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"Countdown" with Keith Olbermann Turns Five

Commented Mar 28, 2008 at 18:50:47 in Politics

“RealistDem sez: "its just right wingers trying to keep the race going." Not true.

The Rasmussen poll cited in the posting says 62% of Dems want the race to go on, and while 22% of Dems say Clinton should drop out, an equal number say Obama should! Again, this is a poll of national Dems.

And what about Al Gore? Is he a right winger, too? He told the Associated Press just yesterday that he sees no urgency in endorsing a presidential candidate: "What have we got, five months left?" Gore said in a brief interview after a speech at Middle Tennessee State University. "I think it's going to resolve itself."”
Syrian Crisis: President Obama Is One Cool Customer

Syrian Crisis: President Obama Is One Cool Customer

Commented Sep 12, 2013 at 08:51:57 in Politics

“President Obama is definitely the "coolest customer" since...well, since President Clinton. Hopefully, the former President Clinton and a new President Hillary Clinton will be in the White House after the next election.”
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Most Telling Moment of the Wendy Davis Texas Senate Filibuster

Commented Jun 28, 2013 at 22:41:00 in Politics

“Bill Meier was a Democrat at that time, but he changed his party affiliation to Republican in 1981. Just for the record.”

hp blogger Jackson Williams on Jun 28, 2013 at 23:57:48

“Thanks, "Lucinda." (That is one of her songs.) To carry forward your point, the Democratic Governor of Texas in the '60s, John Connally, an LBJ acolyte (shot with JFK in the motorcade in Dallas), famously waited to convert to Republican status until after Lyndon died in '69. Out of respect, he refused to do so while his protégé was still alive, but then joined Nixon's cabinet in '71 as Treasury Secretary.”
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White House Gives In On Bush Tax Cuts

Commented Nov 11, 2010 at 20:54:37 in Politics

“Yes we can!”

juslin217 on Nov 11, 2010 at 21:12:00

“no, HE cant't!!!”
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White House Gives In On Bush Tax Cuts

Commented Nov 11, 2010 at 20:22:02 in Politics

“President Obama absolutely must stick to his campaign promises on the "Bush tax cuts" issue. Do NOT extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest and don't back down to the Repubs one iota. No more reaching across the aisle. No more bi-partisan commissions. Compromise hasn't worked since 2008, so any attempt to meet the Republicans halfway on anything over the next two years will backfire just as it has up to this point. It's time for the White House to batten down the hatches and buck up to the opposition. Those of us who voted for the President expect him to ramp up the fight for all the issues he ran on during the campaign because, if he doesn't, the Republicans are going to gleefully sabotage his Presidency...and they sure have a head start on that.

After 8 years of Bush, the voters didn't put Obama in the White House to play "nice" with the opposition on every issue. That errant policy, along with the lack of a strong message coming from the White House, and little support from blue dog "Democrats," just lost us the House. The President REALLY needs to get on board with those who voted for him...and he needs to do it now before it's too late.

We desperately need a Barack Obama who will embrace a new "do or die" attitude...a Barack Obama who will shout out, "I'm not taking this bullsh*t from the Republicans anymore!"”

CoopDscoop on Nov 11, 2010 at 21:20:02

“"That was sooo well written and so well said that I'm just gonna have to become your FIRST fan!
(F^F - happily!" :>) Coop”

juslin217 on Nov 11, 2010 at 20:27:10

“good luck with that , lol!”
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Brazil Beats America And Wins Olympic Gold; Republicans Dance In The Streets

Commented Oct 3, 2009 at 01:48:18 in Politics

“mikefina, you write that "Some bad actors rejoiced in the perceived failure--as I indicated."

There you go again. In an earlier comment, you wrote that "SOME Republicans rooted against Chicago for the express purpose of undermining President Obama."

"Some?" Yeah, like, no kidding.

Now you again cast it the same way: "SOME bad actors." Only this time they're mere "actors."

It seems you didn't pick up on the orchestrated, full-court press from the right that unfolded publicly over the past 7-10 days, including talking points memos from the RNC and phone calls and emails to all well known repubs and their media lap dogs. It was message saturation time, as it is constantly, every week, on everything. No "SOME" to it.

Why does the conservative Joe Scarborough's blog entry on HuffPo tonight, in solid support of Obama's Olympian effort, even stand out? It stands out because his take on this topic is different from damn near all the others on his political side of the aisle, that's why. Out of the electoral game and unbeholden to "them that brung him," Joe calls it as he sees it, every weekday morning on MSNBC. He's still wrong more often than not, but what the hell.

On this one he's correct, and you should read his take:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joe-scarborough/thank-you-mr-president_b_308022.html

mikefina on Oct 3, 2009 at 10:31:51

“I read Scarborough's piece--and thought it a good one. It stands out becuase it was published--same reason my comment stands out to you--because you are reading it. As opposed, say, to the millions of silent opinions which don't receive a public hearing.

We will just disagree on how widespread and 'orchestrated' the political dimension of the anti-Chicago sentiment was.

Save your "there you go again" line, it's been used by a better man to greater effect elsewhere in history...”
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Brazil Beats America And Wins Olympic Gold; Republicans Dance In The Streets

Commented Oct 2, 2009 at 23:10:22 in Politics

“mikefina, you write that "Some Republican's rooted against Chicago for the express purpose of undermining President Obama."

Some Republicans? You've got to be kidding.

It's been the most orchestrated, concerted effort from top to bottom for a solid two weeks now, from the halls of Congress to rightwing talk radio and Fox News.

Where have you been?”

mikefina on Oct 3, 2009 at 00:17:30

“Nonsense. As recently as a week ago, President Obama said he was too busy to attend. It wasn't on the radar, except for a few of the usual suspects sniping at the First Lady and Oprah.

The President changed his mind, and for a week, the rhetoric heated up. Though, most everything predicted that Chicago was fait accompli--else why would President Obama go?

Some bad actors rejoiced in the perceived failure--as I indicated. And indeed, the perception that Mr. Obama is hubristic and messianic is a strong thread in much of the Conservative punditry. It is NOT the only, or even greatest reason, to oppose Chicago's bid.

I appreciate your reply, but am unpursuaded by your comment.”
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Old Home Week: Bill and Al, Together Again

Commented Aug 5, 2009 at 20:32:08 in Politics

“Bill and Hill are out saving the world and and Obama is saving America. Finally, I can sleep at night. (The first photo with Clinton and Gore brings tears to your eyes. As for that second photo, it's just weird.)”
Best Super Bowl Ads

Best Super Bowl Ads

Commented Feb 2, 2009 at 08:24:46 in Media

“The best ad of the night...by FAR....was the very first one by Pepsi, featuring the voices of Bob Dylan and Will.I.Am: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIbs3sFGdbc
Joe the Plumber Meets Sarah the Energy Expert

Joe the Plumber Meets Sarah the Energy Expert

Commented Oct 16, 2008 at 17:10:53 in Politics

“I think Joe's 15 minutes of fame are going to be a lot longer than he bargained for with all these skeletons tumbling out of his closet!”
Final Debate: McCain's Deer In The Headlights Moment (VIDEO)

Final Debate: McCain's Deer In The Headlights Moment (VIDEO)

Commented Oct 16, 2008 at 17:10:05 in Politics

“I think Joe's 15 minutes of fame are going to be a lot longer than he bargained for with all these skeletons tumbling out of his closet!”
The AP Hands Obama His #1 Talking Point for the Second Presidential Debate

The AP Hands Obama His #1 Talking Point for the Second Presidential Debate

Commented Oct 7, 2008 at 18:26:33 in Politics

“I'll give you some truth: one of McCain's economic advisors is Phil "No government regulation & more Enron loopholes" Gramm. That's all I need to know.”
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People Complaining About The Obama "New Yorker" Cover Are Wrong

Commented Jul 15, 2008 at 02:53:35 in Media

“You're right, the New Yorker doesn't have a problem...they'll sell a gazillion of these. The "problem" is Baracks. The Obamas aren't in the White House YET, they're just trying to get there. As you said, Bill Clinton was already in office when their bong-smokin'-tie-dye-wearing cover came out, so there was no risk with that cover....funny and safe.
I think this cover would have been hysterical if they had put it out the week after an Obama win in November with the family firmly planted in the White House. In my opinion, it's brilliant, but the New Yorker may have taken it to press about four months too soon!”
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No Laughing Matter: Obama and the Voters He Needs in November

Commented Apr 27, 2008 at 12:30:27 in Politics

“See the revised chart, below.....I accidentally failed to add Baracks's updated numbers for California, but the totals were already correct for each column:

............................................ OBAMA ............ALL REP CANDIDATES .......CLINTON
ILLINOIS.........................1,318,234...................885,009..............................667,930
NEW YORK...................... 751,019...................602,747...........................1,068,496
OHIO.................................. 979,025...............1,010,864...........................1,207,806
PENNSYLVANIA ......... .1,045,910..................807,122...........................1,260,444
TEXAS............................. 1,358,785..............1,320,653...........................1,459,814
CALIFORNIA...................2,186,662..............2,514,047...........................2,608,184

.........................TOTAL .....7,639,635.............7,140,442...........................8,272,670”
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No Laughing Matter: Obama and the Voters He Needs in November

Commented Apr 27, 2008 at 05:33:13 in Politics

“I think you've made an irrelevant argument. The low primary turnout for Republicans doesn't mean that the Republicans won't be at the polls in November...it just means that they aren't as energized during the primary as we are. (Considering the candidates they had to choose from, can you blame them? Besides, since McCain wrapped up the nomination ages ago, it's probably not as exciting to go vote.)
You didn't add Sen. Clinton's totals to your chart in those big states, SO just to make a more complete presentation, I've done it for you. (You also had old numbers, apparently, for Barack in OH, IL and CA, so I've ramped those up to match the official totals, courtesy of the NY Times.) Just for the record, Hillary actually beats the Republican candidates AND Barack in all the states besides Illinois, but if all the knuckle-dragging, backwards-thinking Repubs in my state (TX) turn out for McCain in November, it'll be a moot point:
............................................ OBAMA ............ALL REP CANDIDATES .......CLINTON
ILLINOIS.........................1,318,234...................885,009..............................667,930
NEW YORK...................... 751,019...................602,747...........................1,068,496
OHIO.................................. 979,025...............1,010,864...........................1,207,806
PENNSYLVANIA ......... .1,045,910..................807,122...........................1,260,444
TEXAS............................. 1,358,785..............1,320,653...........................1,459,814
CALIFORNIA...................1,890,026..............2,514,047...........................2,608,184

.........................TOTAL .....7,639,635.............7,140,442...........................8,272,670”

SixBlocksAway on Apr 27, 2008 at 12:30:27

“See the revised chart, below.....I accidentally failed to add Baracks's updated numbers for California, but the totals were already correct for each column:

............................................ OBAMA ............ALL REP CANDIDATES .......CLINTON
ILLINOIS.........................1,318,234...................885,009..............................667,930
NEW YORK...................... 751,019...................602,747...........................1,068,496
OHIO.................................. 979,025...............1,010,864...........................1,207,806
PENNSYLVANIA ......... .1,045,910..................807,122...........................1,260,444
TEXAS............................. 1,358,785..............1,320,653...........................1,459,814
CALIFORNIA...................2,186,662..............2,514,047...........................2,608,184

.........................TOTAL .....7,639,635.............7,140,442...........................8,272,670”

shep1900 on Apr 27, 2008 at 11:20:24

“Of course Clinton's numbers weren't added, because that would prove the entire point if Mr. Williams' article--and the fact that Senator Obama simply will not win (or even come close to doing so) in November.

But, I think the Democratic Party will have no choice but to hand him the nomination (because _he's_ not going to win enough delegates outright, either), thereby destroying the village in order to try and rebuild it in 2012.”
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"Countdown" with Keith Olbermann Turns Five

Commented Mar 28, 2008 at 18:50:47 in Politics

“RealistDem sez: "its just right wingers trying to keep the race going." Not true.

The Rasmussen poll cited in the posting says 62% of Dems want the race to go on, and while 22% of Dems say Clinton should drop out, an equal number say Obama should! Again, this is a poll of national Dems.

And what about Al Gore? Is he a right winger, too? He told the Associated Press just yesterday that he sees no urgency in endorsing a presidential candidate: "What have we got, five months left?" Gore said in a brief interview after a speech at Middle Tennessee State University. "I think it's going to resolve itself."”
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Hillary is the New Gore

Commented Mar 1, 2008 at 22:50:39 in Media

“Don't agree in the least, castlerider. Is it "amateurish" to suggest Gore got shabby treatment compared to Bush in 2000? No. Maybe you were living outside the country at that time.

As for whether it's amateurish to bring up Hillary's treatment by the media in this campaign, I'll defer to the NY Times poll of Democrats that shows half of them think she's been treated harsher and only 1 in 10 think Obama has.

Are all these Democrats who have voted (for or against her) just plain wrong, while you're the only one who is right? Not likely.”

castlerider on Mar 2, 2008 at 23:44:19

“No, I was here, allright. I remember how the media insulted our intelligence, campaigned and made not just Gore look like an idiot, but anyone who supported him look like one..
I guess I am still unnereved about what Rove did, which I find to be just as criminal as what he did as Bush's little instigator in the White House, running Alberto Gonzales around like a Howdy Doody dummy, along with everyone else from this administration who lied before Congress and the world.
Compared to that, yeah, calling Hillary's treatment as outright biased is damn sure amateurish.
She mostly has her own self to blame, along with her handlers who have insisted on running a top-down campaign, when she should have run it bottom-up, and been the true progressive populist all along. This is the "change" people want and have wanted from her, and are ready to offer her support for. She tried to play along and make nice for the big corporate boys, and the general public saw right through this and have rejected her for it. I think it's sad, because I rooted for her from the beginning and am pissed that she's let it slip through her fingers.
So those who voted against her maybe were or weren't wrong, but it may stand to show that she sure as hell was, obviously.
So yeah, don't bother insulting my intelligence when all you want to do is blame someone else for her failures.”
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Child Poverty

Commented Feb 28, 2008 at 22:15:24 in Politics

“Senator Clinton, I believe that a Democrat will win the Presidency this year, no matter whether the nominee is you or Senator Obama. The difference is that if you're President, I won't worry about what is being accomplished, because I trust that you will and can get things done...if it's Sen. Obama, I'm going to be worrying until I see whether he's able to get results. It's all about experience.
After almost 8 long years of a nightmare Presidency, I'm sick and tired of worrying. I need some relief!
You have my vote in Texas...already.”

Changeizgood on Feb 29, 2008 at 00:24:34

“So? Why did you sell us out to the phama and health insurance brokers?

You started out so well with your heart in the right place and then you sold us out. No loyalty to us when you helped Bill with the republicans with NAFTA. Why Hillary why. I thought you were strong and cared for women.

You sold us out, I can't trust you anymore. You sent our kids to war with a untrustworthy president who was stubborn and had declared himself the "War President" Then to send him another blank check after Bill has been a close pal of the Warmongering Bush's, Sorry, can't do it again. I hope Al Gore endorses Barack, so we can see real change with no lobbyist (strings) attached.

I like Barbara Boxer myself as the First Woman President. I HOPE Barack picks her.

I wish you good will, but not the White House!”

ChiGuy on Feb 28, 2008 at 22:39:50

“It's amazing just how many people here trumpet Ms. Clinton's "experience, but can't detail it.”

YellerDawg on Feb 28, 2008 at 22:38:03

“I'm one more Hillary vote in Texas. It will be a great thrill to vote for a woman for President for the first time. Particularly, this woman.”
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Hillary is the New Gore

Commented Feb 28, 2008 at 21:05:42 in Media

“Finally!! A piece that's sort of favorable towards Hillary.....but I found it hidden way over on Media. What a shock. I think more people should see it.”
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No Independence Day for Hillary Clinton; She and Bill Admit to Running on His Coattails

Commented Jul 5, 2007 at 00:11:48 in Politics

“The 2008 election could come down to nostalgia: this country thrived under President Clinton's two terms and it's imperative that the next two terms are successful in order to clean up the trail of destruction left by this disgraceful "rat's ass" who's currently inhabiting the White House. A lot of voters may decide that we're best served by someone who already knows how to do the job well...or by having "someone's" husband who knows how.
One smarmy little blow job seems extremely trivial compared to the last six years of dishonesty, incompetence and corruption seeping out of the Oval Office these days....doesn't it?”
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Blonde on Blonde: Edie Sedgwick Revisited

Commented Jun 10, 2007 at 07:49:04 in Entertainment

“In addition to comment #4, for at least a year there have been videos all over the internet of Paris driving recklessly while appearing to have been drinking. That certainly gave me the impression that she felt she was immune when it came down to getting thrown in the "pokey."
I believe there is one notable difference between the two: Edie attended Radcliffe and, although she didn't get a degree, at least spent time with people who could carry on an informed and intelligent conversation and were legitimate artists, writers and so forth. I'm not sure if Miss Hilton even bothered to graduate from high school, she certainly appears to spend all her time with other shallow individuals and I've never heard her say much more than, "That's hot."
Edge to Edie.”