invisiblelad
invisiblelad:

generalbriefing:

sarahlee310:

suitep:

Standing at the back of a packed high school gym as Vice President Biden finished speaking in Ft. Myers, Florida, on Saturday was 15-year-old Kobe Groce. He cradled a “Forward” sign, hoping to get the Vice President to sign it for his brother, Kaelin. After unsuccessfully trying to make it to the front of the event, a staff member asked if he could help. Kobe told his story, and the staffer left for a moment and came back, saying simply: “The Vice President would like to meet you.”
“I had this impulse to hug him, so I did. And I cried. I think I even got tears on the Vice President’s suit jacket! … I am hugging the man who will help me and help our President move forward.”— Kobe

I have so much respect for Joe Biden.  I simply think he is a good man.  I don’t always agree with him - but he really has my utmost respect.  
We’ve seen moments like this from both Joe and Barack - and Michelle.  I have yet to see such a moment from Romney or Ryan.

I’m sitting here crying. Over a picture.  No we haven’t seen anything like this from other candidates.  And handing a woman $60 out of your wallet isn’t the same, Mitt.

There might be something in my eyes…

invisiblelad:

generalbriefing:

sarahlee310:

suitep:

Standing at the back of a packed high school gym as Vice President Biden finished speaking in Ft. Myers, Florida, on Saturday was 15-year-old Kobe Groce. He cradled a “Forward” sign, hoping to get the Vice President to sign it for his brother, Kaelin. After unsuccessfully trying to make it to the front of the event, a staff member asked if he could help. Kobe told his story, and the staffer left for a moment and came back, saying simply: “The Vice President would like to meet you.”

“I had this impulse to hug him, so I did. And I cried. I think I even got tears on the Vice President’s suit jacket! … I am hugging the man who will help me and help our President move forward.”
— Kobe

I have so much respect for Joe Biden.  I simply think he is a good man.  I don’t always agree with him - but he really has my utmost respect.  

We’ve seen moments like this from both Joe and Barack - and Michelle.  I have yet to see such a moment from Romney or Ryan.

I’m sitting here crying. Over a picture.  No we haven’t seen anything like this from other candidates.  And handing a woman $60 out of your wallet isn’t the same, Mitt.

There might be something in my eyes…

gov
election:

SWING AND A PRAYER   We’ve all heard of the swing states — the states that could, in essence, decide the election for either President Obama or Mitt Romney.  They’re so “swing” that at least one major news organization has sent out student reporters to all 12 of them, making the other 38 irrelevant!   (Just kidding!  Sort of.  But with one major presidential candidate playing favorites, perhaps now is not the time to divvy up America, I’m just saying.)
Now Nate Silver has done a deeper dive and narrowed those swing states to ten “strategically important” ones, breaking them down into four groups:
The Big Two (Ohio and Florida)
The New Breed (Virginia, Colorado and Nevada)
Primary Purple (Iowa and New Hampshire)
The Blue Wall (Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan)
His conclusion?

The most plausible range of outcomes runs from Obama losing the election by about two percentage points, slightly better than John Kerry did, to his winning it by perhaps six or seven, slightly worse than his margin from four years ago. Given where the election is being contested, however, the most likely outcome is that Obama wins enough tipping-point states to eke out a victory.

We’ll wait to see what the latest set of polling looks like in light of Romney’s “47%” speech and the fallout from Obama’s handling of the deadly protests in Libya and elsewhere.  For now, would love to hear your reactions in the replies and reblogs, please.
— inothernews
(Graphic via the New York Times)

election:

SWING AND A PRAYER   We’ve all heard of the swing states — the states that could, in essence, decide the election for either President Obama or Mitt Romney.  They’re so “swing” that at least one major news organization has sent out student reporters to all 12 of them, making the other 38 irrelevant!   (Just kidding!  Sort of.  But with one major presidential candidate playing favorites, perhaps now is not the time to divvy up America, I’m just saying.)

Now Nate Silver has done a deeper dive and narrowed those swing states to ten “strategically important” ones, breaking them down into four groups:

  1. The Big Two (Ohio and Florida)
  2. The New Breed (Virginia, Colorado and Nevada)
  3. Primary Purple (Iowa and New Hampshire)
  4. The Blue Wall (Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan)

His conclusion?

The most plausible range of outcomes runs from Obama losing the election by about two percentage points, slightly better than John Kerry did, to his winning it by perhaps six or seven, slightly worse than his margin from four years ago. Given where the election is being contested, however, the most likely outcome is that Obama wins enough tipping-point states to eke out a victory.

We’ll wait to see what the latest set of polling looks like in light of Romney’s “47%” speech and the fallout from Obama’s handling of the deadly protests in Libya and elsewhere.  For now, would love to hear your reactions in the replies and reblogs, please.

— inothernews

(Graphic via the New York Times)

mommapolitico
notentirely
notentirely:

as han solo said, “great kid, don’t get cocky.”
there are still several swing states in play. we have a long way to go. the campaign needs folks to reach out to voters and ensure that people show up and vote.
if each of us who was stirred by the DNC volunteered even one day, just one volunteer timeslot at your local democratic office, we’d have a powerful influence on the outcome of November 6th.
and please know, you don’t have to live in a swing state to make a difference. a californian, a new yorker, a kentuckian - we can work to motivate democrats everywhere.
it’s up to us. our president has made that clear. let’s rise to the challenge once again.
critical swing states:colorado, florida, iowa, new hampshire, nevada, ohio, virginia, wisconsin
VOLUNTEER TODAY

notentirely:

as han solo said, “great kid, don’t get cocky.”

there are still several swing states in play. we have a long way to go. the campaign needs folks to reach out to voters and ensure that people show up and vote.

if each of us who was stirred by the DNC volunteered even one day, just one volunteer timeslot at your local democratic office, we’d have a powerful influence on the outcome of November 6th.

and please know, you don’t have to live in a swing state to make a difference. a californian, a new yorker, a kentuckian - we can work to motivate democrats everywhere.

it’s up to us. our president has made that clear. let’s rise to the challenge once again.

critical swing states:
colorado, florida, iowa, new hampshire, nevada, ohio, virginia, wisconsin

VOLUNTEER TODAY

inothernews
For Barack, these issues aren’t political: they’re personal. Because Barack knows what it means when a family struggles. He knows what it means to want something more from your kids and grandkids. Barack knows the American dream because he’s lived it. And he wants everyone in this country — everyone — to have the same opportunity no matter who we are, or where we’re from, or what we look like, or who we love. And he believes that when you’ve worked hard and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. No, you reach back and give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.
MICHELLE OBAMA, at the DNC. (via inothernews)
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Disclaimer!!! Political Statement to follow….

lavidaloco:

How can any woman who believes in herself vote for Mitt Romney? Listening to Lilly Ledbetter (once I got past her crazy Alabama accent) made me proud(er) to be a woman! It made me want to stand up for what is right—equality for ALL— even more than I already wanted to. I just feel that Obama stands behind the issues that are so important to me, that he is down to earth, is truly for the middle class, for the people who honestly need help, that he really wants things to get better for Americans. He stands up for women, for gay rights, for the minority, for the environment, for education. I just feel like the Republicans are only about protecting their own interests—they are of the mindset of “I’m gonna protect me & fuck everybody else.” I think maybe that’s the big problem that I have with Republican values—that they are selfish. That’s a defining factor to me. That mindset is the building block of what they stand for. To me, the Democratic party is the optimistic one, the party that sees the good in everyone (as I try to do) and works to make our country better because of it. 

It always makes me sick to see poor or middle class folks who have been brainwashed by the Republican party. They are all gung-ho against Obama, yet the policies that Obama is working for are ones that will actually benefit those poor and middle class families. It’s like they are fighting against what will actually help them. They just can’t see the forest for the trees. I can’t count how many signs I saw in WV over the weekend that say “Stop the war against coal- Fire Obama!” My only thought is WTF?? The yards that these signs were in were those of people who lived in trailers or tiny little houses. Obviously not the homes of wealthy individuals. Those signs were in the yards of people who actually believe that by allowing Big Coal to run rampant & pollute the beautiful land that they live in, to pay them decent money to slave away in the dangerous mines—they believe that allowing Big Coal to do as they wish that it will benefit them—the little man. How could you possibly believe that? Yes, working in the mines provides food on their tables right at this moment, but don’t they want better? Don’t they understand that the amount of money that they make by doing that is nothing compared to the amount of revenue that Big Coal takes in? Why wouldn’t they want laws that make the mines safer, their lands cleaner, their pay higher? How can you not support education? It just baffles me to think of it all. I just end up chalking it up to ignorance. What can you expect? But there again—support education! End the ignorance while we can! 

I wish I were there at the convention. I’ll all riled up seeing all these Democrats celebrating & gathering together! It’s such a rare thing for me to see! I think I know 3 Democrats who live in Lancaster and I’m counting myself as one of those 3. :) 

I’m going to step down from my soapbox now. I feel better by getting that out! I could go on all night, but I’ll end it now… 

In the words of the NC Democrats that I see on TV right now— “Obama Y’all!” 

truth-has-a-liberal-bias

truth-has-a-liberal-bias:

(Last week) President Obama’s re-election campaign came out in opposition to Amendment One, which would ban all same-sex marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships in North Carolina. According to Cameron French, Obama’s North Carolina spokesman:

FRENCH: While the president does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the record is clear that the President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples. That’s what the North Carolina ballot initiative would do – it would single out and discriminate against committed gay and lesbian couples – and that’s why the President does not support it.

(HT: AMERICAblog Gay.)

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sarahlee310:

liberalsarecool:

Rick Pearlstein:

Republicans “plant their flag in an uncompromising position, and wait for the world to come around - which, quite often, it eventually does. This is because in a media environment based on the ideology of ‘balance,’ in which anything one of the parties insists upon must be given equal weight to whatever the other party says back, the party that plants its ideological flag further from the center makes the center move. And that is how America changes. You set the stage for future changes by shifting the rhetoric of the present.”

“Unthinkable” and “radical” policies are the starting point for GOP strategy. This is referred to as the Overton Window.

The GOP is so much better than Democrats at using the Overton Window.  They embrace their fringe to move the nation further right.  Democrats run from the true left.  Another problem is that at the end, the fringe right will fall in line and vote with the party.  The liberal fringe either won’t vote or votes 3rd party.  In the end, the fight for progress is always harder. 

kileyrae
As we said from day one, unexpected opportunities will emerge and the DSCC will be in a position to seize on these opportunities. Maine is now a top pick up opportunity for Senate Democrats. If there is one place in the country that is likely to reject the extreme, anti-middle class, divisive agenda Republican agenda it is Maine. Democrats not only hold a strong registration advantage in the state, but this is a state that the President won by 17 points in 2008 and will likely win by a significant margin this year as well.
diegueno
It reported on Obama’s opposition to investigations into Bush crimes of torture and warrantless eavesdropping - opposition revealed only after he was safely elected - and it explained that “because every President eventually leaves office, incoming chief executives have an incentive to quash investigations into their predecessor’s tenure.” As I wrote in the book about this article: “In other words, by letting criminal bygones be bygones within the executive branch, presidents uphold a gentleman’s agreement to shield either other from accountability for any crimes they might want to commit in office.”

It’s the same reason that media elites and others are so opposed to these investigations as well: elites obviously benefit from elite immunity, and so have an interest in not subverting it when other elites commit crimes. I have no doubt that part of Obama’s reluctance was political - a belief that applying the rule of law to Bush, Cheney and others would create political turbulence for him - but a significant motivating factor was undoubtedly the desire not to have his own actions investigated once he leaves office if the GOP controls the Executive Branch (and, thus, the Justice Department).