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Mitt Romney Supports Barack Obama!

So get out and vote. Mitt gives us a good reason:

President Wins Endorsement From Winston-Salem Journal

Here’s a great piece by

There are certain rules in the universe. The sun rises in the east, the moon controls the tides, Seattle can’t keep an NBA team…. and the Winston-Salem Journal endorses the Republican candidate for President of the United States.

Today, the universe just shifted, with the Winston-Salem Journal‘s glowing endorsement of President Obama in his re-election bid. From foreign policy to the economy, the Journal finds Obama the better candidate. They find him strong on defense, capable on education, wise on healthcare. They find Romney weak, inconsistent, and dismissive of the population at large.

In North Carolina? Wow! I’m impressed.

 

Today there will be debate evaluations everywhere…

There is general feeling on the television news shows that Romney scored last night, primarily by not screwing up. However, I agree with reporter Michelle Goldberg said in The Daily Beast:

“Romney lied brazenly about everything—notably on taxes—yet over and over again an honest but listless and meandering Obama failed to effectively challenge him.”

The fact that Obama didn’t call him on his lies, that he never hit on the 47% comments… well Goldberg sums it up thusly:

“Perhaps Obama, feeling comfortable in his lead, didn’t want to get down in the muck and call Romney a liar, or perhaps he was just unprepared for the level of deceit on display. Debating someone who is willing to simply make things up is incredibly discombobulating. Regardless, it means that most viewers will be left with a seriously distorted view of what the Republican candidate is proposing. Tomorrow, the fact-checkers will try to correct the record, but the Romney campaign has already decided that facts don’t matter.”

I expect this will change Obama’s approach to the next debate.
Don’t Forget:

What is the potential of the youth vote in the election?

 

It’s a pretty substantial 20%… the question is will they show up? Here’s the demographics:

Here in the Shepherd University area where we see an awful lot of the youth category daily, we are curious as to how involved students are getting in the campaigns. From what I see it is minimal at best.

How is it where you are? Does it look like we will surpass the 2008 election or fall below it’s total of young voters? We’ll have to wait and see.

 

Defining the Enemy…

 

While campaigning in Connecticut, President Obama dubbed the tax proposals of his Republican rival an example of “Robin Hood in reverse.” He then gave a crucial name to Mitt‘s pan to take from the poor and give to the rich:

“It’s Romney-hood.”

 

Cheers and laughter followed.

 

Cartoon(s) of the Week – Romney’s Problems

Clay Bennett in the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

Romney has a popularity problem…

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Kevin Siers in the Charlotte Observer:

… and a focus problem…

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Tony Auth (formerly) in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

…and an image problem…

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Jeff Koterba in the Omaha World Herald:

…and a communication problem…

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Mike Luckovitch in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

… but now, without real Republican competition, he is finding himself.

Cartoon(s) of the Week – The State of Our World Changes

Robert Ariail in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal:

A whole party that can’t find the main issue…

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Pat Oliphant, Universal Press Syndicate:

A state that has found a neat use for guns…

Clay Bennett in the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

A government that could take control of women’s reproductive health…

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Mike Luckovich in the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

An enemy that responds to our media…

 

I’m starting to get form letters back from my representatives in the Senate and Congress…

… all glad to see my concern and all saying they’ll keep me in mind as legislation comes up.

However, not one of them, whether Democrat or Republican, got elected without financial support from the coal companies that are destroying West Virginia with mountain top removal to get coal. If you think that means they are going to regulate the coal companies who are destroying our state… ruining homes, water supplies and the tourist industry… then you have got to be kidding yourself.

Here’s a piece by Michael Jonathon:

So… of you’re anywhere in the states that have Appalachian coal mining, keep this in mind next Fall when the politicians are campaigning in your neck of the woods.

From a Massachusetts Businessman…

Devallon Bolles, PhD

My friend Devallon Bolles, who is a real-estate entrepreneur in Massachusetts, dropped this on Facebook after the Republican debate last night:

Enjoying the aftermath of the Iowa debates. As a MA resident for many years, I suffered under Romney’s governorship. Elected by promising jobs, state ranked 47th in job creation under him; He said he knew how to attract businesses. Businesses fled under him. Incredible that he would “run on his record.”

 

So, when Romney criticizes Obama on job creation, he has his record to stand on…No?

Celebrating New York State’s Legalizing Gay Marriage…

I was going to right something about the overwhelming vote in the New York State Legislature which has legalized Gay Marriage… but then I heard Jonathan Mann‘s Song-A-Day for today, and that about sums it up:

Nuff Said.

Quote of the Day (perhaps the Quote of the Month) from a Congressional Idiot:

Rohrabacher joins the Ranks of the Inverted

“Is there some thought being given to subsidizing the clearing of rain forests in order for some countries to eliminate that production of greenhouse gases? Or would people be supportive of cutting down older trees in order to plant younger trees as a means to prevent this disaster from happening?”

 – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R – California

Rohrabacher was questioning Todd Stern, the Obama administration’s climate change envoy, on whether the nation’s climate policy should focus on reducing the more than 80 percent of carbon emissions produced by the natural world in the form of decaying plant matter.

And was he serious about this question… it seems like he was. So let’s cut down the rainforests and turn the world into an oxygen-depleted desert. Perhaps he doesn’t realize that forests soak up more than 1/3 of the world’s carbon emissions… and maybe we would do better to not cut down any more forests…ever.

Responding to a NY Times article on Rohrabacher’s statement, a Dallas, TX, reader commented:

Rep. Rohrabacher may not be that far out of the GOP thinking on the environment. It was his fellow Californian Ronald Reagan who claimed in 1981 that: “Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do.”

Is the lack of thinking problem endemic to California? Or to Republicans? Or just to Congressmen in general? As Mark Twain said:

“Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” 

Unofficial primary results – West Virginia Gubernatorial Races

Republican results (unofficial)

Bill Maloney


Bill Maloney 27,563 45.06%
Betty Ireland 18,891 30.88%
Clark Barnes 5,850 9.56%
Mark A. Sorsaia 2,950 4.82%
Larry V. Faircloth 2,369 3.87%
Mitch B. Carmichael 2,045 3.34%
Ralph William Clark 1,230 2.01%
Cliff Ellis 277 .0.45%

Democratic results (unofficial)

Earl Ray Tomlin


Earl Ray Tomblin 51,191 40.37%
 Rick Thompson 30,572 24.11%
 Natalie E. Tennant 21,954 17.31%
 John D. Perdue 15,904 12.54%
 Jeffrey V. Kessler  6,715 5.30%
 Arne Moltis  481 0.38%

Mountain Party

The mountain Party has no primary. Candidate is nominated in convention.


Clips from the web

A little bit of this, a little bit of that… more than I can get around to. Click on the authors’ links to read their whole posts

Rhode Island House Republican Leader Robert Watson is the latest living example of the Republican difficulty with practicing what they preach. Watson is fervently anti-Marijuana, but last Friday night he was pulled over and arrested for DUI and marijuana possession.

According to The Providence-Journal, “After handcuffing Watson and placing him under arrest, the arresting police officer said he found “a small plastic sandwich bag containing a green leafy plant-like substance and a small wooden marijuana smoking pipe” in Watson’s right pants pocket.”

from Politicus USA

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John Boehner

John Boehner

Speaker Boehner says the Ryan plan “transforms Medicare into a plan that’s very similar to the President’s own healthcare bill.”

Only older people are sicker and more expensive to cover and Ryan doesn’t provide the funds for seniors to buy care. Beside that they’re identical.

 – Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo

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The wage squeeze is putting most households in a double bind. Before the recession, they’d been able to pay the bills because they had two paychecks. Now, they’re likely to have one-and-a half, or just one, and it’s shrinking.

 – Robert Reich

Will The Republicans Listen To Bernanke?

The Federal Reserve Chairman made his presentation to Congress today and was not thrilled with the House Republicans’ proposed budget cuts.

What are the odds that these turkeys ignore him?

Here’s a clip from a longer McClatchy article:

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Bernanke: Steep budget cuts this year would threaten economy

Steep spending cuts proposed by Republicans in the House of Representatives would slow the nation’s economic growth, cost jobs and work against the Federal Reserve‘s efforts to stimulate the economy, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned lawmakers Tuesday.
The nation’s prosperity would be better served by Congress and the White House agreeing on credible legislation to reduce the federal deficit and debt over a longer period of five or 10 years, he told the Senate Banking Committee.
Bernanke was asked repeatedly about GOP proposals to trim anywhere from $60 billion to $100 billion in government spending during the current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. These cuts would do little to bring down long-term budget deficits but would slow the economic recovery, he cautioned.
“That would be ‘contractionary’ to some extent,” Bernanke said.
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Quote of the Day – Russ Feingold, former Wisconsin Senator, to Scott Walker, Wisconsin Governor

“This is not about the budget at all… this is about trying to destroy people’s right to collectively bargain. If you begin with a dishonest approach…and begin making threats…it’s a really an assault on Wisconsin‘s traditions. It’s really something a new governor shouldn’t be doing.”

“I call on him tonight to pull back, to drop this issue of collective bargaining and get back to budgeting

OK… DADT is now history… the Senate has voted it out and the bill is on its way to Obama.

So the score so far today is Democrats 1 (Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is voted out), Republicans 1 (Dream act voted down… actually, it didn’t get passed the 61 vote filibuster requirement). Tomorrow they will be debating and maybe voting on the START treaty… whoever wins on that one will break the score.

 

I hope Harry Reid can keep everyone there until the work is done.

So here’s what the Right thinks will happen on the extension of Tax Cuts…

clipped from tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com

McConnell Says Dems Will Cave On Tax Cuts

Signaling confidence that Democrats will stop blustering and cave on tax cuts, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell predicted today that all of the Bush era tax rates will be extended temporarily.

“I think it’s pretty clear now taxes are not going up on anybody in the middle of this recession,” McConnell said on Meet the Press. “It isn’t going to happen.”
McConnell acknowledged that, despite broad Democratic opposition on Capitol Hill, the White House and GOP are currently negotiating a compromise based on a temporary extension of all the Bush tax cuts, which would likely punt this debate into presidential election season.
“We’re discussing how long we can maintain current tax rates,” McConnell said. “We’re going to have some kind of an extension. I’d like one as long as possible.”
President Obama himself all but signaled that the Democrats lost this fight during a statement about a recently-announced Korea free trade agreement yesterday.
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“We need to redouble our efforts to resolve this impasse — in the next few days — to give the American people the peace of mind that their taxes will not go up on January 1st,” Obama said. “It will require some compromise, but I’m confident that we can get it done.” The White House is pressing the GOP to allow an extension of unemployment benefits and the tax breaks in the stimulus bill in exchange for an extension of income tax rates. According to the Huffington Post, Obama will allow the cuts to expire if the GOP refuses. On that score, McConnell claimed there’s no impasse.

Son of a Bitch! Why do Republicans need to attack first and ask questions later?

Lindsey Graham Makes The Case For Strike On Iran

clipped from www.huffingtonpost.com
A leading U.S. senator on defense issues says any military strike on Iran to stop its nuclear program must also strive to take out Iran’s military capability. 

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who sits on the Armed Services Committee and the Homeland Security Committee, said Saturday the U.S. should consider sinking the Iranian navy, destroying its air force and delivering a decisive blow to the Revolutionary Guard.

He says they should neuter the regime, destroy its ability to fight back and hope Iranians will take a chance to take back their government.

His remarks stunned many in the audience at the Halifax International Security forum.
Graham told the audience that newly elected conservatives would back “bold” action against Iran, reports Agence France Presse:
If President Barack Obama “decides to be tough with Iran beyond sanctions, I think he is going to feel a lot of Republican support for the idea that we cannot let Iran develop a nuclear weapon,”
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Let’s get out there and attack, is that it? And now that we have more Republicans in power, here’s a great way to get a new Iraq. And maybe we can borrow more money to pay for it.

Speaking of Pennsylvania, Sestak just pulled 1 point ahead of Toomey…

…in this morning’s PPM Poll.
From HuffPo:

A new poll and high-profile prognostication have heightened the electoral prospects of Pennsylvania Senate Democratic candidate Joe Sestak and spurred talk of another dramatic campaign comeback.

On Tuesday the Democratic-leaning polling firm PPP released findings showing Sestak leading his Republican challenger, former Club for Growth President Pat Toomey, for the first time this cycle: 46 percent to 45 percent. Sestak’s campaign did not pay for the poll, which was done with recorded voice interviews and with respondents sampled from actual voter lists. A day prior, the odds-makers at ABC News had moved the race from “lean Republican” to “toss up.”

The dual pieces of news added a jolt of hope to Democratic Party infrastructure, which had been waiting for weeks for some upward movement from the Sestak campaign. It also jarred loose a sense of déjà vu for those who watched the congressman close the gap against Senator Arlen Specter (D-Penn.) during the closing days of the Senate primary.

“This is his shtick,” said one high-ranking operative.

Last week when Sestak came out with this ad, people said things would start turning around:

Toomey has now blown a ten point lead from two weeks ago. This is one worth watching!

Things are changing in Colorado…

I watched their debate over the weekend. If you saw the comments Buck made, you might hope Bennet pulls through as well.
clipped from www.huffingtonpost.com
Rasmussen Poll Shows ‘Virtual Tie’ In Colorado Senate Race
Democrats got some good news over the weekend in the form of a handful of encouraging polls in three Senate battlegrounds: Colorado, Washington and West Virginia. The most notable is a new Rasmussen automated poll in Colorado that finds what the pollster describes as a “virtual tie” between Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet and Republican challenger Ken Buck.
In Colorado, Rasmussen shows Buck’s lead over Bennet narrowing to just two percentage points (47% to 45%), the closest margin obtained by Rasmussen in the race so far this year. Although most surveys conducted in September had Buck leading by between 4 and 8 percentage points, a poll from Democratic affiliated Public Policy Polling (PPP) two weeks ago gave Bennet a one-point edge (46% to 45%) and an internal poll released at about the same time by the Bennet campaign showed him with a three-point advantage (44% to 41%).
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Here’s a great piece from “I Tried Being Tasteful…”

A great blog entry by TexasTrailerParkTrash.
You can go to her site for links: http://youcallthatart.wordpress.com
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Return To The Good Ol’ Days of Ignorance

Whiplash inducing quote of the day from Republican Mike Pence, speaking in Iowa:

To those who say we should focus on fiscal issues, instead of the right to life, I say, ‘What is more fiscally responsible than rolling back this administration’s effort to expand funding for abortion at home and abroad?’” Pence said.
“What is more fiscally responsible than denying any and all funding to Planned Parenthood of America?”
Could this guy be any more of an idiot?

Here is an excerpt from Planned Parenthood’s mission statement:
“We are a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world.
For more than 90 years, Planned Parenthood has promoted a commonsense approach to women’s health and well-being, based on respect for each individual’s right to make informed, independent decisions about health, sex, and family planning.”
Yessir, Mr. Pence.  Let’s party like it’s 1920.
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When will people make up their minds?

You can’t want to eliminate the things involved with a Big Government and then want to keep the benefit of those things. 

This from Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire:

clipped from politicalwire.com
 

Contradictory Views on the Role of Government

A new Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard poll shows that most Americans “who say they want more limited government also call Social Security and Medicare ‘very important.’ They want Washington to be involved in schools and to help reduce poverty. Nearly half want the government to maintain a role in regulating health care.”

“The study suggests that come January, politicians in both parties will confront a challenging and sometimes contradictory reality about what Americans really think about their government. Although Republicans, and many Democrats, have tried to demonize Washington, they must contend with the fact that most major government programs remain enormously popular, including some that politicians have singled out for stiff criticism”

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Things are changing in Connecticut…

It looked last week like Linda McMahon (who I once worked for when she and her husband, Vince, owned the Cape Cod Coliseum) and Attorney General Richard Blumenthal were a virtual toss-up for Senate in my old home state of Connecticut. Then McMahon revealed her lack of knowledge of what the minimum wage was as she campaigned to revise it and all of a suddenthings have shifted.

As I understand it, McMahon has just released a TV commercial (prior to this evenings debate) bringing up Blumenthal’s misstatement on his overseas military experience… but it doesn’t look like this is really helping Mrs. Wrestling.

From Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire:

Blumenthal Leads by Double-Digits

With their first debate scheduled for tonight, a new Public Policy Polling survey in Connecticut shows Richard Blumenthal (D) leading Linda McMahon (R) in the U.S. Senate race by 12 points, 53% to 41%.

Blumenthal’s favorability rating is 53/39, while McMahon’s is the opposite, 39/59.

The only Republican Senate candidates with worse favorability numbers than McMahon were Joe Miller, Sharron Angle, and Christine O’Donnell.

West Virginia: Here’s the newest TV spot from the Dems…

Vote for Manchin…here’s why:

Clear?

Passing on an important message from Howard Dean:

Governor Dean’s organization is trying to keep the best progressive Congressfolk in place as they are challenged by very dangerous people from the right. I pass on this message I received from him this morning:

Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold needs our support right now.

For months, polling has shown Russ neck and neck with his right-wing opponent Ron Johnson and Johnson has already spent over $4 million on slash-and-burn television ads to mislead voters and scare up votes. In fact, he’s been out spending Russ on T.V. by 3 to 1 and as of this week, it appears to be working. The most recent polling shows Senator Feingold down by 7%.

This is unacceptable.

Senator Russ Feingold is one of the strongest progressive fighters in the Senate. Time after time Russ has delivered for America and Wisconsin. It’s up to us to make sure he has the resources to fight back and win.

Contribute $5 now and give Russ Feingold the resources to fight back

Ron Johnson is a multimillionaire right-wing Republican who wants to cut Social Security, repeal the entire healthcare bill, and extend all the Bush-Cheney tax cuts for wealthy millionaires instead of helping middle class Americans. He’s already committed to spending at least 15 million of his own money to win. When asked how much more of his personal fortune he’s be willing to dump into his own election, his response was “all of it.”

The good news is we can beat Ron Johnson and re-elect Russ Feingold with people-power.

Russ is running a real grassroots campaign. They’ve already contacted 228,696 Wisconsin voters, opened 22 field offices across the state, and his most recent T.V. ad is playing in heavy rotation. Russ will win not just because he has a strong record of delivering for Wisconsin, he’ll win because he has the best volunteers and supporters working to get out the vote.

In short, Russ will win, because of you.

Contribute now and send a real progressive back to the U.S. Senate

Let’s face it; elections are going to be close all over the country this November. It’s up to us to make sure we take great progressives like Russ Feingold over the top on Election Day.

Working together, we’re unstoppable. That’s why I know I can count on you today.

-Howard

Governor Howard Dean, M.D.
Founder, Democracy for America