“They’ve thrown the kitchen sink at him and he’s still above 50%”

Hi again, welcome to the second Monday’s mishmash 😉

1. Please don’t wake me up!

CNN poll: President Obama at 55%


This year, we can say with some certainty that there will be a sizable GOP field, but the fact remains that not one has begun campaigning in earnest. How come?

Publicly, they’re filled with bravado — Obama misread the public, Obama’s agenda has been rejected, Obama’s outside the mainstream, yada yada yada. But behind closed doors, I have to wonder if some of these folks pause to appreciate the fact that they’ve thrown the kitchen sink at the president, and despite all kinds of problems, Obama’s approval rating is still 50% — and climbing.

Does that give some would-be presidential candidates pause? I’d be surprised if it didn’t.


2. Recovery!

Economists forecast U.S. growth on upswing in 2011


3. Prepare the tissues. Daniel Hernandez and his father, the parents of Christina Taylor Green and Dr. Peter Rhee will be the guests of the First Lady at the SOTU.


4. Yea, he has done nothing, the sell-out.

7 Big Green Moves by the Obama Administration

7. Offshore oil and gas drilling bans. It was a bit of an obvious call to put a moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling in the midst of the horrific BP oil spill last year. Nonetheless, it was an important decision. Going further, later on in the year, the administration decided to cut regulatory shortcuts for deep-water drilling projects. It didn’t cut this fast-tracking for shallow-water drilling projects, unfortunately, but at least deep-water projects will receive more oversight. And, in December, the Obama administration extended some of the offshore oil and gas drilling bans that had been implemented in the summer for another 7 years.

6. Fast-tracking of clean tech patent approvals. To help the country roll out promising clean technologies faster, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has had a policy in place for about a year now to significantly speed up clean tech patent approvals. The program is reportedly doing well and helping more clean technology get to market and has been extended for another year.

5. EPA reversed largest Appalachian mountaintop removal permit in U.S. history. In a big move to help protect the mountains of West Virginia and the communities living in or near them, the EPA recently vetoed the largest single mountaintop removal permit in West Virginia history. This was a huge, unprecedented step that hopefully signals a reversal of mountaintop removal coal mining policies in the U.S.

4. Cape Wind, large offshore wind farm near Cape Cod, finally approved. After years of delay, the giant Cape Wind offshore wind energy project in the Northeast, the first offshore wind farm in the U.S., received approval from the U.S. Department of the Interior in early 2010. The offshore wind energy lease was signed a few months later.

3. Clean energy tax credits. Clean energy industries received a lot of support in 2009 when the Obama administration decided to give companies a “tax credit of 30% is for investment in new renewable energy manufacturing facilities and re-equipped or expanded facilities” as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This program has been highly successful at creating jobs and improving the economy and has now been extended for another year (2011).

2. Over $10 billion invested in high-speed rail. Trying to catch the U.S. up to other countries around the world, the Obama administration has dedicated over $10 billion clean, efficient high-speed rail projects around the country. While this has been a topic of controversy lately due to Tea Party leaders’ illogical train hate, high-speed rail is popular in the U.S. and around the world for clear economic, quality of life, environmental, and social reasons.

1. The EPA ruled CO2 a pollutant. Due to the fact that CO2 is a major cause of global warming, the EPA finally ruled that CO2 was a pollutant and needed to be regulated in late 2009. With Congress essentially unwilling to address climate change, this ruling is likely to become a very important way for the U.S. to cut its global warming emissions relatively soon. To get things rolling, Obama recently transferred the regulation of greenhouse gases from refineries and coal plants emitting over 25,000 tons of greenhouse gases to the EPA. (Note: with plenty of support from the courts and science, climate zombies would have to find some really innovative, extreme ways to block the EPA from climate action now that this ruling is in place.)


5. President Obama, the first AND second lady announces broad new support for military families


167 thoughts on ““They’ve thrown the kitchen sink at him and he’s still above 50%”

  1. First..!!

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    FIRED UP…!!

    READY TO GO..!!!

  2. I would gladly remove my comment to give you the well-deserved honors… If only I knew how! 😉

  3. That ruling on Emanuel is just stupid, but there is still hope:

    “Emanuel’s lawyer called the ruling a surprise because two other courts had ruled in the candidate’s favour. The lawyer said he would appeal to the Illinois supreme court.”

    I think Rahm would make a great mayor for Chicago having grown up there.

  4. And as far as clean energy goes, Lawrence Livermore Laboratories — government funded — is doing serious work on nuclear fusion, which would provide clean and inexhaustible energy. I had no idea that they were doing that, and that their first experiment was a complete success. Of course, I read about them on one of the pragmatic blogs, then did some research. Very promising.

  5. Oh, BRAVO! TWO mishmashes from BWD in one day!!

    I’m so grateful for all this terrific news and all these terrific people. I just can’t say that enough.

    I think the GOP is going to have to put up another sacrificial lamb. I know we are all going to work hard together to re-elect President Obama because we believe he is the best person for the job. And we are going to have another chance to celebrate this truly wonderful man and his family. And each other!

    Thank you once again, my dear BWD.

  6. A friend was talking about her boyfriend and said “I know he loves me. But does he love me like Barack loves Michelle?”

    Wouldn’t we all want someone who loves us like that?

  7. Progress is why I voted for Obama and he is delivering it for all American. Thanks BWD. Looking forward to the SOTU.

    Ouch…remembering last years, “you lie” moment, I am having a second thought.

  8. Now this is where the green jobs come in and if the Republican try to dismantle the EPA they will also be linked to killing jobs that can’t be outsourced. Ah! play them card President Obama.

  9. Sweetie – I am glad you are happy! I told everyone you were back at DK, and we support and admire you greatly.

    D could probably use your help as we speak as a matter of fact.

    I’m going to concentrate on myself for a while, and not on blogging. KEEP IN TOUCH!

    You all rock! BWD – you are the best. TTFN.

  10. Not sure why, but I really love to see FLOTUS and Dr. Biden together (or all four of the Obamas and the Bidens), and I’ve enjoyed that since the general elections campaign period. Thanks for this mismash!

  11. I second that request, especially before the surgery so that we can share our prayers and good energy/wishes.

  12. Wow BWD- love two mish-mashes in one Monday.. thank you much. Happily facebooked.. I am hoping others tweet and facebook too.. this is a great way for us all to do some part of getting the FACTS out about this administration to more and more people. Our own little Pony Express 😉

  13. How quick could it get to the Illinois Supreme Court? I think he’ll probably run out of time.

    The ruling is a joke, he represented the District for years and only moved in order to answer the call of the President to serve him and the country as the Chief-of-Staff. And I believe he still own property there, but rented it out.

    If he is ultimately blocked, I hope he forms a third party outfit to counter Rove’s America’s Crossroads. He’d be perfect for that role.

  14. The GOP field will be big, but I wonder how many will be looking for the Palin effect – to want to cash in and have increased influence/platform rather than thinking they could win.

    Santorum, Gingrich, Pawlenty and Romney are locks. Ron Paul will probably give it another run as well. I think Daniels could run just to raise his national profile before bowing out pretty early. I think Huckabee sits the primary out, hoping Romney wins because he’d make the perfect VP choice, and Huck could be on Fox the extra year. Big question seems to be – Will Palin run? Given that field, if she passed I think it would hurt her standing because it’s not a rockstar field. And she’s not going to get another chance because the serious contenders will be out in 2016. But if she runs and gets blown out in the early states her brand is hurt as well.

    I think Romney will run away with this early, which is unfortunate as there will not be a long primary campaign to get some mud to stick on him.

    Romney vs Palin would be a barnburner.

  15. Excellent post, thanks again BWD! How fabulous that our president’s approval ratings are climbing right before the SOTU, looking forward to that tomorrow. Thanks to everyone for the great links.

  16. Information is power and off I go to post this on my facebook. We have to post the Presidents news or it will never get to the people.

  17. I wonder if she’ll have the guts to run.. I know she’s got the arrogance and the ego (and the greed) to think she’s a contender.. but does she have the stamina. I just look forward to my President smiling broadly while he debates the last neanderthal standing.

  18. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-20/-fiscal-meltdown-for-states-exaggerated-group-says.html

    “Predictions of an “imminent fiscal meltdown” among U.S. states and municipalities are exaggerated and create “unnecessary alarm” for policy makers, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said in a report.

    The operating deficits most states are forecasting for fiscal 2012 are the result of the post-recessionary weak economy and have been erroneously conflated with longer-term issues such as debt, pension obligations and retiree health costs, Iris J. Lav, senior adviser at the Washington research group, and Elizabeth McNichol, a senior fellow, said in the report today.

    “Overheated claims about state and local budget problems not only are inaccurate, but also could lead policy makers to take unwise steps such as allowing states to declare bankruptcy or forcing them to change the way they report their pension liabilities as a condition for issuing tax-exempt bonds,” Lav said in a press release accompanying the report’s release.”

    When will somebody in the MSM stand up and start calling bullshit on the GOP’s constant drone of doom and gloom on the economy. Especially considering Rush and McConnell are both on record saying they hope President Obama fails, and both realize that perception is reality and consumer confidence is very fickle.

  19. Oh Oh now what will the frustrati have to complained about….

    President Obama has decided not to endorse his deficit commission’s recommendation to raise the retirement age, and otherwise reduce Social Security benefits, in Tuesday’s State of the Union address, cheering liberals and drawing a stark line between the White House and key Republicans in Congress.


  20. I saw that over the weekend. The president is drawing a clear battle line, and daring the GOP to engage him. As the cliche goes, Soc Sec is the third rail of US politics; I hope that the GOP takes him up on the fight.

  21. The hyperventilating about the commission was *always* much ado about nothing. That’s why I eschew these sensationalized spaces; they’re always playing games and taking people for a ride with neverending drama.

    I think that it’s been clear from the beginning that the Commission was comprised of people offering various opinions about entitlement programs; it was never an evil monster that it was portrayed to be IMO and shouldn’t have been such a cause for hysteria.

  22. So glad to read this pushback! IMO the GOP wants states to be able to declare bankruptcy in order to bust up some of the public employee unions. Nice to read that this “state budget crisis” is more trumped up and alarmist than not.

  23. $arah Painlin will not run for president because she will not get many votes. She is a glorified cheer leader for the GOP and will only do anything for $$$$.

  24. Bob Barr is in waay over his head…one of my followers tweeted this:

    ‘Libertarian’ Bob Barr To Be Former Haitian Dictator Duvalier’s ‘Internation… thkpr.gs/gv2u3s

  25. Even more interesting that Rep. Ryan is giving the opposition rebuttal on Tuesday night. Ryan was a member on the commission that signed off on the final proposals.

    Also worth nothing that Boehner is giving Rep. Ryan special powers to be the only decider on all House budget measures.

    With Jobs being the top concern, if the GOP goes all in on the draconian spending cuts – it’s sure to be a job killer. I’ve been concerned with the GOP boxing President Obama in, in forcing him to focus on one and then attacking on the other. IE he focuses on deficit and debt reduction and it costs jobs and then they run on the unemployment rate. And if he focused on jobs, they’d run on President Obama not being serious about the deficit.

    But if President Obama chooses to focus on jobs, and thus paints the GOP into the corner of harping on the deficit and debt, the fact that they held out for the Bush extra tax cuts for millionaires can always be thrown back into their faces. Not to mention many being rubberstamps for the Bush Administration spending.

  26. The dissent is hi-larious, as is the ‘pulling-it-out-of-their-behinds majority opinion.

    From the dissent: there is an actual exclusion in the law when you go to work for the Federal government [in a job that by its nature, is finite]

    Effing Dick Cheney got to live in TX for 35 years but couldn’t be from TX to run for VP. Now each state and municipality has the right to write its own residency requirements. Liddy Dole got to be a NC Senator by using her mother’s address as her residence, after living in D.C. for 30 years.

    The law is for carpetbaggers, not for someone who has been a Chicago resident his entire life and went to work for the President of the United States.

  27. A friend and I were just talking about that. It was so shocking, the disrespect! I’ll be interested to see who sits together, and what the climate in the chamber is like. Plus, I can’t wait to hear Obama speak again! I just can’t get enough of that man. And I, too, enjoy seeing how much he loves his wife.

  28. You’re so silly, Rock. 🙂

    Hi everyone! Popping in to personally thank all those who made such wonderful comments and sent good thoughts and prayers my way during my journey from Orlando to New York. I arrived in Brooklyn (Bronx didn’t work out) late last Tuesday night (trip took me 3 days). I spent the next day unpacking the truck and putting my whole life in a storage unit. Thursday and Friday were spent trying to get some much needed rest and help Tucker get acclimated to his new surroundings (something we both are still trying to do).

    The drive up was ok until I got to New Jersey. NJ is worst than I remember it – and it was bad when I left NY ten years ago. NY is a hot mess. I got so lost and confused, I ended up going the opposite direction in the Holland Tunnel and cops had to stop the traffic so I could turn that massive thing I was driving around. I broke down crying I was so stressed.

    Anyway, thank God and all that’s good, I arrived here safely. Now the real journey back to independence and financial health begins.

    I will still need your prayers and support. And, if you live in NYC and know of some place for rent or a job, please give me a shout.

    Blessings to you all. The community BWD and Chipsticks have created is filled the best people out there and I’m so thankful to be part of it.

    Hachikō AKA Marabout40

  29. There is actually a diary on DK now labelled as BREAKING NEWS. The news is that Obama isn’t going to gut Social Security.

    I now expect “BREAKING: Obama has two legs, two arms, a head, is deeply in love with his smokin’ hot wife, and is smarter than anybody you’ve ever met”.

    Some of us noticed that a while ago 🙂

  30. I think there is another reason for nobody declaring yet. Except for Romney, all the rest are currently on Faux News payroll to soem degree or another. This means they are getting paid to do a lot of their campaigning, in a way. Once they declare, that stops.

    Sure, Faux News will still have them do interviews and stuff, but they will no longer be able to be paid.

  31. Marabout!!!! Welcome to Brooklyn; thanks for the update and glad to see you posting here. I’ll keep my ears out for any job opportunities (what is your occupation)?

  32. How sweet it is! Cream just rises to the top, no matter how hard anyone tries to cover it up.

    IMHO, as long as President Obama is VISIBLE to the American people, his approval ratings will just keep on rising until they surpass First Lady Michelle Obama’s numbers. The corporate press has just left her alone and her approval numbers are through the roof. Imagine what would happen if they just REPORTED, like this blog reports, on what President Obama has done and is doing on a daily basis for our country??

    Damn. He’s THAT great! Cannot wait for SOTU tomorrow night!

  33. Wow, all I can say is you are one BRAVE lady! Here’s hoping you find the right spot for you in both work and home. BEST!

  34. I just saw this and it had me out of my seat with both fists in the air. This is beyond awesome. I was thinking this week it would be great to show some of the charts and graphs that show the facts. But I couldn’t figure out how President Obama could do it. This is going to be great. It has David Plouffe written all over it.

  35. He is smart enough to know that jobs are the number one priority and people who are employed are not going to spend a lot of time worrying about the deficit because as the economy improves so will our debt situation. If he does as the Republicans want and focuses on the deficit and not jobs, that would be playing into their hands by slowing the recovery and making people unhappy. They can try to make the election all about the deficit but people’s personal economies are much more influential on their votes. Happily employed people (or people who truly believe they are about to be employed) will vote for re-election, regardless of the deficit. The Republicans just want a focus on the deficit so there will be more pain, more people put out of work, a longer recession and therefor more votes for them. I don’t see the President letting that happen.

  36. The opposition has thrown everything at this President and he still just brushes it off his shoulders. Both the right and the left have dumped on him about every issue – and yet he moves slowly and steadily toward a reasonable solution. So much has been accomplished during these 2 years, and yet the MSM rarely mentions it. He promised to be the President of all the people, and even though there are times I wished he had moved more toward the left – he’s done what is best for the most.

  37. The GOP says no new spending, EVER! They want to keep us in the 20th century! Why? Because their US business buddies are making MAD loot!
    Thus, We need to really fight to have Barack re-elected, the country’s future may depend on it!

  38. Hey, gn. My last position was process engineer/communications specialist. I’m hoping to do something in CSR this time round, though. But, of course, I’ll take what I can get at this point. 🙂

    Where in Brooklyn are you?

  39. Also, how can Scalia address the tea party at bachmans request? Then, he should recuse himself on any future issues!

  40. Seeing them together is wonderful because the deep affection and respect between them is genuine and obvious. And each of them are wonderful and warm persons.

  41. He’s set the bar very high, for men who want to be better, and for women, who now expect much better. It’s all good.

  42. The moment of White House press secretary Robert Gibbs’s departure is nigh, and he wants everyone to know it.

    Gibbs startled the White House press corps on Monday by nearly calling it quits only 30 minutes into his press briefing. After taking some obligatory questions from the first and second rows — mostly reporters from the TV networks and scions of the media establishment like The New York Times and The Washington Post — Gibbs took one final question, a tricky one on gay marriage, before promptly closing his book and heading for the door.

    “Thanks, guys,” he said, giving his perfunctory cue that the Q&A was over.

    Then, cries of “Don’t leave us, Robert!” could be heard from the back of the briefing room, where even on a normal day, reporters have come to expect that they will be passed up for questions.

    Apparently moved by the outcry, Gibbs stayed for another 15 minutes, but still, the 45-minute session was one of the shortest in recent months.

    Since announcing his departure early in January, Gibbs has also taken to being unusually prompt to his briefings as well. The press corps, which has grown accustomed to his habitual lateness, has been surprised to find briefings beginning within 10 minutes of the scheduled time — rather than 20 or even 30 minutes late.

    And in the 12 days since announcing his departure (not counting weekends and holidays), Gibbs has briefed reporters only six times.


  43. A little off topic, but something I wanted to share about the video “It Gets Better” that the White House administration participated in.

    I just got an email in my inbox at work, that they too are planning to participate in this endeavor, and interestingly enough I found out that within my company, there is a group that helps to support Gay, Lesbian, and Tran Gender employees.

    They were looking for volunteers to help spread the message about getting past the bullying and share their stories of how they moved beyond difficult barriers and prejudice.

    I just found it very positive that my company was being active about participating in that movement.

    It seems there is a broader movement in the company to emphasis volunteering and serving others. I already got 2 other emails on signing up for volunteer service. They even plan to have a program for people who want to travel abroad to volunteer in needed places like Mexico, Haiti, etc.

    It seems that President Obama is indeed having a good influence on the country.

  44. Hachiko, so glad you made it safely. I have thought about you and your travel, I am more of a reader than poster. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts. Good luck!

  45. ^Tori thanks much… GO Prez O GO!!!

    You’ve Never Seen a State of the Union Address Like This Before:

    We’re putting the finishing touches on a new feature for WhiteHouse.gov that will offer an enhanced viewer experience for President Obama’s State of the Union address…

    This “Enhanced SOTU” feature is just one of many ways we are working to provide as much information as possible and answer your questions about the speech. As Dan pointed out Friday, there are a variety of opportunities to engage online with White House officials and even President Obama himself. Immediately after the speech (as in, you don’t even have to leave the webpage because the video feed will automatically switch) policy experts will answer questions submitted via the web and a live audience at the White House. And for the rest of the week, we’re working with a wide range of online communities to surface even more feedback about the President’s speech and the state of our union.

    So Tuesday night at 9 p.m. EST, be sure to load WhiteHouse.gov to make your State of the Union experience as informative and interactive as possible. Want a reminder? Sign up for email updates and we’ll be sure to send you one.


    By the way, has anyone submitted any questions, yet? 😉

  46. Thomas’ wife is a teabagger fundraiser – I believe she officially left her post, but that was because it was getting too much publicity.

  47. PinkBunny

    Can you share your company name? I am convinced that the actions of the WH has ripple effects in many ways and would like to help in documenting that effect. Great story…

  48. Awesome news to log in to. Bless our POTUS. Mrs.O and Dr Biden are ladies I want to be in 30 years. They are stunning women.

  49. Don’t be Burton…Don’t be Burton…Don’t be Burton…Don’t be Burton…Don’t be Burton…Don’t be Burton…Don’t be Burton…Don’t be Burton…Don’t be Burton..Don’t be Burton…Don’t be Burton…Don’t be Burton….

  50. Unfortunate for me, I have no idea what this means but I refuse to give politico any hits to find out. 🙂

  51. That picture of the President giving Admiral Mullen the “what you doing hugging my wife” look is priceless 🙂

  52. A comment I read either here or OFA made me think this would make a good slogan:

    Export Products Not Jobs.

    Has a kind of button and bumpersticker ring to it, don’t you think?

  53. Blackwaterdog is also still in the running for Diary of the Year:

    These links do not take you to dKos. Voting ends February 2nd.

    Thanks so much, folks. Thanks to you, I was the top vote getter in the first round.

  54. It’s about people in the Bush Admin making calls to solicit donations and such for his re-election campaign on Federal Property…big no-no. It speculates that the new report that is out prompted the closure of the Office of Political Affairs by the White House as it moves the campaign to Chicago. Non-issue.

  55. On a fashion note, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the gray suit that MO is wearing. She looks so sophisticated and beautiful in it. It’s not as fancy as some of her gowns but her outfit today is one of my new favorites. Her hair and make-up are a home run as well. No wonder the prez can’t take his eyes off her. Lol.

  56. We were all thinking of you and so glad to hear of your safe arrival. Just in time for all that snow and freezing cold weather:) But you are safe and sound and that’s really all that matters.Got to do what you got to do.Best of luck settling in(the dog, too).It’s just a new journey for you on life’s curious path.May you be well and be happy. One day at a time!

  57. Big, gigantic,humungous hugs to you! In our thoughts and prayers.Remember…PMA. Positive mental attitude:)And Cosmos, until midnight the day before:)Be well.

  58. I wonder who picks his ties. He always always always seems to have a nice tie on. Just sayin.

  59. How do you see the results of those polls ? It says the “Results for this poll have been set to private.”

  60. That’s it! Not a sneer in sight. I’m just really appreciating this period in presidential politics; I’m not sure that there will be another WH like this in my lifetime.

  61. My thoughts and prayers go out to you g. Good luck on your surgery and recovery. I hope everything goes smoothly and you are back with us soon.


  62. I am loving that piece by Benen on the GOP Presidential candidates. I’ve been feeling for awhile that some of the bigwigs would sit out 2012. Obama’s looking strong and the primary is going to be brutal.

  63. Not that I have any great love for Mitt Romney, but it will be quite sad to watch a generally genial, truly moderate Republican transform himself into the Tea Partiest of the Tea Partiers to try to win a nomination that he won’t get because he’s a Mormon and that makes him a cultist among fundamentalist wing that decides primaries in the GOP. Romney’s health reforms in Mass. were prelude to Pres. Obama’s; the Tea Party’s power to make himself distance himself from his *own* policy accomplishments is disheartening to say the least.

  64. I’m glad you and your dog got to Brooklyn safely. Good luck finding a job and an apartment.

    I’m originally from Brooklyn. I moved to Queens when I got married, and four months later moved to South Jersey when he got a job offer in Philadelphia. It’s been here for 24 years. Time goes so quickly.

  65. This is so extraordinary. I sure hope this works because our service men and women deserve that and more. I’ll be especially interested to see how the homeless vets thing goes since more than a few are resistant to the offer of housing options. But then I’m sure they know that and are working to overcome that problem.

    Thank you BWD for sharing this video. Are Michelle and our Pres using some kind of magical teleprompters? How were they able to speak so easily without notes? Michelle rocks as a speaker.

  66. I’m just signing on for today, and can already tell that it’ll take forever to catch up! I went first to read that West Wing II article and found it a very interesting, but LONG, read. Now, I’m off to the top of this thread to work my way down – sigh! – it really doesn’t pay to ‘take the day off’ even if you couldn’t help it. It’s BWD’s fault for putting so much info in her posts 😉 – THANKS, BWD!

  67. I’m watching the unprofessional left on Huff and Puff post cry Chicken Little over President Obama’s non existent plan to cut Social Security.

    And of course, you have your folks over there calling us rational Obama supporters “Obamabots” and such for not wigging out.

    It’s sad how easily swayed those folks over there are.

    But come tomorrow, they’ll all be proven wrong.

  68. Yeah, there is no way he is getting the nomination. The GOP party loyalists have become way too extreme for Mittens to get in.

  69. I guess they didn’t read the WaPo article that details that Pres. Obama is likely to ignore the deficit commission’s recommendation to cut Soc Sec. Or maybe they have a different definition of “reality based”.

  70. I think Mitt would have to choose Huckabee to be his VP to keep the RR excited and get the out to the polls. However such a ticket would have zero fpreign policy experience, other than Romney’s op-ed that blasted START, and was generally trashed by folks in that area of expertise.

    Not to mention it means all of their FP advisers would come from the Bush Administration, given President Obama’s FP philosophy comes from the Scowcroft school and the Bush 41’s.

  71. Off-Topic – This ISN’T gettin’ much, if any, coverage from our MSM… A Pre-‘Christina Taylor Green’ Tragedy…So, so sad! 😦

    @NealRauhauser: Here’s another 9 year old girl shot dead in Arizona by Communist Socialist Nazi leftist … Minutemen:

    There’s another infamous shooting of a nine-year-old girl that is making headlines this week in Tucson. This time, we wonder if the rest of the media will bother to cover it.

    The little girl’s name was Brisenia Flores. She lived near the border with her parents and sister outside the town of Arivaca, Arizona. On May 30 of 2009, a woman named Shawna Forde, who led an offshoot unit of Minutemen who ran armed border patrols for patriotic “fun”. Forde’s gang had decided to go “operational,” which meant they concocted a scheme to raid drug smugglers and take their money and drugs and use it to finance a border race war and “start a revolution against the government”. They targeted the Flores home, which had neither money nor drugs, based on dubious information. They convinced Flores to let them in by claiming to be law-enforcement officers seeking fugitives, then shot him point-blank in the head when he questioned them and wounded his wife, Gina Gonzalez. And then, while she pleaded for her life, they shot Brisenia in cold blood in the head. (Her sister, fortunately, was sleeping over at a friend’s.)…

    As Terry Greene Sterling at the Daily Beast reports, Shawna Forde’s trial finally opens this week, having been briefly delayed by the Giffords shooting…

    We’ve been following the Forde case closely from the day it was first reported, in large part because it tells us so much about the mindset and behind-the-scenes operations of would-be border vigilantes…


    When will GOPTeaParty, FoxIsn’tNews and their co-horts be held accountable for incitement…violence, intolerance, racism, et al?

  72. That a serious lineup for the State of the union pre and post, way to go POTUS. Thanks Tori

  73. Scalia also neglected to disclose her 650,000+ income over 5 years on his annual disclosure forms. How can you overlook 120k??

  74. Thank you for posting this here. Unfortunately the MSM has a long history of ignoring incidents when minorities are the victims. When it’s a white person it goes national.

    Please keep us informed .

  75. They think that the Deficit Commission is the final word and until Obama actually comes out and SAYS he’s not going to cut Social Security, that it’s more a reason to cry “THE SKY IS FALLING!” like Chicken Little.

    Not to mention Obama couldn’t cut Social Security even if he wanted to… CONGRESS would have to approve, and I doubt that Speaker Bonehead and the TeaParty Brigade want to commit political suicide that soon. They’ve more or less already committed political suicide with the ObamaCare repeal vote, but even if they were to pass Social Security cuts, those cuts would face an untimely demise in the Senate.

    But logic and reason are lost on them, emotional rants and hyperbole are all they know about.

  76. Okay, this is new. Just spoke with a voter who expressed to me that she no longer supports our President because he doesn’t support the Liberal point-of-view. She said she supports Bernie Sanders for President because he is in complete alignment with her views. This was a Senior Citizen, btw.

  77. The media enjoys making people of color the bad guys, as Bowling With Columbine pointed out. 95% of the bad guys on COPS happen to be African-American.

  78. Well that’s just dandy.

    She can support Sanders all she wants to, but until he can win a primary season and then the general election, he ain’t going to be more than a Senator with socialist views.

    Try selling Sanders views to Ohio or Florida, two swing states a Presidential candidate has to win one of to win election. Sanders as a Presidential contender would get his ass handed to him worse than John Kerry in 2004… and I thought THAT was a beating back then!

  79. BWD thank you for publishing two mishmashes today.

    We are so lucky to have the Obamas and Bidens as leaders of our country. They are smart, caring, and beautiful, and they are focused on helping improve the lives of all Americans.

  80. Boehner, perhaps not. But I wouldn’t be too sure about the Tea Party. Sully highlighted a statement from one of the TP leaders wherein he said that *everything* should be on the table in terms of cutting the deficit, including the military budget.

    “The widely held sentiment among Tea Party Patriot members is that every item in the budget, including military spending and foreign aid, must be on the table,” said Mark Meckler, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots. “It is time to get serious about preserving the country for our posterity. The mentality that certain programs are ‘off the table’ must be taken off the table.”

    “Every item in the budget”. One assumes that would mean Soc Sec as well. So, no, Boehner is a canny enough pol to know touching Soc Sec would be like drinking hemlock. But the activists who put the Speaker’s gavel into his tanned hand seem to think otherwise. It will be a very entertaining two years.

  81. Quick, get her a spot on Cenk’s new show! She can represent “Obama’s disillusioned senior citizen base”.

  82. OFA has published a Promises Kept booklet, and it’s really neat, take a look.

    Telling the story of the past two years will be critical to the fights ahead. And it’s not just the story of this president or this White House—it’s your story.

    It’s proof that the organizing you do on the ground, and the conversations you have with your friends and neighbors, is working.

    Take a look at the Promises Kept report of all the work we’ve done in two years.

  83. I swear, those morons deserve Sarah Palin. They really do. And if it weren’t for the fact that I live in this country too and I’m terrified of having that harpie run the country, I’d let them have her.

  84. You and BWD are kicking AZZ!! The frustrati are sound and fury; we’re quiet and effective. 🙂

  85. Thx Eb. You’re leading so far with 11% of the votes. But I don’t see bwd’s name there.

  86. OK. I see bwd leading the diary of the year while Eb is leading the diarist of the year.

    Go pragmati.

  87. That made me laugh. I saw pieces of myself in more than one of the ‘characters’.

  88. I don’t know if the conservatives would fall for getting just the scraps of a VP nod this time. They make up the base of the party. Most of the more moderate Republicans left the party in 2006 and 2008. I think one of the wackos is going to win the nomination. Whether it is Palin, Huckabee, Gingrich, or Pawlenty (who is not a moderate by any stretch) I am not sure of. I’d guess Huckabee stands the best chance but he doesn’t seem too interested in jumping in the race.

  89. I love it, theboysisters! I hate to admit it but I’ve been the Bait-taker one too many times. LMAO.

  90. ^Thanks, Tori, for the heads-up…

    Great group of guests, I wish Congresswoman Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly, was able to be there.

    But, of course, she’s his first priority!

  91. “Next week, on the same day that Obama delivers his address and Ryan gives his response, House Republicans will vote to endow Ryan with “stunning and unprecedented” powers to set discretionary spending levels that are binding on the House. ”

    I have to ask why this isn’t bigger news? I mean the Dems should be making HUGE issue out of this. Doesn’t this mean that each and every GOP house member is giving away their vote on budget issues to one Rep? How well would that sit back in their home districts? “Newly elected Rep So-in-so voted to give away our districts voice and vote to a Rep from Wisconsin?”

  92. I think it’s worth repeating that while Obama is at a 50% or above approval rating right now, Ronald Reagan, who is always spoken of as being such a popular president, was at about 37% at this same point in his presidency. That would put Obama 13 points higher than Reagan. And unemployment in January 1983 was nowhere near what it is today. And in 1984, Ronald Reagan was re-elected in a landslide.

  93. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could each elect a president who is in complete alignment with our particular point of view? I wonder how many presidents we would need. And I wonder how they could each hope to govern the whole country.

  94. I think it will be Ms. Cutter, who has a black board session on whitehouse.gov right now. She was instrumental in helping with HCR, and I’ve seen her in the public eye for the last couple of weeks. Not bad, and will surely improve over time.

  95. ^Saint Roscoe, when it was first mentioned, it was challenged by Leader Pelosi and other House Democrats…

    Yesterday evening, on the floor, Rep Van Hollen debated/argued about it!

    @janschakowsk, was on @maddow, yesterday night: My new HuffPost blog – Republicans have given Rep. Ryan unprecedented power to push his dangerous “Roadmap” for… http://fb.me/zgioi511

    @dccc: House GOP Doubles Down On Hurting Seniors with Representative Paul Ryan Giving State of the Union… http://dems.me/fjkvrS

    And, Bernie Sanders on @Lawrence. …forcing a vote on the Ryan plan.

    Ryan’s Radical Vision

    Republicans announced last Friday that Rep. Paul Ryan (WI), chairman of the House Budget Committee, will deliver the GOP’s response to President Obama’s State of the Union address tomorrow. According to reports, GOP leaders chose Ryan because he is supposedly a “champion of slashing government spending.” The seven-term Wisconsin congressman gives Republicans a “chance to emphasize their core message: government spending must come down to reduce the nation’s annual deficit and long-term debt.” House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said Ryan — who has been given “stunning and unprecedented” power to shape the budget — is “uniquely qualified to address the state of our economy and the fiscal challenges that face our country.” Ryan is known as the GOP’s numbers guy in the House, and he laid out last year what he calls a “Roadmap” to fiscal health. But as the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein notes, “The more they elevate Ryan, the more they elevate Ryan’s Roadmap. And that document is a timebomb for them.”…

    …if Boehner dislikes Ryan’s plan so much, it’s unclear why he made him chairman of the House Budget Committee and gave him new and unprecedented powers to unilaterally set spending limits instead of subjecting those limits to a vote on the House floor. Speaking of Ryan’s new power, Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) said, “Unfortunately, the House GOP is reverting back to the same arrogant governing style they implemented when they last held the majority and turned a surplus into a huge deficit.”


    Ryan, definitely, needs to be stopped like yesterday!

  96. Yes. And, for vastly better reasons, President Obama will be elected President in 2012 – by a stunning landslide.

    Yes. We. Will.

  97. Hugs and prayers, sweet Marabout!!! You’ll land on your feet and we will help you do so!!!


  98. If the americans re-elect these corrupt jokers in 2012, then they deserve all the resultant pain that will ensure.

    Pity other saner ones have to suffer for the follies of the batshit crazy.

  99. Just to throw a totally lightweight comment into the mix … I love seeing our President do his “Happy Jog” onto a stage — so cute. And the First and Second Lady hugging like they really mean it — who can imagine Laura Bush and Lynne Cheney doing that?? We could not have four warmer, more genuine folks at the helm. Really excited to see President Obama knock it out of the park tonight. Yes we can!

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