. A black man in the White House is the ultimate symbol of America’s repentance from her sin of slavery. And yet, to preserve its relevance, the black civil rights coalition strives to convince blacks that race relations have progressed very little since the 1950s. Meanwhile, President Obama is the huge black elephant — or perhaps I should say donkey — in America’s living room proving otherwise.
    ——————————-
    Every symbol is a two edged sword. In the courtroom, it is not uncommon to see one side cite a symbol and the opponent either mock the symbol or explain why it does not apply. In the case of Obama, his race is a positive symbol if and only if he succeeds. If he fails, and if the country is seen to fail because of it, then it is hard to see how the symbolism is anything but negative. Sensing this, perhaps, racists like Morgan Freeman are revisiting the issue of whether he is really black because his mother was white. But the black community as a whole is heavily invested in his blackness, and in time they may realize they bet on the wrong horse.

  208. tim, you had linked that CNN video upthread and I just repeated it for others with my comment. Thanks for the many useful links you bring here.

  209. Kurtz warns Blitzer that the public is wise to their game–the double standard. Whereupon, Blitzer compares what big media is doing now to what FOX did to Obama–they vetted him. Whereupon, his ditzy side-kick chimes in, it is no problem for big media to sift through what Romeney did 15 years ago, because when you are seeking the highest position in the country, the public has a right to know. If they really believe that, then how do they explain their failure to vet Obama. As the country begins to fall apart these media people sound like the Obama campaign. Every thing they accuse the other side of doing, they are guily of themselves, only more so. The word hyprocisy hardly covers it. They are serial liars, and need to be seen for what they are. They cannot be trusted to tell the truth.

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matt-hadro/2012/07/13/howard-kurtz-warns-cnn-liberal-media-double-standard-apparent-many

  210. pm317
    July 14th, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    LOL, yes, it was the same video, guess better get some coffee, still not fully awake.

  211. wbboei
    July 14th, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    nailed it. Maybe wlittle wolfy and Kurtz can ask why Barry and his wife no longer have a law licence, she lost it in 1993, and he lost it not too long afterwards. Gee, maybe they could spend some time doing some real reporting rather than worshipping their Messaih Barry.

  212. this disgustingly embarassing pathetic has-been, Eliot Spitzer.

    =================

    Spitzer was a strong Hillary supporter.

  213. Barry wants the group he’s hurt the most to vote for him… 16% unemployment. How the black community can vote for PO$ the way he talks down to them is beyond understanding.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/237885-obama-revs-up-black-outreach

    maybe he’ll use his same stupid racist lines about “pie, or cousin pookie taking off the bedroom slippers, or homeboy” or whatever other insulting phrase he’s using now a days.

    Here is the race baiter’s lastest ad:

  214. http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/07/obama-uses-the-tax-word-to-describe-mandate-128921.html

    “President OTurd used the word “tax” to describe the health care mandate under his reforms, a departure from his prior etymological stance that it is a penalty.

    “By the way, if you’ve got health insurance, you’re not getting hit by a tax,” the president said during his Friday rally in Roanoke, his third Virginia campaign event of the day. “The only thing that’s happening to you is that you now have more security because insurance companies can’t drop you when you get sick.”

    White House press secretary Jay Carney last month insisted the mandate is “a penalty because you have a choice” whether to pay it or buy insurance.”

    $2200 in taxes, yea, that’ll help the middle class.

  215. I swim in a lake near my house. I enter the water at a public beach and swim past an area where three of the wealthiest people in the country live. Each of them built something–Microsoft, Starbucks and Paccar. And they have provided jobs to hundreds of thousands of people. How different they are from the parasites like Soros who manipulate money, create bubbles and crash markets. Their estates are impressive, and that would suggest to many that their lives are reasonably happy. Perhaps in their case they are. But in the case of the Kenndy family, that cannot be true. In some ways, their wealth is a curse, and the source of so much unhappiness.
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    Kerry Kennedy, NY gov’s ex-wife, arrested, police say
    Published July 13, 2012
    Associated Press

    Nov. 17, 2012: In this file photo, Kerry Kennedy, attends the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights 2010 Ripple of Hope Awards Dinner New York. (AP)
    NORTH CASTLE, N.Y. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s ex-wife, Kerry Kennedy, was arrested Friday for driving while impaired by drugs after she accidentally struck a tractor-trailer and fled, police said.

    Kennedy is the seventh of 11 children of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. State police said she was found Friday morning behind the wheel of her disabled vehicle on the side of a road in Westchester, just north of New York City.

    Authorities say 911 callers reported the car was driving erratically on Interstate 684 and collided with a tractor-trailer in the town of North Castle. The car was damaged and had a flat tire, police said.

    A spokesman for Kennedy, who lives in nearby Bedford, denied that she was driving under the influence of drugs.

    “Kerry Kennedy voluntarily took breathalyzer, blood and urine tests — all of which showed no drugs or alcohol whatsoever in her system,” spokesman Ken Sunshine said in an emailed statement. “The charges were filed before the test results were available.”

    Police said Kennedy was issued traffic tickets that must be returned to the town of North Castle Court on Tuesday.

    Members of the Kennedy clan who reside in the Westchester area have been beset with a string of public troubles in recent weeks.

    Mary Kennedy, the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., hanged herself in May at the family’s estate in Bedford. A divorce was pending when she died. An autopsy report released last week showed she had antidepressants in her system.

    Kerry Kennedy, 52, described her sister-in-law as her “best friend” in a eulogy published in the Huffington Post after her death.

    “We were inseparable — we shared friendships, a closet, a cash card,” Kennedy wrote.

    Her brother Douglas Kennedy, the 10th of the 11 siblings, is embroiled in a legal battle after two nurses claimed he injured them on Jan. 7 when he tried to take his newborn son from a hospital maternity ward. Kennedy, 44, said he was protecting his son “from a complete stranger who tried to grab him from my arms.” A judge is expected to rule by Aug. 9 on charges of physical harassment and child endangerment.

    Kerry Kennedy and Andrew Cuomo wed in 1990 in Washington, joining two of America’s first families of politics in a union dubbed Cuomolot.

    The couple split in 2003 in a messy public divorce that played out in the tabloids. They have three daughters.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/07/13/kerry-kennedy-ny-gov-ex-wife-arrested-police-say/?test=latestnews#ixzz20cEgljDZ

  216. Re: Mrs. Smith
    July 14th, 2012 at 10:41 am

    I agree about Texas…..a piece of my heart is also deep in the heart of Texas. My husband was born in Austin and is an Aggie; my beloved in-laws were born and are buried in Arlington after having lived abroad with the military; I have a brother-in-law who still lives in Dallas and other family that lives there as well. Texas is the closest thing to my Alabama childhood homeland that exists today; those people are as independent as it gets and intend on staying that way. If only our country would take their lead.

    I have a question: those idiots on my FB community are outrageous as is the incumbent campaign and surrogates. Instead of Romney on the defense about anything they throw out….what if he went on the attack and brought forth all the stuff that was brought out in 2007 and 2008? I have been preaching to the Republicans to do something, anything, to court those Hillary supporters who no longer have a party; maybe with their ads they are heeding what others must be advising them as well. Like the Bain association…….how about attacking on the ‘associations’ that He had? For example, a counter to the Bain and felony allegations, he could do an ad on the charges that He would have faced with his drug use that he talks about in his book…….is that not a felony? IOW, an eye for an eye right now, and then get out in front of it. They have attacked Romney being a Mormon as a peripheral and there is more to come I am sure of it. At least, the superPAC could do this………hit him hard, hit him often, then move to the next topic swiftly and not give him or his surrogates time to recover and defend.

    I shared that GET OUT video with several of my friends. It is sooooo good, and catchy. I remember the youtube video that a young girl did about Hillary, I think it was titled Taking Back the White House…it was really good.


  217. Cue Holder having a complete shit fit.

    AP NewsBreak: In victory for GOP, Florida wins access to Homeland Security list of noncitizens

    http://www.wchstv.com/newsroom/nnews/201207141653_bb09cea.shtml

    The federal government has agreed to let Florida use a law enforcement database to challenge people’s right to vote if they are suspected of not being U.S. citizens.

    The agreement comes in a letter to Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s administration that was obtained by The Associated Press.

    The agreement grants the state access to a list of resident noncitizens maintained by the Department of Homeland Security. The Obama administration had denied Florida’s request for months, but relented after a judge ruled in the state’s favor in a related voter-purge matter.

    Voting rights groups have expressed alarm about using such data for a purpose not originally intended — purging voter lists of ineligible people. They say purges less than four months before the election might leave insufficient time to correct mistakes.

  218. Voting rights groups have expressed alarm about using such data for a purpose not originally intended — purging voter lists of ineligible people. They say purges less than four months before the election might leave insufficient time to correct mistakes.

    ========================

    Do you think there should be any period at all for a voter to find out she has been purged and ask for reinstatement? If you think four months is too long, would you allow her four days?

  219. Obama Tells GOP To “Compromise” And End Tax Cuts For Rich In Weekly Address

    PRESIDENT OBAMA: Over the past couple weeks I’ve been talking with folks across the country about how we’re going to rebuild an economy where if you work hard, you and your family can get ahead.

    And right now, there’s a big debate going on in Washington over two fundamentally different paths we can take as a country to do that.

    One path – pushed by Republicans in Congress and their nominee for President – says that the best way to create prosperity is to let it trickle down from the top. They believe that if we spend trillions more on tax cuts for the wealthy, it’ll somehow create jobs – even if we have to pay for it by gutting education and training and by raising middle-class taxes.

    I think they’re wrong. We already tried it that way for most of the last decade, and it didn’t work. …..

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/07/14/obama_tells_gop_to_compromise_and_end_tax_cuts_for_rich_in_weekly_address.html

    ……………………………………..

    He is so full of it.

  220. “By the way, if you’ve got health insurance, you’re not getting hit by a tax,”
    ———————
    Yes, of course. And the 21 other taxes are not taxes but behavioral modification tools. And we can all keep our own doctor, even though 83% of them will be pulling in their shingle. Health care costs will go down, even though they are going up thanks to Obama care. And in the long run they will go down, even though in the long run we will all be dead. And finally, as good as Obama care is, Obama himself will go outside the system and get the best medical care available if he or his own family are sick–so he says.

    The guy is a flap jaw. Nothing he says can be trusted. And anyone who does trust him is an idiot.

  221. Seriously, get some backbone, ridiculous.

    Jackson Jr’s Mom: Congressman absent due to “enormous disappointment” not being senator or mayor

    Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s mother, Jacqueline Jackson, told a Rainbow/PUSH conference Friday that her son has suffered years of “enormous disappointment.”

    “I’m not ashamed to say … he thought he was going to be a senator. He thought he was going to have a chance to run for mayor. And young people don’t bounce back from disappointment like me and my husband,” she said.

    http://www.freerepublic.com/%5Ehttp://www.suntimes.com/13759419-761/jackson-jrs-mom-hes-had-years-of-enormous-disappointment.html

    …………………………

    entitlement mentality much. Boo frickin hoo.

  222. Posted by Grace McElhenny (Diary)

    Tuesday, July 3rd at 4:29PM EDT
    19 Comments

    From the diaries

    Call Chief Justice John Roberts what you will. Whether you believe he’s a yellow-belly turncoat or simply the unfortunate victim of presidential bullying, there is one thing that cannot be denied. In upholding the individual mandate as a tax, Justice Roberts may succeed in doing what those in the conservative movement would have considered utterly impossible: Justice Roberts may make an honest man out of President Obama yet.

    Unintentional or not, it is a weighty undertaking and certainly one that is making Justice Roberts quite unpopular at the moment. However, it may just yield Republicans a political advantage looking toward the November elections. After many months spent denying every accusation that ObamaCare would simply be a new tax on the American people, it seems that Mr. Obama must now own up to the truth that those of us on the right figured out long ago: ObamaCare is most certainly a tax, and a hefty one at that.

    Not only is the individual mandate component a personal tax on each American citizen, but the ObamaCare legislation itself actually contains significant tax increases; something that has been glossed over time and time again by the Administration and the media. While many of these taxes have already gone into effect ($40 billion, to be exact), that is a mere fraction of the total $500 billion in tax hikes ensconced within the ObamaCare legislation – a bill so famously large and convoluted that Nancy Pelosi informed us that they (Congress) would “have to pass the bill so you (the American public) can find out what is in it.” President Obama certainly knew what was in the bill, and yet he still wasted time that would have been better spent fixing our ailing economy, on shamelessly promoting a bill that he had to lie through his teeth about to pass.

    But not anymore. It’s time to call a spade a spade, Mr. President. Your massive bill has at its very core a new and unprecedented tax on the American people. And while those of us in the conservative movement may still be reeling from Justice Roberts’ decision, it is important to realize that at least it has started to lift the veil of pretence that ObamaCare has been hidden under for far too long now. It remains to be seen how this decision will pan out in the November election, but as the American people become better informed about the blatant lies of ObamaCare, we can only hope that that will translate into votes cast in the right direction come Election Day. We will probably never know Justice Roberts’ true intent in casting this decisive vote, but I remain hopeful for now that we may still see a benefit in it yet.

  223. I think this is a great line by the romney team… the whole OTurd camp is “unraveling”!

    http://thehill.com/video/campaign/237783-team-romney-obama-campaign-is-unraveling

    (btw the way, my wife just pointed out most of the top advisory team to Romney are women)

    “A top Romney spokeswoman said the Obama campaign’s allegations that he misled the public over his tenure at Bain Capital are “reckless and wild,” and a sign that the president’s campaign is “unraveling.”

    “The only confusion that there is on this issue is from the Obama campaign,” the Romney campaign’s communications director, Gail Gitcho, told Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom” on Friday. “

  224. We may never know what the real motive of Roberts was. I have my theory, but it is speculative. Two things however are clear: i) first, it has turned out to be bad politics–for Obama, assuming the Republicans follow through on repealing it, which is unclear at this point, and ii) second, it is very very very bad law–if you believe in the principle of limited government, and that the original intent of the Founding fathers, as opposed to the mere opinions of sitting judges, should be the guiding principle. The article below explains why:

    The Commerce Clause was never meant to be used as a tool to grow the federal government. Quite the contrary, it was designed as a safeguard against the abuse among the states. Anyone with a shred of intellectual honesty knows that the federal government was never vested with the power to regulate or tax virtually every activity of the individual. Since Madison was the draftsman, his view os the subject are germaine.
    —————————————————————————————————————

    Posted by Daniel Horowitz (Diary)

    Friday, June 29th at 3:30PM EDT
    69 Comments

    Oh, how far we’ve deviated from our Founders in just over 200 years.

    The entire country is pouring over an incoherent, internally contradictory, ill-conceived and politically motivated decision by Chief Justice Roberts, which grants Congress the power to regulate anything that moves and the power to tax anything that moves and anything that doesn’t move. Yet, many conservatives are running around cheering this as a dictum of enumerated powers and limited government. Wow – James Madison must be rolling over in his grave.

    If we take the reasoning of Roberts to its logical conclusion, Congress would be able to coerce individuals to buy broccoli once a week, so long as they levy a tax on those who fail to comply with the law. Putting aside the facial absurdity of Roberts’s tax power jurisprudence, his opinion on the Commerce Clause is nothing to cheer. While Roberts clearly stated that the Commerce Clause does not grant the federal government the right to regulate inactivity (although it can evidently tax inactivity), he obliquely upheld their authority to regulate any activity under that misconstrued clause.

    Amidst the garrulous analysis from the conservative pundit class on the Roberts decision, there is a one-page dissent from Justice Thomas (in addition to his joint dissent with the other 3 conservatives) that has been overlooked. The joint dissent with Scalia, Alito, and Kennedy focuses primarily on taking down Roberts’s tax powers jurisprudence and Ginsburg’s opinion on the unlimited power of the Commerce Clause. Thomas felt there was a need to add one point. Not only was Roberts way off the reservation by rewriting this law as a tax and concurrently expanding the tax power of Congress, he was also wrong about the Commerce Clause.

    Take a look at this paragraph from Thomas’s dissent (last two-pages of pdf):

    I dissent for the reasons stated in our joint opinion, but I write separately to say a word about the Commerce Clause. The joint dissent and THE CHIEF JUSTICE cor­rectly apply our precedents to conclude that the Individual Mandate is beyond the power granted to Congress un-der the Commerce Clause and the Necessary and Proper Clause. Under those precedents, Congress may regulate“economic activity [that] substantially affects interstate commerce.” United States v. Lopez, 514 U. S. 549, 560 (1995). I adhere to my view that “the very notion of a ‘substantial effects’ test under the Commerce Clause is inconsistent with the original understanding of Congress’ powers and with this Court’s early Commerce Clause cases.” United States v. Morrison, 529 U. S. 598, 627 (2000) (THOMAS, J., concurring); see also Lopez, supra, at 584–602 (THOMAS, J., concurring); Gonzales v. Raich, 545

    U. S. 1, 67–69 (2005) (THOMAS, J., dissenting). As I have explained, the Court’s continued use of that test “has encouraged the Federal Government to persist in its view that the Commerce Clause has virtually no limits.” Morri­son, supra, at 627. The Government’s unprecedented claim in this suit that it may regulate not only economic activity but also inactivity that substantially affects inter­state commerce is a case in point.

    Justice Thomas is hearkening back to the Founders. Not only is every word of Obamacare unconstitutional and an anathema to every tenet of our founding, most of the other programs created in recent years are as well. The fact that Roberts said the Commerce Clause and the Necessary and Proper Clause don’t apply to inactivity is not a victory for constitutional conservatives. The implicit notion that the federal government can regulate any activity is appalling to conservatives.

    Here’s what James Madison had to say about the Commerce Clause in a letter to Joseph C. Cabell in 1829:

    For a like reason, I made no reference to the “power to regulate commerce among the several States.” I always foresaw that difficulties might be started in relation to that power which could not be fully explained without recurring to views of it, which, however just, might give birth to specious though unsound objections. Being in the same terms with the power over foreign commerce, the same extent, if taken literally, would belong to it. Yet it is very certain that it grew out of the abuse of the power by the importing States in taxing the non-importing, and was intended as a negative and preventive provision against injustice among the States themselves, rather than as a power to be used for the positive purposes of the General Government, in which alone, however, the remedial power could be lodged.

    Madison is bemoaning the expansion and misconstruing of the Commerce Clause circa 1829! One can only imagine what he would say about our entire domestic policy in 2012. The Commerce Clause was never meant to be used as a tool to grow the federal government. Quite the contrary, it was designed as a safeguard against the abuse among the states. Anyone with a shred of intellectual honesty knows that the federal government was never vested with the power to regulate or tax virtually every activity of the individual.

    Some Republicans are going around declaring that “although the law is constitutional, it is terrible policy.” That’s dead wrong. It’s not constitutional at all. We just lack any recourse to challenge the law on constitutional grounds at this point.

    The reality is that not only is Obamacare unconstitutional, almost every discretionary department, welfare program, and entitlement program is unconstitutional. Obviously, we cannot repeal each one overnight and must deal with them prudently, but we must not buy into the notion that the prevailing view of federal power over the past 80 years is sacrosanct. It’s not. We get our rights from God, not from the government, and not even from the Constitution. The Constitution grants the federal government a few enumerated powers. We must not let the views of one unprincipled man in a black robe – or even decades’ worth of misguided court decisions – abrogate our founding documents.

    James Madison would be proud of Clarence Thomas.

    Cross-posted from The Madison Project

  225. i cannot remember such nasty ads this early in the election cycle, the internals for OTurd must be pretty bad.

  226. Good for Romney for responding so quickly.
    =====================
    Every day, President OTurd hits a new low. It is sad and shameful that President Oturd would mock America The Beautiful. But sadly it’s not surprising for the man who launched his presidency with an apology tour. The ‘Uncle Jims’ of our country – as he condescendingly calls middle-class Americans – don’t believe in mocking America The Beautiful and don’t believe in apologizing for America. – Romney for President.

    The “Uncle Jims” reference comes from a quote from the President in Virginia yesterday:

    So just in case some of your friends or neighbors, or Uncle Jim, who’s a little stubborn and been watching FOX News — (laughter) — and he thinks that somehow I raised taxes — let’s just be clear: We’ve lowered taxes for middle-class families since I came into office. (President Oturd, Remarks, Virginia Beach, VA, 7/13/12)

  227. i cannot remember such nasty ads this early in the election cycle, the internals for OTurd must be pretty bad
    ——————————-
    The admonition to trial lawyers attacking an opponent is to always keep your level of outrage against that opponent below the level of outrage manifested by the jury. If you go above and beyond their level, as Obama is doing in his attacks against Romeny, then their emotional response to you will be to pull back, rather than follow your lead. And if you are behaviorally blind enough to continue attacking in this over the top manner, they will start to dislike you, distrust you, and at the end of the day, you will lose. Again, this is where Stephanie Cutter and her ilk do a big disservice to Obama, and the irony is that he is too behaviorally blind himself to even see it.

  228. Tim, the internals from every poll so far have been bad, so the real internal ones from inside the campaigns must be downright diabolical.

  229. As we were talking……

    http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2012/07/14/the-full-outbreak-of-romney-derangement-syndrome/

    The full outbreak of Romney Derangement Syndrome

    This week in the presidential campaign was driven by several stories, primarily Mitt Romney’s speech to the NAACP convention; the likely bogus rumor that Romney was considering Condoleeza Rice as his vice-presidential pick; and the hysterical, bogus claim that Romney may be a felon based on decade-old SEC filings. Let’s look at the common thread running through them.

    Partisans on both sides of the aisle questioned Romney’s decision to appear at the NAACP convention, given that African-Americans have been a solidly reliable Democratic voting bloc for decades. However, a Romney campaign adviser told BuzzFeed that Romney’s attendance at the convention wasn’t primarily intended to break off a portion of the black vote, but to make clear to moderates that he intends to be an inclusive president. (I would suggest this was also part of the motivation for the Condi VP leak, if it came from the campaign.) It is really polite code for saying Romney was going after the votes of white college graduates, particularly women.

    Recall how the Emerging Democratic Majority theorists see this campaign:

    [Ruy] Teixeira, writing with John Halpin, argues in “The Path to 270: Demographics versus Economics in the 2012 Presidential Election,” that in order to be re-elected, President Obama must keep his losses among white college graduates to the 4-point margin of 2008 (47-51). Why? Otherwise he will not be able to survive a repetition of 2010, when white working-class voters supported Republican House candidates by a record-setting margin of 63-33.

    Obama’s alternative path to victory, according to Teixeira and Halpin, would be to keep his losses among all white voters at the same level John Kerry did in 2004, when he lost them by 17 points, 58-41. This would be a step backwards for Obama, who lost among all whites in 2008 by only 12 points (55-43). Obama can afford to drop to Kerry’s white margins because, between 2008 and 2012, the pro-Democratic minority share of the electorate is expected to grow by two percentage points and the white share to decline by the same amount, reflecting the changing composition of the national electorate.

    Recent polling suggests Obama’s current support among non-college whites remains mired about where is was for Democrats in 2010. However, Obama has largely maintained his support with white college grads, still within the margin of error of that 47% he won in 2008. If he erodes much further in that demographic, it is also unlikely that he would be able to achieve the alternate target for the overall white vote.

    Obama’s precarious position in this regard explains the increasingly negative, hysterical and defamatory campaign being waged by Team Obama, promoted by various establishment media outlets at different times over the past few weeks, culminating in the full flowering of Romney Derangement Syndrome at this week’s end. Team Obama must increasingly rely on the “otherization” of Romney (and his church) of the sort the very same people roundly condemned and marginalized when attempted against Obama in 2008. Indeed, Obama started painting himself into his current corner during the 2008 primaries. Obama ran — and has largely governed — against the Clintonian version of the Democratic Party, now extending to Obama’s weakening of welfare reform. It is thus not terribly surprising that Obama’s tenuous grip on white college grads has become the flashpoint of the 2012 campaign.

  230. However, Obama has largely maintained his support with white college grads
    ———————–
    BULLSHIT.

  231. I think the next line of attack will be:

    1)Romney is a racist, although that’s been tried, doesn’t work that much anymore, not sure why the Romney folks just don’t say, hell, they even called Bill and Hillary racists in 2007-8.

    2)They will attack Romney’s church, which will of course open up Rev “God D**m America” Wright, so not sure if they wanna go there, if the Obot team does, Sununu can go on CNN et all, and say, oh I see you people in the media said his mentor who preaches “God D88m America” is off limits, yet you people in the liberal establishment media wanna show your bigotry and go after Romney’s church?

    3)Romney is a evil evil man.. LOL, not sure how this will work, all Romney has to do is show ads with his loving wife, all those cute grandkids…

  232. I got this in the form of an email today:

    “Apparently, I’m supposed to be more angry about what Mitt Romney does with his money, than what Barack Hussein Obama does with mine.”

    Things You Should Know About Mitt Romney Personal Information:

    · His full Name is: Willard Mitt Romney

    · He was Born: March 12, 1947 and is 65 years old.

    · His Father: George W. Romney, former Governor of the State of Michigan

    · He was Raised in: Bloomfield Hills , Michigan

    · He is Married to: Ann Romney since 1969; they have five children

    · Education: B.A. from Brigham Young University , J.D. and M.B.A. from Harvard University

    · Religion: Mormon – The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints

    Working Background:

    · After high school, he spent 30 months in France as a Mormon missionary.

    · After going to both Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School simultaneously,
    he passed the Michigan bar, but never worked as an attorney.

    · In 1984, he co-founded Bain Capital a private equity investment firm, one of the largest
    such firms in the United States .

    · In 1994, he ran for Senator of Massachusetts and lost to Ted Kennedy.

    · He was President and C.E.O. of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

    · In 2002, he was elected Governor of the State of Massachusetts where he eliminated a 1.5 billion deficit.

    Some Interesting Fact about Romney:

    · Bain Capital, starting with one small office supply store in Massachusetts , turned it into
    Staples; now over 2,000 stores employing 90,000 people.

    · Bain Capital also worked to perform the same kinds of business miracles again and again, with
    companies like Domino’s, Sealy, Brookstone, Weather Channel, Burger King, Warner Music
    Group, Dollarama, Home Depot Supply, and many others.

    · He was an unpaid volunteer campaign worker for his dad’s gubernatorial campaign 1 year.

    · He was an unpaid intern in his dad’s governor’s office for eight years.

    · He was an unpaid bishop and stake president of his church for ten years. The stories
    of his personal involvement in helping others, as well as his annual gifts to charities continue to be impressive.

    · He was an unpaid President of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee for three years. He stepped in to take over
    a troubled Organizing Committee and oversaw the making of the the Games successful. (A very complex
    task, accomplished because of his leadership and experience in working with people for a common goal.)

    · He took no salary and was the unpaid Governor of Massachusetts for four years.

    · He gave his entire inheritance from his father to charity.

    · Mitt Romney is one of the wealthiest self-made men in our country but has given more back to its citizens
    in terms of money, service and time than most men. (In fact, it’s difficult to find another man even close
    in this respect!)

    Mitt Romney is Trustworthy:

    · He will show us his birth certificate

    · He will show us his high school and college transcripts.

    · He will show us his law degree.

    · He will show us his draft notice.

    · He will show us his medical records.

    · He will show us his income tax records.

    · He will show us he has nothing to hide.

    Mitt Romney’s background, experience and trustworthiness show him to be a great leader and would be an excellent President of the United States .

    Get Out and vote November 6th 2012.
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    I would like to see a I WILL SHOW YOU MY (using the items listed above) by Romney; then his surrogates can state that all He wants to show you is is a$$.

  233. Ain’t love grand? . . . well, not always. Especially when it involves two empty suits, one an adverse possessor of the White House, the other Dudely Dooright Williams, whose raspy staccato voice, wooden personality and deep bow at .15 second mark, make him recognizable anywhere for the dishones hack he surely is. I am surprised there was no good night kiss, or let me show you my etchings, but there were too many cameras present for that. Romeny is a fool if he lets that bootlicking Obama butt boy moderate a debate, and fuck him when he presumes to tell the audience not to applaud. Just who the hell is he to make such a demand. No debates on NBC, period. Learn from your mistakes.
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  234. Is Orca going to be buying him the POTUS again?

    Jackson, Junior has been said to have a ‘mood disorder’ on the news; then it was reported he has an alcohol and drug addiction, but the family supposedly reported that he was not in rehab. What do you want to wager that he did something God awful to his wife and now ‘has’ to show he is trying to recover? Dollars to doughnuts. You betcha.

  235. Name Caller-in-Chief
    Posted by William A. Jacobson Friday, July 13, 2012 at 9:14am

    He is what he’s always been.

    He’s not a nice guy who’s in over his head.

    He always has campaigned by finding enemies and demonizing people. It was the essence of his campaign in 2008, but at least he could cover it with words like hope and change.

    Not this time around, though. It’s all about the politics of envy and class warfare, and demonizing Romney.
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    The question is can he and his big media co-conspirators still bamboozle RubeNation? After 2008, I have little faith in the political judgment of the majority of the electorate. But like a herd of cattle, if they get spooked, then they will get stampeded, in which direction, they haven’t the foggiest idea. Journalism is dead in big media.

  236. Jackson, Junior has been said to have a ‘mood disorder’ on the news;
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    Mood disorder my ass. Jackson Junior is a Junkie. Say that one ten times fast . . . Don’t worry. The Chicago Machine will find a million dollar no show job for him doing nothing. After all he is the son of a civil rights icon, who is not above taking advanage of the help and spitting in white people’s hamburgers.

  237. Try as they have, big media I mean, they have never been able to sell me on the proposition that the Jacksons are legitimate spokemen for the black community. Like Sharpie, there is too much larcey in their souls.

  238. wanna bet how many of the media outlets will try and use these rain pics to show how tenacious he is?
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    so where is Bill Parcell’s waterboy when we need him?

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