Something Smart, Something Stupid

Statement #1, something smart: Barack Obama and his enablers must be defeated and thrown out of office and stripped of power.

Statement #2, something stupid: After this weekend’s events this election is now going to be about the important issues such as the economy.

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[By “this weekend’s events” we do not mean Sarah Palin not speaking at Republican convention.]

If, because of this weekend’s events you somehow disagree with statement #1, you have not been paying attention – consider yourself stupid.

If, because of this weekend’s events you disagree with statement #2, you have not been paying attention – consider yourself stupid.

If you realize that statement #1 is truer than ever and you also believe that this election will be an election of smear and fear, distract and distort, divide and conquer, corruption and complicity, consider yourself smart – you’ve been paying attention.

We don’t like making this weekend’s events a smart versus stupid divide but rarely have we witnessed events and decisions calling out for stark language.

On Friday night, before this weekend’s events, we outlined our objections. We are more disgusted than ever.

It’s not only the timing, it’s not only the stupidity of thinking a major announcement could be made to compete with a international sporting event. (By Sunday even DrudgeReport was headlining the Olympics). The timing was symptomatic of a campaign at sea taking on new duties to distract from its inability to fight effectively against the previous attacks.

The stupidity is such that even some usually smart voices are demanding critics “shut up”. That is starkly stupid. What is needed now is to recognize that the Mitt Romney campaign is at sea and in desperate need of an overhaul.

“Oh, but those adoring crowds and the money flowing in prove you are wrong” these foolish voices reply. We are reminded of Yamamoto on December 7, 1941, who as the majority of foolish Japanese celebrated the great victory at Pearl Harbor had other thoughts. Yamamoto kept asking “What about the carriers?” “Where are the carriers?” The carriers were at sea eventually to destroy Yamamoto and Imperial Japan.

The carriers of 2012 are Florida (and Ohio) and they are at sea also. Mitt Romney and his campaign somehow think that the way to win Florida and Ohio is with an intelligent discussion of the “issues” and explaining how Barack Obama grabbed half a trillion dollars from Medicare to pay for Obamacare and that Romney wants to preserve Medicare. As if Barack Obama is going to allow that discussion.

What do we see? We see that there was a perfectly viable candidate that answered the Florida question and whatever his downsides they could have been defended with some ease.

We see a total strategic surrender by Mitt Romney on the central, and only, question of campaign 2012. It’s now no longer a referendum on Barack Obama’s tenure – now Mitt Romney thinks it is a choice. A choice! He might as well join Planned Parenthood and become an abortion. A choice! The central strategic fight and now there is total surrender. Perhaps instead of the USS Wisconsin Romney should have held this weekend’s event on the USS Missouri.

We don’t see the applauding seals ask simple questions like “What happened to the focus on JOBS, JOBS, JOBS????????????????” What happened to a referendum on Barack Obama??????

What we see: “The Romney campaign has not had the best of weeks. They needed to get their act together not take on new duties and launching a VP campaign when they can’t manage the P campaign. The response to the Obama attacks were so badly handled by the press secretary that this Ryan pick looks like a band-aid to distract from the bleeding. The Romney campaign should have shuffled the incompetents out, get Sununu to do tutorials on how to respond to the attacks that will only get worse, then after they have righted the ship and slammed Obama as a nasty man running nasty ads – then launch the VP.”

What we see is Mitt Romney whining about Obama and asking Barack to take his campaign out of the gutter and the foolish follow with applause as if Romney had said something worth applauding. We’re not applauding. This is sheer stupidity from Mitt Romney. What Mitt Romney should be is that Obama is the gutter. Romney has to start saying that the Barack Obama campaign is nasty and dirty because Barack Obama is nasty and dirty. Instead there is a whine and the fools follow with applause.

What we see is risible. We are told a flashback: Obama promised entitlement reform in 2008 debate, and in January 2009, too is just the ticket. Well guess what you fools the Obama SuperPac Priorities USA is just getting warmed up with Soptic Cancer Ad. The Obama campaign slogan after this weekend’s events is “No Dirt Left Behind.”

What we see is Candy Crowley as a moderator in this fall’s debate and Mitt Romney acquiescing in allowing her to ask him questions when he should be asking her questions about her bias and Big Media bias.

What we see is that this has been a very bad weekend for opponents of Barack Obama. But we’re supposed to be polite, keep our fingers washed in the finger bowls and applaud like circus seals – as so many of the dimwitted are doing.

We’re not alone is speaking truth to fools. This weekend’s events according to Sean Trende “opens up an Obama landslide scenario for the first time“. But we’re all supposed to shut up because a Romney campaign, that does not understand that wall to wall coverage of an event on cable news shows is not the same as a gangbusters announcement during the week when there are no competing events to bust the announcement out to the politics adverse, knows what it is doing.

We’re supposed to shut up because a strategic surrender on this 2012 election being a referendum on Barack Obama but is now a “choice” between Obama and Romney, is to be ignored – if not applauded. The Romney campaign has to be made to answer for this strategic surrender not coddled and cooed as so many want to do. Why the strategic surrender?

AND WHAT ABOUT JOBS? WASN’T THE ROMNEY ARGUMENT THAT BARACK OBAMA WORRIED ABOUT HIS OWN JOB NOT THE JOBLESS????? Now Mitt Romney wants to talk about entitlements?????? What about jobs Mitt? Did the Bain attacks make you run away and think that distraction is going to keep the Obama mud slingers from going after you on JOBS? You can’t run away from this fight Mitt. Fight or get the hell out.

If there is any hope left, and there is very little even for the applauding seals, it’s that Romney is raising substantial amounts of money. He’ll need it all to overcome Big Media coverage of Barack Obama’s attacks. And those attacks will not be on the lofty issues. The attacks will continue to be on Bain and tax returns – the very attacks Mitt Romney sought to band-aid with this weekend’s events.

The other hefty bit of hope is that John Sununu is still around doing what needs to be done. Clue For Mitt Romney: Stop Whining, Start Fighting – You’ve Got A Golden Opportunity And You Are Blowing It.

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461 thoughts on “Something Smart, Something Stupid

  1. I can’t cry over Rubio… sorry.

    Ryan is showing true grit and the people LOVE it. It’s what they’ve been waiting for- a fighter. I didn’t choose Romney, the consensus did- I’m smart enough to know playing into a turbulent emotional strategy as sour grapes because Rubio is not the choice pick for the VP slot is a plan that serves no one but Obama. Our only assignment is to support the presumptive nominees and ensure their success at the polls. So they campaign harder in Florida and Ohio. Latinos will not be voting for Obama, the most hated sitting president ever.

  2. DEBATE MODERATORS ANNOUNCED:

    PBS Jim Lehrer, first Pres debate, Oct 3 Denver…

    CNN Candy Crowley, town hall, Oct 16, Hempstead NY…

    CBS Bob Schieffer, third Pres debate, Oct. 22, Boca Raton…

    ABC Martha Raddatz, VP debate, Oct 11, Danville KY…

  3. Admin – Your assessment is a bit harsh and focused on a single approach to this complex problem. R&R have
    put together a first rate package and it is going to take a little time for this to sink in. There is a
    great deal of ambivalence about some issues, e.g., the Medicare monster – which will have to unfold as the campaign gets going. Obama’s ads are increasingly rash, overtly dishonest and unappealing to a great many people. This demonstrates the flailings of an already desperate bunch who know they are going to lose this one and aren’t hesitant to walk the plank. There is a downside in having representation by Sununu types who have no conscience whatever.
    R&R should indeed battle back and get tough as hell. But it is important to appeal to the better angels of our nature if a voting majority is to be won over against this gang of thugs.

  4. I agree blue-

    Obama is becoming a good advertizement for the Romney-Ryan campaign. Obama Lies, Deceptions and Distortions are slowly being outed and the public is recognizing him as patently psychopathic and not a man deserving the presidency of the US.

  5. The Republicans have just begun to fight back.. We’ve been waiting for the Neo-Cons to step-up wresting control of the WH back from Obama, his goons and the Global elites. Now, we’ll hopefully see some action.
    ___________

    House Oversight Committee files contempt suit against Holder

    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has filed its contempt of Congress lawsuit against Attorney General Eric Holder.

    The move comes after the House in June voted to hold Holder in contempt over the department’s response to inquiries into Operation Fast and Furious.

    The civil court case was expected, as congressional Republicans anticipated they would have to take their case to a judge to try and compel the Obama administration to turn over documents pertaining to the failed anti-gunrunning program. Shortly before the House voted for contempt, President Obama locked down key documents by claiming executive privilege.

    That decision is expected to be challenged in the court case.

    Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., ranking Democrat on the oversight committee, released a brief statement Monday chastising his GOP colleagues over the suit.

    “It seems clear that House Republican leaders do not want to resolve the contempt issue and prefer to generate unnecessary conflict with the administration as the election nears,” Cummings said. “Unfortunately, the American public suffers as House Republicans disregard the real work that needs to be done.”

    The process, though, is consistent with how the contempt of Congress path played out in 2008, when a Democratically controlled House voted to hold two Bush administration officials in contempt. After a lawsuit, the two sides worked out an agreement where the two officials testified.

    The suit against Holder comes as the inspector general for the Department of Justice prepares to release a major report on Operation Fast and Furious.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/08/13/house-oversight-committee-to-file-contempt-suit-against-holder/?intcmp=trending

  6. another one…shooter in custody.

    KCEN-TV: 6 shot, 2 of these police officers, in College Station, Texas mass shooting near university.

  7. …can see that Admin is very concerned…and disgusted…

    you are right to say: this election will be an election of smear and fear, distract and distort, divide and conquer, corruption and complicity

    …and you are absolutely correct that the MSM will do everything possible to help O…BUT we knew this ways going to happen…they pulled this with the Clinton’s, for god’s sake…and Rubio would have gotten it to…this is the given…smears, lies, nonstop attacks…etc

    … I think I can say that we agree that the motivation of the MR VP roll out this weekend was a move to stop the bleeding and change the subject…whether that turns out to be a good move remains to be seen in the long run…

    I think where I differ with you is where you say: “What happened to the focus on JOBS, JOBS, JOBS????????????????” What happened to a referendum on Barack Obama??????

    I don’t understand why those issues are off the table…I hear a lot of pundits saying that and now “it’s all about choice” ok, fine…why can’t it be about choice, the need for jobs, jobs, jobs,…the mess BO has created…and the economy…which also includes, O’care and medicare…

    it is a whole package for a change in direction…

    imo, it is now up to R & R to really spell it out…to go hard and forceful…and for Ryan, who is perhaps more articulate…to EXPLAIN the differences…(Ryan will be in Florida this weekend)

    we have about two and half months…to keep building…I know you don’t want to hear the following right now…but the only hope we really have is to speak louder than O and his gutter politics and get the message out and somehow, someway have the contrast break out…

    http://johnwsmart.net/2012/08/12/the-importance-of-ryans-earnestness/

    The Importance Of Ryan’s Earnestness.

    Posted on August 12, 2012 by JohnSmart

    I sort of like Paul Ryan, though he’s not a friend of mine. He’s the kind of guy you keep around to make you feel better about yourself. He pumps you up. Insists you can do things you don’t think you can. I can easily see him over my face at 6am imploring me to get up for a jog. Ryan is earnest. Which, as we know, is important. Earnest people are refreshing.

    Now if one is having a surly day Ryan types tend to make one feel worse. Sometimes a dude with 8% body fat doesn’t comport with my not-so-secret impulse to sprawl out on the couch and indulge crap TV with a few unhealthy snacks and the remote near by. On these days choom gang friends are easier to have around.

    This tension is an interesting dynamic. Romney and Ryan are going to demand something of us as the Fall campaign unfolds. It may be b.s., a cover so the rich can get richer…whatever. But the R and R campaign will still lead with “We can do it!” Oddly, the hope candidate of 2008 will lead with “Stop those people, they’ve come to loot your house!” Which is a bit funny since they’ve aided and abetted looting for 4 years. Nevertheless, Obama will sell the fear. And often fear works.

    Obama’s selling fear but his slogan is the inane non sequitur ”Forward!” (which feels more like warning than a campaign slogan.) It’s clear ‘Hope and Change’ was meaningless but it met the moment. Forward doesn’t suit this moment at all. It implies the country has moved forward in the last 4 years and must continue. Not even die-hard Democrats believe this. If they did they’d be selling Obama’s accomplishments. They aren’t. They’re selling fear of RomneyRyan. This is because…

    …Obama has no plan. In the Ryan budget R and R have one for all to see – and it’s a tough sell. It is even scary, but not in a horror movie way. It’s scary because we’re in a scary transition. New Deal assumptions are on the way out. No matter who one thinks should win – entitlement reform is here. Obama will do it. Romney will do it. W was supposed to do it in 2005. We weren’t ready then. We’re close to being ready now. The last generation with true New Deal assumptions is moving into retirement. Generation X assumes Social Security and Medicare as constituted now won’t be around to help them in retirement. Cynicism about those programs is very nearly in our DNA.

    RomneyRyan are, at the very least, telling the truth about what’s coming. Obama isn’t and won’t – unless he wins. At which time Obama will “reform” in one way or another. If he wins he’ll probably lead from behind on this too. He’ll let others do the dirty work, sign off on it, then blame those who did the work. Perhaps he’ll suddenly insist his Simpson-Bowles commission had it right all along.

    No matter how it plays out we’re in a sea change moment. One that occurs once every 70 to 90 years. American Revolution, Civil War, New Deal… and Now. Lincoln intuited this cycle with the phrase four score and seven years ago.

    I’m not happy about harping on the end of the New Deal. Even my cynical Gen X heart knows I grew up in…well…a great society. But that party is over. I know this too.

    Win or lose this time, Ryan and many like him represent the next wave. Ryan was picked because he can sell the shift. And Ryan’s almost earnest enough to make me want to get out of bed for a jog.

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    imho…we do not have a second to waste…
    the MR camp should have Ryan reach out to seniors…

    …and fwiw…at what point do independents get sick of listening to the bile coming out of Debbie Wasserman Shultz and Axelord…and their lies…especially when they keep getting caught in their lies…

    call me idealistic…

  8. msnbc carrying this headline? Has HELL has frozen over? and look where from:
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    Romney accuses Obama of running campaign of ‘smear,’ ‘dirt,’ ‘deception’

    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Mitt Romney returned to the campaign trail in this critical swing state Monday morning without his new running mate, but armed with new rhetoric accusing President Obama of running a dishonest campaign meant to deceive the American people.

    “With a record, which has been as disappointing as the record that he’s demonstrated over the past four years, the president’s campaign has resorted to a very unusual tactic,” Romney said. “It’s smear. It’s dirt. It’s distortion. It’s deception. it’s dishonesty. It diminishes the– it diminishes the office of the presidency itself.”

    http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/13/13259645-romney-accuses-obama-of-running-campaign-of-smear-dirt-deception?lite

  9. admin,

    I understand you fury at the current state of affairs and I agree there is a lot of stupidity involved.

    I agree the campaign was probably much better directed as a referendum instead of a choice and I also agree Rubio would have probably brought Florida to MR.

    I still hold ut hope we can defeat the POS.

    Good to see you back. I was beginning to worry you were so angry you were ready to pull the plug on us.

  10. Mrs. S,

    Did you hear MR say at the Wisconsin rally, “Mr. President, get your campaign out of the gutter?”

  11. I was wondering how you were taking the VP announcement admin –

    What we see is that this has been a very bad weekend for opponents of Barack Obama. But we’re supposed to be polite, keep our fingers washed in the finger bowls and applaud like circus seals – as so many of the dimwitted are doing.

    You can’t run away from this fight Mitt. Fight or get the hell out.

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    That pretty much sums it up.

    As life long Dems, many of us wanted a VP candidate that appealed more to the Independents, looks like Mitt is trying to fill the holes more in the conservative side of the tug-of-war rope.

    Ryan isn’t my favorite by any means, then again, I wanted someone with a big mouth and experience like Trump.

  12. ASlso,

    Personally I am furious the MR campaign has agreed to 4 debates all modearted by ultra left libs: Lehrer, Schieffer, Crawley (who should be disqualified after publicly saying the Ryan was a death ticket wish) and the ABC babe.

    They should have held out for at least one Fox moderated debate.

  13. Well we don’t know what Romney saw in the vetting…..there could have been potential problems in there somewhere for people, all i can do is trust he made the right decisions after all we have not seen the background on them.

    There was talk something about not all quite well between Rubio and his wife, off body language. Maybe Romney did not want to get into the battle that happened with Palin, 18 months as Senator for Florida, Rubio himself he did not want to be VP yet, I remember how they took Palin’s qualifications and tore them to bits . Maybe it was the Rubio being in the mormon church and then becoming catholic again. Maybe it was the NBC problem with his parents that Romney did not want to get into battle with. Maybe there was other problems we dont know about. It could be Rubio at this point was just too risky than it was as a benefit.

    I just have to take Romney at his word that this was a better choice. we will see.

  14. Granny likes Ryan

    In an ABC News/Washington Post poll, 28 percent of seniors viewed Ryan favorably while 28 percent viewed him unfavorably before Romney selected him to be his running mate.

    After his selection, 46% of those seniors now view him favorably while 28 percent still view him unfavorably. In just one weekend, Ryan has increased his favorability numbers among seniors by 14 percentage points, even as Democrats spent the weekend trying to demonize Ryan and his budget.

  15. I, too, would have liked Rubio, but Ryan won’t keep me from voting for the R/R ticket. You’re right about one thing, Admin, we cannot be so sure this VP pick will shift definitively the national debate to the economy. We can, however, be certain about one thing: BO and his MSM minions will intensify their vicious and scurrilous attacks against R & R. The point is to characterize/define the GOP ticket as elitist, out of touch and extreme. Romney’s got to fight back forcefully, otherwise he’s toast.

    This said, I like that R & R are addressing head on BO’s Mediscare tactics. Unfortunately, 60 Minutes edited some portions of last night’s interview outlining their positions on Medicare, according to HOT AIR: http://hotair.com/archives/2012/08/13/video-romney-ryan-play-offense-on-medicare-in-60-minutes-appearance/

    [I’ve yet to see the 60 Minutes piece, so I can’t say what exactly was edited.]

  16. BASIL99
    August 13th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Mrs. S,

    Did you hear MR say at the Wisconsin rally, “Mr. President, get your campaign out of the gutter?”
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    I’ve got a headline driving the Bots crazy.. I’ve already deleted tons of spam.. and video of Romney saying: ‘get your campaign out of the gutter.”

    I posted everything there including a JOBS comparison graph-

    http://pumasunleashed.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/obama-will-pay-you-for-destroying-american-values/

  17. Simon says MR should refuse debate moderators. I agree.

    I was appalled, although not surprised, to read the just announced list of moderators for the forthcoming presidential debates: Jim Lehrer of PBS, Candy Crowley of CNN, Bob Schieffer of CBS, and Martha Raddatz of ABC (VP debate).

    All liberals from liberal news organizations. Not even a token representative from Fox or the Wall Street Journal – not in the moderator seat anyway.

    Don’t we live in a democracy? Or is this Syria or Egypt where its new Islamist president just wrested power from the military?

  18. Media Matters released 290 page dossier on Ryan. And check out this article from the DC about the parasitical relationship between Brock and LSM.

    An old piece from the Daily Caller featured a Media Matters insider talking about their fweinds in the media.

    MSNBC: “If we published something about Fox in the morning, they’d have it on the air that night verbatim.”

    Washington Post: “Greg Sargent [of the Washington Post] will write anything you give him. He was the go-to guy to leak stuff.” “We’ve pushed stories to Eugene Robinson and E.J. Dionne [at the Washington Post].” “they knew they could dump it at Plum Line [Greg Sargent’s Washington Post blog], so that’s where they sent it.”

    Huffington Post: “The HuffPo guys were good, Sam Stein and Nico [Pitney],” remembered one former staffer. “The people at Huffington Post were always eager to cooperate…”

    LA Times: “Jim Rainey at the LA Times took a lot of our stuff”

    San Francisco Chronicle: “So did Joe Garofoli at the San Francisco Chronicle.”

    The New York Times: “Brian Stelter at the New York Times was helpful.”

    Politico/Buzzfeed: “Ben Smith [formerly of Politico, now at BuzzFeed.com] will take stories and write what you want him to write,” explained the former employee, whose account was confirmed by other sources.”

  19. BASIL99
    August 13th, 2012 at 3:08 pm
    Granny likes Ryan

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    I heard that, thanks for mentioning it…not to be superficial, but we can’t underestimate some of the positive things ryan brings…his charm and likeability and having the ‘truth on his side’ as he tries to explains things can be helpful…and can win people, seniors over…

    MR should use Rubio nonstop…in fact, I believe Rubio is with MR today in Florida…

  20. Here’s a question…….

    Why are they attacking for the bi-partisan budget he wrote with Dem Senator Wydeon of Oregon, should’nt the Dems be flaying Wyden as well. I mean they both wrote the bill and Wyden co-authored it. If Dems are going to attack Ryan they must attack and denounce Wyden as well.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/politics-elections/243387-wyden-downplays-medicare-plan-he-crafted-with-ryan

    Sen. Wyden distances himself from Medicare plan he crafted with Ryan

    Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is trying to distance himself from the controversial Medicare plan he wrote with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), saying Republicans shouldn’t call it a bipartisan proposal.

    Wyden infuriated some fellow Democrats by teaming up with Ryan, whose initial Medicare proposal gave Democrats a strong line of attack. And with Ryan’s plans getting even more attention now that he’s been tapped as Mitt Romney’s presidential running mate, Romney is again citing Wyden’s support to deflect criticism of the controversial proposal.

    “This man said I’m going to find Democrats to work with. He found a Democrat to co-lead a piece of legislation,” Romney said as he introduced Ryan on Saturday, referring to the Medicare proposal.

    Wyden shot back, saying Romney was “talking nonsense” and exaggerating the Medicare plan.

    “Bipartisanship requires that you not make up the facts. I did not ‘co-lead a piece of legislation,’ ” Wyden told the Oregonian. “I wrote a policy paper on options for Medicare. Several months after the paper came out I spoke and voted against the Medicare provisions in the Ryan budget. Governor Romney needs to learn you don’t protect seniors by makings things up, and his comments today sure won’t help promote real bipartisanship.”

    Ryan’s initial proposal would have entirely privatized Medicare. That plan, passed by the GOP-controlled House on a party-line vote in 2011, energized Democratic campaigns and helped propel the party to victory in a New York special election.

    But this year, Ryan unveiled a new proposal, with Wyden at his side. The revised plan would give seniors a choice between private insurance and traditional Medicare. When Ryan and Wyden unveiled the policy, Democratic officials insisted that it wouldn’t weaken their attacks on the Ryan budget.

    They noted that one Republican, Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao (R-La.), voted for President Obama’s healthcare bill, but that the law is still seen — and attacked — as a purely partisan measure. One member crossing the aisle does not make a truly bipartisan effort, they said.

  21. this is the stuff R & R should pound on…and juxtapose with the Delphi workers being singled out to lose some of their pensions…all the crony deals and thefts…just keep spelling it all out…keep pointing out all the stuff that the MSM has kept hidden that O has gotten away with…

    http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120813/AUTO01/208130392

    Treasury: U.S. to lose $25 billion on auto bailout
    By David Shepardson

    Washington -The Treasury Department says in a new report the government expects to lose more than $25 billion on the $85 billion auto bailout. That’s 15 percent higher than its previous forecast.

    In a monthly report sent to Congress on Friday, the Obama administration boosted its forecast of expected losses by more than $3.3 billion to almost $25.1 billion, up from $21.7 billion in the last quarterly update.

    The report may still underestimate the losses. The report covers predicted losses through May 31, when GM’s stock price was $22.20 a share.

    On Monday, GM stock was trading down 6 cents, or 0.2 percent, to $20.49. At that price, the government would lose another $850 million on its GM bailout.

    The government still holds 500 million shares of GM stock and needs to sell them for about $53 each to recover its entire $49.5 billion bailout.

    Treasury spokesman Matt Anderson said the costs were still far less than some predicted.

    “The auto industry rescue helped save more than one million jobs throughout our nation’s industrial heartland and is expected to cost far less than many had feared during the height of the crisis,” Anderson said.

    The Obama administration initially estimated it would lose $44 billion on the bailout but reduced the forecast to $30 billion in December 2009.

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has decried the losses on the auto bailout and insisted that forcing GM and Chrysler Group LLC to go through bankruptcy first would have saved taxpayers money.

    But President George W. Bush — who gave the automakers and their finance arms about $25 billion in his final weeks in office in bailout funds — said there wasn’t time.

    Taxpayers incurred a $1.3 billion loss on the $12.5 billion bailout of Chrysler.

    The Treasury also has put on hold an initial public offering initially planned for last year in Ally Financial Inc. because of market weakness. The government holds a 74 percent majority stake in the Detroit auto finance company as part of its $17.2 billion bailout and has recovered $5.7 billion.

    GM CEO Dan Akerson told employees at a town hall meeting Thursday that the company was working to take actions to boost the automaker’s sagging price.

  22. I suppose this might be considered off topic, but Bill Clinton seems to have been very quiet lately, after several seemingly derogatory comments about POS earlier. Can anyone share any insight/opinion about this? Is he laying low for a reason (other than being a speaker at the convention)?

  23. yeah Moon…and also when O tries to keep blaming Bush…R & R need to say that during that time the democrats were in control of the House and Senate…that’s is where all the spending bills came from and then Bush signed them…the Dems are complicit during the Bush years…

    R & R need to pushback and remind people of who was in control of the two branches of government during Bush

  24. jbstonesfan
    August 13th, 2012 at 3:28 pm
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    ok, fine…what do you want to do? cancel the election and just fold up and give it to O…

    come on now…

  25. How the hell does anybody know who’s lost what, you won’t know that until Nov. Mitt Romney has lost nothing yet.

  26. I said Crawley should be disqualified as a moderator based on her description of the Ryan vp announcement as a death ticket wish.

    Same can be said of Schieffer who edited out important portions of the R’s interviews including references to Solyndra and this from Ryan:

    “My mom is a Medicare senior in Florida. Our point is we need to preserve their benefits, because government made promises to them that they’ve organized their retirements around.”

    Also edited out was the reference to the POS’s theft of $760 billion from medicare.

    http://peacocksandlilies.com/2012/08/13/60-minutes-cuts-parts-of-romney-ryan-interview/

  27. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/08/13/Polls-Grannies-View-Paul-Ryan-Very-Favorably

    by Tony Lee13 Aug 2012, 10:55 AM PDT39post a comment

    Democrats would like nothing more than to reflexively paint Paul Ryan as a candidate who scares seniors, as someone who proverbially will throw “granny” off the cliff.

    Yet recent polls — by mainstream media and left-leaning organizations, no less — indicate Ryan actually does extremely well with seniors.

    In an ABC News/Washington Post poll, 28 percent of seniors viewed Ryan favorably while 28 percent viewed him unfavorably before Romney selected him to be his running mate. After his selection, 46% of those seniors now view him favorably while 28 percent still view him unfavorably. In just one weekend, Ryan has increased his favorability numbers among seniors by 14 percentage points, even as Democrats spent the weekend trying to demonize Ryan and his budget.

    Public Policy Polling (PPP), the left-leaning outfit that does polling for the liberal website, Daily Kos, polled voters in Ohio over the weekend, tweeted that Ryan’s numbers in Ohio are actually best among seniors, with 38 percent of seniors viewing Ryan favorability as opposed to 29 percent who see him unfavorably. The full PPP poll will be released on Tuesday, but the tweet can be seen below.

    This should not be a surprise to the mainstream media. In 2011, a Gallup poll found that seniors preferred Ryan’s budget over Obama’s, despite what the mainstream media tried to lead Americans to believe. This is probably why CBS edited out the portion of its interview with Ryan and Romney on Sunday’s “60 Minutes” in which Ryan talked about how his mother was a Florida resident who was on Medicare. That portion of the interview was only available on CBS’s website and was cut from the national television broadcast.

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    the fight is on…we have to be part of the solution and make the case for O to go

  28. I like this post from peacocks and lilies about the R’s CBS interview.

    “Go ahead and watch what the interview. Because what you will see in Romney’s expressions is that he knows exactly what he faces with the press, and he knows exactly how to court the American people.

    While it’s basically a friendly interview, there are times when Shieffer plays Obama shill so hard that Romney’s eyes narrow to slits and his lip curls up on one side as if he’s thinking, I will cut you, motherf*cker.

    And I have no doubt he will.

    He knows what he has to deal with with the press, and he will use his massive money advantage to cut them right out of the game as soon as he’s unleashed at the Convention.”

  29. and if by magic Biden sticks his big foot straight into it………………………

    Biden Invokes Paul Ryan’s Deceased Father to Question VP Candidate’s Values

    “My dad used to have another saying, for real,” Biden said. “And, by the way, I’ve been saying this for 30 years. And I’m glad to see that Congressman Ryan likes his dad, too, and quotes his dad. I mean that sincerely. But my dad [had] a lot of wisdom. Every time someone tell you, say, ‘Look, let me tell you what’s important to me, what I value.’ My dad would go, ‘No, no. Don’t tell me what you value. Show me your budget, and I will tell you what you value.'”

    Ryan’s father died when the congressman was 15 years old.

  30. At least one police officer and one civilian killed in shooting near Texas A&M University’s College Station campus, gunman arrested

  31. So Obama’s campaign is panicking….

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/new-obama-panic-romney-crowd-sizes/article/2504781#.UClYYaP67hK

    New Obama panic: Romney crowd sizes

    The recent frantic email theme to supporters from Team Obama about Mitt Romney’s run-away fundraising successes has been expanded to the crowd size gap between the thousands who rushed out over the weekend to see Romney and new running mate Rep. Paul Ryan and the hundreds who cheered on President Obama.

    The big worry expressed in a new email from Obama’s Chicago HQ: “The Republican base is energized.” The reason: Romney attracted 15,000 at a rally over the weekend.

    The email:

    Paul —

    I just got this disturbing report: Yesterday’s Romney-Ryan rally in North Carolina pulled in an overflow crowd of 15,000 people.

    There’s no spinning that number. It’s a LOT of people, and the Republican base in energized.

    And that’s not all. Since the VP announcement, Romney’s campaign has brought in over 70,000 donations from his Tea Party base.

    We’ve got to step up our game and mobilize our supporters — starting right now.

    Donate $3 or right now to help us rally our base around President Obama’s agenda >>

    Listen to what one Republican supporter said about Paul Ryan: “I love him…He’s going to excite the Tea Party and get them on board…”

    We can’t let the Republicans claim the momentum. Donate $3 or whatever you can:

    Thanks,

    Brynne

    Brynne Craig

    DCCC Field Director

  32. Admin, I am afraid you and I are among the few that saw Rubio as the gamechanger for vanilla Romney. I fear that the premature joy belies what the outcome in NOvember may be. Romney is looking nice and talking pretty, but he still does not know how to bring it to the fight (I mean really…..get out of the gutter….boy that stings); and he does not bring the real fighters to the forefront…. and we are in the fight of our lives here in America. The whole world is watching, and I fear laughing. When I look into the eyes of the little ones in my family, I do not want better angels fighting for them, bring on whatever angel is the equal to the Lucifer in office now; and teach him the Chicago way. I have this sinking, uneasy feeling, but I am going to give it my 100% between now the general election.

    Already Biden, nice average Joe, is invoking Ryan’s dead father. Shameful, and in the gutter for heaven’s sake.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/biden-invokes-paul-ryans-deceased-father-question-vp-candidates-values_649913.html

  33. “I said Crawley should be disqualified as a moderator based on her description of the Ryan vp announcement as a death ticket wish.”

    ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. The POS’s latest gaffe.

    “Too many folks still don’t have a sense that tomorrow will be better than today. And so, the question in this election is which way do we go?

    Do we go forward towards a new vision of an America in which prosperity is shared? Or do we go backward to the same policies that got us in the mess in the first place?”

    Goes hand in hand with the comment that he wants to do what he did with the auto industry to all industries ala nationalization.

  35. Hispanics are most affected behind Blacks as jobless in America. Their rate would be much higher if not for seasonal employment. This chart translates into 12.8 million people jobless out of work. And is probably a low estimate. You bet the ECONOMY is a big topic for this election.
    ________________

    Household Survey Data

    Both the number of unemployed persons (12.8 million) and the unemployment rate (8.3 percent)
    were essentially unchanged in July. Both measures have shown little movement thus far in 2012. (See
    table A-1.)

    Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for Hispanics (10.3 percent) edged down in July,(seasonally adjusted) while the rates for adult men (7.7 percent), adult women (7.5 percent), teenagers (23.8 percent) whites (7.4 percent), and blacks (14.1 percent) showed little or no change.

    The jobless rate for Asians was 6.2 percent in July (not seasonally adjusted), little changed from a year earlier. (See tables A-1, A-2,
    and A-3.)

    http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf

  36. What? They are ape sh!t over 15,000 at a rally over the weekend for Romney. Palin drew many times that in attendance at her rallies; at the Villages it was officially reported she drew in 60,000; but I was there and when they tried to turn away hundreds, if not thousands more, most of them moved and stationed themselves outside the little fence…and in scorching temperatures where many were hauled off on stretchers because of the heat.

  37. So first Reid says MR’s father would be ashamed and now Gibbs says the same about Ryan.

    Talk about schoolyard politics where the worst insult is talking smack about other kids’ moms and dads.

  38. Re: BASIL99
    August 13th, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Give it a rest; what I expressed that if others were willing to give a bye to two others who have not proven they were nbc, then how dare them question the third. I believe in the Constitution, but I also believe that what is fair for the goose is fair for the gander. If you apply the law to one, apply it to all; if do not apply it to one person, then do not apply it to anyone.

  39. Re: moononpluto
    August 13th, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I see now you had already posted the text of the Biden foot in mouth while I was typing in my comments.

  40. The stupidity is such that even some usually smart voices are demanding critics “shut up”. That is starkly stupid. What is needed now is to recognize that the Mitt Romney campaign is at sea and in desperate need of an overhaul.
    ——————————————
    That is the point I have been trying to make here amid all the hoopla.

    What kind of a campaign selects one of the most racist pro Obama talking heads on television–Nancy Cores to go before, and sends in a backbencher like Eric who has slipped on two banana peels thus far and hopes that this time, he will not get horswaggled? When he tries to point the finger at Cutter, his charge lacks specifics and puts you to sleep. Consequently, Cordes cuts him off, treats him with condescension and dismisses the argument. Cutter, who should be pilloried, never gets touched. This is amateur hour. If you doubt this, then watch . . . . .

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/08/12/Journalism-Fail-CBS-Neglects-To-Confront-Obama-Spokesperson-On-Being-Caught-In-Massive-Cancer-Ad-Lie

    Also, note the Wall Street Journal panel discussion which I posted yesterday where Mary Anastasia O Grady and Kim Strassel discuss how point out the failures of Team Romney to capitalize on opportunities. They seem to feel they can win this election by simply pointing out the massive failures of Obama, and that aint getting the job done. What they need to do is show that although Obama claims the Republicans are attacking the middle class, the inevitable effect of Obama’s wreckless spending will be to raise taxes on everyone big time. Also Romeney needs to get people on television who have suffered under Obama’s chicago style policies, to give their abstract economic arguments a human face that people can relate to. Notice Paul Gigot’s comment that this is politics 101, but Boston (meaning Team Romney) does not seem to get it.

    wbboei
    August 12th, 2012 at 2:18 pm
    Some constructive advice for Romney.

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/1782101067001/will-obamas-romney-hood-rap-stick/?playlist_id=87485

  41. I defend jbstonesfan, as jb is also a Florida resident and fears that Florida is now lost. Perhaps a miracle will happen. Something occurred to me as I was listening to Ryan, and that was I so very much hope nothing happens to him health wise or Brietbart wise.

  42. BASIL99
    August 13th, 2012 at 3:49 pm
    So first Reid says MR’s father would be ashamed and now Gibbs says the same about Ryan.

    Talk about schoolyard politics where the worst insult is talking smack about other kids’ moms and dads.
    *******************************

    Basil…it is this kind of stuff…O camp getting caught in their lies, Reid on the Senate floor, tunnel vision obsession with MR’s taxes…and all the negativity that comes out of all of the dims…

    …at a certain point…when you do have two adults in the room…two gentlemen… acting with dignity and trying to explain…like Bill Clinton did…what is important to their lives…eventually people start to listen and get it…O and all his negative smears, attacks, etc come across unfair, unamerican, over the top…

    people start to get turned off and see through Mr Hope and Change…who is now Mr. Attack and Blame…

    If R & R can get the truth out there…bombard the airwaves with the reality of O…work nonstop, don’t waste any time…use everyone…Rubio, Sununu, Christie, Bay Buchanan, etc…then this thing is not OVER…

  43. Zogby show Ryan bump

    “Clearly there is a Ryan bump,” pollster John Zogby, managing of JZ Analytics, told Newsmax. Significantly, the new poll shows the Romney/Ryan ticket with a substantial lead among voters in swing states, 49.1 percent to 41.2 percent.

    Also, the Republican ticket garners 45.2 percent among independent voters, ahead of the Democratic ticket at 40.1. Obama led in an earlier poll of independents. That shows that the Ryan choice has not hurt the Republican ticket in this important demographic, and has actually helped.

    What is also significant here, according to Zogby, is that the percentage of voters who say they are still undecided now stands at just 14.7 percent, compared to over 20 percent in an earlier Zogby poll.

    Zogby says that with the selection of the Wisconsin congressman and budget guru as his running mate, he has “boldly offered a choice for voters.

  44. The headlines are the gift that keep on giving- Romney and Ryan more fodder for exploitation.. Chirp-Chirp.. sorry no winter vacation for you Michelle..
    ________________

    Obama Auto Bailout To Cost Taxpayers $25 BILLION

    by Ulsterman on August 13, 2012

    The Obama administration is fond of touting the “success” of the auto Big Labor Union bailout. Only in the Age of Obama is a $25 BILLION dollar loss somehow deemed a success…

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/08/13/obama-auto-bailout-to-cost-taxpayers-25-billion/

  45. shorttermer, i am also a Florida resident…so far, there is nothing to indicate that because of Ryan, MR has lost Florida…with all the rigged, oversampled polls that slant in O’s favor…O is only up by 1 in Florida…and that is very questionable…

    unless something really drastic happens, I cannot see Florida going for O

  46. ShortTermer,

    I was not insulting you. I was trying to understand. I respect your opinions and input and was simply asking for clarity. So you believe that since MR has gotten a pass on citizenship Rubio should be treated the same.

    I get it now.

  47. I have been thinking all day that R-2 need to beef up their security and watch their backs. If the POS plans a crisis . . .

  48. BASIL99
    August 13th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Zogby show Ryan bump
    ___________

    The Chicken Littles are ruminating the sky is falling… A bump? Must be magic..

  49. Here’s the entire article

    John Zogby Poll: Ryan Gives Romney Big Push In Swing States, Independents

    Monday, 13 Aug 2012 10:45 AM

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    Mitt Romney’s campaign has gotten a definite bump upwards with the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, a new poll by JZ Analytics reveals.

    The poll — the first survey conducted completely after Romney announced that Ryan was his vice presidential choice – shows the Romney/Ryan ticket tied with Obama/Biden at 46 percent.

    But a JZ Analytics poll from a few weeks ago had Obama leading Romney by five percentage points, and most major polls also had Obama comfortably in the lead before the Ryan selection.

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    A CNN survey completed on Thursday, Aug. 9, had Obama up by seven points. A Fox poll on Aug. 9 had the president ahead by nine points, and a survey by Public Policy polling on Aug. 7 showed Obama with a six-point lead.

    “Clearly there is a Ryan bump,” pollster John Zogby, managing of JZ Analytics, told Newsmax. Significantly, the new poll shows the Romney/Ryan ticket with a substantial lead among voters in swing states, 49.1 percent to 41.2 percent.

    Also, the Republican ticket garners 45.2 percent among independent voters, ahead of the Democratic ticket at 40.1. Obama led in an earlier poll of independents. That shows that the Ryan choice has not hurt the Republican ticket in this important demographic, and has actually helped.

    What is also significant here, according to Zogby, is that the percentage of voters who say they are still undecided now stands at just 14.7 percent, compared to over 20 percent in an earlier Zogby poll.

    Zogby says that with the selection of the Wisconsin congressman and budget guru as his running mate, he has “boldly offered a choice for voters.

    “President Obama has been leading handsomely in some polls. He may even take heart in Mitt Romney’s selection of Rep. Ryan as his running mate.”

    “Yes, the GOP candidate’s selection was out-of-the-box and on a Saturday morning no less. And it offers the opportunity for Mr. Romney to refocus his campaign on spending, fiscal responsibility and the nation’s unsustainable path.

    “On the other hand, Mr. Ryan is controversial, and his plans to reform Medicare can be pretty scary to voters over 65. This is a group of voters who have been most loyal to Mr. Romney in the primaries and the general election polls. Losing even a small piece of their support really threatens his campaign – and be assured that Mr. Obama’s people will be jumping all over that.”

    But at least for the time being, the poll shows, the selection of Ryan is a positive step for the Republican campaign.

    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/zogby-ryan-gives-romney/2012/08/13/id/448366

  50. I agree with both of you regarding the need for beefed up security…i have the same worries and fear for their safety…always had that same concern for Bill…

    also…just wanted to also mention that the “Optimism” theme that R & R are pushing can attract people…people really do want some hope and solutions right now…

  51. If the POS plans a crisis . . .
    ___________

    They’re planning it anyway.. They were prepared to Roast Rubio because they thought he was the ONE- They got fooled. And the best they could come up with is a lame recollection from Biden today about his father’s wisdom… asking whats your budget?(how much money does he have..) comparing him to Ryan Sr-

    They are in trouble and scrambling now!

  52. …just thinking that some may be allowing the negativity and smears of O and the cooperation of the MSM to get to them and become defeated…

    we cannot do that…we know it was/is coming…the one silver lining this time…is that this is not 2008…it is not ‘no campaign mccain’…it is not ‘the first black prez in history’…the timing is different…O does have his failed record…
    the excitement for O is muted…even MO is declaring that O is ‘human’…he has been brought down to earth…

    …this time people are not afraid to speak out…last time, starting with Hillary and then McCain…they held back…

    …the game is different this time around…

  53. bwahahahahahahahahaa

    Biden draws crowd of 600 in NC

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/08/13/biden-campaigns-before-a-crowd-of-660-in-north-carolina/

    Vice President Joe Biden spoke before a crowd of 660 people in Durham, N.C., at the Durham Armory during a campaign stop for President Barack Obama on Monday.

    Biden’s appearance before a comparatively meager crowd came a day after the newly formed Republican ticket — presidential candidate Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan — rallied a crowd of over 10,000 in High Point, N.C., about an hour away, and a crowd of approximately 4,700 people in Mooresville, N.C., about two and a half hours away.

    Jeffrey Bunnell, the assistant chief of special operations for the City of Durham Fire Department, provided The Daily Caller with the 660 crowd estimate, attributing the number to the Secret Service.

    Obama won North Carolina in 2008 by 14,000 votes. Then, Durham County voted in large numbers for Obama, with the then Illinois senator pulling in 76 percent of the vote.

    North Carolina is considered a battleground state this election cycle.

  54. I reposted someone’s photo showing the Ryan family in a candid photo in a swing on the porch. The text reads: Please pray for the Ryan family…they are about to face a terrible, merciless onslaught of lies, rumors, and smears from the progressive/Democrat (I would have used Dimocrat) machine known as the “Impartial and Objective Main Stream Media”

    The comments by the loons have been vicious. I did a quick look at the comments on the original post of the graphic and vicious there as well like saying Ryan has fascist tendencies and his head is full of cheese, but a couple were funny like this response: Oh, Connie, pllllease don’t tell me he eats dogs.

  55. maybe we should start flooding the people moderating the debates, especially Crowley…letting them know that we EXPECT fairness…we do not want a repeat of Tim Russett feeding O softballs and letting him ride on the back of Hillary’s answers…

    sure, they may ignore us…but if will not hurt to put them on Notice…that we are watching all of them…and we expect fairness and no favoritism for BO

  56. just thinking that some may be allowing the negativity and smears of O and the cooperation of the MSM to get to them and become defeated…

    ————————
    Lets hope the people you are referring to is not the voters. There is a middle ground between hear no evil see no evil speak no evil vs the sky is falling in. That middle ground consists of pointing out the mistakes which Team Romney is making in the hope that they will listen and change. We should be far ahead of Obama at this point, given his failing report card. This means the negative stuff is working, and if we faul to point out the problems which account for this, then we are not much help to anyone. In personal life it works that way too–you friend supports you, but your best friend tells you when you are wrong. He or she is willing to put the relationship at risk for your sake, and the rest if up to you. Romney needs a new staff. It has been suggested that donors should insiste on it. Fortunately, it is still early, but our enemies–Obama and big media are analyzing what works and what does not. If Romney puts forward staffers like we have seen so far, and if he fails to broaden the thust of his message then he will be in trouble.

  57. jbstonesfan
    August 13th, 2012 at 3:28 pm
    Absolutely disgusted with Romney’s choice of Ryan. He has now lost Florida and the election
    ——————————
    I understand where you are coming from. As Learned Hand said a wise man is a skeptical one.

    So color me–and you skeptical.

    But take the case of Florida. The dims say Ryan will destroy Medicare and Social Security. Ryan can show that both programs are going bankrupt. If Paul can show that he is saving those programs, and whatever he does will not affect those 55 and over, and if Rubio can deliver, then would you agree with me that the verdict might change.

    Incidently, you will love this, I have been trying to set aside a dismissal for lack of prosecution. The attorney who allowed this to happen is judment proof. The statute of limitations to refile has expired. Therefore, I know it is hard to change verdicts, but in this case, we have got to try. And I know how hard you are working for Romney, that you will do more than your part. Keep up the good work.

  58. admin,

    I just reread your post and was even more struck by the harsh rhetoric the second time.

    “What we see is Mitt Romney whining about Obama and asking Barack to take his campaign out of the gutter and the foolish follow with applause as if Romney had said something worth applauding. We’re not applauding. This is sheer stupidity from Mitt Romney. What Mitt Romney should be is that Obama is the gutter. Romney has to start saying that the Barack Obama campaign is nasty and dirty because Barack Obama is nasty and dirty. Instead there is a whine and the fools follow with applause.”

    I agree the gloves have to really come off this time. Instead, I see Saul still tweeting merrily away and Ferhnstrom’s inept responses on the Sunday talk shows.

    The staff has to be fired and fresh real talent brought in. MR did say he likes firing people who don’t provide the level of service he required so let’s see him put his money where his mouth is.

    Agree that Sununu should have a huge role and Gingrich should be on TV 24/7.

    But don’t begrudge us dumbies the small satisfaction of seeing MR with a strong young veep candidate at his side. Personally, I needed those positive optics to renew my flagging enthusiasm.

    Was the weekend rolllout an implicit admission of failure? Possibly. But at least the page has been turned.

    I’m sure you must feel you know in your heart that it should have been Rubio but it wasn’t.

    I hope Ryan ends up being a gamechanger, in a good way, for Romney and for us.

    And I hope you never resign your post as His44 admin.

  59. Serious Twitter Question : If the election is about “two visions,” and Obama’s is so superior to Romney/Ryan’s, why are ZERO elected Dems willing to vote for it?

  60. wbboei…i think you and i have agreed on this already…that MR needs a better staff and definitely better media spokespeople…i believe i heard over the weekend that MR is revamping his staff and getting more senior people, that is happening behind the scene as we speak…

    as far as us being far ahead at this point…i am not so sure I agree totally with that…you are right…all those negative attacks have been working…that is one of the reasons many of us were saying it is time for MR to hit back and stop holding back…it is one of the main reasons I think he was smart to get a jump on things this past weekend…because delaying it would not have mattered, the O sleaze machine is always ready and waiting…

    but I do think that a lot of the public has not really been paying attention…many of them still know little about R & R so the negative has taken hold…another reason why I think they were smart not to waste any more time and for them to get out there and start defining their team NOW for themselves…

    from here on out…they have to work like hell…agreed, bring on a more seasoned staff and the media toughguys/gals out front…and then it will be the speeches at the conventions and the debates …and the ads…that will move the numbers…

    I think this new team is off to a good start…their base is excited and revevved up…now we have to get that to spread…

    my point is that we don’t give into O on his terms…remember when Bill was supposed to be down and out in NH (and a million other times) now MR is obviously no BC…but Bill fought with all he had and won…this is what R & R needs to do…i just don’t want to give more power to O and his BS and create a self fulfilling prophecy…

    also heard R & R took in @ $ 5 million in small donations since Ryan was added to the team

  61. Well well well, this could be interesting….

    ISSA : Our Civil action lawsuit against AG Holder has been filed. American people deserve truth about Fast and Furious

  62. shadowfax…next to O and Biden…Mitt and Paul look very masculine and hot…
    it is like when Bill and Gore came out…abundant testosterone(sp) and brains…next to – fill in the blank…

    …and in the debates…no teleprompters…

  63. You go to war with the Army you have. Not the Army you wish you had.
    Remember Washington took his rag tag little Army.And with Gods help saved this great nation.
    Let us pray for our little Army that they will Restore this wonderful Republic 🙂

  64. I felt the same way on Saturday, Admin, but I’m starting to think Paul Ryan’s “It” factor could be a game changer. There is something about Paul that every grandparent would be proud to see in their grandchildren. It’s a quality that can’t be faked. It’s about character, work ethic, and a passionate commitment to core American values. Meanwhile Obama’s fabricated brand is fizzling (down to 43 in both Ras & Gallup over the weekend). Obama was supposed to have a monopoly on youth and vigor. Imagine how the Narcissist and Me-chelle seethe inside over the stories of Paul’s low body fat and his “hotness.” As for Rubio, picking him would have opened Romney up to charges of pandering to one demographic. Picking Ryan has led pundits to praise his “serious” choice. I’m betting on game changer.

  65. TexasDarlin
    August 13th, 2012 at 5:27 pm
    *******************************

    agree…he has “truth” on his side…he is the messenger…and that likeability factor is going to help…

    Bill used to educate people when he spoke…you would leave his events or speeches and think ‘I really learned something’…he made you want to listen to what he was saying…

    I think Ryan has the essence to also do that…he is a thinker type…it is in his head…and again, he has a modest charm…not the me, me, me of O

  66. I think the key to this may be to show that Obama and his minions are clueless when it comess to economics, therefore they will drive social security and medicare and jobs off shore. Ryan on the other hand, is the man who with the vision to save these programs, and Romney is the one who know how to create jobs and bring them back on shore. And when Obama pretends to be the champion of these programs, the fact that his frankenstein Obamacare cuts $700 billion out of medicaid and he suspended the payroll tax which funds social security, puts a big lie to that assertion.

    Now, find me someone who can go on the right new program and communicate that message, forcefully and convincingly. In due course Ryan will do that, but to set the stage the right way let it be Sunnu not Eric. I also believe that the Republican leadership needs to have a come to Jesus moment with big media. They should be told that they are free to conduct their business and they see fit. In other words, they can be as partisan and dishonest as they like. But if they continue along that line they lose their shills, i.e republicans. Ditto with the debates.

    I don not know whether anyone here remembers the Shakelford expedition what set out to discover the South Pole. At one point, Shakelford is lamenting the fate of one of his crewmen who has become despondent about the voyage. He says that so and so came to Antartica knowing what it would be like, but now all he does is complain about the weather. Same with going on these kangaroo court shows like MTP.

  67. The Counterpunch
    8:01 AM, Aug 13, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON

    In the single most important test of his leadership prior to November 6, Mitt Romney chose the ideal running mate in Paul Ryan, who will now help Romney in a myriad of ways. Some on the left, however, appear giddy at the thought of running against Ryan’s proposed Medicare reforms, which would keep Medicare — and the nation — solvent by giving future (not current) seniors more freedom, more choice, and more opportunity to pursue value. Such liberals seem unaware that, in demagoguing Ryan’s exceptionally well-conceived plan, Obama will open himself up to two powerful counterpunches — both involving Obamacare.

    The first is this: While Obama has shown appallingly little seriousness in dealing with our runaway deficit spending or the runaway entitlement spending that drives it, he does have his own plan to reduce Medicare costs. It relies upon the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a creation of Obamacare.

    The IPAB is a board of 15 unelected and largely unaccountable bureaucrats who would be empowered to cut payments to Medicare providers. In Ryan’s own words, “Obamacare … puts a new rationing board in charge of Medicare next year to start price-controlling Medicare to deny access to current seniors.” (Amazingly, Obamacare says that Congress wouldn’t even be allowed to overrule the IPAB’s decisions with a majority vote, thereby also making the IPAB quite constitutionally dubious.)

    Under Obamacare and the IPAB — according to the Medicare chief
    actuary — Medicare providers would be paid less than Medicaid providers by the end of this decade. Good luck getting in to see medical professionals when they wouldn’t even get paid as much to see you as they’d get paid for seeing Medicaid patients.
    Moreover, Obama has doubled-down on the IPAB. Not content with the largely unchecked powers that Obamacare grants it, he has subsequently called for strengthening it.

    The second counterpunch, to follow immediately upon the first, is this: Any money that the IPAB or other parts of Obamacare would wring out of Medicare wouldn’t go to making Medicare, or the country, more solvent — or to extending the life of Medicare. It would go to Obamacare. That’s right: Obama’s centerpiece legislation would use Medicare as a piggybank — which (given Medicare’s dire financial straits) makes about as much sense as using Greece as a piggybank.

    Indeed, the most politically brazen feature of Obamacare has always been its looting of Medicare. About half of Obamacare’s funding would come from siphoning money out of Medicare, while the other half would come from raising taxes on Americans and on American businesses. In fact, Obama is aware enough of this vulnerability that he recently initiated the $8.35 billion Senior Swindle — an unscrupulous and probably illegal ploy to attempt to hide the effects of Medicare Advantage cuts from seniors until after his “last election.”

    In short, the more Obama seeks to demagogue Ryan’s proposed Medicare reforms, the more Romney and Ryan will respond by hitting Obama hard on Obamacare. And the more this election centers on Obamacare, the less likely Obama is to win.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/counterpunch_649894.html

  68. …think we have all had a great discussion here today…great exchange…glad you are back Admin…signing off for dinner

  69. JEEZUS. Anyone else see the clip of the two women hecklers trying to climb the stage in Iowa where Ryan was speaking?

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/08/13/video-hecklers-try-to-climb-onstage-at-ryan-event-in-iowa/

    Here’s Moe Lane on the incident.

    #rsrh Good thing that Obama supporter in Iowa didn’t have a knife, huh?

    You know, the one who – according to multiple accounts – broke through the Secret Service cordon at today’s Paul Ryan rally at the Iowa State Fair, rushed the stage, then assaulted someone in the crowd on her way to jail. Now, heckling is fine – and if you watch the video here, you’ll see why* – but if you’re sufficiently unhinged as to take a swing at somebody when they’re removing you from the stage, guess what? They’re right to remove you from the stage. By definition.

    Now, I’m not going to make this a full-fledged snarl, but let me clue in Obama for America: you idiots dodged a bullet today. Whoever it was that sent that woman out there – and let’s not pretend that OfA isn’t encouraging counter-protests – screwed up by winding up and setting loose a potentially dangerous obsessive. Fire whichever particular idiot did it, review and revamp your entire procedure – or it will happen again.

    You may not be so lucky next time.

    Moe Lane

    *Short version: people that unhinged don’t move the needle for the side that they are putatively on. Thankfully.

  70. WALL STREET INSIDER: It Is Barack Obama Who IntendsTo Destroy Medicare

    I have spent some time pouring over the media reports and made note of the Democratic Party operatives attempting to play the “Mediscare” card against both Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan. To that I am quite certain the pro-Romney PACs are well prepared. In fact, I will proceed to inform you they are indeed quite prepared for this attempt by the Obama campaign to spin what is an outright lie and indefensible insult to the intelligence of the American voter.

    It is the Man Call Himself Obama who has of course stolen from Medicare in order to fund his disastrous Obamacare.

    That fact, which remains shockingly unknown to far too many, will be placed front and center of the national discussion within the coming days and weeks. That is to say, if certain parties wish to continue to enjoy the significant financial support of those of us who have made the defeat of this pathetic boy emperor with no clothes the most pressing concern of our near-term existence.

    What the Obama White House did was the most shockingly large scale theft of taxpayer dollars in the history of the nation.

    Over $700 billion dollars taken from the Medicare fund for Obamacare. It is Barack Obama who intends to destroy Medicare.

    This same Obama White House is certain the ignorance of the public, most notably the older generations, will ensure this fact remains largely ignored.

    I have far more faith in the American voter at this critical time in what is by far the most important election in a generation, that that. The truth will become more widely known, and it is that truth that will be the undoing and eventual defeat of this Obama madness.

    Ah, but not only has the Man Calling Himself Obama stolen $700 billion from the Medicare fund, a fund paid for by taxpayers on the promise they would receive benefits when old enough to qualify, we must not forget how this Obama also took from both Social Security and Medicare when he initiated his temporary payroll tax reductions.

    So in whole, the Obama administration has taken roughly 1 trillion dollars from Medicare and Social Security. A trillion dollars! I can think of no other time in American history when an American president has stolen so much from so many and received so little justified rebuke for having done so.

    I have reviewed much of the Ryan economic plan. While imperfect, it is largely based upon sound principle and a clearly honest attempt at saving the United States from its current and ongoing state of fiscal disaster. And, unlike Obama, the Ryan Plan intends to save the promise of Medicare and Social Security for those currently and about to receive those benefits, while providing much needed alternative choices for those younger Americans who are now facing the very real possibility of having paid into a system that will not longer exist for them when they reach the age of qualified benefits – and that is a situation that has been created purposely by the Man Calling Himself Obama. These young people need to understand they are being forced to pay into a system that the Obama administration is clearly destroying.

    This false president has already stolen trillions from the American people. He has and continues, to engage in the kind of fiscal policy warfare that cannot be anything less than the planned and purposeful destruction of our free market economy and the enslavement of millions under the yoke of Big Government tyranny. Our mutual friend is quite correct when they indicate Barack Obama is neither Democrat nor Republican, but something far different, far more destructive, and most certainly, far more dangerous.

    So to this administration, and those who unwisely support its destructive endeavors, I now relate both a simple and clear message from one who ignored that danger for far too long:

    You will not win this war.

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/08/13/wall-street-insider-it-is-barack-obama-who-intendsto-destroy-medicare/

  71. BASIL99
    August 13th, 2012 at 6:04 pm
    JEEZUS. Anyone else see the clip of the two women hecklers trying to climb the stage in Iowa where Ryan was speaking?
    _____________________________________________________

    VotingHillary
    August 13th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Yes, I did and posted it.

  72. This is the issue of this
    election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we
    abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in
    a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them
    ourselves.

    Ronald Reagan, 1964
    “A Time for Choosing” 🙂

  73. S
    August 13th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    …think we have all had a great discussion here today…great exchange…glad you are back Admin…signing off for dinner
    me too and agree. 🙂

  74. Sorry admin, love your work, and I have some disagreements with your post. Of course the dims will unleash their attack dogs, flying monkeys, flying squirells, sleeves, whatever at Ryan.

    But it will not work. Of course this is not to say ryan and the repubs and every decent american who wants OTurd evicted has their work cut out for them. But I think R&R can win, there is a genuine believability factor to Paul Ryan.
    I have older relatives in FL ( all 3 in their 80’s), actually they live in the The villages comples, rock solid dems, loved JFK, loved Bill and Hillary, loved Palin… they had not heard of Paul Ryan, saw his speeches on Saturday, loved him! it surprised me, they absolutely thought and told, me, what a nice young man, they weren’t planning on voting for Barky anyways, they are not fans of Romney, but they had a very positive picture of Ryan, I told them all about the mediScare etc, they no longer believe it

    The ones that believe it, will believe it no matter what, the voters who are needed are the moderate/conservative dems and independents.

    And now I hear Biden is going after Ryan’s passed away father, these people the entire undemocratic party has gone down the toilet.

    I was hoping was Rubio, but I liked Ryan as well. I’m not going to be an eyeore and say, oh no! everything is lost, I don’t think so. It will take work, but I do think Ryan can pull it through.

    And the CNN moderate, HEY ROMNEY TEAM, grow a spine, and tell them to put at the very least Wolf Biltzer! Crowley is an Obot who can’t even pretend she’s not a Obot!

  75. ““A new vision of an America in which prosperity is shared.””

    The man is a marxist, no other way to put it. Shared wealth, spread the wealth, your success is not your own, it belongs to everyone.

    America deserves the govt it votes for, if they vote this marxist back in, they deserve the coming fiscal pain, the continued high unemployment.
    2008, the man was able to fool plenty of people, they know now in 2012 how radical he is.

  76. Well, Admin, it is understandable that you are miffed (and may be more). But the die is cast and we will have to make the best of it.

  77. ruh oh. Chuck Tod is going to get a tongue lashing on his blackberry, how dare he question the Messaih in the Wh!

    “Here is video from MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown” this morning with Chuck Todd asking Obama Senior Adviser Robert Gibbs where Barack Obama’s plan is for saving the future of Medicare? Gibbs was clearly uncomfortable with the question and really had no answer. ”

  78. I see that Romney has another emotional story of the American flag in the video Tim linked, his rally in FL.

  79. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/alan-simpson-confirms-reality-all-things-you-love-will-not-come-pass

    “Conjuring images of Jack Nicholson in ‘A Few Good Men’, Alan Simpson laid out the sad and terrible truth that none of us or our politicians can handle in a very direct and sincere interview with Bloomberg TV’s Deirdre Bolton. “Medicare costs stand to squeeze out the rest of domestic government spending,” Simpson said, “it is on automatic pilot. It will use up every resource in the government.” Simpson also said that the current path of debt, deficit and interest is “totally unsustainable” confirming once again the facade that his 18 years in Washington proved to him that he “never saw any projection of any economist ever come true.”

    Cont…”

  80. Where is the logic? Romney already had the conservatives – even the ones who stayed home rather than vote for McCain are so scared of the direction Obama is taking this country, they would have voted. With 31% of the country claiming to be independents, why would Mitt not have gone with a more moderate candidate? In choosing Ryan, he did nothing to attract the moderates and the social liberals. And, he didn’t ensure a great increase in the number of Pubs who would have already voted for him, regardless of his pic. He kind of just threw this one away.

    I agree with Admin’s # 1 premise – Obama must go down. But, damn, Mitt, did you have to make it so freakin’ hard to consider supporting you? I’m sure Ryan is smart and brings something to the table. But, as far as I can tell, he brings little for the women – especially those who support gender equality. I’m not even necessarily talking about abortion, so please, don’t stroke out about that being an issue (as I’ve encountered on some other Hillary blogs today) I’m talking about that super-conservative mindset that women are less worthy than men. Additionally, Ryan does nothing, IMO, to counter Mitt’s pompousness. He just brings a little condescension, superiority, and patriarchy to the mix.

    It ain’t good, IMO.

  81. “to counter Mitt’s pompousness. ”

    With all due respect, I can’t say I’ve seen Mitt as a pompous man. Unless by pompous, its another word for rich and wealthy.

  82. If Mitt is pompous, what does that make the nose in the air, “sweetie” woman distaining Barack Obama?

  83. freespirit
    August 13th, 2012 at 8:03 pm
    Where is the logic? Romney already had the conservatives – even the ones who stayed home rather than vote for McCain are so scared of the direction Obama is taking this country, they would have voted. With 31% of the country claiming to be independents, why would Mitt not have gone with a more moderate candidate? In choosing Ryan, he did nothing to attract the moderates and the social liberals. And, he didn’t ensure a great increase in the number of Pubs who would have already voted for him, regardless of his pic. He kind of just threw this one away.
    ——————————————————
    I just don’t get it, if the voters are so scared of the direction o is taking this country, why not vote for the other guy instead of staying home and complaining. If you don’t vote, don’t complain.

    By the way i have heard a lot of my friends saying they like the RR ticket. They are upset with o on this same sex thing. My church is really upset. We have over 1000 members. I could care less about the same sex issue, I care about the economy and jobs

    Watch for an uptick in the AA vote for Romney

  84. “super-conservative mindset that women are less worthy than men”

    I don’t believe Ryan or Romney fit this mold, I cannot stand super-conservative Santorum, but after watching his wife speak on several interviews I don’t even believe he has this mindset. Maybe this was the mindset in the past, but the only ones I see being disrespect to women are those who have shown themselves to be very disrespectful, in terms of political elected entities, and they are people like Barry Oturd with his “you’re likeable enough Hillary”, and making fun of her that first lady meant just experience “serving tea” and ignoring her Senate work.

  85. Or when Barry a$$hole went after Gerry Ferro, lumping her with racists, etc. I remember why wife was fuming, absolutely fuming at how they tore down Gerry Ferro, that was the first campaign my wife volunteered for.

  86. Pompous: An ostentatious display of importance.

    Based on that definition, IMO, he gives that air. Maybe stiff, impersonal, lacking warmth, appearance of having a stick up his ass, overly religious – suit you better.

    Either way, this is the kind of effing response that adds not a damn thing to the freakin’ discussion. And, no PM – no meds. But wtf would your response be if I were. Got something against sick people, biased against people with mental disorders. That was a stupid effing response.

    If that’s all you have to respond with – a immature focus on one word, your responses aren’t worth reading.

    If anyone has any thoughts on the Ryan impact on getting moderates, and are interested in making intelligent rather than emotional responses, I’d love to hear. Seriously, I am interested in thoughts on this.

  87. Making a critical statement about Mitt does NOT imply that Obama is better or different. I’d vote for a rabid pit bull sooner than I would Obama. But damnit, I refuse to pretend that women’s rights are not important to me. I’ve fought all my life for them. I’ve been surprised to see how quickly the male Hillary supporters were so damn quick to say EFF women’s rights. That’s not as important.

    And as to why I believe they see women as less than equal – I’ve never met a religious conservative who didn’t. They have a specific Bible verse they quote to prove it. Romney is a member of a conservative religion – so is Ryan. It ain’t that hard to make the jump.

  88. freespirit, in terms of getting moderates… I recommend NQ’s latest post, my wife is a moderate dem, she’s still a registered dem, she will be voting for Romney, for her it was an ABO vote. And she does not see Ryan as a pompous man, Romney either, when compared to the alternative, its about a narrative, and the MSM is playing along, just like they did in 2008.
    One of best attributes of Ryan, he does talk in facts, figures,which I know as a centerist myself I really appreciate.

    Anyways, here is NQ’s post, I thought it was very good.
    http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/70070/obama-dont-know-much/#disqus_thread

    “Obama, his campaign and many Democrat leaders, are fully embracing the belief that they are running the equivalent of a Wes Craven horror-fest and need only shriek that Romney and Ryan are trying to choke the life out of your GranGram in order to secure your vote. Pretty damn clueless.

    So I came across this comment written by Dontgetmestartednow, which appeared on the The Washington Examiner, and thought it captured succinctly the problem confronting Obama and his gang:

    I was an Obama supporter last election, donating the maximum to his primary and general election campaign. I was hoping for true healthcare reform. I’ve received every email, snail mail and phone call from not only the Obama campaign, but a plethora of other Obama PACS. I’ve reviewed not just the website, but the actual proposals/bills/voting records regarding healthcare. I have been in healthcare for 32 years working for emergency departments, NICU’s, PICU’s, ICU’s in indigent inner city locations, focusing on billing issues with Medicare and Medicaid in 11 states and Puerto Rico. I worked for 4 years for our regional Medicare administrator Anthem alone. I may not be considered an expert, but I do know this one issue really well, my livelihood depends on my knowledge.

    I received 3 calls since Ryan was announced looking for donations, “because more than ever, we need to prevent the destruction of Medicare”. Baloney. I agree with the Wyden-Ryan plan. Medicare as it stands takes the consumer completely out of the picture, letting them stay ignorant to the costs verses the service. Forcing seniors into Medicare (you can not keep your employer paid plan once you’re eligible for Medicare as your primary, you can’t even elect to buy your own private insurance as your primary) eliminates competition. When you don’t have to be aware of the cost and you don’t have to worry about competition, costs go up and services go down. It’s simple economics. The bipartisan bill gives seniors a choice, keep their Medicare plan or get a voucher to select from a private carrier. Those that are poorer or sick, get a larger voucher. Those on the upper end of income get less if anything. The only argument against this would be that some poor and uneducated would stay with Medicare and get less services and a lower quality of care because of their choice. Does anyone else see the idiocy of this? In essence, we know Medicare sucks and think it’s more fair that everyone should be forced to have it.I wasn’t sure how I was going to vote this time, but I do now. Next time one of Obama’s PAC’s call looking for money, I’ll have to explain I don’t have anymore, I just gave it all to Romney/Ryan.

    Yep. Obama got himself a heap of trouble.

    There are some very uncomfortable facts. Most noteworthy–Barack Obama has already cut almost ONE BILLION dollars from Medicaid. Did seniors get better healthcare from that move? NO! Did seniors get a better choice of Doctors NO!

    Cont…”

  89. This had to be the most inept choice and timing Imhave ever witnessed. I apologize
    to all for supporting Romney. Newt would have lost, but at least would have out up
    a fight. Given the state of his campaign there was no other logical choice than Rubio. He had to win Florida and he won’t now.

  90. OK, freespirit. I will engage you in earnestness and hope you hear me out. I have studiously studied this guy, Romney. The way he comes across to me is this: he is shy (as only a nerd can be), unbelievably modest, and humble and I attribute it to his religion; he has strong religious convictions but does not wear it on his sleeve let alone enforce it on anyone; he is philanthropic but never speaks a word of it true to his religion; he is a doer like Hillary is — I think I really I get this guy and I am not alone — my husband who is very down to earth and deplores drama, tinfoil emotion and conspiracy and all that sort, likes this guy. we think he is a decent and honest man. When asked about what he liked about working at Bain — he gave the most unappealing answer only a nerd could give — he said he liked being analytical. I totally get that. I do think it is time for such a man after two sham presidencies we have had and with two jokers nonetheless. On top of his nerdi-brainyness, his religion keeps him grounded and decent toward humanity — you don’t expect that in a politician. He is socially awkward and not a politician and I LIKE that. After Obama we need a guy like this. I only hope that he is given a chance and I would rather risk him than risk Obama a second time with nothing to hold him back. Even if you didn’t fall for any of the conspiracy theories, Obama the incompetent will be like a bull in a China shop in his second term. We can’t afford that.

  91. “I’ve never met a religious conservative who didn’t. They have a specific Bible verse they quote to prove it. Romney is a member of a conservative religion – so is Ryan. It ain’t that hard to make the jump.”

    I can understand what you are saying, and I have to say you are saying what I have heard my wife has said in the past, she grew up in the 60’s, with the whole women’s movement. However, Romney from everything I’ve seen, how he supported Meg Whitman for CA’a gov, to supporting Nikki Haley for SC’s gov, to having his VP selection committe run by Beth Meyers, I don’t think Romney is the kind of man who would put women in back. If it was Santorum, I would be concerned, very concerned, but Romney and Ryan, I do not see that way, especially Ryan being an x-generation candidate.

    And as for Romney, not sure if you know this, when his mom wanted to run for the Senate, a major major no-no in those days, Romney said this, he stuck up for his mom to be able to run, didn’t matter if in those days the trend was “oh women don’t do that sort of thing”

    there is a video in the link also
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/as-adolescent-mitt-romney-dove-into-politics-in-hi

    and here is romney in an interview defending his mom’s senate race.

  92. I would add one other thing, I’ve seen Hillary in campaigns, in person, she comes across much better in person than she did on TV, especially with all the Obot LSM bashing her all the time, in 2008. This is why in 2008, as the campiagn went on, she got stronger, because people saw her in person, not the garbage the Obot LSM spews out for their Oturd. Which is why they had to steal 4 delegates of her and give to their precious Messiah on May 31th 2008.

    I’m sensing the same thing with Romney and Ryan. I have not yet gone to campaign of theirs, but TV just does not do justice to any candidate, especially with a Obot LSM determined to put them in the worst light possible. And that is why if Romney seems pompous, its just that, “seems”, especially with a Obot LSM doing everything to promote that view.

  93. freespirit, Romney didn’t even think contraceptives were an issue to debate. I don’t know where you make the jump about him being a conservative, religious guy. I don’t know what Ryan is like but all I have seen so far is his focus on numbers. In fact the younger repubs, are they not saying, stay away from social issues even as Obama makes women pawns for his political games?

  94. You’re right, Tim, Romney’s mom ran for senate. His dad was very ‘liberal’ in the way he supported his wife’s ambitions/endeavors. I don’t know where these people get their info.

    Ryan’s mom after his dad’s death (he was only 16), went back to school and started a business. She was an entrepreneur who built a successful business and sold it and made money. Where the hell do people get their ideas?

  95. Thanks for the NoQuarter link. I hadn’t seen it yet. I’ll check it out.

    As far as Mitt goes, I had an easier time voting for McCain in 2008, than I will if I vote for Mitt. Ryan didn’t help. I’m not buying MSM’s view of Mitt. I’ve read about the man. I have many Mormon friends, and I know their views on women – views to which I’m strongly opposed. I would have a problem voting for anyone who admittedly believes that government should control a woman’s right to control her own body – whether Mormon, Catholic, Southern Baptist, whatever. Again, it’s not just about abortion, but about the fact that having control over one’s body is the most basic, fundamental right, and those opposed to this right, IMO, perceive that women don’t deserve gender equality. That’s something I can’t tolerate. It’s disheartening that so many feminist and men who say they are for gender equality have been so quick to amend their concerns about this issue, in order to make Mitt more tolerable.

    That doesn’t mean I will not vote for Mitt. But, I damn sure won’t pretend I think he’s the greatest thing since Bill Clinton. He is not. There are other options, including the Green Party presumed nominee – a female.

  96. Dammit PM, I hate Obama as much as you do. And the Effing issue to me was Ryan more than Mitt. Both are more conservative than I’d like, but Mitt would have been more tolerable with someone less conservative than Ryan. My only damn point. Ryan is too effing conservative. Mitt should have gone more moderate to get that vote.

    I’m not on meds. I don’t give a shit if you like my choice of words. Women’s rights still mean something to me. If they’re not opposed to freedom to choose, that damn shouldn’t have put on on their effing website.

    Thanks for your effing insight. It think that’ll do me for tonight.

  97. Hey, I think you are a mini-turndownobama, aren’t you? Thanks for visiting. Now go crawl under some rock.

    “I’m not buying MSM’s view of Mitt.”

    See that line, you let your guard down and showed your true colors. Because MSM ain’t singing Mitt’s praises like some of us do here. In fact, you are the one mouthing off MSM’s view of Mitt, the caricature they have built on false premise. We won’t buy yours or MSM’s view of Mitt.

  98. It is not just Obama, the whole fucking Democratic shebang. They are not women’s friends. Where are the women in the Dem party? Where ar eall the governors? Where are all the senators? Where is the next possible woman presidential candidate? Obama ate them, because they are his sweeties, like the dog he ate.

    Sorry about the medication comment — it was said as a joke, as in mind-altering meds.

  99. One issue VOTERS.. pffft!

    Don’t waste your time and energy to persuade the tunnel vision people.

    The country is going to Hell in a hand-basket and they worry about nothing else but themselves and their special interest.

    What will they do when there is NO Constitution to protect us? What will they do when their homes are taken by the government? What will they do when our military if off around the world safeguarding private corporations instead of protecting Americans? What will they do when the capitalist system’s back is broken forever replaced with government run Socialism?

    And finally, what will they do when Sharia Law is the Law of the Land and they get to choose the color of their burqua?

    Cry Me A River!

  100. Banning Freedom of Speech?

    Obama campaign aides ban voter interviews outside (Michelle’s)fundraising rally

    Here it is:

  101. These people are disgusting. I really am beginning to think Bill and Hillary are the outliers who made the undemocratic party “sane” and kept it in check from going on the fringes, now that neither Bill nor Hillary are in charge, the inmates are in charge of the asymlum aka the undemocratic party.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/08/13/Jesse-Jackson-Knocks-Ryan-Using-Dead-Fathers-Benifits-Wants-To-Gut-Social-Security-He-Was-Raised-On

    Sick, these people are truly sick, if it was just JJ, he’s a lunatic, but Biden is using Ryan’s passed away father too in attacks.

  102. freespirit
    August 13th, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Sure, you’re welcome. I know what you are saying. ABO 2012, 4 more years of this nonsense, *shuddering*. But yes, I do understand what you’re saying about women’s rights, I have nieces and would not for a second think of voting for anyone who I felt would not give them the choices for their career choices, whether they want to be a stay at home mom or the CEO of a company. Not only choice, but be judgemental about that decision, whatever it may be.
    For me, I respect Ann Romney for deciding she wanted to be a stay at mom, good for her. At the same time, I respect Hillary for deciding she wanted a career and be a mom, good for her as well.
    Neither side has any ground to be judgement each woman’s decision on a “career”. To me at least, that is the true essence of “women’s rights”, a woman now can decide for herself what she wants to pursue.

  103. Tee Hee Hee

    Paul Ryan Editorial In The Onion
    —Ace

    Not really, of course.

    It’s interesting to get a peek inside the other side’s mindthoughts.

    Admit It, I Scare The Ever-Loving Shit Out Of You, Don’t I?

    By Paul Ryan
    Candidate for Vice President of the United States
    August 13, 2012 | ISSUE 48•33

    When Mitt Romney selected me as his running mate, I knew the Democratic attack dogs would come out in full force…. But if we’re being honest with each other—if we’re able to put aside the talking points for a few minutes and say what we’re all actually thinking and feeling—I believe we can acknowledge the real truth here.

    I’m young, I’m handsome, I’m smart, and I’m articulate. And that scares the ever-loving shit out of you. You can pretend like you have this thing in the bag, but you know good goddamn well that this race just got real interesting, real fast.

    It’s okay to admit it. You’re frightened to death of me. It might actually be healthy for you to face your fears now rather than later, when Mitt and I are leading by a few points in the polls and it looks like this thing might end badly for you. Face it: I’m not some catastrophe waiting to happen, like a Sarah Palin or a Dan Quayle. On the contrary, you have the exact opposite fear. I’m a solid, competent, some might say exceptional, politician.

    Did you get nervous when you read that last sentence? Is it because you know in your heart of hearts that it’s 100 percent true? Is it because, even if you strongly disagree with my beliefs on Medicare, Social Security, women’s rights, and marriage equality, you know my talent as a speaker and my well-thought-out approach to these issues—no matter how radical and convoluted you find them—might just be enough to win over independent voters?

    Do you get chills just thinking about how strong my appeal actually is

  104. Congressman Henry Waxman (D-Calif) gives his reaction to Mitt Romney’s running mate choice of Rep. Paul Ryan. Congressman Waxman says, Rep. Ryan is “a true believer” who believes the market and people can take care of themselves.

  105. Paul Ryans’s older brother is on Gretta. He is a nice looking guy and has pretty blue eyes as well.

  106. pm317
    August 13th, 2012 at 7:31 pm
    God, that Biden is disgusting. And what has he done ti his face?
    *****************

    hair plugs…

  107. “is “a true believer” who believes the market and people can take care of themselves.”

    Nice strawman argument from the idiot from CA. No one is getting rid of Medicare, I actually like the Wyden/Ryan plan, it makes competition, so costs go down and quality goes up. I did not support the original Ryan medicare reform plan as it was, because there was no original medicare option for seniors, however the Wyden/Ryan plan has original medicare as one of the option, but each side, govt & private compete with each other, and the consumer/medicare-consumer gets to pick where they want to spend their medicare monies. If private ones aren’t good, they can go to the original medicare, if that isn’t as good or effiecient or less choices, they can go to the private option. More subsides for lower income, and less/none for those at the high income levels.

    I really like this wyden/ryan plan. I hope they explain it. Ryan seems to be very good at explaining this.

  108. pm – since you insist on sophomoric dialogue, let me just say, if you expect me to crawl under a rock, you had gtf out from under it first. I don’t care to see you under there.

    And Mrs. Smith – AYFKM? you are the most negative person on this blog, and usually end up arguing with your self, because you get confused about who is disagreeing with you and why.

    I’ll say this. You two intelligent (using the word sarcastically, in case you missed that subtlety) souls have convinced me that Romney is not attracting the brightest people in the country. You have made me seriously consider voting Green Party. You might want to refrain from campaigning for the dude – unless you want to see Obama go back into the WH.

  109. To,, Ryan does nothing but solidify conservative votes Romney already had. He needs women and Hispanics. Ryan adds nothing.

  110. freespirit:

    If the HEAT is too much for you get OUT of the kitchen.. and think about priorities and rethink your avatar- you are about as free as a wandering neurotic looking for attention.

  111. And I hope you never resign your post as His44 admin.

    ———-
    It always rubs me the wrong way using the short version of this site: His44

    Why?

    Because the Hillary part of the title is gone, leaving His 44 remaining.

    It reminds me that He stole the primary and replaced Hillary.

    Now the 44th is His…. 😡

  112. haha! The Ryan-Romnet Team is pulling in the crowds and the donations..
    ________________

    New Obama panic: Romney crowd sizes

    The recent frantic email theme to supporters from Team Obama about Mitt Romney’s run-away fundraising successes has been expanded to the crowd size gap between the thousands who rushed out over the weekend to see Romney and new running mate Rep. Paul Ryan and the hundreds who cheered on President Obama.

    The big worry expressed in a new email from Obama’s Chicago HQ: “The Republican base is energized.” The reason: Romney attracted 15,000 at a rally over the weekend.

    The big worry expressed in a new email from Obama’s Chicago HQ: “The Republican base is energized.” The reason: Romney attracted 15,000 at a rally over the weekend.

    The email:

    Paul —

    I just got this disturbing report:

    Yesterday’s Romney-Ryan rally in North Carolina pulled in an overflow crowd of 15,000 people.

    There’s no spinning that number. It’s a LOT of people, and the Republican base in energized.

    And that’s not all. Since the VP announcement, Romney’s campaign has brought in over 70,000 donations from his Tea Party base.

    We’ve got to step up our game and mobilize our supporters — starting right now.

    Donate $3 or right now to help us rally our base around President Obama’s agenda >>

    Listen to what one Republican supporter said about Paul Ryan: “I love him…He’s going to excite the Tea Party and get them on board…”

    We can’t let the Republicans claim the momentum. Donate $3 or whatever you can:

    Stand-With-President-Obama

    Thanks,

    Brynne

    Brynne Craig

    DCCC Field Director

  113. mcnorman
    August 13th, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    No, but the lesson here is when they are asking a question in the accusation, it’s almost always a lie and a smear..

  114. Mayo Clinic: Rep. Jackson being treated for bipolar disorder

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

    There was an interesting book some years ago saying that Sir Winston Churchill had something we might call manic/depressive or bi-polar. When he was up, he went out and inspired England; when he was down, he kept quiet. Sort of a ratchet action. Iirc the book called it “Churchill’s Black Dog”.

  115. And I hope you never resign your post as His44 admin.
    ________

    Yes, admin- I second and third that motion. We can’t always agree on everything but we are always on the same side. I can’t be any other way but honest about my feelings and choices. Whether it is about politics or Chocolate Cake- I appreciate all your hard work especially the time and effort you spend creating all of your posts. They are not all my favorites articles, but after almost 7 years, we are 99% always on the same page.

    Thanks for putting up with us.. and please don’t abandon us now at this extremely critical time.

  116. tim
    August 13th, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    I think if the Gov stopped handing out Medicare for drug addicts and people with “Bipolar” disease, we could save millions, if not billions.

    I take care of so many youth, in their 20’s, that have gotten lawyers and have benefits, stay at home, do drugs, piss off the family, come back in the hospital,go home, do drugs, piss off the family…you get the picture.. I really can’t stand it. This is not what it is for. These kids have cell phones you and I pay for, designer jeans, free medication that they don’t take because they can’t get high on it.

    It makes me sick.

    I do think the age of 55 is not acceptable. It’s too late for people to make adjustments for for their retirement. Maybe 40, not 55. And there would need to be massive insurance changes. It would need to be affordable, no exceptions for health. Old people have chronic problems. Insurance companies just want you to die if your over 45.They raise the rates till you can’t afford them, co pays on top of co pays. Just way too expensive.

    I don’t have answers, except to make business the business of America again and make it profitable to bring back manufacturing with paying living wages. The rest would take care of itself.

    We will have money to take care of the elderly, terminally ill, severe chronic diseased that can not work. The rest can go to hell. I am tired of working to pay for drug addicts and lazy youth.

  117. “WASHINGTON — As president, Mitt Romney would not repeal the Lilly Ledbetter Act, which provides women with more legal channels through which to pursue equal pay for equal work, his campaign confirmed on Wednesday.

    “Women account for more than 92 percent of jobs lost under Barack Obama,” said Amanda Henneberg, a spokeswoman for the former Massachusetts governor’s campaign. “Of course Mitt Romney supports pay equity for women. The real question is whether President Obama supports jobs for women.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/11/mitt-romney-lilly-ledbetter-act_n_1417913.html

    freespirit,
    I share your concerns for women’s rights also. The above was from HuffPo which is really surprising to meas I never thought they would publish anything positive about Romney.

    Supreme Court won’t overturn Roe v. Wade as Chief Justice Roberts noted it is established law. Considering how he voted on Obamacare, there is no way Supreme Court will get a majority to overturn the law.

    My concern is if something happens to Romney and Ryan takes over.

    “2009

    1. Lilly Ledbetter Act: Voting 250-177, the House on Jan 27, 2009, sent President Obama a bill giving plaintiffs more standing to sue for pay-bias under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The bill became the first major law that he signed. A yes vote was to pass a bill (S 181) to allow lawsuit filings within 180 days of the latest offense rather than 180 days from the first incidence of pay bias.

    Ryan voted no.”

    Also interesting:

    “4. ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’: The House on May 27, 2010, voted, 234-194, to make it legal for gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military. A yes vote was to repeal the 17-year-old “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law under which 13,500 troops had been discharged because of their homosexuality. (HR 5136, above)

    Ryan did not vote.”

    I confess I am curious as to his not voting on this one.

    This is a really good link to look at his votes on major bills over the last few years. A good read.

    http://www.goupstate.com/article/20120813/WIRE/120819903/1083/ARTICLES?p=1&tc=pg

  118. That doesn’t mean I will not vote for Mitt. But, I damn sure won’t pretend I think he’s the greatest thing since Bill Clinton. He is not. There are other options, including the Green Party presumed nominee – a female.

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

    Very sensible. Thanks for a post both concise and nuanced. (And civil.)

    I’m reading newest first, dunno which side you’re coming from, left or right. I figure a third party vote for a left candidate gives a clearer message than a vote for a rightwing candidate.

  119. Mayo Clinic: Rep. Jackson being treated for bipolar disorder
    *****

    Probably Dual diagnosis… drugs, I bet my experience on it!

  120. mcnorman
    August 13th, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    The retraction noted by Hot Air came at 9:30pm tonight.. Thats pretty quick considering..

    I hope it is put up on Drudge.. thats where the trouble begins.. and those Old Dude Republicans had better hire some new help, 100’s of them, to answer Obama’s attack machine with lightening speed.

  121. VotingHillary
    August 13th, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    This is a really good link to look at his votes on major bills over the last few years. A good read.

    http://www.goupstate.com/article/20120813/WIRE/120819903/1083/ARTICLES?p=1&tc=pg

    “Women account for more than 92 percent of jobs lost under Barack Obama,” said Amanda Henneberg, a spokeswoman for the former Massachusetts governor’s campaign.

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

    Thank you for a good post citing FACTS from Ryan’s voting record (voted against Lily Ledbetter, did not vote to repeal DADT).

    As for the claim about womens’ jobs lost, this is very misleading if not actually dishonest campaigning on the GOP side. Most of those jobs were in state and local governments, which hire mostly women — and they were lost as a result of ‘small government’ local Republican politicians economy measures!

    (I posted details and cite on this a while back.)

  122. @ Mrs. Smith

    I agree. I’m a bit surprised at the rabidness toward Ryan. He is in the VP slot not POTUS. He has ideas and says things that are not PC for those that insist on that “free” and “mine” business. That goes both ways. It’s not just the entitlement crowd, but the insurance industry must surely be worried about his wording on purchasing insurance across state lines as well. Maybe not? He is the first to actually state it. I’ll give him that.

    When you look at how long it took us to spiral into the mess that we are in, who can honestly believe that one man can fix it? (Yes, the unicorn and pony crowd do believe if given 4 more years.) It will take a lot of serious people to decide they are actually working for the people to fix this mess. There is so much more than meets the eye to all of this.

  123. turndownobama
    August 13th, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Thank you for a good post citing FACTS from Ryan’s voting record (voted against Lily Ledbetter, did not vote to repeal DADT).
    _____________________________________________________

    Or he did not vote to NOT repeal DADT. This is the kind of “cherry-picking”, hyper-partisan crap that led me to re-register after 2008 with no party affiliation.

    Why I found this intereting is that he doesn’t have a history or pattern of voting “present” so as not to have any kind of record like Obama. It leads me to believe that while his religion may have told him to vote against, his respect for those that serve our nation was just as equal. Thus the “did not vote.”

    I can’t believe I am defending him, but you just did what the media does…slant the facts to suit your purpose.

    This is exactly what is wrong with the country right now and why we behave like such a dysfunctional “family”.

  124. So Obama came to the Iowa state Fair right after Ryan and managed to shut the place down, all the vendors were told to close by the SS while he was there losing them massive amount of takings.

    Way to piss off the iowans there.

  125. Why I found this intereting is that he doesn’t have a history or pattern of voting “present” so as not to have any kind of record like Obama. It leads me to believe that while his religion may have told him to vote against, his respect for those that serve our nation was just as equal. Thus the “did not vote.”

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

    But that’s worse: singling out a gay issue to withhold his vote, and not just to avoid having a record on controversy, but to follow his religion’s stand against gays!

  126. Freespirit,

    I hope you’ll stay and post more reasoned, nuanced, civil posts. We could use more of them, to balance the posts that may give not only Romney supporters but Hillary supporters a bad name, as you describe here. But pls don’t engage with them and answer at the same level. 😉

    “You two intelligent (using the word sarcastically, in case you missed that subtlety) souls have convinced me that Romney is not attracting the brightest people in the country. You have made me seriously consider voting Green Party. You might want to refrain from campaigning for the dude – unless you want to see Obama go back into the WH.”

  127. oh the concern troll giving out pearls of wisdom. Is’nt it funny TDO turns back up and then suddenly we have a few more of new “like minded” posters turn up. Obama must be hiring new disruptors, then again in light of Recent Events…..are we surprised. You must be out recruiting.

  128. moononpluto, where are these people coming from? (from under the rock?, well had to say it, 🙂 ).

    “My concern is if something happens to Romney and Ryan takes over.” — case in point and they are trying to make Ryan a Palin. How young and inexperienced was Obama when he took over, not to mention incompetent. AND what has he done for women’s rights? If they don’t like either of them, let them go vote for third party. But why are they here? That is what I want to know. They are not influencing any and if they do, the worst outcome they say they fear will happen. So what is the point of their arguments?

  129. NJ Gov. Chris Christie to give keynote address at Republican National Convention

    Chris Christie, the sometimes abrasive but always entertaining governor of New Jersey, is set to be announced Tuesday as the keynote speaker for the Republicans’ national convention later this month.

    …………………………………

    Looks like the GOP convention is going on a full economy tip with this pick.

  130. freespirit, agree that my language was sophomoric but you could at least listen to the nice guy we have here, tim.

  131. pm, its a divide and conquer scenario intent on getting groups to argue amongst themselves, its very clever and is designed to create barriers, what amazes me is you can pick them out a mile off because its the same style of writing on different parts of the net and the same standard talking points and expressions.

  132. Marco Rubio gets a big consolation job and big viewing figures to launch him nationwide. Excellent choice for Mitt to have Marco formally introduce Romney. That is a BFD.

    Marco Rubio to introduce Mitt Romney at RNC

    http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/national/marco-rubio-to-introduce-mitt-romney-at-rnc/1245656

    TAMPA — In a showcase role on his party’s biggest stage, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will introduce Mitt Romney for his speech to accept the nomination for president on the last night of the Republican National Convention.

    It is an introduction aimed at giving Romney a boost from a rising star in a must-win state, but it will almost certainly further enhance Rubio’s standing, too.

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a favorite among fiscal conservatives in the party, will give the keynote address, the Associated Press reported early today, citing unnamed Republican officials directly involved in the planning.

    Just last week, Rubio was still seen as a possible contender for the No. 2 spot on the Republican ticket. Though Romney chose House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, the GOP clearly wants the appeal that Rubio — 41 years old, Hispanic, the son of Cuban immigrants, with speaking skills that resonate both with establishment Republicans and tea party insurgents — can bring to the campaign.

    And already, Rubio is putting his charisma to use.

    On Monday in Miami, he introduced Romney, who in turn mentioned Rubio as much as Ryan, getting big cheers when he did. On Wednesday, Rubio will go to Texas to help raise money for Romney. In a letter to prospective donors, Rubio calls Ryan a “courageous reformer” and an “inspired choice.”

    There’s more to come, said Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades, who describes Rubio as “an integral part of our campaign.”

    “We’re honored to have him introduce Governor Romney at the Republican National Convention,” Rhoades said in a statement released through the convention. “Since the last night of the convention usually has the largest audience, it’s a great opportunity to showcase leaders who will play an important role in shaping the future of the Republican Party. Marco Rubio is that kind of leader.”

    The GOP expects the audience to be huge. Four years ago, Sen. John McCain’s acceptance speech drew 38.9 million viewers nationwide, a figure that approaches the viewership of the opening ceremonies at the London Olympics and is similar to the Oscars.

    Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus called the senator “without a doubt one of America’s most dynamic and inspiring leaders.”

    “It is fitting that he will take on such an important role at our convention in his home state,” Priebus said. “Throughout his career, he has shown true dedication to constitutional principles, fiscal responsibility and free enterprise. As the son of immigrants, he has witnessed the promise of the American Dream firsthand and has worked to secure that promise for future generations.”

    In a statement of his own released through the RNC, Rubio said he’s confident Romney and Ryan will “restore great leadership to our country.”

    “Future generations of Americans depend on the hard work we will do in the weeks and months ahead,” he said. “I know that together we will be successful in changing Washington and putting leaders in place who are committed to creating more jobs and opportunities for our people.”

    During the vetting process for vice president, Rubio repeatedly predicted he wouldn’t be Romney’s choice, but he benefited from the nonstop speculation that he would. Already, he is mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2016, when he will reach the end of his first Senate term.

    During the primaries, Rubio endorsed Romney — but after the former Massachusetts governor won Florida’s primary and after it became clear that Romney’s path to the nomination was inevitable.

    Since then, Rubio’s support has grown stronger and he stepped up criticism of President Barack Obama.

  133. Marco Rubio : Honored that Mitt Romney has asked me to speak & introduce him on the last night of the GOP convention.

  134. “What [Saletan]’s doing – and what the whole Beltway media crowd has done – is to slot Ryan into a role someone is supposed to be playing in their political play, that of the thoughtful, serious conservative wonk.”
    — Krugman

  135. “its a divide and conquer scenario intent on getting groups to argue amongst themselves”

    completelty accurate, I wonder how much AxelRod is paying “concern trolls” this time around? Craig’s list last time showed it was about $4000 for 3 months “work”.

  136. Lets remind ourselves that the Democrats thought the Ryan plan’s “radicalism” was going to save them in 2010, too…….and look what happened.

  137. Personally, I think Romney preferred Rubio to Ryan. In another time and place, it would have been a good choice. Having two nice guys running against the scourge of the United States willing to subvert and shred the Constitution would not be giving us the best chance for a successful outcome. In reality, Romney and Ryan are running against an unseen behemoth organization. They will be fighting an organization the public is totally unaware exists. An organization with Obama at the helm striving to strip the US of her sovereignty handing authority over US Citizens to the United Nations is a monumental task for the strongest candidate/s in the Republican stable to defeat. Basically, why I chose Ryan for the battle and thankful for Romney’s acquiesce for taking him on..

    However, I think Rubio is an asset held in high regard by Romney and he will do very well in a job better suited to his personable mild manner.
    ……………….

    Paul Ryan: Mitt Romney’s Line in the Sand

    Mitt Romney has outdone himself in choosing Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate. The conservative base is ecstatic, and that will translate into voter intensity and high turnout.

    Our country faces an unprecedented debt crisis, primarily driven by our entitlement programs. We have more than $100 trillion of unfunded liabilities — a staggering, incomprehensible number — and we are on a collision course with national bankruptcy.

    Obama has offered no solutions; his Democratic majority in the Senate has failed to produce a budget in 1,200 days; and they have both obstructed the Republicans’ proposed remedies. It’s as if it’s a game with these people and our crushing national debt is but a trifling matter.

    Obama is not only obstructing budget reform; it’s almost as if he is trying to make matters worse. He has added a new major entitlement, Obamacare, and has continued to amass annual budget deficits in excess of $1 trillion, and his latest 10-year budget revealed he would continue to do so. Instead of reducing spending, he has demanded yet more “stimulus” spending and is ushering in the largest tax increase in U.S. history, which is guaranteed to further smother growth and probably worsen our debt problem.

    Not too many years ago, both parties acknowledged that our entitlement commitments were a sword hanging over our heads. But when President George W. Bush tried to begin discussions on Social Security reform, Democrats ridiculed and demonized him and told seniors he was after their nest eggs.

    But in 2008, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., dared to make the third rail of politics his calling card and to serve it up on the national stage. He presented a credible, comprehensive and workable plan to structurally reform entitlements.

    Ryan earned national attention because he addressed the issues candidly, soberly and with such a command of the facts and attention to detail that Democrats couldn’t shame him off the stage. Though he was calm in his presentation, he pulled no punches in warning that in the absence of major reforms, we would sustain a Greek-style financial collapse.

    Ryan has been the Anti-obama; he has provided the main adult leadership in the room, while Obama has been acting like a child in a candy store, spending every federal dollar he can get his hands on.

    Ryan hasn’t just provided issue papers; his plan was reduced to actual legislation and was passed in the House, only to be flatly rejected in the Democratic Senate and viciously and disingenuously mocked by President Obama.

    Obama knows that Ryan has been his financial nemesis; he singled him out for ridicule during his farcical bipartisan health care summit. He has castigated Ryan during national speeches.

    Ryan’s inclusion on the GOP ticket guarantees that the financial issues threatening our republic today will remain front and center. As long as Ryan is around and playing a prominent role, Obama simply cannot effectively duck the issue.

    Indeed, Romney’s selection of Ryan signals his irrevocable commitment to tackling our entitlements problem and solving our financial crisis. It loudly signals that these issues, along with related economic issues, will be the centerpiece of his presidential campaign.

    It would have been easy for Romney to have avoided the entitlements issue, and some GOP advisers were urging him to do so, arguing it is a political loser because demagoguery will prevail over fiscal responsibility.

    But Romney chose the path of statesmanship. He decided not to underestimate the American people and instead trusted that if properly informed, they would understand the gravity of the situation we face and support the right choices.

    By choosing Ryan, Romney has drawn a bold line in the sand, telling the American people that his administration will tackle these problems no matter how much ridicule they receive from Obama and other Democrats.

    Romney isn’t promising to adopt Ryan’s plan entirely, but it is obvious he embraces the underlying principles it contains: entitlement reform, discretionary spending reductions, a responsible national security budget and tax reform, which, when coupled with strong spending reductions, will lead to economic growth.

    Obama has yet to present any semblance of a plan to reduce spending, restructure entitlements and bring our short- and long-term budgets into balance. He has offered only class warfare and fear-mongering.

    The Ryan selection will force Obama and his party out of the closet and to offer some plan of their own instead of just ripping the Republicans’ plans. It won’t end the demagoguery, but it will smoke them out — and expose the incoherence of their ideas.

    Mitt Romney’s best chance of winning this election is to draw the starkest of contrasts between his vision and Barack Obama’s record. Choosing Paul Ryan was the best possible way to do that. Kudos to Mr. Romney. Game on.

    http://townhall.com/columnists/davidlimbaugh/2012/08/14/paul_ryan_mitt_romneys_line_in_the_sand

  138. Best twitter ever………….

    “One campaign hasn’t held a press conference in seven weeks. The other is trying to avoid being sat upon by unhinged rotund protesters.”

  139. mcnorman
    August 13th, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    @ Mrs. Smith

    I agree. I’m a bit surprised at the rabidness toward Ryan. He is in the VP slot not POTUS. He has ideas and says things that are not PC for those that insist on that “free” and “mine” business. That goes both ways. It’s not just the entitlement crowd, but the insurance industry must surely be worried about his wording on purchasing insurance across state lines as well. Maybe not? He is the first to actually state it. I’ll give him that.
    __________

    Well said, mcnorman- IMO- Paul Ryan is Obama’s worst nightmare. Which is exactly what is needed complimenting Romney’s gentlemanly personality. I think Romney will grow stronger and exhibit more self confidence as time goes on- but for now, he needed a ‘young gun’ out front articulating facts and well versed in the differences between his policies and Obama’s fraudulent vision for the country.

    If these ‘ONE ISSUE’ voters ever had the courage to pick up a copy of ‘Fool Me Twice’ and read it, they would understand what we are up against… but don’t hold your breath waiting. It will never happen. They prefer whine and cheese..

  140. Romney overruled advisers in picking Ryan: Taps into his inner Chris Christie

    Watching Mitt Romney on the campaign trail this weekend after he tapped Paul Ryan as his running mate, it was hard not to be struck by how significantly the candidate’s message and delivery improved. Romney was newly energized, almost sounding like an evangelist preacher as he preached the merits of capitalism and the free market. His rhetoric was sharp and specific as he contrasted his policy vision with that of President Obama’s. With Ryan, he looked confident in his sit-down interview with CBS’ Bob Schieffer. It was as if the ghost of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie entered the cautious, often-awkward pol’s body, to great effect. (Indeed, like Christie, he even challenged a heckler at last night’s event in Waukesha County, Wisconsin.)

    This is the type of change that’s very tough to measure in even the best polls and focus groups. Romney overruled his top consultants in picking Ryan; they wanted him to go with a more cautious choice, like Tim Pawlenty. But Romney clearly felt a kinship with the younger Ryan, and the chemistry was undeniable on their first couple of days on the campaign trail. Romney felt unshackled, and felt free to play to his biggest political asset — a fiscal conservatism that’s been the one consistent hallmark of his career, from working at Bain Capital to the Salt Lake City Olympics to his tenure as governor of Massachusetts.

    http://decoded.nationaljournal.com/2012/08/romney-finding-his-inner-chris.php

  141. I see a fresh batch of trolls have cropped up to join the resident one since I logged off last night. Kudos to all for keeping your troll swords sharpened.

  142. “The other is trying to avoid being sat upon by unhinged rotund protesters.”
    ___________

    They have to upgrade their security and fast once they settle in- Otherwise, they will be heckled to death by paid protestors flogging them relentlessly with Obama noise.

  143. Will Sillydad be the next CNN anchor to face suspensions? (fingers crossed)

    CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien has been caught using left-wing blog Talking Points Memo to counter Virginia House of Delegates member Barbara Comstock on the House GOP budget.

    As Ali Akbar of Viral Read discovered:

    Tonight, she was the substitute host for Anderson Cooper, a program that boasts of its reputation for “keeping [politicians] honest.” During her interview with Virginia House of Delegates Republican member Barbara Comstock, O’Brien became visibly flustered and was actually caught doing finger stress exercises as she attempt to insert editorial commentary while her guest, a former skilled Republican operative, defended the House GOP budget, designed by Budget Chairman Paul Ryan.

    Accidentally, a cameraman captured O’Brien furiously flipping through notes, only to cut out seconds later. What was she viewing?

    Footage proves it was a printed email, talking points and opposition research.

    Or will the cameraman get the boot?

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/08/13/BUSTED-CNN-s-Soledad-O-Brien-Caught-Using-Liberal-Blog-To-Attack-Ryan-Plan

  144. The contents? There was a blog post from Talking Points Memo, the popular liberal blog. She was reading The Myth of Paul Ryan The Bipartisan Leader. She never cited it, but used its contents. In fact, she claimed to be reading a direct statement.

    Fire. Her. A$$!

  145. Mrs. Smith
    August 13th, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    And I hope you never resign your post as His44 admin.
    ________

    Yes, admin- I second and third that motion. We can’t always agree on everything but we are always on the same side. I can’t be any other way but honest about my feelings and choices. Whether it is about politics or Chocolate Cake- I appreciate all your hard work especially the time and effort you spend creating all of your posts. They are not all my favorites articles, but after almost 7 years, we are 99% always on the same page.

    Thanks for putting up with us.. and please don’t abandon us now at this extremely critical time.
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    AMEN AMEN!!!! 🙂

  146. Krauthammer on Ryan:

    Ryan is a huge plus,” he continued. “No. 1: He makes it a more ideological election. In a center-right country, as we saw in 2010, you make this election about Obama’s hyper-liberalism, the Democrats are shellacked. Secondly: He changes the subject to ideas and plans, which makes Obama have to discuss his record — which is a bad one — and the plans he has for a second term, which are none. Essentially, ‘I’ll raise four points in taxes on 2 percent of the population.’ And that’s supposed to be a cure for our structural problems? It’s a joke. And lastly, the idea that he is an extremist and they are going to scare people with him — the guy looks like a Boy Scout, like a choirboy. It’s simply not going to work. And I think he brings youth and energy, which is something Obama had in 2008 that he has entirely spent in these four years.”

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/08/13/krauthammer-ryan-choice-makes-this-election-about-obamas-hyper-liberalism-video/

  147. BASIL99
    August 14th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Romney overruled advisers in picking Ryan: Taps into his inner Chris Christie.
    ………

    yes, Basil. We need to keep our swords sharpened because indeed, it’s going to get very, very, ugly.

    Romney’s advisers remind me of the Kerry campaign’s incompetent staff. The staff was so disjointed, the left hand never knew what the right hand was doing. Single highhandedly, they were responsible for many embarrassments that Kerry in his usual ineptness further fumbled into an unresolved mess.

  148. foxyladi14
    August 14th, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Thanks, foxy for the reiteration of my post. I was surprised at the emotional brusqueness of admin’s post hoping she recognizes our thinking as to the battle we must win at all costs. We will take Florida- Ryan has family there. They will take the lead and ensure he gets proper recognition and full explanations of his Medicare Plan. Ryan comes to the battle with a built in army. Ryan has 55 cousins. The generational Ryan family live within a 4 block radius of each other in WI. Watch for the Kennedy comparisons to come from big media..

  149. Related to topic at mcnorman 11:49 expressing surprise at rabid outpouring against Ryan
    ———————————-
    In one of the first articles I came across yesterday Axelrod stated: Paul Ryan’s veep selection brings back memories of Sarah Palin amd I don’t think it worked out very well
    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/243313-axelrod-paul-ryans-veep-selection-brings-back-memories-of-sarah-palin

    So the argument that the Republican VP is not qualified to run as such … is resurrected from 2008.

  150. “What [Saletan]’s doing – and what the whole Beltway media crowd has done – is to slot Ryan into a role someone is supposed to be playing in their political play, that of the thoughtful, serious conservative wonk.”
    – Krugman

    ————–
    Out of the mouths of babes and academic RADICAL Paul Krugman comes finally the truth.

    THE-BELTWAY-MEDIA-CROWD is the culprit.

    That is who big media represents, i.e. the Washington DC establishment, k street lawyers, lobbyists, think tankers, trade assocations, bureacrats, political staffers, and the economy they are a part of which on big government, grand bargains, an entire cabal that feeds at the public trough, and is determined to preserve their power and perks at the expense of the country. That is what big media is, and it is why they support Obama. The American People need to understand that big media is, therefore, their implacable political enemy, especially in a struggling economy. They will let the country fail rather than give up their third helping of caviar. To illustrate, I was at the home of a partner in one of the Washington DC mega law firms for dinner one night–this was during the Clinton Gingrich shut down government excercise. The whole aint it awful discussion centered on someone who knew someone who knew someone inside the beltway who could lose his or her job as a result. Yes, this is what these people obsess about. It is why Roger Ailes made the point that the beltway media is out of touch with the country. Out of touch alright, but worse than that hostile, condescending and dare I say it, contemptuous. If the American People ever manage to figure this out, then as Jennifer Rubin intimated, within our lifetimes, hard times may visit that city too.

  151. Beltway media is, therefore, a pressure group with a megaphone whose voice is heard everyone elses. There is NO COMMONLITY OF INTEREST, between their interests and ours. On the contrary, they are in direct conflict. Therefore, as Thomas Sowell rightly observed we should not listen to them anymore.

  152. I agree. I’m a bit surprised at the rabidness toward Ryan
    ——————————-
    In a courtroom no competent attorney bothers to object to objectionable testimony that does not hurt him. But he will be inclined to scream and pound the table when it does. I do not think they expected Romney to select Ryan. I think they believed he was too reserved and cautious. The rope a dope strategy which has worked well for them until now is about to end. If they try to evade the policy issues which are confronting the country, their campaign is likely to fail. How the electorate innudated with big media lies reacts to it is another story.

  153. Mrs. Smith
    August 14th, 2012 at 8:34 am
    ———————-
    Very nice article by an underappreciated conservative voice, and like Ryan, a deep thinker. From the electorate standpoint, I continue to believe the choice is binary. A life jacket vs a new captain. The Republicans need to prove to the public that the life jacket will not float for long, and the waters are shark infested, and the only ones who will survive and prosper if we retain the incompetent captain we have are the beltway elites through big media who will tell us there is land where there is no land.

  154. wbboei
    August 14th, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Mrs. Smith
    August 14th, 2012 at 8:34 am
    ———————-
    Very nice article by an underappreciated conservative voice, and like Ryan, a deep thinker. From the electorate standpoint, I continue to believe the choice is binary. A life jacket vs a new captain.
    __________

    I agree from the electorate’s standpoint the choice is a binary decision with the understanding the two candidates complete the whole. On the other hand, I understand the metaphoric use of ‘life jacket’ in the sense you are referring to but not quite an accurate assessment in my mind containing all the genetic information that is required for a more accurate metaphor for the depth of malignancy in the head of a totally evil corrupt administration. I see anyone voting for Obama as a suicidal death wish. Obama more than willing to oblige the weakest of mankind settling for so little, resigned and inviting the pale horse to take them.

  155. @wbboei

    How the electorate innudated with big media lies reacts to it is another story.

    This is what worries me the most. They set the stage.

  156. What was that about Ryan being a bad pick….

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2012/election_2012_presidential_election/august_2012/50_now_view_paul_ryan_favorably_43_say_he_was_right_choice

    Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan’s favorables are up after the first blush of national media exposure following Mitt Romney’s selection of him as his vice presidential running mate. But as is generally the case with running mates, Ryan gives only a slight boost to Romney.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters now have a favorable opinion of Ryan, while 32% view him unfavorably. This includes 29% with a Very Favorable view of Romney’s vice presidential pick and 13% with a Very Unfavorable one. Only 13% are now unfamiliar with Ryan, and five percent (5%) are not sure about him.

  157. The Indian journalist who borrowed some words without accreditation has been roundly condemned in elite media circles, and he has been suspended by his employer CNN. Of all the crimes big media commits on a daily basis, plagiarism is a petty misdeanor, yet they treat it as though it is a capital crime. There is a strong societal interest in protecting copyrights and patents, because without that protection, inventors would lose the incentive to create new products and investors would not invest if there was no income stream. But the kind of crap big media journalists put out has no intrinsic value. Most of it is not worth the paper it is written on. Who cares if the plagiarize eachother? What they say is mostly group think anyway. I would apply the standards of plagiarism to historians, but not to jurnolists, for all of the above reasons. They do not rate it. In different words, they are all saying the same thing. In my courtroom they would not get past summary judgment.

  158. Ok Biden needs putting back in the straightjacket……

    Biden, in VA, says to crowd that with their help we “can win North Carolina again.”

    riiiiiiiiight.

  159. Ok Biden is off his meds today in Virginia……

    first he doesnt know where he is and second……..BIDEN: ‘They’re going to put y’all back in chains’.

  160. Twitter is rolling in laughter……

    Pretty solid Biden outing. Got name of state wrong and said opposition will “..put y’all back in chains again.” What a weapon.

  161. 16 trillion dollars in red ink–is smothering any economic growth in this country. Obama has continually IGNORED this. He promised that he would do a line by line of the federal budget and get rid of waste. Another broken promise of his.
    👿

  162. mcnorman
    August 14th, 2012 at 10:33 am
    @wbboei

    How the electorate innudated with big media lies reacts to it is another story.
    This is what worries me the most. They set the stage.

    ——————-
    Correct. I guess in a say it is Hegelian. Romeny selects as a campaign running mate, someone who is ideally suited to govern, and by that I mean, to help us find solutions to the existential problems we now face as a country. That is the thesis. The anti thesis proffered by the Washington establishment, i.e. the dims and big media is the Republicans are out for the rich, whereas we will protect you from their predations. It is the synthesis that interests me. With all the nattering nabobs of negativity doing their thing, with all the chicken littles ploughing though the entrails, and with all the people with their hands out, where will the majority consensus come to rest? This is why my reaction to the Ryan choice remains a studied one. I think it was a bold choice, the right choice, and it was courageous of Romney to make it. But it is also a gamble.

  163. Well in Dem logic its up to Joe Biden to prove he’s not senile or loopy but based on that performance in Virginia…………………..oooof.

  164. If proven, both should be sacked.

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/08/14/whistle-blower-documents-ill-state-workers-forced-to-attend-pelosi-jesse-jackson-jr-event-on-taxpayer-dime/

    Whistle-blower, documents: Ill. state workers forced to attend Pelosi, Jesse Jackson Jr. event on taxpayer dime

    Documents and a whistle-blower affidavit obtained by The Daily Caller charge that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., and Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., participated in an unethical — and possibly illegal — effort to force 76 employees of an Illinois state agency to engage in political activity on the taxpayers’ dime.

    According to the whistle-blower, Rev. Jackson also encouraged the government employees to load first-generation and low-income college students up with student loan debt — because Democrats in Congress, he allegedly promised, would eventually pass laws to forgive that debt later. “[T]hose people will continue to vote Democratic,” Jackson Sr. said, according to the whistle-blower.

    On March 3, Pelosi flew to Chicago to endorse Rep. Jackson Jr., 17 days ahead of a heated March 20 Democratic primary he later won. Pelosi was scheduled to make the endorsement at a press conference later in the day, after she participated in an hour-long “forum” hosted by the elder Jackson at the headquarters of his progressive Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

    Pelosi politicized that forum, jumping the gun and endorsing Jackson Jr. earlier than planned.

    read on………………………………………….

  165. holdthemaccountable
    August 14th, 2012 at 11:01 am
    ****************************************88
    I LOVE this guy!

  166. Mrs. Smith
    August 13th, 2012 at 2:15 pm
    DEBATE MODERATORS ANNOUNCED:

    PBS Jim Lehrer, first Pres debate, Oct 3 Denver…

    CNN Candy Crowley, town hall, Oct 16, Hempstead NY…

    CBS Bob Schieffer, third Pres debate, Oct. 22, Boca Raton…

    ABC Martha Raddatz, VP debate, Oct 11, Danville KY…
    &&&&&&

    Isn’t this the All-Star Obama Fluffer Line-up??

  167. He promised that he would do a line by line of the federal budget and get rid of waste. Another broken promise of his.
    ———————-
    As his soulmate once opined:

    “Promises are like piecrusts–made to be broken” —-Vladmir Lenin

  168. I do not like the choice of roly poly candy crowley. She is as biased as she is obese. I think the vp debate should have been between the second and third presidential debates.

  169. Notice how for the VP debate they chose Martha Raddatz, ABC’s chief Foreign correspondent and of course what was Biden’s strong point, Chairman of the foreign relations committee. Total setup.

    Expect tons of foreign policy softballs to Biden and scud missiles at Ryan. The economy will barely be touched.

  170. Candy will have to watch her mouth for the next 2 months, one thing out of place and i’d demand her stand down.

  171. moononpluto
    August 13th, 2012 at 3:42 pm
    So Obama’s campaign is panicking….

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/new-obama-panic-romney-crowd-sizes/article/2504781#.UClYYaP67hK

    New Obama panic: Romney crowd sizes
    &&&&&&&&&

    And Team Obummer’s other panic is the smallness of their crowds. I saw an article in the NYT, and they’re making cutesy excuses, but let’s face it: they thrill is gone. After you promised so much and did so little, the adoring crowds have greatly dwindled, and those that are still there are either a little deflated, or there to heckle you, “Hey, I voted for you, and you said you’d close down Guantanamo”.

    Ahem, “Size matters”.

  172. Plus Martha’s husband is Tom Gjelten, who just happens to be NPR’s national security correspondent…….nope no bias there.

  173. On Obama: Since when is speaking through a teleprompter eloquence? No reason in the world to concede that point.
    On Ryan: “What a great thing he’s on the ticket. Pity he’s not at the top of it.”
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    Stephens: Paul Ryan’s Neocon Manifesto America’s real interests, he understands, come from our deepest values.

    By BRET STEPHENSLike this columnist ..

    Last summer, the chairman of the House Budget Committee made a foray into foreign-policy land with a speech to the Alexander Hamilton Society in Washington, D.C. About 100 people showed up, and it got next to no coverage. That should now change—and not just because Paul Ryan’s views on America’s role in the world are no longer a matter of one Wisconsin congressman talking.

    Here, in CliffsNotes form, is what the speech tells us about Mr. Ryan. First, that he’s an internationalist of the old school; in another day, he would have sat comfortably in the cabinets of Harry Truman, Jack Kennedy or Ronald Reagan. Also, that he believes in free trade, a strong defense, engagement with our allies—and expectations of them. Also, that he wants America to stay and win in Afghanistan. Furthermore, that he supports the “arduous task of building free societies,” even as he harbored early doubts the Arab Spring was the vehicle for building free societies.

    It tells us also that Mr. Ryan has an astute understanding of the fundamental challenge of China. “The key question for American policy makers,” he said, “is whether we are competing with China for leadership of the international system or against them over the fundamental nature of that system.”

    What Mr. Ryan’s speech really tells us, however, is that he knows how to think.

    Most foreign-policy speeches by American politicians take the form of untidy piles of verities and clichés. Here, for example, is Barack Obama on China: “As we look to the future, what’s needed, I believe, is a spirit of cooperation that is also friendly competition.” Here he is on the U.N.: “The United Nations can either be a place where we bicker about outdated differences or forge common ground.” Here he is to the British Parliament: “The time for our leadership is now.”

    Mr. Ryan doesn’t have the president’s reputation for eloquence. Nor do his speeches ride on the windy drafts of “Yes We Can.” But unlike Mr. Obama, his speeches communicate ideas and arguments, not pieties and emotions.

    Thus this speech begins not with a cliché but with a contention: “Our fiscal policy and our foreign policy are on a collision course.” It proceeds, briefly, to demonstrate the point quantitatively: Defense spending in 1970 consumed 39% of the federal budget but takes only 16% today. In the proverbial guns-to-butter ratio, our veins are already clogged.

    Next there is history. Why can’t the U.S. simply cede the cumbersome role of world policeman to somebody else? Didn’t Britain do as much in the 1940s? It did. Yet, “unlike Britain, which handed leadership to a power that shared its fundamental values, today’s most dynamic and growing powers do not embrace basic principles that should be at the core of the international system.”

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    Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan
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    That’s not a novel insight, exactly, but it’s something that needs to be said and is said only rarely. Similarly with Mr. Ryan’s next point: American exceptionalism isn’t a type of jingoism. Instead, it derives from the fact that it was the first nation born of an idea, and from an idea that is true not only for Americans. “America’s foundations,” hesays, “are not our own—they belong equally to every person everywhere.”

    So what follows? “If you believe these rights are universal human rights . . . it leads you to reject moral relativism. It causes you to recoil at the idea of persistent moral indifference toward any nation that stifles and denies liberty, no matter how friendly and accommodating its rulers are to American interests.”

    Note the consistency of the logic. Note the quality of the language. Note, finally, Mr. Ryan’s understanding that America’s real interests are derived from our deepest values. For most other countries, it’s just the opposite: The interests come first, and “values” are a synonym for justifications.

    None of this means that Mr. Ryan is a foreign-policy crusader. He talks of a “healthy humility” about the degree to which the U.S. can “control events in other regions.”

    Yet humility should not be a prescription for passivity or fatalism. Speaking of the U.K., he notes the extent to which its postwar leaders chose their own diminished fate: “Once they concluded that they should manage Britain’s decline, it mattered little what Britain was objectively capable of achieving on the world stage. The crisis of self-perception was fatal to Britain’s global leadership.”

    What kind of congressman speaks—and maybe even writes—sentences like these? When Mr. Ryan gave the speech, in June of last year, Congress and the Obama administration were gearing up for their epic budget grudge match. He had no inkling he’d be the vice presidential nominee in 14 months and had probably already decided he didn’t want to run for president. Which means he could easily have fobbed off the Hamilton Society with GOP platitudes about “keeping America strong.”

    Instead he delivered one of the most thoughtful speeches in years about America’s global role and the means required to maintain it.

    What a great thing he’s on the ticket. Pity he’s not at the top of it.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444318104577587322446430152.html?mod=hp_opinion

  174. …can see we have another good ole’ fiesty discussion going on here today…

    Tim…thanks for posting this below…i think it is important enough to repost for some that might not have had the chance to see your post last night…(i was going to post it myself when i read it on NQ this am)

    http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/70070/obama-dont-know-much/?tw_p=twt

    the important part really begins with what the health worker had to say, starting at:

    I was an Obama supporter last election, donating the maximum to his primary and general election campaign. I was hoping for true healthcare reform. I’ve received every email, snail mail …please read the rest

    tim
    August 13th, 2012 at 8:36 pm
    freespirit, in terms of getting moderates… I recommend NQ’s latest post, my wife is a moderate dem, she’s still a registered dem, she will be voting for Romney, for her it was an ABO vote. And she does not see Ryan as a pompous man, Romney either, when compared to the alternative, its about a narrative, and the MSM is playing along, just like they did in 2008.
    One of best attributes of Ryan, he does talk in facts, figures,which I know as a centerist myself I really appreciate.

    Anyways, here is NQ’s post, I thought it was very good.
    http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/70070/obama-dont-know-much/#disqus_thread

    “Obama, his campaign and many Democrat leaders, are fully embracing the belief that they are running the equivalent of a Wes Craven horror-fest and need only shriek that Romney and Ryan are trying to choke the life out of your GranGram in order to secure your vote. Pretty damn clueless.

    So I came across this comment written by Dontgetmestartednow, which appeared on the The Washington Examiner, and thought it captured succinctly the problem confronting Obama and his gang:

    I was an Obama supporter last election, donating the maximum to his primary and general election campaign. I was hoping for true healthcare reform. I’ve received every email, snail mail and phone call from not only the Obama campaign, but a plethora of other Obama PACS. I’ve reviewed not just the website, but the actual proposals/bills/voting records regarding healthcare. I have been in healthcare for 32 years working for emergency departments, NICU’s, PICU’s, ICU’s in indigent inner city locations, focusing on billing issues with Medicare and Medicaid in 11 states and Puerto Rico. I worked for 4 years for our regional Medicare administrator Anthem alone. I may not be considered an expert, but I do know this one issue really well, my livelihood depends on my knowledge.

    I received 3 calls since Ryan was announced looking for donations, “because more than ever, we need to prevent the destruction of Medicare”. Baloney. I agree with the Wyden-Ryan plan. Medicare as it stands takes the consumer completely out of the picture, letting them stay ignorant to the costs verses the service. Forcing seniors into Medicare (you can not keep your employer paid plan once you’re eligible for Medicare as your primary, you can’t even elect to buy your own private insurance as your primary) eliminates competition. When you don’t have to be aware of the cost and you don’t have to worry about competition, costs go up and services go down. It’s simple economics. The bipartisan bill gives seniors a choice, keep their Medicare plan or get a voucher to select from a private carrier. Those that are poorer or sick, get a larger voucher. Those on the upper end of income get less if anything. The only argument against this would be that some poor and uneducated would stay with Medicare and get less services and a lower quality of care because of their choice. Does anyone else see the idiocy of this? In essence, we know Medicare sucks and think it’s more fair that everyone should be forced to have it.I wasn’t sure how I was going to vote this time, but I do now. Next time one of Obama’s PAC’s call looking for money, I’ll have to explain I don’t have anymore, I just gave it all to Romney/Ryan.

    Yep. Obama got himself a heap of trouble.

    There are some very uncomfortable facts. Most noteworthy–Barack Obama has already cut almost ONE BILLION dollars from Medicaid. Did seniors get better healthcare from that move? NO! Did seniors get a better choice of Doctors NO!

    Cont…”

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

    imho…

    the ‘beauty’ or positives of Paul Ryan is as I suggessted yesterday, he is the messenger…he can pull the bark off the tree

    …he can remind people of the insanity of being forced into a federally mandated health scam that gives your hard earned money to drug and insurance companies and you never even know how much you are paying for anything…

    what a racket…amazing the hospitals, insurance co and drug co have been in colusion for so long…

    there is a lot of positive we can draw on and maybe, just maybe…the timing is right…

    I said a couple of days ago that if there is anyone…anyone…that realizes how bad things are going in this country…it is our seniors…their generation just about built this country and for them to see all the scams, lies, cheating, theft…the whole shabang of what the institutions they trusted have become…they understand what is going on…they want this country to survive for their grandchildren and now in their later years cannot believe where our country is…especially after all the hard work they did…yes to build it…

    If anyone, anyone, can communicate the reality to them for them to understand…that person is Paul Ryan…

    it might not be the discussion any of us wanted…but it is what it is…

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

    wbboei…perhaps R & R will instead “rope the dopes” because as we can see…the O camp now will have to provide their solutions…they will have a much, much harder time trying to hide from the real numbers…that is where Paul Ryan shines and can help…

  175. This from a friend on FB:

    My Buddy Tom said he heard on CNN the other day that three boys were walking along the beach at Martha’s Vineyard when they heard cries for help. When the boys got to the noise they saw Barack Obama in the water drowning.

    The three boys saved him from drowning, and Obama asked the boys how he could ever repay him. The first boy said, “I want a boat.” The second boy said, “I want a truck.” And the third boy said, “I want three tombstones with our names all on them.”
    Obama asked, “Why is that, son?” The little boy said, “Because when my Dad finds out that we saved you, he is going to kill us all!”

    This was the text and there was a graphic that had a likeness of the incumbent and read: Happy Job Hunting from Sunny Martha’s Vineyard!

  176. Re: moononpluto
    August 14th, 2012 at 3:32 am

    Politics 101, Math 98: a vote for a third party or a write-in, which is not counted in many districts, is a VOTE FOR OBAMA!!! Did we not learn that in the 2007 primary, if we were not smart enough to have already absorbed that fact? It takes one vote to neutralize the 3rd party or write-in vote; and a second vote to overcome it. So, please if you are that STOOPEEED, just go back under the rock you crawled from under; you are part of the problem.

    I am thinking that the Contrarian and DailyPuma are the same person; and that some of the other trolls are using interchangeable identities. Am I wrong?

  177. I have not seen this posted anywhere else; frightening….and as if raising a teenaged daughter is not frightening enough in today’s world. Your child has to have parental consent at the dentist, but not to get herself sterilized? Can this be true?

    ObamaCare Mandates Oregon Provide Free Sterilizations to 15 Year Olds, Without Parental Consent
    http://www.libertynews.com
    Thanks to the bill that had to be passed before we could

  178. Let’s make a list of all the MSM reporters who have been caught lying through their teeth in desperate defense of the POS, starting with two who are debate moderators.

    1- Schieffer – blatantly professes support for the dims and edits out powerful R-2 responses to the medicare issue during the 60 Minutes interview
    2 – Crawley – another POS shill whose first words on hearing Ryan was the vp pick said Romney has a death ticket wish
    3 – Brian Ross – dredging up unsubstantiated dirt on the Colorado shooter linking him to the tea party
    4 – Soledad O’Brien – caught lifting talking points from a far-left blog yesterday and today tries to lie to Sununu about medicare
    7 – Tingles
    8 – Madcow
    9 – Schultz
    10 – Shep Smith
    5 – Brian Williams –
    6 – George Stephanapoulos – tried to insert the contraception trap during the GOP candidates debates
    7 –

  179. Sununu smackdown of O’Brien partial transcript.

    ununu: “Soledad – stop this. All you’re doing is mimicking the stuff that comes out of the White House and gets repeated on the Democratic blog boards out there….”

    O’Brien: I’m telling you what FactCheck.com tells you. I’m telling you what the CBO tells you. I’m telling you what CNN’s independent analysis does.”

    Sununu: “I got the CBO report right here.”

    O’Brien: And I’m telling you what it says. I’ve read it several times.”

    Sununu: Put an Obama bumper sticker on your forehead when you do this.”

    O’Brien: You know. Let me tell you something. There is independent analysis that details what this about and repeating a number —

    Sununu: No there isn’t.

    O’Brien: Yes there is.

    Sununu: No, there’s Democratic analysis.

    O’Brien: Sir, let me finish. There’s independent analysis. FactCheck.com, the CBO and CNN has also done its own independent analysis and name calling to me and somehow acting as if by you repeating a number of $716 billion that you can make that stick when that figure is being stolen from Medicare – that’s not true….”

    Sununu: It’s says it’s a reduction in services and a reduction in support for Medicare advantage.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/08/14/video-soledad-obriens-membership-in-mantra-club-confirmed/

  180. Newt transcript. MUST READ.

    PIERS MORGAN, HOST: I suppose the fundamental debate that’s going to be had, though, will come down to whether the Republicans can sell to the American people that they are really concerned about jobs, about people’s livelihoods, and all the rest of it. If they’re also scratching the backs of their rich and wealthy members, which is clearly I think the flaw in the Ryan plan is that it just does. I mean, if you’re very wealthy, you’re going to be doing a lot better out of Paul Ryan than you would out of Barack Obama who believes fundamentally the rich should pay more tax.

    NEWT GINGRICH: You know, I don’t want to sound disrespectful, but I do wonder sometimes if you guys all get off in a little club and learn a brand new mantra and then all repeat it mindlessly. The fact is, these kinds of things were said about Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan’s tax cut – which was developed by Jack Kemp who Paul Ryan worked for – Ronald Reagan’s tax cut raised more people to middle class status, took more people out of poverty, created more jobs.

    You know, this is the core thing that liberals don’t get. If you want to have jobs, you have to encourage job creators. If you discourage job creators, if you engage in class warfare, if you do what Barack Obama’s been doing, you have what we currently have. This is the worst recovery in 75 years.

    Now, nobody in the media seems to want to come to grips with the fact that the Obama economic policy is a disaster for the poor. Look at the unemployment rate for black teenagers. Look at the unemployment rate for Latino teenagers. At what point do we hold the president accountable for a policy which is crippling the poor in America by crushing the economy under big government?

    Ryan and Romney represent a different approach. And I think there’s this mantra you guys almost sound like you’re an extension of the Obama campaign. The Ryan/Romney plan empowers middle class Americans to get a job. When they get a job, their income goes up. They pay more taxes. They are independent. They’re able to live their own lives.

    Obama worries about student loans. None of those students are going to get any jobs under Obama. Ryan and Romney are worried about getting jobs for those students so they can pay off the Obama loans.

    I think this is a fundamentally different model, and I know everybody in the media wants to rush down and narrow it down to one point. So I’m going to rush down and narrow it down to one point: how long are we going to tolerate a president who makes the poorest Americans more unemployed, who pushes more poor Americans on to food stamps, and who eliminates hope for minorities? And that’s the Barack Obama record after four years.

  181. Today, Gallup’s daily tracking poll showed Romney moving into a two-point lead over Obama, 47% to 45%. It was the first time since early June that Romney has led in the tracking poll. The race was tied all last week at 46%.

    A good portion of today’s numbers come after the announcement of Paul Ryan as Romney’s running mate. Democrats were initially giddy about the selection, as they assumed they could paint Ryan and, by extension, Mitt Romney, as a “dangerous radical,” with his plan to reform entitlements. Ever since the announcement, the media has been on a crusade to attack Ryan and build up his negatives.

    Today’s numbers from Gallup, however, suggest that the media’s efforts aren’t working. Expect the critiques to get even more shrill and expect more “anonymous” GOP sources to criticize Ryan. It is what the media does.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/08/14/ryan-bounce-romney-up-2-in-gallup-poll

  182. OMG, Basil99, I think I have found a new love….Sununu. I already loved Newt. Now that is fighting; they made those Pravda disseminators look really stupid and showed them for the outright liars they are. Way to go. More, please.

    Also, for those of you who are Sam Elliot fans, there is a graphic circulating showing a scene from OK Corral, and Elliot, and the text reads:
    NOVEMBER 6, 2012 Make no mistake…..it’s a reckoning.

  183. OMG, Basil99, I think I have found a new love….Sununu. I already loved Newt. Now that is fighting; they made those Pravda disseminators look really stupid and showed them for the outright liars they are. Way to go. More, please.

    Also, for those of you who are Sam Elliot fans, there is a graphic circulating showing a scene from OK Corral, and Elliot, and the text reads:
    NOVEMBER 6, 2012 Make no mistake…..it’s a reckoning.

  184. ShortTermer,

    I agree. Sununu is HOT (intellectually speaking).

    Maybe MR has finally decide to unleash his pitbulls. Gingrich cows Morgan, Sununu destroys O’Brien, Lowry decapitates Madcow and even Blitzer takes on DWS.

    I. Want. More!

  185. There is a message I received on FB:

    Rhonda Rebman-Lopez

    Did you see my pic w/Mitt & Craig ROmney [Miami/Dade County FL]? My husband retired Top Gun Fighter Pilot Cuban American drove them in the motorcade yesterday. I am working tirelessly to help Mitt Win!!!! XOXO!
    ___________________________________________

    Her husband is Jorge Lopez.

  186. There is a message I received on FB:

    Rhonda Rebman-Lopez

    Did you see my pic w/Mitt & Craig ROmney [Miami/Dade County FL]? My husband retired Top Gun Fighter Pilot Cuban American drove them in the motorcade yesterday. I am working tirelessly to help Mitt Win!!!! XOXO!
    ___________________________________________

    Her husband is Jorge Lopez.

  187. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to prevent double and triple postings? Sometimes an error message comes up that it is a double post, but most times not. I am not pushing the submit button more than once; is there a cure [don’t even be tempted to tell me to quit posting lol] for this problem from my end?

  188. I have not seen this posted anywhere else; frightening….and as if raising a teenaged daughter is not frightening enough in today’s world. Your child has to have parental consent at the dentist, but not to get herself sterilized?

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    It’s probably not even true. 😉 But that’s an odd thing to be frightened of. Her getting sterilized would be less dangerous than her getting pregnant.

  189. I don’t think admin is going to embed anymore of our videos but this is a good one of Ryan faced with a deranged 71 yr old(plant?)heckler yesterday- Unflustered, he finishes the upset with a joke.

  190. a vote for a third party or a write-in, which is not counted in many districts,

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    That’s why it’s important to choose a third party that WILL be counted and reported, such as the Greens. Everyone should find out what their own district does (and don’t believe everything the firstperson who answers the phone says).

    As for the math, all this was discussed in 2008. A vote for a third party hurts Obama HALF as much as a vote for the Republican.

  191. Mrs. S,

    Saw that. Imagine what the loony libs would be saying if such a thing happened to the POS.

    Instead, USA Today characterizes the protesters as “spirited.”

    Really?

    BTW, I do hope admin will embed our clips. If not we will have to come up with a ratings system. For example, I give the new MR medicare ad 4 out of 4 stars.

    BASIL99
    August 14th, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    yes. Yes. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    MUST SEE AD!

    MR lays out the reality of the POS’s medicare cuts!

    Paid In

  192. VPNReviewz Reports That Executive Order Promises To Give Total Control Of The Internet To The DHS

    In an event that was devoid of the usual pomp and circumstance, President Obama issued an Executive Order, (EO) that effectively handed the Department of Homeland Security, (DHS) the ability to take complete control over the internet, according to reports from VPNReviewz.

    VPNReviewz Reviews the Best VPN Services
    It looks like they are getting some measure of the control they wanted, but it was inevitable. Eventually the public would become desensitized to all the hype over their legislative initiatives.
    South America (PRWEB) August 12, 2012

    According to privacy advocates like the EFF, EPIC, UsenetReviewz, and many others, this order gives the DHS the authority to take complete control of public, private, and non-profit facilities…giving them the ability to close off or limit any and all civilian communications. And, on the National Communications Systems official website, the order is further elaborated on, saying that the infrastructure, “includes wireline, wireless, satellite, cable, and broadcasting, and provides the transport networks that support the Internet and other key information systems.”

    CEO of VPNReviewz, Michael Maxstead, agrees that the existing “Emergency Alert System” used in the US probably does need to be brought up to date to reflect existing technologies, but that, “This EO allows too much control over such a large entity.” He further goes on to wonder “And, what will the system be used for once it is completely in place?” He asks this because the order allows the DHS to “prioritize” internet traffic. In order to prioritize the traffic effectively, the controlling and monitoring agency would have to know the origination point, destination, identification, and type of traffic. Essentially everything about the communication.

    Most of the EO is wrapped up in legalese detailing the agency that will be created, the fact that the EO is being issued under the authority of the National Security/Emergency Preparedness, NS/EP, (EO 13618) and what agencies will be contributing to the implementation of the additional measures. But also in the EO is the ability for the DHS to mandate the security measures that are used by private, government, and non-profit agencies.

    Maxstead said that this statement was rather vague, and worried that privacy software, like VPNs and proxies could be effected. But, the truth in that remains to be seen, and many social networks, like Usenet, and torrent related forums, have been abuzz with supposition.

    http://www.silverdoctors.com/executive-order-promises-to-give-total-control-of-the-internet-to-the-dhs/

  193. BTW, I do hope admin will embed our clips. If not we will have to come up with a ratings system. For example, I give the new MR medicare ad 4 out of 4 stars.
    ___________

    Good idea- ‘Adaptability’ is one of the key prerequisites to survival.

  194. Classy retort to Paul Ryan in the heckler video Mrs Smith posted above. These are the two top comments:

    Top Comments
    F-ing asshole republicans! They ruined this country with bush and I hope everyone remembers what they did come this november and keeps their greedy 1% asses out of office.
    sofakingcooln1 4 hours ago 8

    Reply
    This is horrifying: I was in tears after watching it. To take an old man, a hard working old man to the ground, HANDCUFF him (he had no weapons on him), and then try to be “cute” by saying “Hope he took his blood pressure medicine!” while the crowd laughs, provess that Ryan is a heartless, blind, cruel sick rich daddy’s boy. WHAT THE F**K has happened to the Republican party? They are FREAKS with no vision, no empathy, no thought of anything but themselves! SICK!
    thomasmoredamian 3 hours ago 5
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    And, they forget all about the just born and about to borns, and their grandchildren, who are the ones that will have to live with this mess that we adults have let be created. I find that almost one hundred percent who are and who may deny that they are ‘liberals’ on my community claim to be animal lovers and compassionate, and post ad nauseum, about the cruelty to animals (I love animals,too, but when faced with bad crap happening to animals juxtaposed to bad crap that we are doing to children…….what is more important?)These people are enemies of those under the voting age.

  195. . I’m a bit surprised at the rabidness toward Ryan. He is in the VP slot not POTUS. He has ideas and says things that are not PC for those that insist on that “free” and “mine” business. That goes both ways. It’s not just the entitlement crowd, but the insurance industry must surely be worried about his wording on purchasing insurance across state lines as well.

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    O that mine enemy had written a book? He put his ideas in writing, officially on record. That gives a lot of ammunition against him.

    But just what did Ryan say about buying insurance across state lines? That would be good, imo. Palin said so, and McCain also, didn’t he?

  196. WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Skye News which reported the Thatcher story has, apparently, been hacked and it’s not true.

    WTF. Who would post such a thing?

  197. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to prevent double and triple postings? Sometimes an error message comes up that it is a double post, but most times not. I am not pushing the submit button more than once; is there a cure

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    Sometimes that happens more when I press the button hard or fast, maybe I’m holding it too long? Or maybe it’s something in the network connections that sends the signal twice. It will happen on several posts in a row, than not again for days.

  198. Sununu: It’s says it’s a reduction in services and a reduction in support for Medicare advantage.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/08/14/video-soledad-obriens-membership-in-mantra-club-confirmed/

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    Ok, one of the charges I’ve heard say the $700 has been transferred from Medicare to Medicaid, and iirc it was Romney who said it went “to finance Obamacare”. Sununu’s statement doesn’t support either version. Reducing some services may in future save some money (amount unknowable in advance), but that doesn’t send the money to any particular program elsewhere.

  199. VPNReviewz Reports That Executive Order Promises To Give Total Control Of The Internet To The DHS

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    I think that’s much less realistic than the quote further up saying that Ryan voted for a “fetus personhood” – “Sanctity of Human Life” bill that would end all abortions for any reason. Both these measures might give someone else the power to do something drastic (if the report about Internet control is true, which I doubt).

  200. there is a problem here is the US.
    America has become too spoiled. There are way too many people who don’t want a hand up, they want a hand-out. They can’t see past the next paycheck, or too often, the next welfare check. They’d love to see those paycheck deductions for Social Security and Medicare go away, thinking they’ll never need those services or never receive them. The concept of saving money for retirement has almost disappeared 😯

  201. The POS accuses Ryan of not passing a farm bill which was passed two weeks ago by the House and is now in the Senate

    Biden says he’s in NC. while speaking in VA and tells AA audience the repubs are gonna put them back in chains.

    Gingrich rips Morgan, Sununu destroys O’Brien and a Ryan supporter at a rally yells, “Look. No teleprompter.”

    Not a good week for the POS. May there be many more.

  202. As I was looking for bling for my pink combat boots, I came across some interesting merchandise for the R & R ticket: Mitt now has a bobble-head doll, and a t shirt with this text printed on it:

    Ineptocracy: A system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

  203. SOWELL HITS IT OUT OF THE PARK

    Cogent analysis.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2012/08/14/the_paul_ryan_choice_115088.html

    The Paul Ryan Choice
    ==================

    By Thomas Sowell
    August 14, 2012

    Governor Mitt Romney’s choice of Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate is one of those decisions that seem obvious — if not inevitable — in retrospect, even though it was by no means obvious to most of us beforehand.

    Anyone who wants to get a quick sense of who Paul Ryan is should watch a short video of a February 2010 meeting in which Congressman Ryan politely, but devastatingly, “schools” Barack Obama on the utter fraudulence of the statistics that the Obama administration was using to claim that ObamaCare would reduce the deficit. That video is available on the Drudge Report.

    As a long-time member, and now chairman, of the Budget Committee in the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan is thoroughly familiar with both the facts and the fictions in the federal government’s budget. In recent years, the fictions have grown much bigger than the facts. But, as Congressman Ryan reminded the president, hiding spending is not the same as reducing spending.

    If this year’s election is going to be decided on the basis of hard facts, the Obama administration is doomed. But the Obama campaign is well aware of that, which is why we are hearing so many distracting innuendoes and outright lies about such peripheral issues as what Mitt Romney is supposed to have done while running Bain Capital — or even what is supposed to have happened at Bain Capital, years after Mitt Romney was long gone.

    The Obama campaign’s big smear, about how Romney is supposed to have caused a woman to die of cancer, has been exposed as a lie by CNN, hardly a Republican network. What smears like this show is that the Obama administration cannot run on its track record, so it has to run on distractions from the country’s real problems.

    When Senator Harry Reid claims that Mitt Romney hasn’t paid his income taxes, and demands that Governor Romney disprove this unsubstantiated allegation, that raises an obvious question as to why the Internal Revenue Service has not prosecuted Romney, instead of leaving that to a partisan politician in an election year.

    What makes this a farce is that Senator Reid himself has not released his own income tax records, while claiming that Romney’s release of only two years of his income tax records is not enough, even though it has been enough for other candidates in other years.

    If Mitt Romney releases all his tax records going back to his childhood, it will not put a stop to this fishing expedition, much less bring an apology when those records show nothing illegal. It will just provide more material for making more distracting claims to change the subject from the track record of the Obama administration.

    When Ronald Reagan ran against President Jimmy Carter back in 1980, he asked the question that should be asked of the voters when any president is seeking reelection: “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”

    Four years later, when Reagan ran for reelection, he implicitly asked and answered that same question in a campaign commercial titled “Morning in America,” which listed the ways the country was better off than it had been four years earlier. Don’t look for any “Morning in America” ads from Obama. “Mourning in America” might be more appropriate.

    This election is a test, not just of the opposing candidates but of the voting public. If what they want are the hard facts about where the country is, and where it is heading, they cannot vote for more of the same for the next four years.

    But, if what they want is emotionally satisfying rhetoric and a promise to give them something for nothing, to be paid for by taxing somebody else, then Obama is their man. This is not to say that the public will in fact get something for nothing or that rich people will just pay higher taxes, when it is easy for them to escape taxation by investing overseas — creating jobs overseas.

    Even if most Americans do not have their own taxes raised, that means little, if they end up paying other people’s taxes in the higher prices of goods and services that pass along the higher taxes imposed on businesses.

    There are no doubt voters who will vote on the basis of believing that Obama “cares” more about them. But that is a faith which passeth all understanding. The political mirage of something for nothing, from leaders who “care,” has ruined many a nation.

  204. …there is an optic that is bothering me about the R & R camp…why are there signs at many of these rallys that only say Romney…why is Romney’s bus still only saying Romney?

    even at rallys where Paul is speaking I see mostly Romney signs, not Romney-Ryan…

    I know they had some made up because I did see some later in the day when they traveled together…

    waiting for the conventions seems silly…if it is the R & R ticket…then let the signs, etc reflect that…otherwise it looks like a Romney/CEO incorporated thing

    i see that their store has R & R products…time to catch up with the signage

  205. it is easy for them [rich people] to escape taxation by investing overseas — creating jobs overseas.

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    You know, there might be a simple solution for that. Change the US tax law, so they can’t do that.

  206. Admin I know you are disappointed by the Ryan pick because you felt the same way that I did. We both felt that Romney needed Rubio to bring in Florida and many Hispanic voters. While I am still very disappointed, as I mentioned in my last post, I am more optimistic today than on Saturday. When my husband woke me on Saturday and told me it was definitely Ryan, I said “then he’s lost Florida and the election.” Since then I’ve changed my mind. I feel that Ryan has a boyish charisma that people like and he is smart as a whip. I kind of like his Medicare plan because the way it’s going now it’s going to fail and become insolvent. Something has to be done. I think he and Romney may have what it takes to bring down that fraud in the White House and I was going to vote for a turnip rather than that idiot in the WH anyway.

  207. “We got a real clear picture of what they all value,” Biden said. “Every Republican’s voted for it. Look at what they value and look at their budget and what they’re proposing. Romney wants to let the — he said in the first hundred days he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules, ‘unchain Wall Street.’ They’re going to put y’all back in chains.”

    Stay classy JOE!!! 😯

  208. foxyladi, this was after Biden opened his stump in Virginia with “with your help we can win North Carolina again”. Biden, never far from screwing it up.

  209. Hey I’d happily do an ad with us all in a line to push Pelosi of a cliff, no shortage of volunteers for that job.

  210. LOL!

    LOVE Sununu, that’s what we need, and Newt too! Sununu and Newt need to be the media attack dogs… none of this wishy washy Paw-lenty etc.
    Maybe put christie in that duo attack dog circle too.

    And keep Andrea Saul away from any camera, I do feel bad for how she was villified, I think she just wasn’t up to the job, and the romney camp at least has figured it out. If she’s good at organization etc, which based on her resume she seems to be, make her do that.

    Let Newt, Sununu, christie, paul ryan etc be the attack dogs. None of this Saul, Eric Fenstrom, etc.

  211. Romney on Obama: “This is what an angry and desperate Presidency looks like.”

    Romney says Obama is “intellectually exhausted, out of ideas, and out of energy”

    Very powerful……….this sort of language… it happened to Thatcher …… 4 words brought her down….. “does’nt she look tired”

    Once people get an idea in their head that something is past its sell by date and has that whiff of death spiral about it, nothing will stop it, its beginning to happen to Obama.

    Keep repeating it “does’nt he look tired”

  212. I don’t know about you all, but this stuff is having no effect on me anymore, its so way over the top, these dims are going after Ryan like rabid mutant dogs.
    (maybe it was seeing Hillary subject to all this in 2008, and then Palin, these people are such scumbags, I just cannot take these dims seriously anymore, they can be adults and say what Ryan is saying is false, but they can’t because what ryan is saying is true, so they then go after Ryan at a personal level)

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/08/14/Senator-Sanders-Ryan-Would-Be-Death-Sentence-for-Many-Americans

  213. Chuck is furious and so are iowans…

    Chuck Grassley ‏: When is Obama going pay vendors at the Iowa state fair for lost income when he shut them down so he could campaign there on Mon. One vendor lost $25000.

  214. Former chief of staff for clinton erskin bowles (I do like him and respect him, I hope like the rest of the dims who’ve supported/praised ryan in past, Bowles does become a democrat before an american and start backtracking on what he expressed about Ryan in the past, he will lose all credibility in the future if he does)

    “Former Bill Clinton Chief Of Staff On Paul Ryan: “This Guy Is Amazing”…”

  215. moononpluto
    August 14th, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Yup. Posted it upthread. I give it 4 out of 4 stars. It is a must see ad.

    MR lays out the reality of the POS’s medicare cuts!

    Paid In

  216. Re: tim
    August 14th, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Don’t worry, be happy. The more grayson-of-a-bitoch talks, the more Floridians hate him. We kicked his sorry a$$ our of office…he is irrelevant now; like Roseanne Barr, Caroline Kennedy and the other has-beens.

  217. ShortTermer
    August 14th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    🙂 glad to hear that, the man makes me emabarassed to even call myself an ex-democrat.

    BTW, I had the same problem you are having about double posts, do you use the Firefox internet browser, that seemed to take care of any double postings for me. Hope this helps you.

  218. Yes, Obamacare Cuts Medicare More Than President Romney Would – Forbes

    http://www.forbes.com

    You wouldn’t know it from listening to the Obama campaign, but there’s only one Presidential candidate in 2012 who has cut Medicare: Barack Obama, whose Affordable Care Act

  219. neetabug
    August 13th, 2012 at 8:25 pm
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    hello neetabug! if i remember correctly, you worked for hillary in the great state of ohio. nice to hear from you and very good news that (perhaps) the all powerful BO may be losing his charm in your neck of the woods.

    stay strong.

  220. tim, Wyden was taken to the woodshed for just collaborating with Ryan. You think the Dims will let him say anything positive about that plan?

  221. Bloody hell Romney is going for the throat, i think he’s had enough.

    Romney on Obama: “His campaign strategy is to smash America apart and then cobble together 51 percent of the pieces.”

  222. Sununu was disgusted and looked depressed in the end with that bitch Soledad whatever her name is. My stomach just turns looking at that fucking woman.

  223. pm317
    August 14th, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Good evening. In the link I posted, there’s a link to the actual paper, and its very obvious the 2 worked together, and it even makes mention of how their paper and ideas has been presented before the elections to bring the good ideas from both ideas. The spineless coward ron wyden can say what he wants now aka Corey booker, his words that he printed and wrote say something 180 degree opposite, and this was just 6-9 months ago. Coward, a spineless coward.

  224. Just wait until Ryan gets to Ohio and starts talking about his good college days there.

    Yes Ryan graduated from the University of Miami in Ohio. So he does have a big connection with Ohio too.

  225. Are you in the tank enough?

    Tingles and other news media stars discuss how to shape political opinion while still maintaining rock solid journalistic integrity.

  226. BASIL99
    August 14th, 2012 at 8:53 am
    I see a fresh batch of trolls have cropped up to join the resident one since I logged off last night. Kudos to all for keeping your troll swords sharpened.
    —————————————————————

    hilarious, isn’t it? expect more to appear as we get closer to november 6th.

  227. I think Sunnunu has opened up a very valid strategy here, calling out all the obot journalists for what they are, expose them live on air.

    Tell them to their faces on camera that you won’t stand for their bias and lockstep with the Obama campaign by pretending to be impartial. Scare the living daylights out of them, its the only thing that works. they will soon crap themselves.

  228. pm317, I don’t think he looked depressed, disgusted, yes, but he has that laugh he does when ripping apart these so-called “LSM-Obot-maggots”.

  229. Hi Tim,

    I recently heard Ryan talk on CSPAN radio about how Dims have silenced Wyden. Ryan should make a mention of this in every interview highlighting how Dims are the obstructionists.

  230. tim, I felt he just had a sad face in the end — he could not believe how much water she was going to carry for Obama. I would be depressed too if I were forced to engage with that woman.

  231. pm317
    August 14th, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    fortunately, only about 50K people watch her pathetic show, and I’ll bet most of them are at an airport, waiting for their planes and forced to watch CNN on those airport TVs.

  232. Made my first donation to this Akin fellow from MO. I want this loser Claire Mcskill defeated! Absolutely a pathetic liar, fraud. Akin’s first ad..

  233. sorry for all these posts, found another great great line from Romney’s events today

    “Mitt Romney has been featuring a tough line on China in his recent speeches. Here’s a good example of it. He joked that when the Chinese do finally achieve getting to the Moon, they ought to “stop in and look up our flag put there 43 years ago!”

  234. Jeff Ashton, the prosecutor in the Casey Anthony case, just defeated his opponent in Florida!!!!!!!!!!

  235. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/guest-post-obama%E2%80%99s-war-whistleblowers-accelerates-science-itself-now-contraband

    Stunningly disgusting, no MSM will of course will cover it, they are all part of Barry’s admin.

    “The Obama administration is evil. Sorry, there is no other adjective to describe it at this point. They know they are corrupt, they embrace their corruption and now they are doing everything possible to silence anyone who dares call them out on it. The latest case of Obama’s war on whistleblowers relates to how the Scientific Integrity Officer within the Interior Department, Dr. Paul Houser, was attacked when he started raising some scientific and environmental questions.”

  236. Looks like Linda McMahon has won the Connecticut GOP Sen primary, looks like round 2 for her in Nov after losing in 2010.

  237. http://www.investigativeproject.org/3708/islamists-appointed-editors-of-egyptian-state

    muslim brotherhood kicked out the military last week, now they’ve completely taken over the egyptian media this week. Christians, leave that country asap, only a matter of time before they declare war on any non-muslims in that country.

    Wonder if this was barry’s plan when he invited the muslim brotherhood to his little speech in 2010 after Mubarak pleaded with OTurd not to do so, as these are thugs as Mubarak pointed out.

  238. rgb44hrc
    August 14th, 2012 at 4:54 pm
    SOWELL HITS IT OUT OF THE PARK

    Cogent analysis

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    He is the Babe Ruth/Hank Aaron home run hitter of conservative intellectuals. And it not just the columns he writes, but the many books he has written, which were the toast of the town and were credited by two Nobel Prize winners in economics–Freidman and Hayek as best in class. Elsewhere he said this, and with the selection of Ryan it is the defining issue in this election:

    “President Obama is such a genial man that many people across the ideological spectrum cannot see him for the danger he is. FOR EVERY HUNDRED PEOPLE WHO CAN SEE HIS GENIALITY, PROBABLY ONLY A HANDFUL SEE THE GRAVE DANGER HIS WARPED POLICIES AND RUTHLESS TACTICS POSE TO A WHOLE WAY OF LIFE THAT HAS GIVEN GENERATION AFTER GENERARATION OF AMERICANS UNPRECEDENTED FREEDOM AND PROSPERITY.”

  239. The entire Obama program was hatched by the same cabal who gave us the European Union. They are the ones who selected him, financed him and got him the Nobel Prize. Part of their game plan is to deindustrialize the United States and transfer the manaufacturing economy to India and China. That is the economic interest that lies beneathe their program to raise energy costs to consumers on the pretext of global warming.

  240. you know, its something minor, but the chicago thug buying beer for everyone but the romney supporter very much reminds me of the “I won” crap he pulled in early 2009. Does anyone seriously think he won’t pull the same chit if he wins again?

    He is a chicago thug, no other way to put it, in 2008, he hid it with all the MSM protecting him, the same that’s protecting him in 2012.

    He will continue to throw dog poop, monkey poop at Romney/Ryan, how do you possibly combat poop throwing thugs? How can anyone possibly sit this out and not vote to evict this piece of political thug?
    He did the same chit to hillary, people act like he’s changed, he’s not changed, this is exactly what it was in 2008, the only difference is the repubs at least at backing their candidates full force this time around. And independents, even the stupid ones who voted for him last time are at least seeing it.

    How anyone can not vote for Romney, Ryan this time around I seriously do not understand. These people are not dems from even 10 years, this is a completely new breed of political chicago scumbag america-hating thugs. I will say again, I have no understanding of anyone who does not vote for R/R who doesn’t like Barry Oturd, it isn’t even about R/R, its about defeating chicago scum.

  241. moononpluto
    August 14th, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Unfortunately people 54 and younger ALSO paid into Medicare for decades. This is not going to sell well, regardless.

    It won’t sell because the MM won’t tell the truth and we know the Dmes will not. People are scared and will have to be dragged to the alter.

    I wish one of them would acknowledge how the gov has stolen our money from medicare, SS, and say, ‘we are going to pay it back first, cut out the people abusing it (like the drug addicts, Bipolar’s, etc) and THEN and only then, make the necessary adjustments, but not for the 55 and under, for the 35 and under.55 is too old to start anew.

  242. I know the Obama campaign is desperate because I got a “snail mail” request for money today. They and the Dems haven’t dared to send me such since 2008.

    I need creative suggestions of what to write on it besides “F.U.”

    Regarding the SS deal, I was worried about this being 53 but I have basically resigned myself to the fact that I am never going to retire between stagnant wages since 2006, the losses on the 401K and now this SS thing.

    SS should have been “lockbox”, no way Congress could touch.

    God I wish there was a Clinton on the ballot.

  243. “I need creative suggestions of what to write on it besides “F.U.””

    My wife got one yesterday, she put “May 31th 2008, 4 delegates stolen, Romney/Ryan 2012”, and they were stupid enough to send her a prepaid envelops, so she then filled a box with phonebooks, and stuck that prepaid envelop on it, I think it cost the DNC, Oturd’s campaign, about $20 as they have to pay the prepaid envelop’s return postage.

  244. tim
    August 14th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    My wife got one yesterday, she put “May 31th 2008, 4 delegates stolen

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    I like that, tim. I have been mulling it over all night and was thinking of writing “didn’t donate in 2008 due to bad economy, won’t donate in 2012 due to WORSE economy”.

    And of course, then add “F.U.”

  245. VotingHillary
    August 14th, 2012 at 10:26 pm
    ————–

    You may add his campaign slogan, WTF or What The Fuck!

  246. Greta just interviewed one of Ryan’s neighbors, known him his entire life.

    What I find amazing is with Hillary or Bill or Romney or Ryan, all these people, average people can voouch for them, I have never every heard anyone voouch for Oturd at any stage of his life.

  247. I think I got the winner for what to write:

    “Sorry, Donna Brazille said in 2008 you don’t need me anymore.

    5/31/08 – 4 delegates stolen, millions of Democrats lost.”

  248. Re: tim
    August 14th, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Ashton did not LOSE the Casey Anthony trial; the jury gifted Casey the verdict despite a mountain of evidence toward her guilt; and she does not even pretend to be looking for the killer; much like OJ. He just defeated his opponent in the primary today…and I love that he will still be working for us, the people.

    Everytime I go from link to link on FindAGrave, a Romney donation pop up ad pops up; I would find this very annoying except it is RnR; the incumbent has banner ads and such all over the internet.

  249. ShortTermer
    August 14th, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Thanks for explaining, to be honest I didn’t really follow that case that much, but it seemed like she {Anothony} probably had a hand in her daughter’s death, but I didn’t really understand what the defense was? Like I said I didn’t follow it much, but I was surprised that she wasn’t found guilty of it based on what I read on the lies she told when the events were unfolding.

  250. Now a FaceBook page appears entitled One Million Strong against Paul Ryan VP. Must be their fuzzy math, but 29 likes does not make a million.

  251. “The entire Obama program was hatched by the same cabal who gave us the European Union. They are the ones who selected him, financed him and got him the Nobel Prize. Part of their game plan is to deindustrialize the United States and transfer the manaufacturing economy to India and China.”
    **********
    That is basically the (conspiracy???) theory of the “International Committee of the Fourth International” of what is happening to the US economy. Export jobs, chronic high unemployment, depress wadges, remove “benefits”, lower living standards and expectations, etc.; then in 10-20 years, when energy cost make transportation of manufactured goods from China to the US unprofitable, move manufacturing back to the US.

  252. SHV
    August 15th, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Much of what you posted is correct, the standard of living for the american middle class is going down..

    http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2012/08/gary-shilling-us-in-recession-now-or.html


    We’ve had three consecutive months of declines in retail sales,” says Shilling, president of A. Shilling & Co., an economic research and forecasting firm. “That’s happened 29 times since they started collecting the data in 1947, and in 27 of the 29 we were either in a recession or within three months of it.”

    Shilling expects this recession will last about a year and shave about 3.5% from growth from peak to trough.

    This time is different, says Shilling “because a lot of things that normally go down in a recession are already there, like housing.” And policies that normally help revive the economy are absent. The Fed can’t cut interest rates because they’re already near zero and the housing market won’t be a catalyst for growth, Shilling says

    Cont..”

  253. “Much of what you posted is correct, the standard of living for the american middle class is going down..”
    ********
    The “new normal” in the US will be 1948. Global finance is whipsawing national economies and the end result will be global social turmoil. Chinese manufacturing is running on razor thin profit margins and they will have the rug pull out from them in the future.

  254. Went to my computer geek today, because I have problems with seeing the images that admin adds to the blog. It keeps telling me I have an adobe reader faash problem, even though I have downloade it several times and reinstalled. Anyway Admin, he says it my be your website. In the process of the discussion, he knows that I am on this hillary site, as he has repaired my computer before. Out of the blue he says. WHY IS HILLARY NOT RUNNING. I told him I did not know, but probably it was her deep loyalty to the Dems. It kind of came pouring out of him, as he had not said much before. He said I voted for her before, and she must run, tell her she must run. If not now 2016. I was amazed at his passion.

  255. SHV
    August 15th, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Chinese manufacturing is running on razor thin profit margins and they will have the rug pull out from them in the future.

    ___________________________________________________

    And it is going to get even thinner. Due to their “one child per family” policy, they are now having a shortage of workers and have to hire from outside China. Those workers have held out for higher wages making moving business to China for cheaper labor almost obsolete.

    Their own housing “bubble” is starting to burst as well.

    The youth of China has become as materialistic as our own and have less loyalty to the “good of the nation.”

    Watch NHK online out of Japan. It is amazing what you can learn that will NEVER be reported here. After all, it is much more important to know what the Kardashians are doing.

    Ugh.

  256. A group of former U.S. intelligence and Special Forces operatives is set to launch a media campaign, including TV ads, that scolds President Barack Obama for taking credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden and arg u es that high-level leaks are endangering American lives.

    Leaders of the group, the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund Inc, say it is nonpartisan and unconnected to any political party or presidential campaign. It is registered as a so-called social welfare group, which means its primary purpose is to further the common good and its political activities should be secondary.

    In the past, military exploits have been turned against presidential candidates by outside groups, most famously the Swift Boat ads in 2004 that questioned Democratic nominee John Kerry’s Vietnam War service.

    The OPSEC group says it is not political and aims to save American lives. Its first public salvo is a 22-minute film that includes criticism of Obama and his administration. The film, to be released on Wednesday, was seen in advance by Reuters.

    “Mr. President, you did not kill Osama bin Laden, America did. The work that the American military has done killed Osama bin Laden. You did not,” Ben Smith, identified as a Navy SEAL, says in the film.

    “As a citizen, it is my civic duty to tell the president to stop leaking information to the enemy,” Smith continues. “It will get Americans killed.”

    An Obama campaign official said: “No one in this group is in a position to speak with any authority on these issues and on what impact these leaks might have, and it’s clear they’ve resorted to making things up for purely political reasons.”

    Read more on Newsmax.com: Special Ops Group Attacks Obama over Bin Laden Bragging, Leaks

  257. I tried to find the video but to no avail. Dana Perino and Stuart Varney were on tonight on Hannity. I think the message has gotten on up the chain that I have been espousing here at home and on FB; and we have been espousing here for the Republicans, if they are smart, would access our arsenal of data from 2007 and take the lessons we learned the hard way in the 2007 primary to heart. She made a statement that there were people who had been the recipients of Obama’s thuggery and that would be Hillary supporters.

    More, please.

    Also, over a hundred of my ‘friends’ on FB have liked Paul Ryan VP page just in the couple of hours I have it shared; and the idjit Cheetos trolls are posting more than the republicans and posting very vile crap. Since we are all schooled on combating the Cheetos types, could some of us go there and give some of the vile posters the what for??????

  258. How come John gets it, and none of the other Republicans do. —————————–

    On Tuesday, O’Brien and Mitt Romney surrogate John Sununu engaged in a heated debate over Medicare on “Starting Point,” where he told her, “Soledad, stop this! All you’re doing is mimicking the stuff that comes out of the White House and gets repeated on the Democratic blogs boards out there. Put an Obama bumper sticker on your forehead when you do this.”

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/08/14/cameras-catch-cnn-anchor-soledad-obrien-reading-liberal-blog-during-debate-with/?intcmp=features#ixzz23akFHD6g

  259. VotingHillary
    August 15th, 2012 at 1:04 am
    ——————————-
    I propose this toast to the real Ben Smith the SEAL hero–not the cringing jurnolisting maggot formerly of Politico now of BUZZ FEED. To the real hero whose father burdened him with that name, there is this:

    “Son, this world is rough
    And if a man’s gonna make it, he’s gotta be tough
    And I knew I wouldn’t be there to help ya along.
    So I give ya that name and I said goodbye
    I knew you’d have to get tough or die
    And it’s the name that helped to make you strong.”

    He said: “Now you just fought one hell of a fight
    And I know you hate me, and you got the right
    To kill me now, and I wouldn’t blame you if you do.
    But ya ought to thank me, before I die,
    For the gravel in ya guts and the spit in ya eye
    Cause I’m the son-of-a-bitch that named you “Ben Smith (like the Politico maggot)'”

    I got all choked up and I threw down my gun
    And I called him my dad, and he called me his son,
    And I came away with a different point of view.
    And I think about him, now and then,
    Every time I try and every time I win,
    And if I ever have a son, I think I’m gonna name him
    Bill or George! Anything but Be Smith! I still hate that name!

  260. The “new normal” in the US will be 1948. Global finance is whipsawing national economies and the end result will be global social turmoil. Chinese manufacturing is running on razor thin profit margins and they will have the rug pull out from them in the future.
    —————————-
    Much of the work they do will be replaced by automation.

  261. “The entire Obama program was hatched by the same cabal who gave us the European Union. They are the ones who selected him, financed him and got him the Nobel Prize. Part of their game plan is to deindustrialize the United States and transfer the manaufacturing economy to India and China.”
    **********
    That is basically the (conspiracy???) theory of the “International Committee of the Fourth International” of what is happening to the US economy. Export jobs, chronic high unemployment, depress wadges, remove “benefits”, lower living standards and expectations, etc.; then in 10-20 years, when energy cost make transportation of manufactured goods from China to the US unprofitable, move manufacturing back to the US.
    ——————————————–
    See link below:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/farage-barroso-hes-deluded-communist-idiot

  262. Stop Fooling Yourself… NO Entity On Earth Can Stop This
    Submitted by Phoenix Capital Research on 08/14/2012 08:13 -0400

    Ben BernankeBonddefaultEuropean Central BankEurozoneGermanyGreeceGross Domestic ProductInternational Monetary FundIrelandItalyLTROMonetizationPortugal

    The markets are going bananas over the same tired assumption that Central Bankers have some magic solution up their sleeve.

    Over the last five years, market participants have largely operated based on the “Bernanke Put” (the belief that no matter what happens Bernanke will somehow save us). I explained how this was a bluff in last issue of Private Wealth Advisory.

    However, the ECB’s Mario Draghi may have surpassed the Bernanke Put as the biggest bluff in financial history with his claim that the ECB will take action and that the action will “be enough” to solve the EU Crisis.

    Let’s consider what the ECB has done so far and whether or not it has worked.

    To date, the ECB has:

    1.Intervened in the sovereign bond markets throughout 2011.
    2.Launched its LTRO 1 and LTRO 2 schemes which provided over €1 trillion in funds to EU banks.
    3.Opened up various liquidity windows to EU banks.
    4.Facilitated bailouts of Greece (2) Portugal (1) Spain (1) Ireland (1) and soon to be Cyprus and Slovenia. REAL w
    5.Ballooned its balance sheet to over €3 trillion?Euros (roughly 30% bigger than the German?economy, which is the largest single economy in Europe).

    Has the EU Crisis been solved by any of these measures? The obvious answer is no. The EU Crisis began in earnest in January 2010 with Greece. Today, August 2012, Greece is still an issue and is in fact about to default or leave the EU.

    So, one has to ask one’s self… if the ECB (along with the IMF and Germany) has thus far failed to manage, let alone solve, Greece’s problems (a country which comprises only 2% of EU GDP and whose bond market was just €350 billion), how is it now going to solve those of Greece, Spain, Ireland, Portugal, Cyprus, and Slovenia all at once?

    The answer is obvious: it cannot. Draghi is bluffing

    However, for the sake of argument and since I’ve received so many emails claiming that the ECB has everything under control, let’s consider the ECB’s options. I can think of just two potential “Hail Mary” moves the ECB could stage to attempt to stop the Crisis. They are:

    Massive money printing and buying of sovereign debt

    The issuance of Euro-­?bonds along with across the board banking backstops

    Let’s say the ECB opts for #1. First of all, rampant monetization would weaken the Euro dramatically: something I’m not sure the ECB wants to do given that the currency is already on the edge of a cliff:

    Secondly, this policy would almost certainly result in Germany threatening to, if not outright leaving the Euro. We’ve already seen multiple German officials leave the ECB based on its monetary profligacy. Moreover, Germany knows all too well how monetization of debts pans out: Weimar. According to a recent poll, 69% of Germans are worried about inflation. Do you think they’d let Merkel permit the ECB to go on a money-­?printing rampage?

    Finally, we need to consider that the ECB was intervening in both the Italian and the Spanish sovereign bond markets on a weekly if not daily basis in the fall of 2011.

    In the case of Spain, the ECB was never able keep the 10-­?year’s yields at 5% for long. In fact, despite aggressive intervention, the ECB lost control of the Spanish 10-­?year several times last year.

    The situation was even worse in Italy where the ECB couldn’t even get the 10 year’s yield to flatline (the general trend remained upwards). In this case the ECB also lost control of the bond market several times.

    So… the idea that the ECB can suddenly just hit print and monetize everything to stop the EU crisis is extremely problematic. Aside from the fact that it would kick the Euro off a cliff, it would have dire ramifications for EU/ German relations (a situation that is already troublesome as now both Greek and Italian newspapers are referring to Merkel and Germany as Nazis). Finally, it’s not even clear that this policy would work.

    Now let’s consider the ECB’s second “Hail Mary” option: the issuance of Euro-­?bonds and across the board backstopping of EU banking deposits.

    For starters, Angela Merkel has said that there will not be Euro-­?bonds for “as long as [she] live[s].” This is not a bluff. The issuance of Euro-­?bonds goes against the German constitution. If Merkel were to even consider this option she would likely be kicked out of office (remember she’s up for re-­?election next year).

    This would also result in Germany losing its AAA credit status. Germany is already approaching the dreaded Debt to GDP level of 90%. And thanks to nearly €1 trillion in back-­?door bailouts to Europe, the country is already on the hook for potentially tens if not hundreds of billions of Euros worth of losses: money Germany doesn’t have.

    As for backstopping EU deposits… no entity on earth has the capital to do this. Total Eurozone deposits stand at €15 trillion. Even deposits at the current EU “problem” countries (Spain, Italy, Portugal and Ireland) are €5.5 trillion. That’s nearly TWO TIMES the size of the ECB’s balance sheet and over FOUR TIMES the size of the various EU bailout funds (the EFSF and ESM, the former of which only has €65 billion in capital left by the way).

    Again, in very plain terms, NO ENTITY on planet earth has the money needed to backstop banking deposits for the PIIGS, let alone the entire EU. So scratch that idea off the list.

  263. So Tommy Thompson won his primary in Wisconsin last night and will now face Tammy Baldwin in the Nov race.

  264. will the MSM cover this? Hardly think so, they’re too busy campaigning for their Messaih.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/08/14/more-dhs-employees-come-forward-with-accounts-lewd-conduct-in-wake-suit/

    “Napolitano appointee top ICE official Suzanne Barr, on leave amid suit alleging ‘frat-house’ atmosphere ”

    I did not initially believe the story when the man filed a suit against the HomeLand Security office, but why would they put people on leave, unless there was something to it. It looks like they were indeed having some “frathouse” over in the DHS offices.

    I have seen the story no where but Fox, I guess since it hurts Barry, the MSM don’t consider it news, if it was Bush, it would be blaring on every media outlet.

  265. Hi tim 🙂
    Effective today August 15. $465 for Legal Status Under Obama’s ‘Dream Act’ – ABC News

    The Obama administration will formally begin granting some young undocumented immigrants legal status and work permits later this month under a controversial new policy first announced by President Obama in June.
    The Department of Homeland Security today announced details of the application and approval process for the DREAM Act-like program, outlining specific eligibility requirements and a $465 fee. It will begin Aug. 15.
    Illegal immigrants younger than 30 who came to the United States before age 16, have lived here for at least five years continuously, attend or have graduated from high school or college, and have no criminal convictions are eligible to submit requests for so-called deferred action (legalese for an official exemption from deportation).
    The administration said documentation provided by each applicant will be reviewed individually on a case-by-case basis at one of four service centers run by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. It’s unclear how long each review will take, but some immigrants are expected to receive temporary legal status before Election Day….
    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/08/465-for-legal-status-under-obamas-dream-act/

  266. holdthemaccountable
    August 15th, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Good morning. So, illegals get preference over legal immigrants, never thought I would see that day in America. $465? I’m sure Barry will cover that too if the illegals can’t cover it. So, lets see, can come to the country, and be welcomed to say here after breaking the law, and then the country pays for you to get a work permit, if you can’t afford it, and then if you need food stamps etc, the country pays for that too.

    Why the heck even have borders at this point, heck just let everybody in, all illegals, just wave them in, give them legal status, buy them a car, pay for their housing, pay for their healthcare, give them instate tuition– over legal american residents/citizens.

  267. I guess lying outright, and can be proven false quickly, comes very naturally to the dims, especially with a MSM as essentially part of their campaigns.

    http://shark-tank.net/2012/08/10/murphy-follows-up-racially-charged-attack-ad-on-west-with-another-false-attack/
    I guess this Murphy man is using his daddy’s money to buy back his old seat that colonel west won. I hope Colonel West again defeats this vile man Murphy.

    “Murphy has yet to denounce or disassociate himself from his father’s PAC’s racially-charged attack ad which featured West punching two white women, including a senior citizen. American Sunrise PAC’s ad is likely illegal because federal law prohibits any kind of cooperation or consultation between independent expenditure-only committees and candidates- unless of course, you happen to believe that Murphy and his dad are incommunicado these days.”

  268. Does anyone know what this “BuzzFeed” thing is, I see it has Ben smith, yes that Obot Ben Smith, as its editor in chief, which tells me exactly how they lean, but is this a new lefty endevor? I see them on twitter spouting lies for OTurd all the time.

  269. From MR speech yesterday

    So, Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago and let us get about rebuilding and reuniting America.
    ******************************************************

    Over the last four years, this President has pushed Republicans and Democrats as far apart as they can go. And now he and his allies are pushing us all even further apart by dividing us into groups. He demonizes some. He panders to others. His campaign strategy is to smash America apart and then cobble together 51 percent of the pieces.

    If an American president wins that way, we all lose.

    But he won’t win that way. America is one Nation under God. American history has been a story of the many becoming one – uniting to preserve liberty, uniting to build the greatest economy in the world, uniting to save the world from unspeakable darkness. Everywhere I go in America there are monuments that list those who have given their lives. There is no mention of their race, their party affiliation or what they did for a living. They lived and died under a single flag fighting for a single purpose. They pledged allegiance to the United States of America. So, Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago and let us get about rebuilding and reuniting America.

  270. More MR on Biden remarks

    Romney was responding to Biden’s suggestion that the GOP ticket’s economic policies would “put y’all back in chains.”
    Read more in News
    « President Dog Eater Makes Romney Dog On Roof Joke…

    …Romney repeatedly and harshly criticized Team Obama for the remarks.

    “His campaign and his surrogates have made wild and reckless accusations that disgrace the office of the Presidency. Another outrageous charge came a few hours ago in Virginia. And the White House sinks a little bit lower,” Romney said.

    “This is an election in which we should be talking about the path ahead, but you don’t hear any answers coming from President Obama’s re-election campaign. That’s because he’s intellectually exhausted, out of ideas, and out of energy. And so his campaign has resorted to diversions and distractions, to demagoguing and defaming others. This is an old game in politics; what’s different this year is that the president is taking things to a new low.”

  271. wbboei
    August 15th, 2012 at 2:49 am

    “The entire Obama program was hatched by the same cabal who gave us the European Union. They are the ones who selected him, financed him and got him the Nobel Prize. Part of their game plan is to deindustrialize the United States and transfer the manaufacturing economy to India and China.”
    ________________

    Hard to believe, it has taken three long years for the identity of the real power brokers behind Obama to seep into mainstream dialog-

    We did the due diligence in 2009, published it here for all to read- The Bots were partially successful in drowning out the message with Obama talking points distracting the populous with one Obama generated crisis after another. [banking crisis, foreclosure crisis, job loss, health care reform, humans responsible for climate change]

    The research is still available here as is published @ pumas unleashed. Assembled by a few of us determined to get to the crux of the problem-

    http://pumasunleashed.wordpress.com/2009/11/05/blockbuster-obama%E2%80%99s-godfather/

    The article was authored and compiled by wbboei with months of research by Confloyd and I. Together, we crafted a 12 chapter snapshot of the power behind the throne.

  272. No. He. Didn’t!

    In Virginia Biden meets a man who won the Daytona and says this.

    “This guy did what I dreamed of, man,” Biden said as he approached Wood. “I’d trade being vice-president in a heartbeat for having won Daytona.”

  273. BASIL99
    August 15th, 2012 at 7:50 am

    From MR speech yesterday

    So, Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago and let us get about rebuilding and reuniting America.
    _________

    Using a bit literary license, I ran with a bolder headline this morning saying, now Romney is ‘defining’ Obama and his campaign.

    “Romney sises on defining Obama campaign as Angry, Divisive and Hateful..”

    Ryan has rescued and revitalized Romney’s campaign. They are no longer adrift and coming on strong.

  274. blue
    August 13th, 2012 at 2:19 pm
    Admin – Your assessment is a bit harsh and focused on a single approach to this complex problem. R&R have
    put together a first rate package and it is going to take a little time for this to sink in. There is a
    great deal of ambivalence about some issues, e.g., the Medicare monster – which will have to unfold as the campaign gets going. Obama’s ads are increasingly rash, overtly dishonest and unappealing to a great many people. This demonstrates the flailings of an already desperate bunch who know they are going to lose this one and aren’t hesitant to walk the plank. There is a downside in having representation by Sununu types who have no conscience whatever.
    R&R should indeed battle back and get tough as hell. But it is important to appeal to the better angels of our nature if a voting majority is to be won over against this gang of thugs.
    ——————————–
    Blue–I concur in part and dissent in part. I concur with your assertion that it will take time. For people to change a postion which they have emotionally invested in takes compelling evidence, letting them realize the error of their ways rather than pounding them, and time. It is an incremental process. And time is something which we have not got alot of. I fundamentally disagree however with your suggestion that Sunnu is anything but a huge asset. He is the only one in the Romeny camp capable of delivering a sharp pithy rebuttal of the bitter partisans who comprise big media. If you compare his takedown of Andrea Mitchell, to the limping intellectual rebuttal by Eric to Cutter who should be taken down hard and fast as well, it becomes obvious that one approach works and the other does not. If big media were an honest empire then Sunnu’s comments might seem over the top, but when you have people like Soledad parroting the talking points of TPM and Obama to take down Romney, Sunnu’s comment are in perfect pitch. They leave little to the imagination.

  275. Romney surging with Young voters, must be the Ryan effect.

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/a-romney-first-over-40-of-youth-vote-back-him/article/2504893#.UCueg91lREN

    For the first time since he began running for president, Republican Mitt Romney has the support of over 40 percent of America’s youth vote, a troubling sign for President Obama who built his 2008 victory with the overwhelming support of younger, idealistic voters.

    Pollster John Zogby of JZ Analytics told Secrets Tuesday that Romney received 41 percent in his weekend poll of 1,117 likely voters, for the first time crossing the 40 percent mark. What’s more, he said that Romney is the only Republican of those who competed in the primaries to score so high among 18-29 year olds.

    “This is the first time I am seeing Romney’s numbers this high among 18-29 year olds,” said Zogby. “This could be trouble for Obama who needs every young voter he can get.”

  276. Words of great men all remind us
    We can make our lives sublime
    And in departing leave behind us
    Footprints on the sands of time . . . towit

    I came. I saw. I conquered. –Julius Caesar

    Four score and seven years ago . . . –Abraham Lincoln

    I’d trade being vice-president in a heartbeat for having won Daytona.”—Crash Craddock Biden

  277. This is from Jane Hampshire at Firedog Lake–an honest member of the left. It concerns our light of love Andrea Mitchell. And it is spot on. Notice the observation that Andrea is tied in the the Beltway elite, which explains so much of what she does. Anyone who thinks Alan Greenspan is a hot number is well er questionable, even though the wedding night was spent at the Fort Worth Stockyards. For the hundredth time I will say it. Big media is nothing more than the mouthpiece of the Washington establishment, who are determined to protect their power and perks at the expense of the country. Their interest and the interests of the country are irreconcilable.
    —————————————–
    I really don’t know when any sense of journalistic shame is going to kick in with Andrea Mitchell. There seems to be no limit to what she will say or do when the cameras are rolling, and the fact that the right is as angry as the left about her continued journalistic malfeasance in the CIA leak case means it has gotten pretty friggin’ bad. And it does not fall into the category of “well everyone is upset so she must be doing something right.” Wrong. She’s a big, fat festering boil on the posterior of NBC that somebody needs to lance.

    Despite the fact that the Libby defense team spent copious amounts of time trying to drag Mitchell into court to testify about her October 2003 statement to Alan Murray of CNBC to the effect that “It was widely known among those of us who cover the intelligence community and who were actively engaged in trying to track down who among the foreign service community was the envoy to Niger,” she still continues to report on the case. And even though her reporting continues to be factually challenged, false and downright misleading, she just Will Not Shut Up.

    For a withering analysis of Mrs. Alan Greenspin’s history of ethical lapses in this case, please read David Fiderer’s November 2005 piece in the Huffington Post. It’s devastating. But nothing could compare to the explanations she herself has given on Imus regarding the CNBC quote, which included this:

    “I must have been drunk.”

    Charming. Any other reporter making such a litany of excuses, who wasn’t so intimately tied into the beltway elite, would’ve been shitcanned on the spot.

    An overlooked piece of the Mitchell puzzle was revealed in Judge Reggie Walton’s memorandum issued on March 2 of this year (PDF). The Libby defense team sought to introduce Mitchell’s CNBC statement in a convoluted Rube Goldberg maneuver to impeach the testimony of Tim Russert, but Walton reveals that even Mitchell and NBC admit that it was just so much bullshit:

    [T]here was no corroborative evidence to support the reliability of Mitchell’s October 2003 statement. Indeed, Mitchell and NBC repeatedly repudiated the exchange as false and misleading. (emphasis mine).

    “False and misleading?” The reporter NBC has had on the case for years was not only in it up to her eyeballs, she has publicly admitted to making “false and misleading” statements. Was she lying when she told Alan Murray she had known for a while about Wilson’s identity, just to puff herself up and make her seem more important than she really was? Or was she lying afterwards, trying to hide her own involvement in the case, so as to help out poor little warmongering, torture lovin’ Scooter? Maybe we should just believe her when she says she was reporting while drunk. Makes as much sense as anything else.

    Now let’s hear Mitchell take full responsibility for the “false and misleading” CNBC statement, again on Imus:

    This is one of those things. We’ve got a whole new world of journalism out there where there are people writing blogs who are going to grab this one thing and not everything else I have written and said about this and go to town with it. It supports their political point of view, and…bingo.

    Ted Wells, blogger? Ho-kay. Ah the smell of personal responsibility in the morning.

    Mitchell’s agenda when reporting about this case has always been clear. The day the indictment against Libby was handed down, Mitchell went on MSNBC and said that she had seen the report done by the CIA which concluded there was no damage done by the leak of Plame’s identity. This despite the fact that the Washington Post reported shortly thereafter that the CIA claims no such report had been completed. One would have to assume that Mitchell’s fact-free reporting was quite helpful to an administration spinning as fast as they could on that particular day.

    And yesterday, the real icing on the cake came when Mitchell rolled onto MSNBC once again and reported that polling indicated that the American public wanted diminutive war pimping neocon Scooter Libby pardoned. Except nothing could be further from the truth (As Atrios noted, a CNN poll puts that figure at 18%). However, this particular statement was no doubt also helpful to an administration awash with embarrassment and rocked by scandal, which probably does not want a soulless architect of war like Scooter Libby out there running his mouth right now.

    I know Andrea Mitchell is connected in ways to the DC elite and the White House that make her difficult to dismiss. But thanks to Tim Russert’s admission that he spilled his guts to the FBI when first contacted and then later tried to claim First Amendment privilege to protect his sources from exposure to the people he’d already exposed them to, as well as Mitchell’s virtual dirty laundry bag of journalistic sins in this case, the network’s credibility is on the line (MSNBC should be thanking their lucky stars for whatever particular alignment of the heavens brought them David Shuster). It is absolutely shocking that they allow Mitchell on television to say whatever helpfully misleading thing the administration wants her to blather on that particular day, without benefit of fact checking, reporting or anything else that might qualify as actual journalism. C’mon, Dan Abrams. You’re better than that. I mean, WTF?

    NBC, I’m begging you. You need to clean the place up. Time to send Mitchell home with a bottle of bourbon to nurse her highballs in private, away from the glare of the cameras.

    Please be embarrassed for her, even if she doesn’t have the basic common sense to be embarrassed for herself.

  278. SPIKE LEE: OBAMA WILL DO WHATEVER HE WANTS IN SECOND TERM..

    All the more reason to make sure the bastard does not get one.

  279. Yes, Chelsea said that she might consider running for office. I was impressed with her when she was her subbing for her Mom. She handled the crowd by herself so well.

  280. Yes, Chelsea said that she might consider running for office. I was impressed with her when she was her subbing for her Mom. She handled the crowd by herself so well.

  281. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell appeared on the PBS show Charlie Rose on Wednesday night, and discussed what aroused her political zones. Rose clumsily asked which story “turns you on,” and naturally, Mitchell said “this young president” with a globe-traveling upbringing and his team of “meritocracy,” an “extraordinary group of very large figures,” stars who will resolve today’s crises

    Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2009/01/09/andrea-mitchell-touts-obama-story-turns-her-bashes-critical-bloggers-tal#ixzz23cf4OfkJ

  282. As we have all seen Kids are turning into feral little wild animals.

    http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20120815/NEWS0107/308150032

    Six teenagers are under arrest after police say they viciously attacked and robbed a man as he walked home from the store simply because they were bored.

    The boys, ages 13 and 14, face felony charges of aggravated rioting and felonious assault, North College Hill police said today.

    The sixth and final suspect was arrested Wednesday.

    When police rounded most of the teens up, took them back to the police station and questioned them, they said they attacked the victim, identified as Pat Mahaney, because “they were just bored and were looking for something to do,” the report states.

    They also admitted he had done nothing to provoke being kicked and punched repeatedly in the face while he was helpless on the ground.

    At the time, Mahaney was walking home from the store, carrying a bag holding a six-pack of beer.

    One of the teens grabbed the beer and even hurled a can at his head, hitting him.

    The boys said they only stopped assaulting Mahaney when one of the neighbors began yelling at them and said he was calling police.

    Mahaney, 45, has returned to his home after being treated for internal injuries, cuts, bruises and scrapes at Mt. Airy Mercy Hospital, police said.

    He was in the hospital for four days. He suffered so many internal injuries, doctors had to insert a tube down his throat to remove all the blood from his stomach.

    Police found him covered in blood in the 2000 block of Dallas Avenue about 8:40 p.m. Saturday. An officer in the area responding to a call about dogs fighting, spotted a crowd of people and went over to see what was going on, an incident report states.

    Several witnesses told the officer the victim was “jumped by six children,” the report states.

    Mahaney told police the juveniles ran up behind him, punched him in the back of the head, knocked him to the ground and kicked and punched him.

    “He is real sweet,” said Kita Hill, 26, who lives next door to the victim. “He says hi to me and my kids all the time,”

    “I think it is ignorant what happened to him,” Hill said. “Why would kids jump on a man minding his own business? I think it is sad. I hope nothing like that happens again here. I keep my kids inside unless I am outside to watch then. You just never know what might happen.”

  283. Admin: Statement #2, something stupid: After this weekend’s events this election is now going to be about the important issues such as the economy.
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    Andrew Malcolm of LAT would agree: Shrum’s comments are predictive of what lies ahead.
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    Much has been written these last four days about this Paul Ryan fellow, who looks 32, ten years younger than he is. About his affability. His determination, drive and energy. His chemistry with ticket head Mitt Romney, who’s supposed to have an uncanny skill for spotting talent.

    And, most of all, about Ryan’s knowledge of the federal budget, the looming deficit and Medicare’s deteriorating financial condition.

    Romney is counting on Ryan’s communications skills, honed during seven successful House terms in his working class southeastern Wisconsin district. A fitness fanatic, Ryan seems pumped for the challenges of the next 83 days. Good thing.

    According to veteran Democratic strategist Bob Shrum, between now and that election day Obama and his skilled team of reputation removers are going to so systematically dismantle Paul Ryan piece by painful piece, such that even his own children will boo him.

    Much of this will be accomplished by Chicago’s opposition researchers feeding negative information to a few cooperative media representatives who will deliver it to the American public as news, sources masked.

    We might learn, for instance, that for two decades Ryan has been attending a church where a priest has regularly delivered such anti-American, anti-Lutheran rants that Ryan will have to deny he ever heard any of them.

    And Shrum knows well how this works. After all, he’s led or worked on victorious Democrat White House campaigns for President Dick Gephardt, President Ted Kennedy, President Michael Dukakis, President Bob Kerrey, President Al Gore and, most recently, the winning come-from-ahead campaign of President John Kerry. Oh, wait.

    Much has been made of the fast-drying bond between Romney and Ryan, developed during nearly a week of spring campaigning together. At first, Ryan was introducing and handing off the microphone to the next president of the United States. But very soon they remained on stage together, sharing the mic and realizing how much alike they thought.

    Here, in a nutshell, is what Romney sees in Ryan: Scroll down and watch this C-SPAN video. It’s from Obama’s proclaimed bipartisan healthcare summit back in early 2010. This was before that year’s midterm voters shellacked Obama’s party for wasting so much time on pet projects like healthcare, instead of the economy and jobs.

    They’ve been voters’ top priority since Jan. 20, 2009, when Obama took the oath of office — twice just to be safe — with his pre-job approval rating stationed above 60%.

    In but six minutes of unprepared remarks, laced with statistics and facts, Ryan schooled the fuming Real Good Talker about the costs and dangers of his health plan, which are now coming to pass.

    http://news.investors.com/article/622093/201208150844/paiul-ryan-video-house-budget-committee-chair.htm?ven=rss

  284. Absolute disgrace.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/aug/14/obama-is-ready-to-sign-up-immigrants/?page=all#pagebreak

    More than 1.7 million illegal immigrants could become eligible for tentative legal status Wednesday when President Obama’s non-deportation policy goes into effect, and after initial fears that the program would backfire, immigrant advocates are urging young immigrants to sign up.

    Activists say the policy is the biggest change on immigration in decades, and it has roiled the political landscape, solidifying Mr. Obama’s support among Hispanics and leaving presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney struggling to say what he would do.

    On Tuesday, the Obama administration laid out final details, including relaxed education standards that set a low bar.

    …………………………………………….

    If anything, Obama should be hauled out on his ass by the people in nov for this and Romney strike it down immediately on assuming office.

  285. Ever get the feeling they have sent Joe Biden to fuck so they can get an excuse to fire him.
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    I think they will dump him. The selection of Ryan will force the issue. My guess is they will replace him with Evan Bayh. Evan has no conscience, he betrayed the people of his state by flip flopping on Obamacare, and his wife is an exectutive with one of the companies which is a direct beneficiary. The man is badly tainted. A close friend of mine told me this. She worked for his father and has known his since childhood. She is thoroughly disgusted. If Hillary had become president, there is a good chance he would have been her vice president. But now he has gone over to the darkside. A little opposition research would reveal this. Even so it is a natural move on the theory that it will attract the white vote and put Indiana back in the win column. Nothing could be further from the truth. If I am right about replacing Biden then they must be quietly vetting people and shills like Mitchell are covering it up.

  286. Darrell Issa :

    Secretary Chu: would you like to correct your apparently false testimony to Congress? Your last chance: http://1.usa.gov/R2dLdz

    ………………………….

    Better start writing up that resignation letter Chu.

  287. wbboei, probably but the thing is, replacing Biden just smells of complete desperation, it would murder Obama’s campaign, the public would smell desperation and thats never good. They would have to replace him with Hillary, no one else would do, it would just be utter destruction.

  288. Holder and Obama gonna have a fit.

    Pennsylvania judge denies challenge to state’s voter ID law

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/15/us-usa-voterid-pennsylvania-idUSBRE87E0LT20120815

    A judge in the election battleground state of Pennsylvania on Wednesday rejected an effort to block the state’s voter identification law, which civil rights groups had argued discriminates against minority voters.

    Pennsylvania, a major electoral prize in the November 6 presidential election between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, is one of 11 states to pass voter identification laws since 2010. The laws have become a contentious issue ahead of the November 6 elections.

    Civil and voting rights groups, including the NAACP and the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, had sought a preliminary injunction to block the law, arguing it erects unfair hurdles to voting for many legitimate Pennsylvania voters who lack an acceptable form of identification.

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    Up yours Holder.

  289. its litlle things like this that are gonna kick Obama right out of the WH.

    Price of Ground Beef Hits Record High

    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/price-ground-beef-hits-record-high

    The average price of ground beef hit a record high in the United States in July, according to data released Wednesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    The BLS has been tracking the average price of a pound of 100% ground beef since 1984. In July, it cost $3.085, up from $3.007 in June.

    Prior to June, the average cost of 100% ground beef in the United States had never topped $3.00.

    In January 1984, the first month BLS tracked the price off 100% ground beef, the price was $1.29 per pound. Had that price merely tracked the rate of overall inflation, according to the BLS inflation calculator, it would have risen to $2.66 per pound by 2009, when President Obama took office. However, between 1984 and 2009, the average price for a pound of 100% ground beef did not increase as much as overall inflation. Thus, in January 2009, when Obama was inaugurated it was only $2.357.

  290. I doubt the Obama Team will convince anyone Ryan is too flawed to be the VP candidate. People are desperate to get out of the Obama doldrums.. They want Change-
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    A Romney first: over 40% of youth vote back him

    For the first time since he began running for president, Republican Mitt Romney has the support of over 40 percent of America’s youth vote, a troubling sign for President Obama who built his 2008 victory with the overwhelming support of younger, idealistic voters.

    Pollster John Zogby of JZ Analytics told Secrets Tuesday that Romney received 41 percent in his weekend poll of 1,117 likely voters, for the first time crossing the 40 percent mark. What’s more, he said that Romney is the only Republican of those who competed in the primaries to score so high among 18-29 year olds.

    “This is the first time I am seeing Romney’s numbers this high among 18-29 year olds,” said Zogby. “This could be trouble for Obama who needs every young voter he can get.”

    Zogby helped Secrets dig deeper into his weekend poll, which we reported on earlier. The poll had Romney and Obama tied at 46 percent.

    Zogby has been especially interested in the youth vote this election. In 2008, 66 percent chose Obama over Sen. John McCain,the highest percentage for a Democrat in three decades. But their desire for hope and change has turned to disillusionment and unemployment. Zogby calls them “CENGAs” for “college-educated, not going anywhere.”

    In his latest poll, Obama receives just 49 percent of the youth vote when pitted against Romney, who received 41 percent. In another question, the independent candidacy of Gary Johnson is included, and here Obama wins 50 percent, Romney 38 percent and Johnson 5 percent.

    But while taking Johnson out of the equation in the past has seen a surge in support for Obama, now the numbers for Romney–and undecideds–increase.

    Zogby speculates that Romney’s selection of 42-year-old Rep. Paul Ryan helped turn more younger voters to him. “It could be his youthfulness,” said Zogby of Ryan. Plus, he said, more younger voters are becoming libertarian, distrustful of current elected officials and worried that they are going to get stuck with the nation’s looming fiscal bill.

    “They want change,” said Zogby.
    For the first time since he began running for president, Republican Mitt Romney has the support of over 40 percent of America’s youth vote, a troubling sign for President Obama who built his 2008 victory with the overwhelming support of younger, idealistic voters.

    Pollster John Zogby of JZ Analytics told Secrets Tuesday that Romney received 41 percent in his weekend poll of 1,117 likely voters, for the first time crossing the 40 percent mark. What’s more, he said that Romney is the only Republican of those who competed in the primaries to score so high among 18-29 year olds.

    “This is the first time I am seeing Romney’s numbers this high among 18-29 year olds,” said Zogby. “This could be trouble for Obama who needs every young voter he can get.”

    Zogby helped Secrets dig deeper into his weekend poll, which we reported on earlier. The poll had Romney and Obama tied at 46 percent.

    Zogby has been especially interested in the youth vote this election. In 2008, 66 percent chose Obama over Sen. John McCain,the highest percentage for a Democrat in three decades. But their desire for hope and change has turned to disillusionment and unemployment. Zogby calls them “CENGAs” for “college-educated, not going anywhere.”

    In his latest poll, Obama receives just 49 percent of the youth vote when pitted against Romney, who received 41 percent. In another question, the independent candidacy of Gary Johnson is included, and here Obama wins 50 percent, Romney 38 percent and Johnson 5 percent.

    But while taking Johnson out of the equation in the past has seen a surge in support for Obama, now the numbers for Romney–and undecideds–increase.

    Zogby speculates that Romney’s selection of 42-year-old Rep. Paul Ryan helped turn more younger voters to him. “It could be his youthfulness,” said Zogby of Ryan. Plus, he said, more younger voters are becoming libertarian, distrustful of current elected officials and worried that they are going to get stuck with the nation’s looming fiscal bill.

    “They want change,” said Zogby.

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/a-romney-first-over-40-of-youth-vote-back-him/article/2504893#.UCueg91lREN

  291. this is going to kill Obama’s campaign in the end, this on the news…..

    12’000 turn up for Obama’s amnesty in Chicago.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-new-initiative-draws-hundreds-of-immigrants-to-navy-pier-20120815,0,6131463.story

    ………………………………….

    Its going to be chaos, its going to be a disaster and pictures of this all over the news are going to piss off a lot of people, it will be open to so much fraud it will scare you.

  292. Now of course the Washington establishment is begging Hillary to rescue Obama by joining the ticket. Stay strong Hillary. You do not need to be first mate on the Titanic. If he loses, the people want you to rescue him will blame you. Some things never change. As much as Obama, those people need to twist in the wind.

    Jimmy puts an ad on the personal page
    He can’t believe they’re through
    Darling, I was so blind
    But I’m changing my mind
    Mary I’ll marry you
    Just like you want me to
    We’ll do whatever you want to do

    When the ads are in and the type is set
    The printer makes a plate
    Then it goes off to press
    Will the ad bring success?

    Jimmy can hardly wait
    Mother is in a state
    They still don’t know that it’s much too late

    Mary, the escaper, picks up a paper
    Reads what the columns say
    Walking through a crowd she laughs out loud
    And tosses the sheet away

  293. The Chicago Tribune, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Obama campaign, and the employer of the laughing Hyena of big media Clarence Page (a title he shares with the ditto head Eugene Robinson with WashPo who won the Pulitzer Prize for being black) are comparing Ryan to Quayle (good luck with that one) and citing a USA Today poll. USA Today is a Gannett publication. Years ago, one of their other publications put a picture of a friend of mine–a Republican woman of course, on their front page next to Hitler. The common denominator with all these people is to protect the power and perks beltway elites and to preserve their divine right to rob the American People.

  294. Re: tim
    August 15th, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Yeah, illegals get preference.I will repeat a real life event: a cousin asked me to return home (and she came in from Colorado) a couple of years ago to show her places and people’s graves of our ancestors. She was a widow who married into a Mexican family. Nothing wrong with that; they were upper middle class and beautiful people as far as optics go. She and I had head banging sessions; she wound up going back home after she called me a ‘racist’ which at this point is a badge of honor to me. I have to admit I get immense satisfaction when I think back on it; her head was exploding. One thing that made her skin crawl was when I said America should just take over Mexico and make the beaches ours while they all become U S Citizens….she said that the Mexicans would never let that happen. Shoot, I don’t know why not if they are all breaking the law to come here to raid our treasury. The backdrop is that her husband’s mother and father came into the US through California and were illegal aliens. They came with two children. California evidently has very good benefits for welfare and for illegals and deadbeats. The parents had NINE additional children. They were all on some sort of welfare; and some of them were highly educated on our dime. Now, don’t get me wrong, they are productive people now, but who couldn’t be with the amount of ‘help’ they were given out of our back pockets. And I SO VERY MUCH RESENT THAT. I have a cousin whose daughter works at Appleby’s back home at the bar. She is a serious person wanting to make something of herself; but she was not even able to get a pell grant because of her/boyfriend’s combined income. I though this so unfair……..all those children who were spawned from illegals got life changing opportunities that our own children can not get. Despicable. So, hell to the yeah, that illegals get preferential treatment. Also, my cousin’s mother and all her aunts moved to California because welfare benefits were so much higher than back home; and they lived all the rest of their lives without sweating because they were taking money they had not earned straight from our back pockets. I look back on my life and I now wonder, which ones of us were the smarter ones? Most all of my family has more pride than to do such crap; and if it were not for our pride it would be the consideration that we were taking from others who did not have other options, not so with the illegals and the deadbeats of society.

    Thank you wobbei, confloyd, and Mrs Smith for such thorough research; the Republicans would be wise to read it, weep, then go out and kick a$$.

    If you do not support what Sununu is doing, just take a gander at how discombobulated the talking heads are when he struts his stuff….that alone is worth the price of admission. They are used to the namby pamby vanilla responses of McCain and Romney of “Mom, hhhhheeee’s looking at me.” Go, Sununu……….and Newt.

  295. Forget Bain — Obama’s public-equity record is the real scandal – The Washington Post
    By Marc A. Thiessen, Published: May 24
    Despite a growing backlash from his fellow Democrats, President Obama has doubled down on his attacks on Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital. But the strategy could backfire in ways Obama did not anticipate. After all, if Romney’s record in private equity is fair game, then so is Obama’s record in public equity — and that record is not pretty.

    Since taking office, Obama has invested billions of taxpayer dollars in private businesses, including as part of his stimulus spending bill. Many of those investments have turned out to be unmitigated disasters — leaving in their wake bankruptcies, layoffs, criminal investigations and taxpayers on the hook for billions. Consider just a few examples of Obama’s public equity failures:
    Raser Technologies….

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/forget-bain-obamas-public-equity-record-is-the-real-scandal/2012/05/24/gJQAXnXCnU_story.html

    [I left a lot at the link]

  296. No surprise here

    Mooch argued for race-based hiring at Harvard

    During her third and final year at Harvard Law School, first lady Michelle Obama — then named Michelle Robinson — penned an article for the newsletter of Harvard’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA), arguing that Harvard and its students were perpetuating “racist and sexist stereotypes” by not intentionally hiring minority and female law professors on the basis of their sex or skin color.
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    “The faculty’s decision to distrust and ignore non-traditional qualities in choosing and tenuring law professors merely reinforces racist and sexist stereotypes,” Mrs. Obama wrote, ”which, in turn, serve to legitimize students’ tendencies to distrust certain types of teaching that do not resemble the traditional images.”
    *******************************************************.
    Michelle also gushed praise for critical race theory itself — the view that law is an instrument of the powerful against the powerless, rather than an effort to seek justice.

    “Now, unlike before, students are being made to see how issues of class, race, and sex are relevant to questions of law,” she wrote. These issues, she said, were “being presented by people who possess the enthusiasm, sensitivity, and ingenuity necessary to bring excitement back into the classroom.”

    During the final weeks before she received her Harvard law degree, Mrs. Obama participated in a sit-in protest along with about 50 other BLSA members. In what The New York Times called an “occupation,” the future lawyers stormed the office of Dean James Vorenberg on May 10, 1988 with a list of 12 demands.

    Carrying signs demanding an “end to racism,” they occupied the dean’s office for 24 hours and demanded that Harvard Law School hire 20 female or minority professors in the next four years as tenured, or tenure-track, professors. Seven of those professors, they insisted, must be black — and four of those seven female.
    President Obama also named Robert Wilkins, the president of the Harvard BLSA in 1988 and organizer of the occupation of the dean’s office, to a federal circuit judgeship in the District of Columbia.

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/102879345/Michelle-Obama-Law-School-BLSA-Essay

  297. Romney To Obama: ‘Take Your Campaign of Division And Anger And Hate Back To Chicago’

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    Finally, they have tapped their way through to what they should have been saying all along. See above.

    “We should never despair when wisdom comes late, because too often, it never comes at all”.–Justice Frankfurter.

  298. So what was that about losing Florida…………….

    Survey USA : In Florida, 17% Change Vote Because of Ryan VP Pick; Vote Changers by 4:3 are Drawn To Romney

    17% of registered voters in the state of Florida say they will change who they will vote for in the election for President as a result of Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as Vice President, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted statewide for WFLA-TV in Tampa.

    Of those who will change their vote, 57% say they are more likely to vote for Romney, 42% say they are less likely to vote for Romney. The state of Florida is one of the most important swing-states in the country. Florida’s 29 electoral votes are critical to Romney.

    Reaction to the Ryan pick breaks along party lines. 82% of Republicans, 91% of Tea Party members, and 86% of conservatives say the selection of Ryan is excellent or good. 57% of Democrats and 51% of liberals say the Ryan selection is bad or very bad.

    75% of Republicans say Ryan would be ready to step-in as President if Romney were unable to serve, compared to 28% of Democrats who say Ryan would be ready.

  299. http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/08/14/Campaigning-Biden-Says-We-Can-Win-North-Carolina
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    Medical research indicates that one drink per day is good for the heart, the mind and the overall state of health. However, 10 drinks of Ballentines per day is . . . well . . . a different story (supra). It can and often does cause disassociative behavior and trouble remembering where you are and whether it is day or night and whether you are floating on the deep blue sea or standing on Terra Firma, and whether you won the Daytona or merely the vice presidency. In the immortal words of Rocky Balboa a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do and that means protecting the beltway elites from whom all good things flow for corrupt politicians like Uncle Joe II. The perfect vice president for Barack Hussein Obama, because he is unlikely to upstage him. In that sense, he is the perfect warm up act. The trick is to keep him sober–no easy task that.

  300. Paul Bedard
    Washington Secrets
    The Washington Examiner
    @SecretsBedard
    Popular in Politics

    A Romney first: over 40% of youth vote back him
    Breaking: Shooting at Family Research Council office in DC
    Al Sharpton’s P-90x ‘gotcha’ on Paul Ryan
    Eric Holder’s uphill battle: Huge public support for voter ID
    Campaign Roundup: With Ryan, Romney polling higher than Obama

    Likely voters, by a five-to-one margin, believe that America’s media is in President Obama’s pocket and will treat his candidacy better than challenger Mitt Romney’s as the election nears, according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll.

    The startling numbers point to an even more disturbing trend for the media: Reporters just aren’t trusted to deliver the news in an unbiased fashion. The proof: Rasmussen found that when it comes to information about the presidential campaign, 48 percent of likely voters trust friends and family while just 26 percent trust reporters.

    The poll of 1,000 was conducted August 9-10 before many more tuned in to the campaign when Romney chose Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate. Since then, many cable reporters and pundits have vocally assailed Ryan.

    The poll found that 59 percent of likely voters believe that the media has given Obama better treatment than Romney, a view Team Obama doesn’t agree with. Just 18 percent believe the media has treated Romney better.

    Looking to the fall election, Rasmussen found that 51 percent believe the media will try to help Obama’s reelection while just 9 percent will go to bat for Romney. Some 22 percent believe the media will offer unbiased coverage.

    Worse for the media, 74 percent of likely voters believe newsmen and newswomen try to help their favored candidate.

    Rasmussen reveals that the public’s perception of the press being in Obama’s corner is just as bad as it was when he was first elected in 2008. “At that time, 51% of voters felt most reporters had tried to help Obama win the presidency, while only 7% thought they had tried to help Republican candidate John McCain,” said Rasmussen.

  301. Shooter is said to have criticized the pro-life beliefs of the FRC and .

    Suspected Leftist Gunman Attacks Conservative Family Research Council’s D.C. Headquarters, Security Guard Shot…

    Via Fox News:

    A security guard at the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C., was shot in the arm by a gunman who sources said expressed disagreement with the conservative group’s policy positions.

    The guard, who was not identified, was conscious after the shooting and was being treated. The shooting occurred in the Chinatown neighborhood Wednesday morning. The gunman was apprehended and was being questioned by the FBI, sources said.

    The suspect “made statements regarding their policies, and then opened fire with a gun striking a security guard,” a source told Fox News.

    Authorities were treating the attack as a case of domestic terrorism.

    “The police are investigating this incident,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said. “Our first concern is with our colleague who was shot today. Our concern is for him and his family.”

    http://weaselzippers.us/2012/08/15/suspected-leftist-gunman-attacks-pro-life-family-research-councils-d-c-headquarters-security-guard-shot/

  302. REPORT: Obama has 22 days to drop Biden…

    President Barack Obama has slightly more than 22 days to drop Vice Presidential Joe Biden from the 2012 Democratic presidential ticket, according to lawyers familiar with the party nominating process. That is, Democrats have until September 6 to formally nominate their presidential ticket which will then be qualified for the 50 state ballots.
    Biden Obama 3b edit1

    And it is still possible for that ticket not to include the current vice president, Joe Biden.

    “As a sitting president and vice president, Obama and Biden are both considered the Democrats’ presumptive nominees and will not be the official nominees until after Charlotte,” a lawyer familiar with the party nominating process tells me. “Each party has to file paperwork with each state once the candidates become official nominees. So it’s still quite possible for Obama to drop Biden and replace him with someone else and pay no consequences with listing on ballots.”

    The nominating process will take place at the Democratic party convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, which is being held September 3-6.

    Renewed speculation that Biden could be dropped from the ticket comes on the heels of yet another gaffe by the vice president. “They gonna put y’all back in chains,” Biden said of the Republican candidates for president and vice president yesterday at a campaign stop. CNN reported that a senior adviser called Biden’s comments “not helpful,” and that “they believe the vice president has knocked them off track.”

    On Monday, Vice President Biden also came under fire after questioning the values of Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan by invoking the Wisconsin congressman’s deceased father.

    Biden had taken last week off, spending most of that time at the beach, avoiding mishaps by staying away from the press and the campaign trail.

    Speculation that Biden could be dropped has been rampant, despite denials from top Democrats. As NPR reported, “no elected VP has been dropped from the ticket since 1944, when Henry Wallace was removed at the national convention that year in favor of Sen. Harry Truman (D-Mo.). And that turned out to be extremely significant, as President Franklin Roosevelt was dead less than three months after he was inaugurated for a fourth term.”

    The likeliest time for an announcement that Biden is to be dumped would be just before the GOP convention—around Friday, August 24. This would step on the Republicans’ planned buildup to their convention, and would give Hillary Clinton, perhaps the likeliest replacement, a couple of weeks to resign as Secretary of State to accept her place on the ticket, while arranging a smooth transition at Foggy Bottom.

    So look for activity around August 24. But meanwhile, here’s a countdown clock until the last moment Biden could easily be dropped, the date the ticket is formally nominated, September 6:

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-has-22-days-drop-biden_650014.html

    ………………………….

    There must be some chatter on this.

  303. Dem registration down in key states

    By CHARLES MAHTESIAN |
    8/15/12 4:59 AM EDT

    A new report on voter registration trends finds that Democratic voter registration is down by more than 800,000 since 2008 in eight key battleground states.

    GOP registration has also declined — but by only 79,000, a tenth of the Democrats’ losses.

    Meanwhile, registered independents are on the rise, increasing their numbers in those states by nearly half-a-million.

    The analysis, conducted by centrist Democratic think tank Third Way and appearing first in POLITICO, points to the critical role independent voters will play in determining the presidential outcome in some of the most competitive states on the 2012 map — Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

    The biggest independent gains came in North Carolina, the site of the Democratic National Convention this year and a state that was decided by less 15,000 votes in 2008. While both major parties lost ground there in the four years since then, Democrats have been especially hard hit: Registration fell by 116,662 (–4.1 percent), compared to a GOP decline of 13,017 (­­­-0.7%).

    The real story, however, is the spike in independent voter registration. The number of independents grew by 207,173 (14.4 percent), meaning they now compose a quarter of North Carolina’s registered voters. In the state’s two largest counties, Charlotte’s Mecklenberg County and Raleigh’s Wake County, independent registration increased by nearly 11 percent and 17 percent, respectively, since 2008.

    Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico have also posted double-digit percentage gains in the number of independent voters since the last presidential election.

    Florida’s Democratic voter erosion outpaced North Carolina, with Democratic registration declining by 235,000 (–4.9 percent). The number of Republicans essentially remained static with a gain of 19,000 voters (0.5 percent). Independents, on the other hand, grew by 8.2 percent.

    What’s most interesting about the Florida data is where the independents’ growth is taking place — among Hispanics. The state has seen a surge in the percentage of Hispanic voters over the past four years — 14.4 percent — and, according to the Third Way report, “nearly as many Hispanic voters have registered as independents as have registered as Democrats or Republicans combined.”

    Florida is one of 6 of the 8 states — the others are Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina and Pennsylvania — where independent registration outpaced both Democratic and Republican registration since 2008.

  304. I don’t agree that our nation must resign itself to inevitable decline, yielding its proud position to other hands. I am totally unwilling to see this country fail in its obligation to itself and to the other free peoples of the world.”

    Ronald Reagan, 1979

  305. Admin, did you pick up on Zogby’s comment that he noticed a chip in Barry’s youth support back in June? I believe Romney saw the same opening and picked Ryan in large part due to his youth and vigor. I read an article recently, I think on American Thinker, analyzing Romney’s pick in the context of the youth vote and saw a statistic that 51% of people who have graduated from college since 2006 are unemployed. An opening for real change, not just words?

  306. Behind on the posts but this little gem just landed in my email box and they are sweating bullets over Mitt’s new ad!

    From the DCCC, Subject “ASAP”

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    This could cost us the election.

    The Romney campaign is up with a new ad campaign trying to confuse voters into thinking that Republicans are the ones trying to protect Medicare.

    You and I know that Romney and Paul Ryan are dead set on slashing seniors’ Medicare benefits to pay for more millionaire tax breaks — but we have to get the facts out to voters immediately.

    Stand with President Obama: Donate $3 or more to help us fight Republican attacks and set the record straight >>

    Our polls show that if voters have the facts, we’ll win. But now we’re facing millions of dollars in dishonest attacks distorting President Obama’s record. We have to get our own ads on the air and organizers on the ground ASAP to set the record straight.

    Please donate $3 or whatever you can to back up President Obama with a Democratic majority:

  307. Sarah almost got it right…

    Palin: Biden ‘drags down’ Obama, should be replaced on ticket with Hillary

    More like: “Hillary should replace Obama on the Democratic ticket!!!!”

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    Sarah Palin blasted Vice President Biden over his claim to a Virginia audience Tuesday that Republicans would “put y’all back in chains,” saying her former 2008 rival “drags down” the Obama ticket and should be replaced by Hillary Clinton.

    Palin, speaking on Fox News, called Biden’s comment “disgusting” considering the southern Virginia town where he was speaking is almost 50 percent black. (The Obama campaign has rejected the suggestion that the remark was in any way racial.)

    “If that’s not the nail in the coffin, really, the strategists there in the Obama campaign have got to look at a diplomatic way of replacing Joe Biden on the ticket with Hillary,” Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee and a Fox News contributor, said. “And I don’t want to throw out that suggestion and have them actually accept the suggestion because then an Obama-Hillary Clinton ticket would have a darn good chance of winning.”

    [In other words, only Hillary added to the ticket would make it a strong ticket]

    She added: “But really, Joe Biden really drags down that ticket.”

    Biden made the remarks during a stop in Danville, Va. He took a swipe at Romney’s plan to ease financial regulations.

    “He said in the first 100 days, he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules,” Biden said. “Unchain Wall Street! They’re gonna put y’all back in chains.”

    Romney later called that remark “outrageous.”

    But the Obama campaign called the supposed outrage “hypocritical” considering Republicans have previously called for “unshackling” the private sector from regulations.

    http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2012/08/15/palin-biden-drags-down-obama-should-be-replaced-ticket-clinton

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