Nope, not losing the base

New Gallup numbers:

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Today’s schedule (I can only assume that once that deal pass the Senate, PBO will have something to say):

9:15 AM
PBO meets with the AFL-CIO Executive Committee.

10:30 AM
PBO receives the presidential daily briefing.
11:00 AM
PBO meets with senior advisers.

12:30 PM
Carney briefs the press.

3:15 PM
PBO meets with the crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavour and the U.S. Commander of the ISS Expedition 26.

4:30 PM
PBO meets with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

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#BeforeBlackPresidents: Liberal blogs spent more time attacking Republicans than Democrats.

Morning guys,

Welcome to another day of drama…

Weekly Address (Which I suspect was taped BEFORE last night…)

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And the *real* Weekly Address :)

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Andrew Sullivan:

 

The Republican refusal to countenance any way to raise revenues to tackle the massive debt incurred largely on their watch and from a recession which started under Obama’s predecessor makes one thing clear. They are not a political party in government; they are a radical faction that refuses to participate meaningfully in the give and take the Founders firmly believed should be at the center of American government. They are not conservatives in this sense. They are anarchists.

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Coming from abroad, this country seems as if it is beyond dysfunctional. It looks like a banana republic on the verge of economic collapse. Now that Nixon’s dream has come true and the GOP is fundamentally the party of the Confederacy, it was perhaps naive to think they could ever accept the legitimacy of this president, or treat him with respect or act as adults in the governing process.

But this is who they are. I longed for Obama to bridge this gulf in ideology. But he cannot bridge it alone, especially when the GOP is determined to burn the bridge entirely, even when presented with a deal so tilted to the right only true fanatics could possibly walk away from it. And so the very republic is being plunged into crisis and possible depression by a single, implacable, fanatical faction. Until they are defeated, the country remains in more peril than we know.

 

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Great thing happened yesterday, and was basically ignored, but here’s PBO signing  the certification stating the statutory requirements for repeal of DADT.

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Finally, there was a really awesome Twitter party last night, under  #beforeblackpresidents. Some of the best tweets: 

The debt ceiling was raised SEVENTY-FOUR times without incident. SEVENTY-FOUR TIMES.

Silly women from the secretarial pool wearing cheap clothes weren’t considered presidential.

It was ok to be casual in the Oval Office

No-nothing representatives didn’t make videos calling the President a liar.

A POTUS could tax the rich at 91% and be called a Republican–not a socialist!”

middle names were irrelevant. 

DADT was law & pre-existing condition exclusions were here to stay.

Deliberately sabotaging economic recovery was not considered a legitimate option 4 the opposition party.

The President would get the credit he deserved for killing Bin Laden and rescuing the economy.

 The Democratic party actually had the president’s back.

A President wasn’t attacked by GOP, Professional Far Left and Teahadists.

NO ONE screamed ‘you lie’ at the president during a state of the union address.

Congress would throw a parade to honor Pres. who took down Osama bin Laden. Now they scorn him!

people with 3rd grade educations didn’t constitute a political movement.

Losing 1 point in a poll wasn’t considered a sharp decline in approval ratings and losing your base.

Being a pirate was a safe, lucrative occupation.

 Being a community organizer was noble and honorable.

Osama bin Laden could sit around & watch videos of himself. 

 if you tried to bring the US to it’s knees you were a terrorist. Now you’re just republican.

 A President Could Make A Courageous Deal With The GOP & Not Be Called A Sell Out.

 filibusters were the exception. not the rule.

Children didn’t run to hug POTUS and FLOTUS.

 GOP wanted to change the Constitution to allow foreign-born citizens to run for POTUS.

The President’s Performance Approval Polls wouldn’t be conducted everyday by the media.

A POTUS Could Have His Phone calls Returned By An Alcoholic House Speaker.

 Liberal blogs spent more time attacking Republicans than Democrats

exercise was good and we got medals for it but now exercise is an evil, socialist plot.

We never had to ask parents permission to hear a message from the President.

We Would Cheer A President Who Created 2.2 Million New Jobs After the Worst 30 Years of GOP Economic Terrorism.

 we didn’t have every news organization itching to bring the President down.

 Presidents did not have to show the their birth certificate to Donald Trump.

nobody needed to “take their country back””.

 A President Could Enjoy His NCAA Bracket Pool Without A right Wing Frenzy.

We didn’t consider “defunding” the Pres. teleprompter.

And the best: 

#beforeblackpresidents Presidents were ugly!!!!

 

 

Yea, but where is Matt Damon???

Check out the list of Hollywood donors to PBO:

Among the more than 550,000 donors to the president’s 2012 reelection bid were big-name movie stars including actors George Clooney, Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, Michael Keaton, Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson. Filmmaker Steven Spielberg and his wife, actress Kate Capshaw, also gave to the 2012 campaign, according to the latest Federal Election Commission report. Jennifer Garner and Gwyneth Paltrow both contributed under their married names —Affleck and Martin, respectively.

30 Rock” actor Alec Baldwin, who has often toyed with a potential political run, also shelled out cash for Obama’s second-quarter fundraising haul. And several other TV actors — such as “Monk”’s Tony Shalhoub, “Glee”’s Jane Lynch, “24”’s president Dennis Haysbert and sci-fi stars Scott Bakula and Richard Dean Anderson — joined Baldwin in contributing to the president’s reelection bid.

Comedians Will Ferrell, Carl Reiner and “The Simpsons”’s Yeardley Smith also doled out money for Obama, whose campaign attracted a record-breaking $86 million in donations.

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“First U.S. troops have left Afghanistan and would not be replaced”

Hi Guys,

Weekly address: It’s Washington Vs. the public.

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This went extremely under the radar yesterday:

U.S. drawdown begins in Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) – The first U.S. troops have left Afghanistan as part of President Barack Obama’s planned drawdown of about a third of the 100,000 U.S. forces there during the next year.
Facing growing political opposition to the nearly decade-old war, Obama announced in June the withdrawal plan, which was a faster timetable than the military had recommended.
The first 10,000 troops will come home by the end of the year, but Obama left the details up to his commanders.
U.S. Lt. Col. Wayne Perry, a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), said about 650 troops who had completed their rotation in Afghanistan left on Wednesday as scheduled, and would not be replaced.
“As part of the drawdown the first U.S. troops have left Afghanistan,” he said.

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Powerful, powerful clip:

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Finally, I hope everyone is paying attention to the fierce that is ChipSticks over at The Obama Diary, because she’s doing the best job I’ve ever seen of exposing the fraud, the lie and disgust that is the unprofessional left.

“All that talk of Democrats and liberals sloughing off Obama? Nothing to it” “

Mother Jones:

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So, Obama can rake in the big bucks—no surprise there. The real story is the 552,000 donors who gave to the Obama 2012 effort, “more grassroots support at this point in the process than any campaign in political history,” said campaign manager Jim Messina in a video message to supporters. Messina said that 98 percent of donations last quarter were under $250, and that the average donation was $69.

That haul throws a huge bucket of cold water on claims that Obama is losing his liberal/Democratic base. Pollster James Zogby wrote in September 2009 that Democrats were souring on Obama after the health-insurance-reform fight and for his policies on the war in Afghanistan. Liberal TV host Ed Schultz told former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs last year that “you’re losing your base.” If Obama’s donor rolls are any indication, the left appears to be just as motivated in the 2012 race as they were in 2008.

Of course, reams of polling data have been reinforcing this for months. According to Gallup polling, Obama’s approval rating among Democrats has held steady at around 80 percent, give or take a few percentage points, since September of last year. Among liberals, Obama’s doing almost as well, with approval ratings hovering around 70 percent; it’s currently 76 percent.

So all that talk of Democrats and liberals sloughing off Obama? Nothing to it. Today’s fundraising numbers prove Obama’s still hugely popular, and that whomever the GOP picks to run against him will face the major undertaking of matching the powerful Obama fundraising machine.

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Wonkette :)

Mitch McConnell Quits Debt Talks, Tells Obama To Just Do Whatever So GOP Can Blame Him For It Already

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