Clue For Mitt Romney: Stop Whining, Start Fighting – You’ve Got A Golden Opportunity And You Are Blowing It

Update: We explained our critique further this morning. Thanks to all of you in the comments who forwarded our post to Mitt Romney officials and website. Mitt Romney might have gotten our forceful message. This morning we were treated to Romney: Obama running on “falsehood and dishonesty”

“A campaign based on falsehood and dishonesty does not have long legs,” Romney said on “Fox and Friends,” later adding: “The president only has one thing going, and that is constant attacks on me. They’re dishonest. They’re misdirected. And I think the American people recognize that kind of politics as something of the past. It may work in Chicago, but it’s not going to work across America.”

Much, much better Mitt. As we write below, Attack, Attack, Attack. Defense is a loser’s game.



And the New Romney ad: “Whatever happened to Hope and Change?” is much better than the previous slop featuring Obama only audio (our critique of these horrible Romney/SuperPac ads below).



It’s a start to holding Barack Obama accountable for his thuggery.

However, this new ad below sucks. If you listen to it, it is a pro Obama commercial. Ads are seen and HEARD.



Put a negative audio track on these ads. They are clever but a waste of money. Stop being clever. Start speaking the truth so it is heard and seen.

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Mitt Romney is under attack on several fronts related to his tenure at Bain Capital. Barack Obama and his campaign are slinging every bit of mud against Mitt Romney.

This is a great opportunity for Mitt Romney however. Mitt Romney must not whine. Mitt Romney has to strike at Obama’s heart. Mitt Romney must expose Obama for the ugly person he is.

Any American who still thinks Barack Obama is a “nice person” must be shown what a creep Barack Obama is. This is no time for Mitt Romney to go soft. Either tell the truth Mitt or quit. It’s that simple.

Mitt Romney must also use this examination of his own decades ago record to examine Barack Obama’s history in Chicago and explain why this corrupt history ties into why Obama has been such a failure as president.

* * * * * *

The Obama strategy is obvious to all: Attack Mitt Romney at what is perceived to be his strength – his successful business record. That is what all this Bain gorilla dust is about.

The Mitt Romney response should be an campaign attack on Barack Obama’s perceived strength – “likeability”. But Mitt Romney is acting like John Kerry when he was challenged with attacks on his perceived strength – his military record.

For weeks John Kerry tried to ignore the attacks on his record. The plan was to pretend the attacks were so ridiculous that they did not deserve a response. The Kerry campaign also did not want to fan the flames licking at his campaign. What John Kerry’s campaign did not understand was that the “swift boat” attacks went to the question not of John Kerry’s Vietnam history but to weakness in national security.

The reason why the “swift boat” attacks mattered was that Americans saw John Kerry unwilling or unable to defend himself on a rather simple matter. If John Kerry could not defend himself then how could John Kerry defend the nation? The reason why the “swift boat” attacks on John Kerry worked was because they showed John Kerry to be too weak to be president.

Mitt Romney better take note of the Kerry “swift boating” and assess his own willingness to fight.

* * * * * *

Thus far we have not been at all impressed with Mitt Romney’s response to the smears. The Mitt Romney campaign has mostly been a mess too. SuperPac ads have been a waste of money as well.

Instead of “a good offense is the best defense” the Romney campaign is serving whine after whine. They say Barack Obama is mean and demand apologies. Romney is forgetting the Capone lesson from Chicago Barack Obama: “They send one of yours to the hospital, you send one of theirs to the morgue.”

What does the Mitt Romney campaign need to do?

First, clearly and without equivocation make Barack Obama personally responsible for the lies. Don’t blame the Obama campaign, blame Obama himself. Ads should be produced which clearly state something along the lines of: “Barack Obama pretends he is a nice person. But Barack Obama is a dirty Chicago thug and liar. Barack Obama is lying about Mitt Romney. Barack Obama commands his campaign to call Mitt Romney a “felon”. Barack Obama pretends he is nice. But Barack Obama is a nasty thug.”

Second, follow John Sununu and bring up Obama’s history in Chicago and how that history impacts the failure of the Obama years in the White House. Point out the crony capitalism Obama engaged in while in Chicago. Rezko, Rezko, Rezko. Tie all the crony capitalism in Chicago with the Solyndra crony capitalism. That’s not very hard to do. We have a treasury of archives here that rival in value the Golden Plates.

Third, Mitt Romney should stick to the economy. But Mitt Romney himself must start referring to Obama’s lies about Bain as a “content of character” issue and that Barack Obama is a nasty, dirty, Chicago thug unworthy of the highest office in the land. Romney can hold Obama to account, attack Obama’s “likeability”, and do it more in sadness than in joy.

Meanwhile the SuperPacs must stop airing those all too clever ads which only have audio of Obama saying something stupid while the text mocks what Obama is saying. The SuperPacs must begin to attack Obama on likeability. The SuperPacs must attack Obama’s record in Chicago and finally vet the thug before a national audience.

The SuperPacs must point out that Obama himself wants to smear Mitt Romney’s record from decades ago and therefore Obama’s record from decades ago is now fair game and now relevant once again.

The SuperPacs must point out that Obama wants more and more Mitt Romney records but that most of Obama’s records remain under Obama’s lock and key.

Attack. Attack. Attack.

* * * * * *

The Mitt Ronney campaign is not on attack. The Mitt Romney campaign is on whine. We hate whine.

John Sununu, not a very attractive messenger, does know how to respond. Rezko, felony, Chicago, that is the way to respond to Barack Obama’s lies:



On outsourcing John Sununu is the only one who got the message right as well:



John Sununu knows how to respond. But the Romney campaign is all whine. The Romney campaign response is simply embarrassing and weak.



Stop talking about the Obama campaign and how mean they are. Talk about what a nasty man Obama is to order such lies be told to the American people.

This type of headline shows weakness and whine: “Romney camp fires back at Obama’s ‘out of control’ team“. This is stupid. The Obama campaign is not “out of control”. The Obama campaign is doing exactly what Obama is telling them to do. The Obama campaign is exactly under control – Obama’s control. This is a weak, lame response from the Romney campaign which appears to be the one out of control and weak.

Indeed, Romney’s Campaign Is Mishandling The Politics Of The Bain Issue. When you are answering questions you are losing. Fight back and call Obama the thug he is.

This ad is sort of a start on the right path but it has a lot of problems:



Again, why is Obama the only one heard in this ad? There has to be an audio track that calls Obama a liar and a thug. This Mitt Romney campaign paid ad is a disaster because what is heard is Obama saying nice things and no other voice saying “Obama lied to you. Obama lied to all Americans. Obama pretends to be nice. But Obama runs nasty campaigns. That is who Obama is. Martin Luther King warned Americans to make judgments based on content of character not color of skin. Obama has low character. Obama is nasty and the Obama campaign is nasty.”

CNN has debunked Obama’s lies with regards to Bain.



You would think Mitt Romney appearing on CNN was a no brainer. Instead, Mitt Romney was the no brainer:



Why didn’t Mitt Romney simply say that Barack Obama personally is the source of these nasty attacks. That Barack Obama himself is in full control of his campaign and that Barack Obama is the nasty thug hurling lies and smears at Mitt Romney. Why all the weak language Mitt?

This is sheer blundering. When Howard Kurtz gets the message out better than the candidate or his campaign (exception: John Sununu) you know you are in trouble:

“Media critic Howard Kurtz warned CNN on Friday that “to many people” it looks like the media has a massive double standard in its campaign coverage of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.

“[W]hen you combine all the stories, all the airtime, all the column inches, it looks to many people, I’ll just say this bluntly, like the press is giving much more aggressive scrutiny to Romney and his background than it ever gave to Barack Obama,” Kurtz told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

Kurtz added that “to some,” the media sound like they are “echoing” the Obama campaign’s talking points.

“And I’ve increasingly been worried about whether the media which have been pushing a lot of these stories,” Kurtz insisted, naming “the Boston Globe, the Washington Post on outsourcing, Vanity Fair on Cayman Island accounts, seem to some people to be echoing the message of the Obama campaign by raising so many questions about Romney’s business background.” [snip]

HOWARD KURTZ: All legitimate questions, Wolf, but I think this may be overkill on the part of the Obama campaign. All the megatonnage it has dropped on Mitt Romney’s head over the many events that happened 14, 15 years ago. And I’ve increasingly been worried about whether the media which have been pushing a lot of these stories, The Boston Globe, the Washington Post on outsourcing, Vanity Fair on Cayman Island accounts, seem to some people to be echoing the message of the Obama campaign by raising so many questions about Romney’s business background.

LAUREN ASHBURN, editor in chief, Daily-Download.com: I don’t agree with you. I think that when it comes to this kind of stuff, the more questions the better. This is a man who’s running for President of the United States of America. Ask the questions, answer the questions, if you want to live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

BLITZER: Because if you want to be President, you know this Howie, I’m a little surprised to hear what you’re saying, because no more secrets. Everything basically becomes an open book if you want to be the President of the United States.

KURTZ: I am not saying, Wolf, that journalists shouldn’t be asking these questions, probing Romney’s business background. It is, after all, his principal credential for running and saying he’s going to fix the economy. What I am saying, is that when you combine all the stories, all the airtime, all the column inches, it looks to many people, I’ll just say this bluntly, like the press is giving much more aggressive scrutiny to Romney and his background than it ever gave to Barack Obama.”



The Mitt Romney campaign and Mitt Romney should use this to advantage and not whine. If Big Media wants to go back decades the Romney campaign should say “O.K. Let’s go back and examine everyone’s records. Let’s examine Barack Obama and his record. Let’s all get the same vetting.”.

For those who posit “Why the latest Bain story is a loser on all sides” we say you are wrong.

Mitt Romney has a golden opportunity to tear down the last desperate hope of Barack Obama and his campaign – the alleged “likeability”. But to do that Mitt Romney and his allies have to do more than whine. Mitt Romney has to tell his narrative.

Part of that narrative is the nasty person at the center of the Barack Obama campaign – Barack Obama himself.

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What we’ve been warning about since April 2007 is coming to pass. Mitt Romney is finding out how on target we have been. That is because Mitt Romney is now the target of the disgusting Obama campaign and the disgusting low life called Barack Obama.

What we wrote on September 2007 is as true today and just as relevant. Mitt Romney has to explain the corrupt thug at the heart of the Barack Obama campaign – Barack Obama. We discussed this in “Stinky Politics”:

“Want to know how ‘stinky’ the 2008 presidential race is going to get?

In the week of December 17, 2003 a very dirty advertisment appeared on Iowa television. The spokesman and (one of three) leader for the group that ran the ad was Robert Gibbs. Robert Gibbs is also the current communications director for Barack Obama.

The 2003 advertisment, just before the Iowa caucuses, morphed the face of Osama Bin Laden with the face of then frontrunner presidential candidate Howard Dean. [snip]

As the Chicago Tribune pointed out

Despite often lofty rhetoric that he plans to bring the nation a “new kind of politics,” Sen. Barack Obama has surrounded himself with operatives skilled in the old-school art of the political backstab. [snip]

When Obama assembled his crew early this year, he brought together a team with a long track record of the sort of caustic rhetoric he has pledged to avoid, just as other presidential candidates have done by hiring people similarly talented in the art of opposition research and attack. [snip]

From his campaign headquarters in a high-rise on Michigan Avenue, Obama’s political warriors range from a research director with extensive experience in throwing darts from Democratic National Committee’s offices to a communications director who once worked for a group that ran a controversial ad that used an image of Osama bin Laden to attack Howard Dean.

Obama’s latest campaign hiccup started with documents that sarcastically questioned Clinton’s ties to India that were pitched to reporters on a not-for-attribution basis. The documents later became public, angering many Indian-American supporters.

The documents questioned links that Clinton (D-N.Y.) and her husband, the former president, had with various companies that outsource American jobs. One included a headline that referred to Clinton as the Democratic senator from Punjab, a reference to a joke Clinton had made last year at a fundraiser.

Yup, the “outsource” charge against Mitt Romney is recycled from the anti Hillary Clinton mud pail. And the reason why there are so many thugs running the Barack Obama campaign is because Barack Obama wants thugs running his campaign.

The Barack Obama Chicago gangland campaign smeared Bill Clinton as a “racist”. Hillary and Bill became “outsourcers”. Mitt Romney better read our archives and read them fast.

On June 15 2007 we wrote about Obama’s Dirty Mud Politics:

Axelrod is known for operating in this gray area, part idealist, part hired muscle. It is difficult to discuss Axelrod in certain circles in Chicago without the matter of the Blair Hull divorce papers coming up. As the 2004 Senate primary neared, it was clear that it was a contest between two people: the millionaire liberal, Hull, who was leading in the polls, and Obama, who had built an impressive grass-roots campaign. About a month before the vote, The Chicago Tribune revealed, near the bottom of a long profile of Hull, that during a divorce proceeding, Hull’s second wife filed for an order of protection. In the following few days, the matter erupted into a full-fledged scandal that ended up destroying the Hull campaign and handing Obama an easy primary victory. The Tribune reporter who wrote the original piece later acknowledged in print that the Obama camp had “worked aggressively behind the scenes” to push the story. But there are those in Chicago who believe that Axelrod had an even more significant role — that he leaked the initial story. They note that before signing on with Obama, Axelrod interviewed with Hull. They also point out that Obama’s TV ad campaign started at almost the same time. Axelrod swears up and down that “we had nothing to do with it” and that the campaign’s television ad schedule was long planned. “An aura grows up around you, and people assume everything emanates from you,” he told me.

Of course there are plenty of examples of Obama portraying himself as an innocent but the record is that Obama bathes in mud and runs a dirty campaign.

And if anyone in the Mitt Romney campaign does not know what the Obama allies and SuperPacs will soon do, read our entry on Phil De Vellis and his room mate Ben LaBolt (now the Obama traveling mouthpiece for the campaign). The dirt is just beginning to flow.

As we wrote about Obama back in 2007: “Joe Biden was wrong about Obama. Obama is not clean — he’s dirty.” The sooner Mitt Romney communicates that message the closer he will get to the White House.

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488 thoughts on “Clue For Mitt Romney: Stop Whining, Start Fighting – You’ve Got A Golden Opportunity And You Are Blowing It

  1. Amarissa
    July 14th, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    🙂 Maybe if enough people do it, they’ll read admin’s great advise. I’ve sent it to them now 5 times in a row…each prefacing it with “please read this– from a concerned American”

  2. someone posted in the previous thread that Stephanie cutter was some lead person in the Kerry campaign, but the thing is the swiftboating came from Kerry’s fellow vets.

    I hope the romney camp will fight back hard against this nonsensical crap by the chicago thug.

  3. Excellent Admin. But this is why I wanted Newt. There is a reluctance by Mitt to brawl. One of the things you learn as a kid is other kids will push you around if you let them. One of the things you learn as a plaintiff’s lawyer is first you file the lawsuit, then you talk, and never the reverse. In Mitts case, because of his wealth and family connections, there was always someone there to run interference for him. A month ago, I would have said, stay above the fray. Now, however, that has ceased to be an option. This is now a matter of survival.

    The Obama campaign and mainstream media are turning a perceived strength–his experience as a turn around specialist which this country needs into a perceived weakness–which goes to his ethos, and his bona fides. His personal integrity is being torn apart by Brian Williams, George Stephanopolis and even Juan who forgets what the hard left did to him at NPR. As Mitt frames the issue, the Obama campaign is “out of control”, is saying absurd things, and “owes him an apology”. I am sorry, but this is not a Harvard Business School exercise in management science, it is a knife fight, and woe betide the man who does not undertand the difference. Far from being “out of control” his campaign team is tightly controlled by Axelrod, Plouffe, Obama, Jarrett and Michelle. The attacks on Romney are coming directly from Obama, and to confirm this, all he needs to do is study Obama’s past. As Bill Jacobsen said:

    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.

    What Mitt Romeny needs to do is rap his mind around the fact that Obama and the people around him are determined to destroy him. Only then will he look into his soul, and hopefull find the stength he needs to put on the war paint, and fight like there is no tomorrow. Forget about this business of putting on jeans and rolling up the sleeves–that will not cut it. He needs to drive a stake through the heart of the vampire, if he hopes to win.

  4. wbboei
    July 14th, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I liked Newt for that reason, his ability to fight back, but he had no organization skills, etc, which I suppose for running a massive campaign is needed.

    Maybe the romney folks can get newt, sununu, to do their thing on all these lefty shows. Maybe romney can promise to pay off newt’s debts, and get newt to fight in that blunt way to defeat Oturd.

  5. When I say drive a stake through the heart of the vampire, I mean take the battle to Obama. Attack attack attack. He has let the Obama campaign define the media narrative, and he is in the responsive mode. He needs to change the momentum. He needs to cut off Obama’s nutsack and serve up rocky mountain oysters.

  6. Well you piece of $hit, what the F88k have you been doing for the last 4 years?!?

    “If re-elected, We’re gonna put this country on the right track”


  7. Like I said the other day, Sununu is very effective, (and he is a good guy). Poor Juan, poor juan.

  8. This is getting legs…..a-hole said this earlier at a live campaign stop…….

    Obama: “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

    Excerpt from the socialist-in-chief speech yesterday in Virginia:

    “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.”

    ……………………………

    WTF, is he on crack again?

  9. If re-elected, We’re gonna put this country on the right track”–Bar Crack Banana
    —————————-
    I take him at his word on that one. But the words right track are open to interpretation like hope and change were. Specifically, what is the right track and who is to decide which track is the right track. Obama’s history suggests that this is the track he is talking about.

    http://www.google.com/#hl=en&sclient=psy-ab&q=damsel+in+distress+on+railroad+tracks&oq=damsel+in+distress+on+railro&gs_l=hp.1.1.0i30l2.1927.12221.0.15591.32.20.2.10.10.0.219.3290.0j17j3.20.0…0.0…1c.2fsx0Clx2HM&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=3ad06e325fe5a3f2&biw=1536&bih=801

  10. moononpluto
    July 14th, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    well, he tried it 6 months ago, and Google ex-CEO Eric Schidmt (an Obot) was asked about it and said, that’s not true, american companies are built by entrepeneurs, and then OTurd shut up about it for a while… guess they’re going to try that stupid line.

    and what an ignorant idiot, Tim berners-lee came up with the HTML code (the language for website, etc) when at CERN, which is in swizterland I think. The US military had R&D funding thru DARPA, etc which created ARPAnet which allowed for communications between 2 computers in 2 seperate locations, however the OTurd wants to cut R&D funding for the military. And after DARPA opened up the project, it was universities who picked up most of that research and massively built on it, it was not the US govt.

  11. and then it was indivduals who risked their money/livelihood to build these companies, companies like IBM, Cisco, Sun Microsystems, were all done by individuals, NOT the US govt. they allowed the infrastructure so that the Internet could next exist, so then the Yahoos, Googles, Facebooks could then exist. IMHO, it is not the Googles etc who are the main inventions, that was the easy part, it was the Cicso’s, Intels, Sun Microsystems, HPs who are the real drivers of technology.

  12. Gee, if this was Sarah Palin or any other conservative, would the LSM be this understanding??
    No.

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=7501396

    ““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.””

    What a load of bullcrap. There was a time in this country when being a politican wasn’t a career!

  13. Agree 100%. Romney so far is running a disastrous campaign and allowing
    Obama to change the message from a horrendous economy to putting Mitt on the
    defensive. No way Romney wins if he allows Barry with the aide of MSM to change
    the narrative. I overestimated Romneys intelligence as his message is getting
    drowned out.

  14. when we hit the fiscal cliff, and we will, all hell break will lose, who are they going to blame them? this is all predicatable. Recent negative rates on bonds from several major countries means its coming even faster than most thought. Its already below the 2% for 10 yrs in this country, never thought I would see that for years.

    And OTurdCare is going massively bankcrupt this country, and then they will have rationing, especially for older people.

    “Here is video of the always blunt former Sen. Alan Simpson being blunt about what ObamaCare is going to do to the U.S. going forward. He said you can call it anything you want to call it, but what’s coming is going to “suck up all the discretionary budget of the United States.” He called it “absolute madness” because there is “no cost containment” in ObamaCare.”


  15. I really they aren’t stupid to pick someone like Portman, he maybe a nice man, but he’s just wallpaper in the backgroud.

    Get Rubio, I like christy, but he may overshadow Romney. Rubio maybe the best choice, I’ve reall grown to respect him a lot.

  16. Great post admin-

    So, the next question is:

    “WHO OR WHAT IS STOPPING ROMNEY FROM TAKING THE FIGHT TO OBAMA?” That is the next question needing an answer.

    Did I just read the majority of Mitt’s advisers are women? Do they have anything to do with his current strategy of staying above the fray? Or as in the Hillary campaign: The Solis Doyle advice of NOT GOING NEGATIVE? We need to know this- it’s that important, if we expect to have a fighting chance to rid the country of this traitorous president called Obama!

  17. moon, oops, forgot about Ryan, I like Ryan as well, he’s very good at explaining things. Apparently Ronbots, as I call them, like Ryan more than the others, at least according to my Ronbot nephew.

  18. I think its going to be Ryan or Portman…Portman i think has too much baggage, he’s a grey man.

    Ryan is the young gun and could very well carry on the next generation of republicans in a new direction. 42, young, smart, telegenic and a real fighter.

    I understand Romney wants an attack dog for VP, he should look no further and go for Ryan.

  19. I think it will either be Ryan or Rubio. I sure as heck its not Portman, I had never even heard of him before.

  20. Romney campaign MUST cut off their nuts. Doesn’t help Romney is going to be gone to the Olympics and out of the country for two weeks or more. Obummer will be here while MOOschelle is over there fannin her arse around but Obummer will be smearing Romney even more. Romney has to get a spine or he’s gonna go under.

  21. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but maybe they need to get Mr. Turd Blossom in there, Karl Rove. The senior leadership can do the management/organizing, which is fine, but you need some ruthless people in there stragetizing.

  22. These dem governors don’t seem to have a damn clue how this OTurdcare is going to fiscally ruin this country.

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/48184604

    “Delaware Governor Jack Markell, set to head the governors’ group, embraces the expansion as the most prudent spending choice. If more people have insurance, fewer uninsured people will turn to expensive emergency rooms to treat minor issues and pass the bill onto taxpayers, the Democrat said.

    What an utter ignorant buffoon, where the heck does this man think the money to subdize the expansion of Medicaid comes from? Its ALL taxpayer monies, whether you subsidize the insurance or the emergerncy room visits. There is no competition, so there are no cost controls, there is no way to make prices more competitve. Its just a black fiscal hole that will suck up most of the US budget, even more than the defense budget.

  23. not to mention, it will not increase the quality or access to healthcare, just because insurance access is there, this was never designed around the patient, but more about power for the politicians who happen to be in charge of the HHS.

  24. It is certainly true that Romney must be very very careful that his preference for dignity does not utterly defeat him in this. He is behaving like it is a gentlemanly debate with reasonable behavior on all sides when actually it is a dirty knife fight with no holds barred — Chicago style. All the efforts to call the Obama campaign mean, unfair or unreasonable are going to be utterly useless. What is needed is a constant attack on the record of a proven phoney who has had almost four years to do something for the country and has failed entirely to do so. He is big on showing off, on vacations, on constant golf outings – but startlingly short on results that benefit people.
    it is overwhelmingly sad to think that it was the same thing with Gore and Kerry – they just could not
    really take a brick to the throat of those people who were killing them.
    Romney must get the message to drop the defense and jump on the offense, never letting up until it is over in November. We just have to get rid of this monster.

  25. I, too, sent in this article link into the Romney campaign and told them to FIGHT!!!!

    My greatest fear is that he would not fight; I don’t think it is in his dna, neither is it in his religious upbringing to fight. I am so spitting mad at the RNC for picking the next in line during this and the 2008 election cycle when the nation is being put asunder from within…………..FIGHT, MITT!!!!!!!

    I wanted Newt, too, because he knows how to fight- like a bulldog, a hungry rabid bulldog. Who cares if his organizational skills are not all that………..first the nominee has to win. Is Romney, with all his virtues, really up to the task? I watched a documentary this am about Presidents that included Woodrow Wilson, Andrew Jackson, and JFK….they all had huge, massive, corrupt flaws. So now the RNC has picked the perfect candidate who will not and can not fight and passed up one that had flaws but for certain loves this country and would fight until that Constitution is torn from his cold dead hands.

  26. As always, Admin, also a superb article.

    IT IS NOW TIME FOR ALL GOOD AMERICANS TO COME TO THE AID OF THEIR COUNTRY!

  27. Agree about those Romney ads. Why do they have the audio of only Obama and text response for rebutting/mocking that? I was just thinking about that yesterday when I saw his latest ad. Basil made this same point too a while ago.

    Makes me wonder if there are moles in his campaign because it is such an obvious thing.

  28. honestly, I’m getting to the point, I wish Romney would act like Newt. I couldn’t stand newt in the 90’s but like Shortterm said, he;s like a bulldog, and would have gone after oTurd like nothing. I wish romney’s camp realises they have such a good opening, they need to use it!

    so this is what OTurd said today, what the F is he even talking about??? A load of bullcrap.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/07/13/remarks-president-campaign-event-roanoke-virginia

    ““There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.

    If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.””

  29. “I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. ”

    I guess all the entrepeneurs in this country, just sit back and wait for the gravy train. Give everyone a gold trophy. No one work hard, I mean really, what’s the point?

  30. and another whopper….

    “Deputy Communications Director Jen Psaki told reporters in a gaggle aboard Air Force One that Obama wanted to focus on issues “the American people actually care about.”

    But Psaki said the Obama campaign’s attacks on Romney’s business background as former head of private equity firm Bain Capital were fair game.

    “Of course the President wants to have a highbrow debate about these policy issues and what the American people actually care about,” she said.”

  31. Tim, he is a plagiarist to boot. He stole that idea from Elizabeth Warren and her lines were much better and she delivered it more convincingly.

  32. pm317
    July 14th, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Yes Warren said it, hers made sense, but she was too far left for me, Bill Clinton made the most sense and articulated it very well, so did Paul Ryan and Rubio, and Palin. OTurd? the man is utterly clueless.

  33. one more link … thought it was a very good read.

    http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/146500/

    ” The Coming Middle Class Anarchy.

    When the backbone of a country starts thinking that laws and rules are not worth following, it’s just a hop, skip and a jump to anarchy.

    TV has given us the illusion that anarchy is people rioting in the streets, smashing car windows and looting every store in sight. But there’s also the polite, quiet, far deadlier anarchy of the core citizenry—the upright citizenry—throwing in the towel and deciding it’s just not worth it anymore. If a big enough proportion of the populace—not even a majority, just a largish chunk—decides that it’s just not worth following the rules anymore, then that society’s days are numbered: Not even a police-state with an armed Marine at every corner with Shoot-to-Kill orders can stop such middle-class anarchy.”

  34. I thought from Mitt’s initial willingness to call O out every time he put out a new lie, that he was going to be tougher than McCain. Not so sure, now. This article’s suggestions are spot on. Mitt needs to make Obama own that dirty smack he and his people are talking. Why would he not have already called Obama out on the disclosure and transparency thing? The country is increasingly suspicious of Obama. Perfect time to demand that o answer a few questions, himself.

    Wbboei, I understand your point about Newt. I’m not a fan of his – nor, really of Mitt, but I want someone to BEAT OBAMA – anybody. The man does not deserve to be president of this country. Newt knows how to fight dirty, and he doesn’t hesitate to do so. Mitt needs to take a lesson.

  35. I just listened to Hary Reid’s rant that Romney cannot even be elected to be dogcatcher. You know what, I’d take a dogcatcher to be president than what’s there now, at least a dogcatcher is honest.

    Just how far are the dems going with this? I’m just wondering? Because normal herding techniques that might have worked in the past don’t seem to be working so well now a days.

  36. and yet another whopper…everyday these are getting more and more outrageous.

    “President Obama claims that he has kept all his promises from 2008”


  37. http://washingtonexaminer.com/obama-spending-on-attack-ads-soars/article/feed/2012037?custom_click=rss

    “President Barack Obama’s campaign has spent nearly $100 million on television commercials in selected battleground states so far, unleashing a sustained early barrage designed to create lasting, negative impressions of Republican Mitt Romney before he and his allies ramp up for the fall.

    In a reflection of campaign strategy, more than one-fifth of the president’s ad spending has been in Ohio, a state that looms as a must-win for Romney more so than for Obama. Florida ranks second and Virginia third, according to organizations that track media spending and other sources.

    About three-quarters of the president’s advertising has been critical of Romney as Obama struggles to turn the election into a choice between him and his rival, rather than a referendum on his own handling of the weak economy. Obama’s television ad spending dwarfs the Romney campaign’s so far by a margin of 4-1 or more.

  38. Well, I guess the “Obama way” is now a federal standard.

    “A wide-ranging surveillance operation by the Food and Drug Administration against a group of its own scientists used an enemies list of sorts as it secretly captured thousands of e-mails that the disgruntled scientists sent privately to members of Congress, lawyers, labor officials, journalists and even President Obama, previously undisclosed records show.

    What began as a narrow investigation into the possible leaking of confidential agency information by five scientists quickly grew in mid-2010 into a much broader campaign to counter outside critics of the agency’s medical review process, according to the cache of more than 80,000 pages of computer documents generated by the surveillance effort.

    Moving to quell what one memorandum called the “collaboration” of the F.D.A.’s opponents, the surveillance operation identified 21 agency employees, Congressional officials, outside medical researchers and journalists thought to be working together to put out negative and “defamatory” information about the agency.

    F.D.A. officials defended the surveillance operation, saying that the computer monitoring was limited to the five scientists suspected of leaking confidential information about the safety and design of medical devices.

    While they acknowledged that the surveillance tracked the communications that the scientists had with Congressional officials, journalists and others, they said it was never intended to impede those communications, but only to determine whether information was being improperly shared.

    The agency, using so-called spy software designed to help employers monitor workers, captured screen images from the government laptops of the five scientists as they were being used at work or at home. The software tracked their keystrokes, intercepted their personal e-mails, copied the documents on their personal thumb drives and even followed their messages line by line as they were being drafted, the documents show.

    The extraordinary surveillance effort grew out of a bitter dispute lasting years between the scientists and their bosses at the F.D.A. over the scientists’ claims that faulty review procedures at the agency had led to the approval of medical imaging devices for mammograms and colonoscopies that exposed patients to dangerous levels of radiation.”

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48186887/ns/us_news-the_new_york_times/

  39. If Romney continues on his ineffective campaign strategy as a weak candidate; then we will lose the election before we even get started. Undecided voters are looking for a strong candidate who is street wise as well as a pa

    If Romey hesitates at this juncture to take on a two bit Chicago thug, then we have to look elsewhere for a suitable opponent for Obama. It’s that simple. I was one in a minority here for supporting Newt. Wbboei, Short Termer, nomoreobama and I saw this coming. If Romney doesn’t show some spark of life soon, we have to look elsewhere.

  40. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/07/14/Obama-Ad-Kill-Shot

    Far be it for me to question the wisdom of Obama’s Chicago operation, but if any of this is hurting Romney, it likely isn’t or won’t be the Bain stuff — it’s how the Romney campaign responds. Obama’s trying to get into Romney’s head, keep his people on defense, and make them look incompetent. And this is where Romney could really hurt himself.

    In many ways, John McCain lost in ’08 because he looked hapless and erratic instead of like a leader. The mismanagement of his campaign fed this narrative, especially near the end. This, I think, is the arch-narrative the Obama campaign is aiming for with Romney. If Romney’s campaign can be made to look defensive and ineffective, that undercuts Romney’s compelling biography as a competent, effective leader more than any offshore account or SEC filing.

    The Romney campaign needs to put above all else — not rebutting charges that have already debunked — but running a competent campaign.

    There’s no question that over 50% of the American people want to fire Barack Obama and that Mitt Romney can win by presenting himself as an acceptable alternative. Obama can attempt to tear Romney apart all he wants, but it’s really only Mitt Romney who can finish the job by running a campaign that looks weak and constantly caught off guard.

    Personally, I don’t care about Bain or outsourcing or any of the distractions Obama and his media allies have created over the past few weeks. And the polls suggest I’m not alone. Romney needs to stay out of these weeds, though, and concentrate on The Big Picture — looking presidential and like a man who can lead America out of Obama’s mess.

    America is desperate to replace Barack Obama, and anyone competent and grown up will do. That’s what people care about, that’s what people are looking for. Not the minutiae of what was filed and signed in 1999.

  41. freespirit
    July 14th, 2012 at 10:55 pm
    ————–
    Correct. And the other thing Newt knows and Mitt does not is that he has two opponents here, and in some ways the second opponent which is of course big media is more consequential. He needs to take a leaf from Newts book and question the question, and the bona fides of the questioner. One way to do that is to tell Obama loving Wvulf I do not agree with your question. Also, he should refuse to conduct any debate on NBC, ABC, CNN.

  42. Admin: 1:06

    The brietbart article is dead on-

    Romney needs to assemble a new team and FIRE the ineffective team currently in charge.. an ironic statement if I ever said one. The only thing they are in charge of is their paychecks. Dump the dilletantes and hire experienced warriors!

  43. The narrative is starting to take root among conservatives that Mitt is just a pretty face. When the chips are down he will not fight. He needs to prove that is wrong. He needs to go after Obama–and big media with both barrels. They will criticize him for going negative, whereas now they do not do that. In court, no competent advocate objects to a question that does not hurt him, even if it is objectionable. But if it hurts him , that advocate will object til hell won’t have it anymore, even if there are no bona fide grounds for objection. Mitt needs to remember that if he wants to win. Right now, it is big media as much as Obama who is destroying him. He needs to train his howitzers on both of them and attack attack attack. Finally, he must get off the defensive, and borrow a chapter from the book of Nathan Bedford Forrest CSA and git thar firstest with the mostest. Plant his foot in Obama’s rear end and watch him fly through the air with the greatest of ease.

  44. Dear Mittens,

    I’m sure Mary “take no prisoners” Matalin could be convinced to effectively produce favorable results for your campaign. Please give my suggestion serious consideration.

    Mrs. S

  45. The Coming Middle Class Anarchy.

    When the backbone of a country starts thinking that laws and rules are not worth following, it’s just a hop, skip and a jump to anarchy.

    TV has given us the illusion that anarchy is people rioting in the streets, smashing car windows and looting every store in sight. But there’s also the polite, quiet, far deadlier anarchy of the core citizenry—the upright citizenry—throwing in the towel and deciding it’s just not worth it anymore. If a big enough proportion of the populace—not even a majority, just a largish chunk—decides that it’s just not worth following the rules anymore, then that society’s days are numbered: Not even a police-state with an armed Marine at every corner with Shoot-to-Kill orders can stop such middle-class anarchy.”

    —————————————

    “Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the people have abdicated their duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out high civic office, military command, Roman legions-everything, now restrains itself and hopes for just two things: bread and circuses.” (Satire X by the Roman Poet Juvenal, 1st Century A.D.).

  46. How come no one is writing about this?:

    http://www.volokh.com/2012/07/13/over-30-of-president-obamas-2009-2011-gross-income-came-from-foreign-sources/

    I find it strange that the Obama campaign would be making so much of Romney’s income from foreign sources when Obama’s foreign source income appears to be a much bigger percentage of his income over the last few years. Of course, one can’t tell for sure because Mitt Romney has not released his 2009 tax return.

    Yet in the three tax years in which Barack Obama has been President (2009, 2010, and 2011), fully 30.1% of the Obamas’ gross income has come from foreign sources: ($2,711,340 out of a 3-year total gross income of $8,993,449). In 2009, 26.5% of the Obamas’ gross income came from foreign sources. In 2010 it was a whopping 41.4%, and in 2010 it was 30.2%.

    The salary that we taxpayers pay him as President (just under $1.2 million over the 3 years) accounted for less than 13% of the Obamas’ income, a share dwarfed by their 30% from foreign sources over the same period.

    From 2009 through 2011, the Obamas paid $87,429 in foreign taxes, which they applied toward a credit to reduce their U.S. tax bill. The amounts I examined are reported on Form 1116, of which there are two filed along with their 1040 when they had both general and passive foreign income.

  47. You tell um admin!

    Romney had better take off his special white Mormon long-johns and put on his jackboots or he will end up on the delete pile just like McCain.

    Funny how weak all of these men are compared to Hillary’s honest attacks against Barry in the primary.

    Mitt needs to fight, not only like a girl, but like Hillary and Sarah.

    Trump had better put his real estate deals on the shelf for awhile and school Mitt on aggressive attacks.

  48. Tim – thanks for the tip. I sent this message and a link to admin’s post too.

    —-

    Mitt, you need to stop playing Mr. Nice Guy and go on the attack. The Obama campaign is dirty and will get worse. Talk to Trump about debates and attacks. Nice guys come in last, and Obama is counting on this while he tries to smear lies about you…stand up and fight!!
    American’s want a strong President.

    Read these tips:

    Clue For Mitt Romney: Stop Whining, Start Fighting – You’ve Got A Golden Opportunity And You Are Blowing It

    Mitt Romney is under attack on several fronts related to his tenure at Bain Capital. Barack Obama and his campaign are slinging every bit of mud against Mitt Romney.

    This is a great opportunity for Mitt Romney however. Mitt Romney must not whine. Mitt Romney has to strike at Obama’s heart. Mitt Romney must expose Obama for the ugly person he is.

    Any American who still thinks Barack Obama is a “nice person” must be shown what a creep Barack Obama is. This is no time for Mitt Romney to go soft. Either tell the truth Mitt or quit. It’s that simple.

    [link]

  49. Boy oh boy. Obama’s latest speech about the wealthy sounds just like that woman in Massachusetts who is pretending she is an Indian. He probably stole it from her.

    Can’t any of them be honest?

  50. Romney needs to be Clintonized- Bill Clinton fears NO MAN- Black, White, Red, Yellow or Mallow Brown… A good man should fear no one. Take a page out of BC’s book and just do it if you want to be president. If not, step aside and let someone replace you who can if you really care about our country- Prove you are worthy for the job!
    _______________

    Obama not sure he has the Black vote in hand

    President Obama’s reelection campaign is making a determined and carefully calibrated effort to boost enthusiasm among black voters, a group that could swing the election in key battleground states.

    Polls have Obama winning more than 90 percent of the black vote against Mitt Romney, but there are signs that the high African-American turnout that fueled his 2008 victories in North Carolina and Virginia could dissipate after the hard realities of the president’s first term.

    The chances for depressed turnout are increased by the bad economy, which at its worst drove the unemployment rate for blacks above 16 percent and led to some disillusionment with the candidate of “hope and change.”

    African Americans “don’t have to vote for [Romney]” to help his campaign, said broadcaster and author Earl Ofari Hutchinson.

    “An abstention from the polls is effectively a vote for Romney,” he said. “If there is only a minuscule drop-off [in turnout], it will spell trouble.”

    The exit polls from the 2008 election show the high stakes for both campaigns. In Virginia — where Obama spoke on Friday to a predominantly African-American audience — one in five voters was black four years ago. Ninety-two percent of them pulled the lever to elect the nation’s first black president, and Obama won the state by a six-point margin.

    In North Carolina, the final margin was even tighter — just one percentage point. Twenty-three percent of the voters in the Tar Heel State were African American, with 95 percent going for Obama.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/237885-obama-revs-up-black-outreach

  51. Leanora
    July 15th, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Spy Agency Gathering Info On Every US Citizen:
    ____________

    I’m sure we are all on their list as anti-Obamamites scheduled for constructing a new Bastille as our permanent home. Gitmo wouldn’t be Big enough..

  52. FTC: Health ruling is prompting new scams

    By Elise Viebeck – 07/13/12

    Federal trade regulators warned Friday that scam artists are using the healthcare law to ask for consumers’ personal information over the phone.

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said that the illegal activity began after the Supreme Court ruled on June 28 to uphold the vast majority of the law.

    Scam artists “say they’re from the government” and use the Affordable Care Act as a hook to verify information, according to an FTC alert.

    “They might have the routing number from your bank, and then use that information to get you to reveal the entire account number,” the alert stated. “Or, they’ll ask for your credit card or Social Security number, Medicare ID, or other personal information.”

    Regulators urged consumers not to give out personal or financial information after unsolicited contact from someone who says they are with the government.

    “If someone who claims to be from the government calls and asks for your personal information, hang up. It’s a scam,” the alert stated.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/237817-ftc-healthcare-ruling-prompting-scams

  53. an excellent interview, these sentiments are getting louder and more prevalent, the crash is coming, I’ve never seen people who are normally bullish about the markets and economy offer such dire outlooks, one after another are voicing this.

    “”The fate of the world economy rests so much on politicians.” Pointing out the sad reality that since WWII the US has always spent more than it earns; he warns that if the politicians don’t make it right, then “the markets will!” The heuristic bias to accept the spending status quo, as for most young-to-middle-aged people ‘it has always been this way’ – just like rising home prices (and the current hope-for-a-housing-recovery myth – which Bloomberg’s Joe Brusuelas destroys in a single-chart of shadow inventory and discussion of the opacity of bank balance sheets), is so entrenched, thanks to the last sixty years or so of ‘growth’, that when asked ‘if it is possible to cut spending’, he replies “you have to!” and if it’s not politically possible then once again “the market will take care of it”. This brief three minute clip reminds us of the disbelief and head-in-the-sand mean-reverting bias so widespread in developed nations (citizens and politicians) and summarily dismisses it with a reminder that ‘it just has to be reasonable men that we elect to do it” – and better that than let the market force their hand.”

    http://bloom.bg/P5u5JC

  54. admin: please post video at link..

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/07/14/Obama-Ad-Kill-Shot

    At last- Obama is being recognized for the UN-American pariah he really is.. read on!
    ____________

    Obama Unloads Vicious Attack Ad: Romney ‘The Problem’ with America

    After spending tens of millions of dollars on negative ads which have thus far only resulted in a close election remaining close, Team Obama has not only decided to double down on the nastiness but to push the very same outsourcing charges numerous media outlets have long ago declared untrue.

    Brace yourself, this is about as brutal as it gets.

    Over the past few weeks, many people have compared what Obama is doing to Romney to what George W. Bush did to Kerry in 2004. But there are some major differences, making the approach a risky one for the Obama campaign.

    First off, this is the President of the United States brazenly wrist-flicking the facts in an attempt to destroy his opponent’s biography. In ’04, it wasn’t Bush who was behind the Swiftboat Veteran ads, it was an outside group. Also, the Vets questioning Kerry’s record in Vietnam were able to back up their charges because many of those guys served with Kerry there. Obama’s basing his primary attack on something the Washington Post , CNN, and numerous fact checkers have declared untrue.

    Though the media hasn’t made Obama pay a price for this, Romney has begun to hit back with a narrative concerning the president’s credibility, and this latest attack will only help to feed that narrative.

    Secondly, this Obama attack is extremely heavy-handed and even uncomfortable to watch. It’s a vicious, demeaning, and mean-spirited ad meant to humiliate its target. This is far from the inspirational, hope-changey Barack Obama voters fell for in 2008 and a very different approach than the Bush campaign’s towards Kerry. Though they mocked Kerry, it was with a much lighter touch. Whether you supported Kerry or not, you almost had to laugh.

    Far be it for me to question the wisdom of Obama’s Chicago operation, but if any of this is hurting Romney, it likely isn’t or won’t be the Bain stuff — it’s how the Romney campaign responds. Obama’s trying to get into Romney’s head, keep his people on defense, and make them look incompetent. And this is where Romney could really hurt himself.

    In many ways, John McCain lost in ’08 because he looked hapless and erratic instead of like a leader. The mismanagement of his campaign fed this narrative, especially near the end. This, I think, is the arch-narrative the Obama campaign is aiming for with Romney. If Romney’s campaign can be made to look defensive and ineffective, that undercuts Romney’s compelling biography as a competent, effective leader more than any offshore account or SEC filing.

    The Romney campaign needs to put above all else — not rebutting charges that have already debunked — but running a competent campaign.

    There’s no question that over 50% of the American people want to fire Barack Obama and that Mitt Romney can win by presenting himself as an acceptable alternative. Obama can attempt to tear Romney apart all he wants, but it’s really only Mitt Romney who can finish the job by running a campaign that looks weak and constantly caught off guard.

    Personally, I don’t care about Bain or outsourcing or any of the distractions Obama and his media allies have created over the past few weeks. And the polls suggest I’m not alone. Romney needs to stay out of these weeds, though, and concentrate on The Big Picture — looking presidential and like a man who can lead America out of Obama’s mess.

    America is desperate to replace Barack Obama, and anyone competent and grown up will do. That’s what people care about, that’s what people are looking for. Not the minutiae of what was filed and signed in 1999.

    ***UPDATE: The Romney camp has already responded to the ad:

    Every day, President Obama hits a new low. It is sad and shameful that President Obama 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 Obama, Remarks, Virginia Beach, VA, 7/13/12)

  55. I reread the article posted about the “middle class anarchy”, I had forwarded to many of my friends, some of who are smaller business owners, this morning, 4 of them wrote me back, all 4 are either outright closing their businesses or spliting it up and selling the pieces off, I found this shocking, as this decision of theirs just occured in the last month.

    They have given up trying to fight the system so to speak, OTurdCare was the last straw for them, they cannot afford it, along with every other PO$ that has been thrown at them by OTurd and the far lefty dems.

    One thing the dems don’t get, once that trust is gone, the movitivation to grow or start a business is gone, that trust is not gained back for a very long time.

    I completely agree and can see this following line from the article taking shape currently, these productive people will simply not participate in the system anymore, go John Gault, so to speak.

    ” But there’s also the polite, quiet, far deadlier anarchy of the core citizenry—the upright citizenry—throwing in the towel and deciding it’s just not worth it anymore. If a big enough proportion of the populace—not even a majority, just a largish chunk—decides that it’s just not worth following the rules anymore”

  56. admin 1:57 am
    —————–
    Oh got away with the following in 2008. Even though he had a write up for a Nigerian fundraiser at mybarack….
    The woman who endured the punishment, story of which was reported by BBC: 20 August 2008
    Row in Nigeria over Obama money
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7572179.stm

    But here as we witness to our utter destruction, Oh has immunities ad infinitum.

  57. Obama has created a smug label for every demographic that resists him. White middle class Americans speaking out against Obama’s policies are labeled “Uncle Jims”- The Black working class who have felt the sting of high unemployment numbers since Obama took office and have the nerve to complain about their elected black (gasp) president are labeled “Uncle Toms”. Humiliate and ruin anyone’s good name standing up to Obama with the Truth is all part of the Chicago ‘low brow’ way of winning elections…

  58. tim
    July 15th, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Good Morning Mrs. Smith, welcome back.
    _____________

    Best to you, tim. Good reading your valuable contributions to the blog. Happy Sunday to you and Keep on keeping on-

  59. Here is the video of the Messaih telling people who run business, heck, you didn’t get there on you own.
    Who knew, when I had to take out a 2nd mortagage on my home to sustain my business, heck , that wasn’t me, that was someone else. When I had to take no paycheck for 20 months, and we cut back on everything possible, who knew, that wasn’t me, that was someone else. When I and my wife had to clean the toilets and clean the floors of our businesses, etc after running the business the whole day, because we could not afford outside cleaning help, who knew, that wasn’t me, that was someone else. When I had to go to 7 different banks to get my loans rolled over, who knew, that wasn’t me, that was someone else.

    Glad I’m no longer in business, who knew I was just the parasite, someone else did all the work, I was just the lazya$$ who took all the credit for running the business. Barry and Valerie and Meeee-chelle are the real responsibile ones for running all the businesses in America, by all means you marxists, take the credit, we the people didn’t have a ounce of sweat for its success.

    http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Roano/start/3128/stop/3977

  60. Obama campaign in depseration burning through cash they dont have.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/07/14/obama-spending-on-attack-ads-soars/

    President Barack Obama’s campaign has spent nearly $100 million on television commercials in selected battleground states so far, unleashing a sustained early barrage designed to create lasting, negative impressions of Republican Mitt Romney before he and his allies ramp up for the fall.

    In a reflection of campaign strategy, more than one-fifth of the president’s ad spending has been in Ohio, a state that looms as a must-win for Romney more so than for Obama. Florida ranks second and Virginia third, according to organizations that track media spending and other sources

    ……………………………………….

    The problem with this strategy is he is preaching to the choir, as the majority of people never really pay that much attention until after labor day. Obama is spending too much money too fast and maybe that is what Romney is making him do and it also tells you exactly where the obama campaign’s only strategy lies and its Ohio, Florida and Virginia, 3 states where Obama is struggling very badly.

    If this is the campaigns only salvation they are in big trouble.

  61. You have to ask the question why Obama is spending this enormous wad so early, you just have to see the internals off the polls, his numbers are in the toilet but by Nov….4 months away…most people will have forgotten what ads in July said. People just are not paying that much attention right now. So let Obama go off on his little rants and smarmy nasty ads, its not going to work.

  62. and this is CNN…..

    CNN POLL: 75% Of Financial Experts Say Romney Victory Would Improve Markets

    A recent CNNMoney survey found that 75% of money managers and investment strategists believe a Mitt Romney victory would lift U.S. markets. The survey also found that “many are also hoping for the GOP to gain control of both the House and the Senate.”

    Leading up to the November elections, 80 percent of those surveyed agreed that the stock market will remain volatile and possibly get worse.

    John Praveen, managing director and chief investment strategist for Prudential International Investments Advisers says investors are not sanguine about lawmakers’ ability to keep America from driving off the fiscal cliff:

    “In case investors are not sufficiently convinced that policy makers and politicians are up to the task of handling the fiscal cliff in a reasonably effective manner, financial markets are likely to again fall sharply, similar to the plunge around the debt ceiling debacle in 2011.”

    Chase Investment Counsel President Peter Tuz was more direct:

    “At this point, I think markets would appreciate a clear Republican mandate. That provides the best chance for continued low tax rates. If investors see the likelihood of an Obama victory, coupled with Democrats retaining control of the Senate, they will react by taking advantage of the low tax rates that still exist, so a sell-off in markets would be a distinct possibility.”

    The sputtering U.S. economic recovery, the European debt crisis, the slowing of growth in China, the need to cut government spending, and the looming expiration of the Bush tax cuts were cited as troubling economic signs for America’s financial future.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/07/14/CNN-POLL-75-Of-Financial-Experts-Say-Romney-Victory-Would-Improve-Markets

    …………………………………

    Tells me exactly where the big money will flow to this year after the conventions and why Romney will win.

  63. Hypocrisy where hypocrisy is due.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/07/15/Outsourced-Obama-Campaign-Raises-Money-in-China–Again

    Outsourced: Obama Campaign Raises Money in China–Again

    The Obama campaign may be attacking Republican rival Mitt Romney for investing abroad, but it is not shy about raising campaign cash overseas. Last week, the campaign held a fundraiser for American expatriates in Shanghai, raking in large sums from those benefiting from the sort of personal and professional investment overseas that President Barack Obama has cast as unpatriotic in a recent attack ad against Romney.

    It is not the first time the Obama campaign has raised money overseas. In 2008, the campaign held similar events in Shanghai (photo above). Earlier this month, it raised money on July 4th in Paris, and though the new Obama attack ad uses a Swiss flag to denounce Romney’s foreign investments, the Obama campaign is bringing Hollywood superstar George Clooney to Switzerland next month for a huge fundraising event.

    The overseas contributions are legal, as long as they are made by American citizens. But the Obama campaign had to return a number of overseas contributions from non-citizens in the 2008 cycle, and it has been accused once again of being too lax in preventing such contributions in 2012. Regardless, the hypocrisy of attacking Romney for investment abroad, then raising money from those working and investing abroad, is glaring.

  64. moononpluto
    July 15th, 2012 at 9:24 am

    moon thanks for that link, I wish I was as confident as you that the Barry thug won’t steal yet another election. I can say this much if Romney wins, I will be opening up and starting another business, or buy mine back again and start expanding it.
    With another Barry Otrud term, nope, not happening.

  65. You can’t make this shit up……………….

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3445_162-57472476/obama-not-enough-change-in-first-term/

    Obama: Not enough change in first term

    President Obama won’t be caught criticizing Mitt Romney for arguing that his administration hasn’t pulled the economy far enough out of the hole it was in four years ago, the president told CBS News in an exclusive interview, “because if I was in his shoes, I’d be making the same argument.”

    Sitting down recently with Charlie Rose in the Blue Room of the White House, Mr. Obama and first lady Michelle Obama reflected on lessons learned during their first term, one of the biggest being, “In this office, everything takes a little longer than you’d like,” the president said.

    “I think it’s important to know we did an awful lot in the first four years,” Mr. Obama told Rose when asked why he was seeking reelection. “But when I think about the next four years, what’s undone?”

    The president argued that another term would help congeal policies he’s put in place to make sure the middle class is “strong and growing,” and said, “The question right now for the American people is, which vision – mine or Mr. Romney’s – is most likely to deliver for those folks?”

    Rose asked about the current campaign compared to the 2008 race in which Mr. Obama ran on “hope,” “change,” and “Yes, we can.” “What happened to that? Because that’s not the narrative today,” said Rose.

    “Well, it’s funny, you know? I just came back from a bus tour in Ohio. And we’re now starting to get in the campaign swing. And I tell people, ‘This campaign’s still about hope.’ If somebody asks me, it’s still about change.”

    But the president said what has frustrated him most since coming to office is “not the hard work. It’s not the, you know, enormity of the decisions. It’s not the pace. It is that I haven’t been able to change the atmosphere here in Washington to reflect the decency and common sense of ordinary people – Democrats, Republicans, and independents – who I think just want to see their leadership solve problems. And, you know, there’s enough blame to go around for that.”

    “And do you blame yourself for that?” asked Rose.

    “Well, I think there is no doubt that I underestimated the degree to which in this town politics trumps problem-solving,” Mr. Obama replied.

    Mrs. Obama, though, said she marvels at her husband’s steadiness, both on the job and as a family man. “He shows us in the way he looks at me and the girls, when he comes home at 6:30, that there’s nothing more important than being there with us,” she said.

    “I think this place magnifies the good parts and the bad parts of you,” the first lady continued. “And I have just been so proud to watch him maneuver through some pretty interesting waters, and to retain himself.”

    Likewise, the president said he relies on Mrs. Obama – a fixture on the campaign trail and policy promoter of health initiatives in America – now more than ever.

    “I am happily surprised,” he said, “at how I think this experience has strengthened, rather than diminished our marriage.”

    ………………………….

    What a crock of shit, we know what your change entails and it was not for the better. $ more years of that change and there wont be anything left.

  66. Most journalists today seem to be of the thinking that Romney’s final four VP picks are: Portman, Pawlenty, Ryan and Jindal.

    That is what i am hearing from everywhere.

    I’ll knock Jindal and Pawlenty off right now, not gonna be those 2, Pawlenty brings nothing at all to the ticket, cant even carry Minn, Jindal nope brings nothing either, no states can he bring…its Portman or Ryan.

  67. Obama seems to be admitting, he screwed up his first four years…..sounds damn pitiful actually.

  68. Romney’s campaign has been stuck in reactive mode for a while. Many said they have to get out of it but they have not. They need a moment like the debate between Hillary and Obama (I think in SC) where he tried to tie her to Walmart corporate lawyer type and she lambasted him as palling with Rezko when she was trying to do honest work and the media gasped. Romney needs a dramatic moment like that and needs to keep that going. But he has no help from the media — he did the Solyndra thing in front of their building but that is all but forgotten.

    The hardest part for me in the last few days is how Obama is getting away with his thuggery — like his Roanoke speech where he is openly mocking Romney — “we don’t want a pioneer in outsourcing.” Romney might say something clever, nasty, or whatever but the media will never make a big deal of it. But they will accentuate and build on Obama’s propaganda how Romney is not responding well and they will use our own nervous expectations to further build on that Romney’s campaign is floundering. Well, whatever. Romney should try all the same. And the first thing to do is to get rid of those ads where the audio is only of Obama’s. That is pretty stupid.

  69. O has never been held accountable for what he says. He is use to telling people what he wants, and the masses accepting it as gospel. Otherwise, we would have really seen a certified BC, and his college transcripts. DOES AMERICA NOT GET IT, OBAMA THINK HE IS NOT ACCOUNTABLE AND DOES NOT HAVE TO DO ANYTHING BUT TALK!!!!!

  70. moononpluto
    July 15th, 2012 at 9:46 am

    You can’t make this shit up……………….
    —————–

    Maybe their Hollywood cronies are writing their lines for the composite characters they are playing.

  71. What is holding back Romney is perhaps his own unfavorability rating. Obama in spite of all that we know is still holding his own which gives him the gumption to do the thuggery and get away with it. For instance, he goes on CBS and says to Rose sounding like a very reasonable man that he would do the same, criticizing his record if he were in Romney’s shoes. Ignorant voter on the street can’t but appreciate Obama’s grace (eye roll). Obama has done this kind of good that masks the bad all along. He also readily lies and is very dishonest. Like Hillary said it is hard to pin him down to any one thing. Romney’s campaign is experiencing all of this but they need to show up. Romney may be afraid if he goes too negative it may backfire with the voters in the middle because of his own unfavorability. He and his campaign are too cautious.

  72. Obama in spite of all that we know is still holding his own which gives him the gumption to do the thuggery and get away with it.

    Well, I will rephrase this. We don’t really know his true unfavorable ratings with all the media screwing around with the polls. But for the guy or gal on the street, he is still favorable.

    This all makes me scream at the big media. Speaking of which what are the righty media doing? Where are they?

  73. Re: Mrs. Smith
    July 15th, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Amen!!!!!!!!!!

    The incumbent is not incompetent; he is dyed in the wool as a thug and I might say a lawn jockey for the Chicago way. Wake up America, our children deserve better; how can you look into the innocent eyes of my littlest three and six year old and answer their question: WHY did you let my country and my future be destroyed?

  74. Re: NewMexicoFan
    July 15th, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Way back yonder in 2007, I designed a graphic of the incumbent’s Flip Flops using flip flops (the shoes); the flip flop for the left foot on the graphic stood for his pro stance for each item on almost everything and the flip flop for the right foot stood for his stance against each item on almost everything. The graphic stated that he could NEVER be wrong because he was on both sides of EVERY issue. That is what needs to be called out; and the ignorati BELIEVE him because they cherry pick what they WANT to hear. He continues to this day and NO ONE calls him out on it…………..Romney, go HARD or go HOME!!!!!

  75. Re: NewMexicoFan
    July 15th, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Way back yonder in 2007, I designed a graphic of the incumbent’s Flip Flops using flip flops (the shoes); the flip flop for the left foot on the graphic stood for his pro stance for each item on almost everything and the flip flop for the right foot stood for his stance against each item on almost everything. The graphic stated that he could NEVER be wrong because he was on both sides of EVERY issue. That is what needs to be called out; and the ignorati BELIEVE him because they cherry pick what they WANT to hear. He continues to this day and NO ONE calls him out on it…………..Romney, go HARD or go HOME!!!!!

  76. OMG, Admin, I only clicked send once………..maybe the quirks think my point is extra potent, huh?

  77. Hero worship for Romney can only go so far. Unless we see a drastic turnaround, he’s dead in the water if he allows Obama to upend him without putting up a fight that headlines admit he’s up for the challenge. The same few of us were put down when we complained the Clinton campaign was way off track by not going negative when they should have been going head to head with Obama. I won’t just sit quietly by watching our country slip through our fingers when there are other options. Now if this story is all he’s got… It’s just not good enough!
    _______________

    Romney Signals To Obama – Wanna Play Tough Little Man?

    Following Barack Obama’s false allegations regarding Mitt Romney’s time at Bain Capital, the GOP contender pushes back via an all-media blitz this past Friday giving a strong and clear indication to the Obama team that this will not be a McCain campaign redux for Barack Obama. Mitt Romney hits back – HARD.

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

  78. moononpluto
    July 15th, 2012 at 9:46 am
    You can’t make this shit up……………….

    The president said, “The question right now for the American people is, which vision – mine or Mr. Romney’s – is most likely to deliver for those folks?”

    —————————————————————-

    we must get rid of this POS if only to never hear his condescending use of the word “folks” ever again!

  79. Get Trump in there, get newt in there, get Sununu, Christie in there

    Pawlenty, Jindal ain’t going to cut it, this is a political thug we’re dealing with and he’s getting cornered, the entire American media is OTurd’s campaign, every damn one of them, ABC, NBC, SeeBS, PBS, NYT, WashPost, CNN, and idiots like CNN like Wolfy have the audacity to say Fox vetted OTurd in 2008, well Wolf, where the hell were you and CNN in 2008??? Oh yea, kissing Barry’s feet and asking his campaign how can we at CNN help you win?

    I so fu*king sick of this! This is my nieces, nephews future at stake!

  80. I am still fuming about the “you didn’t get there on your own” speech. Maybe that applies to him, but he has insulted millions and millions of Americans – like me – who believe in the work ethic.

    That big eared Kenyan bastard never held a real job in his life. He wouldn’t know how to mow a lawn by himself!

    He makes me sick. Really sick. I feel my blood boiling!

  81. well the hell are the sane dems, are they going to go over the cliff with this PO$?

    The man is like a parasite, he took over the DNC and undemocratic party, and his marxist anti-american cockroaches-minions are everywhere! He’ll use up the name of the dem party, throw it away once he’s done with it, just like he’s done with every other entity or person.

    And he’s doing the same to this country. Using it up for his own damn power, what does he care what state America’s left in once he’s done destroying it?

  82. If I understand the Obama campaign, the secret to the 2012 jobs slowdown is located in Mitt Romney’s 2009 tax returns. Amazing.

  83. If anyone has a strong stomach this early in the morning, here is the PO$ with his Poor little me routine. Charlie Rose, what a joke. Obot Rose can’t even ask a simple question, “Mr. OTurd, if the economy was this bad in 2009, why did you pass a massive tax OTurdCare, why did you enact and pass all these laws that hurt & hindered businesses, that like putting a 100 lb weight on a man who just broke both his legs, and then you’re surprised that he can’t run, let alone walk normally?”


  84. Althouse has a thread going about this week was where capitalism versus socialism dialog was introduced. I left this comment on her thread:

    “..Obama channeling Elizabeth Warren but in a clumsy way. He can’t even plagiarize competently. As to your question about what should happen going forward, Romney needs to grow his whatever to deal with the onslaught of Chicago thuggery. He needs to channel a Hillary and grow testicular fortitude.”

    Remember this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ3NiOemzRY

  85. I see that the great Larry Sabato who in my book ranks one step below the great Charlie Cook in terms of being a day late and a dollar short on his progonses, decrees that (gasp) it will be a close election. Thank you Larry, you partisan, for repeating the big media narrative. Given your unimpeachable credentials, we can safely treat the issue as settled. Settled that it until Romney begins to pull ahead of the fraud, even in your polls, and at that point, Larry, you can decree with equal finality, it will not be a close election. And Charlie Cook will beat you to that conclusion by three minutes. Oh by the way Larry, they have a sale on weeje boards Larry. Pick one up or two or ten when you get a chance. The sale will not last, and neither will your opinion.

  86. I don’t understand why Romney has to show all of his tax returns, when O does not have to produce a certified BC, or his college transcripts. Apparently there are a different set of rules for O (less transparency), then anyone else. How do they get away with that.

  87. Krauthammer echoes the concern many of us have that Romney is not being tough enough. This will be more of a stuggle for Mitt than most people realize, because he has never in his life really had to do it. Can he do it? I believe he can, but he has to evolve. On the one hand, we must allow him to be himself, viz let Reagan by Reagan. On the other hand, he cannot take solace in the polls which suggest the needle is not moving as these attacks continue. There is such a thing as The Big Lie, Hitler was its exponent, and there is much about Obama and his camp followers that is reminicent of Hitler. I think Karauthammers prognosis has it about right. And Admin’s advice, which echoes Admiral Halsey at the Battle of the Coral Sea attack, attack, attack. Obama has given him several broadsides. Time to launch the torpedoes–one right after another. He should be hitting the high C’s over the dismantaling of the welfare agreement reached by Bill and Newt. This is not merely lawless, as Sir Charles opines. It is RECKLESS given the fragile state of the economy. From inextinguishable debt, to wrecking our health care system, to lauching unnecessary wars while leading from behind, to creating jobs in other countries with our tax dollars, to dividing this nation by race, age and gender Obama is 100% committed to destroying this country. Not 99%–100%. And as this happens where pray tell is big media? Vetting Romney. I will say it again. The biggest problem this country has, the problem that is destroying it right before our eyes, is not these temporary occupants of the White House, as Mac Arthur so aptly put it, but the permanent institution of big media–NBC.CNN, ABC, NYT, WashPo. That is the cancerous tumor which must be excised to save the body politic. The rest of it we can deal with.

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

  88. Yes. I listened to King. Did you? First, he told us that various witnesses testified that Romney had left Bain in 1999 and had no continuing involvement in subsequent decisions including the one that involved outsourcing, he comes right back and tells us that Romney’s name appeared on the legal document for two additional years, and THAT IS THE POINT OF CONTENTION. What King does not say is that is a bogus issue, and the only reason his name remained on those documents was because it takes time to unwind complex parterships, and the real issue here is whether he outsourced jobs and that depends on whether he was still in a management role at the time. In other words, he fails to show us that this is a RED HERRING, but instead treats it as a point upon which reasonable minds can differ. Partisan minds can differ on it, but partisan minds are not necessarily reasonable minds. In fact, what CNN has done here is excused the lie. See what I mean? It is subtle, but it is undeniable.

  89. This is what CNN and the rest of big media does. They press the attacks against conservatives, and they neutralize the attacks against Obama, by blurring the distinction. The form of the argument is, two men are alike because neither one of them is named John.

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  91. ShortTermer
    July 15th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Thank you. I called Romney’s camp also, the number they have posted on his website, and told them, there are millions of dem, ex-dems, conservative ex-dems that want that PO$ evicted in nomvember, I told them, I’ll never be a republican, but I will vote for every republican, conservative that has a spine to fight against that thug in the WH.
    Told them they need to stop being cowards, use every single voter, romeny dems, independents, etc, and get advise from dems/ex-dems who will will campaign, vote for romeny and to read this site, and noquarter, they have good stuff too.
    And this site I told them has all the info of OTurd’s thuggery since 2007, and to use it! USE IT! Please Romney’s camp USE IT!

  92. Question: how can those working for the Republicans in this MOST IMPORTANT of all elections because it is the LAST CHANCE to change the deconstruction of our country access important topics or articles with research on Obama on this site? I see the ‘search’ button, but if you do not know the correct keywords, how could you access anything really important?

    Please post suggestions. Thanks.

  93. Thanks for all you do, Tim….and all that each and everyone of us do daily and have since at least 2007 if not before. An even bigger thank you to Admin.

  94. Get Trump in there, get newt in there, get Sununu, Christie in there
    ————————
    Get Patton, not Skinny Wainright. A general who is aggressive, is always on the attack and spits in the eye of big media. Obama’s target rich environment is made for someone like that. For Godsake not Condi. Ryan, Chrisy or Rubio.

    Politics at this level is a form of war. Obama is the enemy and big media is his sniper.

    War is the realm of danger, therefore courage is the soldiers first requirement. Courage is the indifference to danger and a willingness to do that which is right. Whether by habit, constitution, or a conscious decision to hold his own life cheap, fro the greater cause. Romey bought to nomination. But now that he has it, he has assumed a duty to save this country which is similar to the one Washington assumed when he resigned his commission in the British Army and consented to lead the Continental Army. Let us hope Mitt realizes fully the grave responsiblity he has assumed, and commits to it through ever fiber in his being. The best evidence that he does, would be a scorched earth attack on Obama. Let us have none of this ‘gentlemen do not read other people’s mail’ meme that the British secret service was famous for in WWI. Attack, attack, attack and every day he is not attacking is a wasted day.

  95. ShortTermer
    July 15th, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    That is a very good point, they never paid attention in the undemocratic primaries, so they would not remember all the hypocrasy, crap that was done to Hillary, and then Mccain in the general.

    So, this may require a 2 prong help against attacks on romney et al. Whenver OTurd does his ling hypocracy, we remember the lies Barry told, so then we can look it up and post it for the repubs/conservatives to use. They would never know since they probably didn’t pay attention. so its up to people who remember all the details of OTurd’s thuggery since 2007 to post info for Romney et al’s camp.
    Like this post by admin is perfect, he/she lays out the timeline of how Barry the liar says one thing, is on tape saying something else, and then is on another clip with a media lying for them.
    we basically will have to show them clips, articles, etc to counter everything from Barry the OTurd.

  96. “Althouse has a thread going about this week was where capitalism versus socialism dialog was introduced.”
    *******
    I’m still going with the hypothesis that today’s politics is all “street theater”. Capitalism vs socialism in today’s political/economic environment is pure bullshit. How is “too big to fail”, pervasive financial fraud, massive govt bailouts related to capitalism and job creation? The “media” is controlled by mega-corps that have no interest in informing but only in manipulation. Investigative journalism is dead. Follow the money and asking the question of who benefits gives a very different picture than the sound bites from the media/politicians.

    What happened to the money that was “lost” in the mortgage/investment/derivative scams? What happened to the money that was “lost’ by banks and Wall Street from “bad” investments. That money went somewhere and I guarantee that it wasn’t burned in a dumpster. What happened to the “stim” money that wasn’t pissed away in “tax cuts”? There is Pulitzer for the reporter who follows the “food stamp, SNAP” money, unfortunately USDA won’t release the data and it goes on and on.

    The economics are going to get a lot worse and I only see political vultures trying to get their share from a dying economy.

  97. Our former Presidents would be rolling in their grave seeing what has become of their office under that cretin.

  98. President Obama’s campaign website simply won’t stop with the accusations of criminal activity by Mitt Romney. This morning, Grant Fuller posted a long post about Romney’s “tax havens.” Once again, Fuller quoted the Obama-coordinated Vanity Fair hit piece on Romney’s foreign accounts. No mention of Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s. And then Fuller goes for the jugular:

    Is any of this actually illegal?

    It appears not, but it’s impossible to know for sure because Romney refuses to release enough information to let people make their own judgments.

    The implication is certainly slanderous. Last time I checked, the IRS decides whether someone has violated tax law, not the general public. If the IRS has not prosecuted Romney, there is a presumption of innocence – particularly in the absence of any countervening evidence. But Obama needs no evidence. He just needs innuendo.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/07/15/Campaign-website-Romney-tax-criminal

    ………………………….

    The Romney deranged syndrome is in full swing, they are so scred of Romney its palpitable.

  99. SHV:

    http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/four-reasons-to-be-even-less-optimistic-about-the-global-financial-system-than-you-were-last-month

    pretty much outline what you stated, its not just a lie here or there, the system is rotting from the inside out, we all see it and the people in “charge” are fine with it. A middle class anarchy is coming to America, people who are productive yet are not the big corp that gains advantage from big govt or people part of the a big govt are part of the problem.

    People lost their own money from MFGlobal, anyone convicted? Nope, why? Johnny Corzine is part of the OTurd gang. If it was a small regional bank who did this, people would be in jail.

    The people who make the rules, well those rules don’t apply to themselves, it only applies to the subjects/people; the ones who aren’t connected to power/in power.

  100. Obama Campaign: ‘Impossible to Know’ If Romney Violated Tax Law:

    On that score, we could say

    “Its impossible to tell if Obama is actually from this country as he damn well hiding everything”

    “its impossible to tell if Obama went to college, as no one seems to be able to find his records or transcripts”

    “its impossible to tell if Obama shagged with Larry Sinclair as he wont give any information”…

    we can all play that game.

  101. maybe they need to start calling Romney a rapist too, why not? Go all the way Oturd and stephanie cutter with your smears of romney.

    Stalin would be proud of you, Mr. OTurd, Cutter, Axelhole.

  102. perfect!

    “Obama Campaign: ‘Impossible to Know’ If Romney Violated Tax Law:

    On that score, we could say

    “Its impossible to tell if Obama is actually from this country as he damn well hiding everything”

    “its impossible to tell if Obama went to college, as no one seems to be able to find his records or transcripts”

    “its impossible to tell if Obama shagged with Larry Sinclair as he wont give any information”…

    we can all play that game.”

  103. Its impossible to tell if OTurd and his missus lost their law license because they were caught in something unsavory, but he won’t give any information why they lost their law license.

  104. my guess, they are going everything possible to attention away from the economy, with a complicit and compliant MSM its not hard, EVERY american media source is in the tank for OTurd,

    of course try as they might by the end of summer all hell is going break lose.

  105. There is a movie called Away All Boat, starring the late Jeff Chandler. He is a four striper who won the Navy Cross at Guadacanal for keeping his tin can (i.e. destroyer)firing even as it sunk below the waterline. In one scene, he orders a first class petty officer to shoot an m-1 rifle at a Japanese mine to clear the shipping lane. The commander of another American vessel radios him to stop firing and maintain radio silence. He checks the service date of that commander, determines that he is junior, and gets on the horn and tells him you aint seen nothing yet. Whereupon the petty officer finally hits the sensor on the mine and it explodes. Later, he reminisces about the other commander, and he says all he knows is the book.

    This example is relevant to what we are seeing now. All that Obama really knows is the book. That book was written in Chicago, and it works in a system where every judge, every alderman, and everyone in goverment is on the take. And that is just about how bad it is–throughout Cook Country. But that book was not written for the nation as a whole, and notwithstanding the vast powers of the presidency, there are strong pockets of resistance. For example, Chicago has not had a Republican Mayor since 1932, and they are the political equivalent of Sodom and Gamorra.

    Consequently, the application of Chicago Rules to this election, given Obama’s abysmal track record, is not a surefire formula for success. On the contrary, it is more likely to backfire. The only thing which keeps it alive is the consistent support from big media. They are the enemy within.

  106. wonder if we have Hillary’s debate video where she says to Obot Brian Williams or maybe Tim Russert, if they would like to offer Barry a pillow…. romney camp to use that to the effect….

    Barry always has an excuse, ALWAYS.

  107. Why are these dems whining about Citizen United? Unions can give more too, money from both sides has been unleashed as a principles of freedom of speech.

    And I find it what a load of crock that they go after the Kock brothers, George Soros, the US Consitution hating coward that he is, uses all these 501c organizations, contributes to them to take out and go after conservatives like Colonel West, YET, there are people like Shelton Alden? who are openly giving money to SuperPacs, they don’t hide behind shadowy organizations, they don’t pretend like they aren’t giving money, like soros who pretend to keep their hands clean.

  108. SHV
    July 15th, 2012 at 12:55 pm
    —————————
    What you are saying is undeniably true. That is why I wondered about your reaction to Unger. The problems here are not merely political, they are structural, and they are driven by declining productivity, the temptations of fiat money, bubbles, unrealistic military doctrine, and corporate control over our system. Wolin is clear on this as well. And I am quite sure the elites understand this, which is why we see both parties enhancing the powers of the security state at the expense of the constitutional rights of the American People. Meanwhile, the ACLU wiles away its time on comparatively trivial issues, which tells me that they have not moved far beyond their roots which were with Lenin’s friend Roger Baldwin.

  109. some of the comments:

    “It takes a village of idiots to raise an idiot to the level of POTUS. We have passed the tipping point, time for the producers to go on strike.”

  110. There’s a great line of attack ads for Romneys campaign and Obama opened the door……

    “its impossible to tell if President Obama (fill in the blank)

    and there is a million blanks we could get in there.

    Get a twitter hash going………..ridicule him.

  111. SHV
    July 15th, 2012 at 12:55 pm
    ————-

    Althouse is referring to the street theater and not to really any substantive exposition of the pros and cons of capitalism versus socialism. I think she is referring to Obama’s speech channeling Elizabeth Warren that people like Romney built their successful businesses on the tax payer and government’s back and that is bad and evil. In his retort Romney should show what a true and productive partnership between govt and businesses looks like, how the public and the private should ideally work together for the larger good. There is plenty to show what not to do with Obama’s past 4 years. Making govt the bad guy per se will not work because it is easy for Obama to trick people into thinking that govt is the good and caring guy.

  112. MR is no longer with Bain but here’s an interesting list of some of the companies affiliated with the group.

    AMC Entertainment,
    Aspen Education Group,
    Brookstone,
    Burger King,
    Burlington Coat Factory,
    Clear Channel Communications,
    Domino’s Pizza,
    DoubleClick,
    Dunkin’ Donuts,
    D&M Holdings,
    Guitar Center,
    Hospital Corporation of America (HCA),
    Sealy,
    The Sports Authority,
    Staples,
    Toys “R” Us,
    Warner Music Group
    The Weather Channel.

  113. Interesting that OTurd uses the Internet in his rather inarticulate and stupidly put argument, yet, the first place he cuts is…… US Military R&D, which through DARPA, etc does much of the basic techonology cutting edge research.

  114. During the primary of 2008, I and many Hillary supporters sent every Republican we could find in Congress and the conservative news media all the caucus fraud research by Lanette Long, all the lies, corruption and abuse by Barry. Not just one time, for months.

    Did the republican’s care or use any of it?
    No.

    Hannity even has mentioned on his show several times how much information he received from Hillary supporters, but he also decided not to pass it on. But at least Hannity did try to vet Obama more than most of the media, I will give him that.

  115. tim
    July 15th, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Interesting that OTurd uses the Internet in his rather inarticulate and stupidly put argument, yet, the first place he cuts is…… US Military R&D, which through DARPA, etc does much of the basic techonology cutting edge research.
    ———————–

    See, this is an argument that Romney could successfully make. I think he needs to put out a vision of what an ideal public and private partnership looks like. That should be his argument that they can work together and must together for the greater good and nail Obama with ‘Compassionate Capitalism’.

  116. Shadowfax
    July 15th, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Also, Hannity was one of the few people on TV, him and even Ann Coutler, who I cannot stand, defended Hillary against Air America’s Randi Rhoades, who called Hillary a “white Wh*re”. Hannity has never been vile, unlike the entire MSDNC lineup, Keith “take hillary back to the woodshed” O’lbernut.

  117. at least this time we dont have to deal with Russert or Olbermann, oh dear how sad never mind.

  118. tim
    July 15th, 2012 at 1:27 pm
    oh boy… Zerohedge is beyond pissed. Check out the comments. Pissed is probably an understatement. “Who is John Gault” indeed.

    If we are going to fight a war to save this country and want people who will fight then I want these people at zero hedge in my foxhole and, of course, all of you who have stuck with this fight longer than the other side ever would have imagined. They thought we would all just fall in line after Hillary suspended her campaign. Remember? We won– so all you erstwhile Hillary supporters, go to the back of the bus, they told us. Well . . . (as Reagan used to say) . . not likely (as John Wayne used to say).

  119. Paul Ryan seems to be ramping up on tweets defending Romney.

    Ryan : We face a choice of 2 futures: stay on President’s path of debt & decline, or renew American idea & restore prosperity

  120. Now, perhaps, you will understand why I have never had any use for Ed Gilespie. Why would he even speculate about a parttime position? Why? What is the matter with him? Has he learned nothing during his years in campaigns? In baseball they have designated hitters. I think Romney needs to settle on one or two designated hitters who stay on point, rather than engaging in all this free thinking. As for the public, polls indicate this is not sticking, even though the NYT was telling us weeks ago that they were, thus hoping to spread that narrative to all newspapers around the country and backfill into it through phony polls. So far it has not worked. But we must always remember the bottom line here when it comes to the American People: they were dumb enough to elect Obama, ergo anything is possible, especially when you have big media in your corner, trumpeting bad things about Romeny with the same cadences they once used on weapons of mass destruction to push this country into a war which they later turned around and condemned. Again, the American People have only one permanent enemy in the world and that is big media. Yes, I know, it sounds like a bit of hyperbole, but if you knew the half of what they are up to, then you would not think so.
    ————————————————————————————————–

    Left declares “meme” victory in #retroactive comments by Gillespie

    Posted by Anne Sorock Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 1:11pm

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    This morning on Face the Nation, Ed Gillespie commented that Romney “retired retroactively” from Bain Capital after questions about exactly what year the candidate retired have come to light. Romney left Bain to rescue the beleagured Salt Lake City Olympics, detailed in his book “Turnaround.” [Full disclosure: I copyedited the book].

    Huffington Post:

    Gillespie said Romney may have been listed as “part-time” after 1999, but that he had no role in the firm’s day-to-day affairs, a point the campaign has attempted to make repeatedly in order to separate him from Bain’s activity related to outsourcing during that period. Romney has said he left the company completely in 1999 when he started working to plan the 2002 Winter Olympics.

    “There may have been a thought at the time that [Romney’s Bain work] could be part-time. It was not part-time. The Olympics was in a shambles,” Gillespie told Candy Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

    “He took a leave of absence and in fact, Candy, ended up not going back at all and retired retroactively to February 1999 as a result,” Gillespie said.

    In response, the Left has seized on the comment to breathe new life into their attacks on Romney’s time in the private sector. Daily Kos put up a headline that it was the “best new meme” and on twitter the hashtag “retroactively” is being used to contrast the Gillespie news byte with the Obama #Forward slogan.

    Jeremy Jewitt@jeremyjewitt

    This election is a choice between #Forward and #Retroactively.

    15 Jul 12 Reply
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    Obama’s team clearly feels that a “meme” victory is achieved by contrasting somewhat empty slogans rather than talking about the economy. As they seek out their own “attack watch” twitter victory, the “meme” victory has yet to be embraced by the voting public. As they continue to salivate over the one-word memes, we’re left with remembering that Romney was busy in the private sector creating value for our economy as Obama studied under the tutelage of Saul Alinskyites.

  121. “There is a movie called Away All Boat, starring the late Jeff Chandler.”
    *******
    Jeebus…that brings back memories. I saw that when it was first released. That was at the end of the “Golden Age” of movies when you dressed up to go the the theater and the theaters were constructed like opera halls. Jeff Chandler disappeared from the movie scene a few years later, I had forgotten that he died at age 42 from a fucked up back operation.

  122. Gop Govs said the same i said…..Don’t let Obama lead you down the rabbit hole and set the debate.

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/07/republican-governors-message-to-mitt-romney-dont-let-obama-drag-you-down-the-rabbit-hole/

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Fresh off his win in Wisconsin’s divisive recall election, GOP Gov. Scott Walker was full of advice for Mitt Romney.

    “We had significant swing votes — independents, even some discerning Democrats voting for me because they like someone who was willing to take on the tough issues facing our state,” Walker said. “I think those same sorts of voters are voters that Governor Romney at least has a shot with.”

    But Walker, who was among the dozens of governors who gathered at this weekend’s National Governors Association Conference in central Virginia, warned that a win in his Midwestern battleground would not be a slam dunk for Romney.

    “Coming into Wisconsin, coming into Iowa, coming into other states like that, for him to do well the ‘R’ next to his name has to stand more than just for ‘Republican’ — it has to stand for reformer,” Walker said, adding: “If people view him as a reformer, willing to take on both the economic and fiscal crisis our nation faces, I think voters in swing states like Wisconsin will listen.”

    When asked why voters in his state do not already view Romney as a reformer, Walker told reporters: “I think they don’t see a lot right now. I think they need to see more of him.”

    “They’d also like to hear what he’s going to do to tackle the fiscal crisis our country’s facing,” the Wisconsin Republican said. “The more times he comes to Wisconsin, the more times he comes to swing states like ours and lays that message out the better off we’ll be.”

    Walker was one of several Republican governors who dispensed advice for his party’s presidential standard-bearer this weekend. He encouraged Romney to “be most aggressive about” pointing out that President Obama “doesn’t have a record to run on.”

    “If I’m Governor Romney,” Walker said, “I keep coming back to saying, ‘Mr. President, defend your record and lay out what you’re going to do for the future’ and keep coming back to what I think most people want to hear which is what are you going to do?”

    But after a week when the vitriol of the presidential race spiked as both sides accused the other of peddling lies and distortions, another swing-state governor, Virginia’s Bob McDonnell, cautioned Romney not to let the Obama campaign set the terms of the debate.

    “Mitt Romney can’t — he’s not going to — respond to every single lame attack that the Obama administration makes,” McDonnell said in interview with ABC News. “If he starts to run down every rabbit hole the Obama administration wants to take him, we’re going to be off the message.”

    McDonnell, whose state is likely to see some of the most intense trench warfare of the campaign, predicted that “voters are going to vote — especially the independents – -they’re going to vote on jobs, on spending, on energy and leadership.”

    In May, McDonnell conceded that Obama’s team had a better campaign infrastructure in place in Virginia than Romney.

    “The ground game’s not there yet,” McDonnell said in an editorial board meeting with the Washington Examiner.

    Two months later, McDonnell, who runs a state that then candidate Barack Obama won by about six percentage points four years ago, said he’s seen a vast improvement.

    “We’re there,” McDonnell said of the Romney campaign’s organization in Virginia. “Mitt Romney’s personally made a commitment to come to Virginia on multiple occasions. You’ve seen him here on regular occasions. We’ve got great surrogates that are out there speaking for him, so we will not be outmatched on the ground or on the air.”

    But in the part of the state where this weekend’s gathering of governors took place, television ads from both sides were already blanketing the airwaves. In new ads, the Obama campaign has been turning up the volume on their attacks on Romney’s record at Bain Capital as well as his offshore investments.

    “All these attacks by the president and his campaign really, I think, speak volumes to the lack of leadership on the part of Obama,” Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said in an interview. ”I guess that is what I find amazing.”

    In his state — another important battleground — Branstad said the Romney campaign was “doing really well considering the fact that Obama carried Iowa by a pretty substantial margin last time. The polls show they’re basically dead even.”

    But at least one Republican governor expressed concern that Romney needed to do more to avoid the “distractions” caused by his opponent’s calls for him to release additional years of his tax returns.

    In comments that drew instant attention, Gov. Robert Bentley, R-Ala., said on Saturday that Romney would be wise to “get them out and just get past that.”

    “They’re doing everything they can to hurt Governor Romney and tax returns will be one of those things,” Bentley told ABC News. “So the best thing to do is just get everything out in the open and just say, ‘hey I have nothing to hide and I’m going to release my tax returns.’”

    Branstad disagreed: “You’ll never quiet those people that are attacking,” he said.

    So did Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who has emerged as one of country’s most controversial governors for her advocacy of the state’s tough immigration law.

    “I think this is just a distraction that the Obama campaign is throwing out there,” she said. “I think Governor Romney has proven his worth. He is honest and he is upright and he has been successful.”

    Gov. Mary Fallin, R-Okla., also dismissed this week’s attacks from the Obama campaign as “negative petty stuff” and advised Romney to offer voters “reassurance that he’s got the leadership talent” to be the next president.

    “Campaigns can be very negative and ugly,” Fallin said in an interview with ABC News, and the key for Romney, she said, is “keeping focused on the main thing and that is families, their pocketbooks, economic issues.”

    ………………………………

    In other words be careful what you respond to because they are designed to draw you in and wrap a rope around your neck, thats what Obama is trying to do.

  123. Give Gilsepee the vaudeville hook. Anything the hard left can use to muddy the water they will use. Period. This includes Ed running his mouth like a fool. He is a throw back to W. Why is he part of the Romney campaign? Why?

  124. The source of the cancer that infests big media is to be found, not in the maunderings of bootlickers like Bend Over Brian Williams, or George Step and Fetch It, or Carnival Barker Wvulf. It is to be found in their board rooms. That is where the perverse decisions are being made that corrupt the social software and blind the American People to what is really happening in this country. The boardrooms are ground zero.

  125. moon.. excellent post.

    My wife said something similar, its like throwing up sand, and having to answer every single grain. Its not possible… Romney needs to keep the focus on the main item… the fiscal tsunamai heading our way, the sand the OTurd is kicking up…. let the man-child play with his sandcastles, repubs better get their act together and focus the people on that fiscal tsunamai that can be clearly seen thru all the sand the Oturd is kicking up.

  126. I wish people like ed gillepise etc, stay in the background, runs things, but do NOT be the voice for romney, get people like walker, ryan, rubio, sununu, christie, mcdonneld, haley, rick scott, jindal, newt, heck even Mr. Turd Blossom Rove, etc.

    The rest of the old political hands are not understanding that the american media is not an impartial entity and needs to be treated that way, and people have figured this out, even if the old political hands like Gillepse have not. I never did understand why Bush never fought back, it was probably because of people like Ed Gillespe.

  127. Michael Goodwin often gets it right in the NY Post and this one is a pithy argument showing graphically what we are up against. With the results of the last few years staring us in the face
    Mitt has to beat Obunga’s brains out with his own scabrous record. No more Mr Nice Guy or Mitt will end up in the dumpster the same way that all of Barky’s previous election opponents have — all of them pummeled to pieces by every dirty trick in the book, and then some.

    O’s scary ‘story’

    By MICHAEL GOODWIN

    A Former editor of The New York Times once damned his boss, publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., with faint praise. “I’ll say this about Arthur,” said Max Frankel, “he’ll never make the same mistake three times.”
    If only we could enjoy such modest confidence in Barack Obama. Instead, we are faced with a president determined to make the same mistake repeatedly, no matter how much pain it causes American families.
    As such, Obama would seem to meet the classic definition of insanity — doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Or perhaps he’s actually indifferent to the results, seeing them as a price others must pay for his agenda.
    Neither diagnosis offers much hope for change.
    The spark for these thoughts was Obama’s interview with CBS News, where he “confesses” that his biggest mistake was a failure to communicate, or, as he puts it, “to tell a story to the American people.”
    “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.”
    Obama, as is his wont, has reality backward. His problem with voters isn’t what he did or didn’t say. The problem is what he actually did.
    Voters don’t like it. In Madison Avenue terms, it’s not the fault of the advertising that the dog food’s not selling. It’s that the dogs don’t like the dog food.
    Obama has trotted out the communication excuse before, and it makes no more sense this time. Most important, his minor concession to imperfection reveals he is unwilling or unable to grasp the facts of the economic crisis and his responsibility to fix it.
    So we get navel gazing that would be considered indulgent even in the faculty lounge. In the Oval Office, with 23 million Americans out of work or underemployed, it constitutes evidence of malpractice on a grand scale.
    Worst of all, his ignorance is willful. Starting with key gubernatorial races in 2009, every major election since he took office has repudiated Obama’s policies. The GOP landslide in 2010 was historic in size, as was the sweep in statehouses across the country.
    Every poll for three years has shown that ObamaCare is unpopular, and that remains true even after it passed constitutional muster.
    He sued the state of Arizona for enforcing laws against illegal immigrants, and, after the Supreme Court upheld the state’s key claim, more than 60 percent of voters nationwide said they wanted a law like that in their state. Similarly, voter-ID laws are popular, yet he is suing to block them.
    By any yardstick, Obama’s on the losing side of almost every major domestic issue. The vast majority of Americans simply don’t want what he’s selling.
    In the president’s messianic view, all this opposition proves his unique wisdom. His political philosophy can best be summed up as, “I’m right and you’re wrong.” When he says his only mistake was in not convincing people he’s right, he has declared disagreement to be ignorance.
    In certain circumstances, of course, political leadership can mean bucking popularity. But the privilege comes with a requirement: Defiance of public will must be proved correct. Your policies must, in reasonable time, achieve results the public demands.
    When they fail — think 8.2 percent unemployment for more than three years amid rising debt and deficits — a true leader accepts the need to try a different course. Only a zealot, blinded by ideology or indifference, would insist on more of the same.
    A story, Mr. President? What could it possibly say?

  128. Give Gilsepee the vaudeville hook. Anything the hard left can use to muddy the water they will use. Period. This includes Ed running his mouth like a fool. He is a throw back to W. Why is he part of the Romney campaign? Why?
    ————————
    I will answer my own question. He is there because he is part of the Bush establishment, which is a huge player in the Republican Party. The story I was told was that Poppy granted Romney his full support on a condition subsequent, that condition being that Romney select either his son Jebediah (the Pillsbury dough boy), or Condi Rice (whose stint at State was crowned with no conspicuous successes, other than high boots and short skirts to distract the Mullahs from their 24-7 exercise in Jihad). I hope that story is not true, but I have no doubt it was true at the time. Meanwhile, Poppy decries the part of the Republican platform that says no tax increases. He would. However, it was not the need to raise taxes that hung him out to dry, rather it was the fact that he had used the Reagan expression read my lips no new taxes. He thought his money and power were such that he could break that promise with impunity. He was wrong. He is not a bona fide Texan. He is part of the east coast power elite that made its fortune on Wall Street in the decades following the civil war, and were tied in with Brown Brothers Harriman in the bananna wars prior to world war II, which cause the former Commandant of the Marine Corps who was also a holder of the Congressional Medal of Honor to call him out. But the worst of the whole clan is the battle axe Barabara Bush who was an east coast debutante (reminicent of the Cole Porter line “rum ridden debutramps nearly come to”) grown fat, controlling and condescending toward anyone who does not bear the Bush name. In her time, the Battle Axe has condesended toward Sarah, the black people who lost everything they owned in Katrina, and to the American People. She is worse than Michelle, who sent me a nice card which arrived yesterday asking me whether I am in. No Michelle. I am not in-sane. Not yet anyway.

  129. Smedley Butler, USMC called out Brown Brothers and the other New York Banks in his famous war is a racket speech:

    “I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.[13]”

  130. so check out this piece of Shit….
    Does not take responsibility for ANYTHING, blames Bush for everything, blamed Hillary for everything in 2008, and now has the gall to say, “the buck stops here” for Romney. My God, this man truly is a gutter arrogant piece of $hit!

    Here is the SeeBS interview with the PO$

    http://bcove.me/qk557n2i

  131. Majority of Illegal immigrant households collecting welfare

    Judicial Watch via WZ

    Surprise, surprise; Census Bureau data reveals that most U.S. families headed by illegal immigrants use taxpayer-funded welfare programs on behalf of their American-born anchor babies.Even before the recession, immigrant households with children used welfare programs at consistently higher rates than natives, according to the extensive census data collected and analyzed by a nonpartisanWashington D.C. group dedicated to researching legal and illegal immigration in the U.S. The results, published this month in a lengthy report, are hardly surprising.

    Basically, the majority of households across the country benefitting from publicly-funded welfare programs are headed by immigrants, both legal and illegal. States where immigrant households with children have the highest welfare use rates are Arizona (62%), Texas, California and New York with 61% each and Pennsylvania (59%).The study focused on eight major welfare programs that cost the government $517 billion the year they were examined.

    They include Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for the disabled, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), a nutritional program known as Women, Infants and Children (WIC), food stamps, free/reduced school lunch, public housing and health insurance for the poor (Medicaid). Food assistance and Medicaid are the programs most commonly used by illegal immigrants, mainly on behalf of their American-born children who get automatic citizenship.

    On the other hand, legal immigrant households take advantage of every available welfare program, according to the study, which attributes it to low education level and resulting low income. The highest rate of welfare recipients come from the Dominican Republic (82%), Mexico and Guatemala (75%) and Ecuador (70%), according to the report, which says welfare use tends to be high for both new arrivals and established residents.

  132. SHV, Wbboei, fun facts about Jeff Chandler:

    He founded the recording company Chandler Music after a good recording run with Liberty Records. He was Jewish and attended the very famous Erasmus High School in New York which graduated several other stars such as Barbra Streisand. He was 6′ 4″ tall. He offered Sammy Davis Jr. an eye if Davis lost both, not just one, of his eyes. Esther Williams almost married Chandler but in her autobiography claimed that Chandler was a cross dresser – Williams advised Chandler not to wear polka dot dresses because they would not work with his physique. Chandler did get married and fathered children. Both his daughters also died of cancer as did many in Chandler’s family.

  133. About the MR campaign.

    He has a lot of work to do but he strikes me as a systematic guy who marches to the beat of his own drum. Remember how he came out of left field swinging against NG and RS? Took everyone by surprise. He got down and dirty and nasty and blew those two out of the water. But he did it on his terms, when he was ready.

    I think he’s saving the big stuff for after the convention and even with my political addiction even I have tuned out.

    It’s July, Nothing’s going to happen until late August. If I feel like that I would bet most non-politico junkies aren’t paying the slightest attention to the hysterical media’s lie of the week.

    Plus the Bain stuff is so complicated and the story makes zero sense either through the lens of the POS or from MR. Once again, the POS “fails” to tell a compelling story to the REAL people, not just the bozos on the Sunday talk shows.

    IMHO.

    And since viewer support for TV news is down to 21% I doubt many are getting their news from those sources anyway.

    Just my 2 cents.

  134. basil, you may be right, normally I know I never paid attention until about sept or so, the only reason in 2008 I paid attention was because of Hillary, in 2004, I hardly paid attention.
    Not sure what’s even on TV, I watch Fox for commentary, so get most my stories online.
    This is wearing me down, just the pure disgust of it all. Its like we’re living in a bizarro world, we know it, and others don’t and its stunning that they dont.

  135. on that note, good afternoon everyone, I’m going to go work in my yard, cannot take all this lying in this high and constant levels.

  136. I was at a small party last evening and one of the people there, whom I knew from before, was a top notch hospital administrator who was hired to save a rural hospital in eastern part of our state, 2 hours away from the nearest medical facility. This guy is a former green beret. This is an agricultural region, and many of the people who come into the hospital for help cannot pay. Their employers grow rich off their labor but do not provide medical insurance for them. Four out of ten people he sees cannot pay. His hospital is going broke and will have to close. His first problem is funding. And then, that part of our state will be without medical coverage. I asked him what he would do to change the current system. He said without hesitation, single payer. He said the two biggest things that need to be improved are access (to all) and quality (whereas now, hospitals push quantity). I asked him whether supply vs demand was not part of the problem. He said in one sense it is–there are too few general practitioners. He said it is a function of economics. He said that doctors make maybe $125-150 year after expenses. He said malpractice insurance can cost almost that much–which is why many have left the profession. And, if they are young doctors, they have huge educational loans to pay back. In short, the system is broken. Of course, there were other guests who took strong issue with his points, and offered those great Hennie Youngman one liners like goverment takeovers are great just look at the post office. But these people, brilliant though they may or may not be, have never seen the inside of an operating room, or faced the kind of issues the medical community does today. This is one of so many things Hillary got right. It is a great tragedy for the American People that the elites took the nomination away from her.

  137. I forgot to mention something I told the hospital administrator referred to above. The host of the party was a former union leader who was sent down to Delaney California in the early 1960s to help Caesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers. Caesar was a celebrity type and the hard work was done by his female assistant Dolores Huerta. My friend marvelled at her ability and commitment. Later, the Hollywood Producter David Selznik (Gone With The Wind)gave Caesar a big ranch as a gift and from that point on he left the union movement and became a Spanish grandee. Dolores however stayed with the union movement and was instrumental in passing legislation to end the hated Brazos program which imported cheap labor from Mexico and when they were injured on the job instead of getting medical treatment they were put on busses and returned to Mexico. When I was on the campaign trail in Texas, I tried to catch up with Dolores, to convey the best wishes from my friend the union boss. We never made contact. However she was everywhere in the state campaigning for Hillary. She is one of the best organizers the union movement ever had.

  138. tim
    July 15th, 2012 at 4:12 pm
    ——————–
    Tim, Bobby Jones was the great American Golfer of the 1920s just before Walter Hagen. Jones was an attorney and an amateur–he never turned pro. He built the Masters Golf Course in Augusta. I have played the course where he won the US Open–Merion oustside Philadelphia on the twelth hole, match play. Jones or his biographer, Herbert Warren Wind, once described golfers as the dogless victims of inexorable fate. Obama fits that description, save the fact that he is not exactly dogless. The barking emanating from his stomach puts a lie to that lie.

  139. ADMIN IF YOU CAN SHOW THE PICTURE FROM THIS WEBSITE HERE, PLEASE POST!

    YOU MUST SEE BASIL99’s POST from July 14 at 7:36 p.m.

    I’m reposting it for her/him (?) because the SHIT is going to hit the fan when this comes out Friday. I thought it was a hoax magazine cover but when I went to Bloomberg Businessweek I saw the cover in the bottom right hand corner with a line that said LDS Lucre. I think it is disgusting and I wrote to Bloomberg Businessweek and told them so. I told them it was disgusting, vile, and beneath contempt.

    Here is the post again:

    http://crayfisher.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/mormon-derangement-syndrome/

    Mormon Derangement Syndrome Begins in earnest.

    Check this Bloomberg News Magazine cover due out Friday.

  140. Yes, moononpluto, it is for real.

    Here’s the reaction from Salt Lake City.

    (Thanks, yheitman, for reposting.)

    Magazine cover angers Mormons
    Religion » Illustration for LDS finances story is called “offensive” and “sophomoric.”

    By peggy fletcher stack

    | The Salt Lake Tribune
    First Published Jul 12 2012 03:39 pm • Last Updated Jul 12 2012 05:54 pm

    In this case, a picture may be worth a thousand slurs.

    Bloomberg Businessweek’s cover illustration for a story about LDS Church finances is setting off Mormons even before it hits newsstands Friday.
    Photos

    This magazine cover is drawing fire from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members.

    The illustration, playing off an iconic LDS image, depicts John the Baptist — with his hands on the heads of Mormon founder Joseph Smith and his assistant, Oliver Cowdery — saying, “And thou shalt build a shopping mall, own stock in Burger King and open a Polynesian theme park in Hawaii that shall be largely exempt from the frustrations of tax … ”

    Another bubble quote has Smith responding, “Hallelujah.”

    The illustration is meant to highlight a probing article about Mormon business ventures titled “How the Mormons Make Money,” written by Caroline Winter.

    The cover is in “such poor taste it is difficult to even find the words to comment on it,” LDS Church spokesman Michael Purdy wrote Thursday in an email. ” … The article misses the mark and the cover is obviously meant to be offensive to many, including millions of Latter-day Saints.”

    Even Daymon Smith, a source quoted in the piece, popped off about the illustration.

    “The Bloomberg cover is just absurd and insulting,” wrote Smith, a Mormon anthropologist. “It undermines the quality of Winter’s article and gives the whole thing the appearance of some sophomoric, homemade evangelical broadside.”

    When asked if the magazine was getting angry reactions to the cover, Bloomberg Businessweek spokeswoman Patti Straus, told The Salt Lake Tribune: “The story speaks for itself.”

    pstack@sltrib.com

  141. “Hennie Youngman one liners like goverment takeovers are great just look at the post office. But these people, brilliant though they may or may not be, have never seen the inside of an operating room, or faced the kind of issues the medical community does today. This is one of so many things Hillary got right. It is a great tragedy for the American People that the elites took the nomination away from her.”
    ******
    2008 was the time for starting the change in medical care delivery. Despite the call for change, there wasn’t a critical mass of people who were negatively affected by the current system. Over the next 5-10 years, as the employer based medical “insurance” system dies, tens of millions of people who now smugly talk about “socialized” medicine will have their come to Jesus time.

  142. For all you Texans out there, and those with a Texas heart here is the text from a graphic that featured a photo of Sam Elliot:

    Sam Elliot’s Take on Slow Government Response

    While hiking down around the border this morning, I saw a Muslim Extremist fall into the Rio Grande River. He was struggling to stay afloat because of all the guns and bombs he was carrying. Along with him was a Mexican who was also struggling to stay afloat because of the large backpack of drugs that was strapped to his back. If they didn’t get help, they’d surely drown. Being a responsible Texan and abiding by the law to help those in distress, I informed the El Paso County Sherrif’s Office and Homeland Security.

    It is now 4pm, both have drowned , and neither authority has responded. I’m starting to think I wasted two stamps.

  143. Are other churches wealthy? Do other churches invest their money? Does the Vatican invest?
    Do the mosques require tithes and if so do they invest their money?

  144. Re: BASIL99
    July 15th, 2012 at 4:42 pm and yheitman
    July 15th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    If THIS does not light Americans’ hair on fire, then nothing will. But we knew it was coming; I hope that Romney hits them back HARD! As an only girl growing up with four brothers, I learned through experience that I could bring them to their knees by first kicking them in the shin when they manhandled me, and if that did not work guess where they got kicked next? Romney, it is time to kick them in the you-know-whats.

  145. ShortTermer
    July 15th, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Yep, I just wrote them a scathing letter, I actually subscribe to Bloomberg Businessweek, this is a biggoted attack, and I told them that, that they are racists and bigots for this, and then put in a notice to cancel my subsciption.

    if anyone wants to write them feedback.. under “category” pick “publications”

    http://www.bloomberg.com/feedback

  146. BASIL99
    July 15th, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Rice and Romney

    ————
    Sounds like a cheap Asian mean in a box where you just add hot water.

  147. pm317
    July 15th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    thanks, I agree its a very good rebuttal, I’m pass that link onto to romney’s camp.

  148. That woman works harder than any of the other idiots, including the idiot in chief, and is treated like crap. Where the hell is Barry? oh yea, golfing. Can’t be bothered with Egypt, or anywhere else.

  149. Shadowfax,

    Scroll upthread and see the clip admin posted of the Leno skit.

    Rice-A-Roni (Rics-and-Romney)

    The San Francisco Treat.

    admin
    July 15th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

  150. Rice and Romney, sounds like cheapo 80’s disco duet one hit wonder.

    Thats always the thing with ticket names, you dont often get names that sound wrong on the ticket.

    The name has to fit together.

    Clinton/Gore Bush/Cheney, Obama/Biden, Bush Quayle.

    Thats why i said Romney/Portman is a no but Romney/Ryan, Romney/Rubio, classic fit. It usually has to fit right.

  151. More on Romney and Bain from CNN (somewhat fair but listen to the ending about where Obama is planning to take this.. disgusting) {via NQ}..I think Bain people should stand up to these attacks to help Romney and to help themselves.


  152. ShortTermer
    July 15th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    For all you Texans out there, and those with a Texas heart here is the text from a graphic that featured a photo of Sam Elliot:

    Sam Elliot’s Take on Slow Government Response

    While hiking down around the border this morning, I saw a Muslim Extremist fall into the Rio Grande River. He was struggling to stay afloat because of all the guns and bombs he was carrying. Along with him was a Mexican who was also struggling to stay afloat because of the large backpack of drugs that was strapped to his back. If they didn’t get help, they’d surely drown. Being a responsible Texan and abiding by the law to help those in distress, I informed the El Paso County Sherrif’s Office and Homeland Security.

    It is now 4pm, both have drowned , and neither authority has responded. I’m starting to think I wasted two stamps.
    _____________

    hahaha!

    Where did you find that hilarious piece? I am forever a Sam Elliot fan. The joke is so reflective of his own persona… and you know, ding dang well, that joke will be fired off within 5 min after this posting…

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

    will any reporter if there are any left actually call out Barry and his thugs? Nope, they’re too busy getting him a pillow.

    “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.”

  154. Basil99 you make some good points about the Romney campaign. Romney is a by the book guy who knows that right now the priority for him is raising money. That’s why Romney is only doing 1 or even less appearances a day. Romney is busy raising money for post Labor Day.

    Obama has been spending a great deal of his campaign funds in early summer when not many pay attention to politics and still he is barely ahead or even (sometimes behind) Romney. Republicans do run their presidential campaigns geared to the conventions which is when they come out guns blasting. Remember even John McCain came out of his convention ahead of Obama and stayed there for 4 weeks until the financial meltdown tore him down.

    We are loathe to join in with critics of the Romney campaign who are too quick to panic and always ignore the big picture for the day to day minutiae. Our point was that Obama is attacking Romney at his strong point and Romney should respond by, not being defensive on Bain, but rather by attacking Obama at his alleged strong point – “likeability”.

    Ads that simply say “Many people think Obama is “nice”. But Obama does this and this and this. Obama is not nice, he’s nasty.” would cause a ruckus for sure but the message would sink in real quick and the Obama people would have to pull back on negative ads.

    If Obama did not stop his negative attacks every time they air those ads people would remember the Romney “nasty” ad and start thinking of Obama as “nasty”. For this to happen Romney’s campaign or the SuperPacs have to plant the seed.

    It’s not time to panic for Romney. But Obama is trying to define Romney and Romney should turn the tables and define Obama instead.

  155. off topic, this is quite sad frankly, looking at the state of the place. Absolutely heartbreaking pictures of the current of what was once a beautiful area and city.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2173761/Tragic-portrait-city-decline-The-desolate-ruins-Gary-Indiana-reveal-decaying-heart-Americas-proud-industrial-centre.html

    Once the centre of the country’s booming steel industry and known as the City of the Century, Gary, Indiana now lies in ruins as a sad example of American industrial decline.

    Founded in 1906 by the US Steel Corporation, Gary’s heyday was in the post-war boom of the 1950s when almost 200,000 people lived and worked in the bustling city, 25 miles from Chicago.

    As the American manufacturing sector contracted, Gary’s population fell by over 50 percent and no one now uses the once bustling train stations, churches and auditoriums that are now decaying as they are left to the elements.

    The decay has been captured by photographer David Tribby in stunning photos.

    video at link

  156. My husband thinks all these Obama Bain attacks are fair game in politics and Romney instead of explaining and whining should hit Obama with Rezko and everything else — there is no dearth of material there.

  157. Obama spending on attack ads soars
    Published July 14, 2012
    Associated Press

    President Barack Obama’s campaign has spent nearly $100 million on television commercials in selected battleground states so far, unleashing a sustained early barrage designed to create lasting, negative impressions of Republican Mitt Romney before he and his allies ramp up for the fall
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    Wooooooowwww. Incoming mail. Crash boom bang. Find me the nearest air raid shelter quit. Beautiful buildings, the cultural legacy of western civilization, reduced to rubble. Give me that white flag! Oh . . . it was just a movie? It was just my magic thinking? It was just Associated Press whose CEO tells his peers at conferences that he is . . . mad about the boy–excuse me Tapper, I know that is the one word that sends you into a hissy fit . . .

    But about Colonel Prescott.

    Who?

    Goddamn it Colonel Prescott, Continental Army, Bunker Hill: “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes”.

    Obama: my mistake, I thought you said whites, as in white people.

  158. Admin, thats exactly what i was saying earlier, get the ridicule twitter hashes out, the sarky ads, it will piss Obama off to no end.

    I personally think Romney is giving Obama enough rope to hang himself with and then the whallop will come.

    Its like the barbarians charging and the general on the other side, going “hold it, hold it, just a little bit more, 5 more seconds, ok fire”.

  159. I don’t know, Admin. There are a lot of nervous nellies out there. I just listened to Caddell and his sidekick, forget his name who were disparaging Romney for being tough.

  160. Romney’s tough, one thing people should consider and ask yourself, do you honestly think Mitt Romney made it all the way to be a republican gov in the ultra dem state of Mass and multimillionaire many many times over and turned around various companies and projects by not being one tough son of a bitch who knew when and where to fight and fight dirty and rip opponents to shreds.

    If anyone thinks Romney is going to be a pushover, then they are not very bright.

    Romney has been planning this campaign for years, we may not know what his plan is but rest assured, Romney has chess pieces placed very far ahead we have not comprehended yet.

  161. Obama has been spending a great deal of his campaign funds
    ———————-
    Correct: the inside story among Republicans about Obama relates to exactly that. BURN RATE. Getting the enemy to waste ammunition on a distant point, gives you his position, allows you to plan a counter attack and exhausts his resources. It is still early. Big ad buys by the Republicans are coming. And every penny will be spent.

    My dad’s ship, the USS Enterprise missed the attack on Pearl Harbor by one day. As they sailed into Pearl on December 8, Halsey stood on the bridge agast at what he saw–the bodies, the smoldering fires, the last remains of our battleship fleet. Finally, he muttered to a subordinant: before this thing is over, the Japanese language will be spoken only in hell. At that moment, he had no knowledge of what Robert Oppenheimer and his people would be doing out at Los Alamos two years later, or what would happen to Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the summer of 1945, but he had that feeling, that sense, that coup d eil (inner eye which sees through the fog of war) which Napoleon ascribed to all great military commanders that there would come a time when that the challenge would be answered with finality.

    Let us hope that Mitt possesses both the fighting spirit of Halsey (Navy’s version of Patton) and the inner eye which Napoleon spoke of.

  162. Romney’s tough, one thing people should consider and ask yourself, do you honestly think Mitt Romney made it all the way to be a republican gov in the ultra dem state of Mass and multimillionaire many many times over and turned around various companies and projects by not being one tough son of a bitch who knew when and where to fight and fight dirty and rip opponents to shreds.

    If anyone thinks Romney is going to be a pushover, then they are not very bright.

    Romney has been planning this campaign for years, we may not know what his plan is but rest assured, Romney has chess pieces placed very far ahead we have not comprehended yet
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    Moon–you are the best, but I need to push back just a little on that. I will spare you the hours I have spent with a dear friend who has deep insight into people–deeper than I will ever have, and the endless hours spent discussing Romney’s profile with her. Similarly, I will ignore the insights of Krauthammer, Murdock, and others who say this the quality most needed at this point is leadership, mangement skill can come later. And as far as his business success is concerned, his instincts are good, and he because of his family connections he has always had the wind at his back in financial dealings. And, he won the primary, and became a more potent force. However, he had the media on his side and he outspent Gingrich by a factor of maybe 15 to 1. In other words, he is up against the battle of his life. Now, with all that said, and unlike my friend, I firmly believe he will rise to the challenge. I think he is listening. There was a point in the campaign where Hillary shook off the earlier losses, regained her momentum, ignored the NYT headline which said Skies Darkening for Clinton and proclaimed “I have found my voice!” I think Mitt will have that moment too. He is not there yet. This is not a foregone conclusion. Evolution is an iffy thing. It is not just Obama, it is also the media, the culture, and many other factors. But it is doable.

  163. wbboei, I knew someone who was assigned to the Arizona at Pearl Harbor; he was no onboard at the moment of attack. He was committed to the state mental facility because of the damage done by syphilis; when asked about the incident he stated that he was on shore, with the wrong kind of woman. I presume the one that would effectively end his life.

    Mrs. Smith, it was posted on my FB community.You should have seen the photo of Elliot, he had that sh!t eating grin that I love so much.

  164. One factor that has not been mentioned…..the Convention date for the RNC is very late in the game. Romney has lived a charmed life without many headwinds (except maybe family health problems) and has not needed to ‘fight’ at least not like the fight that the thugs and scumbags in the Dimocratic party will administer lavishly; attack, attack early, attack often. Fight like Forrest….unless of course you really do not want to win. With the convention coming so late; there may not be time to counter much, especially if there is a delay time in responses or miscues in responses. I was most unhappy with the response by the Romney team on the ObamaTAXcare not being a TAX!

  165. The other day, one of the media commentators used the chess game analogy, and it does have merit. War, politics, sporting events, lawsuits, virtually every competitive endeavor requires sound strategy, and what is chess but a game of strategy. But there are important differences as well. Politics is also a game of momentum, it is dynamic and it involves risk. At a purely abstract level, Romney may already have everything that is needed to win this war. . . a strong mind, not a brilliant one, a mind that is capable of taking all the information which comes to him at on a given day and putting it into its proper place so it can inform his judgement, a mind that is not too elated by good news, or too depressed by bad news. But like any commander he also needs to show that he is tough. His enemy needs to know it, and so do his officers and men. He needs to take one of Obama’s lies, shove it up Obama’s ass and break it off, just for effect. He needs to take Obama down in such a way that big media cannot spin. It must be decisive. That is a charater attribute, and I hope he finds it somewhere not too far down in his bag of tricks. Our friend at Legal Insurrection put it well. If Romney’s strong suit is his business background and Obama is trying to turn that from a positive into a negative, then Romney needs to realize that likeability is Obama’s strong suit is his perceived likeability, then Romney needs to show Obama for what he really is–a devious, conniving dead soul who is interested only in power, and is willing to destroy everyone and everthing in his path to have it. In short, he must show the world that Obama is a sociopath without calling him that, and let the world draw that conclusion.

  166. Here is the video I asked the Republicans to view; I find it inexplicable that there have only been a little over 17 thousand views.Why?


  167. “It’s not time to panic for Romney. But Obama is trying to define Romney and Romney should turn the tables and define Obama instead.”

    Agree completely, admin. I just think MR still has time to do that. Not much, mind you, but I don’t think all is lost, yet.

    Of course I write from the perspective of one who has not been steeped in political strategy and tactics and comments only as an observer and a citizen who does pay attention to these things.

    I also think MR might have to replace some of his advisers. They are simply not aggressive enough and I agree with wbboei that Gillespie bombed on the talk shows today.

    I agree that Rove or Newt or someone with that fie in the belly should be advising MR.

    Having said that I still don’t feel there’s an inevitability about the election, yet. I think MR had a lousy week but held up fairly well despite the relentless incoming fired at him by the media and the BO campaign. He withstood the NAACP convention, dignity intact, and did NOT turn the other cheek about the Bain lies, addressing the issue in a blitz of interviews on Friday.

    Let’s face it, all guns are aimed at him as they were at HRC in 2008 when the media selected BO as their candidate and trashed her every chance they had.

    MR is still standing. And, unlike HRC, he isn’t faced with his own party throwing him under the bus.

    IMHO, of course.

  168. why don’t these idiot repubs realise the american press is part of the OTurd campaign?? Anything they say will be used against Romney.

    AL’s gov Bentley says something innocent, and AP(you know the same that just LOVESSS OTurd) twists it around to go after Romney.


  169. Shadowfax,

    The clip admin posted was from the Jay Leno Show. It was a takeoff of the old Rice-a-roni commercial complete with the jingle with words changed to Rice And Romney and their pictures on a San Francisco Trolley.

    Funny.

  170. but to his credit the AL gov immediately issued a statement after Barry’s AP wrote such a misleading statement. After listening to the AP CEO praise OTurd a few weeks back, I wonder if the AP still thinks people see them as an “impartial” news wire agency, which they are clearly NOT.

  171. wbboei, I knew someone who was assigned to the Arizona at Pearl Harbor; he was no onboard at the moment of attack. He was committed to the state mental facility because of the damage done by syphilis; when asked about the incident he stated that he was on shore, with the wrong kind of woman. I presume the one that would effectively end his life.
    —————————–
    That is an interesting story shortermer. It would have appealed to James Jones and I rather suspect he would have found a place for it in his fine book From Here to Eternity.

    Also, it reminds me of the verses of the sixteenth century poet, dramatist and competitor to Bill Shakespeare, Ben Johnson. There is even speculation that he wrote some of Shakespeare’s stuff. I would trouble Messiah Obama for an answer since I have been assured by Brian Williams that his is a Messiah, and therefore all knowing. But word has it that the Messiah is otherwise detained, hacking his way around his 102 round of golf since the day he flubbed his innaguration. Most people failed to understand in the moment, that that screw up was only the beginning.

    Though I am young, and cannot tell
    Either what Death or Love is well,
    Yet I have heard they both bear darts,
    And both do aim at human hearts.
    And then again, I have been told
    Love wounds with heat, as Death with cold;
    So that I fear they do but bring
    Extremes to touch, and mean one thing

  172. Re: wbboei
    July 15th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Funny, brings back memories. The high school principal in my little hometown would have an assembly at the beginning of every school year. He would choose one boy at randon or what seemed like at random. He would take him into a room off the auditorium stage. Oh, Lord, Mary, Joseph and Jesus the wailing that would come from that student from behind that door. He had NO discipline problems even with the young future criminals. Ever. He was beloved by the whole student body. They do not make them like him anymore. Of course it was a tactic to make an example out of one student for the entire incoming freshman class. He was using your example from above.

  173. tim
    July 15th, 2012 at 7:00 pm
    but to his credit the AL gov immediately issued a statement after Barry’s AP wrote such a misleading statement. After listening to the AP CEO praise OTurd a few weeks back

    ——————–
    I am glad someone else heard it. Otherwise people might think I just made it up. The word for that man is shameless.

  174. P.S. The whole beating the living daylights out of the student was all theatre; but that student volunteer was really a great actor.

  175. The POS is writing his own anti-BO ads with comments like this.

    (Barf Alert)

    This issue was discussed earlier today but here’s the full text of the POS once again insulting business owners. And his analogy about the internet – saying it was “invented by government so companies could make money from it???? Twilight Zone time.

    “There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. (Applause.)

    If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.

    The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires.

  176. Shortermer, I had a teacher like that. He was a black musician who claimed to have been a musician with Duke Ellington. I was never able to confirm this. I learned next to nothing in his class, but we all liked him for some reason. The school had disciplinary problems, and teachers were at liberty to deal with them as they best saw fit. In the bottom drawer of his steel case desk he kept an arsenal of paddles which were gifted to him by former students who made them in woodshop. The sadism was very ritualistic. When someone spoke out of turn, he would stare them down, smile and then say, my rules have been broken, I am not prepared to say who did it, but will the student in the second row first seat please come to the head of the class. The poor kid who moments ago thought he was smart stood there looking at everyone and waiting for the teacher. Whereupon the teacher, Mr Larkins ordered him to bend over and touch his toes. Then, Larkins would reach into the battery, pulled out a succession of these weapons, show them to the class, and guaged by the level of applause which one to use. Then he would ask the hapless victim whether he wanted two or one and a half, invariably the answer came back one and a half, so Larkins gave him fours swats and counted them out one- and- a -half. And the other students applauded and the victim returned to his seat red faced and laughing. All good cowboy fun. This ritual, practices on maybe 4 students on a slow day, 6 on a hectic one consumed most of the time spent in class. Not much was learned about music, and even less about Duke Ellington. What a shame. And to top it all off, Mr.Larkins was popular. It must have been an all boys class. I cannot recall any girl in that class. That is probably how he managed to get away with it until one day his aim was a little high, a student was injured, and shortly thereafter Mr. Larkins was history.

    If you spoke out of turn in his class, you would be invited up to the head of the class, ordered to bend over and he would give you a swat or two, followed by laughter and thunderous applause. Part of the ritual was the prelude. When he detected, or imagined that he detected a breack of decorum, he would spin around on his heels, stare at the offender (whom Obama’s people would be quick to call a felon), and curl his index

  177. “P.S. The whole beating the living daylights out of the student was all theatre; but that student volunteer was really a great actor.”
    ********
    One of my former professors had many “good stories about being interned in Germany, as a teenager, during WWII. The headmaster of his school was SS and the beatings weren’t faked.

  178. pm317
    July 15th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    oh boy, I was hoping Oturd would be stupid enough to use Newt’s repub primary words, now its going to pull Newt into this. Newt already pretty pissed over the gutting of welfare reform this friday by OTurd… now Newt’s going to pulled into this, and really, is that what Barry Soetero wants??
    Newt is not Romney, Newt is a bulldog like ST so astutely pointed out, and Newt loves a fight and he articultes so much sharply.

  179. Obama refuses to apologize for the Bain lies. CALL THEM LIES MITT, IF THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE. Do not ask the jury–in this case, the electorate to infer it, if you are unwilling to say it yourself. And tell Obama that when he ratifies a lie by his campaign, by refusing to retract it and apologize, after he is shown the truth, then it is not an out of control campaign anymore Mitt. That explanation will no longer suffice. Obama is now the source of that lie, and is, therefore, a liar. I am sure that a chastened and re-educated Corrie Booker is just fine with this, now that Obama has helped him understand the profound error of his ways. Re-education camps are the imprimatur of the hard left. There will be more of this if he can convince the ignorant American electorate to give him four more years.

  180. and really who is going to be influenced by Newt’s repub words, its not with Romney’s ad using Hillary’s primary words, not all of Hillary’s primary votes went to Soetero, so it made sense for Romney to use Hillary’s words from 2008. But ALL of Newt’s voters will back Romney.
    So, really who will this influence? Obots in their mommy’s basements??

  181. I know Hillary tried to make the transition with Murbarak with
    good intentions, but Obama forcing her to accelerate this
    so called democracy in Egypt has been a disaster. Unfortunstely,
    Obama has created a new Islamic threat in the region,along
    with the total chaos in Libya. Yet, we stand by while Assad butchers
    his people daily. Obama also has allowed Iran to go nuclear and
    his Middle East policy is fixated on destroying Israel with the help
    of many self hating Jews he surrounds himself with. The democratic
    party has also transformed into a very anti Israeli party , particularly
    among it’s African American members who forget it was the Jews
    who walked hand and hand with them during the civil rights movement.
    The media ‘s double standard o. Race, particularly bllack racism is
    appalling.

  182. Well, I just learned that Garafulo is back at it. She now claims that it would be racist not to re-elect Obama. On the other hand, it might be insane to listen to Garafulo. She is bucking for the Hanoi Jane award and little red book but the current holder of that book of Kell refuses to give it up.

  183. bwa-ha-ha-ha!

    I don’t know about everyone else but I thought that sounded like a pro-MR ad for the most part and I LIKED the clips of MR.

  184. jbstonesfan
    July 15th, 2012 at 7:49 pm
    ———————-
    Very true. I am tempted to say it is money. But the law of mega politics suggests otherwise. The power of the dollar is always hostage to the power of the gun. This is best illustrated by the story of the flea brained felon who let the owner of the store talk him into selling him the guns rather than proceeding with the robbery, and once he had transferred care custody and control of the weapon to the store owner, the gun was trained on him until the police arrived. The Great Reckoning.

  185. basil, it really wasn’t that anti-romney ad. it was so over the top, and it didn’t really make up sense. Maybe they’ll have their next anti-romney ad calling him a chicago thug.

    Or maybe Stephanie Cutter will say he used hairspray from another country, so Romney’s an outsourcer.

  186. I believe TexasDarlin posts here sometimes, right? I just went to her/his blog, I found this:

    LOL! go Romney!, Maybe moon is correct, and Romney is just defending himself enough to drain OTurd now, and then Romney will unleash everything after OTurd drained his money.

    so Romney plants Hillary supporters at Oturd’s rallies to shout: “”Hillary” LOL, I hope this was true! love this idea!!

    http://texasdarlin.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/romney-plants-should-shout-hillary-hillary-at-dem-events/

  187. ok… obviously I did NOT read that post correctly, it said Romney SHOULD have plants that should Hillary, hmmm, now that sounds like a very good idea, but I would bet OTurd really makes sure only his drone come to the rallies.

  188. Garafulo? Never heard of her, is she the one who called her aborted baby a “burrito”?

    ——————–
    No. Much worse. She is the female equivalent of Bill Maher. Dumber than owl shit.

  189. HEY ROMNEY CAMP…. you got an opening.. RIGHT HERE:

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/237955-cutter-romney-is-not-going-to-get-an-apology?utm_campaign=briefingroom&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitterfeed

    ““He’s not going to get an apology,” said Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter , who made the controversial comments, during an appearance on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday.

    Cutter said Romney should “stop whining” about the attacks from the Obama campaign which have targeted him over his work at private equity firm Bain Capital and his offshore financial holdings.

    “It’s interesting, just a few months ago in the Republican primary, Mitt Romney said to his opponents, who he was crushing at the time, ‘stop whining,’ she said. “And I think that’s a good message for the Romney campaign. Instead of whining about what the Obama campaign is saying, why don’t you just put the facts out there and let people decide, rather than trying to hide them.”

    I agree, OTurd should put facts out there….. about why unemployemnt is still over 8% (officially) and 15% unofficial, why keystone pipleine is still held up, why businesses refuse to hire? Why OTurd LIED about the penalty, which is now a tax….

    Romney camp, you got a HUGE opening here to use this to your advantage!!!

  190. pm317
    July 15th, 2012 at 7:35 pm
    well, well look who is whining now.. and he is using Newt.. Obama ad (via Althouse)
    ———————————-
    That is a pretty good ad–for Romney. It repeats the charges against Obama for which Obama has no valid defense. And to what end? To show that an apology is not owed? Question: which is more damaging to Obama. Having the charges that go directly to his bona fides repeated–or proving that he does not owe an apology. Obama’s campaign is Amateur Hour.

  191. But Obama does not see what the world sees in this. He is too thin skinned. All he sees is an attack and the demand for an apology. So he repeats the charges against him which resonate already so he can prove that he does not owe an apology. In his demented way, he is quite serious about this. Since messiahs like him are infallible, it is unthinkable that he would ever consent to apologize. But the world does not see it that way. Believe me. If I were one of his handlers, I would be tearing my hair out. His campaign is not out of control. It is under the control of a madman who cannot see the forest for the trees. It is like his approach to foreign policy. The United States is not a sovereign nation with a 230 year history. It is simply an extension of him, to do with as he pleases. Yes, I know we have been through all this–how being a sociopath affects his approach to the presidency. But it also affects his campaign and if you think it is ugly now, then you aint seen nothing yet.

  192. If you guys want a good laugh, try reading this:

    Romney really showed us something in his luridly self-congratulating N.A.A.C.P. gambit, followed by the awesomely disgusting “free stuff” post-mortem speech he delivered the next night in front of friendlier audiences. The twin appearances revealed the candidate to be not merely unlikable, and not merely a fatuous, unoriginal hack of a politician, but also a genuinely repugnant human being, a grasping corporate hypocrite with so little feel for how to get along with people that he has to dream up elaborate schemes just to try to pander to the mob.

    That was Matt Taibi in the ultra-liberal outfit Rolling Stone. How much more hyperbole can he pack in one paragraph? This ‘repugnant human being’ thing makes me laugh out loud — if you see Romney on TV do you come out thinking what a repugnant human being?

  193. pm317
    July 15th, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    LOL, awwww, but he forgot RACIST! he didn’t include that, Tabbi must be slipping, he always called Hillary a racist for daring to question his Messaih Barry.

    Take a special kind of stupid to live in Matt Taibbi’s head.

  194. I have never in my life seen a campaign that puts more back benchers out there as its spokesman. First, they give us Hilary Rosen, who claims that housewives have never worked a day in their lives, therefore they have no right to give advice or express their opionions on political matters. Next, they give us Ben Labolt who tells us that the Administration never argued to the Supreme Court that Obamacare was a tax, when the trascript proves that is a lie. And now they give us the mean spirited Stephanie Cutter who calls Romney a felon–with no hard proof, and when Romney demands an apology for what was a depraved statement, she calls that whining. Each of them deserve the vaudville hook, and yet Obama continues to put these wastes of protoplasm forward as his spokesmen–and liars. The inside story of this campaign, as it unravels, will be fascinating.

  195. This Stephanie Cutter lady, who is she? My wife, who is probably more left leaning that I am saw her on several shows, and made the comment to the effect, that this lady who would be the type of boss who would a very abusive and a vindictive boss or even abusive/vindictive co-worker, like the kind you would never leave your lunch alone with.

  196. a comment seen on another blog:

    Matt Taibbi is a product of private prep schools and a high-priced college “Bard”.

    And as an aside, Stephanie Cutter is from a wealthy family, a Smith-Vassar girl, a product of Georgetown Law. Where she no doubt smarted that she was an oppressed minority because she had to pay for birth control, like poor Sandra Fluke (who is also from a very wealthy family ou in California…Daddy is a Pelosi and Obama money bundler).
    Cuttert started out as a Dukakis girl volunteer and as a Teddy Kennedy flack. Had some real problems when she got out of control as deputy press secretary on the Kerry campaign. Described regular and angry that Kerry’s media people bungled so much in press affairs – as a “controlling Diva”, “aloof, entitled, abrasive, and truculent”….and “there is a short word that adequately summarizes my colleagues description of a female that is aloof, entitled, abrasive, and truculent”.

  197. same with Hilary Rosen, my wife was disgusted with her… these Obots are just giving off this very abusive, vindictive vibe.

    and the repubs are coming off as much nicer people, this isn’t like Tom Delay type repubs, who *cringe* just give off really bad vibes. Romney seems like a very nice man, good family, reliable. Ryan, Rubio, Ron Johnson, Niki Haley, Kelly Ayote, etc, there is none of this vindictive nasty vibe that Pelosi, Clyburn, OTurd, are giving off.

  198. A friend of mine had a run in with Matt Tabbi roughly 10 years ago. He falsely and libelously connected my friend to a capo in the Geneovese family who referred to my friend as the jew pig. Tabbi loves this kind of thing. As a result my friend lost major blocks of business in New York. I wanted to sue Tabbi, and his employer Rolling Stone. My friend wanted to put the whole issue behind him. He wanted my help introducing him to some people I knew who might have a need for his services. I declined the offer because so long as that libelous piece written by Tabbi remained in the public domain unrebutted, it would be assumed to be true even though it was categorically false. Tabbi is the one with a lurid imagination, and he is mentally unbalanced.

  199. pm317 🙂

    LOL, yea, my wife is very good at judging people, and I remember when she saw Cutter a few times, said something like, “I wouldn’t leave my lunch alone with this woman”.

    Wonder why the dems are using such openly nasty people are Obots, its like they don’t even care that people know they are nasty a$$holes. guess they know the entire American media establishment will cover and lie for them.

  200. “he is mentally unbalanced”

    Yep, he comes on Don Imus’s show sometimes and I’ve come to the same conclusion. I wonder why the military allowed him to come do an interview with them, doesn’t the Pentagon research the people who they allow in as “reporters”, Tabbi is not a reporter, he’s some leftist scum who’s made his hatred of the military so well known in past articles; so why the military let him come and smear the General, I forget his name– he had to resign?, I’ll never understand.

  201. Romney seems like a very nice man, good family man
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    I am sure he is. But that does raise the age old question: can good triumph over evil, or will evil prevail unless good decends to the same level. The question cannot be answered categorically, therefore it must proceed case by case. In Romney’s case, I think he can pull it off without decending to their level. Obama and his campaign are evil incarnate, and this will become evident over the course of time, provided Romney fights hard against them. In doing so, he would do well to remember that the fight against Obama is similar to the fight against the Nazis such that failure is not an option.

  202. If it were not for FOX, CNN would not question the Bain slander. Not a chance. The CNN board room and their parent company AOL are 100% in the Obama camp. But they are getting their ass kicked by FOX, therefore they must say something. However as I said above they went far enough to muddy the issue so it could not be used against Obama, but not far enough to establish his responsiblity for what occurred. Most people would not pick up on this, and that is their cover.

  203. Stephanie Cutter is from a wealthy family, a Smith-Vassar girl, a product of Georgetown Law. Where she no doubt smarted that she was an oppressed minority because she had to pay for birth control, like poor Sandra Fluke (who is also from a very wealthy family ou in California…Daddy is a Pelosi and Obama money bundler).
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    The rich and the poor have one thing in common. They do not thing the rules of society apply to them. This young cretin lacks mature judgement and is useful to Obama as a pawn. She thinks that she is important. She fails to understand that she is being used. If we have learned anything from this four year flight from reality, then surely we have learned that a law school education, even at an Ivy League school like Harvard, may provide great a great network to advance your career, but confers neither wisdom, or maturity, or common sense, or integrity.

  204. There are very few sites we can consider 100% anti-Obama sites besides His44, Ulsterman and Breitbart. BB being the newest of the three, I imagine have kept Romney’s campaign under closer scrutiny delving into the backstory we may not be aware of… This late night opinion is fresh off the press… The facts have been laid out- we shall see how Romney responds.. (from what I just read a few minutes ago.. Romney did an interview with Oprah today…)
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    Romney [or his surrogates] Needs to Confront His Accusers — and Save His Campaign

    Mitt Romney has no more than a few days to change the narrative of his campaign, or else he is going to lose. So he had better change that narrative–fast.

    That’s right; the decisions Romney makes in mid-July are going to determine whether or not he even has a shot to win this November. Forget the VP choice, forget the debates, forget the ad campaigns and get-out-the-vote, forget the economy–short of another 1929.

    In the mind of the public, Romney is being negatively and permanently defined right now, in a way that recalls how Dan Quayle was everlastingly defined in those first few days after Bush 41 picked him as his running mate in 1988. Quayle never recovered; the once-rising-Republican star failed to ever win another political campaign on his own.

    Today, the drip, drip, drip of disclosures is, to put it bluntly, killing Romney’s campaign.

    If this dripping continues, few Republicans are going to want to step up and defend their presumed leader, fearful that there’s another bombshell to come, leaving them looking like fools or dupes for defending Romney. In fact, the reality of Bain Capital investments–involving, as they did, public and private pension funds, with fiduciary responsibilities spelled out in $750-an-hour lawyerly detail–means that enormous paper trails exist in files all over the country, soon to come cascading into public view.

    As Stephanie Cutter, the Obama campaign’s “f-word”–“felony”–hit-woman, said in an unapologetic and triumphant appearance on “Face the Nation” earlier today, “The simple point is, if you’re telling the SEC you’re in charge but you’re telling the American people that you bear no responsibility, one of those things is not true.” That’s the narrative that the media–and at this rate, the country–is subscribing to.

    Meanwhile, Romney supporters are now reduced to too-clever-by-half formulations that recall the words of another president, Bill Clinton, who wished to hair-split the meaning of what the meaning of “is” is.

    Just this morning, good/bad soldier Ed Gillespie, for example, appeared on two networks, declaring that Romney had “retroactively retired” from Bain in 2002, not 1999.

    Is that the new Romney position? If so, about two million follow-up questions can be derived, the most of immediate of which is: if he “retroactively retired,” does that mean that Romney gave back all the money that he made during those years?

    It’s fair to say that the vast majority of MSM reporters have wanted Obama to win all along, but now any journalist is naturally curious as to what really happened at Bain during those three years, 1999-2002, as well as over the three-decade life of the company. Journos love to solve puzzles, and this a fun puzzle. To put it another way, reporters can shine their liberal bias through the prism of “full disclosure” and achieve the goal of clobbering Romney without looking like ideological crusaders.

    Is all this unfair to Romney? Are the media focusing on relatively small things, while ignoring big things? Sure. Leaving the reality of a lousy economy aside, or the prospect of a nuclear Iran–or any number of other policy concerns–we can easily see a horrendous double standard about “full disclosure.”

    Barack Obama has never owned up to his associations with such Illinois lowlifes as Reverend Wright, Bill Ayers, Tony Rezko, and Rod Blagojevich–and he has gotten away with it. In addition, has gotten away with stonewalling, or at least deflecting, the blame on “Fast and Furious,” “crony capitalism,” “green jobs,” and his rogue EPA. So let’s just say it: Obama is less deserving of re-election than any incumbent since Jimmy Carter. However, if present trends continue, the President will, in fact, win re-election.

    So what can Romney do? How to save his campaign? First off, the Romneyites need to stop trying to use second-tier advisers to speak for them, such as Gillespie and John Sununu–the latter having his own negatives piled up over a quarter-century in the public eye. Indeed, it’s too late for even first-tier Romney advisers–those guys in Boston we never see–to stop the bleeding.

    What’s needed now is for Romney himself to step up to the plate: he needs to hold a press conference to answer all the questions. Like Daniel entering the lions’ den, he needs to face his accusers–those who want to eat him alive. It will be his toughest presentation ever, but he has to do it.

    And it could work. There’s good precedent: immediately after Walter Mondale picked her as his running mate at the San Francisco Democratic convention of 1984, Geraldine Ferraro was attacked in the media for being part of a mobbed-up family. Soon there was serious speculation that she would be driven off the national ticket, as was Tom Eagleton in 1972.

    So what did Ferraro do? She took on her journalistic accusers in the only way possible–she answered their questions. On August 21, 1984, she held a press conference that lasted nearly two hours, in front of 200 reporters. She answered all the questions, even pushing back when reporters made themselves look like hyenas–which, of course, was often. And so, by using reporters as a foil, she made herself into the underdog, the wronged woman, the victim. She gained a sympathy vote, and survived on Mondale’s ticket.

    Did Ferraro really answer all the questions? No. In fact, the very next year, 1985, her husband pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining bank-loan financing. So, at minimum, there was at least some scandal-fire under that smoke. Indeed, the mob allegations damaged her so much that not only did she never seek the presidency in her own right–as veep nominees often do–but she also failed in two different efforts to win the Democratic nomination to the US Senate. Yet even so, three decades later, Ferraro’s 1984 presser is regarded as a classic piece of crisis-management.

    So this is what Romney needs to do–he needs to pull a Ferraro. And soon, as in the next few days.

    Romney needs to stand up, for as long as is necessary, and answer every question from his tormentors. Could the press conference last two hours? Five hours? Ten hours? Might they have to call it a night and start it up again the next morning? Maybe. Who knows–but it doesn’t matter. Romney would have to endure it. When reporters yell at him, as they would, he needs to stay calm, stick to his guns–and shoot back. Just as Ferraro did.

    And, over time, in the midst of this bizarro gladiatorial spectacle, folks watching would start to root for Romney–rich as he is, he would be the underdog in this fight. As with Ferraro, Romney wouldn’t have to answer every question to the satisfaction of his critics; instead, he would have to answer every question to the satisfaction of his supporters, and swing voters–together, if they are satisfied with his answers, they will be enough to give him victory in November.

    After all, the public admires a leader who can stand in the arena, bloodied but unbowed. As Kipling wrote, “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs… you’ll be a Man.”

    The questions, to be sure, will not just be about his 1999-2002 involvement with Bain, but also about outsourcing, his income taxes, the vision thing, you name it. Daunting? Sure. Necessary? You betcha.

    In the 2000 movie “Gladiator,” Russell Crowe, playing Maximus said, “At my signal, unleash hell.” That’s what will, indeed, be unleashed on Romney. But if Romney survives this media ordeal, if he survives the hellish questions, he will have proven something that he hasn’t yet proven–that he’s a tough man, bold enough to fight his way out of a trap, strong enough to be an effective president.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/07/15/romney-needs-to-confront-accusers

  205. BASIL99
    July 15th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Shadowfax,

    The clip admin posted was from the Jay Leno Show. It was a takeoff of the old Rice-a-roni commercial complete with the jingle with words changed to Rice And Romney and their pictures on a San Francisco Trolley.
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    Thanks for letting me know what it was about Basil…and here I thought I was original… 😉

  206. This comment at Legal Insurrection is the right to do list for Romney.

    (Note: I must confess, the commentor had me going for a minute. . . . . . .

    When he said: “the lying, despicable, anti-American, anti-Semitic, incompetent, destructive, hate-filled, irresponsible, chicago-thug-like” etc. I naturally assumed the was referring to big media . . . .

    Turns out he was referring to their partner in crime, Obama.
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    MicahStone | July 15, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Time for Romney to get his sh^t together and FIRE his bumbling idiot advisers “retroactive” Gillespie and “etch-a-sketch”, “it’s a PENALTY” Fehrnstrom.

    Romney must take the gloves off and call out the lying, despicable, anti-American, anti-Semitic, incompetent, destructive, hate-filled, irresponsible, chicago-thug-like actions and words of OBOZO. When OBOZO brings a knife to the fight, Romney must bring a gun; when he brings a gun, bring an AK-47 – do whatever it takes to win and always be prepared for the nuclear option*, if needed, against the socialist extremists. America, it’s values, its freedoms and its exceptionalism are all at stake in this election. Take no prisoners – fight to bitter end and to the last man standing.

    *Nuclear Option = OBOZO’s 20+year mentoring by vile, racist, anti-American, anti-Semitic piece of excrement jeremiah “God Damn America” wright, OBOZO’s training by American terrorist bill ayers, OBOZO’s advanced training in racist extremism by beneath excrement Derrick Bell, OBOZO’s training in communism by lunatic-leftist Frank Marshall Davis, OBOZO’s teaching of Alinsky’s radical extremism as a community organizer, OBOZO’s membership in the radical socialist New Party, OBOZO’s dirty dealings with convicted felon Tony Rezko, The Choom Gang and OBOZO’s drug addiction, details of OBOZO’s hate-fill Black Liberation Theology, the mysterious Social Security number used by OBOZO, and on, and on, and on…

  207. What’s needed now is for Romney himself to step up to the plate: he needs to hold a press conference to answer all the questions. Like Daniel entering the lions’ den, he needs to face his accusers–those who want to eat him alive. It will be his toughest presentation ever, but he has to do it.

    And it could work
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    It COULD work? Not will. Not should. All the writer suggest is that it could work. Before he does that, he needs to make sure he has his own story straight. He has produced four witnesses who testify that he had no active role in the management after 1999. If that is the truth he needs to stick to it. If it is not he needs to explain. He has already explained why his name still appeared as ceo until 2002–took time to unwind the partnerships. If that is true he should stick to it. Why he lets numbnutts Gilespee muddy the water by talking about retroactivity is beyond me. If he stopped particpating in management decisions in 1999 that is all that counts. If he remained the nominal ceo and received income between 1999 and 2002 that is immaterial so long as he did not participate in management decisions after 1999. The outsourcing of jobs occurred after 1999, based on decisions which occurred after 1999 is not his doing. If that is the truth.

  208. Another prescient post from the same source. When I read it, I thought of my friend Boehner and my other friend McConell who admired the photos of Ben Hogan in my guest bathroom because he is from a tobacco state and Hogan was smoking in the pictures. He made a valiant charge in the 1959 US Open at Wingfoot, but faltered. And when he was asked to evaluate the game of the man who won–Billy Casper who was an inferior ball striker but a great putter the only thing he would say was–if he could not putt he would be selling hotdogs outside the ropes. Like the Republican congressional leadership, sort of. The only good ones are Sarah and Colonel West. They alone speak for the American People.
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    chilipalmer | July 16, 2012 at 12:31 am

    If you’re going to hire worthless hacks like Ed Gillespie this is what happens. The GOP establishment does not exist to win elections. It exists to block the ascendance of the people we need to save this country. They don’t care that the media is in charge of the entire election. It doesn’t embarrass them. All they care about is themselves.

  209. OK Republican elites–you got the candidate you wanted. So it is your responsibilty, not ours, to give him some spine. If you do not light a fire under him, and he loses, you will go the way of the Whig Party, the country will go to hell, and there will probably be a revolution with the way things are going. Is that incentive enough for you, Bush and the rest of you? If you look closely, you can see the flag on the 18th hole.

  210. Question: what is this shit about Romney doing an interview with Oprah? Is he having a John Roberts moment, forgetting who he is and what he is supposed to be doing, and just hoping upon hope to a celebrity? If so, he is looking for love in all the wrong places, and his fate may turn out to be no different than the fate of the guy who was not on station on the day Pearl Harbor was attacked that shorttermer talked about.

  211. and this is why Obama is very very worried, Romney not even started, has tapped less than 1% of his donors.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/16/us-usa-campaign-money-federal-idUSBRE86F04K20120716

    Romney’s fundraising potential far from tapped: federal disclosures

    Of the big donors helping propel the fundraising of U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, fewer than 1 percent have hit the limit they can donate to his election bid, suggesting cash is likely to keep pouring into his coffers.

    Only 40 donors have given $75,800 — the maximum individuals are allowed to give before the November 6 election — to the joint Victory fund that Romney shares with the Republican National Committees, according to a Reuters analysis of the fund’s first campaign finance filing submitted late on Sunday.

    That is a drop in the bucket of some 19,000 named donors — those who have given a total of at least $200 and so triggered the threshold for federal disclosure. About 2,000 of those named donors to the Victory fund have given at least $25,000 but can give more before hitting the limit, the analysis showed.

    Joint funds allow candidates to rake in much bigger checks than are allowed for campaigns on their own.

    Romney formed his Victory joint fund with the Republican National Committee in April when he first emerged as the presumed party nominee. Since then, the fund has received $140.3 million, almost all of it from donors giving more than $200.

    Democratic President Barack Obama has seen 29 donors give the maximum amount this year to the fund he shares with the Democratic National Committee, out of a total of about 38,000 donors who had given at least $200 to the fund before the end of May, according to the latest available data.

    In contrast with the prolific small-donor driven campaign that put Obama into the White House in 2008, the 2012 race is marked by a chase after contributors capable of five- or six-figure donations, as Democrats and Republicans are expected to invest some $1 billion each in this year’s campaigns.

    Obama’s total haul of $552.5 million so far still has him ahead of Romney’s $394.9 million but the Republican challenger has drilled deep into the ranks of Wall Street and the wealthy, where many are disgruntled by what they see as Obama’s anti-business rhetoric and policies.

    That reach has aided Romney’s fast-paced catch-up to Obama’s fundraising. Usually, the advantage in this area is held by an incumbent over the presidential challenger.

    The president’s campaign has been sounding alarms that he could be the first incumbent to be outspent.

    And the Victory Fund is one of the venues Romney has to make that happen. While campaigns can take only up to $5,000 from one donor, split between the primary process and the general election, a fund used jointly with the national party can accept up to $70,800 in addition to that.

    CASH IN THE BANK

    The Victory fund, holding most of Romney’s cash potency, has so far dispersed only a fraction of its money.

    The Romney campaign has received $15.8 million and $53 million has been transferred to the RNC, Sunday’s filing with the Federal Election Commission showed. State Republican parties in Vermont, Oklahoma, Massachusetts and Idaho each got $20,000.

    That and money paid out mostly for travel, consulting and payroll has left $57.7 million sitting in the fund by the end of June, ready to be funneled for Romney’s or the party’s needs.

    Combined with the rest of Romney’s and the RNC’s money at the end of last month, the Republican had $160 million in cash on hand, his campaign has said.

    Obama, his Victory Fund, and the DNC have not released their June cash on hand data but at the end of May had a total of about $144 million in the bank.

    Monthly disclosures from both campaigns are next due July 20.

    At the end of May, 11 percent of Romney’s donations had come from those who gave $200 or less, according to analysis by the non-partisan Campaign Finance Institute. By comparison, 41 percent of the Obama campaign’s donors had given $200 or less.

    LOBBYIST BUNDLERS

    Sunday’s reports also showed 15 lobbyists “bundling” –gathering large amounts of cash — for Romney Victory, and raised $2.2 million since April. A third of them are also bundling for Romney’s campaign itself.

    Unlike Obama, Romney has not disclosed his bundlers who are not registered lobbyists; disclosure of bundlers who lobby is required by federal law.

    The 15 bundlers disclosed on Sunday include lobbyists for Barclays and Goldman Sachs banks, insurer Aflac, hotel operator Marriott International Inc, tech giant Microsoft Corp and brewer Anheuser Busch.

  212. I’m sorry this hand-wringing & hysteria is misplaced. The Romney campaign is a “disaster” and needs to “get its act together?” The one that is out raising Obama right now to the extent that Obama is trolling for wedding gifts? Or the one that, despite Obama spending $100 million on these Bain attack ad buys in swing states is *still* statistically tied with the INCUMBENT president in JULY? (And the fact that Obama is the incumbent is a huge deal — even if the MSM wasn’t so blatantly acting as the PR team for Obama. July 1980 Carter was ahead of Reagan by 9 points & stayed ahead of Reagan all the way until the 2nd debate — and Carter wasn’t outspending Reagan 3-1 in JULY when no one but us political junkies are paying attention).

    The MSM & Team Obama love to talk about this pack of lies about Bain because it takes the focus off of the real issue — the economy. And while everyone in Team Obama & the MSM seem to be unaware that Obama has been POTUS for 3.5 years, the rest of us aren’t. Remember when Obama said the private sector was “doing fine” and Team Obama & the MSM turned around & jumped on Romney saying we don’t need more fireman, police & teachers, misrepresenting that Romney wanted to *fire* them? Everyone thought it was the end of the world then, too. Or how about Romney on a jet ski — that was his Kerry wind surfing moment the MSM told us — it was over, Romney was “too out of touch” with the average person (of course, only Team Obama is stupid enough to try to sell jet skis as being elitist — everyone else knows they are as redneck as it gets). Where’s that now? Yeah, the same place this Bain business will be before the convention when people actually *do* start paying attention — forgotten. The only reason slightly more people don’t see the difference between the Bain fake attack & the other other two fake attacks is that people don’t actually understand SEC filing requirements so they *think* maybe something is there so it’s bringing out the ABR people from the primaries as well as the Obots– trust me, there is nothing there.

    Plus, two very important things: (1) By law, Romney can’t spend a lot of the money he’s raised until he is the official nominee at the convention. Him wasting money on counter ads against ads that *are not working* ($100 million spent by Obama on these in swing states & he hasn’t moved the needle in skewed, outrageously over-weighted Dem polls) is not wise. Better to save his power for when it will have the most impact. (2) For all his faults, Romney didn’t get to retire in his 40s with $250 milliom in the bank & then go to work — for free — to save the Utah Olympics & serve as governor of MA (as a Republican!) by failing to see early warning signs or by being impatient. The pundits — who to a one on both sides of the aisle were gaga over Obama in 2008 & who were predicting that Obama was a “lock” for re-election as of February 2012 so the GOP should just forget trying to beat him & just concentrate on trying to win Senate seats — have never had the success Romney has & have never actually worked on a presidential campaign (some have worked for a sitting president, but that’s a very different thing). Does Romney look like he’s panicking? Does Karl Rove look likes his panicking? Obama is the one panicking going so negative, so early & on something that is so totally untrue that even the Washington Post & CNN — no Romney fans they — have declared Obama “is blowing smoke.” But despite the MSM cries of “look how rich Romney is!” people are *not* looking at 42 straight months of unemployment more than 8%, friends & family out of work, national policies that are a disaster & thinking “what was Romney doing 14 years ago” or “at least Obama doesn’t have a Swiss bank account.”

    The last thing Romney needs to do is allow the Obama team & the MSM to dictate how he runs his campaign. The more he tries to defend himself or gives in on releasing records (which is what they want), the more they will find to attack Romney. Yes, Romney needs to confront Obama & the MSM — but he is going to *have* to do that at the debates, when the public can see it in real time & without giving the MSM a chance to spin it. Look at how the MSM distorted the “we don’t need more firemen” thing. Look at how the MSM is spinning Romney’s very clear response to the “felon” attack – Romney clearly said he was proud of both his work at Bain & the work Bain did after he left but this is all a distraction from the Obama campaign to take the focus off of the real issues — the economy. And the MSM is declaring that Romney “is running away from Bain like a scalded cat!!!!” Basically, the opposite of what Romney said. Further, Romney was very forceful in saying that the felon attack was disgusting & beneath the office of the president, and that Obama should apologize & reign his team in and he further stated that when he clinched the nomination Obama called him to congratulate him on the win & said he looked forward to a serious discussion on the issues facing this country and instead all he’s gotten from Obama was negative personal attacks because he can’t run on his record. That’s about as close as you can get with calling the POTUS a filthy, dirty rat who will say anything to get re-elected & who is running away from *his* record. And what is the MSM saying? They ignored almost everything Romney said (especially the “distraction” part) and declared that Romney “whined for an apology.” Pfft. I’m disappointed that people here are buying it — Romney doesn’t expect an apology from Obama — Romney knows exactly who Obama is the same as we do — Romney said that to show voters how low Obama is. And Obama is the one looking like a punk while Romney looks like the guy keeping his head. I’m surprised people here missed that. The *only* time Romney can confront Obama and the MSM face to face is at the debates because that is the only way he can cut the MSM out of spinning what he says.

    And FTR — Sununu (who is magnificent & who I’d kiss if he wasn’t so ugly) is part of the Romney Team — you can’t praise his handling of things & not credit Romney with it.

  213. Further proofs the Dems are using this as a political football and do not give a crap.

    Democrats threaten to go over ‘fiscal cliff’ if GOP fails to raise taxes

    Democrats are making increasingly explicit threats about their willingness to let nearly $600 billion worth of tax hikes and spending cuts take effect in January unless Republicans drop their opposition to higher taxes for the nation’s wealthiest households.

    Emboldened by signs that GOP resistance to new taxes may be weakening, senior Democrats say they are prepared to weather a fiscal event that could plunge the nation back into recession if the new year arrives without an acceptable compromise.

    In a speech Monday, Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.), the Senate’s No. 4 Democrat and the leader of the caucus’s campaign arm, plans to make the clearest case yet for going over what some have called the “fiscal cliff.”

    “If we can’t get a good deal, a balanced deal that calls on the wealthy to pay their fair share, then I will absolutely continue this debate into 2013,” Murray plans to say, according to excerpts of the speech provided to The Washington Post.

    If the tax cuts from the George W. Bush era expire and taxes go up for everyone, the debate will be reset, Murray is expected to say. “Every proposal will be a tax-cut proposal,” according to the excerpts, and Republicans would no longer be “boxed in” by their pledge not to raise taxes.

    “If middle-class families start seeing more money coming out of their paychecks next year, are Republicans really going to stand up and fight for new tax cuts for the rich? Are they going to continue opposing the Democrats’ middle-class tax cut once the slate has been wiped clean? I think they know this would be an untenable political position.”

    Murray’s address, set to be delivered at the Brookings Institution, is meant to influence both the Nov. 6 election and the lame-duck legislative session in November and December, when the fiscal cliff will be at hand and the fight over taxes will be in full throttle. Regardless of the election’s outcome, President Obama and the current Congress will be in office for the session.

    The speech comes less than a week after Obama assured Hill Democrats during a White House meeting that he would veto any attempt to maintain the Bush tax cuts on income over $250,000 a year, according to several people present. It also echoes the dismissive response by Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) to Republicans seeking to undo scheduled reductions in Pentagon spending that even Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has said would be “devastating” to national security.

    During the White House meeting, Obama never directly addressed whether he is prepared to let the new year arrive without taking action to avoid the cliff. According to the excerpts, Murray will say Monday that she hopes an agreement can be reached before then: “Democrats are willing to compromise. We just need a partner.”

    Still, Democratic lawmakers emerged from the meeting invigorated for the year-end battle to preserve the Bush tax cuts solely for the middle class.

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has lambasted the Democrats’ position as an “outrageous ultimatum.”

    “At a moment when the American people are reeling from the slowest recovery in modern times . . . and just five months away from the economic body blow that will result if tax rates spike, as scheduled, on January 1st, the president’s solution is to take more money away from the very business folks we are counting on to create the jobs that we need,” McConnell said in a speech Thursday on the Senate floor. “Naturally, Republicans oppose this. The way we see it, nobody should see an income tax hike right now.”

    A risky strategy

    The term “fiscal cliff” refers to the sharp drop in the 2013 budget deficit that would result from policies in current law. Thanks to a deal Obama cut with Republicans in 2010, the Bush tax cuts — and dozens of other tax provisions — are set to expire in December, raising taxes for virtually every U.S. household next year.

    Meanwhile, during the debt-limit showdown last summer, lawmakers approved a plan to implement $110 billion in automatic spending cuts next year. A legislative “supercommittee” appointed to find an alternative deficit-reduction strategy disbanded without reaching agreement.

    Republicans say Democrats are responsible for the impasse, noting that GOP members on the supercommittee offered to raise revenue through an overhaul of the tax code.

    “We were on the record saying we would agree to a conventionally scored tax increase if they would clear out the tax code, make it fairer, flatter and simpler and begin to take us off the road to bankruptcy on entitlements. And they weren’t willing to do it,” said Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.), the GOP supercommittee chairman.

    Murray, who served as the panel’s Democratic chair, argues that her party was willing to tackle entitlement costs. But the GOP’s tax offer was a “bait and switch,” she is expected to say Monday, that would have slashed rates for the rich while generating too little cash to reduce the deficit.

    With less than four months until the election, threatening to go over the cliff is a dicey political strategy. Democrats acknowledge that there is a fine line between appearing to stand firm and appearing to take unnecessary risks with the economy. Privately, some Republicans compared it to the debt-limit fight, when congressional approval ratings plummeted after conservatives risked an economy-shattering default to force cuts in government spending.

    Democrats say this case is different. Unlike default, the effects of going over the cliff would be neither immediate nor permanent, aides said. An analysis by Chad Stone, an economist at the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, casts the cliff as more of a “slope,” with “only a fraction of the impact occur[ing] in the first month or so.”

    “This is not a Wile E. Coyote moment where you have the economy plummeting on Jan. 2,” Stone wrote. “You have some time to implement policy to address the weak economy in the short term and the deficit in the long term.”

    In a recent report titled “There Are Worse Fates than Walking off the Fiscal Cliff,” analysts with the Carlyle Group argued that the cliff “would be a near-term disaster” but that simply extending current tax and spending policies would fail “to address increasing indebtedness” and “could actually represent the worst long-run outcome.”

    Some Republicans rethink

    Given the stakes, some Republicans are rethinking their opposition to higher taxes. In recent days, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and other GOP defense hawks have been talking with Democrats about raising cash by “closing loopholes” to replace scheduled military cuts.

    “If you said ‘John McCain, are you for increasing taxes?’ the answer is still no,” McCain said, pointing to federal subsidies for ethanol as an example of a loophole that could be closed without “raising taxes.” He added, “We get into such semantics.”

    Democrats have shown little interest in a deal, however, preferring to keep the spending cuts in place as an additional point of leverage for the post-election fight.

    That’s good strategy, said Erskine Bowles, the Democratic chairman of Obama’s deficit-
    reduction commission, who is still trying to build support for a framework to raise taxes, overhaul entitlement programs and rein in the national debt.

    “You got two guns: One is the tax cuts, and the other” is the spending cuts, Bowles said in an interview. “Until I can get a framework agreed to, I wouldn’t holster those guns,” he added.

    ……………………………………

    and there you have it, the plan is tax hikes from the Dems, they really want to. GOP better run with this, tell them to go ahead, threaten the american people during a recession.

  214. Walkback…….typical nasty tactics…..make the accusation and then walk it back…..

    David Axelrod On CNN: We Never Called Romney A Felon, Just Said He Might Have Committed A Felony

  215. What the hell is California thinking, who is running the shop.

    http://news.yahoo.com/calif-cities-eye-plan-seize-mortgages-190416716–finance.html

    Calif. cities eye plan to seize mortgages …… and “condemn” them WTF. Good luck getting investment after that.

    ONTANA, Calif. (AP) — In the foreclosure-battered inland stretches of California, local government officials desperate for change are weighing a controversial but inventive way to fix troubled mortgages: Condemn them.

    Officials from San Bernardino County and two of its cities have formed a local agency to consider the plan. But investors who stand to lose money on their mortgage investments have been quick to register their displeasure.

    Discussion of the idea is taking place in one of the epicenters of the housing crisis, a working-class region east of Los Angeles where housing prices have plummeted. Last week brought another sharp reminder of the crisis when the 210,000-strong city of San Bernardino, struggling after shrunken home prices walloped local tax revenues, announced it would seek bankruptcy protection.

    Now — and amid skepticism on many fronts — officials from the surrounding county of San Bernardino and cities of Fontana and Ontario have created a joint powers authority to consider what role local governments could take to stem the crisis. The goal is to keep homeowners saddled by large mortgage payments from losing their homes — which are now valued at a fraction of what they were once worth.

    “We just have too much pain and misery in this county to call off a public discussion like this,” said David Wert, a county spokesman.

    The idea was broached by a group of West Coast financiers who suggest using the power of eminent domain, which lets the government seize private property for public use. In this case, they would condemn troubled mortgages so they could seize them from the investors who own them. Then the mortgages would be rewritten so the borrowers would have significantly lower monthly payments.

    read on.

  216. and axelrod, saying “We Never Called Romney A Felon, Just Said He Might Have Committed A Felony” is saying the exact same thing, its doublespeak, if he committed a felony, that makes him a felon, so yes you are accusing him of being a felon, its a halfassed way of repeating the lie. The man has a forked tongue like a rattlesnake.

  217. An autopsy for an Obama for America campaign staffer who died after collapsing in the Chicago headquarters was inconclusive Saturday.

    http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Autopsy-Inconclusive-for-Obama-Campaign-Worker-Who-Collapsed-at-Chicago-Campaign-HQ-162481596.html

    …………………………………

    Aint it funny how there is never an explained death around Obama, its always something weird. Will the pathologist be dropping dead too like the last one who got shanked.

  218. wbboei
    July 16th, 2012 at 1:37 am
    If he remained the nominal ceo and received income between 1999 and 2002 that is immaterial so long as he did not participate in management decisions after 1999.

    This is exactly the kind of thing I’m talking about with people not understanding how a private equity, privately held (i.e., not publicly traded) company works. Romney didn’t receive any “salary” from Bain as CEO — he withdrew funds from his *own share* of Bain — that is, he took some of his *own money* invested in Bain out. Those SEC docs where he is listed as “CEO” is Bain VI — all the partners investments are formed into their “own” company (hence, the Roman numerals to distinguish them). Romney drew his *own* money from his *own* company. Bain VI had nothing to do with “running Bain” other than Romney’s funds were used for the investments Bain made. That is why he is also listed as the “sole shareholder” in Bain VI. An analogy would be if you withdrew money from your 401(k) — that is *your* money in there that you have invested. If you withdraw it, you are not being paid a *salary* from your 401(k). Romney didn’t remain as the “nominal CEO” of Bain — he remained the *owner* of his investment in Bain. You would not take his name off of that investment until he actually sold his share in Bain.

    See, explaining all this isn’t very helpful & really does take the issue way off track. It wouldn’t do any good to try to because (1) the average guy doesn’t care and (2) the *fact* is that the MSM & the people in the Obama campaign *do* understand it* & they are misrepresenting it anyway.

    *I will accept that Mother Jones & Talking Points Memo — where the story the Boston Globe printed actually originated — don’t understand *any* of this, because they’re a bunch of morons.

  219. moononpluto
    July 15th, 2012 at 5:49 pm
    off topic, this is quite sad frankly, looking at the state of the place. Absolutely heartbreaking pictures of the current of what was once a beautiful area and city.
    *******************************************

    Last week they ran these photos of the City of St. Louis. This is the city that Judy Garland once sang about in a movie. Now it is a ghost city.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2169773/Stunning-photographs-transform-St-Louis-landscape-crumbling-buildings-abandoned-homes-slum-beautiful-art.html#ixzz1ztPCaqq5

    It’s happening all over the country, but nobody seems to be noticing.

  220. pm317 July 15th, 2012 at 5:44 pm Romney ad: whatever happened to hope and change?
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    Twice is good. Lately I’ve been watching CBS at dinnertime and last night I heard Bob Schieffer show and speak about this video. He is really really upset. He pointed out that MR did not have his permission to use.
    Was Mitt supposed to ask permission?
    What would Bob have answered wink wink.
    Wonder what BO’s punishment to Bob will be for saying that & being caught saying that.

  221. and there you have it…..

    “no evidence has yet emerged that Mr. Romney exercised his powers at Bain after Feb. 1999 or directed the funds’ investments” – NYTimes

  222. HTA, I was thinking about that too.. when will all those media people in the ad start complaining.

  223. @angienc

    *I will accept that Mother Jones & Talking Points Memo — where the story the Boston Globe printed actually originated — don’t understand *any* of this, because they’re a bunch of morons.

    Yeah, they are morons. Rove was saying similar things about not panicking about Romney yet(not that I endorse Rove but he knows a lot more than I do about what is going on). But there are some Newt supporters who can’t wait to say ‘I told you so’ but they have to bite their tongue until such time if any.

    Looks like Obama has put his foot in his mouth (not that difficult) by channeling a badly emulated Warren (Althouse has a great thread on that and comments are good). Somebody should start a twitter thingy going for that — ‘hey evil businessman, you breathe my air and you owe me something’.

  224. hey Team Obama, Romney has video of your guys singing, too. new Romney attack: Political Payoffs And Middle Class Layoffs…….Obama singing “I’m so in love with you” to the visuals of his campaign lobbyists and crony capitalist friends.

  225. Veep : “Mr. Romney has reached a decision, his friends believe, and he may disclose it as soon as this week.”

  226. This movie “2016” shown over the weekend in Texas may help mitigate some of the mistakes made by Romney’s team taking the focus off of him and focusing on where it belongs, on Obama’s UNAmerican behavior. It’s little comfort to us saying “I told you so” and losing to another round of an Obama presidency which we know would most certainly destroy our country. Being Americans, we care more about our country’s future than being right.
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    Obama Documentary Featuring President’s Half Brother Opens Big at Box Office (Exclusive)

    An anti-Obama documentary featuring an interview with the president’s half brother opened in a single theater in Texas over the weekend and, despite alleged complaints from some consumers who were upset with the film’s content, it grossed an estimated $31,750, a strong showing for any independent release.

    The film, 2016: Obama’s America, based on conservative author Dinesh D’Souza’s book The Roots of Obama’s Rage, had a free, promotional screening at Edwards Houston Marq’E Stadium 23 & Imax on Thursday. Management had planned to show it in one of its medium-sized auditoriums, but bumped it to one the multiplex’s largest rooms and turned away 200 people.

    Sources say some moviegoers sat in the aisles Thursday and waited as much as 90 minutes to meet D’Souza and Gerald Molen, one of the Oscar-winning producers of Schindler’s List, who was a co-producer of 2016 along with Doug Sain. For some of its regular showings over the weekend, the theater offered 2016 on multiple screens, including three sold-out auditoriums for the 7 p.m. Friday showing.

    If the weekend estimate from the movie’s distributor, Rocky Mountain Pictures, holds when final numbers are reported Monday, the film will have bested the per-theater number posted by the Al Gore documentary about global warming, An Inconvenient Truth, which opened to $123,549 in four theaters in 2006 for a per-theater average of $30,887.

    That film, which had the benefit of a mainstream distributor in Paramount Vantage and, eventually, two Oscar wins, went on to earn $24 million domestically. The box-office record for politically-charged documentaries is held by Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, which grossed $119 million domestically in 2004. It opened on a Wednesday, in just two theaters, taking in $83,922 on its first day, for a one-day, per-theater average of $41,961. Still, for any documentary to pass the $25,000-per-theater mark on its opening weekend represents an unusually strong showing, according to box office observers.

    The management at the Regal Entertainment-owned theater did receive some complaints over its decision to present 2016. “The theater manager said they received a lot of phone calls from people arguing they shouldn’t show the movie,” Sain said. “His response was, ‘We don’t make movies, we just show them.’ “

    According to Sain, the manager compared the reaction to 2016 to that of Fahrenheit 9/11, but said it was not as dramatic as some complaints over The Passion of the Christ that same year. The manager told Sain that during the controversial Mel Gibson film people went into the theater to try to disrupt the film and that it was necessary to have security remove them.

    “So they weren’t flying by the seat of their pants with 2016. They know how to respond to controversy,” Sain said.

    Regal spokesman Russ Nunley said some people “were around the box office wearing pro Obama tees to express their view.” But he said the protest was “very low key and not confrontational.” He also said theater managers received “many positive comments thanking them for playing the film.”

    At the Houston theater over the weekend, only The Amazing Spider-Man and Ice Age: Continental Drift grossed more than 2016, according to Sain.

    “We’re getting tremendous media coverage and box office results. More than, frankly, we ever hoped for,” Sain said. “We thought we’d be really lucky with $15,000 for the entire week, but we doubled that in just this weekend.”

    2016 had been scheduled to expand to 120 theaters on July 27, but Sain said he’s confident that Rocky Mountain Pictures can bump it to about 400 theaters given the initial popularity of the film.

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/2016-obamas-america-featuring-an-349435

  227. Lest we become needlessly discouraged by the sheer vileness of the Obunga negative blitz. We should take some comfort from this piece by Jennifer Rubin who casts a baleful eye upon the campaign scene. The facts are encouraging.

    July panic for Obama — for good reason
    By Jennifer Rubin
    Why has the Obama team been publicly wailing about losing out to Mitt Romney in the money race? Why would the president accuse his opponent of not merely being wrong or unqualified but criminal? After all, the polls are tied, so why so much worry in Obamaland?
    Like a mystery novel, the answer is in front of our noses: The candidates are still tied in the polls. Let’s go step by step with the most logical explanation of the Obama campaign’s conduct.
    The Obama team knew months ago that the economy would not sufficiently improve before Election Day to justify his reelection. Its polling showed simply blaming President George W. Bush wouldn’t be sufficient. The president and his political hacks concluded that it was too late and too risky to adopt a whole new second-term agenda. (It would risk offending either the base or centrists and reveal his first-term agenda to have been entirely inadequate.) So what to do?
    Extend the Republican primary by running ads hitting Romney and encouraging Democrats to vote against Romney in Michigan and elsewhere. Then, before Romney could fully get his bearings, unload a barrage of negative attacks, scare mongering and thinly disguised oppo attacks through the mainstream media, taking advantage of many political reporters’ relative ignorance about the private equity field and their inclination to accept whole-hog President Obama’s version of “facts.”
    The extent of that effort is only now becoming clear. The Associated Press reports: “President Barack Obama’s campaign has spent nearly $100 million on television commercials in selected battleground states so far, unleashing a sustained early barrage designed to create lasting, negative impressions of Republican Mitt Romney before he and his allies ramp up for the fall.” Think of it like the Confederacy’s artillery barrage on the third day of Gettysburg before Pickett’s charge — you have to in essence disable the other side before the charge begins or its curtains.
    Virtually all of the ads were viciously negative, and judging from the number of Pinocchios they’ve racked up, continually and materially false.
    But it didn’t work. Romney and Obama are still deadlocked. (The AP quoted Republican operative Carl Forti: “I don’t think . . . [Obama’s] got a choice. He has to try to change the dynamic now, but the polling indicates it’s not working. He doesn’t appear to be making any headway in the polls.”)
    Few Democratic pundits are as sharp or as honest as William Galston, who concedes:

    On the one hand, the last round of Bain attacks has clearly rattled the Romney campaign, and a smattering of survey evidence suggests that the sustained ad campaign in swing states has scored some points. On the other hand, the Pew survey found no shift since May in swing-state voter preference.
    But it’s not too early to say that Obama’s vital signs look dicey. Over the past 33 months, his job approval has been lower than George W. Bush’s at a comparable time in his presidency for all but one week. Bush averaged above 50 percent in the quarter before his successful reelection campaign, while Obama has been stuck in the 46-48 percent range for months. And the famous “wrong track” measure now stands at 63 percent, versus 55 percent in the days preceding the vote in 2004. If these two numbers don’t improve for Obama, his presidency will be in jeopardy. And they probably won’t — unless the economy perks up noticeably.
    So the Obama team has shot its wad. Its opponent has more ammo and more money now. Romney hasn’t been mortally wounded. And there isn’t money from Obama to keep up the 4-to-1 spending barrage. In fact without it, Obama might well have fallen behind in the race. So the Obama team pleads for money and turns up the volume of the attacks. (After calling Romney a criminal in July, what’s left for September and October?)
    Obama is now committed to a strategy that isn’t working. He’s left to unleash his attack dogs and to pray for a miracle. Maybe the economy will rebound. Perhaps Romney will implode or pick a Sarah-Palin-type for vice president.
    The reason, you see, that Obama’s camp has become so frantic in July is that its ineffectiveness in the summer subjects its side to grave risks. Having to defend his record, rely on his debate prowess and be evaluated on the economy over the last three years is as risky as, well, as sending thousands across a vast, empty field as enemy fire rains down upon them.

    Washington Post  |  12:25 PM ET, 07/15/2012 



  228. blue
    July 16th, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Couldn’t agree more with your WP article. They have elucidated Obama’s position exactly right. What Obama is doing is exploiting Romney’s weakness of engaging his opponent in a direct and serious manner. Combine the continuing joblessness as well as an economy on life support people are looking for evidence of a strong alternative to Obama. Romney submitting to an interview with Oprah is about as much help to his image as donating 20 pints of his own blood to the American Red Cross demonstrating his true patriotism.

    Romney needs to focus on the long list of Obama’s questionable associations from a script that has virtually written itself. Like Fast and Furious, Solyndra, his overseas campaign donations, Rezko and the like and keep hammering Obama dropping bombshell after bombshell on the Obama campaign keeping them so busy they haven’t got time to focus on a singular issue like Bain Capital. We don’t care about Bain Capital- what we care about is getting rid of Obama and his Chicago thugs from living in our White House and representing our country as the most hated and corrupt president in American history.

  229. angienc
    July 16th, 2012 at 4:53 am

    Loved your post. It was excellent and illuminating.

    Welcome.

  230. If Axeldouche is using the Felon word against Romeny the same should be applied to the POS.

    His felonies, which can be proven now, include:

    Smoking crack
    Smoking weed
    Non-payment of multiple traffic violations
    Accepting student aid on false pretenses

    We here know the others. Wonder what Arpaio will say tomorrow.o

  231. Rove was saying similar things about not panicking about Romney
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    And what do Murdock, Krauthammer et al say to that? I fully expect that Rove is telling Romney your base is panicking regardless of what I tell them. Perceptions are reality. You need to get better people and step up your game, or you my friend are going to lose. It isn’t that you are wrong. It is that too many people, especially the grass roots in the party, see you taking headshots and body blows without answering. You have not taken the fight to Obama personally. You need to sooner not later. You need to call him a liar to his face when he lies. It is not enough for you to let the 527s do it. You must do it yourself. You must get tougher with big media and negotiate a debate deal which minimizes their power. You must stop living in this dream world where you think everyone loves you, and that if you play nice they will be fair. And for godsake stop these foolish stunts like going on the Oprah show. What were you thinking Mitt? Or were you thinking at all? And Mitt, let me tell you what Dr Phil told one of his business associates: Oprah is a black racist. She is always bitching against white people. You will not get a fair hearing from her you fool. Think about how your base will perceive this. Perceptions are reality)

  232. Rubin is a Romney shill. She has limited analytical skills and simply mouths the establishment party line. To hell with her shot at Sarah. Rubin is not a source I would consider to give me an accurate view. For that I would look to people like Jay Cost, Sean Treade, or Rove if we could get him on a lie detector.

  233. Rubin will never be anything more than a Republican cheerleader. We need analysts to keep Romney on track. There are too many bootlickers like her in this process. We need men and women who will give Mitt the truth with the bark off.

  234. I think the whole key to this thing is for Romney to show that he more than Obama understands in great detail the plight which the middle class is facing, and what this country will be like in the future if the middle class is allowed to perish. He needs to get very specific on a jobs plan. And he needs to move past the duds he his looking at for vp and get someone who can inspire, in ways that Mitt cannot. The challenge he faces now is one of leadership. He must show that he is more than a good manager. He must show that he is a leader. And, he must recognize the subliminal fact that if he will not defend himself by sticking a sharp stick in Obama’s eye, then how well will he defend the country. It is ludicrous that the other side would say that he is whining and cannot stand up to Putin. He should laugh at that one, tell them that people who live in glass houses should not throw stones, and ask Obama about his whispered remark around a hot mic about being more flexible after the election.

  235. Political Payoffs And Middle Class Layoffs
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    Excellent
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    I do not know who is more sickening. Obama. His lazy attempt at crooning. Or that ecstatically cheering audience.

  236. Those donors are like pigs feeding at the public trough, while he spends taxpayer dollars on creating jobs for those donors over seas with 23 million here jobless.

  237. Angienc regarding your comment at http://www.hillaryis44.org/2012/07/14/clue-for-mitt-romney-stop-whining-start-fighting-youve-got-a-golden-opportunity-and-you-are-blowing-it/#comment-384049

    There is no “hand-wringing & hysteria” here. We agree with you that there should not be. But you avoid our central critique of what is going on with the Romney response to the Bain/outsourcing hubbub.

    Your final sentence/paragraph is a prime example of where the Romney campaign is bumbling and fumbling. You write:

    And FTR — Sununu (who is magnificent & who I’d kiss if he wasn’t so ugly) is part of the Romney Team — you can’t praise his handling of things & not credit Romney with it.

    You are exactly wrong. We gave kudos to Sununu. Sununu has the response exactly right. We not only posted two videos of Sununu, we also wrote: “John Sununu knows how to respond. But the Romney campaign is all whine. The Romney campaign response is simply embarrassing and weak.”

    No, you are wrong, we should not “credit Romney with it” meaning the Sununu appearance and response. The bottom line is that the Sununu appearance demonstrates that there is a right way to respond and the Romney campaign knows what that way is because Sununu showed the way. Instead of the Romney campaign message being what Sununu said we were subjected to stupid responses from the Romney campaign. The official Romney response was that the Obama team was “out of control”. We stated that this is an utterly stupid response because it let’s Barack Obama off the hook. We wrote:

    “The Obama campaign is not “out of control”. The Obama campaign is doing exactly what Obama is telling them to do. The Obama campaign is exactly under control – Obama’s control. This is a weak, lame response from the Romney campaign which appears to be the one out of control and weak.”

    You are entirely correct, and we acknowledge the same in comments and in the article, that Romney is husbanding his resources for when people are paying attention and as part of a coordinated post convention attack. You are also correct, and we acknowledge the same, that this is all Obama “gorilla dust” (the term we used in the article) and that the attacks are thus far not helping Obama pull away from Romney. And you will certainly not find an argument from us in defense of Big Media. But so what????

    The bottom line of our critique is that the Romney campaign is entirely off message. Read the section about “What does the Mitt Romney campaign need to do?” As you more that adequately address few people are interested in the intricacies of SEC filings and campaign finance law. When we write “Attack. Attack. Attack.” we mean just that, attack, don’t explain. Explaining Bain is a fool’s errand.

    The Mitt Romney campaign is off message and Mitt Romney is off message. As we wrote about Romney’s CNN appearance:

    “Why didn’t Mitt Romney simply say that Barack Obama personally is the source of these nasty attacks. That Barack Obama himself is in full control of his campaign and that Barack Obama is the nasty thug hurling lies and smears at Mitt Romney. Why all the weak language Mitt?

    This is sheer blundering.”

    We suspect you are right that “Romney knows exactly who Obama is the same as we do”. But it is of no use to keep it a secret from the American people and whining about the “Obama campaign”. It’s almost exculpatory language.

    In our title we mention that Romney has a “Golden Opportunity”. The Golden Opportunity is to turn the tables on Obama and instead of Obama defining Romney, Romney can and should define Obama.

    These days are the most important of days. These are days when you fill the coffers to overflow, prepare and get your forces in order, and your message crafted. Obama is trying to destroy Romney messages wise and arm his thugs with the talking points they will need in the post convention rush to election day. Mitt Romney must do likewise.

    Mitt Romney needs to fill the coffers to overflow but also to provide his troops now with the well crafted message they will have to carry forth after Labor Day. The Obama campaign as “out of control” is not the way to do this. Now is the time for Romney to define Barack Obama as the thug he is. Plant the seed. Make sure all his campaign team speak the Sununu responses not the whiny apology seeking mumbles.

    Romney has not been “forceful” in any way. Romney has been defensive. Whining about the “dignity” of the “office of the president” is a losers tears. Blaming the Obama “team” is pathetic. Crying about mean Obama not keeping his phoned in promises to Romney about a “serious discussion” is downright silly.

    FTR, what Romney has said is not “about as close as you can get with calling the POTUS a filthy, dirty rat who will say anything to get re-elected & who is running away from *his* record.” We can get much closer. Mitt Romney needs to get much closer.

  238. Update: We explained our critique further this morning. Thanks to all of you in the comments who forwarded our post to Mitt Romney officials and website. Mitt Romney might have gotten our forceful message. This morning we were treated to Romney: Obama running on “falsehood and dishonesty”

    “A campaign based on falsehood and dishonesty does not have long legs,” Romney said on “Fox and Friends,” later adding: “The president only has one thing going, and that is constant attacks on me. They’re dishonest. They’re misdirected. And I think the American people recognize that kind of politics as something of the past. It may work in Chicago, but it’s not going to work across America.”

    Much, much better Mitt. As we write below, Attack, Attack, Attack. Defense is a loser’s game.



    And the New Romney ad: “Whatever happened to Hope and Change?” is much better than the previous slop featuring Obama only audio (our critique of these horrible Romney/SuperPac ads below).



    It’s a start to holding Barack Obama accountable for his thuggery.

    However, this new ad below sucks. If you listen to it, it is a pro Obama commercial. Ads are seen and HEARD.



    Put a negative audio track on these ads. They are clever but a waste of money. Stop being clever. Start speaking the truth so it is heard and seen.

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  239. Mitt Romney rips Obama camp’s ‘dishonesty’

    It’s a start

    Mitt Romney on Monday accused President Barack Obama of running a “campaign based on falsehood and dishonesty,” while brushing aside suggestions from anxious conservatives to release more than two years of tax returns.

    “A campaign based on falsehood and dishonesty does not have long legs,” Romney said on “Fox and Friends,” later adding: “The president only has one thing going, and that is constant attacks on me. They’re dishonest. They’re misdirected. And I think the American people recognize that kind of politics as something of the past. It may work in Chicago, but it’s not going to work across America.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0712/78542.html

  240. “Retail Sales Hit a Brick Wall, Falling for Third Month in a Row” – IHS Global Insight

    ‘The American consumer is not in a healthy state. Most households face strong headwinds” – IHS

    damn and there was me worrying about Romneys tax returns, shame on me. (rolls eyes in sarkiness)

  241. JPMorgan: “Retail report takes a face-plant” — revising down Q2 GDP growth to 1.4% from 1.7%

    whoops, hey but sure keep on worrying about when Romney left Bain…………..

  242. No amount of massaging is going to save the figures on the doorstep in Nov.

    US Q2 GDP growth looks like 1.2% at best. Q3 looks worse as fall in June sales & excessive inventories rise implies even weaker growth in Q3.

  243. By the way Obama’s ads are doing jack shit……

    Rassmussen: Obama 44%-Romney 46% (Obama blows $100 million and the dial has moved in Romney’s favor since the bain shit started last week.

  244. Poor Hillary is getting trashed by the OREO.The Il Duce of the his stash waiting babies machines.Harsh words but I am ANGRY as I look back at my Army service and get the feeling that we are under siege just like Germany experienced and our democracy is being destroyed.

  245. MoonOnPluto, the day after Obama appears at Bank of America stadium this September will be the release day of new economic numbers for August. Those numbers will step on whatever rise Obama gets in the polls post convention.

    Sad to see the Obama economy is tracking Obama’s waste of $100 million. Thanks for the numbers.

  246. Retail sales fell in June, worst quarter since 2008

    Manufacturing sales dropped in May, too

    What a awful crappy mess this guy has us all in and today no doubt they’ll still try and focus Big Media on Bain and tax returns instead of the crock of crap headed our way.

  247. oh and Admin, the irony of that is not lost on anyone is it……..Economic shit and Bambi is swanning around the BoA stadium collecting donations while the country rots.

  248. Well, Jay Cost has given a good answer to the questions which a number of us have been raising about the Romney campaign. And unlike so many pundits, he is one I would trust implicitly, because his opinion is based on solid research, and informed opinion which goes as far as the facts carry him, and not a whit further. In other words, he is the other end of the spectrum from NYT who sit in a room, ignore the facts, create a meme and try to back fill into it with phony polls.

    He also says this: That’s not to say these attacks cannot or should not be countered. It’s just of question of how and when that should happen. Romney should not try to plead his case to the media, in the hopes that it will be a fair judge of who is right and who is wrong. It will not be. Instead, the best approach is to use his own resources to get his own message out. For what it’s worth, I think that is precisely what Team Romney is up to. It plans to use the GOP convention as its launching point — not to rebut Obama’s attacks item by item, but to tell Romney’s story in his own terms. Then, through the general election campaign, the argument will be: Obama has failed and Romney’s background proves he can do better.

    In sum, Jay believes that Romney is playing it about right on his response to the Bain attacks. He says Romney must not take the bait because it is being served up to him by a corrupt media which wants to defeat him. In that respect, he disagrees with the Breitbart article, which says that Romney must respond sooner rather than later, or else his candidacy will be eviscerated by the death of a thousand cuts.

    I just hope Jay is right. Frankly, those of us on this blog have more experience watching Obama and seeing what he is capable of than Jay does. Our insights, therefore, are case specific. Krauthammer is a psycologist. His insights into Obama are case specific. And Murdock is a media mogul. His insights into the situation are case specific too. Jay is more like a chartist, in financial analysis. His insights draw heavily from past experience.

    But the Chicago school of race baiting American destroying thuggery is a new phenomenon, for which there really is no historical antecedent other that what happened in 2008. Nonetheless, I will give his theory a chance, for at least a day or so. . . .
    ——————————————————-

    Morning Jay: Bain Capital and Media Bias

    6:00 AM, Jul 16, 2012 • By JAY COST

    Most journalists will swear that, despite the fact they vote Democratic, they treat both sides fairly. Indeed, it is a rare event to read a news article that directly attacks the Republican party or one that praises the Democratic party.

    But that does not mean media bias does not exist. It does – its exercise is just subtler than this. And the last two weeks have been a great example of how it operates.

    Back in the 1950s there was a debate between political scientists and sociologists about power. Political scientists argued that power in our society was about who had an opportunity to influence the debate. These “pluralists” took an optimistic view of power in our republic, arguing that it was widely dispersed and everyone had a chance to have his say.

    But there was staunch opposition from sociologists, who argued that the pluralists were not looking at the complete picture. Yes, average folks might have a say – but power is also exercised by determining what people are talking about. It’s like the difference between a regular member on a committee and the chairman – both get exactly one vote, but the chairman decides what they will be voting on. That’s the power to set the agenda.

    We can think about media bias in a similar way. Sure, the media gives both sides a say in their articles, so they are not biased in the way the pluralists might say. Yet we can also examine what they are choosing to write about. Are they setting the national conversation, i.e. the public agenda, in a way that helps their ideological friends?

    And the last two weeks have given us an excellent test case of whether, and to what extent, the media is biased in this way. Just ten days ago, we received an utterly terrible jobs report, which reinforced the suspicion that the economy might once again be falling into recession. This could have substantial second-order effects on public policy, especially the deficit, and call into question the efficacy of the Obama administration’s policies.

    In other words, talking about the rotten economy is bad for this president.

    So, the media – following cues from the Democratic party – has pursued an alternative storyline: Mitt Romney is rich! He worked at a firm dealing in high finance! His money is invested overseas!

    To be clear, these are legitimate storylines to pursue. Indeed, that is the typical response we hear from journalists, who argue that this is just part of the vetting process, a noble journalistic duty. Instead, the timing of these otherwise legitimate inquiries is biased. There was a bad narrative out there for the Democratic party, but it has been replaced with a bad narrative for the Republican party.

    After all, Mitt Romney has basically been running for president for five years. Why are these stories about Bain Capital cropping up now? It is not as though the “scoops” in these stories were that hard to come upon; everything is in publicly available documents filed with the federal government.

    Generally speaking, we can perceive media bias on a whole different level when we start asking ourselves, “Why is the public discourse revolving around this question at the moment? Whom does this help?” This is where we can often see the alliance between the mainstream media and the Democratic political class. Journalists do not bend facts to support their ideological allies, but they ask questions that help them.

    Sometimes, we can see the media change its questions even if the only difference is who is helped by the answer. For instance, exactly eight years ago job growth was anemic and an incumbent president was up against a fabulously wealthy Massachusetts politician. What was the media talking about then? Was it about the sources and uses of the politician’s wealth, or was it about the “jobless recovery” we were going through?

    And, of course, four years ago Barack Obama ran for the White House built on the premise that he could build bridges to the opposition. This was belied by his background in radical urban politics, as well as his coziness with seedy, pay-to-play fraudsters ensconced within the Chicago Democratic machine. However, the mainstream media not only avoided asking tough questions about that background, but effectively labelled such inquiries as racist.

    All of this is why the Romney campaign must tread very carefully with the Bain attacks. Because the media is looking to advance the storyline the Obama campaign desires, a direct response is going to be counter-productive. It only feeds the beast for that much longer, as the media will then lustily cover the “controversy” between the two sides.

    That’s not to say these attacks cannot or should not be countered. It’s just of question of how and when that should happen. Romney should not try to plead his case to the media, in the hopes that it will be a fair judge of who is right and who is wrong. It will not be. Instead, the best approach is to use his own resources to get his own message out. For what it’s worth, I think that is precisely what Team Romney is up to. It plans to use the GOP convention as its launching point — not to rebut Obama’s attacks item by item, but to tell Romney’s story in his own terms. Then, through the general election campaign, the argument will be: Obama has failed and Romney’s background proves he can do better.

    Is Romney’s timing on this questionable? Perhaps, but there has been no movement in the head-to-head polls — either nationwide or in the crucial battlegrounds of Florida, Ohio, and Virginia, where Obama has been spending all that money. Why should Romney deviate from his strategy if Obama’s attacks are having no ostensible effect?

    Whatever Romney does, he cannot take the media’s bait on this. Despite how effective establishment journalists are at utilizing a neutral news frame, they are not neutral. They are looking to keep this story on the front page as long as possible, and if Romney tries to respond directly to the charges, he is playing right into their — and Obama’s — hands.

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  249. angienc
    July 16th, 2012 at 5:16 am
    —————————
    The point I was trying to make was that the issue here is management control, and that ceased to exist prior to the time that the outsourcing decisions took place. That is the real issue. It does not really matter whether they understand how a private equity firm works. Nor does it matter that his name remained on the corporate documents for a period of time thereafter.

  250. “A campaign based on falsehood and dishonesty does not have long legs,” Romney said on “Fox and Friends,” later adding: “The president only has one thing going, and that is constant attacks on me. They’re dishonest. They’re misdirected. And I think the American people recognize that kind of politics as something of the past. It may work in Chicago, but it’s not going to work across America.”

    ——————-
    Very good.

  251. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/wedder_to_obama_we_don_Img

    Obama wedding registry fund-raising strategy not a hit with brides
    By CHUCK BENNETT and GERRY SHIELDS

    Posted: 12:54 AM, July 16, 2012

    President Obama’s bizarre marriage-theme fund-raising scheme — where he asks couples to request campaign donations from their guests in lieu of wedding gifts — has been a total flop.

    The desperate initiative, dubbed “the Event Registry,” is being mocked by event planners and couples — and shows how desperate the Obama campaign is to keep up with GOP contender Mitt Romney’s fund-raising.

    Campaign officials launched the initiative in late June, the same month Obama raised just $71 million compared to Romney’s $100 million.

    So far, “the Event Registry” has been all but ignored on social-media sites — even though Facebook, Twitter and other networks have been a strong suit for the Obama campaign.

    “The number of links and stories about the announcement is very low since the news went live on June 22,” said Meredith Klee, a spokeswoman for the social-media tracking firm Topsy.

    Her site’s latest data show 1,137 posts on Twitter about the registry.

    And only a few hundred links to the registry have been shared on Facebook — even though Obama has more than 27 million fans on the site, according to Topsy.

    “It’s a gift that we can all appreciate — and goes a lot further than a gravy bowl,” said campaign staffer Laura Wilson while announcing the initiative.

    The Obama campaign didn’t return requests for comment.

    But wedding industry pros called the ploy tasteless and divisive.

    “This is absurd. Republican or Democrat, you shouldn’t bring politics into a wedding,” said Kristin Koch, a senior editor with weddingchannel.com. “We found that nearly everyone found this to be a bad idea.”

    Brides-to-be commenting on her site’s message board called the initiative “gross!” and “tacky” — with one writing, “Hell no!”

    “Politics and my personal celebrations should not be mixed,” another bride wrote.

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

    how embarrassing and crude…narcissism knows no bounds…

  252. “A campaign based on falsehood and dishonesty does not have long legs,” Romney said…. It may work in Chicago, but it’s not going to work across America.”
    **********
    IMHO, more “Goody Two Shoes” whining. Romney’s statement about the Obama campaign is a crock of shit, for no other reason than the 2008 campaign was only “falsehood and dishonesty” and it worked very well.

  253. lol, Boehner.

    Instead of threatening U.S. economy w/ recession, Dems ought to help protect it from Obama.

  254. admin
    July 16th, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Update: We explained our critique further this morning. Thanks to all of you in the comments who forwarded our post to Mitt Romney officials and website. Mitt Romney might have gotten our forceful message. This morning we were treated to Romney: Obama running on “falsehood and dishonesty”

    —–
    Good news that maybe Mitt and Co are paying attention to his critics, including Big Pink.

    Is it so darn difficult for this man to call something a lie? Does Mitt ever have a bite to his words or does he only stick a knife in with a polite smile?

    He had better pick a VP with intelligence, experience and a sharp tongue like Trump, Christie, Sarah or our Dear Hillary…because he will not be able to win doing the soft shoe to DC.

  255. President Obama’s bizarre marriage-theme fund-raising scheme — where he asks couples to request campaign donations from their guests in lieu of wedding gifts — has been a total flop.

    ——
    Desperado….”Why don’t you come to your senses…”

    This sounds like a hair-brain idea from MO or her sidekick Jarrett. Idiots and greedy.

  256. moononpluto
    July 15th, 2012 at 9:46 am
    You can’t make this shit up……………….

    Mrs. Obama, though, said she marvels at her husband’s steadiness, both on the job and as a family man. “He shows us in the way he looks at me and the girls, when he comes home at 6:30, that there’s nothing more important than being there with us,” she said.
    &&&&&&&&&

    6:30pm??? Really, dude? Does this include stopping by the golf course before heading home?

    Bill regularly worked late into the night, ordering pizza so he and his staff could keep going.

    Obama doesn’t work hard, I don’t want to listen to Meechelle extol the “virtues” of her “hard workin’ man”. Barf.

  257. Shadowfax
    July 16th, 2012 at 1:38 pm
    President Obama’s bizarre marriage-theme fund-raising scheme — where he asks couples to request campaign donations from their guests in lieu of wedding gifts — has been a total flop.
    &&&&&&&&&&

    This displays a stunning amount of narcissism. I’d think almost anyone would find this disturbing.

  258. BASIL99
    July 16th, 2012 at 8:38 am
    angienc
    July 16th, 2012 at 4:53 am
    Loved your post. It was excellent and illuminating.
    Welcome.

    Thanks BASIL99 — I read here a lot (even though I don’t post much). I really like your comments as well.

  259. Yup, what a mess….

    Strategas Research’s GDP forecasts for next 7 quarters starting w/ 2Q 2012: 1.3% , 2.0%, 1.0% , 0.0%, 0.0% ,-1.0% -1.0%

  260. It’s really laughable how stupid this “He was still a Bain CEO” thing is. All the partners had separate accounts (individually incorporated) whereby they invested their OWN capital in Bain. The Bain management crew then took all that separate money in individually owned accounts and made the decisions when and where to invest it as a whole.

    Romney at one time was part of that managing/decision making crew. As of 1999 he wasn’t. He was making no investment or operations decisions whatsoever. But he still retained ownership of his own portion of the investment capital – duh. Because it was his own fecking money, and he still owned it.

    It would almost be like if you had a 401k, and were also employed as a broker by Merril Lynch, and sunk a lot of your 401k into the very funds you managed. Then you quit your broker job. So you are no longer making decisions about where your (and a lot of other people’s) money gets invested. You are not managing the fund anymore. But you STILL “own” your 401k, until such time as you either withdraw it or sell it to invest in some other fund. You are still “CEO” on paper of your own money. But you aren’t hiring or firing or making any decisions about what it gets invested in.

  261. OCCUPY ‘WELCOMING COMMITTEE’ PROMISES VIOLENCE AT RNC (VIDEO)

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/07/16/Occupy-Welcoming-Committee-Promises-Violence-at-RNC

    A video uploaded by an Occupier under the YouTube account VforVendetta12345678 shows anarchists and radicals have put together a “Welcoming Committee” to protest the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, FL on August 27-30, 2012.

    Within the video the group states, “Black bloc and Anon Bloc tactics are being encouraged because some say liberal protests get nothing done” and that they are “In no way welcoming”, while showing pictures throughout of anarchists performing various acts of vandalism.

    They continue, “These protests often result in property destruction and clashes with police, when the more radical groups branch off. If you hope to “peacefully” protest your rights will be respected by radicals. If you are into social warfare, look for a group of people dressed in black.”

    The group says the protest will be massive and claims 20,000 plus. While they also encourage protesting the Democratic National Convention (DNC) , they say the RNC is much better due to its “high radicalization.”

    ………………………………..

    Why would i not be surprised.

  262. http://www.examiner.com/article/is-ohio-depriving-black-voters-civil-rights-by-using-jim-crow-tactics

    Some Democrat leaders in Ohio are alarmed by the recent decision by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to deep-six extended hours and weekend early voting for the period leading to the November general election. The liberal alarmists’ volume has been turned up by recently primary deposed Cleveland-based congressman Dennis Kucinich. He insists that the secretary of state must reverse his decision in order to insure that urban voters have a chance to vote. Kucinich believes that this would be a show of good faith and a “vote for democracy.”

    Yet, it seems that the soon to be former congressman and his even more alarmist fellow north eastern democrat leaders are counting votes that are simply not reflected in recent voting patterns. In large Ohio counties like Cuyahoga, which is home to Cleveland, the last general election only garnered 1,400 early voters. In fact, according to the election board’s records a mere few thousand voters availed themselves of the voting “civil right” in other primaries.

    So the true move to eliminate this underutilized voting benefit seems to be more about how to best stretch cash strapped budgets than it is about depriving black and minority voters of their right to vote.

    Yet, in what appears to be more about election year race bating than it does about guaranteeing African American voter rights, Warrensville Heights congresswoman U.S. Rep. Marcia L. Fudge decided to ratchet up the non-existent issue by claiming this action taken was a deliberate move to “shave points” in the battle ground state’s anticipated close presidential election.

    Well here’s a novel thought, why don’t Ohio democrat leaders get their voter donation collection jars together and offer to pay the costs for keeping all of the state’s county election offices open. They claim there is a highly principled and moralistic need to insure voting rights are preserved. Any takers willing to pay…probably not.

    ……………………………….

    Why are they having extended hours for early voting anyway, if you cant get in to vote 10 days before or on election day, then frankly you are a lazy person.

  263. Pro-Romney Super PAC rakes in $20 million in June…..beats the Pro Obama PAC by $14 million…………………

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/16/us-usa-campaign-money-romney-idUSBRE86F0X420120716

    The “Super PAC” backing Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney saw its best fundraising month yet in June, raising some $20 million and by far outpacing its chief rival group backing President Barack Obama.

    Restore Our Future, the pro-Romney “super” political action committee, disclosed the cash haul on Monday but did not indicate how much remained in cash on hand at the end of June.

    Half of the $20 million is expected to be cash from Las Vegas casino mogul and billionaire Sheldon Adelson, Republican Super PACs’ most active donor this campaign season.

    The pro-Obama Super PAC, Priorities USA Action, also had its best fundraising month in June but brought in $6.1 million.

    The pro-Romney group, which is not allowed to coordinate with the official campaign efforts, had seen two months of tepid fundraising — garnering $5 million in May — as Romney himself kicked his campaign into full election gear and notably narrowed the money gap against Obama.

    Springing to prominence during Romney’s heated battle for the Republican nomination, Restore Our Future helped disarm several of Romney’s party rivals like Newt Gingrich with multimillion-dollar ad attacks. Now, alongside other Republican groups, Restore has turned fire on Obama.

    In June, the group spent about $15 million on ads, roughly half running in nine battleground states and another half booked in 11 states for the first week of August. The ads hit Obama for the state of U.S. economy and joblessness.

    Super PACs, allowed to raise and spend unlimited funds, have become perhaps the biggest weapon in that fight. Operating outside of official efforts of campaigns and national parties, they have taken over much of the dirty work of negative advertising.

    Obama’s campaign has started sounding alarms that such outside spending groups would help Romney would overtake the president’s fundraising — traditionally an incumbent’s advantage — and make him the first sitting president to be outspent in an election.

    Obama and the Democratic Party’s early start still leaves him ahead of his Republican rival. The total he has raised for himself, the Democratic National Committee and the fund they use jointly stands at $552.5 million compared to Romney’s $394.9 million raised for his campaign, the Republican National Committee and their joint fund. But Romney has garnered support of Wall Street and many wealthy Americans, disgruntled by what they see as Obama’s anti-business rhetoric and policies.

    Since Romney emerged as the presumed Republican nominee in April, he and the RNC outraised Obama and the Democrats for two past months in a row.

    Super PACs are required to disclose all of their donors, and official spending and fundraising disclosures for June from them and campaigns are due on July 20.

    ………………………

    Obama is toxic, even his PAC can’t get donations.

  264. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/07/16/Carville-David-Brock-Driving-Obama-Bus

    Carville: David Brock Driving Obama Bus

    by Elizabeth Sheld 16 Jul 2012, 6:51 AM PDT83post a comment

    On Sunday’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, James Carville revealed that Obama’s SuperPACs were driving the recent attacks against Mitt Romney and Bain Capital:

    One of the big things that has happened in this campaign is kind of surprising [crosstalk] we thought that the Citizens United was going to help the Republican SuperPACs because they were going to have so much money [crosstalk]. The surprising thing of this campaign is that the Democrat SuperPACs have been more influential thus far, Priorities USA, American Bridge. They have driven the debate in this campaign much more than the Republican SuperPACs. Now whether that continues through September and October, I’m not willing to say. But as of July 15th, it’s the Democratic SuperPACs that have basically driven this whole Bain/tax returns whatever it is. For better or for worse that is what happens.

    Once upon a time, Obama fought against the influence of big money in politics. In 2010, for example, he berated the Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision in his State of the Union speech, claiming it would “open the floodgates for special interests… to spend without limit in our elections.”

    But this past February, Obama began singing a different tune, encouraging wealthy donors to support his SuperPAC. On Obama’s website, Campaign Manager Jim Messina wrote, “the campaign has decided to do what we can, consistent with the law, to support Priorities USA in its effort to counter the weight of the GOP Super PAC… Senior campaign officials as well as some White House and Cabinet officials will attend and speak at Priorities USA fundraising events…”

    This isn’t the first time Obama has strategically – hypocritically – shifted his position on campaign fund-raising. In 2007, he proposed a voluntary agreement between the party nominees to limit fund-raising for the general election. Then, not quite so nobly, he abandoned that promise when he realized he could out-raise Republican candidate John McCain and went on to become the highest-fundraising presidential candidate in history.

    David Brock, head of the Media Matters empire, is treasurer of Obama’s SuperPAC, called American Bridge 21st Century. That PAC has now joined forces with PrioritiesUSA SuperPAC, headed by two former Obama Administration officials.

    Brock’s American Bridge PAC is a 527 organization. By law, a 527 organization must disclose its donors. But, fortuitously enough, the PAC’s sister-organization, American Bridge 21st Century Foundation, isn’t required to disclose donors. As a 501c4, it’s considered a charity for “social welfare” and not required to note its donors in public filings.

    Brock’s 21st Century Foundation has funneled over $200,000 to the American Bridge SuperPAC, therefore keeping the original donors secret. Donors donate anonymously to the c4 organization and Brock bundles their donations right along to the PAC (which only lists the donor as the c4). Given this shell game, it’s hypocritical in the extreme that Obama urged the FEC to block Republican 501c4 non-profits from running ads if they fail to disclose their own donor lists. Per Obama’s own stance, the FEC should reject American Bridge’s ads.

    Brock’s sleight-of-hand with donations might be shifty, but then, Brock’s got a lot of enemies to worry about. He’s previously believed himself to be a target of a hypothetical right-wing sniper, and he’s unashamedly published anti-Semitic propaganda and fearmongering against Christians. According to reports, the stress from the 2008 presidential campaign exacerbated what appeared to be his “mania.” This is the man the Obama campaign has trusted to direct campaign messaging?

  265. moononpluto
    July 15th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Admin, thats exactly what i was saying earlier, get the ridicule twitter hashes out, the sarky ads, it will piss Obama off to no end.

    I personally think Romney is giving Obama enough rope to hang himself with and then the whallop will come.

    Its like the barbarians charging and the general on the other side, going “hold it, hold it, just a little bit more, 5 more seconds, ok fire”.

    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    Mitt is running a marathon.The Wonce is sprinting.running around like a puppy chasing his tail. 😆
    Remember the tortoise and the Hare

  266. White House/Dems who cut Obamacare deals in the dark, evaded CSPAN & stonewalled Solyndra to F&F are making transparency an issue. REALLY?

    Honest to God, they are trying to make transparency an election issuue, freakin hilarious……well 3 words Dems…..Fast and Furious…….wheres the documents.

  267. TALK ABOUT RACIST TALK.

    http://www.therightscoop.com/race-baiting-harry-reid-17-angry-old-white-men-trying-to-buy-the-election-and-gop-trying-to-protect-them/

    Race Baiting – Harry Reid: 17 angry old white men trying to buy the election and GOP trying to protect them

    Harry Reid took to the Senate floor today to do a little race baiting and, lamenting the flood of ‘outside money’ in politics after the Citizens United SCOTUS decision, said that if this flood of outside money continues that 17 angry old white men will wake up the day after the election and realize they’ve just bought the country. Of course he accused the GOP of trying to protect these 17 angry old white men because of their opposition to the DISCLOSE Act.

    He then went on to berate Mitt Romney for not releasing his taxes and said “his penchant for secrecy makes Americans wonder what’s he hiding?”

    Watch below:

  268. imagine the uproar if a GOP senator got up and said “17 black chicago thugs are stealing this election” instead of “17 angry old white men”. There would be a riots on tv and outrage from the media.

    I’m sick to the back teeth of this anti-white bullshit from them.

  269. Re: angienc
    July 16th, 2012 at 4:53 am

    Sorry to be so blunt, but you like someone else must have BROWN eyes. While in a less critical election year; half steps might suffice but this election they will not. Being a nice guy never got anyone anywhere in the political process. The grim reaper is out there deconstructing our country and four more years just might give him time to accomplish his life’s mission. Where were you when he figuratively raped Hillary and her supporters? Now that was warfare on the level of Pearl Harbor; and Hillary won the primary but was thugged out of the nomination….where were you then? He will do the same thing only worse this election. While there is agreement on a few of the tactics you laid out; the strategy is to win the war – failure is not an option. Our country is at stake. What I propose is to use strategy and tactics to decimate the opponent and give no opportunity for the reverse to happen; pussyfooting around will be counterproductive – take no prisoners. Romney should have prepared in advance for a full frontal assault from multiple positions……….it does not seem like he did that. Surely he knows that politics is not all ice cream and lollipops.

    Question: who are Daily PUMA and zaladonis and are they just different screennames for someone we know? If they read here, THEN THEY KNOW THAT WE ARE TRYING TO SAVE OUR COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!

    This was in the comment section of an article posted here.

    zaladonis says:
    July 16, 2012 at 2:51 am
    Excellent point, Jay, which gets overlooked by the politics because neither Romney nor Obama are honest about what Bain does or how Romney’s experience would translate to Presidential policy addressing joblessness and a failing national economy.

    Bottom line: Bain Capital is a private equity firm and the point of private equity, the primary goal of the whole business, is to create wealth for its investors, not to build or even save businesses or create jobs. And they do this by any means necessary, including outsourcing as part of a plan that breaks apart a business into two or more entities with one taking the assets and jobs (now outsourced) and the other taking the liability (including pensions and other benefit obligations) then going into bankruptcy, disgorging itself from those obligations, stiffing the employees and shifting that obligation to taxpayers while shifting the jobs overseas.

    So the answer to your question is, Bain Capital guided outsourcing for neither reason you list; it wasn’t to keep the businesses from failing and it wasn’t to protect those business’ executive compensation; private equity firms are unconcerned with those things — but if the executive compensation you’re talking about is Bain’s executives then the answer is the latter.

    If Romney becomes President, his economic policy will have the same effect Obama’s has: create more wealth for the wealthy, and a sickening disinterest in the damage done to millions, and ultimately our nation, to achieve that goal.

    Romney is every bit as bad as Obama; if not in the same ways, the difference isn’t noticeable in the result. The only difference is that with Obama in the White House Democrats don’t fight these policies; but at this point if rank and file Democrats really railed about these policies it’d only be more noise in the tower of babel. We turned a corner in 2008 and Democrats, even many former Hillary supporters, are no longer fighting the good fight, they’re just flailing about in madness. Look at the former Hillary supporters fighting Obama by championing Romney as if a President Romney might actually be good for us or our economy, it’s stunning really; they’re not fighting the good fight, they’re destructive and deceitful and they’re after revenge, not a healthy alternative.
    Anthony says:
    July 16, 2012 at 5:54 am
    @ zaladonis:

    Look at the former Hillary supporters fighting Obama by championing Romney as if a President Romney might actually be good for us or our economy, it’s stunning really; they’re not fighting the good fight, they’re destructive and deceitful and they’re after revenge, not a healthy alternative.

    I’ve got to give you props: You really did your best with this, but its a load of BS. Good “concern trolling” though…..

    As a lifelong Independent who voted Dem (with the exception of 2008) and a strong Hillary Clinton supporter, I speak for myself, but I’m sure many others feel similarly: Of the two candidates, Romney has shown himself to be more competent, experienced and interested in leading this country toward a more stable economic future.

    Does he have the “rock star” quality that team Obama created around their chosen one in 2008? Absolutely not, but I’m not going to trust a rock star to govern the U.S. I am going to trust someone that I believe can look at a spreadsheet and know what to fund and what to cut. I also like the idea that a Republican Governor of a strong blue state like Mass. could successfully work with the state legislature in a bi-partisan fashion, while the Obama White House has only deepened the political divide among our elected representatives and extended that divisive spirit into the general populace.

    It seems to me (after reading a number of your comments over the past several weeks/months) that you take particular exception to Romney because of his tenure at Bain Capital, and by default have given me the impression that you have a problem with someone who knows how to take a company that is already on the skids and try to turn it around. Bain’s stats indicate more than 80% success in doing so, and I would trust someone to take our defunct system and turn it around.

    There is no shame in creating or resurrecting businesses that turn a profit. There is no shame in working hard to improve the quality of ones own life, and it is The American Dream of achieving reward from a hard days work that keeps many of us getting out of bed in the morning and working up a sweat.

    Maybe OFA feels differently about this, but the majority of Americans do not

  270. classic…..

    It’s “impossible to know” whether or not Obama still eats the occasional dog.

  271. Hilarious…..

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obamas-budget-director-bain-guy-married-bain-gal_648652.html

    Obama’s Budget Director a Bain Guy, Married a Bain Gal

    President Obama’s rhetoric would suggest that he’s against Bain (both Bain Capital, the investment firm, and Bain Consulting, the consulting firm, as he makes little distinction between the two Bains where Mitt Romney worked in the past). But Obama’s own hiring practice suggests something a little different: His own budget director is a Bain guy who married a Bain gal.

    Jeff Zients is the head of the Obama administration’s Office of Management and Budget. “Like Mitt Romney, the man who would unseat his boss, Mr. Zients (rhymes with science) got his professional start at Bain Consulting,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

    Zients has only praise, it would seem, for Bain:

    After graduating in 1988, Mr. Zients started as a consultant at Bain & Co. in Boston, where he “fell in love with Bain’s culture, teamwork…and analytical rigor,” according to a Bain alumni newsletter. (He didn’t work with Mr. Romney, who already had left to start Bain Capital.)

    At Bain, Mr. Zients reported to Mary Menell, four years his senior, who became his wife, with whom he now has four children. They were married in Mrs. Zients’s homeland of South Africa, with Nelson Mandela, her parents’ friend, in attendance.

    Mr. Zients left Bain to return to Washington and become an entrepreneur. He helped run Advisory Board Co., a research firm, and its spinoff, Corporate Executive Board, which together grew to more than 1,000 employees, and launched an initial public offering for each. In 2002, Fortune magazine named Mr. Zients in its list of the 40 richest Americans under 40. His net worth is conservatively estimated at around $200 million.

    After Mr. Zients donated to 2008 Democratic presidential candidates Mr. Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton, an unexpected door opened. Mr. Obama set up a new position, “chief performance officer,” to cut bureaucracy, but the original nominee was forced to withdraw over a tax controversy. A fellow entrepreneur, Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, says he floated Mr. Zients’s name.

    And as the Journal explains, “[Zients] oversees the administration’s budget content and message, which are central to the president’s argument that he has a balanced plan for the economy while Republicans would rip the country’s social fabric and undermine the education and infrastructure needed to succeed economically.”

  272. I am going to go out on a limb and say that alot of what is coming from the O camp and his cheerleading msm is going to backfire…

    …for starters, so many people are not even vaguely paying attention right now

    …secondly…the MSM is singing one note…bain, bain, bain and tax returns…it is boring…they sound very angry (just peek at MSNBC for two seconds…unbearable)…it has nothing to do with the “people” and making their lives any better…in fact, i will venture to say that the O camp and his msm sound very self indulgent and “out of touch”…and O is starting to make silly mistakes…”you didn’t create your own business, someone else did it for you” etc…makes him look stupid and even more inexperienced…

    …third…I am reserving judgment…I was right up front about putting Romney spokesperson Eric W on the backburner and getting ‘tough, mince no words, spokespeople’ out front and center to push back for MR…and fully agree MR needs to muster more intensity…however, many people here criticized him for doing just that in the primaries…he’s got it in him…we have already seen that…in fact, to the chargrin of Newt…

    …however, having said that, I do think the MR camp are lining up their “ducks” for the big fight…not saying it is smart at all to let all these attacks serve to define MR in July, but do not think we have heard the last of Romney’s comeback just yet…

  273. And quite frankly, we don’t care about Romney’s tax returns. We don’t care about what Romney does with his own money. We *do* care about what Obama is doing with *our* money.

  274. moononpluto
    July 16th, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    classic…..

    It’s “impossible to know” whether or not Obama still eats the occasional dog.

    😆 😆

  275. agree, foxyladi…too much “inside baseball/washingtonian talk going on” – only diehards are listening…

    just spell out how you are going to create more jobs, bring down the debt and inflation and get this country back on the right track…so more people, or the “dreamers” as Romney likes to call them, can start creating their own businesses, art, whatever again…

    instead of O being in control of every waking moment of our life…and our money

  276. Someone just posted in my community a graphic with this text: Obama won’t show the Fast and Furious documents, but he wants Romney to show his tax returns? Nobody got killed over Romney’s tax returns.

  277. “…for starters, so many people are not even vaguely paying attention right now”
    ******
    I think that if that is the Romney campaign game plan, then they are playing with fire. Early negative “branding” can become the reality. Very early in the Dem. primary process, the Kennedy, Pelosi, Dean, etc., the “anyone but Hillary wing”, branded her with the “Hillary is divisive” and that stuck.(1.6 million Google hits)

    The early Romney branding seem to be: Bain=secretive(Mormon)=hiding something=dishonest, etc.

  278. S
    July 16th, 2012 at 6:13 pm
    I am going to go out on a limb and say that alot of what is coming from the O camp and his cheerleading msm is going to backfire…

    …for starters, so many people are not even vaguely paying attention right now

    …secondly…the MSM is singing one note…bain, bain, bain and tax returns…it is boring…they sound very angry (just peek at MSNBC for two seconds…unbearable)…it has nothing to do with the “people” and making their lives any better…in fact, i will venture to say that the O camp and his msm sound very self indulgent and “out of touch”…and O is starting to make silly mistakes…”you didn’t create your own business, someone else did it for you” etc…makes him look stupid and even more inexperienced…

    &&&&&&&&&&

    Agreed, the liberal talking heads look like paid Obama staffers. Not the slightest attempt to even appear even-handed.

  279. Spending too much time smoking weed or out on the gold course lead to this kind of thinking…
    ——-

    ‘And what do you know?’: Business leaders hit back at Obama after he says the wealthy AREN’T responsible for their own success

    National Federation of Independent Business slams Obama for remarks challenging significance of U.S. entrepreneurs

    Obama told supporters over the weekend that it was governments – not individuals – who create jobs

    Romney camp adds that his view shows how unqualified he is to lead the country into economic recovery

    President Obama said in a speech at the weekend that governments and not individuals create jobs, telling entrepreneurs: ‘If you’ve got a business – you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.’

    He added: ‘You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart.’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2174160/Obama-says-wealthy-ARENT-responsible-success.html

  280. All of the attacks on Romney are a sign of desperation. His internal polls are probably showing he can’t win especially in states like Ohio, Virginia and Florida. My question is how does a negative campaign help Obama. It generally drives down voter turn out. This means lower percentage of young voters which favor Obama will show up and vote in November.

  281. SHV
    July 16th, 2012 at 1:17 pm
    “A campaign based on falsehood and dishonesty does not have long legs,” Romney said…. It may work in Chicago, but it’s not going to work across America.”
    **********
    IMHO, more “Goody Two Shoes” whining. Romney’s statement about the Obama campaign is a crock of shit, for no other reason than the 2008 campaign was only “falsehood and dishonesty” and it worked very well.
    *******************

    I am afraid I agree.
    ****
    Shadowfax
    July 16th, 2012 at 7:24 pm
    golf course
    *****************

    LOL, a Freudian slip of the tongue my dear!

  282. Who’s your daddy?…RedState

    In Barack Obama’s view of America, the people must be broken to the beneficent will of the state.

    In Barack Obama’s view of America, the people must be broken to the beneficent will of the state.

    In Barack Obama’s view of America, the people must be broken to the beneficent will of the state.

    They cannot be trusted with initiative. They cannot be trusted with power. The people are to do as they are told. The State is to handle all the money. Big Brother is not good enough for the Obama State.

    They are running for reelection as your daddy…

    The Denigration Of Honest Hard Work

    Gutting Welfare Reform And Devaluing Work Are Indicative of Barack Obama’s Core Values

    Posted by Repair_Man_Jack (Diary)
    Monday, July 16th at 4:00PM EDT
    .

    In Barack Obama’s view of America, the people must be broken to the beneficent will of the state. They cannot be trusted with initiative. They cannot be trusted with power. The people are to do as they are told. The State is to handle all the money. Big Brother is not good enough for the Obama State. They are running for reelection as your daddy.

    http://youtu.be/6j8XhQfvpW8

    The Denigration Of Honest Hard Work
    Gutting Welfare Reform And Devaluing Work Are Indicative of Barack Obama’s Core Values

    Posted by Repair_Man_Jack (Diary)
    Monday, July 16th at 4:00PM EDT
    11 Comments

    In case you wondered what Barack Obama truly stands for you can watch that video I posted above and you won’t have to scratch your noggin any further. If you still have any doubts, we have the spectacle of Obama’s bureaucracy slipping a get out of effort free clause into the 1990’s Welfare Reform Act. ABC News describes the latest effort by our President to make dependency a way of life.

    After the Obama administration announced this week that it is opening up waivers to states from the work requirements contained in welfare reform, Republicans began to speak out against the move, complaining it completely undercuts the law.
    “The success of bipartisan welfare reform, passed under President Clinton, has rested on the obligation of work,” Gov. Mitt Romney wrote in a statement Friday. “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.”

    Poor, misinformed Mitt Romney. People shouldn’t have to work if they don’t want to. Government is supposed to plant clean, green money trees on everybody’s front lawn. That eighteen-month-old daughter of mine, she’s been promised the life of Julia! That is what the Modern Left shoots for. A life of total dependency.

    This is not done out of concern for anyone’s future. State-sponsored benevolence is not undertaken for the sake of altruism. It revolves around power. It revolves around control. Anyone who gives you your living can make those gifts as conditional as they desire. As we saw with the fiasco that is Obamacare; we’ll just have to pass the bills to see what is in them.

    So when President Obama denigrates hard work and self-sufficiency as fake and contrived while opening the spigots to poor out more welfare, he is telling you how he would prefer that America works. The more you depend upon the state and the less you employ individual initiative, the more that state controls you; the closer that state comes to owning you.

    In Barack Obama’s view of America, the people must be broken to the beneficent will of the state. They cannot be trusted with initiative. They cannot be trusted with power. The people are to do as they are told. The State is to handle all the money. Big Brother is not good enough for the Obama State. They are running for reelection as your daddy.

  283. Do you think he feels something wrong running down his leg? Yuck

    ***********************
    Chris Matthews’ Son Meets JFK’s Nephew’s Daughter on Set of Aaron Sorkin’s Liberal Porno “The Newsroom;” Now They’re Dating
    —Ace

    This is just such an awful story in so many ways, including that the girl — daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. — is named “Kick.”

    Only someone that rich could be named “Kick.”

    But given Chris Matthews’ leg tingle for JFK — a tingle only exceeded by his tingle for Obama — how raging is his marriage-boner right now? You have to figure he’s pretty much begging his son to marry him into the Kennedy family.

    Let’s hope it doesn’t work out.

  284. I think that if that is the Romney campaign game plan, then they are playing with fire. Early negative “branding” can become the reality. Very early in the Dem. primary process, the Kennedy, Pelosi, Dean, etc., the “anyone but Hillary wing”, branded her with the “Hillary is divisive” and that stuck.(1.6 million Google hits)

    The early Romney branding seem to be: Bain=secretive(Mormon)=hiding something=dishonest, etc.
    —————————-

    What would you have him do in order to counter this attempt to define him negatively now?

    1. vigorously rebut the lies with the help of some organs of msm?

    2. define himself now, rather than waiting for the convention?

    3. start launching new new agressive attacks on Obama now?

    Jay Cost is concerned that big media is baiting Romney and he should not get drawn into their trap.

    Their polls indicate the attacks are not working.

  285. Obama absolutely has no scruples. The way he is going around the country talking about Romney and his ads and attacks are beneath dignity of his office. I showed my husband the Taibi paragraph about Romney — you know that hyperbolic thing I had posted here last night. He said he could call Obama a repugnant human being but calling Romney that is ludicrous. I was surprised that he would say that. But there you have it, a guy middle of the road who wants reasonable dialog. There are plenty like him (like my husband) out there.

    {Carville on Hannity now}.

  286. Shocked am I.

    Not really. I know I refused to take on any new employees for the last year; only temps when needed.

    http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2012/07/only-23-of-us-companies-plan-to-hire-in.html

    “Only 23 percent of the firms polled in June plan to add to staff in the next six months, the National Association for Business Economics said on Monday.

    NABE’s prior survey, conducted in late March and early April, had shown 39 percent of companies planning to add workers.

    A July 6 Labor Department report, showed companies asked employees to work longer hours last month, even though they slowed the pace of hiring.”

  287. Romney is doing an awful job counter punching Bain attacks. He has wasted some
    horrendous economic news for Obama back peddling instead of going on the offensive. I am losing any confidence that this gentleman can run the type of campaign necessary to defeat the most corrupt Chicago machine that steam rolled over Hillary and Bill.

  288. “Romney is doing an awful job counter punching Bain attacks.”

    Not really, OTurd’s spending 100 million, and Romney is up 2 points in the rass poll, which tends to be the more accurate ones as they poll only likely voters.

  289. I believe that the fraud has hundreds of millions of dollars that the superpacs will bring forward in the last month. They are not collecting money overseas with celeb sluts for nothing. This “oh, we are forcing the scumbag to use his money”, is all BS to me. The trillionaires who run the world are not going to let their golden calf fail.

  290. Great commentary by Brit Hume on Obama’s take regarding businesses.


    Sidenote: Romney’s “singing Obama” ad has already been taken down from YouTube due to “copyright” violation.

    Translation: The Obama supporter who wrote the song doesn’t like his idol mocked.

  291. VotingHillary
    July 16th, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Sidenote: Romney’s “singing Obama” ad has already been taken down from YouTube due to “copyright” violation.

    YET, the original signing youtube video has not been taken down. Apparently that isn’t considered “copyright” violation. Neither video is copyrighted, so Youtube now has a policy apparently, if its embarassing to Barry, they’ll take it down, or else, its a-ok. Not surprising,Youtube is owned by Google, an Obot company.

  292. Trump feeling a bit prickly at the mismanagement of Romney’s campaign?.. Something so simple at their fingertips and Romney’s operatives are stymied. They arrange an interview for him with Oprah…
    ______________

    Trump: Romney Should Release Tax Docs When Obama Releases College Records

    The Donald is back and better than ever. Today, Donald Trump explained that Mitt Romney should release his tax records … but not until Barack Obama releases his college records. “Obama should give his college applications and records – you talk about transparency,” said Trump. “We will learn more about Obama when we look at those college applications than any other thing that can happen.” President Obama has already refused repeatedly to hand over such records, lumping the entire topic in with talk about his birth certificate.

    Trump, of course, is eminently correct. Those who call for Romney to release all evidence of his finances should also be calling for Obama to release his college records – a period of his life in which he visited Pakistan, finagled an entre to Columbia University, and began his community organizing career in Chicago. We know nothing about that period. And it’s relevant, because the ideas of our president are relevant.

    Last time Trump demanded documents, the White House quickly released Obama’s long form birth certificate. If Trump keeps up the pressure, will the White House cave again?

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/07/16/trump-obama-college-records
    ___________

    Donald please give Romney a kick with your size 12’s and lets get this show on the road-

  293. SHV, as we wrote – “weak” is the anti-Romney subtext of all these Obama attacks. That’s what these attacks are all about. It’s not about Bain in the same way that the swift boat attacks against Kerry were not about Vietnam or medal history. The response should be to turn the tables and attack Obama on a very personal level. The Bain attacks themselves can be countered with the success stories the company can boast.

  294. oh man, Romney went on Okra’s show? What was he thinking?!? My wife loved Okra… until she refused to have Hillary on her show, and then Palin…. Okra, a woman who made her billions off women, disses the first 2 women to rise to presidential and VP levels.
    A woman who’s network OWN has lost 350 million and is soon to be done and done.
    Who listens to this woman?
    my wife who was a huge viewer cannot stand Okra now. Why would Romney so on her show? Exposure? who does he think even watches or listens to Okra??

  295. David Frum is a perfect example of what is wrong with our political system. He claims to be a Republican. So does Norman Orstein. Yet both of them live in Washington DC, are charter members of the corrupt establishment and make a living off of attacking Republicans. No bona fide Republican cites a hard left partisan like Josh Marshall as an authority on the Republican candidate. And notice that when he says Romney is too weak, he is not saying Romney is too weak to face down Russia, North Korea, China–the enemies of America. Rather, he is saying that Romney is too weak to face down the grass roots of the Republican Party–the enemies of the Washington DC Establishment. QED.

    In fairness, I have been at sea on this one. At various times, I have admonished Romney to attack now before they can define him negatively–as Krauthammer, Murdock, et al have admonished. At other times, I have suggested that he keep his powder dry, and not step on the land mine that big media has set for him–as per Jay Cost and Moon, since polling suggests the attacks are not working, and Obama is sqaundering resources early in the game, while people are not paying attention, and while Romney is building up his reserves.

    At this point, I am inclined to think that Cost may be right. The reason I say that is because I still believe the factor that will decide this election is the economy, and more specifically jobs. And if I am right about that, and the roll out at the convention proceeds as it should, then Obama will have no fig leaf to hide behind when that issue is front and center. Any strategy that empowers big media to set a false agenda to divert from the main agenda is fatally flawed. The last thing in the world to do is to take our marching orders from Quislings like Frum and Ornstein who wear the uniform of the republic but are really spies, who deserve to be hung, rather than listened to.

  296. SHV
    July 16th, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Here we go with the early branding of Romney: If Hillary is divisive…..Romney is WEAK
    ____________

    That is our biggest concern right now.. The People won’t wait until after the Nomination for Romney to show his metal. We have a public that is suffering and in need of a Champion. Someone that will come out and defend them and the country against Obama’s methodical shredding of our Constitutional Rights. They are frightened Romney won’t be able to withstand the withering attacks leveled at him by Obama’s team depicting him as a weakling unable to hold his own under fire.

  297. LOL. these “reporters”, Jeff Zeleny of the NYT, remember the same man who asked Barry what part of his job enchanted him? first prints out a story that “sources close to Romney say he’s made his VP decision and will be announcing soon”, and then 4 hours late, NYT says, they have no confirmation.

    LOL! if romney camp is doing this on purpose, I say bravo to them. Lead them on and then say, those Obot media outlets have no clue about what they’re talking about. Why treat the NYT like a real newspaper, they sure don’t act like it.

  298. David Frum? Ace of Spades loves making fun of him, calls hims I think Mr.Snickers or something like that. They don’t take him as a conservative but some hanger-on from the Bush days.

  299. PO$ Mark Warner fo VA made millions from Nextel, and yet backs an openly marxist like OTurd.

    US military R&D has what made basic technology research possible, yet this is where OTurd is planning to cut the most money. So on one hand, he says the nonsense he says, and then does the opposite. and then he smacks around every business owner in this country.

  300. oh man, Romney went on Okra’s show? What was he thinking?!? My wife loved Okra… until she refused to have Hillary on her show, and then Palin…. Okra, a woman who made her billions off women, disses the first 2 women to rise to presidential and VP levels.
    A woman who’s network OWN has lost 350 million and is soon to be done and done.
    Who listens to this woman?
    my wife who was a huge viewer cannot stand Okra now. Why would Romney so on her show? Exposure? who does he think even watches or listens to Okra??
    ————————
    What is he doing?

    Rebutting the big media attacks.

    They claim he is controlled by the far right in the party.

    But if that were true he would not go on Oprah.

    Last night I raised the same question you did.

    Today, I am willing to trust his judgment.

    Meanwhile Obama makes an even bigger ass of himself.

    That said, I stand by my earlier comment that Romney needs to get rid of some of his staff, Gilespee, Feherson and quite possibly Dan Senor who sleeps with the enemy.

    I think Rence Priebus is a genius. If he were not head of the RNC, he would be the guy I would select to replace those three stooges.

  301. tim
    July 16th, 2012 at 11:16 pm
    VotingHillary
    July 16th, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Sidenote: Romney’s “singing Obama” ad has already been taken down from YouTube due to “copyright” violation.

    YET, the original signing youtube video has not been taken down. Apparently that isn’t considered “copyright” violation. Neither video is copyrighted, so Youtube now has a policy apparently, if its embarassing to Barry, they’ll take it down, or else, its a-ok. Not surprising,Youtube is owned by Google, an Obot company.

    _______________________

    tim, that is why I said it must be an Obama supporter that wrote that song. He/She must have told BMI to enforce the copyright for that video but leave the other videos alone.

    Welcome to the world of copyright enforcement. This wasn’t YouTube’s decision.

  302. What we wrote:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/forget-the-apologies-and-take-the-mitts-off-mitt/2012/07/16/gJQA0xpYoW_story.html

    Forget the apologies and take the mitts off, Mitt

    Here is the state of the presidential race in a nutshell: The Obama campaign charges that Mitt Romney might have committed a felony by misrepresenting his position at Bain Capital to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Outraged, Romney fires off this response:

    “He sure as heck ought to say he’s sorry.”

    Ward Cleaver, call your office.

    Not surprisingly, President Obama brushed off Romney’s request and continued to hammer him over the weekend. Obama is playing by the brass-knuckle rules of Chicago politics. Rather than calling for apologies, Romney needs grab a bottle, break it on the bar and start fighting back.

    This may not come naturally to Romney, but we know he can do it. Recall that during the GOP primaries Romney initially followed a strategy of staying above the fray. Instead of trying to win, he waited for his opponents to lose. Romney focused on his business experience, while Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Herman Cain imploded in sequential fashion.

    But then in South Carolina, Newt Gingrich refused to follow suit. Like Obama today, he ran ads showing laid-off workers blasting Romney for cutting deals that cost them their jobs. Like Obama today, he demanded Romney release his tax returns and demanded to know what he was hiding. Romney absorbed blow after blow and failed to fight back — and as a result suffered a devastating defeat in the Palmetto state.

    It was only when Romney realized his White House chances were fading that he finally took the mitts off and went on the offensive against Gingrich. He branded Gingrich an “influence peddler” who spent “15 years in Washington on K Street” advising clients like the discredited mortgage giant Freddie Mac. He declared Gingrich “erratic” and questioned his competence for the Oval Office. He defined Gingrich as a “failed leader” who resigned his speakership “in disgrace.” It worked. Romney won decisively in Florida, and went on the secure the GOP nomination — in large part because Republican voters finally saw a candidate who was willing to fight and who they believed could go toe-to-toe with Obama in the fall.

    So where is that candidate today? Since securing the nomination, Romney has reverted to his old approach. Instead of trying to win, he seems to be waiting for Obama to lose. When the Supreme Court declared the individual mandate a tax, instead of barnstorming the country to hammer Obama for enacting a massive tax increase on the middle class, Romney went jet-skiing on Lake Winnipesaukee. While Romney has been largely running positive ads, Obama has spent nearly $100 million in battleground states on mostly negative ads about Romney’s tenure at Bain — declaring him a “pioneer of outsourcing” who is running for “outsourcer-in-chief.” Obama’s ad buy has dwarfed Romney’s by a margin of at least 4-1. Result: Only 18 percent of swing state voters see Romney’s business experience positively while 33 percent viewed it negatively. Obama is taking Romney’s greatest asset — his business experience — and turning it into a liability.

    Not to worry, says Team Romney. They point out that despite the attacks, their candidate is running even with Obama in the polls and is out-fund-raising a sitting president by a significant margin.

    The problem is: It shouldn’t be a tie. Obama is coming off of the worst three months of an incumbent president during an election year in recent memory. Consider the litany of blunders and bad news he has suffered — from his declaration that “the private sector is doing fine,” to his ugly fight with Catholic leaders over his Health and Human Services mandate, to the controversy over his intelligence leaks, to his decision to invoke executive privilege in the “Fast and Furious” scandal, to the string of bad jobs reports that show we are in the weakest recovery since the Great Depression. Yet despite the endless stream of bad news, the president is running even with Romney. In fact, he’s gaining. Three months ago, Gallup had Romney with a five-point lead over the president; today, they are at 46-46.

    Framed this way, the picture for Romney does not look so pretty.

    Romney’s new ad declaring Obama a liar is a sign of life — but he’s still responding to attacks instead of launching them. The Post reports that Romney will fire a new salvo this week accusing the president of “crony capitalism” and contrasting “Obama’s political payoffs with middle class layoffs.” Said one adviser, “We’re turning the page.” Let’s hope so. We know Romney can brawl with the best of them; if he couldn’t, he would not be the GOP nominee today. The question is: Which Mitt Romney will we see over the next four months? The passive candidate who got trounced in South Carolina? Or the fighter who brawled his way to victory in Florida?

    We wrote about the use of “crony capitalism” and how Mitt Romney should propel that narrative. Maybe someone at the Romney HQ is listening and reading.

  303. ShortTermer
    July 16th, 2012 at 5:44 pm
    [….]
    zaladonis says [elsewhere]:
    Look at the former Hillary supporters fighting Obama by championing Romney as if a President Romney might actually be good for us or our economy

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

    There is a lot of that sort of thing said at H44. Some people say they’re supporting Romney only as strategy/tactics, to get rid of Obama in hopes the Hillary/FDR wing will come back. But others seem to be agreeing with Romney and Rightwingers in general.

  304. David Frum? Ace of Spades loves making fun of him, calls hims I think Mr.Snickers or something like that. They don’t take him as a conservative but some hanger-on from the Bush days.
    ——————————
    That is exactly what he is–a hanger on. Like Storm’n Norman Ornstein he has an acute case of Potomac Fever. The greatest conservative mind over the centuries was Edmund Burke. The greatest conservative mind of the last 100 years was Bill Rusher who was allied with Bill Buckley at National Review. I used to watch him on a show called The Advocates. He would go up against leftists like Larry Tribe of Harvard, and each time that happened they had to carry Tribe out on a stretcher. As great liberal minds go, Hillary is the state of the art. Obama is a gadfly.

  305. “instead of barnstorming the country to hammer Obama for enacting a massive tax increase on the middle class, Romney went jet-skiing on Lake Winnipesaukee.
    _____________

    Reminiscent of the photo of Kerry ‘sailing’ in his windsurfer uniform as he was being swiftboated.

    Leno announced tonight, Gingrich will appear this week on the Tonight Show..

  306. Then you quit your broker job. So you are no longer making decisions about where your (and a lot of other people’s) money gets invested. You are not managing the fund anymore. But you STILL “own” your 401k, until such time as you either withdraw it or sell it to invest in some other fund. You are still “CEO” on paper of your own money. But you aren’t hiring or firing or making any decisions about what it gets invested in.

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

    There’s a lot of talk going around about ‘personal accountability’ and ‘personal responsibility’. That would suggest that if you’re invested in something, if you don’t like what they’re doing, you should take your money out.

  307. “We’re turning the page.” Let’s hope so. We know Romney can brawl with the best of them; if he couldn’t, he would not be the GOP nominee today
    ————————-
    Taint necessarily so. What won it for him was negative advertising where he outspent Newt 15 to 1, and strong attacks by FOX against Newt and attacks by the Washington establishment against Newt, and marital infidelities by Newt. In other words, to say Romney won because he brawled successfully against Newt and therefore can brawl against Obama, is wishful thinking. I hope it is true, but the record on point is a trifle ambiguous.

    Look, I am 51 to 49 on this. Theissen by the way was the speechwriter for W and Rummy. I am not certain that he is an oracle of political wisdom, so much as he is a wordsmith. I guess my thinking at the moment is based on what Jay Cost said. If anyone cares to give me the rebuttal point to his arguments, I will gladly listen.

  308. Today, Donald Trump explained that Mitt Romney should release his tax records … but not until Barack Obama releases his college records. “Obama should give his college applications and records – you talk about transparency,” said Trump. “We will learn more about Obama when we look at those college applications than any other thing that can happen.” President Obama has already refused repeatedly to hand over such records, lumping the entire topic in with talk about his birth certificate.

    ——
    Hehe, good for Trump.

    He needs to spend some time with Mitt, teaching him the ropes of negotiation and battle.

  309. After all, Mitt Romney has basically been running for president for five years. Why are these stories about Bain Capital cropping up now?

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

    Maybe a boring story about a boring person wouldn’t have sold any newspapers, till the year when he actually got the nomination.

  310. The goal is to keep homeowners saddled by large mortgage payments from losing their homes — which are now valued at a fraction of what they were once worth.
    [….]
    The idea was broached by a group of West Coast financiers who suggest using the power of eminent domain, which lets the government seize private property for public use. In this case, they would condemn troubled mortgages so they could seize them from the investors who own them. Then the mortgages would be rewritten so the borrowers would have significantly lower monthly payments.

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

    Good idea. Though the cities might do better to rent the homes back to the residents.

  311. Romney Camp…here is the ad you need to run during the Olympics.

    Toot your horn over the success of the Salt Lake games…then show Obama’s “Olympic success” story.

  312. Sandra Fluke (who is also from a very wealthy family ou in California…

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

    If true, that would be evidence that Fluke is sincerely advocating for others who actually need the savings of buying contraceptives as group purchase in their insurance plan (which was NOT free).

    You know, like Hillary advocates for others to get help which she herself does not need.

  313. Something Smart:

    http://johnwsmart.net/2012/07/15/after-all-is-said-and-done-perhaps-obama-is-just-an/

    Barack Obama is an asshole. Anyone who reads this blog regularly won’t find my opinion surprising. But I chose the word specifically. Obama’s struck me as a lot of things these past few years. A prick, a brat, a goofball, an Chicago alderman who somehow became President, a Soros mole, a racist, a tool, a narcissistic sociopath. After reviewing the links above all the other modifiers fell away for me. He’s simply an asshole.

    There’s something truly ass-holey about a frontal assault on people who create and run businesses. I know, I know, he tried to back pedal and make us all get sentimental about this mentor or that teacher. The obvious answer is that many people had wonderful teachers. Not everyone creates succesful businesses. It does actually take a Bill Gates sometimes….most times. I’ll go ahead and assume Gates feels gratitude for his good teachers, the community he grew up in….Many people do. Not all change the way we live.

    The most important sentence in Obama’s rant is: ‘If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen’ Please tell that to Thomas Edison or even Debbie Fields. Nah, it was the highway commissioner who approved paving – yea, that’s why we got the lightbulb! As for all those delicious cookies…Debbie Fields’ smarts and labor are not so important. She didn’t do anything, build anything. In fact, it’s people like her we need to attack!

    Is there anything Obama hates more than individual initiative? Obama’s remark is Obama speaking about himself, of course. He’s projecting once again. He entire life was created by others. His entire life is a concoction. On some level he knows this.

    The Romney bashing ad may well be useful to Obama. I don’t know. To me it’s mostly just cringe inducing. Using the other guy’s horrible singing voice against him – while he’s singing a patriotic song no less – is something an asshole does. There are a thousand ways to attack alleged outsourcing. The Obama Campaign made the asshole’s choice. After watching the ad all I thought was: Wow, Obama is an asshole.

  314. Hilary Rosen, who claims that housewives have never worked a day in their lives, therefore they have no right to give advice or express their opionions on political matters.

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

    No, Rosen said that Ann Romney had no experience of the outside workplace so was not a qualified presidential advisor on those issues.

    What’s abusive and vindictive, was the way Ann Romney and the Romney campaign misrepresented Rosen’s remark.

    And saying someone is not qualified as the chief advisor to the President, is not saying that she has no right to an opinion at all, as we all have.

  315. Obama’s speech channeling Elizabeth Warren that people like Romney built their successful businesses on the tax payer and government’s back and that is bad and evil.

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

    Obama may have tried to steal Warren’s speech and got it wrong, but Warren did NOT say what you’re claiming. She said that successful people receive more from the government (protection of their property, education of those who became their employees, etc) so they should pay more taxes.

  316. Its ALL taxpayer monies, whether you subsidize the insurance or the emergerncy room visits.

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

    Their point is that expanding Medicaid will send the patients to facilities less expensive to run than the Emergency Rooms are.

  317. SHV, as we wrote – “weak” is the anti-Romney subtext of all these Obama attacks. That’s what these attacks are all about. It’s not about Bain in the same way that the swift boat attacks against Kerry were not about Vietnam or medal history. The response should be to turn the tables and attack Obama on a very personal level. The Bain attacks themselves can be countered with the success stories the company can boast.
    ———————–
    This nonsense will stop when he announces his vp. That is one way to stop it if he does not believe confrontation is wise at this point. Big media has the attention span of a flea, and so for that matter does the American voter. The dimocrats and big media have gone overboard on this. And these attacks have been shown to be fraudulent. The question is not what they say. The question is will it be believed. And even if it is believed, will it really matter in an economy like this one. If the polls were moving then the question would be easier to answer.

  318. So if Romney is from a Batman movie, does that make Obama “The Joker”, we can always resurrect those posters if they really wanna play dirty.

  319. Someone seriously needs to have their licence taken away……Freaking hilarious but could have been worse for the girl.

    72-year-old driver, Louise Ericksen, was driving southbound on Highway 72 in Beltrami County Sunday when her car strayed into the ditch, hit a sign and broke a back window. As the car bounced along the rough terrain, 15-year-old Kendall Ericksen was ejected out the broken window. The driver maneuvered her Impala back on the highway and continued southbound without realizing Kendall was missing.

    The Duluth News Tribune says when the driver and a front seat passenger discovered Kendall wasn’t there, they drove back to the area where they had gone in the ditch and found her standing alongside the highway. She wasn’t seriously injured.

    http://kstp.com/news/stories/s2690684.shtml

    ……………………………………..

    Gives a whole new meaning to Grandma threw me out of the car.

  320. The most important sentence in Obama’s rant is: ‘If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen’!

    The most important sentence in Obama’s rant is: ‘If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen’!

    The most important sentence in Obama’s rant is: ‘If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen’!.

    *******

    Romney s given gifts almost on a daily basis and is not using them appropriately or forcefully in my mind.
    s is being Hillafied and doesn’t know or is too vain to get down and dirty. Mr Clever needs a little ghetto or we are done, and you can stick a fork in it!

    Is there anything Obama hates more than individual initiative? Obama’s remark is Obama speaking about himself, of course. He’s projecting once again. He entire life was created by others. His entire life is a concoction. On some level he knows this

  321. What happened to all the catchy twitter thing to help Romney? Why are we not seeing that from the righty crowd?

    The most important sentence in Obama’s rant is: ‘If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen’! — this line alone could have generated a tsunami of twitter feed and what happened?

  322. The most important sentence in Obama’s rant is: ‘If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen’!

    To me this is the most galling narrative that Obama is cooking up. It is quintessentially unamerican. You know why? The cornerstone of this country has always been its innovators and entrepreneurs. That has been the cutting edge since the late 1700s when Jefferson and others included the idea of patents into the constitution. This is a remarkable country. This is a beautiful country for having thought of it then. The Europeans had the riches but didn’t do it. The rest of the world didn’t have the means and didn’t do it. But America did it. And true to American spirit, anybody, just about anybody can file a patent and protect and benefit from their ideas and innovations. What a novel idea! You go to Mount Washington in NH and read about the guy who invented the first cog rail, you would become sentimental if you have a heart. The Swiss came here and learned from that guy how to scale mountains for the ordinary and disabled. It runs in the blood aqnd true to its name, it is brave the new world. Now this nincompoop has been mucking it all up. There is absolutely nothing good that comes out of this. I am not saying this with a tinfoil on my head and don’t want to given credence to conspiracies and other nonsense. But just looking at how the masses are very deceptively turned against the ideas that inspired the founding of this country is enough. Who the hell is this guy?

  323. Scott Pelley delivered the CBS evening news last night with nary a mention of Barrage [O’Hate] Obama or Mitt Romney. Here is the full episode video link: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7415108n&tag=showDoorLeadStoriesAreaMain;ENLeadHero

    There is a nice interview of Hillary beginning at 10:58. After it, he notes that Hillary has just visited 9 countries in 12 days.
    At other places on tee vee I’ve heard this mentioned as her farewell tour.

    Pelley’s priorities last night were to our liking.

  324. Since reading that Mitt does not have much use of his campaign money until nominated, I’ve been wondering why R Superpacs are not backing him over Bain.

  325. Sununu’s brilliant Juan joust: Riffing on the MR felon charge

    (from the other night)

    “It’s amazing to me that this president would introduce the word felon into the discourse. This is a president who wallowed in Chicago in the murky soup of politics and felons, a region where the politicians quite often end up as felons in jail. This is a president who cut a very snarky real estate deal with Tony Rezko, who is now in prison for trying to extort some money on a political basis. Why would the president want to give people an opportunity to raise his wallowing with felons in the past by raising that question?”

  326. Hillary putting the finishing touches on her legacy as the Secretary of State of the Century..

    Anyone else filling her role of SOS will be hard pressed to eclipse her stunning achievements and her diplomatic devotion to her country as the well loved and well respected face of the United States.
    ____________________

    Jet-setting Hillary Clinton breaks travel record

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If diplomatic achievements were measured by the number of countries visited, Hillary Rodham Clinton would be the most accomplished secretary of state in history.

    While historians will debate and eventually rate her tenure as America’s top diplomat, Clinton is already assured of a place in the State Department record book.

    When her plane touched down at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington early Tuesday morning, the former first lady completed an epic 13-day journey of 27,000 miles — about 2,000 miles more than the circumference of the Earth — through and over Europe to Asia and then doubling back to the Middle East.

    One well-traveled Clinton staffer described the France-Afghanistan-Japan-Mongolia-Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia-Egypt-Israel itinerary as “especially absurd, even for us.”

    Despite the mind- and body-numbing time zone hopping, Clinton joked that she was ready for more.

    “I appreciate being here, I am only sorry that I have to leave,” she told reporters on her last stop Monday, in Israel.

    “My traveling team is anxious to get home. I’d like to be hanging out in Jerusalem, but, you know, I have to do my duty,” she said with a sigh.

    Since becoming secretary of state in 2009, Clinton has logged 351 days on the road, traveled to 102 countries and flown a whopping 843,839 miles, according to the State Department. While some previous secretaries may have flown more miles — mainly due to shuttling back and forth to the Mideast on peace missions — none has visited more nations.

    Clinton broke that record last month, eclipsing Madeleine Albright’s total of 98, when she traveled to Finland for number 99 and then hit the 100 mark in Latvia.

    Not content, she tacked on another two countries — Mongolia and Laos, where she was the first secretary of state to visit in 57 years and only the second ever — on her latest trip. And she has another six months to go before she reaches her self-imposed deadline to step down and take a breather.

    Even with a bed on the plane and her uncanny ability to sleep mid-flight, the grueling schedule can take its toll.

    Clinton suffered a rare coughing fit as she finished a speech before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Hanoi.

    And while she insisted that she would have preferred to stay all day as birds sang in Kabul’s presidential place, she rushed away when Afghan President Hamid Karzai suggested taking additional questions.

    Arriving in Egypt this weekend after a flight from Cambodia, Clinton and her staff literally didn’t know what time it was.

    BlackBerrys automatically reset their times to what should have been Cairo time, except it wasn’t, so the staff set their clocks to Sarajevo time. Several hours later, the reason for the discrepancy was discovered: Egypt opted out of daylight saving time this year.

    Clinton tells anyone who asks that she won’t be staying on if President Barack Obama wins a second term — not surprising, given that only one secretary of state has served more than four years since the 1970s. And after a bruising fight with Obama for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, she likes to say she won’t be returning to the political stage.

    But with her popularity at an all-time high and the Democrats in likely need of a 2016 candidate regardless of whether Obama is reelected, there is widespread speculation that she would find a second stab at becoming first female president irresistible.

    First, though, she’ll need a nap.

    http://news.yahoo.com/jet-setting-hillary-clinton-breaks-travel-record-070538152.html

  327. We are almost at the 500 post mark.. Admin must be feverishly assembling words of wisdom passing along suggestions the Romney Team should contemplate if they expect to WIN- I guarantee, Voting for Roseanne Barr will not one of them-

  328. Wow, Obama’s Bain attacks are really working……………

    Rasmussen daily poll.

    Sat it was 45-44 Obama, Sun, it was 45-45 Even, Monday was 46-45 Romney, Today its 47-44 Romney. Guess they are really working.

  329. Lets hope he is right.
    ___________________________

    Rubio Is the ‘Only Choice That Makes Sense’
    Monday, 16 Jul 2012 08:46 PM

    By Paul Scicchitano

    With The New York Times reporting that Mitt Romney has made a decision and could announce his running mate as early as this week, political guru and best-selling author Dick Morris tells Newsmax.TV that he is convinced Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will get the nod, but not necessarily before the Republican National Convention.

    “It’s the only choice that makes sense,” insisted the Fox News analyst in an exclusive interview on Monday. “It would be a mistake to announce it this week, or next, or next. He should save it for the convention because the key question is how many people will watch the convention? We need that suspense to be hanging in the air. But in an effort to kill the suspense, I believe that it will be Rubio, and I believe that he decided that a while ago.”

  330. Corporate cooties! DNC rebrands Bank of America Stadium as ‘Panthers Stadium’

    http://twitchy.com/2012/07/17/corporate-cooties-dnc-rebrands-bank-of-america-stadium-as-panthers-stadium/

    ………………………

    No its the BANK OF AMERICA Stadium, it is not the “panthers” stadium, no matter how many times you say it.

    So will they rename other stuff, its not the “Sears” Tower, its the big tall pointy building.

    For the record, Bank of America Stadium has never been called “Panthers Stadium.” Bank of America purchased naming rights in 2004, replacing L.M. Ericsson Inc. as the corporate (gasp!) sponsor. Prior to that, the facility was known as Carolinas Stadium.

  331. 10:51 am July 17, 2012
    wbboei wrote :
    .This writer, Gerry Seib, is really over the top for Obama. He refers to Obama’s scurrilous attacks as a “crusade”? Really. And he goes on to tell us that the polls are showing that the Bain attacks are working, but he does not show us the polls, does he. And he treats the dire state of the economy, and the debt Obama has created as just another issue. I have a big problem with this writer. He is far from objective.
    ———————————————————–
    Seib is a high placed OBOT at wsj. This is my response to a partisan article he published this morning in that paper. It is the kind of tripe we see often from this beady eyed little bastard. He claims that there are now polls showing that the attacks against Romney are working in swing states. However, he does not cite those polls so we are in no position to determined their validity and authenticity. It would not be beyond this guy to make this up, or shade the truth just a little, based on his blatant bias. However, if there are such polls now, and if they are credible, and if they are moving the wrong way, then should be a wake up call to the Romney campaign to start firing their skuds at Obama, personally. In that case, he may not have the luxury of waiting until the convention. On the other hand, he may be better off to take the hit now, and pound him a month from now when the convention and the selection of Rubio (we hope) gives him the forum to define himself and Bain on his terms, without walking into a trap laid for him by low lifes like Gerald Seib.

  332. Obama Fails to Meet Budget Review Deadline

    With the country mired in debt, the Obama administration had until July 16 to submit their mid-session budget review to Congress. And they failed to meet the deadline.

    According to The Hill, the “document is supposed to contain revised spending, tax collection and deficit numbers to update the February budget proposal.” The February budget proposal was also released late, making it the third consecutive year in which Obama released his budget late, which many Republicans, according to The Hill, have said was a result of Senate Democrats failing to pass a stand-alone budget for the last three years.

    “The Obama administration’s continued failure to meet the statutory deadline to report the midsession budget review is unacceptable for a government tumbling toward a debt crisis,” House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) told The Hill.

    This is yet another symbol of the lack of concern Obama has for the country’s dire fiscal situation.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/07/16/Obama-Fails-To-Meet-Budget-Review-Deadline

    ………………………………………..

    Its been handed to you on a plate Mitt, run with it.

  333. It is only appropriate that the fraud is associated with a Nazi sympathizer… You need to go with it Romney…Daily Caller

    ************************
    July 16, 2012
    YouTube yanks Romney web video over Al Green song

    Mitt Romney’s new web video, featuring audio of President Obama singing a few lines from Al Green’s, “Let’s Stay Together,” has been pulled down from YouTube via a copyright claim of BMG Rights Management.

    According to a release, the video, titled, “Political Payoffs and Middle Class Layoffs,” used news reports to demonstrate that “[i]nstead of working to restore [our] economic security, President Obama is too busy rewarding his biggest donors.”

    Perhaps ironically, BMG and Crown/Random House (which published both of Obama’s books, his campaign plan, and Michelle Obama’s new book) are — despite Obama’s concerns about “outsourcing” — all owned by German conglomerate Bertlesmann AG, which bills itself as “the world’s most international media company.”

    So it is interesting that the company that pulled down Romney’s web ad shares a German parent company with Obama’s publisher.

    According to their Wikipedia entry, “During World War II, Bertelsmann was the biggest single producer of Nazi propaganda.” The BBC reports that “German media giant Bertelsmann has admitted it lied about its Nazi past and that it made big profits during Adolf Hitler’s reign in Germany using Jewish slave labour.”

    Crown/Random House does good work, and nobody should blame Obama for making millions off of his writing. But just imagine what they would be saying if Romney’s turnaround book had been published by a multinational conglomerate with ties to Nazi propaganda.

    What is more, one wonders if an Obama ad featuring Al Green’s song would have also been pulled down?

  334. The greatest Secretary of State since Acheson, according to the low life head of Google who betrayed her in 2008. More air miles than any previous sos–as if that is a substitute for accomplishments as opposed to frequent flyer miles. This is all bullshit. If Hillary wants to make a lasting mark on history, she needs to engineer a major diplomatic breakthrough, dominate the administration’s foreign policy, marshall a great alliance, author a great doctrin, or a great recovery plan or pave the way to a great victory, as someone said. I am hoping she can do one or more of these things in the limited time left. The problem of course is Obama. When the people who have betrayed her in the past start throwing accolades up like this, you know something is wrong. In these desperate times, we all need to be realistic.

  335. And when these same people praise her for being loyal to Obama they give their game away. Is there any other member of the cabinet whom these people praise for their loyalty? Of course not.

  336. wbboei
    July 17th, 2012 at 11:22 am

    ***

    Yet I am sure she has put out more fires than anyone else. I am in fear of her stepping down, but I welcome it if we can defeat the fraud in Nov.

  337. A huge reality slap for people hospitalized… Two years ago, I was hospitalized with Strep-Pneumonia..and subsequently died twice, luckily revived both times.. I got a sinking feeling when I was admitted through the ER the medical staff would have happily taken my vital organs from me with or without my permission should I remain passed away… Of course, having a close family member standing by at that particular moment with a cudgel in his hand overseeing their actions upset their plans forcing them to do the right thing..

    Here is a story that has just surfaced. As you read on the reality sets in this practice has been going on for quite a long time with hospitals anxious to accelerate the transplant phenomenon outside the bounds of a patient’s wishes. They claim it is only dead bodies they are dealing with but how fine is that timeline when you are under their care?

    Warning the language is graphic but as a public service this is something I experienced first hand and something, I believe has gotten much more prevalent in the last two years now that this unscrupulous practice is being exposed… The involvement of the US is deeply hidden in this dark and troubling story. It’s something you need to think about when you need hospitalization.

    Body wranglers at work: Inside the global trade in human corpses.

    http://openchannel.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/17/12787790-body-wranglers-at-work-inside-the-global-trade-in-human-corpses?chromedomain=vitals

  338. 422 comments, we are such talkers.

    Even on a T1 line, it is hard to load this thread. Big Pink is alive and well. 😉

  339. wbboei
    July 17th, 2012 at 11:25 am

    And when these same people praise her for being loyal to Obama they give their game away. Is there any other member of the cabinet whom these people praise for their loyalty? Of course not.
    ________________

    And the minute she resigned her SOS position and IF she announced in a surprise move, she is seeking the Democratic Nomination for the 2012 Presidency… They would turn on her in a millisecond and begin an assault that would be memorialized in the history books as the most vile gut wrenching bludgeoning of a presidential candidate ever witnessed by the American people in over 200 years of presidential elections. While Obama stood by, arms folded, with a sh*t eatin’ grin on his face!

  340. And the minute she resigned her SOS position and IF she announced in a surprise move, she is seeking the Democratic Nomination for the 2012 Presidency…
    ———————————–
    Absolutely Mrs. Smith. We do not need them to tell us she is a great leader. Their belated praise is eye wash and totally self serving. The bastard who heads up Google gave all of us the impression that he was on her side, while secretly conspiring with Obama. He is a no good son of a bitch. A total creep show. In the time that remains, I want to see her accomplish something substantive, that she will be remembered for years from now, like Acheson, Baker, Marshall, Kissinger all did during their tenure. Not this celebrity drivel you are hearing now. She is so much more than than. But she is limited because she serves the devil now, who is hell bent on destroying America. Nothing could be clearer. In that one sense, he is completely transparent to anyone who cares to look and is not corrupt.

  341. We need more Sununu. I say keep him out defending MR 24/7 until the election.

    “He has no idea how the American system functions, and we shouldn’t be surprised about that, because he spent his early years in Hawaii smoking something, spent the next set of years in Indonesia, and when he came to the U.S. worked as a community organizer — which is a socialized structure — and then got into politics in Chicago. There has been no experience in his life in which he’s earned a private-sector paycheck that meant anything.”

    http://bcove.me/hywdcf1u

  342. moononpluto
    July 17th, 2012 at 10:21 am
    Wow, Obama’s Bain attacks are really working……………

    Rasmussen daily poll.

    Sat it was 45-44 Obama, Sun, it was 45-45 Even, Monday was 46-45 Romney, Today its 47-44 Romney. Guess they are really working.
    &&&&&&&&&

    Pissing money down the drain…He’ll be broke by September.

    Ha ha.

  343. HTA,

    C-span stopped broadcasting just minutes after I clicked on the link. MR was in the middle of tearing the POS a new one. He said something to the effect that the POS doesn’t take responsibility for his actions and is constantly blaming something or someone else from ATM machines to the tsunami to . . . me.

    He jokes that apparently it’s now himself who is the cause of every problem in the country and says, “It came as news to me and my family.”

    The crowd applauded and laughed. MR also riffed on the energy-killing policies of the administration to applause and pointed out that a %500, million loan for cars went to Finland. Then the clip stopped. Wonder if he’s coming too close for comfort and they pulled the plug at C-Span?

  344. MR gave a great speech and the crowd loved it
    My notes for those interested. Speech should be available archived at C-Span soon

    5 point plan — energy, trade, balanced budget, education, economic freedom
    1 – take advantage of oil, gas, coal – huge cheers (says seems to me you agree with that point)
    2 – trade – we are highly productive – POS hasn’t taken advantage of that – China figured it out – 40 new trade agreements – this president has made zero
    3 – debt so large it slows growth so I will have balanced budget – (wild cheers)
    4 – people need skills and training
    5 – encourage economic freedom – POS crushes it with taxes and overwhelming regulatory burden — describes tax plan
    We will come roaring back
    *****************************************

    Different from era of BC who said the time of big government is over.
    Points out the rollback of BC’s welfare rules
    Crowd is cheering
    What happens if the POS is re-elected – crowd boos – next 4 years chronic unemployment, falling salaries
    We have seen what the POS’s policies bring and we don’t want any more of it
    Goes on about the idiot’s Friday comments that businessmen owed their success to the government
    Goes on about the idiot’s Friday comments that businessmen owed their success to the government
    I have different views. I believe the kid who gets an A worked hard and achieved it should get credit and
    Ditto – business owners, inventors, entrepreneurs
    Crowd cheers
    POS justifies taking more taxes by saying system of government makes things possible –
    Constitution says God gave us our rights not government – crowd cheers
    POS denigrates and diminishes success and that diminishes all
    He wants Americans to be ashamed of success and I want people to be proud of it
    The people of America make this country unique
    (No Teleprompters)

  345. HTA,

    I agree.

    I think the POS may have jumped the shark with that bit on Friday about how businesses owe government for their success.

    😀

  346. Basil, the connection I had worked throughout. If admin can embed the video, I’ll watch it again. Lots of hope and determination there.

  347. That is a good point. There should be a running column, similar to Obamameturism of the Day, which would be entitled “What Are You Smoking Today Crackhead”? and then lists his latest gaff.

  348. Re: rgb44hrc
    July 17th, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Nah, he won’t be broke. He will get donations from Chavez, Putin, and Dinnerjacket, Kim Jon Un, and Che……….they will require him to have ‘flexibility’ that [their] way.

  349. He. Doesn’t Get. It

    Great new NRCC ad

    We want a president who will stand by our side, not ride on our back


  350. Another good one. The Obama Connection. Meet Steve Westly. He raised $500,000 for the POS and his companies, friends and associates got $500 million.


  351. “He jokes that apparently it’s now himself who is the cause of every problem in the country and says, “It came as news to me and my family.”
    *******
    Hopefully the Romney campaign is getting good advice about a “psy-ops” campaign against Obama. If he continues making jokes about Obama that point out the the Pres. is an incompetent fool who also happens to be dumb as a box of rocks, it will pay off in a few months. Laughing at a sociopath is like sunlight to a vampire.

  352. Behind on posts, sorry if these have already been listed:
    —-
    Hillary Clinton breaks travel record

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If diplomatic achievements were measured by the number of countries visited, Hillary Rodham Clinton would be the most accomplished secretary of state in history.

    While historians will debate and eventually rate her tenure as America’s top diplomat, Clinton is already assured of a place in the State Department record book.

    (PHOTOS: Hillary Clinton’s world travels, 2009-2012)

    When her plane touched down at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington early Tuesday morning, the former first lady completed an epic 13-day journey of 27,000 miles — about 2,000 miles more than the circumference of the Earth — through and over Europe to Asia and then doubling back to the Middle East.

    One well-traveled Clinton staffer described the France-Afghanistan-Japan-Mongolia-Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia-Egypt-Israel itinerary as “especially absurd, even for us.”

    Politico

    —-

    Some great photos of Hillary

    Here Are The 20 Photos That Show How Hillary Clinton Is A Total Badass

    http://www.businessinsider.com/hillary-clinton-meme-texts-photos-badass-secretary-state-2012-7?op=1

  353. Romney Knocks It Out of the Park

    By all accounts, Mitt Romney was sensational today in Pennsylvania. His theme was Barack Obama’s revelatory “you didn’t build that” speech. Over the lunch hour (here in the Midwest), Twitter was burning up with commentary from those who were watching Romney’s speech live. The commentary was unanimously euphoric. Romney spoke without teleprompter or notes, something Obama rarely does without getting into trouble. He was, everyone agreed, passionate and articulate. It seems that Obama’s attack on entrepreneurs and job creators, and his baldly stated conviction that everyone owes everything to government, was the spark that Romney needed.

  354. Hopefully the Romney campaign is getting good advice about a “psy-ops” campaign against Obama. If he continues making jokes about Obama that point out the the Pres. is an incompetent fool who also happens to be dumb as a box of rocks, it will pay off in a few months. Laughing at a sociopath is like sunlight to a vampire
    ——————-
    Nice.

  355. Romney Knocks It Out of the Park

    By all accounts, Mitt Romney was sensational today in Pennsylvania. His theme was Barack Obama’s revelatory “you didn’t build that” speech. Over the lunch hour (here in the Midwest), Twitter was burning up with commentary from those who were watching Romney’s speech live. The commentary was unanimously euphoric. Romney spoke without teleprompter or notes, something Obama rarely does without getting into trouble. He was, everyone agreed, passionate and articulate. It seems that Obama’s attack on entrepreneurs and job creators, and his baldly stated conviction that everyone owes everything to government, was the spark that Romney needed.
    ______________________________________________

    Of course, this would matter if we had a MSM with any integrity. We don’t. The only way any of this gets out in the public is if it is made the subject of 30 second ads.

  356. foxy,

    Some great info from the Arpaio presser. The media, especially CBS and Channel 5 were, as usual, more interested in protecting the POS in the WH then in real details.

  357. BASIL99
    July 17th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    7 minute of MR’s speech
    ——–
    That was great, good to see Mitt is getting the message about playing Mr. Nice Guy is a way to end up being the EX-Governor of Mass.

    Thanks for the notes you took Basil.

  358. Oh Yes! Swiftboat the POS! I just borrowed the book Seal Team Six from the library and I can’t wait to read it.

    Former Navy SEAL Launches PAC To Fight Obama

    By Hunter Walker 2:01pm

    Ryan Zinke in his Navy days. (Photo: IraqVetsForCongress.com)
    Today, Ryan Zinke, an ex-Navy SEAL and Montana State Senator, announced the launch of Special Operations for America, a political action committee dedicated to “the election of Mitt Romney and like-minded candidates.”

    “Navy SEAL’s, Special Operations Personnel and Veteran’s across America have been outraged since Barack Obama conveniently took credit for killing Osama Bin Laden for political gain,” a statement announcing the launch of SOFA said. “The active duty military has no voice as they are forbidden to publicly engage in the political campaign process and it is career suicide for senior military leaders to speak out against the President.”

    Mr. Zinke, who has frequently slammed the president’s handling of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, reiterated his criticisms of the operation.

    “The President has failed and he is jeopardizing the safety of our troops, their families and our National security for political gain. Obama has exposed the identity of special operations units, leaked classified information, and limited the rules of engagement of forces on the ground,” said Mr. Zinke. “For those who have taken an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic, it is a call of duty to take back America from a Commander-in-Chief that is incapable of understanding the sacrifices that have been made for the values that have made America great.”

    http://politicker.com/2012/07/former-navy-seal-launches-pac-to-fight-obama/

    I bet the POS thinks the SEAL’s success over the years is because of the government. Let’s see if he still sings the same tune when he gets his butt handed to him in November.

  359. MR on fire again in Bowling Green, Ohio.

    He’s hitting the fact that the POS has held no meetings with his jobs council despite playing 100 rounds of golf.

    He’s asking business owners to stand up so he can thank them.

    Go, Mitt. (The Viking)

  360. This is todays schedule for the real president Public Schedule for July 20, 2012

    Public Schedule
    Washington, DC

    July 20, 2012

    SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

    1:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton hosts a swearing-in ceremony for Richard Morningstar, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    1:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Administrator Shah and Counselor Mills, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    3:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan Richard Morningstar, at the Department of State.of .this great country under assault by king OREO

  361. I always thought Larry King was a sort of casper milquistoast type of character. The word on the talk show circuit is that he is an easy interview. He is retiring, but just like Wulf, the retirement will not last long. Put differently, they never go away. And just when you strated to think you were rid of them. Larry did an interview with John Steward, who I do not like. However, he was eminently likeable in that interview–I posted it here. But what I did see, and did not expect, was the hostility Larry King showed toward the Tea Party, for no specific reason, other than the fact that he is part of the media establishment, who are cutting a really fat hog these days, are 100% committed to the Fraud, as a symbol of their class, and in some ways a rainmaker for them. For example, name me another holder of that office who takes such a vast retinue of reporters with him on his on his lavish foreign excursions. And since they cannot separate what is good for them in a materialistic sense, from what is good for the county, you get the kind of betraly of their journalistic profession that you see now. Larry is part of that crowd, plus he is a conspiracy nut. Evidently, he was heavily invested in the investigation of the Kennedy assassination by a nutty Louisana prosecutor named Jim Garrison, who was forever obsessing that it was the foul deed of a vast right wing conspiracy, but could never quite find the hard proof to substantiate his theory. Larry got caught up in that and was arrested in Miami, which he undoubtedly attributes to the vast right wing conspiracy as well. This kind of paraonia is like what we saw with Hanoi Jane during her salad days when she was no stranger to controlled substances, and kept company with the North Viet Namese artillary company. As I say, I never took Larry for one of those, but there is evidence that he was, and perhaps still is, part of the counter culture. Well, I suppose that is his business, just as long as he does not try to instill those biases in his audience. If he has proof that the Tea Parties are so evil, that they should not enjoy the same rights under the first amendment that he does, then show us the proof. If not then he needs to keep that bullshit to himself. He obsesses that they are taking over the Republican Party, as evidenced by the demise of that chesire cat in conservative clothing Luger. Well Lugar had become a fixture in the Washington dc establishment. He no longer represented his constitutents. He represented lobbyists. It was time for him to go. And unlike Larry, he will not be back.

    http://www.mugshots.org/hollywood/larry-king.html

    http://www.mugshots.org/hollywood/larry-king.html

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