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President Obama scolds GOP, touts Democratic accomplishments

1. At a fundraising dinner in New York City last night that raised more $1.3 million for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, President Barack Obama cast the last 18 months as tough but necessary -- highlighting a series of accomplishments that he believes his party can take to the voters this fall.

"The reason the economy is getting better is because [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi and every Democrat here embraced the responsibility to lead," said Obama before detailing legislation on credit card reform, increased funding for veterans, remaking the student loan system and an overhaul of the health care system.

"This has been one of the most productive legislative sessions in history -- in the midst of crisis," said Obama. He did acknowledge, however, that "these guys have taken more tough votes in the last 16 months than Congress had taken in the previous 16 years."

To Republicans, Obama had a mocking message. "You would have thought at a time of historic crisis that Republican leaders would have been more willing to help us find a way out of this mess -- particularly since they created the mess," he said at one point, adding, jokingly: "Don't tell me how to mop. Pick up a mop!"

Obama's rhetoric gets at the fundamental strategic divide between the two parties this fall. Democrats want this election to be a choice between what they have done and what Republicans would do. Republicans see 2010 as a referendum on Democrats with their role solely to play the loyal opposition.

In 172 days, we'll find out who is right.

2. A Suffolk University poll released yesterday showed Rep. Joe Sestak opening up a nine-point lead over Sen. Arlen Specter with just four days remaining in their Democratic primary fight.

Sestak led Specter 49 percent to 40 percent, a lead far larger than in other surveys that show Sestak ahead by just a few points or in a statistical dead heat with the incumbent.

In the Suffolk poll, Specter held a 52 percent to 37 percent lead over Sestak among minority voters, a group that will be key for him and which he is heavily targeting with radio and television ads featuring President Barack Obama. Despite Specter's endorsements by labor groups, however, Sestak leads him among union households by 60 percent to 36 percent.

Nearly half of poll respondents (46 percent) say they made up their minds within the last month, an indication that Sestak's TV ads hammering Specter have paid dividends.

Seeking to blunt Sestak's momentum, Specter's camp fought back yesterday by releasing a radio ad featuring Vice President Joe Biden, who praised Specter as "a guy with more steel in his backbone than most people have in their whole body."

After spending the past two days in Washington, Specter will return to Pennsylvania today with events scheduled in Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley. On Saturday, he'll be in the southeast part of the state, according to his campaign.

3. A trio of big-name surrogates are passing through southwestern Pennsylvania this weekend to stump for former congressional staffer Mark Critz (D) and businessman Tim Burns (R) ahead of Tuesday's special election race for the seat of the late Rep. John Murtha (D).

Burns' camp is trotting out celebrity Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), who is holding two campaign events for the GOP nominee today in an effort to capture the same kind of energy that propelled him to his own Senate upset in January.

On Sunday evening, former President Bill Clinton will headline a get-out-the-vote event for Critz in Johnstown, and Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey Jr. (D) will campaign for Critz Monday.

Clinton is popular in Pennsylvania, and his wife, former New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, won the state 55 percent to 45 percent over then Illinois Sen. Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential primary process.

Nationalizing the race carries real risks -- particularly for Democrats. Critz has campaigned against some of Democrats' signature issues -- including the health care law -- and bringing in known national surrogates could hand Republicans some fodder for the final week of the race.

Of course, registered Democrats far outnumber registered Republicans in the 12th district so if Clinton and Casey can help motivate the base, it may be all the momentum that Critz needs to get over the top.

4. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) will visit Iowa later this month to keynote the American Future Fund's Conservative Lecture Series.

The event, which takes place in Davenport on May 26, is the latest sign that that the former House leader is dabbling with a run for president in 2012. Remember the Fix rule: NO politician goes to Iowa by accident. Just doesn't happen.

Gingrich's schedule reads like that of a presidential wannabe. Earlier this week he addressed the Republican National Committee's meeting of state chairs and is also slated to speak at this weekend's annual meeting of the National Rifle Association in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The organization hosting the event, Iowa-based American Future Fund, has been actively involved in key 2010 primaries. The advocacy group has spent over $1 million on TV ads in the California Senate race targeting former Rep. Tom Campbell (R) for his refusal to sign an anti-tax pledge, and has run more than $100,000 worth of TV ads against ophthalmologist Rand Paul (R) in Kentucky's Senate contest.

Gingrich's Iowa visit -- his first of the 2010 cycle -- had previously been announced in early March. But he had previously been slated to attend only two events: the Polk County Republican Party's spring fundraiser in Des Moines, and a fundraising luncheon in Cedar Rapids.

5. If it's Friday, it's time for the "Live Fix" -- an hours worth of online chatting with yours truly about the political hot topics of the day (and music, coffee, sports and cupcakes).

From 11 to noon we will field your question. Spread. The. Word.

And, don't forget to tune in at 2 pm for a live video reveal of the winner of our inaugural "Worst Week in Washington" -- the person, place or thing that had, well, the worst week in Washington.

With Felicia Sonmez

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 14, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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Comments

You obsessed about an early stint in Obama's career, Brigade? Perhaps you're unaware that he was a state and US senator.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | May 17, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Until Obama learns to act presidential and not be a Chicago style smart alec, he continues to be be a complete flop and failure. Where are all the jobs you promised, anointed one? You are the laughing stock at home that you are abroad. You also should stop hiding behind the skirts of the main street media.

Posted by: nmg3rln | May 17, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

No drama. Just steady as he goes, cleaning up the mess made by the anti-regulation, anti-government Republicans. The safety valve that BP Did Not attach to their well is required in those "Socialist" countries. The Bushies approved a special exemption for their oil drilling buddies and .. another clean up begins. Banking? Securities? Foreign policies? Is there anything Bush touched that didn't become a catastrophic mess?

No drama. Just steady as he goes, cleaning up the mess ....

Posted by: thebobbob | May 17, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

We'll see who's laughing on November 3.

Posted by: miriamac2001 | May 15, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

USDefender


Obama wanted to do "big things" - and a major recession wasn't going to stop his ego.

Obama said he didn't want to do "school uniforms" - meaning nothing small.


So basically what we have is a MASSIVE GOVERNMENT PROGRAM FOR THE SAKE OF HAVING ANOTHER GOVERNMENT PROGRAM.

We had to do something big, because we had to do something big.

Not that Obama is going to pay for any of it - he is sending the bill to everyone else.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 14, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, Unbelievable!
What so special about stealing all the money we the citizens have and spending it for programs we do not want and are against? It doesn't work, just like the money you keep borrowing!President Obama,
you have had your way. Hope you've enjoyed the mess you've made. We don't like it, but you must, to have done it. How's that "Government Motors" working out for you?

Posted by: USDefender | May 14, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

adreed


The press has given Obama a free ride for 3 years - you have nothing to stand on.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 14, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I've been wondering why the Post has become the internal organ of the Washington establishment over the past few decades. It was once one of the great papers, uncovering Watergate, breaking the Oliver North/Iran-Contra story... But now it's so devoted to "insiderism" that its reporting has evolved to the regurgitation of press releases and pablum quotes from anonymous Congressional and administration sources.

As a result, all the right-wing has to do is start a media buzz or blitz and the Post swallows it hook, line, and sinker. And that explains not only the paper's turn to the unquestioning right -- its comfort zone being the Washington of Bush I and Bush II -- but also why its readership has now skewed in that direction, too. I read these comments and it's like eavesdropping at a Teaparty rally, only more vitriolic.

The Bush-Cheney crowd made it clear that anyone who doubted, questioned, or opposed the administration was to be considered a traitor, and was treated as such by Fox "News" and the Washington Times. I guess that standard doesn't apply when Republicans are on the outside and Democrats are in charge. But these commenters need a lesson in civility and respect.

Posted by: adreed | May 14, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

I suppose you think we were better off with President Smirk and his wars for the fun of it.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 14, 2010 7:54 PM

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At this point, I'm prepared to call it a tossup.

Posted by: Brigade | May 14, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Right. Community organizers are much more qualified than governors and senators.

==

Well this community organizer cleaned Senator McCain's clock, and the old coot is going to rage himself into a nice coronary over it.

I suppose you think we were better off with President Smirk and his wars for the fun of it.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 14, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

remember when idiots like you were telling us how well the stock market was doing because of obama? ... well, it didn't happen and it is not going to happen.

Posted by: doof | May 14, 2010 10:14 AM

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Funny, when I compare my portfolio now versus where it was at the end of Bush's term I'd say it DID happen.

Posted by: mikem1 | May 14, 2010 10:30 AM

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Portfolio?
They must have reopened the can and bottle recycling center in mikem1's neighborhood.

Posted by: Brigade | May 14, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Can someone point out which one of Obama's policies caused this high unemployment?

Seems like he's taken steps to repair our economy and they are working.

Over 300k jobs created just last month.

Posted by: JRM2 | May 14, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

The GOP can piss off. I'm going to tell you EVERY SINGLE DAY how awful you are.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 14, 2010 10:44 AM

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Ooooooh---you sound angry enough to just about crush a grape. I'm sure there'll be a lot of sleepless nights as Repubs worry about what you're going to do.

Posted by: Brigade | May 14, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

"six.

Posted by: Brigade"
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Really?, dang I though it was something like over 300k, and the month before that somewhere around 162k.

Where do you get your "facts" from, bizzaro land?

You've got one thing right though, even creating six jobs in a month would be better than losing 700k under Bush.

Posted by: JRM2 | May 14, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

jldarden wrote,
"Yeah, it's the president's supporters who are "dumb sheep vot[ing] with their emotions". Who did your side put up last election who could actually lead? You had a veteran senator whose only core belief is spiting those who voted against him and a woman who had served one year as governor ..."

Right. Community organizers are much more qualified than governors and senators.

Posted by: Brigade | May 14, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Why has the GOP stopped being a Conservative party?

Posted by: walker1 | May 14, 2010 12:07 PM

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You're not the only one wondering about that.

Posted by: Brigade | May 14, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

I feel sorry for all the 'Obama's not doing the will of the country' whiners -- but he is. He won the election, you lost.

Posted by: drindl | May 14, 2010 12:00 PM

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Actually, he won the election and we all lost---big time.

Posted by: Brigade | May 14, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

drindl wrote,
"by a 49/37 margin, voters want their next Rep. to "carry on" Murtha's legacy."

His legacy of graft and corruption?

Posted by: Brigade | May 14, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Brainny wrote (at 2:17 pm),
"Soem people need to stop listening to nutjob theories from Rush Limbaugh ..."

And listen to nutjob theories from idiots like you?

"Obama is the president, legitamite and duly elected. Lastly some people need to read and not report or keep throwing up GOP talking points. If you thought Obama was arrogant, then what was Bush?"

Uh . . . Bush was the president, legitimate and duly elected.

Brainny at 2:53,
"The GOP in the short term may pick up seats but they are losing long term with the demographics. They also are obsolete with ideas like clean coal, REALLY? What about clean oil?"

I guess we can all start riding bicycles or travelling by jinrikisha.

Posted by: Brigade | May 14, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

How many jobs were created last month, anybody know?

Posted by: JRM2 | May 14, 2010 7:05 PM

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six.

Posted by: Brigade | May 14, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse


Some additional info on a story I mentioned in other threads---about the state trial involving Agriprocessors in Iowa:

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20100514/OPINION03/5140325/1035/OPINION/Their-stories-cry-out-for-immigration-reform

Posted by: Brigade | May 14, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

How many jobs were created last month, anybody know?

Posted by: JRM2 | May 14, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

"His 22 year old speech writers wouldn't know what to say other than "We won, you lose, tough noogies".

Posted by: RobParker "
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He, alone, mopped the floor with the entire Republican Senate in their house, no teleprompter and off the cuff remarks which he was able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the issues.

The economy is coming back AGAIN from utter destruction as a result of failed Republican policies.

Posted by: JRM2 | May 14, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Obama didn't give anybody any permits to drill. He was considering it. You people need to get your facts straight. The Democrats have worked hard since Obama took office. Making hard decision whether it could cost them their seats or not. Republicans said no and didn't govern since Obama took office. Vote DEMOCRAT.

Posted by: amosdefnails | May 14, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

"They were Uncle Joe Biden’s words."

No, really?
Do you have a cite for that?
It is hard to believe.
I mean Joe has said a lot of stupid things,
but this?

Posted by: shrink2 | May 14, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

"Greece II"
leapin, are you drunk, again?
It made me smile though.
One small thing, anyone who thinks what we have done in Iraq will be ever be deemed a "great achievement" is, well, drunk. It was a disaster and it still is and it always will be. Though who knows, perhaps the Turks think WWI was a great achievement.
Anyway, now we can only hope the civil proxy war does not turn the Persian versus Arabian Gulf into a tanker shooting gallery.
Posted by: shrink2
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Your right shrink2. “Great achievement” are not my words or thoughts. They were Uncle Joe Biden’s words.

Drunk? with power like Obama, Pelosi and Reid?

Posted by: leapin | May 14, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama was giving Oil Drilling Permits WITHOUT the proper procedures - reports the New York Times


The federal Minerals Management Service gave permission to BP and dozens of other oil companies to drill in the Gulf of Mexico without first getting required permits from another agency that assesses threats to endangered species — and despite strong warnings from that agency about the impact the drilling was likely to have on the gulf.


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This is Obama's Oil Spill.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 14, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

"Greece II"

leapin, are you drunk, again?
It made me smile though.

One small thing, anyone who thinks what we have done in Iraq will be ever be deemed a "great achievement" is, well, drunk. It was a disaster and it still is and it always will be. Though who knows, perhaps the Turks think WWI was a great achievement.

Anyway, now we can only hope the civil proxy war does not turn the Persian versus Arabian Gulf into a tanker shooting gallery.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 14, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Who’s going to play the Oliva Newton John role in Barry O’s new production of Greece II?

Posted by: leapin | May 14, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Oh and one other thing, on this course, some time soon when the US has its debt auction and nobody bids, that day we lose many levers of control over what happens to our economy.

Then spending will be have to be slashed precisely because the budget will have to be balanced, no deficit to fall back on, no stimulus, just 2 tools budget cuts and tax increases...a much harsher course than we would have to take if we start now.

Obama appears to be betting that day won't come on his watch, but it is the wrong thing to do.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 14, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

The strength/weakness of the dollar (which are misleading terms anyway) aren't the relevant factor though. The growth rate is.

Posted by: jldarden | May 14, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

It's going to take a combination of actions, including restructuring Social Security (either raising the retirement age or some degree of means testings), cuts to Medicare (reducing benefits, if we can't get HC cost inflation under control), cuts to defense spending in real terms (current defense spending is higher today than when the Soviet Union collapsed, which makes no sense whatsoever), and tax increases (either increasing existing taxes, or by new mechanisms such as a VAT or carbon tax).

You're right though that the political class won't make these moves until they must, increasing the cost of the actions. That's not a problem unique to this president though. Politicians are more focused on winning the next election.

Posted by: jldarden | May 14, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Bush, the lazy golfer while we were at war; Obama the engaged commander-in-chief playing golf for needed relaxation more in one year than in Bush’s eight.

Katrina, the emblem of federal inaction and culpable incompetence; the BP slick, either a result of private greed overwhelming noble federal auditors or proof of the Obamian competent response.

Bush’s illegal war clearly alienating Muslims and thus creating terrorists daily; laughable excuses from a terrorist that Obama’s stepped-up targeted Predator assassinations “created” would-be killers such as himself.

Right wingers in bed with Wall Street oligarchs greedily crafting federal policy for the exploiting class; Obama for some odd reason, no doubt in the end a noble reason, taking more money from the likes of Goldman Sachs and British Petroleum than any politician in history.

The Bush-Cheney nexus shredding the Constitution with the Patriot Act, Guantanamo, Predators, and renditions; Obama the civil libertarian reluctantly forced to maintain or expand such protocols, albeit at last under a watchful liberal eye.

Bush’s “lost” war in Iraq miraculously soon to be Obama’s “greatest achievement.”

Posted by: leapin | May 14, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

jldarden, ok, how will deficit go away?
When?

Many experts have written great pieces on this topic. I have written my best compression of their consensus here, but it was months ago.

Very briefly, the longer you wait, the worse the problem gets. The economy-off-the cliff argument went away a few months ago.
And it is always there around monetary crisis anyway, now in Greece...there is nothing new going on here. We just can't believe it is happening to us.

Right now while the dollar is strong,
Obama should be preparing the country for austerity measures and drafting that legislation for implementation on the same time line as the health care package. He should, but he won't.


Posted by: shrink2 | May 14, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

@RobParker

The ones splitting the country are those running around saying the president isn't really the president because he's a secret illegal alien and threatening to murder public officials.

And of course Bush attempted to divide the country. He was constant in saying that any opposition to his policies meant you were in league with terrorists.

Posted by: jldarden | May 14, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

@shrink2:

How is he "kicking the deficit down the road"? You realize that slashing spending enough to balance the budget would throw the economy off a cliff, therefore blowing the deficit wide up again.

Posted by: jldarden | May 14, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

@Janet8:

You don't need the words of an "Obama lackey". It's crystal clear, black and white. ARRA includes 100 million funding beyond this baseline, so the net spending is an increase. That isn't a feeling or thought, it's an existing law.

Posted by: jldarden | May 14, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Hi. I think it'll be better if U.S. Senator Arlen Specter wins the election on May 18, 2010 for the Democratic nomination, NOT Joe Sestak!

Posted by: atifgulab | May 14, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

"Get your story straight."

It is easy. All bad news is an indicator of the imminent, catastrophic and inevitable devastation brought upon us by the election of Barak Obama.

All good news is a collective celebration of the fact that the Republicans will win all elections from now on.

That is their story and they are sticking by it.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 14, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

""Retail sales rose in April for the seventh straight month.

Posted by: drindl | May 14, 2010 12:15 PM

sure is great news. dow is down only 200 points.

Posted by: doof | May 14, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse"

Hey McNumbnuts, I thought the Dow only reacted to possible future events, like the results of an election that's six months away. Get your story straight.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 14, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

TO: 37thand0street who wrote:
“WHY were these people who were arrested in the Times Square investigation in Maine ?
Wasn't the 9/11 bombers in Maine - didn't they start out the trip in Maine and changed planes in Boston?
What is going on in Maine? Are they hiding out up there?”

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Everybody knows what’s located in Maine –
The Bush Family Compound is located in
Kennebunkport, Maine, that’s also where
George W. Bush was born.

Posted by: lindalovejones | May 14, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Except if you knew about elections cycles the base only turns out and usually the party in the White House loses seats. The GOP in the short term may pick up seats but they are losing long term with the demographics. They also are obsolete with ideas like clean coal, REALLY? What about clean oil? Te GRand Obsolete Party can also care a bunch of their base and they will vote. If you nut jobs win in 2012, which you probably will not, per Mike Huckabee. Never mind the GOP will not win. Also wait for redistricting. I do go on the sites listed and you must live in a different world.

Posted by: Brainny | May 14, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I think he mis-spoke. The President said this: "This has been one of the most productive legislative sessions in history -- in the midst of crisis," said Obama".

When what he should have said was "This has been the most DISTRUCTIVE legislative sessions in history"

Posted by: markandbeth | May 14, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Brainny; I guess your reading skills lack too. If you haven't noticed, it would appear the the Obsolete party is going to pick up a whole bunch of seats, House and Senate, this fall. Not my words. This comes from places like WaPo, NYT, Huffington Post, etc. So much for being Obsolete.

Posted by: mmourges | May 14, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

My typing skills lack, just like the Grand Obsolete Party.

Posted by: Brainny | May 14, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Soem people need to stop listening to nutjob theories from Rush Limbaugh who has never had a real, valid thought but just crap coming out of his moth. ALso to some people stop watching Fox News and watch the PBS newhours or read a real news site likethis fine site. Obama is the president, legitamite and duly elected. Lastly some people need to read and not report or keep throwing up GOP talking points. If you thought Obama was arrogant, then what was Bush? Dopes

Posted by: Brainny | May 14, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Soem people need to stop listening to nutjob theories from Rush Limbaugh who has never had a real, valid thought but just crap coming out of his moth. ALso to some people stop watching Fox News and watch the PBS newhours or read a real news site likethis fine site. Obama is the president, legitamite and duly elected. Lastly some people need to read and not report or keep throwing up GOP talking points. If you thought Obama was arrogant, then what was Bush? Dopes

Posted by: Brainny | May 14, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

moonbat wrote>>>The signature issues- bail out and health takeover are wildly unpopular.

And President Obama knew that. However, they were both right for the country. Finally, a president who stands up for what is right instead of pandering to the right. Does anyone believe doing nothing and sticking your head in the sand would have fixed enormous economic problems. Even President Bush knew that wouldn't work.

Posted by: amaikovich | May 14, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama blasts the BP executives - who were pointing the finger at everyone else.


........... as Obama goes on to point the finger at everyone else.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 14, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

WHY were these people who were arrested in the Times Square investigation in Maine ?


Wasn't the 9/11 bombers in Maine - didn't they start out the trip in Maine and changed planes in Boston?


What is going on in Maine ? Are they hiding out up there ?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 14, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

He really has no idea what a joke he is. He thinks just because he fooled all the people that were bussed in to vote for him, that he can fool everyone. How long will he go on blaming others for his messes?

Posted by: AsstGM | May 14, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

It is about time that Obama is called out on "who created the mess" -


First, let's remember that Obama TOOK MORE MONEY THAN ANYONE ELSE from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The role of Clinton and democrats HAS TO BE TOLD -

What did Bush actually DO to actually hurt the economy ???

Clinton ALSO pulled our intelligence resources out of the Middle East in the 90s - leaving the country essentially blind from an intelligence point of view prior to 9/11.

THE MISMANAGEMENT OF THE DEMOCRATS IS WHAT CAUSED THESE PROBLEMS - THERE IS NO DOUBT.

Obama is just coming out - saying these STUPID things - which have little basis in FACT.

You would expect much better from a guy who went to Harvard and CLAIMED HE WAS SO SMART.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 14, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama going up to Buffalo - a city whose economy has BEEN COMPLETELY DESTROYED BY DEMOCRATS - and then talking about the economy in such partisan terms is a real joke.


Obama will convince only people who KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THE ECONOMY.

Did Obama mention that Clinton repealed Glass- Steagall?


Did Obama mention that Clinton DEREGULATED THE DERVIATIVES???

Did Obama mention that Clinton appointed HIS PEOPLE into long-term positions at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ???

Meanwhile, while Bush was fighting the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the democrats were playing political games throughout - first they are for the war, voting for Iraq, then they were against the war. Everything was political sniping.

NOW Obama wants to "blame Bush" again.

Not for nothing, the stimulus bill did NOT "pull the car from the ditch."

So much for bipartisan working together - this is Obama lying and deceiving the public..... again.


Obama - you aren't going to get him to tell the truth - he is going to pave the way to bipartisanship with lies and partisanship -


So now it is Obama who is causing the trouble - and again NOT doing what he was elected to do.

There is a FUNDAMENTAL MISUNDERSTANDING ON THE PART OF OBAMA ABOUT WHAT THE JOB OF PRESIDENT IS ALL ABOUT.


This is not leadership, it is nothing.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 14, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

"Yet again, the liberals can only make themselves feel better by pointing out faults of others rather than lead…

"Obama is no leader and never will be. He's a two-bit politician who's more interested in stroking his own ego than uniting our country and he counts on his sheep to keep the rhetoric alive.

Posted by: RobParker | May 14, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I've got a kettle I'd like to introduce to that pot."

Isn't this guy hilarious BB -- he says this,"Yet again, the liberals can only make themselves feel better by pointing out faults of others rather than lead…"

and then he starts making himself feel better by whining about the 'faults' of Obama.

The wingers lack the gene for self-awareness or irony.

Posted by: drindl | May 14, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what's worse: the politicians of all political stripes who pit the American people against each other to divert attention from the fact that they are self-aggrandizing and corrupt OR the American public's willingness to take the bait and engage in playground banter, while losing sight of what is actually happening, namely the undermining of our democracy by PACs, lobbyists, and corporations.

Posted by: binaryboy | May 14, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse


If you would really like to see what a REAL Leader looks like, watch this short video of Governor Christie of NJ:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsdqfVA3fqk

Posted by: janet8 | May 14, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Irony alert!!!

"Yet again, the liberals can only make themselves feel better by pointing out faults of others rather than lead…

"Obama is no leader and never will be. He's a two-bit politician who's more interested in stroking his own ego than uniting our country and he counts on his sheep to keep the rhetoric alive.

Posted by: RobParker | May 14, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I've got a kettle I'd like to introduce to that pot.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | May 14, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

The pettiness, arrogance and narcissism is mind boggling. Truly disgusting, and a disgrace to the post of presidency. Should've listened to Rev Wright and the president's past as a race-hustling community thug in the south side of Chicago.

Posted by: NoWeCant | May 14, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Bring on November!

Posted by: pmendez | May 14, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

margaret -- Burns was ahead, but Critz has pulled even and it's a dead heat.

"Murtha is still held in high esteem in the district (55/33 posthumous approval rating, and by a 49/37 margin, voters want their next Rep. to "carry on" Murtha's legacy).

McLaughlin (R) (4/15, likely voters, no trendlines):

Mark Critz (D): 40
Tim Burns (R): 39
Undecided: 21
(MoE: ±5.6%)

Swing State Project -- good site is flipping it from tossup to leans Democratic.

In any case, Republicans have lost the last 12 [12!] special elections, so this would be an outlier in any case.

Posted by: drindl | May 14, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

doof: OBAMA IS TOO BUSY CAMPAIGNING FOR HIS FRIENDS TO RUN THE COUNTRY, AND WITH THE BIG BASH HE JUST HAD FOR HIMSELF THE OTHER NIGHT, HE DOESN'T CARE IF PEOPLE DON'T HAVE JOBS, AND HIS HEALTH CARE BILL IS JUST THAT A FRICKIN BILL FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO PAY FOR! THE TRUTH IS OUT ON HOW MUCH MORE IT WILL COST,WE DON'T HAVE IT, MAYBE GOV CAN PAY THE BILL FOR US! HA H A HA HA HA

Posted by: JBRACALE | May 14, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

The Maine Republican party has apparently gone nuts:

"PORTLAND - One School Committee member, saying she's "appalled" by the behavior of Republicans who used a room at King Middle School last weekend, wants to protect the city's public schools from future harm.

Sarah Thompson said she plans to raise the issue when the committee meets on May 19. She has asked Superintendent Jim Morse to contact City Manager Joe Gray so the committee will have a clear understanding of policies and legalities related to the rental and public use of school buildings.

"We allowed them to use the space and I'm appalled that they would go through a teacher's things, let alone remove something from a classroom," Thompson said Wednesday. "We want the public to use school spaces, but they need to respect that it's a school and understand that they should leave it the way they find it."

The Republican State Convention was held at the Portland Exposition Building, which is on Park Avenue, near the middle school. Party members from Knox County caucused in a classroom used by eighth-grade social studies teacher Paul Clifford.

When Clifford returned to school on Monday, he found that a favorite poster about the U.S. labor movement had been taken and replaced with a bumper sticker that read, "Working People Vote Republican."

Later, Clifford learned that his classroom had been searched. Republicans who had attended the convention called Principal Mike McCarthy to complain about "anti-American" things they saw there, including a closed box containing copies of the U.S. Constitution that were published by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Maine Republican Party leaders have issued a written apology to King students and teachers."

They complained that THE CONSTITUTION was anti-American... what can you even say.

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Spastic conniptions of P.T.B.P.S. Post Traumatic Black President Syndrome

Posted by: Geopolitics101 | May 14, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Tim Burns in PA's 12 CD is running on a rock solid, time worn Republican platform that offers the voters nothing but guns and God. Visit his web site. Everything else he stands for benefits the big guys in business: lower taxes for the rich, less government oversight of business. No wonder Club for Growth has spent so much money on this race.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 14, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

The American people can not let get away with winning on a platform of opposition rather than ideas to fix the problems.

Posted by: theobserver4 | May 14, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

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Opposition and finger-pointing is all the liberals have. We can't expect anything more from children.

Posted by: RobParker

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Really now....because that is the Republican platform. Well that and claiming that they're being ignored when Democrats keep incorporating their ideas in a vain attempt to get any kind of consensus.

The day that the Republicans come out with a coherent message and path for us to return to fiscal sanity and address the number of ills we have domestically is the day I consider voting for a Republican. It's been decades since we've seen it. Gay marriage stances? Stem Cells? Advocating de-regulation?

Not going to win my vote. We've got real problems beyond the Theocratic right wing pet peeves.

Posted by: theobserver4 | May 14, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

THE PRESIDENT OWNS THE CAR INDUSTRY, SO HE CAN TAKE THAT KEY AND GET THAT CAR OUT OF THE DITCH(YOU KNOW THE ONE HE SAYS THE REPUBS PUT THERE)AND TAKE ALON LONG TRIP TO A COUNTRY THAT WILL TOLLERATE HIS BIG MOUTH! HIS IDEA OF BLAMING THE BUCH ERA AND THE REPUBS IS GETTING OLD! I HAVE STARTED THE CAMPAIGNS IN PA FRIENDS FAMILY, AND TEABAGGERS TO MAKE SURE WHEN 2012 COMES AROUND HE IS VOTED OUT, JUST LIKE WE ARE DOING WITH THE INCMBENTS, SAY GODBY TO SPECTOR TOO! WHO WAS IT THAT WANTED TO PAY THE OTHER DEM RUNNING AGAINST SPETOR TO BACK OUT? IT WAS OBAMA, SO LETS PROSICUTE HIM FOR HIS WRONG DOING TOO!

Posted by: JBRACALE | May 14, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

The Maine Republican party has apparently gone nuts:

"PORTLAND - One School Committee member, saying she's "appalled" by the behavior of Republicans who used a room at King Middle School last weekend, wants to protect the city's public schools from future harm.

Sarah Thompson said she plans to raise the issue when the committee meets on May 19. She has asked Superintendent Jim Morse to contact City Manager Joe Gray so the committee will have a clear understanding of policies and legalities related to the rental and public use of school buildings.

"We allowed them to use the space and I'm appalled that they would go through a teacher's things, let alone remove something from a classroom," Thompson said Wednesday. "We want the public to use school spaces, but they need to respect that it's a school and understand that they should leave it the way they find it."

The Republican State Convention was held at the Portland Exposition Building, which is on Park Avenue, near the middle school. Party members from Knox County caucused in a classroom used by eighth-grade social studies teacher Paul Clifford.

When Clifford returned to school on Monday, he found that a favorite poster about the U.S. labor movement had been taken and replaced with a bumper sticker that read, "Working People Vote Republican."

Later, Clifford learned that his classroom had been searched. Republicans who had attended the convention called Principal Mike McCarthy to complain about "anti-American" things they saw there, including a closed box containing copies of the U.S. Constitution that were published by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Maine Republican Party leaders have issued a written apology to King students and teachers."

They complained that THE CONSTITUTION was anti-American... what can you even say.

Posted by: drindl | May 14, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Headline: President Obama scolds GOP.

So, what else would one expect from the "nanny-in-chief"...a spanking?

Posted by: CincinnatiRIck

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A spanking is much less than the national GOP deserves. They ought to be lined up and.....use your imagination.

Posted by: theobserver4 | May 14, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I agree Rob,
Obama said he wasn't going to kick the deficit can down the road, but that is exactly what he is going to do. A few weeks ago, he said the country is not ready (I think he said "doesn't have the stomach" a boxing reference) for what has to happen and probably only will when it is forced on us.

Well so, who or what will force Americans to accept the price for all that they want?
Neither political party, that is for sure.

So do we just have to wait for an economic calamity so ferocious that it can not be fixed by printing more money, for the day when no one will buy our treasuries? Even though everyone agrees it is coming, we'll do nothing to prevent it because everyone has to save more, spend less, work earlier and later in life and so on. I was in a good mood earlier, but not so much now...not that I am going to join the Republican chorus of catastrophe, not today.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 14, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

...and we will be a better country after that happens.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 14, 2010 12:31 PM


do you have a signed executive order on that from obama?

Posted by: doof | May 14, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

doof, in addition to being a harsh critic of everything Republican, I am also a harsh critic of Barak Obama's economic policies, bipartisan crony capitalism and the scourge of public employee unions, much to the annoyance of die hard Democrats in my family, my circle of friends and even here.

The problems you mention are real and as I have said before, if I really needed the money I have in the stock market, it wouldn't be in the stock market. Not that I want to lose it, of course and I've done ok. Also, I've never said anything Obama has done was responsible for the rise over the past year, I've been laughing at the people who were predicting economic disaster even as the recovery is gaining confidence. The equity markets, like retail sales and home buying are measures of confidence. Too much or too little is bad.

Bottom line, Republican predictions of imminent disaster as a result of Obama administration bungling are even more absurd in the face of the Bush Cheney record. We could agree on lots of mistakes Obama has made and is making. But we'll never agree on this I imagine: Republicans have nothing to offer in the way of solutions to the problems this country faces.

Ranting about less government, what will that do to balance our trade deficit, the oil drilling disaster, or for the Chinese housing bubbles' consequences or Californians' desire, like all Americans desire not to pay for what they voted for?

Yes, harsh austerity measures are coming to this country and we will be a better country after that happens.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 14, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

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good post shrink and I totally agree. Problem is that no party wants to take responsibility for the immense pain that the country will have to endure to get on the right track to real recovery rather than using the "finger in the dike" approach, year after year.

Posted by: RobParker | May 14, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

doof, in addition to being a harsh critic of everything Republican, I am also a harsh critic of Barak Obama's economic policies, bipartisan crony capitalism and the scourge of public employee unions, much to the annoyance of die hard Democrats in my family, my circle of friends and even here.

The problems you mention are real and as I have said before, if I really needed the money I have in the stock market, it wouldn't be in the stock market. Not that I want to lose it, of course and I've done ok. Also, I've never said anything Obama has done was responsible for the rise over the past year, I've been laughing at the people who were predicting economic disaster even as the recovery is gaining confidence. The equity markets, like retail sales and home buying are measures of confidence. Too much or too little is bad.

Bottom line, Republican predictions of imminent disaster as a result of Obama administration bungling are even more absurd in the face of the Bush Cheney record. We could agree on lots of mistakes Obama has made and is making. But we'll never agree on this I imagine: Republicans have nothing to offer in the way of solutions to the problems this country faces.

Ranting about less government, what will that do to balance our trade deficit, the oil drilling disaster, or for the Chinese housing bubbles' consequences or Californians' desire, like all Americans desire not to pay for what they voted for?

Yes, harsh austerity measures are coming to this country and we will be a better country after that happens.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 14, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

The American people can not let get away with winning on a platform of opposition rather than ideas to fix the problems.

Posted by: theobserver4 | May 14, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

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Opposition and finger-pointing is all the liberals have. We can't expect anything more from children.

Posted by: RobParker | May 14, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

"Democrats want this election to be a choice between what they have done and what Republicans would do."

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If the Dems succeed in this message then the Republicans don't have a chance in hell of walking away with a net gain in seats let alone a House Majority.

The American people can not let get away with winning on a platform of opposition rather than ideas to fix the problems.

Posted by: theobserver4 | May 14, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Man, you'd wonder how these people woul behave if the President was someone who is ACTUALLY divisive. I guess they wouldn't really be able to tell the difference since Limbaugh would use the exact same lines.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 14, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

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The difference, my liberal little brainless child, is that Limbaugh is an entertainer and Obama is SUPPOSED to be our president. You sheep prove our point by constantly comparing him to paid entertainers like Beck, Limbaugh and Palin.

Too bad he couldn't even hold his own in a debate with either one of them and they're not even running for office.

His 22 year old speech writers wouldn't know what to say other than "We won, you lose, tough noogies".

Posted by: RobParker | May 14, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

"Retail sales rose in April for the seventh straight month.

Posted by: drindl | May 14, 2010 12:15 PM

sure is great news. dow is down only 200 points.

Posted by: doof | May 14, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse


jldarden wrote:

@Janet8
"Nice story, if only it were true. Security funding for NYC is being increased by 47 million in the upcoming budget and has increased 24% since Bush was in the White House."

drindl wrote:

Janet, you hate the president. So what? New Yorkers like him -- sorry. Take your bile elsewhere.


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That $47 million is being said by an Obama lackey. Obama and Company have a habit of throwing faux figures around to try to defend their actions. Much like Obama touting that the Health Care bill was going to be deficit neutral and was going to cost under $1 trillion. In one instance, Obama and Company held back releasing $115 billion until after the HC vote. Now the HC bill is well over $1 trillion and counting. There are things coming out every day about that horrendous HC bill.

So why should anyone believe what Obama and his lapdogs say? Junk in, junk out!

This was also in that article I cited in my previous comment:

"Less than two weeks after a failed bombing attempt in Times Square, the Obama administration has slashed $53.2 million from New York City's anti-terror budget.

The Department of Homeland Security informed city officials Wednesday that the metropolitan area will only receive $111 million in transit security -- 27%, or $42 million, less than last year's $153 million.

Port security funds also took a 25% hit."

I had supported Obama as a State and US Senator but as I researched his background and started to see for myself his warped ideology and agenda, I came to realize that he wasn't the lawmaker I thought he was.

It's time for his misguided defenders to take their heads out of the sand. For their own sakes and America's.


Posted by: janet8 | May 14, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Child leader of child sheep. Thanks for illustrating the issue drindl

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Being an R and Fox watcher, that would be you, pally.

You sheep get fleeced by your party and industry on a daily basis, but you keep sucking it up and listening to the lies.

Posted by: drindl | May 14, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

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I've never watched fox since I have a mind of my own. And unlike you, I don't need a teleprompter-reading child to tell me what to think.

The fact that you sheep think that his divisive rhetoric is somehow good for this country is beyond sad.

The liberal party of brainless children. I know that most of you never have to pay taxes but some of you will one day grow up and realize that what is borrowed, must be paid back. You should go pick up your unemployment check now.

Posted by: RobParker | May 14, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

"Retail sales rose in April for the seventh straight month.

The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales rose 0.4 percent last month, better than the 0.2 percent increase economists had expected. The gain was less than the the 2.1 percent growth in March.
Consumer spending is closely watched because it accounts for 70 percent of economic activity. Consumer spending rose in the first three months of this year at the fastest pace in three years."

Posted by: drindl | May 14, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Man, you'd wonder how these people woul behave if the President was someone who is ACTUALLY divisive. I guess they wouldn't really be able to tell the difference since Limbaugh would use the exact same lines.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 14, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Child leader of child sheep. Thanks for illustrating the issue drindl

Posted by: RobParker | '

Being an R and Fox watcher, that would be you, pally.

You sheep get fleeced by your party and industry on a daily basis, but you keep sucking it up and listening to the lies.

Posted by: drindl | May 14, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

But what you are saying is, you think this is it, right? We won't get back to April's high until Republicans are back in charge, am I right?

doof, are you aware our equity markets and our gdp made no progress at all, no growth across the Bush/Cheney terms in office?
It is called the Lost Decade (google it) for a reason.
Posted by: shrink2 | May 14, 2010 11:55 AM

are you aware that california has a projected budget deficit of 500 billion just for the pensions it pays out? that does not include any other deficits. california is the next greece. what do you think will happen to the market when obama bails them out? 1000 point drop for the dow to start with? what about the chinese housing bubble? think that won't hurt the market and world economies when it bursts? where is obama and what is he doing? country needs more than talk?

Posted by: doof | May 14, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Here's another one of CC's favorites -- but looks like cheerleading is not doing her any good -- as she is waaaaaaaay behind everyone else in the polls:

'In campaigns -- like in pro-wrestling -- timing is everything. And Linda McMahon (R), last seen running way behind in the Connecticut Senate race, is proving she's a master of when to say just the right thing.

Fresh off news of the cataclysmic oil spill in the gulf of Mexico, McMahon recently distributed a mailer where she promised to put 'Connecticut back to work' by calling on the government to "increase offshore drilling and production."


McMahon says it's time to loosen the "burdensome regulations" that can "inhibit growth."

Posted by: drindl | May 14, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Why has the GOP stopped being a Conservative party?

Posted by: walker1 | May 14, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

In other words, Republicans want US taxpayers to be stuck for this billion dollar cleanup, so oil companies won't have to cut their CEO salaries:

'Even in a Washington as dominated by corporate money as today's, it's not often that you see a lawmaker side with financial backers over the public interest as brazenly as Alaska's senior senator did yesterday.

In the wake of last month's catastrophic Gulf Coast oil spill, Sen. Lisa Murkowski blocked a bill that would have raised the maximum liability for oil companies after a spill froedm a paltry $75 million to $10 billion.

Murkowski's move came just hours after Washington's top oil lobby, the American Petroleum Institute (API) expressed vociferous opposition to raising the cap. API's membership includes large oil companies like ExxonMobil and BP America, as well as smaller ones."

Posted by: drindl | May 14, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

It is rather unamerican how the party that created the worst mess in US history can complain about EVERYTHING. They have absolutely no right to say anything, let alone credibility to do so.

They should just sit down and shut the F up for a good long while.

And what brain dead idiot would even THINK... of giving these butt clown republicans any power back, so they can get right back on the path to destruction that they were derailed from.

They must think that the american voter's memories are shorter than their "johnson's".

They sure are banking on this.

On the morning of the BP hearings, there was a meeting between republiucans and oil execs, Frank "say what i tell you to say" Luntz included, where big oil and republicans were looking as to how to PR themselves and big oil, out of the Gulf oil spill mess.

You want these crooks back in charge?

Posted by: jfern03 | May 14, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

"He is heartening his troops but I think it plays poorly to all but his own. "

But since that's more than half of the country, so what?

I feel sorry for all the 'Obama's not doing the will of the country' whiners -- but he is. He won the election, you lost.

Posted by: drindl | May 14, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

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Child leader of child sheep. Thanks for illustrating the issue drindl

Posted by: RobParker | May 14, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

"He is heartening his troops but I think it plays poorly to all but his own. "

But since that's more than half of the country, so what?

I feel sorry for all the 'Obama's not doing the will of the country' whiners -- but he is. He won the election, you lost.

Posted by: drindl | May 14, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Rational conservatives -- yes, I have met one or two in my life -- are all hoping Democrats retain strong control. if you are rational and you look at the last 3 decades it is clear who actually gets things done while in power and who talks a lot but has nothing to offer. 2 recessions for reagan, 1 for bush 1 zero for Clinton and 2 including the near second great depression for dubya. the pattern is clear. Republicons make a mess and Democrats clena it up. Since it is not cleaned up yet there is no reason to even consider letting the children back in charge.

Posted by: John1263 | May 14, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

He is heartening his troops but I think it plays poorly to all but his own. The HCB will be a monument to one party caving to thier primary supporters the lawyer lobby and giving them a free pass. It was a disgrace and President Obama will surely distance himself from that mess prior to his own re-election bid.

Posted by: almorganiv | May 14, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

"...how far down does it have to go before you stop calling it a technical correction?

Posted by: doof"

doof, silly, I can't tell you when I am going to buy that is proprietary information.

But what you are saying is, you think this is it, right? We won't get back to April's high until Republicans are back in charge, am I right?

doof, are you aware our equity markets and our gdp made no progress at all, no growth across the Bush/Cheney terms in office?
It is called the Lost Decade (google it) for a reason.

http://www.mybudget360.com/the-ponzi-decade-a-lost-decade-in-stocks-industrial-production-us-dollar-and-housing-how-we-managed-to-inflate-and-destroy-the-biggest-financial-bubble-of-our-generation/

Posted by: shrink2 | May 14, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Barry in the White House called the last 15 months "tough" what with the national news media failing to vet him while they vet conservative posters on their forums, what with having a filibuster-proof Senate, super-majority in the House and control of the White House.

Posted by: jacquelynwoods | May 14, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Having met Sestak, living in his congressional district and watching him systematically take apart 12 term incumbant Curt Weldon, my prediction 6 months ago was that Sestak would first dispatch specter and them toomey. And in 2016 he is a good prospect to follow president Obama into the Oval Office.

Posted by: John1263 | May 14, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Obama is absolutely right. As usual.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 14, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

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Barack, get off the computer, it's time to go to school, I mean work, now. - Michelle

Posted by: RobParker | May 14, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Obama is quoted:

To Republicans, Obama had a mocking message. "You would have thought at a time of historic crisis that Republican leaders would have been more willing to help us find a way out of this mess -- particularly since they created the mess," he said at one point, adding, jokingly: "Don't tell me how to mop. Pick up a mop!"

Mr. President - Do you mean the economic mess created by the subprime real estate bubble? Who was in control of those Fannie & Freddie and the policies? Oh Ya – now I remember – it was The House Financial Services Committee – controlled by Democrats including our ever Freakishly Favorite Congressman Barney Frank. Also assisted by a Democrat controlled Congress. It was the Republicans between 2003 and 2008 that pushed back several times (including McCain and Bush) – declaring that we may create and economic crises with the programs and policies created through Fannie and Freddie. Barney and his ilk accused the Republicans on the Committee and elsewhere of being the “Killers of the American Dream – the dream of home ownership”. Those evil republicans!

To such comments – here are some quotes from our favorite Barney Frank –

“I believe there has been more alarm raised about potential unsafety and unsoundness of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac than, in fact exists” – September 25, 2003

“The more people, in my judgment, exaggerate a threat of safety and soundness, the more people conjure up the possibility of serious financial losses to the Treasury, which I do not see” - September 10, 2003 (who didn’t see it coming when he was told it was coming – don’t shoot me – I am just the messenger).

‘I want to roll the dice a little bit more in this situation towards subsidized housing.” – September 25, 2003

“Fannie and Freddie are fundamentally sound; they are not in danger of going under. …I do think their prospects going forward are very solid.” – July 14, 2008

“These two entities – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – are not facing any kind of financial crisis.” – September 11, 2003

Rahm Emanuel – Obama’s Chief of Staff was the Director of Freddie Mac during this scandalous period.

As your article states – “Obama's rhetoric gets at the fundamental strategic divide between the two parties this fall”. Yes it does – his policies have not made things better, they have only slowed the recovery while at the same time spent money on Temporary Stop gaps that cannot be sustained or turned into long term recovery. I am sure that Obama and team pat each other on the back and love to see their reflections in the mirror. They are oblivious to common sense. The key to economic recovery is innovation and job creation – which none of their policies and spending programs are providing!

We can only hope that the average American will study the real facts of how to drive an economy and sustain a healthy culture – that they will wake up; speak up and turn this terrible tide.

Posted by: pmiller683 | May 14, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Obama appears to not have learned that his natural in-your-face tendancy to mock is bad for his numbers. He is the most divisive President we have had and just can't control that superior, snide, nasty side that is so popular with the angry liberal elite and so common in his whole entourage + Pelosi el al....

An important lesson most learn in life is that people who find it "more important to be right/win a battle to show others" get no respect, are not seen as leaders but simple egocentric show offs. Inclusiveness is simply not in his (and most of his followers') mental vocabulary.

Posted by: sally62 | May 14, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

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Exactly sally. He's an egocentric child who MUST be right. His sheep have told him so. What a loser.

Posted by: RobParker | May 14, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Obama is absolutely right. As usual.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 14, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

mattinx -- zouk/moonbat fills in for everybody -- posts under dozens of names, but the exact same stuff -- it's funny.

"Perhaps the most fascinating political conundrum of the 2010 election is one faced by GOP senators, almost all of whom voted for TARP and supported some of the other bailouts in the thick of the financial crisis. The good news is that, for all their shortcomings, the bailouts did the trick, preventing a deeper economic crisis. The bad news is those bailouts are now considered political poison by the tea partying conservative base.

That puts Republicans in a strange position: unable to say the legislation failed, but at pains to distance themselves from their vote nonetheless. Over the past couple days, I've asked a number of GOP senators whether, nearly two years later, they think the bailout bill was effective. Their answers were revealing.

Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), who's retiring at the end of the year and is therefore unencumbered by the need to defend himself from the GOP base, has nothing to run away from.

"It was extremely effective," Gregg told me. "Not only was it effective and stabilized the financial industry, it also returned to the taxpayers almost $20 billion in interest and dividends that they would have otherwise not have."

Posted by: drindl | May 14, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

BUT HEY TEATARDS...keep those blinders on..and drink the koolaid..

and be sure to keep watching fox -- and losing the next election.

Posted by: drindl | May 14, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, it's the president's supporters who are "dumb sheep vot[ing] with their emotions". Who did your side put up last election who could actually lead? You had a veteran senator whose only core belief is spiting those who voted against him and a woman who had served one year as governor of a state which gets to live totally outside the bounds of the national reality, due to oil revenues and massive federal subsidies.

And sorry that he's "divisive", which only means that he's not a Republican.

Posted by: jldarden | May 14, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

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Yet again, the liberals can only make themselves feel better by pointing out faults of others rather than lead.

Typical liberal mentality. With DNC leaders like Obama and Pelosi setting the tone, we'll continue to split the country along ideological lines.

Once a politician is elected president, they should be above the party fray and attempt to unite and lead. Even Bush, will his many faults, didn't deliberately and consistently attempt to divide America.

Obama is no leader and never will be. He's a two-bit politician who's more interested in stroking his own ego than uniting our country and he counts on his sheep to keep the rhetoric alive.

Posted by: RobParker | May 14, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Headline: President Obama scolds GOP.

So, what else would one expect from the "nanny-in-chief"...a spanking?

Posted by: CincinnatiRIck | May 14, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Truly enjoy the LIBTARDS and their reasons..their nonsense is about as entertaining as this impostor is...loves to get in people's faces, and distort the facts and figures....like congress did not exist during the previous administration and he was not a part of it..He is a consummate liar, and a threat to this country's freedoms..BUT HEY LIBTARDS...keep those blinders on..and drink the koolaid....ratings on his job are plummeting and of course, its all Bush's fault...what a joke!

Posted by: Gmann2009 | May 14, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

"He's such a child, and an incompetent one at that."

Better see someone, Robbie, about that projection.

Posted by: mattintx | May 14, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Obama appears to not have learned that his natural in-your-face tendancy to mock is bad for his numbers. He is the most divisive President we have had and just can't control that superior, snide, nasty side that is so popular with the angry liberal elite and so common in his whole entourage + Pelosi el al....

An important lesson most learn in life is that people who find it "more important to be right/win a battle to show others" get no respect, are not seen as leaders but simple egocentric show offs. Inclusiveness is simply not in his (and most of his followers') mental vocabulary.

Posted by: sally62 | May 14, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Wow Republicans have really become effeminate.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 14, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I love the argument that Democrats can't blame President Bush anymore for the problems the country currently faces. Weren't Republicans blaming President Clinton for everything bad that happened at least until the Democrats retook the House and Senate in 2007?

Posted by: GJonahJameson
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That's nothing, in a post I read yesterday Carter was blamed for the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Incidentally, the same conservative poster said blaming Bush for the economy is a lame excuse. Astonishing.

Posted by: ashotinthedark | May 14, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

@ drindl:

I wasn't a Bush fan and the fact that freak liberals like you continue to point fingers at him, including your man-child in the white house, means that liberals can never lead. They'd rather blame.

Being a leader means taking responsibility for ALL Americans.

That concept doesn't exist within the DNC.

Posted by: RobParker | May 14, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Headline: President Obama scolds GOP.

So what does one expect from the nanny-in-chief?

Posted by: CincinnatiRIck | May 14, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Nice of Moonbat to fill in for thand0, who must not be awake yet. Dang microwaves.

Posted by: mattintx | May 14, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

@ RobParker:

Yeah, it's the president's supporters who are "dumb sheep vot[ing] with their emotions". Who did your side put up last election who could actually lead? You had a veteran senator whose only core belief is spiting those who voted against him and a woman who had served one year as governor of a state which gets to live totally outside the bounds of the national reality, due to oil revenues and massive federal subsidies.

And sorry that he's "divisive", which only means that he's not a Republican.

Posted by: jldarden | May 14, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

'Bush is an immature child and the sooner we can rid our government of people like him, the better. He's divisive and he's NOT my president.

That's what happens when dumb sheep vote with their emotions rather than choosing the person who could actually lead.

Posted by: RobParker '|


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there, that actually makes sense now.


Posted by: drindl | May 14, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

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Thx. I'll stand up and take credit for it yet again. I don't see how anybody could think that Barack Obama's divisive rhetoric can be good for our country. He's a good campaigner but he's certainly no president and he proves it every time he opens his teleprompter-induced mouth.

He's such a child, and an incompetent one at that.

Posted by: RobParker | May 14, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

R Judd Gregg is retiring so he can tell the truth now:

"Perhaps the most fascinating political conundrum of the 2010 election is one faced by GOP senators, almost all of whom voted for TARP and supported some of the other bailouts in the thick of the financial crisis. The good news is that, for all their shortcomings, the bailouts did the trick, preventing a deeper economic crisis. The bad news is those bailouts are now considered political poison by the tea partying conservative base.

That puts Republicans in a strange position: unable to say the legislation failed, but at pains to distance themselves from their vote nonetheless. Over the past couple days, I've asked a number of GOP senators whether, nearly two years later, they think the bailout bill was effective. Their answers were revealing.

Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), who's retiring at the end of the year and is therefore unencumbered by the need to defend himself from the GOP base, has nothing to run away from.

"It was extremely effective," Gregg told me. "Not only was it effective and stabilized the financial industry, it also returned to the taxpayers almost $20 billion in interest and dividends that they would have otherwise not have."

Posted by: drindl | May 14, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Data point: More jobs have been created during the Obama administration than during the Bush years. That is despite the fact that employment is a lagging statistic and that the recession continued through the first three quarters of 2009.

Posted by: lartfromabove | May 14, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

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hahaha. What DNC propaganda site did you read THAT from??? That's beyond false, it's an outrageious lie and somehow, you, one of the sheep, believes it. hahaha pathetic...

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It's called reality, goober. but you watch fox so yo wouldn't recognize it.


"idiots electing idiots"

Bush voter, I see.

Posted by: drindl | May 14, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

DDAWD, that could be an explanation. I go straight to "The Fix" without seeing the Washington Post's homepage, so I wouldn't know if it were linked there. I'm well aware that posts with Drudge links get hundreds of comments, but I thought maybe this one just hadn't yet had the time to generate all of them.

drindl, just because several accounts make similar posts doesn't mean they're all the same person. There are only so many lines of attack on the Internets; put enough attack-prone people on the same message board, and you're going to see similarities.

I love the argument that Democrats can't blame President Bush anymore for the problems the country currently faces. Weren't Republicans blaming President Clinton for everything bad that happened at least until the Democrats retook the House and Senate in 2007?

Posted by: GJonahJameson | May 14, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

@ lilycat:

Cutting taxes is no different that increased spending when it comes to impact on the deficit. That's why your side's arguments about the debt are so meaningless.

Posted by: jldarden | May 14, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

So doof is predicting the stock market "is not going to happen" (this is called a technical correction doof, it was overdue and it is a money making opportunity)

Posted by: shrink2 | May 14, 2010 10:40 AM

how far down does it have to go before you stop calling it a technical correction?

Posted by: doof | May 14, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

“In 172 days, we'll find out who is right.”
Well Chris Cillizza, I don’t like the sound of that. If you know anything about politics and history, and maybe you don’t, you already know that whenever there’s a Republican President, the People usual bring in a Democratic Congress, and vice versa.

The only reason why it didn’t turn out that way with Bush was because Bush was selected by the Supreme Court, not by the People.


Posted by: lindalovejones | May 14, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

jonweiss1 writes
"Loony liberals like to claim that the RNC destroyed America but for a "destroyed" country we still seem to be here... Perhaps the loony liberals could find a new lie to promulgate?"


That's the thing about hyperbole, it tends to exaggerate. Take your argument & replace RNC with Obama, and 'loony liberals' with 'teabagging nutjobs'. Which side is spewing lies? Perhaps both. Though from where I sit, its a hard argument to accept that the Bush admin didn't steer this country into a ditch, from which we're still trying to extract ourselves.

Perhaps what's most frustrating is the huge number of people who still seem to believe the 'something for nothing' promises that politicians have been making for the last 30 years; and I say that in a way that does not blame only one party.

Posted by: bsimon1 | May 14, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

"In 172 days, we'll find out who is right."

In 172 days we will find out who gets the most votes. "Right" won't enter into it.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 14, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse


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'Bush is an immature child and the sooner we can rid our government of people like him, the better. He's divisive and he's NOT my president.

That's what happens when dumb sheep vote with their emotions rather than choosing the person who could actually lead.

Posted by: RobParker '|

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there, that actually makes sense now.

Posted by: drindl | May 14, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Data point: More jobs have been created during the Obama administration than during the Bush years. That is despite the fact that employment is a lagging statistic and that the recession continued through the first three quarters of 2009.

Posted by: lartfromabove | May 14, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

___________________________________________

hahaha. What DNC propaganda site did you read THAT from??? That's beyond false, it's an outrageious lie and somehow, you, one of the sheep, believes it. hahaha pathetic...

idiots electing idiots

Posted by: RobParker | May 14, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

@jonweiss1
Does anyone really not remember the trillions of dollars that got sucked out of the market and millions of jobs lost in 2007-2008 due to Republican mismanagement of financial deregulation?

Data point: More jobs have been created during the Obama administration than during the Bush years. That is despite the fact that employment is a lagging statistic and that the recession continued through the first three quarters of 2009.

Posted by: lartfromabove | May 14, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Obama is an immature child and the sooner we can rid our government of people like him, the better. He's divisive and he's NOT my president.

That's what happens when dumb sheep vote with their emotions rather than choosing the person who could actually lead.

Posted by: RobParker | May 14, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

@jonweiss1
Does anyone really not remember the trillions of dollars that got sucked out of the market and millions of jobs lost in 2007-2008 due to Republican mismanagement of financial deregulation?

Data point: More jobs have been created during the Obama administration than during the Bush years. That is despite the fact that employment is a lagging statistic and that the recession continued through the first three quarters of 2009.

Posted by: lartfromabove | May 14, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

@jonweiss1
Does anyone really not remember the trillions of dollars that got sucked out of the market and millions of jobs lost in 2007-2008 due to Republican mismanagement of financial deregulation?

Data point: More jobs have been created during the Obama administration than during the Bush years. That is despite the fact that employment is a lagging statistic and that the recession continued through the first three quarters of 2009.

Posted by: lartfromabove | May 14, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Loony liberals like to claim that the RNC destroyed America but for a "destroyed" country we still seem to be here... Perhaps the loony liberals could find a new lie to promulgate?

Posted by: jonweiss1 | May 14, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

The Republican program:

The sky is falling!
Chickens coming home to roost!
America is lost!

If only McCain/Palin had won,
everything would be great.

Republicans, you are ridiculous.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 14, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Republicans like to destroy America and then go hide in the shadows like their hero George W. Bush did. But no, we're not going to let you forget.

Well done Obama, next time how about some PARTY OF NO jokes please?

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 14, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

"Funny, when I compare my portfolio now versus where it was at the end of Bush's term I'd say it DID happen."


Same here. While the market hasn't returned to its all time highs, staying in & buying low has boosted my retirement funds to new heights.

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Posted by: bsimon1 | May 14, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

"Republicans should be lucky they weren't all hanged for treason after what they did to America from 2000-2008. Now they are whining about a little criticism?"

During the Bush administration The House Madam "Pelousy" clearly violated the Logan Act, it's still not too late to prosecute.

Posted by: jonweiss1 | May 14, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Berry, nappy and scolder are convinced that our enemies, who are NOT Muslim radicals, will not figure out how to actually explode a bomb.

When the finally do, sometime soon according to the uptempo pace of attacks after the worlwide weakness was exposed, the country will not rally behind these clowns who are allowing this to proceed. They cut the military, the CIA, ny terror money. Etc.

They will have a hard time continuing to blame everyone else in the coming months. The chickens are coming home to roost.

Posted by: Moonbat | May 14, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I didn't approve of Bush's fiscal failures anymore than I do of Obama's. I don't think that tax cuts are the problem. The problems lie in the very things I mentioned. There has to be restraint, oversight, and honest accounting, along with the elimination of duplicative and/or unnecessary expenses. We've only gotten lip service about cleaning it up because no one has the moral courage to attack the problems. As for Bush, he was no fiscal conservative. He spent like there was no tomorrow, failed to heed advice or admit he was wrong, and was so busy trying to please everybody that he pleased almost no one. Hence, the party power switch.

Posted by: Lilycat1 | May 14, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Odimbo "touts DNC accomplishments"???

Oh, you mean like electing a President who has no clue as to how to do his job, appointing an Attorney General who refuses to enforce the law, appointing a Sec of state that is selling out our national sovereignty to the UN rule, and now appointing a new Supreme Court Justice who has even less experience as a Judge than I do???? And lets not forget running up the highest national debt in the history of the Republic. Does he mean those accomplishments??

Posted by: jonweiss1 | May 14, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Odimbo "touts DNC accomplishments"???

Oh, you mean like electing a President who has no clue as to how to do his job, appointing an Attorney General who refuses to enforce the law, appointing a Sec of state that is selling out our national sovereignty to the UN rule, and now appointing a new Supreme Court Justice who has even less experience as a Judge than I do???? And lets not forget running up the highest national debt in the history of the Republic. Does he mean those accomplishments??

Posted by: jonweiss1 | May 14, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Republicans should be lucky they weren't all hanged for treason after what they did to America from 2000-2008. Now they are whining about a little criticism? Wow, the GOP sure is stocked with babies these days. Waahhh. See Kleenex.com for help.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 14, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Republicans seem to hate the truth. But no, we're not going to let you forget that you gave us the WORST PRESIDENT IN US HISTORY...twice. That you destroyed America's reputation along with its economy.

The GOP can piss off. I'm going to tell you EVERY SINGLE DAY how awful you are.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 14, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

That's my iPhone. Like obumbler I have no idea how to use it and am averse to factual information.

That is why I only watch msdnc.

Posted by: Moonbat | May 14, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

@ Lilycat:

But I'm sure you had no problem with the Bush tax cuts, which make up the vast majority of the deficit.

Posted by: jldarden | May 14, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Wow, what pus sy considers that 'mocking' ??

lol the Right sure has thin skins these days, I remember when they weren't all such crying babies.

Shameful.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 14, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

So doof is predicting the stock market "is not going to happen" (this is called a technical correction doof, it was overdue and it is a money making opportunity) and

amhofshi says hyperinflation will come soon enough and no one will be able to visit Greece two years from now.

Isn't it awful living in a constant state of rage and fear? I mean, as we and the rest of the world suffered (and so many still do) through all the consequences of your Bush/Cheney votes, we were not convinced the end of the world was upon us.

This apocalyptic vision you wing nuts have developed is funny for us, but it seems to be taking a toll on you.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 14, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I'm rather tired of Obama "scolding" others. His march to the sea of irreversible debt is only a source of pride to those who don't think beyond their next breath. The absolute irrationality of thinking that we can continue to expand government, fund wars, expand costly social programs and refuse to rein in fraud, corruption and government waste casts a very poor light on him and his willing helpers. Frankly, I'd vote for anyone who bucks the trend that this administration and Congress are setting.

Posted by: Lilycat1 | May 14, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

@ Moonbat:

It would be easier to take your arguments seriously if you:

a) knew what socialism means
b) didn't randomly capitalize words

Posted by: jldarden | May 14, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

akeegan - you could use some of that "Eduacation".

Posted by: ajlerner1 | May 14, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

@ Mikem1:

That's because you're looking at the real Dow (up 29%), S&P 500 (up 34%), and NASDAQ (up 54%). You're not looking at doof's Sanity Index, which is at record lows.

Posted by: jldarden | May 14, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

The only ones that want a socialist Goverment are the freeloaders and the people that refuse to better themself through hard work and a Education.

Exhibit A : drivl

Posted by: Moonbat | May 14, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Will the Republicans give us back the world we had the last time they were in office, e.g., a wrecked economy, a collapsing currency, all of our major investment banks save one failing, two pointless wars and a country that is the laughing stock of the entire civilized world?

Personally, I think the country would better off off if the Republicans would quit sulking, pouting and trying to tell the adults how to hold the mop.

Posted by: Andrea_KC | May 14, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

McCain is simply exhibiting the desperation of dementia and failing to recognize his time has passed. Maybe Cindy can find another horse to ride to the White House -- that would be the 8th (!) she might own.

Party of NO 2.0 = Oh, no!

LULAC wins again.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | May 14, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

remember when idiots like you were telling us how well the stock market was doing because of obama? ... well, it didn't happen and it is not going to happen.

Posted by: doof | May 14, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

==

Funny, when I compare my portfolio now versus where it was at the end of Bush's term I'd say it DID happen.

Posted by: mikem1 | May 14, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: thebump
"The greatest nation in history had an election and all we got was this self-infatuated stooge?"

The election was Nov/2008, time to stop blaming cheney/bush.

Posted by: knjincvc | May 14, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

you'd know if Drudge linked here. It would be far worse than this. I think it's just that the inflammatory title of this thread is posted right on the WaPo home page

Posted by: DDAWD | May 14, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Why bother visiting Greece and Europe. Obimbo is busy bringing their failing socialism here.

Posted by: Moonbat | May 14, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Obama's right.

In spite of the furious spinning by Republicans, Bush did leave a mess. A wrecked economy and two pointless wars to name just two items.

And the Republicans haven't done much since their well deserved loss besides sulk, pout and try to tell the adults how to pick up a mop.

Posted by: Andrea_KC | May 14, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Note to shrink2: creating unfunded liabilities, adding laws that make it harder to have employees, and forcing more banks into failure and more homes into foreclosure will create hyperinflation soon enough. Visit Greece this summer. You won't be able to do it 2012.

Posted by: ahmhofshi | May 14, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

There's only one of us in the world dingbat drivl. As you know, everyone but me and only me, worships messiah. It must be true cause Keith olbermann said so.

Posted by: Moonbat | May 14, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Your tax dollars at work...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8681919.stm

We learned yesterday Republicans want to militarize America's borders. Still I wonder why Israelis can't buy their own missiles?

Posted by: shrink2 | May 14, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

We have President that is bent on reducing
American to a 3rd world Country along with Greece.... The only ones that want a socialist Goverment are the freeloaders and the people that refuse to better themself through hard work and a Eduacation.

Posted by: akeegan2 | May 14, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Michael Gerson, republican strategist -- and is he ever right:

The intensity of these Republican attitudes is evident not just from what activists say but also from what Republican leaders are being forced to say. Sen. John McCain, a long-term supporter of humane, comprehensive immigration reform, has run a commercial feeding fears of “drug and human smuggling, home invasions, murder” by illegal immigrants.

" Never mind that the level of illegal immigration is down in Arizona or that skyrocketing crime rates along the border are a myth. McCain’s tag line—“Complete the danged fence”—will rank as one of the most humiliating capitulations in modern political history.

[...]

Immigration issues are emotional and complex. But this must be recognized for what it is: political suicide. Consider that Hispanics make up 40 percent of the K-12 students in Arizona, 44 percent in Texas, 47 percent in California, 54 percent in New Mexico. Whatever temporary gains Republicans might make feeding resentment of this demographic shift, the party identified with that resentment will eventually be voted into singularity. In a matter of decades, the Republican Party could cease to be a national party."

Posted by: drindl | May 14, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Moonbat | May 14, 2010 7:47 AM
"This should be a study in present idential failure on a Jimmy Carter scale."

OK Dingbat what was Jimmy Carter's failure?
Let's see, Nixon's Arab oil embargoes, Nixon not ending the Vietnam war sooner, Nixon taking U.S. off gold standard, oh and don't forget job growth while Carter was POTUS, very good income growth while POTUS.
But don't fret, cheney/bush will go down in history as the worst president ever.


Posted by: knjincvc | May 14, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

those who can explain policy in depth like Obama can't really rely on that strategy.

Whoa. That's rich. Everytime he tries to discuss details he gets them wrong, even prompting shouts of you lie. He was publicly spanked by Palin via Twitter. What a joke.

This fool couldn't order a happy meal without his TelePrompTer.

Why no press conferences. No questions allowed. We need a real time TelePrompTer feed first.

Why the big secret with his transcripits. Was it because he flunked Econ. Was a foreign student. Is dumber than Bush? Why the big secret berry? His entire fraud is about to come crashing down around him.

And us.

Posted by: Moonbat | May 14, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

So Barack Obama continues to demonize Republicans along with all others who differ with his big-government, big-debt, big-control ideology. Too bad he didn't listen to a guy named Barack Obama speaking two weeks ago at the University of Michigan telling the crowd that demonization kills debate and injures democracy. We are familiar with the Barack Obama who hectors others on how to mop. Is there a Barack who will stop making messes himself?

Posted by: ahmhofshi | May 14, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Remember when Republicans were predicting hyperinflation? ... Well, it didn't happen and it is not going to happen.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 14, 2010 9:59 AM


remember when idiots like you were telling us how well the stock market was doing because of obama? ... well, it didn't happen and it is not going to happen.

Posted by: doof | May 14, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

GJonah -- they all sound like moonbat/zouk/bumblingberry under different names. Some days he's just frantic.

Posted by: drindl | May 14, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

This website is designated " for drivl's bile only".

All other haters stay away.

Posted by: Moonbat | May 14, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Drudge link today? Or is there just a complement of lurkers who only show up to post "TEH PRESIDENT IS LEX LUTHOR IN DISGUISE I HAVE PROOF~" comments whenever Chris focuses specifically on President Obama? The world may never know.

Obama's blasted the Republicans in general before, and it seemed to get a reasonably positive response; dedicated Republicans hate it, but they hate everything Obama does, so that doesn't make any difference. It sucks that politicians nowadays can see a lot more benefit from bashing their opponents with generalities than with soberly explaining differences in policy and why they believe their side is better, but Americans largely aren't willing to take the time to look at the issues in depth, so those who can explain policy in depth like Obama can't really rely on that strategy.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | May 14, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Remember when Republicans were predicting hyperinflation? As a result of no one having any confidence in America (our just punishment for electing Barak Hussein Obama) the dollar was supposed to crash and be replaced by other currencies for commodity trading and all that?

Well, it didn't happen and it is not going to happen. Now how ironic, we are propping up other currencies. In fact, if the dollar gets any stronger there are going to be negative consequences, starting with US exports. Bottom line, this Summer looks like a good time to visit Europe, everything is lot cheaper than it used to be.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 14, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

If Specter had steel in his backbone, he'd have stayed and fought Toomey.

Posted by: JakeD3 | May 14, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Janet, you hate the president. So what? New Yorkers like him -- sorry. Take your bile elsewhere.

Posted by: drindl | May 14, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

@Janet8

Nice story, if only it were true. Security funding for NYC is being increased by 47 million in the upcoming budget and has increased 24% since Bush was in the White House.

Posted by: jldarden | May 14, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

"What's more is that Lowden's standing has diminished thanks to the Tea Party Express endorsement of GOP candidate Sharron Angle, a former state assembly member. As Angle and Tarkanian slug it out for the conservative label, something that might normally divide the party to let the moderate candidate prevail, it's actually looking like Lowden is the one suffering.


That's coupled with a new Democratic poll out yesterday showing Reid with 42 percent and Lowden with 35 percent. "

Posted by: drindl | May 14, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse


I read on the WCBS TV website that New Yorkers are calling Obama a hypocrite.

The title of the article is "OBAMA CALLED A HYPOCRITE FOR COMING TO NEW YORK CITY"

Here's an excerpt from the article:

"He met with NYPD officers whose budgets may be slashed, then took cash from the Wall Street fat cats he's very publicly ripped apart.

The irony is hard to ignore – President Obama schmoozing with New York's Finest, thanking them for their handling of the Times Square bomb scare, just one day after the White House said it may be slashing the city's terror-fighting fund."

http://wcbstv.com/national/obama.nyc.obama.2.1693569.html

As usual, Obama talks out both sides of his mouth.

Anybody who believes what Obama says is either a fool or has an agenda. Right Cillizza?


Posted by: janet8 | May 14, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

This is fun:

"A Republican civil war and some rather, well, fowl comments about health care might just be giving Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a fresh chance at reelection this fall.

For months Reid (D-NV) has seemed like a goner as each one of his potential GOP rivals held solid leads in polls. But as the June 8 primary nears, the Republicans in the crowded field of challengers have turned on one another and the race is tightening. It seems Sue Lowden is no longer immune to the Republican intraparty wars sprouting up across the country as Utah GOPers boot a longtime senator and as Kentucky Republicans are sparring over the better candidate to run for Senate.

Sue Lowden, the former state chairman who seemed like the favorite candidate of official Washington, is taking heat from all sides as Democrats and several GOP challengers have seized on her suggestion that a health care bartering system would work better than the reform law passed by Congress this spring. The Democrats had a field day dubbing it "Chickens for Checkups," but it's Lowden's Republican challenger Danny Tarkanian who has done the most damage on the topic. "

Posted by: drindl | May 14, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Obama's constant yakking reminds me of W. I remember seeing photos of state rep Obama slumped in his seat looking like a doofus. Now we get this new version--pumped up and just as yakkity yak yak. I voted for him, but I've stopped listening to the ongoing BS coming out of his mouth, just as I stopped listening to W.

When will we be a bipartisan nation of Americans again, and not just a corporate workforce--to the point where Americans are forced to compete with illegal aliens for jobs because corporations want it that way. Blah, blah, blah, Mr. Obama.

Posted by: mclovin | May 14, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

@ Donschott:

This shows the absurdity of the term "bipartisan". The President can give in to the Republicans on everything, and if they oppose it, he's still, by definition, being a partisan. The Republicans aren't interested in influencing policy. They're wanting to throw a fit and scream racist crap at the top of their lungs.

Posted by: jldarden | May 14, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Don't worry doof -- Pink Hot Pants Cosmo Boy is a flash in the pan -- he'll last one term and be swallowed once again by the obscurity he deserves.

Posted by: drindl | May 14, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

@45upnorth

He does listen to them. That's why he gave in to so many of their demands on stimulus and health care, among others. The problem isn't that he doesn't listen. It's that you want a veto over policy. Sure, the right speaks for some of the people, but they don't represent the will of the people. We have a mechanism for determining public will: elections. And the people returned Democratic majorities in both houses and placed a Democrat in the White House.

Posted by: jldarden | May 14, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Well Mark, we get accused of operating a mutual admiration society around here, but so what. I had a whole screed in mind about how Newt Gingrich has become the Jesse Jackson of the Republican party and so on, then I look down and you already dealt, in your gentler style, with what a political zero he is. I mean, who pays Newt to wander around the country trying to appear relevant?

Posted by: shrink2 | May 14, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

"The City of Phoenix -- a convention hot-spot -- is facing a "near economic crisis" caused by lost revenue stemming from organizations canceling events in response to Arizona's controversial immigration law, according to its mayor."

Just what they deserve.

Posted by: drindl | May 14, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

The greatest nation in history had an election and all we got was this self-infatuated stooge?

Posted by: thebump | May 14, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Some idiot valueless anti-American liar posted: "The President's style and speeches have come right from the Marxist book "Rules for Radicals". He no longer even tries to hide it!"

Better that than "My Pet Goat," there, Goober.

Posted by: trippin | May 14, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

"...Vice President Joe Biden...praised Specter as 'a guy with more steel in his backbone than most people have in their whole body.' "

That's "steal."

Joe Biden, the man who brought the draconian Bankruptcy Bill to Americans who have gone belly up because of a health crisis or this abject deregulatory fiscal mismanagment, sees fit to hold forth in advocacy of an avowed Bush sycophant?

It only goes to show: both parties are corrupt to the core, and there's hardly a dime's worth of difference between them. I wouldn't vote for Specter if Obama held a gun to my head, and his endorsement of Specter seals his fate in 2012 as far as I'm concerned.

Go, Admiral Sestak!! Hand this snake in the grass his walking papers.

Posted by: trippin | May 14, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

"Obama is stirring up a war within this country. Treason comes to mind.
Posted by: prossers7 "|

treason is the word alright, but it's people like you who are trying to start a war that are guilty of it.

Posted by: drindl | May 14, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

#1 - The opposition party can continually blast him day in and day out, and he's not allowed to return fire? Please, enough with the thin-skinned whining.

#2 - It's a democratic fundraiser - past presidents have hardly been shy about blasting their opponents. Heck, Dubya painted his opponents as unpatriotic which is about as low as you can go.

Posted by: mikem1 | May 14, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Holder seems to get all his info from Keith olbermann. This falls in nicely with obimbos distaste for information. These idiots tell us their views without knowing anything.

Cops acted stupidly

lone wolf

law is racist

the know nothing administration survives by TelePrompTer only.

Posted by: Moonbat | May 14, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

The President's style and speeches have come right from the Marxist book "Rules for Radicals". He no longer even tries to hide it!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | May 14, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Because -- he won and election?

Posted by: drindl | May 14, 2010 9:11 AM

no. because -- he kicked the democrats' asses in massachusetts.

Posted by: doof | May 14, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

"Remember the Fix rule: NO politician goes to Iowa by accident."

You mean, thinking they were going to Kansas or Texas or France, maybe? What?

Posted by: drindl | May 14, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

funny, bsimon. 'celebrity' Scott Brown? Now there's the definition of celebrity today -- cheap and cheesy. Because -- he won and election? Wow, we have an entire government full of celebrities! What a great country!

Posted by: drindl | May 14, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Obama is against Wall Street Fat Cats....except when he needs to reach into their back pocket

Posted by: Phil6 | May 14, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Obama is stirring up a war within this country. Treason comes to mind.

Posted by: prossers7 | May 14, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

cilizza said "In 172 days, we'll find out who is right"

we already found out who is right. just look at virginia, new jersey, massachusetts. next week it's hawaii and pennsylvania. don't need 172 days.

Posted by: doof | May 14, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

I find it interesting Mr. Obama's now apparent style of solving problems is to mock those who disagree with him and force his policies in a rush -- without listening to the people he is suppose to represent. People also mocked Jesus as he was lead to Calvary. I guess his mother never taught him how to talk with people rather than shout at them or make fun of them. Its too bad we can't have a president who is a true leader and lifts people up rather than walks all them.

Posted by: 45upnorth | May 14, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Looks like the "lone wolf" bomber was embedded in a pack.

Do these bumblers have any idea what they are doing. Holder doesn't read laws and can't figure out who the enemy is. Nappy is as clueless as they come. Berry is way over his head.

Posted by: Moonbat | May 14, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

"Burns' camp is trotting out celebrity Sen. Scott Brown"

That says a lot, doesn't it. Need some campaign help? Here's celebrity Senator (for what, four months?) Brown! Not good enough? Here's celebrity half-term governor & losing VP candidate Sarah Palin! Not good enough? Uh... Who else we got, Jon Voigt? Go dig up Charlton Heston - real americans LOVE him.

Posted by: bsimon1 | May 14, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

I find it interesting Mr. Obama's now apparent style of solving problems is to mock those who disagree with him and force his policies in a rush -- without listening to the people he is suppose to represent. People also mocked Jesus as he was lead to Calvary. I guess his mother taught him how to talk with people rather than shout at them or make fun of them. Its too bad we can't have a president who is a true leader and lifts people up rather than walks all them.

Posted by: 45upnorth | May 14, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Whenever has a sitting president mocked the opposing party? Never, Obama is a jerk, a know-nothing, inexperienced fool. Impeach this destroyer of America.

Posted by: prossers7 | May 14, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

But the public is warming to ObamaCare as they learn more about it....and learn Fox & Frightwing radio pundits LIED.

Not feeling so warm and fuzzy about the newly discovered 115 billion in cost. I seem to recall a price tag below 900 billion being substantial for some reason. Of course it was a lie. Just like 8 percent max unemployment. Just like bipartisanship. Just like transparency. Closing gitmo. Line by line. No lobbyists. The parade of lies stretches around the block.

Posted by: Moonbat | May 14, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Never before have we had such a lying, incompetent, divisive, derisive fraud in the White House - who has never written a speech in his life...but simply reads his prompter with loud, emotional outbursts. Never before have Americans been so berated, so maligned, so maliciously robbed of property and liberties. Never before has such deceitful rhetoric been spewed - outright lies - through purple, lying lips - on a daily basis.

Mr. President - even as the oil is spewing and destroying an entire region of our country - you Chicago/Kenyan Marxist thug are still up to your community organizing and militant activism - because you don't have any other skills on which to draw. Neither does your staff.

This presidency is a complete failure and this country might have a chance for redemption if you did one moral thing in your life - and stepped down.

You fraud. You liar. You freak. You anti-American.

Posted by: joesmithdefend | May 14, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

I love to imagine the looks on their faces when the leftist apparatchiks at MSNBC sit down to write news like this:

Drill, baby, drill.
Even after the recent — and highly publicized — oil spill in the Gulf Coast, that's the overwhelming sentiment from the public, with six in 10 Americans supporting more offshore drilling, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
In addition, a majority believes that the potential economic benefits of offshore drilling outweigh its potential harm to the environment.
Furthermore, despite a relentless Big Media campaign of demonization and lies,

Nearly two-thirds of Americans back Arizona's new controversial immigration law.
Also, 72% disapprove of the Dem-controlled Congress, and a majority are aware that the country is headed in the wrong direction under the rule of the Moonbat Messiah.

Yet MSNBC's liberal weenies manage to finish the story with a brave smile on their pasty faces:

The one true bright spot in the poll: General Motors, which has seen its favorable rating jump from 18 percent after its federal government bailout to 37 percent now.
Of course, the other 63% would rather pedal around on a tricycle than buy anything Government Motors excretes between coffee breaks, but the important thing is keeping lots and lots and lots of union members on the public dole.

Posted by: Moonbat | May 14, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

DELAWARE A.G. BEAU BIDEN'S 'MILD STROKE'... A SILENT MICROWAVE WEAPON ATTACK BY POLITICAL ENEMIES?


URGENT TO THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE U.S. (staff, please forward):

Our prayers are with Beau and the family, and I wish him a speedy recovery. But it also would be prudent to heed the words of TV's N.C.I.S. Special Agent LeRoy Jethro Gibbs: "I don't believe in coincidences."

So-called "targeted individuals" -- perhaps including some of the nation's political leaders -- may be unwitting victims of an awesome, silent, invisible and little known microwave/laser radio frequency weapon system that has been installed on cell towers in every neighborhood in America...

...a precision-targeted weapon that apparently has been franchised out to various authorities, commands and operatives, and, a preponderance of evidence shows, is being used for nefarious purposes.

Please read these articles by a veteran journalist -- and question key security and intel officials under oath about the deployment and accessibility of Homeland Security's cellular "torture towers."

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america OR NowPublic.com/scrivener re: "Gestapo USA," "U.S. Censors Net Political Speech of Targeted Americans."

Posted by: scrivener50 | May 14, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

moonbat wrote>>>The signature issues- bail out and health takeover are wildly unpopular.

Yes, Bush's bailout for the Banks is still unpopular.
But the public is warming to ObamaCare as they learn more about it....and learn Fox & Frightwing radio pundits LIED.

Posted by: angie12106 | May 14, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Good Morning Right-Wing Patriots, Good Morning Left-Wing Ninny Noodles,

The Winner in the "Absolutely Idiotic Mischaracterization of Arizona's Immigration Enforcement Law" contest for this week comes from Los Angeles City Councilman "Special" Ed Reyes.
As an American, I cannot go to Arizona today without a passport. If I come across an officer who's having a bad day and feels that the picture on my ID is not me, I can be . . . deported, no questions asked. That is not American.
Fat, paranoid, and stupid is no way to go through life, councilman.

Of course, illegal immigration advocates have to lie ... outrageously... about what's in the law because its actual content polls so very well with the American people. The boycott of Arizona, not so much.

Posted by: Moonbat | May 14, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Did Gorams1 cut and paste this post from the Summer of 2008? We were treated to the virtually identical huffing and puffing from the Fox News groupies leading up to that election.

Posted by: ajlerner1 | May 14, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

It must be hard to have had such promise(s) and really come up with so little. The signature issues- bail out and health takeover are wildly unpopular. Now the congress is about to switch. This should be a study in present idential failure on a Jimmy Carter scale.

Posted by: Moonbat | May 14, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

gorams1-
It wasn't funny the first time.
Rams? Really? Wow.

Posted by: rpttn20041 | May 14, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Conservatives are going to pick up a mop alright - we're going to mop the floor with Obambi's left wing cronies this Fall. That will be just a prelude to how badly Mr. "Lemma be clear" gets his arse whipped in 2012. What a zero this guy is.

Posted by: gorams1 | May 14, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Conservatives are going to pick up a mop alright - we're going to mop the floor with Obambi's left wing cronies this Fall. That will be just a prelude to how badly Mr. "Lemma be clear" gets his arse whipped in 2010. What a zero this guy is.

Posted by: gorams1 | May 14, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Good for Obama to call out the Party of No.

No brains
No ideas
No class
No people who aren't white
Etc.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 14, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

The hypocrisy that the politicians practice is amazing!

It is wrong for a Republican to raise money on Wall Street per Barack Obama but then he goes and raises money from the Wall Street crowd himself.

How about it is wrong for anyone to raise money on Wall Street when you are proposing to regulate them!

Posted by: mwhoke | May 14, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

It must be hard to have had such promise(s) and really come up with so little. The signature issues- bail out and health takeover are wildly unpopular. Now the congress is about to switch. This should be a study in present idential failure on a Jimmy Carter scale.

Posted by: Moonbat | May 14, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

CC wrote:

Nationalizing the race carries real risks -- particularly for Democrats. Critz has campaigned against some of Democrats' signature issues -- including the health care law -- and bringing in known national surrogates could hand Republicans some fodder for the final week of the race.

Of course, registered Democrats far outnumber registered Republicans in the 12th district so if Clinton and Casey can help motivate the base, it may be all the momentum that Critz needs to get over the top.
=====================
The two paragraphs completely negate each other in my view. Were they posed as a Q&A, the first paragraph would have asked if nationalizing that race were risky for Ds, and the second would have answered that because Ds were a registered majority in the CD the risk of soft campaigning was far greater.

#4. There may now be many of us who have begun to think of the post Speaker incarnation of Newt as serial dabbling. He provides occasional pearls of wisdom in a sea of seeming omnipresent pap. When he seriously addresses policy he has surprisingly much to offer, but he seems unwilling to filter his gems from his muck.
Further, his personal life is as close to a disqualifier as a personal life can ever be, in the party where many base voters care about such things. Thus he will remain in demand as a personality and a speaker, but his only opening to the R nomination is the self-destruction of the alternate possibilities, of whom there are many.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | May 14, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

obama, people only care about jobs...
and as long as that issue lingers...
dems will lose big time...
even those on welfare are suffering from cuts in services...
why...
because of no jobs...
no jobs means no taxes raised...
so to review...
no jobs...
no votes...

Posted by: DwightCollins | May 14, 2010 6:31 AM | Report abuse

Will Barrack Obama ever become President-- it is a continuing campaign or self promotion. It will be sad if four years passes and he never gets a chance to experience a bipartisan moment.

Posted by: Donschott | May 14, 2010 6:30 AM | Report abuse

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