159 thoughts on “Go Dem Rapid Response!

  1. progressiveforobama2012 Happy 4th of July.

    A lot of the remaining PL faction (on gos) really got happy at the administration for once.

    They actually outright praised “obama and the DOJ”. that government taking action was a big deal.

    With DADT repeal certification coming and President Obama standing strong against the republicans wanting the rich to get richer, a lot of the bashers on the left should quiet gradually.

    The only PL blogger i see on daily kos today is bobswern. The rest of dailykos is very positive today.

    Therefore, whenever someone from the left bashes the president particularly, push back HARD. We have to do mass responses to conyers and other staffers when that happens. They will back off like rachel maddow did.

    I am confident we can make the PL retreat into the shadows. The DOJ action and our mass responses show it is working 🙂

  2. Why won’t CNN pick this up and play it for free?

    They play all of romneys lying ass ads!

  3. Shared it on twitter. Romney doesn’t care: he thinks he can lie, voters are too stupid. Facts don’t matter. Recession is actually over; economy recovering. The graphs of jobs lost under Bush and added under President Obama should be posted everywhere (the bikini graph)

  4. Yep he is counting on folks not paying attention.. republicans having been winning on that concept for far far far too long. This is the end of that, we end it.

  5. The Buchamann effect.

    As Buchmann poll numbers strengthen, it will drag Mittens to the unacceptable far right.

  6. Ye Gads! When is this man going to drop out? Will we be subject to his empty-headed comments for the whole of the coming year?

    Love the circus music! Appropriate indeed!

  7. Oh Mitt!! I do love that music. This is just the beginning, love to the rapid response team!

  8. I just LOVE Dem Rapid Response. They are incredibly quick. This is the stuff that just wasn’t there in 2012.

    Going to give them some Twitter love,

  9. You know, I bet it’s a pretty easy job to find the next one to run, and the next and the next. 🙂

    Lots of “I didn’t say……..” material out there.

  10. In non-Mitten news, I just want to highly recommend Alexandra Pelosi’s documentary, “America Through the Eyes of Immigrants: A 50 State Road Trip”. It premieres tonight on HBO at 9. For some reason CNN got permission to air it this afternoon, which I caught by accident. It is heartwarming, emotional, beautiful, well worth your time.

  11. Mittens is a nobody. Harry Reid says “he doesn’t know who he is”

    and keep in mind he is the strongest nominee there is.

    The GOP field is………..

  12. They’re irrelevant.

    They put everything the had into John Edwards in 2007/8 and he scored a paltry 17% of the vote in New Hampshire. 4 years earlier, when no one like Edwards, he got 12% of the vote in New Hampshire.

    This was a great test case. They have no influence, not even in a primary.

    This is why they’re not the base. Because if they were the base, then their candidate (Edwards) would have won New Hampshire.

    I keep ignoring them until the day they can claim an electoral ballot accomplishment.

  13. oops, I need to clean may glasses. all the fonts are starting to look alike.


  15. On twitter today it was said that somebody should make a pair of flip flops with his picture on the soles. HA!

  16. Good on the Rapid Response Team. Love, love, LURVE the “Carnival Barker” music… 8)

  17. Joan he’s not going to drop out. Actually he will be the GOP nominee to face PBO and his VP pick will be Michelle Bachmann. You heard it here first. YIIIKES!!!

  18. Yes, Mittens is a LYING idiot that flip/flops, but you have to remember the MSM and the delusional electorate and Supreme Court elected G.W.Bush twice. Never take anything for granted. The media will facilitate the LIES of Romney and Bachmann even though they are perfectly incompetent.

  19. Folks its going to come down to wether the media will be able to mask his incompetence and lies well enough to deceive the public. That is where we will play a big part educating the public anyway we can.

  20. Exactly. We will have to bring the media along kicking and screaming if that’s what it takes.

    Remember this guy has to debate the president. His lies will not be buried. He is insufferable.

  21. the President just gave his remarks at the 4th of July barbecue at the WH. The next performance is at 8:15 with the USO concert followed by the fireworks at 9PM

  22. I love the idea behind the rapid response, but I think they’d be better off using the graphs and proving that it is turning around, in addition to exposing Romney. This way they repeat too often the idea that the economy isn’t turning around. People not paying full attention, or waiting until the end may still come away with the impression Romney wants to give.

  23. Greetings BWD Family

    I hope you are all enjoying this special day.

    Here is a video clip of our President showing once again what a strong, intelligent and thoughtful leader he is.

    I accidentally posted this on an earlier post, am somewhat dingy today.

  24. Nation’s largest teachers union endorses Obama re-election!!!!!!!!!!!

    You gotta laugh at them endorsing so early, because you know the idea of a President Bachmann or Romney would decimate the teachers in this country.

    (CNN) – A year earlier than usual, the nation’s largest teachers union on Monday endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012.

    The National Education Association, which represents 3.2 million teachers and administrators, approved the recommendation from its political action committee at its annual meeting in Chicago.

    Obama “shares our vision for a stronger America,” NEA President Dennis Van Roekel said in a statement issued by the group. “He has never wavered from talking about the importance of education or his dedication to a vibrant middle class.”


    The NEA statement said the organization usually waits until the summer of an election year to endorse a candidate. This year, it did so earlier than normal “in order to provide early and strong support to help ensure the election of a candidate who is on the side of students and working families.”


  25. Very cool, it would be great to line up dozens of endorsements before the Republican conventions. I am so glad they are keeping the heat on and hitting the ground running.

  26. Yesterday I posted about buying American, and posted a site that had lists of American made products. Several folks pointed out that the site had a slam on Obama.

    Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention, I am a site skimmer and had totally missed it.

    Today I wanted to find an alternate site that wasn’t attacking to the president.

    I found this site


    Here is a quote from the about page
    “This site is not about Red States, or Blue States, it is about one big Red White and Blue Nation. Back when our brave men and women went off to fight the war to end all wars, I doubt they ever envisioned we would loose the battle in our stores, when they fought so hard to win on the battle field.”

    This is a better reference if you want to encourage others to buy American.

  27. Bachmann is due for a great unraveling. Too many weirdo and troubling aspects to her story, too many discrepancies which are starting to be reported upon. There’s the Medicaid clientele and the farm subsidies and the obviously self-hating husband who calls gays “barbarians who need to be disciplined and educated”, news that his Christian counseling biz is not licensed by any state mental health board, all the contradictory info given about those 23 foster girls they “raised”, some for a week or two, wanted only unwed mothers but got supposedly all teenage girls with eating disorders, received the higher reimbursement because their home was supposedly a “treatment center”—-ay yi yi, and Michelle telling a crowd that her husband wins all the arguments in keeping with her perception of herself as a submissive partner. She’s a mess. Even with the tea party, I don’t see how all her issues get ignored. The Repub Party is nuts, but I think they will find a way for her to fall by the wayside.

  28. Marist poll only 58% aware that America got it’s independence in 1776!


  29. REPUBLICAN PARTY – Majority Leader Eric Cantor:

    After six months in the majority in the House of Representatives the Republican Party has introduced ZERO JOBS BILLS.

    DEMOCRATIC PARTY – Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi:

    “Make It In America Initiative”

    Make it in America is a legislative initiative from House Democrats to revitalize manufacturing in America, create new good-paying jobs, and make our nation more secure. By rebuilding our manufacturing sector—which was hit particularly hard during the Bush Administration when America lost nearly a third of its manufacturing jobs—we can create the high-skill, high-wage jobs of the future while promoting American competitiveness, innovation, and exports. When we Make it in America, we create jobs to lead the world economy. This effort builds on House Democrats’ actions to create jobs and grow the economy and focuses on investing in key priorities while cutting wasteful spending.


  30. Nothing but crickets from the media…….


    Last year, House Republicans unveiled their “Pledge to America”–making grand promises to the American people. They stated on page five of their “pledge”:

    A plan to create jobs, end economic uncertainty, and make America more competitive must be the first and most urgent domestic priority of our government.

    Today marks 177 days, six full months, of Republican control of the House of Representatives but Americans are still waiting on what Democrats agree should be our “most urgent domestic priority”–jobs. Instead of moving legislation to create jobs, Republicans have passed bills that actually destroy jobs. In fact, the only votes taken in the last 177 days to create jobs have been on Democratic bills, which were either voted down by Republicans or which Republicans voted against even considering:

    The Democratic Whip’s office has put together a chart on even more failures by House Republicans to live up to their promises:

    The chart is a must see. It details what the GOP said and what the GOP did. Check out the chart here:


  31. Not to be a pedant, but the US didn’t gain it’s independence in 1776. It declared it in that year, but still had to fight a little war to secure it. It didn’t secure its independence until the Treaty of Paris was signed and ratified, 1783-1784.

    But, still, that only 58% of Americans know that 1776 is a significant date in US history is a bit depressing.

  32. I’m a political junkie and I write blogs for OFA. It is my job to know what’s going on in the political world, and Romney is causing me to despair.

    I literally do not know what he thinks about President Obama’s effect on the economy. I’m not saying that for effect or as hyperbole. I honestly do not know his position. Every time I turn around he’s changed it. I expect by this time tomorrow he will have changed it again. And I still won’t know what’s going on because I don’t even know what position he’s changing FROM.

  33. Thank you WIW i found the same adittude, thank you because i am into buy america, since our manufacturing his coming back i want to contribute.

  34. I love our President. Happy Fourth of July to one and all. I love you too.

  35. This is good news, and I hope it makes a difference in how teachers affiliated with this organization vote in 2012. I was a member of NEA for the 33 years that I taught even though it could only operate as a professional organization in GA. I found that many of the teachers at my school who were “conservatives,” joined the Professional Association of GA Educators (PAGE,) which had nowhere near the political clout or financial resources that NEA does. I remember one of the “conservative” teachers getting into some kind of trouble on the job and finding that PAGE was unable, and unwilling, to help him at all. The NEA dues were more, but the organization could be depended upon to go to bat for a teacher if he/she needed it.

  36. More than that, they didn’t know that it was independence from England!! Sorry state of affairs.

  37. Keep her in the house:) More dogs go missing from running away in fear on this day more than any other.My Great Dane isn’t afraid, but I had a Border Collie that was terrified! Scared to death of thunder and lightening, too.Keep those darlings safe…

  38. Romney has always been a pathetically lying SOB.

    I bet my house that he had been made aware of the nutcase from my district, MN 6th, Michelle Bachmann, there is a new poll showing her leading Mittens in NM and running at 11% in NH, probably got the ultimate flip flopper, Willard Romeny going bat poop again.

    The guy is so into wanting to be president that he is about to do, say whatever, contratict himself, several times while being ever so rejected by the teabaggers.

    But sorry Mittens, the relgious rightwingers, are simply not into you, no matter how much you try.

    June 7, 13, 24 27/27 and now, July 4th the Mitto is still twisting in the wings.

    What a fakery.

  39. The Republican base wants a bomb thrower – Palin was that, Trump rocketed in the polls because of the garbage he was throwing and now Palin fills that niche.

    Mitt also will not appear in the next debate because it isn’t televised nationally. Me thinks he’s taking Nevada voters for granted. However it was postponed because organizers Americans for Tax Reform – the Grover Norquist outfit – is waiting for Rick Perry to make his decision.

  40. It was low level stuff, the hacked tweets sounded like they were written by high schoolers trying to sound official but failing at it.

  41. Yea, well…those high schoolers are going to learn a thing or two they don’t talk about in class. They will NOT be happy, piss poor joke or not.

  42. Good Night Everyone. Here is my humble attempt at producing a video.

  43. What a beautiful way to end the day. Thank you donna dem. Good night all, and …….

    We’re all In it to Win, Obama/Biden 2012!

  44. Great video and song. He can count on me. Still find it hard to believe that he is not universally loved: such a fine man.

  45. Thanks for reminding me about that,jovie! I have calling McCain on my “to do list” tomorrow and I’ll add THIS to my rant…this and the fact that he thinks Americans don’t want to see compromise on the budget. That man has lost any marbles he may have had. The man is certifiable.Will be MORE than happy to have this discussion as well…:)

  46. Yea. Me too. What makes me the sickest though, is not so much the vile crap that comes pouring out of her mouth, but the idiots that believe it.

  47. Thank you Donna for such a beautiful video. It’s a keeper ……. and I did.

  48. 2nd quarter earnings for wall street through the roof. S$P expected to gain 13.6%. To give you an idea.
    Gee, more money to sit on. Unreal!

  49. Murdoch’s empire is still in trouble over his employees’ phone hacking in England, this time hacking into a 13 year-old girl’s phone; she had gone missing and was found murdered. Turns out they also deleted her phone messages during the hack:

    Milly Dowler phone hacking: Cameron condemns News of the World
    PM calls phone-hacking revelation ‘shocking’ and ‘a truly dreadful act’ as police reportedly meet News of the World chiefs


  50. Democrats still don’t get it. Sure I’m pleased with rapid response. But how about Democrats start setting the narrative instead of always being on the defensive?

    Republican lies still fill the background noise. There is no CW that Obama changed the course of Republicans which sent us into an economic catastrophe. That Obama REVERSED that tide. That Obama’s policies have grown this economy and added jobs consistently for months and months.

    No — Romney says Obama made things worse and that’s what fills the background noise of what people who aren’t engaged believe. And Democrats respond.

    CW should be that Obama stopped the economic freefall. That Obama’s policies have turned the economy around, and did it against Republican treasonous obstruction of historical proportions. THAT should be what Americans believe.

    Instead we’re happy with rapid Democratic response. I really would like to see Democrats lead on what fills background noise. That would require that no Democrats bash this President. that Democrats unite around a serious message and that there be no Democrats who refute that. At least the vast majority of them.

    We have to stop laughing at Michele Bachmann. Her outlandish message that the dollar is not worth what it was in 2008. GOS had a nice, long explanation of why that wasn’t true, laughing at her stupidity all the way. The same damned pattern, over and over. It doesn’t matter what the long explanation is. Michele Bachmann understands how to plant the seeds that become CW: Obama’s taking your money. Wrap it in tax cuts for the rich and confound many Americans into thinking that if those tax cuts are eliminated, it will come out of their pockets.

    It’s simple: Obama’s taking your money. Do you honestly think the unengaged ‘independent’ is going to listen to some convoluted explanation?

    Here’s another thing that drives me insane: I know the economy has not been as robust as it should have been. Frankly, 1/3 tax cuts in the stimulus is the reason things are not as robust but Obama did the best he could. But I look around Chicago and I wonder how bad it really is: Apple stores are packed. The employee of the guy who cuts my neighbor’s lawn has a better cell phone than I do. Video games, computers are in the hands of many lower to middle class Americans. Electronic toys everywhere. Hundreds of dollars spent at ballparks (another pet peeve of mine — professional sports). Yet we hear we’re on the brink of another Depression: this is what Americans believe as they check Facebook and Twitter on their cell phones in traffic.

    Conventional wisdom, people: the Republicans own it. This has to change.

  51. Okay, I hate to get personal, but Bachmann’s husband is just creepy, with a creepy, whiny voice. He creeps me out.

    Bachmann’s first sputter on the job training money they took from the government: Ready for this? ‘It went to the workers, not to us.’


    Now Democrats should be deriding her every time they open their mouths on that one. Instead, we wait for something equally stupid and we ‘respond’. How about driving the narrative on how a U.S. Congresswoman doesn’t understand the fundamentals of government dollars at work. A tax accountant who doesn’t understand that a higher income tax rate on those making $250,000 will only be the higher rate on the amount OVER $250,000, NOT the whole income (she said that whopper last year). If she doesn’t understand the fundamentals of her original profession, how can we trust her in higher office?

  52. She was on Bill Maher last week. The first words out of her mouth were, in essence, I’m here to NOT bash Obama, since that’s all you people did the first half hour of the show.

  53. In the same poll, 20% weren’t sure who we defeated in the War of Independence.

    This is what we’re up against.

  54. I really love the ‘economic uncertainty’ line. First of all , investors LOVE uncertainty. After all, Eric Cantor is betting against the U.S. by shorting treasury bills in his investments. That’s betting FOR uncertainty.

    Un-effing believable.

  55. donna, I am beginning this day with your beautiful video playing in my head and heart. What a treasure! I wish to return to it every day. I hope you will post it everywhere possible. Thank you.

  56. You hit this out of the park and I couldn’t have said it better.

    Democrats failed in 2010 because they didn’t have a message. The Republicans did … however warped and untrue. They are the used car salesman of politics while Democrats are the local Ferrari salesmen. One can unload a craptacular piece of junk while the other sits back and waits for the “right” customer to show up.

    Nicely said.

  57. I’m going to nitpick here: the DNC ad does fine at pointing out the flip flop, but how about showing what the administration has accomplished as well?

    That chart showing job losses under Bush and job growth under the Obama administration. And haven’t we created as many jobs in 18 months as Bush created in 8 years after tax cuts?

    Don’t just take shots at Romney — show why he’s lying.

  58. Methinks that Frank Rich deserves some twitter/ email response today, with his offensive article about the Prez! Why are these folks sonegative obssessive about the President?

  59. George Lakoff. Is there any earthly reason he isn’t on the DNC payroll?

    At least read his articles on how to frame a progressive message. I’m talking to you, DWS.

  60. LOL. The money quote

    If the Obama administration had created 240 to 280 million jobs, the unemployment crisis would have been solved several times over, and America would have so many jobs that it would need to start employing workers from all over the world just to fill all the available positions.

    What a buncha maroons & clowns these rethugs are.

  61. I agree with you, Faith, but I also think you way overestimate the average voters ability to handle more than one message at a time. Flip-flop, easy. Flip-flop plus proof might get a little too much for them to handle. They like soap opera news, give them that. Economics and charts they find boring. It also becomes more us vs them. Better to keep it short, sweet and clean = he lies, he flip-flops, etc.

  62. I agree with you. I saw him in person and Los Angeles and thought he was wondeful.

  63. Proof positive not to let them anywhere near governing. I was glad to see Velshi have WTF? moment. Will they pay attention NOW!!!???? When’s the next R debate? Dying to see that!

  64. Okay, Faith, my suggestion is if you want DWS to hear that very excellent message, then call the DNC say so. (202) 863-8000

  65. I hear ya!

    Stop reactin’, bein’ “on the defensive”; do some proactin’, bein’ “on the offensive!”

    So, how do WE “get through” to them to change it?

    They’re on Twitter…@DWStweets, @woodhouseb, @nancypelosi, @RepSteveIsrael, @guycecil, @senmurraypress, @senatorreid, @chuckschumer, @thedemocrats, @dccc, @dscc, @askdems, @governoromalley, @demgovs

    Are you?

    By the way, you’re our “Frank Luntz!” 😉

    And, what are your thoughts about this?

    Senate Republicans strike back at President… http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/06/30/senate-republicans-strike-back-at-president/

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
    I’M IN…FIRED UP & GOIN’! 😉

  66. Actually, I just called them myself and delivered that very excellent idea and the person who took my call agreed, and indicated that he’d pass it on to DWS. They also suggested I call OFA with that idea, which I did and the very nice message-taker thought it was a great idea, too. Said she’d pass it on.

  67. Not to go after any particular site or individual, but I suspect one reason so many people supposedly supportive of the President turned aggressively against him is because they experienced a period — the 2006 and 2008 elections — in which they were collectively empowered by righteous anger and their combined, more-or-less united voice.

    Vanquish their “enemy” and put someone else in power and… you suddenly need to have something else going for you, or risk sliding into irrelevancy.

    The irony is that many of these online commentators and left-leaning pundits used to decry Washington’s conventional wisdom, its “village” that supposedly spent a great deal of time talking to itself and echoing its own views (and being shaped by personal connections between individuals) and the perceived exaltation of “talking heads” of questionable wisdom or even experience and background over people who actually knew what they were talking about. And, of course, a tendency to promote one viewpoint over all others, and to promote a “narrative” detrimental to the leading champions of… name your favorite party or political position.

    The irony, of course, is that one: Post-election, the blogosphere seemed to have its own cyber-village.

    And two: Everyone empowered by their aggression, their connections and the online narrative needed either to find a way to sustain that environment and that business model, or to find some other way to be relevant.

    The latter option is not as easy as it seems. How many people, six months ago, could have told you with absolute certainty that Osama bin Laden would never be found, could never be found, and any military and intelligence attempts to find him were essentially a wild goose chase?

    A lot of people opine — extensively, and with absolute confidence and authority — on subjects they know next to nothing about.

    So, if you’re not particularly connected to the people making things happen — either in Washington, or elsewhere — Main Street, Wall Street, Silicon Valley, Hollywood, Bollywood, Name Your Location — and your skills or fame or ongoing accomplishments will not draw attention in themselves…

    What then?

    Well, one thing that can empower a commentator is to have a following that perceives you as brilliant, listens to you out of a perception that you are a great bellwether of what’s really happening, and then to make your complete support of the leader of a national movement contingent on the meeting of certain ever-changing conditions. That way, people can log in and find out the latest answer to the ever-pressing question: Has ____ moved closer to endorsing (Obama/America/puppies/sunshine/hope) or further away? And why?

  68. I have blasted him on twitter twice. Another rich, fat, jealous white boy who cannot figure out why he cannot be President. I’ll quote Eugene as I am loathe to do: PBO is rich, smart, good-looking and President of the U.S-get over it! I think that fits the bill.

  69. Good Morning BWD family

    So wonderful to read your responses, watch Donna’s terrific video, and follow the informative links.

    Donna’s video was so great it made me create anew category on my video database page “inspirational” videos.

    So I could use suggestions for more of these videos – there is the one that took all the pictures from BWDs I am grateful post and made a video, there are proable many others. so post them here and i will snatch them up for the blog.

    Watching one of these each day will keep us inspired and help others see what a wonderful man our President is.

  70. Thanks.

    Democrats believe that the truth should be enough. They very rarely think about how that message is being perceived.

    We have been dismissive of the soundbite mentality. We can easily lament that our audience isn’t engaged, isn’t interested in details. But that’s what we have: an electorate where 20% are ‘unsure’ who we defeated in the Revolutionary War.

    Let’s be clear: we need to find a way to communicate to these people.

  71. Soooo – we get on the phone, write a letter, send an email, tweet and facebook our elected officials to do what President Obama stated – leaders are going to have to lead.

  72. How about let’s make it this simple:

    Billionaires pay dues for COUNTRY CLUB benefits but refuse to pay due for COUNTRY benefits. Dues ARE benefits – pay up!!!

  73. Santorum is low hanging fruit. He’s a non-entity. Use that same journalistic vigor to go after Romney or hell look into the Norquist pledge garbage and I’ll be more impressed.

  74. I subscribed to WiW so I never miss anything she’s done. Her search feature rules, too. You can find all kinds of stuff on any given topic that can be used to illustrate any discussion.

  75. At this point, every reoub candidate must be attacked for all their gaffes. Who knows what idjit the nutters will choose as their candidate.

  76. I have been spending the last two days with my Kenyan clients in India. Yesterday, I took them to a shopping mall and they were surprised to see vendors Obama T-shirts there. I told them I am an Obot and they were pleased as a punch.

    Tomorrow, I will show them the bwd’s site in my laptop and tell them what a bigger nutter she is. 🙂

  77. That’s been my commitment for a few months. I’ve made a lot of enemies over there, which I take as a badge of honor. What I’ve found works best is to post links that directly refute the lies, or to post something true and appalling about the FDL Mafia. Most of the heat is coming from people who are carrying water for Jane Hamsher and her Primary Obama campaign, and they’re not really brave enough to stick around and fight for what they say they believe. I think I’m doing some good with the people who just get excited and follow the pack – I’ve gotten some positive response. People do get caught up in emotional shitstorms, and I think all they need is a respite, a few facts, and they’re thinking again.

  78. I admit to not tweeting yet. I honestly have very little time to learn it right.

    I email. I call. I talk to people. I try to engage the wavering in my circle of people and listen to their concerns. I am going to handwrite a letter each week (those are the ones that get read first, I hear).

  79. George Lakoff (2/19/11)


    —Dedicated to the peaceful protestors in Wisconsin, February 19, 2011

    The central issue in our political life is not being discussed. At stake is the moral basis of American democracy.

    The individual issues are all too real: assaults on unions, public employees, women’s rights, immigrants, the environment, health care, voting rights, food safety, pensions, prenatal care, science, public broadcasting, and on and on.
    Budget deficits are a ruse, as we’ve seen in Wisconsin, where the Governor turned a surplus into a deficit by providing corporate tax breaks, and then used the deficit as a ploy to break the unions, not just in Wisconsin, but seeking to be the first domino in a nationwide conservative movement.
    In the 2008 campaign, candidate Obama accurately described the basis of American democracy: Empathy — citizens caring for each other, both social and personal responsibility—acting on that care, and an ethic of excellence. From these, our freedoms and our way of life follow, as does the role of government: to protect and empower everyone equally. Protection includes safety, health, the environment, pensions and empowerment starts with education and infrastructure. No one can be free without these, and without a commitment to care and act on that care by one’s fellow citizens.

    The conservative worldview rejects all of that.


  80. I think what you’ll see in the next few months is President Obama in control of the narrative, despite what the MSM wants. He’s so savvy about getting airtime when he wants it – think Donald Trump and Paul Ryan, and the news about OBL and the destruction of more and more AQ leadership.

    By the end of this year the Republicans will own joblessness, the economic tsunami, tax cuts only for the rich and powerful, and piss-poor governance. He’ll own competent government, employing American workers, a strong manufacturing base, a vibrant small-business economy, and the return of the Middle Class. He’ll teach people that they pay taxes in order to maintain the country they love, the state they live in, the town they raise kids in.

    He knew before he ran what the Republican agenda was, and he had a plan for chopping it off at the knees and restoring the Democrats to sanity and power. The period of time for the set-up has been painful, almost agonizing, because we had to have ample proofs of what the Republicans stand for, enough to overcome the insanity of Faux News and their clones, decades of propaganda, decades of 5th column tactics.

    I’ve never trusted anyone more than I trust Obama to return my country to me – the one I hoped to see, not the one that’s running into the ground.

  81. I will send Clyburn some love. Very rare we see a Dem with some STONES and takes the Rethugs to taks. KUDOS!! BTW no post holiday update by BWD? What’s up with that? We are still on this 4th of July thread. hmmm………..

  82. An update:

    Murdoch’s News of the World is now also being investigated for hacking the cell phones of two other murdered young women. It gets worse and worse.
    I still wonder if FoxNews was up to something similar. If one of Rupert’s groups was doing it, why not Fox as well?, she asks.

  83. The best part of that story: gallup pretty much calling Politico a liar. Because they talked to a couple of Jewish Americans (actually friends of friends of an Obama supporter) and came to the conclusion that all Jewish Americans are bolting over Israel.

    First of all, Obama’s position is the same as Bush is the same as Clinton. So stop lying.

    Second, the majority of Jewish Americans want a reasonable peace in Israel.

  84. I admit I’d gotten a little lazy because I’ve had Democrats as congresspeople for so long. It was a big “duh!” a few weeks back — I have the odious, conscience-less Mark Kirk as Senator now (a Romney wannabe if there ever was one).

    So he hears from me. A lot.

  85. It’s the CSI effect combined with the Law & Order effect – it drastically skewed jurors as to what they expect for proof while wanting the Jack McCoy speeches in court.

  86. My favorite part: the administration adjusted the number of jobs down from 2.6M to 2.4M and Santorum said that was a ‘loss of jobs’.

    Jesus Christ, is he really that stupid? Jobs were still created, just not as many.

  87. Make the Grover Norquist “No Taxes Pledge” an albatross.

    That’s it, that’s brilliant. It’s short and sweet and accurate. It cuts through the crap like nothing I have heard so far. If all of the Democrats can stay on message (and repeat after James Clyburn) this has the potential to break through the media firewall.

    And as I recall, there has even been some back and forth between Republican Senator Tom Coburn and Grover Norquist about that no tax pledge. Very interesting……


    Of course, the ultimate question isn’t whether Coburn can score on Norquist, but whether he can convince his colleagues in the House and Senate that he’s right. Violating something like the anti-tax pledge that Republicans sign has to be done en masse. If it’s only one heretic, he or she can be primaried and attacked. If it’s a whole party of heretics, there’s not much anyone can do about it.


  88. Faith, after you wrote that earlier, I called the DNC to suggest it and the person who took my called agreed that it was a good idea and indicated he’d say something to DWS. I suggested the same thing to OFA.

  89. You’re probably right. I think we can walk and chew gum at the same time: responding to Romney needs to be coupled with what this administration has accomplished, because they are filling the air waves with doubt. It’s astonishing how few people know what’s been accomplished. It needs to not just be a laundry list, but given some context.

    Romney says Obama made the recession worse. One simple graph showing job loss under Bush and job creation under Obama is a simple visual. We need to start filling those unengaged heads with some different background noise.

  90. I think so.

    When they interviewed one of the jurors in the Blagojevich case, she actually said that if he wasn’t guilty they wouldn’t have prosecuted him. And that he’d ‘taken all that money.’

    Over and over again, it was proven that Blago didn’t take a dime. Of all his alleged crimes he didn’t get one nickel.

    But they wouldn’t have prosecuted him if he wasn’t guilty. That is an American juror.

    I am not making any statement about his guilt or innocence. I’m just saying that if this juror didn’t understand that she was supposed to weigh the evidence because he was innocent until proven guilty, that’s just disturbing.

  91. “President Barack Obama is attempting to block the execution in Texas on Thursday of a Mexican man because it would breach an international convention and do “irreparable harm” to US interests…

    The administration moved after the governor of Texas, Rick Perry, brushed aside appeals from diplomats, top judges, senior military officers, the United Nations and former president George W Bush to stay Leal’s execution because it could jeopardise American citizens arrested abroad as well as US diplomatic interests…more


  92. Republican’s oath is to rich people and not to THIS country. For a Republican to pledge an oathe to an ordinary citizen whose only goal is to protect corporations is outrages. They need to be called out on a daily basis.

  93. Oh great. Another reason for my bigoted, brain cell-challenged brother-in-law to accuse Obama of giving everything to the Mexicans and the “N” word. I give my husband credit: he went to battle with him on the phone over the weekend. They’re twins. The twin lives in AZ and he’s mad he moved there from Chicago with no skills or education (unless you count gambling) and “all them brown people are taking the jobs”. My husband told him to go to GA and pick fruit — they kicked out all the undocumented workers and peaches are rotting on the trees.

  94. I have been watching this story develop all day today. Now The Twitter has gone to work and the advertisers are fleeing Murdoch’s papers and satellite TV company:

    Leading companies have begun to withdraw advertising from the News of the World in the face of a campaign to boycott the tabloid over the alleged phone hacking scandal….
    Ford, the car manufacturer, announced that it was suspending all advertising with the Sunday newspaper – owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News International group – pending the outcome of inquiries into the claims…
    Customers also called on the supermarket giant Tesco cut ties with the Sunday tabloid and stop stocking the paper in its news stands. Tesco said it understood the public concerns but was waiting for the police investigation to conclude….
    Mumsnet, the influential website for parents, announced that it had cancelled a contract with Sky, which is part of the Murdoch media empire. The group removed the broadcaster’s advertisements from its website after an outcry from members of the discussion forum over the Milly Dowler allegations.


  95. Exactly!

    These noisy, insufferable a-holes are just resentful, angry, John Edwards/Hillary Clinton supporters who are never going to give President Obama credit for his mind blowing accomplishments!

    I heard this guy hosting a radio show the other day screaming about how he ( a self-described progressive liberal!) hates President Obama and his wars and how Hillary (!) (President Obama’s Sec. of State by the way!) would have stopped all the wars by now if she had won!

    These people are CRAZY!

  96. Very good rapid response set-up. It’s nice to see Democrats going after GOP lies early and often. Heh, this post was diaried about at an orange-hued blog. As usual, taken out of context by BS to drive a hysterical narrative.

  97. Since the diary has only a video of Romney, does BS now think he is Romney…or maybe he is.

  98. Hey, everyone has Youtube been shut down. Cause I can not view any Youtube videos whatsoever. What is going on? I’m to go to Whitehouse.gov to view the townhall, but all the video links posted here and on TOD are black. What gives?

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