Monday morning mishmash

Hi guys,

1. Today’s schedule:

9:00 AM Jill Biden give remarks to the spouses of state National Guard Adjutants General.
9:45 AM PBO and VPB receive the presidential daily briefing.
10:00 AM Carney convenes an off-camera gaggle.
10:40 AM Michelle Obama and Jill Biden make remarks at the National Governors Association meeting.
11:00 AM PBO and VPB meet with a bipartisan group of governors.
12:00 PM  
1:00 PM  
2:00 PM  
2:10 PM PBO meets with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
3:00 PM Carney briefs the press.



2. I’m pretty sure this is the strategy: Let’s make PBO complacent, but it’s entertaining nevertheless:

GOP reality check: Obama looking tougher to beat in 2012

Just four months after posting historic election gains, Republicans are experiencing a reality check about 2012: President Barack Obama is going to be a lot tougher to defeat than he looked late last year.

Having gone from despondency in 2008 to euphoria last November, a more sober GOP is wincing in the light of day as they consider just how difficult unseating an incumbent president with a massive warchest is going to be, even with a still-dismal economy.


Much of the GOP realism is rooted in a long-standing truism of American politics – that absent a major crisis of confidence, it’s highly difficult to defeat a sitting president.

But aside from the traditional advantages of incumbency, Republicans are also fretting about the strength of Obama’s campaign infrastructure, the potential limitations of their own field and, particularly, the same demographic weaknesses that haunted them in 2008.

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3. Allow me to say “AMEN” to Krugman here:

That Iraq Feeling

I don’t watch cable news, or actually any kind of TV news. But I gather that there’s a virtual blackout on the huge demonstrations in Wisconsin, except on Fox, which portrays them as thuggish and violent.

What that makes me think of is January-February 2003, when anyone watching cable news would have believed that only a few kooks were opposed to the imminent invasion of Iraq. It was quite spooky, realizing that hundreds of thousands of people could march through New York, and by tacit agreement be ignored by news networks whose headquarters were just a few blocks away.

And it’s even more spooky to see it happening all over again.


4. Recovery!

Income of workers climbs 1.0% in January

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The income of American workers saw the biggest increase in January in a year and a half, owing largely to a temporary payroll tax cut that took effect that month.

Personal income jumped a seasonally adjusted 1.0% in the first month of 2011, while consumer spending rose a smaller 0.2%, the Commerce Department reported Monday.


5. President Obama toasts the nation’s governors:


6. Finally, the president made a very short cameo at the Oscars last night, picking his all time fave movie song: As Time Goes By from Casablanca.  Such a romantic fool. 🙂



140 thoughts on “Monday morning mishmash

  1. I did leave a comment for Krugman that we have it covered in the blogs and watching the foreign news stations. US media, bye-bye.

    Love that picture of the President! So many keepers, so little disk space.

  2. Darn it! Almost first.

    I just hope no one misses this statement from Karl Rove:
    “I consider him a favorite, albeit a slight favorite,” said former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove. “Republicans underestimate President Obama at their own peril.”

    What is interesting to me is he is quoting Michelle Obama in Iowa before the first primary.

  3. Second! Even though my mom received the payroll tax cut she is making two dollars less because her employer is making her contribute more for the insurance premiums.

  4. Good morning everyone! Once again BWD great Mishmash. It is great to read Krugman. I remeber when we were all marching against the war and no one talked about it. We were all right. Now the internet gets the word out better. Who needs the msm!

  5. Of course PBO is going to roll in 2012. There’s nobody like him in campaign mode. Who will be the goopers’ sacrificial lamb? Iowa is a-calling, lol.

    Have a great day, everyone :-D!

  6. Republicans wincing in the sunlight!
    I love the image: a wince, a bit of smoke from ears and nostrils, blistering skin, and then, wooooom! Immolation.
    Stinkin’ vampires.


  8. Good Morning BWD Family – thanks for yet another dose of great photos and good news.

    Yesterday we discussed leaving a thank you note to folks who write about a subject we support. We also discussed writing to networks, newspapers, and online publications that are ignoring an important issue.

    Today they seems to be ignoring Wisconsin.

    I have a fairly long list of email contacts, the information came from this group over the past few weeks. Thanks to you all. Ee can continue to contribute to the list as time goes by.

  9. If you are sending a note to media, asking them to cover the Wisconsin story you may want to include resources they could use.

    I have been building a Wisconsin Resources page. This lists videos, photos, and articles.

    If you want to include these resources in your email or point out other media sources that are covering the story you can use this page.
    To date CBS and ABC 12 in Michigan are the only MSM sources I have found.

    If you know of an especially effective Wisconsin story that I have missed, please let me know.

  10. Lucky:)Been trying for months…alittle game I play with myself…hasn’t happened yet!

  11. I’d say there was a major crisis of confidence in W and still, he won re-election. Absent a credible party or candidate, the Republicans have no chance. They are dinosaurs doing nothing but holding this country back, spending all their energy hating and trying to turn back the clock. President Obama will be re-elected not only because of this but because he is an outstanding president who has achieved beyond expectations in the worst environment for progress. He is our HOPE.

  12. GOP’s Hail Mary Pass is the budget stand-off and likely shutdown. That is their game changer, if they can get voters to blame President Obama and Dems for it then they will have a chance, however if the people blame the GOP for it then they’re likely toast and they’ll lose the House.

    This is their strategy because they have nothing to lose. There isn’t enough senate seats up that the Dems coul reasonable win, meaning they’ll still be able to control everything with their 60-vote threshold, so it’s worth the gamble to risk the House to possibly control House, Senate and White House if things go their way.

    Which is why the Dems and Obama Administration better be ready for a fight of all frame wars. I’m talking a prime time Presidential Address the first night of the shutdown, ads to hit the airwaves the first minute of the shutdown blaming the GOP and highlighting their budget that would slash billions from education, infrastructure, the poor, and cause over 2M jobs to be lost and destroy the economy. Frame it as a purely political calculation and highlight Boehner’s “so be it” response to job losses and McConnell’s “My primary objective is to see President Obama as a one term President”. Neither of those quotes were really pounced on by the Dems, let’s hope it’s because they were saving them for the right time.

  13. The more I see of these republican governors — Christie, Haley, Brewer, Scott, Walker, Daniels — I am convinced the republican party has absolutely no soul. I know you cannot lump all people in the same category, but they are all cut from the same cloth. On the attack all the time. Lying all the time.

    When I watched the This Week segment with the governors yesterday, the difference was absolutely stunning. Nikki Haley and Jan Brewer on the attack. Patrick and O’Malley like our president talking about finding common ground for America.

    Haley’s state does not have collective bargaining and has a huge deficit. Brewer is letting people die instead of providing funds for transplants. How can anyone vote for these people? It just blows my mind.

    No president has ever faced what PBO is dealing with. An orchestrated, coldly-calculated onslaught of resistance.

    Driven by hatred, bigotry, racism they want power and don’t care if their own families get hurt in the process.

    The republican party is amoral and un-American.

    I agree that the Politico article is a sham. We will not be fooled and are prepared to fight even harder than we did in 2008. Even in trying to hoodwink folks with this so-called admission of republican angst over the President’s strength, it was riddled with subtle digs.

    All I can say is despicable.

    Sorry for the rant. I’m just fed up with these liars.

  14. Good Monday Morning !!!
    Krugman again says what few other analysts say – the media is drifting more and more quickly to the right, virtually ignoring “we, the people.”
    We have to be very watchful that the GOPers don’t gain control of the internet – it and marching in the streets seem to now be the last bastions of democracy.

  15. I’m with you. We are going to have to work very hard, registering voters, raising money, phonebanking and walking our neighborhood. But I know we will be victorious.

  16. Krugman is back on my good side. For now.

    Thanks for a great mishmash BWD. Have a great day all!

  17. “As Time Goes By” brings back memories and I notice the President eyebrows and Bogart’s.
    Amazing looks.

  18. Registering new voters is going to be paramount again. Obama/Biden only won previous voters 50-49 in 2008, but won first time voters 70-30. I fully expect the GOP to be focused on registering new voters this cycle, Dems will need to match their number while getting the 200 first time voters out again.

    There should be around 5M+ 14-17 yr olds from 2008 to register and get out to the polls.

    Early and absentee voting will be a huge focus for the 2008 first time voters to get those votes banked early.

  19. Just watched the CBS early show, Erica? interviewed the Washington correspondent John?

    He was very supportive of the President’s stance in Libya. She asked what he would say to McCain and Liberman who said the President should have been stronger, and he said that WH sources said they did not want Americans wounded.

    When she asked for a reaction to McCain, Libermans advice to arm the Libyan rebels, he responded that everyone he spoke to thought that would lead to a bloodbath.


  20. President Obama’s popularity at this stage in his presidency exceeds many other presidents and he will undoubtedly be re-elected. The economy is steadily improving. His base will show up in droves. As they show up, that will buoy other Democrats who have the good sense to run with the President rather than against him. The future is so bright we have to wear shades.

    The only tough part is having to wait until November 4 and having to wage war to keep everything we’ve gained not just in the last two years, but in the last 100 as governors and the tea partiers try to turn back the clock. Can we keep our spirits up, win re-election, win back the House and beat back the regressives all at the same time?

    In this remarkable era of people-powered progress, I have no doubt that yes, we can.

  21. Saw just the headline crossing Bloomberg, but it seems Brewer has the hospitals angry with her for cutting Medicaid as the people can’t afford to come to the hospital anymore.

  22. How can anyone vote for these people? It just blows my mind.

    Fear clouds the mind and Fox News and others did a good job of preying on the fears of the people who ended up voting in massive numbers on November 2.

    That explains the people that showed up. The group that I am still trying to figure out are the folks who were galvanized in 2008 and heard the President, the First Lady and Organizing for America volunteers say, ‘we can’t do this alone, we need your help’ and it went in one ear and out the other.

    The Velma Hart demographic who have to be personally catered to in order to be enthused.

    Really Velma Hart voters? Unless you personally and specifically benefit from every piece of legislation considered, you can’t celebrate the monumentally refreshing direction that this country has been going in at home and abroad to help others?

    I hope that the war on the middle class that’s being waged by newly elected GOP governors will reach these people and permanently wake them up to the fact that the future of the country is at stake every time a vote comes up. Every single time.

  23. GOP reality check: Obama looking tougher to beat in 2012

    This comment from the Politico post is revealing and explains why the Republican Party is the biggest threat to economic recovery. Their best hope for winning back the White House is a stalled economy and high unemployment. They are doing all that they can to sabotage the recovery. How Un-American?

    But Ayres and other Republicans pointed out that there were also some numbers on their side – namely sustained joblessness and the sense among voters that the country is on the wrong track.

  24. It seems like every election, there is talk about “this is the most important election in our history.” Well, next year, because of what we are seeing happening where the Republicans are in charge, that phrase will ring true.

    And quite honestly, unless the Republicans are handed a major defeat, i.e losing the House, actually losing instead of gaining a few Senate seats, Obama winning by an even bigger margin than he did last time, and gaining back some of the state houses that were lost, we will continue in a major fight.

    The media is against us, so, as we were told by a great man in 2008, we are the ones that will have to make sure things change. We are the ones we are waiting for.

    This is going to be a dirty fight. I hate to use militaristic terminology, but this really is a war for the soul of this nation. Will we be a nation that the founders dreamed of, one where the government focuses on providing for the common welfare, or one that is purely there to fawn at the feet of corporate power?

    It startes now. Actually it started last November. It is time to start shaming media. Look at your local papers and see how much coverage they gave to the marches and protests on Saturday. Then go back and see what they gave to Beck’s Washington rally. Write LTE’s complaining baout the lack of coverage.

    Check out how they are explaining what is happening, not only in Wisconsin, but everywhere. Are they missing the real issues? If so, correct it.

    Go on the websites and put out the truth in the comment sections. If lies and mistruths or half-truths are left out there uncontested, they become reality to people.

    Too many people didn’t fight back against the lies during the HCR debate, and some of that is still believed.

    It is up to each one of us. I have made a personal promise to myself to write either a LTE or write a least on comment on my local paper’s website every day from here on.

    It may start as a single drop of water, but it can turn into a flood.

  25. Way to go Japa

    If you would feel comfortable sharing them here, others would be inspired and this would help those of us who “aren’t sure what to say”.

    Wouldn’t it be great if this blog was just chock full of LTE and supportive comments.

    The energy here is just so cool.

  26. Just assume the media is part of the opposition in 2012. The internet is the only true media. Organize, register new voters, stand with the unions, let the message get out there. The media only picks up a story after it happens, be the story and make them follow.

  27. Happy Monday, Everyone!

    (I’m following my strategy of greetings before reading posted comments, as I always take so long to get back down the thread.) Thanks for today’s mishmash, BWD! After reading Krugman’s I took a peak at the first 10-12 comments and was pleasantly surprised that the comments were to the point and lacking in venom. (When I go away from ‘home’ I usually stick to the article in order not to expose my psyche to the ‘nasties’ out there.) I found it telling that more than one writer admitted that they don’t really need the MSM.

    Enjoy your day!

  28. One factor in the 2008 elections that is sometimes overlooked is the third party phenomenon. We all know how much ader impacted the 2000 election, specially in Florida.

    But I can tell you that in Illinois it also had an impact. My representative lost but just over 200 votes. The Green Party candidate received well over 2,000. The same thing in the Illinois Senate race. The Green Party candidate received far more votes than the difference between Kirk and Alexi Plus, it almost cost the governor’s race as well.

    I understand people thinking a third party is a good thing, and it frequently is. But when the consequences are so great, it is important to realize just what the consequences are. Again, it may be the old “both parties are the same” thinking, but hopefully that has been proven totally false in most people’s eyes.

    A key in 2012 will be getting those voters to vote Dem, while at the same time not being condescending about it.

  29. Yes, and we absolutely must be focused upon returning as many Dems as is possible to state and local seats. The assault upon unions (h/t POTUS) taking place in WI wouldn’t be possible without GOP governors and state legislators. It is incredibly important to maintain focus and take the longview. The Koch brothers have done so, spending decades behind the scenes trying to convince the population that their brand of radical anarchist libertarianism makes sense. No matter that Dems swept in, in 2008, they continued to undermine President Obama’s policies at every single turn, and maintained focus.

    We can absolutely do this, and have been given a golden opportunity to make the case that Dems need to be elevated to these positions as the GOP’s agenda is unpopular and overreaching.

  30. Good Morning BWD and thank you for the morning news.
    I tried watching Cspan to see if they were going to discuss the American Protest and got upset and turned it off. I give up on the media and your post was right on time reminding us of what happen when we protested the Wars.

    We must circulate the news and not wait until 2012 to inform our friends and family or the President will not be in a good place for the reelection.

    Stay positive, hopeful and support our President.

  31. In Illinois, it will all go to the increase in the state income tax.

    And trust me, many Americans can’t connect Obama’s payroll tax holiday to anything good he’s done. But by all means, let’s continue the meme that we should slash Medicaid and jobs programs for tax cuts to the wealthy. God.

  32. These are excellent ideas, Saint Roscoe. I see that Boehner is making the rounds with a “drastic budget cuts are moral because they will ensure that our children are left with less debt” conveniently leaving out that Mr. “So Be It” couldn’t care less about whether those same children are left with an economy imploded (again!) by the GOP, and no jobs, with drastically lessened future prospects. I love your ideas about being hypervigilant and prepared for a spin war.

  33. I beg to differ. I’m at the point where we can lump together anyone who calls themselves Republican now as soulless. It is all about “I’ve got mine and eff you if you don’t.” After tanking the global economy with their casino antics, anyone who has not returned to belief in common sense regulation to protect the world’s economy is only in it for themselves.

    All of these governors are giving tax cuts to the wealthy and to corporations and are paying for it with cuts which decimate real people.

  34. There’s a loss of focus IMO. Rather than focusing so intently on horse races, etc., I think that the media could do a whole lot more to educate voters about the differences between the parties and what they could expect with the GOP in charge. Everything that the GOP is doing now, was out in the open and promised. It’s simply that massive misinformation led to a lot of confusion, particularly in the case of swing voters.

  35. Here’s the thing about registering voters. Just because they register doesn’t meant they’re going to a)vote and b) vote the way we want. Look at Ohio. They registered record numbers of voters and oops. It just ain’t enough to register voters.

  36. It’s amazing, how the GOP sees their good fortune via the suffering of Americans. And have no plans to really ease that suffering, as is demonstrated by the House’s total indifference to job creation (“so be it”–Boehner, upon hearing that the GOP’s budget proposal would result in the loss of millions of jobs).

    Word is spreading about these guys. We have to just keep it up; yes we can!

  37. I plan to tell every voter I see that Rob McKenna (running for Gov in WA) is just like Scott Walker. Runs as a moderate until he gets into office and then yikes. I think it’s going to be an easy sell.

  38. Great idea; we have to be ready as well. A lot of people in this space have expressed a desire to be part of a positive solution, re: letters to the editor, letters to reporters who publish excellent work. We can be part of the truthtelling and positive messaging as well IMO.

  39. The Republicans are underhanded

    We’ll also be fighting the professional lefty firebag “pouters”. You know, the ones that did not get EVERYTHING they wanted and will continually talk about Guantanamo, the health care law, that Obama did not put on tennis shoes and protest in WI, that he did not lock Bush/Cheney in a cell and throw away the key, that he’s weak, has no balls (like Hillary does) etc etc etc.

  40. I’ve learned that straw polls are a joke. McCain consistently lost straw polls with approximately 2% of the vote for months and months leading up to the primaries. Look what happened. They’re a waste of time to even read.

  41. I’m almost certain that Nader will rear his ugly head again and run for president. The firebaggers will back him and rail against anything Obama. I think this will be intentional; they don’t give a damn about Nader and just want to help the GOP.
    We need to keep our eye on the ball and not let our guard down.

  42. In keeping with the new site convention of uplifting the positive rather than focusing only on areas of disagreement, I sent an email of thanks and kudos to Paul Krugman.

  43. “Go on the websites and put out the truth in the comment sections. If lies and mistruths or half-truths are left out there uncontested, they become reality to people.”

    Thank you, thank you, thank you Japa! While some people may think that doing this is a waste of time, I don’t believe it is. What’s important is that information is being left behind–whether one chooses to remain on those sites after posting comments is entirely up to him/her.

    With the level of intellect that’s displayed on this site, and those of our extended family blogrolls, we have everything we need to begin articulating what we believe in and stand for–from a proactive stance rather than reactive…

  44. They contribute to the media misinformation which proves incredibly confusing to swing voters, as well as the distraction and loss of focus which results from claims that the base has totally fractured.

    I think that spaces like this which are far more concerned with spreading the truth and giving the base a space to recharge batteries, are a HUGE part of the solution to the media challenges. Two thumbs up, everyone!

  45. EXACTLY. The media was against us in 2008, too. They are the opposition then and now. What did we learn from this? That face to face conversation is more effective than the MSM as far as messaging goes. People were engaged in 2008 and paying attention to what we had to say because the economy was in free fall and the occupation in Iraq was bleeding us dry.

    I think what happened in Wisconsin is the spark we need to get the troops energized. We didn’t have that spark in 2010. We didn’t have anything that angered people enough to pay attention.

    Let’s face it, there are plenty of Democrats who have trouble getting activated in the absence of an opponent. Now they have one and it will make a difference.

  46. MESSAGE FOR THE STATES: President Obama touches on health care, a lot, and he jokes that he hasn’t convinced everyone to “be a member of the Affordable Care Act fan club.” But on a serious note, he says that the costs of health care must be addressed.

    “We’ve decided to finally do something about it,” he says. He notes that “the job of health care reform” isn’t “complete.” He adds, “We have to implement it in a smart and non-bureaucratic way.”

    “I know that many of you have asked for flexibility in your states under this law,” he says. “In fact, I agree with Mitt Romney, who recently said he’s proud of what he accomplished in Massachusetts … in giving states power to … decide their own health care.”

    Obama adds, “We believe in that flexibility.” And he says that under the new law, if states can come up with a “better system” for health care by 2017, they can “take that route instead.” He tells the governors: “Help yourself. Go ahead. Take that route.” (11:50 a.m.)

    Obama says Romney is “right” and that not every state has the same needs on health care. “We believe in that flexibility,” he says, noting that Massachusetts and Utah already operate exchanges of their own “that are very different.”

    He says that once the new law is put in place fully, it “will do what it is designed to do.”

    Then, speaking more generally, Obama talks about unity and promises the governors that they have a “partner in the White House.” He says he’ll take their question — but after the press pool goes away. The cameramen are “dismantling real quick,” Obama notes.


  47. Good suggestions, Tao. At this point we should leave no stone unturned. I think sending letters to the media will be effective only to a certain point. But they still need to be put on notice that we’re NOT satisfied with what they’re providing. Remember, they’re used to the public accepting whatever they dole out, with no protest. I doubt that their methods of operation will change because it’s all about the profit margin with them. But it’s precisely why boycotting shows, advertisers, and products should be considered, which equals loss of revenue and an excellent way to get their undivided attention. Like you said, “Be the story and make them follow.”

  48. Unfortunately, the MSM wants to frame it as, Why hasn’t Obama gone to wisconsin, blah, blah, blah!
    It is another distraction, designed to get the left mad at POTUS- instead of the republican governors.
    Also, Governor Lepage of Maine has announced he will be presenting a bill to end workers rights, on staurday!
    The people of Maine aint gonna go for that!
    Also, watch for the distarctions!


  49. I am sure Romney is just loving all the attention Obama is giving him. Not!!

    It is almost as if Obama figures the only real serious challenge he can get in 2012 would be from Romney and he is setting it up so there is no way Romney can get the nomination.

  50. A unionized public employee, a teabagger, and a CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle of the table there is a plate with a dozen cookies on it. The CEO reaches across and takes 11 cookies, looks at the teabagger and says, “Look out for that union guy — he wants a piece of your cookie.”

  51. President Obama opened his speech to governors Monday morning by telling them all to get comfortable — but not too comfortable, especially the Republicans there.

    “I hope, today, all of you feel free to make yourselves at home,” he said at the White House. “For those of you with a particular interest in the next election, I don’t mean that literally.”

    Some of the governors sitting in the room laughed for a long time, and Obama himself chuckled at his own joke. But a few moments later, he was much more serious in telling them that the oft-derided stimulus package helped them out.

    “It is undeniable that the Recovery Act helped every single state represented in this room manage their budgets, whether you admit it or not,” he said.

    Ya think?

  52. How many Koch Brothers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? None, they like to keep the American population in the dark.

  53. (Atttention, Mark Zandi, a republican, made this equation about the house cuts):

    A new report out Monday from Moody’s Analytics economist Mark Zandi estimates that the House-passed seven-month spending bill, which cuts $61 billion in spending, would cost 700,000 jobs by the end of 2012.

    WOW! IF the dems can not use this, then they are ok with the cuts! Seriously!

  54. Just president Obams school some governors in his classy, exceptional, smart, witty, analytical way. His, “make yourself at home but don’t take that literally”, joke/real talk was priceless. I really wanted to see the question answer part but the feed ended. He is such a sample, nobody else can touch him.

  55. But, according to the Republicans, government spending doesn’t create jobs, so how can reducing government spending cause a job loss? Thus these are all phantom jobs, which is why you can say “So be it.”

  56. By Josiah Ryan
    Senators will take up previously scheduled business on Monday, including debate and votes on two judicial nominees, a complete reading of George Washington’s 6083-word farewell address and the introduction of the Patent Reform Act.

    Meanwhile, they’ll wait for the House to try to pass a two-week continuing resolution funding the government that would cut about $4 billion from current levels.

    When the Senate convenes at 2 p.m., expect senators to use a 90-minute period reserved for floor speeches to weigh in on proposed cuts in the Republicans’ measure.

    Several influential Senate Democrats have some support to the extension.

    Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), for example, called the Republicans’ short-term plan “acceptable” on Sunday; last week Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called the GOP’s plan a “modified version of what Democrat’s are already talking about.”

    The hill-

  57. Crazy isn’t it? The public is still focused on JOBS, while the d.c. Beltway ole boys clus is ONLY focused on the deficit!
    This, I think, is a mistake!

  58. kelly,
    would have loved to have been there, for the Q&A! Bet the Pubs did not want it televised! You know, they are afraid he would school them again! LOL!

  59. The president just told the governors straight to their face: “It doesn’t do anyone any good when public workers are denigrated or vilified or their rights are infringed upon.”


  60. Boehner: “so be it.”

    And jovie, I don’t think that we need to worry about Dems using the GOP’s budget and educating the public. They are already out there, on record, as opposed to the GOP’s cuts. I’m certain that the budget is not going to be a liberal paradise, because the fact of the matter is that they have to compromise somewhat with the GOP. But the source of the problem here is really obvious: the GOP and an agenda to keep Americans hurting for their political gain. When Dems were in power, we got the stimulus and auto bailouts which saved one of the largest private unions in the country. The GOP waters down and regresses everything they touch IMO.

  61. The best link we had on Wisconsin was that tax piece. I sent it to my teacher cousin in WI and she was astounded and asked why it was never explained that way before. I know she then shared it. Question is – Why aren’t the unions putting pieces out like this?

  62. Yeah, but playing defence is always easier than governing! Thus, we should be able to hit them with this!
    They certainly Would!

  63. And what about Rick enberg? He said that he was in the libyan rebel HQ, and on the wall was- Obama you are either with us or against us!
    What the fuck ever!
    These guys lie!

  64. Indeed. I often see many people saying they’re still Republicans, but they don’t recognize their party and can’t abide by what they’re doing. Well, if they’re still associating themselves with the soul-less in the Republican party, then they deserve to be lumped in with those people. Anyone still callng themselves a Republican in this day and age is tacitly endorsing everything they are doing, whether they are benefitting from those actions or not. And we all know that only two percent of the population is benefitting from Republican actions. I hope that there comes a day when people are ashamed to call themselves Republicans, and ashamed to identify themselves as a Fox employee. What they are doing goes against everything decent and good.

  65. I see what you’re talking about, jovie, in terms of Dems needing to be more coherent about this. Continuing two week extensions of $4B in budget slashes=$100B budget slash, which would be a DISASTER for the economy.

  66. Can’t you just see President Obama flashing that million dollar smile while telling those Republican governors a bit of truth?

    The Republicans in congress and the Republican governors are going for rigid ideology over what is practical and beneficial for their constituents. Maybe they all should go back and re-read their oaths of office.

    I don’t know how you can run a government when one of the parties is nuts.

  67. DCCC Targets Republicans on Abortion Rights Vote

    A day after a conservative group spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on radio ads to protect the new House Republican majority in nearly two dozen districts, Democrats are firing back.

    The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced plans Thursday morning to go after several Republicans for recently endorsing budget cuts to “restrict women’s access to legal and lifesaving health care services while preserving taxpayer subsidies for Big Oil companies.”

    It is among the first efforts linking the GOP to budget cuts aimed at Planned Parenthood. Women, of course, are a key demographic who voted in unusually high numbers for Republicans last November and could play a pivotal role in 2012.

    The Thursday attack follows another DCCC move to use the budget debate against Republicans in 50 districts earlier in the week.


    That’s what I’m talking about in terms of Dems being on top of a lot of this stuff; it just isn’t reported as widely.

  68. DCCC blog:

    Republicans Taking Even More Heat For Bad Budget Choices

    Earlier in the week, Republicans across the country were taking heat for their bad budget choices but they’re now the outrage is boiling over for making the middle class sacrifice for spending reductions while protecting taxpayer funding for special interests like Big Oil. Everyone knows we need to cut spending and reduce the deficit, but the closer American families look at the priorities in the Republican Continuing Resolution, the more they find the wrong choices [listing stories critical of the GOP’s awful leadership in this regard:]

    GOP budget cuts put NREL jobs in jeopardy [KWGN]
    The news of the appropriations bill with $61 billion in budget cuts, passed before dawn Saturday morning on the strength of the new GOP majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, has been trickling through the laboratories and work rooms at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory this week, as employers here realize their jobs, never mind their mission, are on the chopping block. […] At stake here are far more than the 600 new jobs at NREL, but those created in the private sector as a result of NREL’s research and a burgeoning industry of new energy manufacturers, providers and installers.[KWGN, 2/23/11]

    Barletta’s votes on clean air draw fire [Pocono Record]
    “Tom Jensen, director of Public Policy Polling, said the votes threaten Barletta’s future in the predominantly Democratic district he won last November. ‘For Rep. Barletta this was definitely a risky vote,’ Jensen said during a telephone news conference. ‘This is definitely one of the votes that could make Rep. Barletta a one-term congressman.’” [Pocono Record, 2/24/11]

    NH-Maine bridge funding could be budget casualty [AP]
    “WMUR-TV says New Hampshire’s two members of the U.S. House of representatives, Frank Guinta and Charlie Bass, voted over the weekend in favor of eliminating several economic recovery grants, including the one for the bridge.” [AP, 2/24/11]

    Looming Federal Cuts Could Impact Brookhaven National Laboratory [The Southampton Press]
    “Threatened cuts to the federal budget could gut Brookhaven National Laboratory, a research facility run by the U.S. Department of Energy in Upton, by potentially forcing officials to slam the doors on large-scale research facilities and axe 930 employees—a third of the lab’s staffing.” [Southampton Press, 2/23/11]

    Parents march to Buchanan’s office to protest Head Start cuts [Herald-Tribune]
    “A group of two dozen parents loaded their babies into strollers Wednesday and pushed them a mile down Orange Avenue to Congressman Vern Buchanan’s office to protest cuts to Head Start. In Sarasota County, cuts recommended by the House of Representatives would likely mean 140 fewer children receiving federally-funded day care and 32 workers losing their jobs… Later, staffers from Buchanan’s office issued a statement defending the cuts as necessary to curb deficit spending and create jobs.” [Herald-Tribune, 2/23/11]

    Schilling on Quad Cities Amtrak route: “I don’t believe it’s dead”.
    In his first interview since voting to eliminate a $230 million federal grant to build an Amtrak line from Chicago to Iowa City, U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling sat down with News 8 to discuss his decision, and how he thinks that rail service through the Quad Cities could still eventually happen. […]Schilling said he’s certain when the budget comes back to the U.S. House from the Senate, a lot of the items eliminated from the budget will return. “I don’t believe it’s dead,” he said. […] Durbin and [Sen.] Mark Kirk aren’t going to let a lot of this stuff flow through, and then it’s going to come back and then we break it down on an individual basis,” he said. “You know, that’s just how the process works.” [WQAD, 2/23/11]

    Head Start Program In Jeopardy [WTOV]
    “200,000 children’s futures hang in the balance as the largest budget cuts in Head Start’s history are being debated by members of Congress. Head Start is a program for low-income families who are trying to prepare their child for the challenges of the educational system. There are more than 426 children who will be affected and 161 Head Start staff who stand to lose their jobs within the 1st Congressional District of West Virginia.” [WTOV, 2/23/11]

    Gibson’s votes drawing protests in Kinderhook [WGXC]
    “Congressman Chris Gibson’s getting his first taste of home turf protests against his Republican majority lockstep votes to date in two separate incidents planned for Thursday, February 24 at his offices in Kinderhook and Saratoga, starting at 12 noon.” [WGXC, 2/23/11]

    Parents protest Congressman Farenthold’s office over budget cuts [Valley Central]
    “’My kids have learned a lot and if they don’t go to Head Start, I’m going to lose my job I’ll have to stay at home and who knows what’s going to happen.’ Isabel Curiel and several other mothers of kids in head start programs across the valley are taking their concerns to the office of US Congressman Blake Farenthold after learning the House of Representatives, including the Republican congressman, approved a bill which would cut discretionary funds including head start programs.” [Valley Central, 2/23/11]

    Former mayor votes to slash city funding [New Hampshire Union Leader]
    “Despite requests from Mayor Ted Gatsas and city officials to maintain funding for programs for some of the city’s poorest residents, New Hampshire’s congressional delegation has given little indication it intends to do so. Recently approved House cuts would reduce the city’s $2 million Community Development Block Grant funding by more than half this year. President Obama proposed a 7.5 percent cut to CDBG funds in his recently released 2012 U.S. budget that would result in about $155,000 less for city programs next year. On Saturday, Rep. Frank Guinta, R-Manchester, voted in favor of more than $100 billion in cuts for fiscal year 2011, including a 63 percent cut in the CDBG program. This will slash more than $2.5 billion in requests for state and local aid, and Manchester could lose up to $1 million in remaining CDBG funding. During Guinta’s two terms as mayor of Manchester, the city received more than $7.5 million in federal CDBG funds.” [Union Leader, 2/23/11]


  69. DSCC blog:

    The Hill: Florida Senate candidate admonished over ethics issue

    A Republican contender to face Florida Sen. Bill Nelson (D) may have political baggage from his time in the state Legislature.

    State Senate President Mike Haridopolos (R) has been able to capitalize on his role in early fundraising, raking in some $1 million at an event in Orlando earlier this month.

    But Haridopolos’s day job proved a liability Thursday when he was called out by the state Senate Rules Committee for failing to properly disclose his assets and income on state ethics forms, according to the St. Petersburg Times. The lawmaker failed to note a home worth $400,000 that he owns and a consulting job that earned him $120,000 from 2004 through 2008.

    While the committee admonished him, the Republican wasn’t fined because the committee considered the errors “inadvertent.”


    Democratic strategists have already started highlighting state-level issues surrounding Haridopolos. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has pointed reporters to articles on topics ranging from how much the lawmaker pays his staff to his opposition to high-speed rail.


  70. jackie, I am with you. I do not take anything for granted. The snakes in the repug party could be touting that PBO is going to be hard to beat for their own purpose.

  71. Schilling is a joke. I voted to cut the funding but don’t really want it cut and hope Durbin and Kirk put the spending back in when the Senate debates the budget. So he’s saying he puts his party over his district when he votes.

    I have a feeling a lot of these Reps will be singing that tune in 2012 – Yeah I voted that way, but I really didn’t mean it.

  72. I still have not gotten over McKenna trying to overturn health reform by joining the republican lawsuit. He is truly a skunk.

  73. WH Blog:

    Kicking Off the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit: Where Innovations in Energy Technology Are “Winning the Future

    by Dr. Arun Majumdar

    President Obama has recently been talking about his plan to “Win the Future.” Whether it’s taking steps to reform our education system, rebuilding our infrastructure, or encouraging breakthroughs in technology, the phrase is about marshaling the country’s best and brightest to solve today’s problems. As the President put it, “To win the future, we have to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world, tapping the creativity and imagination of our people.”

    The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit that kicks off today just outside of Washington, D.C. highlights the amazing ingenuity of our citizens and businesses. This annual summit showcases the most advanced and revolutionary breakthroughs in energy technology today. These aren’t base hits. They’re the potential home runs – the breakthroughs in clean energy innovation that could make it affordable to put solar panels on every house in America, put millions of electric vehicles on the road or even harness wind energy that’s miles and miles above the ground a lot sooner than you might think is possible. We’re talking about truly changing the world – and making the U.S. the global leader in clean energy technologies.

    Over the next three days, key players from academia, business and government are converging to discuss exactly how we can bring about the next Industrial Revolution in clean energy technologies. With keynote remarks from Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, Bank of America Chairman Charles Holliday, and Senators Lisa Murkowski, Lamar Alexander, and Mark Udall – the program itself promises to be a real treat. (full program)

    Stay tuned to the Energy Blog over the next few days to see exclusive video interviews, inside looks from the Technology Showcase and in-depth profiles of featured projects.

    Also be sure to follow along on Twitter, as we will be live-tweeting the events tomorrow with hash tag #ARPAE.

    Dr. Arun Majumdar is the Director of the Advanced Research Programs Agency – Energy.


    Still doing big things.

  74. LOL, exactly. A lot of these jokers are putting themselves on record as “not quite ready for primetime.” Add in the incoherence re: demanding government health benefits yet voting to repeal a law which seeks to make that quality level of benefits available to everyone in 2014—Dems are making hay.

  75. A rather laconic post from the BBC’s Libya live blog: If you’re just joining us, welcome to the BBC’s live coverage of events in Libya. In the past hour, we’ve heard directly from Col Gaddafi, who has insisted there are no protests in the capital and that he is loved by the Libyan people. Many disagree.

  76. I love it too Arizona Grandma. I will be passing this on. Some times humor can get thru when stats don’t.

  77. Funny how the old “don’t criticize the President outside our borders” only applied to Bush – but not when McCain and Lieberman are outside the country and are picked up saying something against our current President.

    Words escape me.

  78. Was in the car with my Rep. husband about hr. ago and it had Sirrus radio on Faux News. I think the host was Megan Kelly. She was interviewing a reporter covering Madison events. She introduced it by saying that yesterday he was BATTERED. He downplayed it 3 different ways & she kept on saying he was battered. When he finished the report & she wrapped up, she repeated again that he was battered. And, of course, she went on and on about how violent and angry the people were…..SICK, just plain sick and LIAR, LIAR. Am sure my husband believed every word out of her mouth and would make no effort to find out differently. I bit my tongue and shook my head. Should I have spoken up? Our sermon yesterday was on Courage. Admittedly, I must not have gotten the message since I said nothing. SIGH………

  79. Absolutely. He is so good at those things, remember when he went to the repub den and pwned them? God i love him. 😀

  80. The WH blog is such an utterly terrific resource: What Have You Learned from ARRA, Dorothy?

    by Jared Bernstein

    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act turns two years old today, thus prompting the Tin Man’s question: what have we learned from the implementation of the economic stimulus?

    Some interesting and provocative answers to that question can be found in a new report out today, entitled A New Way of Doing Business: How the Recovery Act is Leaning the Way to 21st Century Government.


    We live in an era where folks too easily expect government programs to be badly run, but one of President’s top priorities on coming to Washington was to change this expectation. And there’s only one way to do that: by running things right.

    The Recovery Act met every one of its goals on or ahead of schedule, including, most importantly, the saving or creating of 3.5 million jobs. Thousands of projects came in under budget, thus allowing for more projects to be undertaken. Tax cuts lifted the incomes of millions of families, loan guarantees reached thousands of small businesses, and investments in the future are planting the seeds of vital new industries.


    Jared Bernstein is Chief Economic Advisor to the Vice President


    Here’s the link to the report, which has a metric ton of information about the stimulus:

  81. Tea PArty (Republican) response. Of course the administration is going to say that, they always lie. And this is obviously a lie, and even if it isn’t a lie, there were plenty of bad things like…give me a minute, I’ll think of something…anyway, it is a lie, and if it isn’t a lie, that doesn’t matter because I know the facts are wrong.

  82. Somebody sent me a clip of potus academy award moment (I didn’t watch the show). I love the background noise of the audience reaction when he came on screen and he looked gorgeous (per usual). His song choice was so romantic and perfect. ❤

  83. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Confrontation is not always courageous. Quietly serving as an example of an alternative way to think might just be what your husband needs right now.

  84. I do not see anybody on the GOP chalenging PBO
    Intellectually or Phicically this man looks stunning! To the GOP bring it on.
    Stay focus people on the prize, yes we can.

  85. LOL, so utterly true until…oops…their behavior comes back to haunt them (h/t alma@wsy again, they find so much good stuff!)

    Letter to the Wisconsin Republicans From a Conservative Prison Guard

    I just wanted to voice my extreme displeasure to all who voted for Walker’s Budget Repair bill!!!!! Do any of you know who is affected and what they really do for a living and what they make? I know that you all can’t possibly believe in your hearts that this is the best thing for the state of Wisconsin!! Why then are you all following like little lambs??? I just don’t get it!!


    Walker excluded Police and Firefighters because they are Public Safety workers. WHAT THE HELL DO YOU CALL MY JOB???? I don’t think I get paid a grotesque wage at $40k/yr. It’s not the private sector that has complained about my pay or benefits.


    “But, but, but, but…I thought that you were just targeting those other people for economic misery, not me and my kind, how dare you, GOP…”

    This Wisconsin story is just a goldmine; people need to wake up and realize that we’re all in this together. The unions which endorsed Walker yet are now standing with the protesters really seem to get this and it is so gratifying to witness!

  86. Suddenly, everybody but the wealthiest are starting to realize that they are all “others” to Republicans.

  87. sorry it was a email vlc file formatted. there is a clip on youtube but the uploader muted the applause in the back ground. if i get another file with the original i will absolutely post it. 🙂

  88. This is indeed good news. Unfortunately, she has 3+ years left. That woman is an idiot, a dangerous idiot.

  89. I’m with you Jackie. We have seen that they will stop at nothing to hold power, and to wield it on behalf of the corporations and the wealthy.

    I am worried though. With Citizens United and this fight to break the Unions prior to the election….. I think it is a strategy to make the Unions spend money now so they won’t have it in 2012.

  90. Trying to be hopeful, LL. There are still 3 constituencies that have recounts ongoing, so the final tally isn’t in just yet. Fine Gael has taken over 70 seats so far out of 165, and might get to 77. They needed 83 to form a government without a coalition and won’t make it, and are already in talks with labor, who have 36 seats so far. Tons of Indys got in and Sinn Fein surprised all with 13 so far and maybe up to 15/16 before it is over. SF is playing a long game and positioning themselves very well for the next election. Fianna Fail was wiped out and are delusional about recovering for the next election. The Greens who refused to walk out of the FF coalition ended up with no one elected. A punishing election.
    Talks start in Europe next week and Ireland hopes we will survive.

    The funny part is that if FG and Labor do form a coalition, there are not enough chairs on the government side of the Dail to hold them all. It’s kind of like everyone running to the same side of the boat. I don’t know how they will reposition the deck chairs between the opposition side and the government side.

  91. I think in order to register and run for office as a Republican you must hand over your soul. I think it is a requirement. 🙂

  92. It is very hard to confront people in your own family. My brother worked for Bush II. I had a hard time not picking up the phone and screaming at him. But he is my brother and I love him, I just don’t like his politics. We agree to disagree and leave it at that. Continue to quietly do all you are doing. You will know when it is the right time for you to speak up. It may never be. Good luck and continue to get your strength from this wonderful place.

  93. But he’s a skunk that a lot of Democrats will vote for because he’s considered moderate and because he ruled in favor of Gregoire. They think he’s pretty okay. And since the AG’s office has been a springboard for the Governor’s office before, why not again? Worked out well last time.

    McKenna plays the long game. He’s wanted to be Governor for a very long time. But he knows he can’t win in King County without the support of the Democrats. It’s just very unsettling to me how many Democrats are willing to give him a pass for one thing he did. That’s why attaching him to Scott Walker can be effective. It can shake those lazy Dems out of their willingness to trust McKenna.

  94. Miss Muffet Brewer is a mere puppet with Russell Pearce and corporate $$ pulling her strings.

  95. Same in AZ, we had a Green candidate and a Libertarian running in the Gov race who siphoned votes from Terry Goddard. After only one disastrous debate with the other three candidates, little Janie Brewer hid behind the “Headless horseman of Sleepy Hollow” and let Goddard duke it out with the other two candidates alone.

    She had it made in the shade. If it had just been Goddard running against her she would have had to continue debating with him or look even more of a pure’D’fool than she actually is.

  96. I am so sending this viral to everyone I know. It’s an LOL but so very true, as well.

  97. TrumpDog I am with you on this. If Nada runs
    they will definitely vote for him. Of course
    we also have to worry about the Green Party.

    The thing that drives me nuts about this is
    that neither the Naderites or the Greens have
    a chance of winning. To think they would vote for either of those candidates, knowing the stakes are, is shameful.

    Of course I can hear many of them saying what is the difference? Obama’s a republican.

    It makes me want to scream.

  98. WIW, Two days ago on TPV, I made a point of playing up the great email list you have on your site. I put it on favorites.
    ps. I was able to sign in as anonymous.

  99. I see you have been a busy beaver. I also signed the petition to recall Walker. Not that it will count, but I would love for there to be thousands of voices expressing their dislike of him.

  100. desertflower, I have heard and have read about this man. He is rich and black. Obama becomes president so the repugs hire a black man named Steele. Can they be so stupid as to think that all blacks are the same? Yup!

  101. The media should be ashame they can focus on Charlie Sheen, but they can’t report on the Wisconsin protester.

  102. I loved it when he went to their den and owned them. I watched that like 20 times cracking up. President Obama is really smart, smarter than al of them combined 🙂

  103. I agree. It’s a distraction – nothing else. And making light of a possible serious mental illness is highly inappropriate. If Sheen was suspected of having cancer his illness would not be used as a form of “entertainment” for the MSM.

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