Bill Maher: Mitt Romney Lost Election Because Most Americans Frightened by Bible-Thumpers, Xenophobes

Bill Maher gave his two cents on President Obama’s routing of Mitt Romney in the presidential election and offered reasons on why Mitt Romney, “the white Barack Obama” won:

Mitt Romney has lost and he’ll soon be accepting his new job as professor of method acting at The New School in New York City. And after watching him play all these different characters over the last two years, really, who better?

Now comes the hand-wringing and finger-pointing that always follows electoral defeat; 500 columns of “If they’d done what I said, something, something, measuring the drapes in the Oval Office.” And they’ll all miss the forest for the trees. Except Dick Morris — he’s always right.

So now that I’m done telling you how everyone else will be full of shit and focusing on the wrong things, let me focus you on the big picture thing that’s absolutely correct: Mitt Romney lost because of the Republican brand and Republican policies. There are other reasons, of course, like Mitt being unlovable to anyone not named Ann Romney, but nothing trumps the idea that 2/3rds of America thinks the other 1/3 is a frightening conglomerate of Bible-thumpers, xenophobes, and vaginophobes. (Not a word, but should be.)

Take Mitt’s pivot from being “severely conservative” to being “the white Barack Obama.” Sure, everyone tacks to the middle after the primaries, but Mitt’s performance was different: it was a full-scale repudiation of just about every idea that conservatives hold dear. The positions were changed. The rhetoric was completely different. He was basically Barack Obama, Caucasian Edition. Source

The bottom line is that Mitt Romney misjudged the power of the Obama ground game, even though they had a clear money advantage. In short, they don’t know how to play the game that led Barack Obama to victory against John McCain in 2008. The Republican Party has a Dr. Seuss problem.

Tagg Romney Felt Like Taking Swing at President Obama for Calling Out Father’s Lies

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Tagg Romney Felt Like Taking Swing at President Obama for Calling Out Father’s Lies (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Not only is Mitt Romney disrespectful to President Obama, his son, Tagg Romney, is too. He said he felt like “taking a swing” at Obama for calling his father a liar. The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree but it is a known fact that Mitt Romney has been caught in many lies.

“Well, you want to jump out of your seat and rush down to the debate stage and take a swing at him.”

Tagg Romney, in an interview on WPTF-AM, when he was asked how it felt to hear President Obama call his father a liar during the presidential debate.

Tough talk coming from someone who never bothered to serve his country in the military, like his four brothers. Tagg Romney learned to be a bully, just like his dad. Hey, Tagg, go ahead and make our day, take a swing at President Obama you punk.

 Tagg Romney Felt Like Taking Swing at President Obama for Calling Out Fathers Lies

It would seem that President Obama should be the least of Tagg Romney’s worries. His equity firm is a whole other story, possibly ripe for an investigation:

NYT Jackie Calmes: Jacob Philadelphia Photo Touching Obama’s Head, “Potent Symbol for Blacks”

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NYT Jackie Calmes: Jacob Philadelphia Photo Touching Obama's Head, "Potent Symbol for Blacks" (Pete Souza/The White House)

JACOB PHILADELPHIA PHOTO TOUCHING OBAMA’S HEAD:  Jacob Philadelphia was snapped by White House photographer in a pretty awesome shot of him touching President Obama’s head. Okay, so that was really cute, but for New York Times reporter Jackie Calmes to gush over this by saying, the photo shows “Mr. Obama remains a potent symbol for blacks, with a deep reservoir of support” and it’s an “indelible image,” is just plain ignorant. Um, can you say “photo op?” Obama embraces race at the most awkward times — when his friend Dr. Louis Henry Gates had a dust-up with Sgt. Crowley and with the Trayvon Martin shooting in Sanford, FL, saying “my son would look like Trayvon.”

As skittish as White House aides often are in discussing race, they also clearly revel in the power of their boss’s example.

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David Axelrod, Mr. Obama’s longtime adviser, has a copy framed in his Chicago office. He said of Jacob, “Really, what he was saying is, ‘Gee, you’re just like me.’ And it doesn’t take a big leap to think that child could be thinking, ‘Maybe I could be here someday.’ This can be such a cynical business, and then there are moments like that that just remind you that it’s worth it.”

A copy of the photo hangs in the Philadelphia family’s living room with several others taken that day. Mr. Philadelphia, now in Afghanistan for the State Department, said: “It’s important for black children to see a black man as president. You can believe that any position is possible to achieve if you see a black person in it.” Source:  NY Times

Sorry, I don’t mean to come across as cynical, but this smacks of convenient public relations, since Obama has largely ignored the black community, but still expects blacks to vote for him in droves. How ironic that this photograph is suddenly being made public at this juncture. A rallying cry for the black community, right?

Rep. Allen West Slams Obama on Same Sex-Marriage Stance While He Ignores Black Community

REP. ALLEN WEST SLAMS OBAMA:  I don’t agree with Rep. Allen West (R-FL) on anything but I do agree that President Obama has largely ignored the plight of the black community, in much the same way as the Republicans. West slams Obama in a letter to his constituents  for his stance on gay marriage, saying his endorsement was “politically motivated” and characterizing it as the “latest absurdity.”  Um, that was my position the moment Vice President Joe Biden uttered his support on “Meet the Press” and then Education Secretary Arne Duncan followed suit. Sorry, but I believe they were setting the stage for President Obama to deflect from the real issues facing most Americans to dealing with gay marriage.

The issue on the top of my mind as I write this, is the position reversal of President Barack Obama on gay marriage. There is no doubt in my mind that this was a political move by the President because it bodes well for him to shift the conversation away from the economy.  It worked. In the last 72-hour news cycle we have heard very little about debt, deficit, failed stimulus, horrific healthcare law, or Dodd-Frank banking regulations. When economic policies are failing, the issues are deflected to those topics that separate us as Americans: socioeconomic, gender, racial, and now sexuality.
America does not agree with the President on this issue. This is evidenced by the fact that 41 states have laws defining marriage as between one man and one woman.  North Carolina, just last week, passed a ballot initiative affirming marriage between one man and one woman, with an overwhelming 69 percent. Even the African-American community, which tends to overhwhelmingly support the President on most issues, is not in support of his comments on gay marriage.  In 2008, when droves of first-time African-American voters came to the polls, two gay marriage initiatives were on the ballot in both California and Florida. They both failed. Many people do not recognize the black community is extremely socially conservative.  The President’s reversal of position on gay marriage will be a topic in black churches on Sundays for months to come.  This issue could be significant in turning many African-American voters away from President Obama.
What the President should be addressing, not just to the black community, but to all Americans, is the crisis of unemployment, which is actually 14.5 percent when you take into account the unemployed, underemployed, those who are distressed and disenfranchised, and therefore are not counted. Unemployment in the black community is also unacceptable at 13 percent overall and more than 20 percent for black adult males.  Source
I would also add, that I am very surprised that the Congressional Black Caucus has been largely quiet on President Obama’s endorsement. The only members we have heard from thus far are James Clyburn (D-SC) and John Lewis (D-GA).  Clyburn is calling for the federal government to get involved in making gay marriage the law of the land and not a state issue. We know why these two men have Obama’s back — they owe him. The same holds true for Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson (who is trying to get back in Obama’s good graces after being caught on an open mic saying he would like to cut his “nuts off”). Allen West is playing politics as well. How come he hasn’t put forth any proposals to help the black community?

ABC News’ Robin Roberts On Interviewing Obama: “I’m Getting Chills All Over Again,” Really?

Robin Roberts on interviewing President Obama:  “I’m getting chills all over again.” Um, really? Not me. You see, it was a calculated move on Obama’s part. Shrewd maybe because he will solidify the gay base, problematic, for some blacks and Christians who view marriage as being between one man and one woman.

George Stephanopoulos, co-host of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” to Robin Roberts:  “Whatever people think about this issue, we know it’s controversial, there’s no denying when a president speaks out for the first time like that, it is history.”

Robin Roberts:  “And let me tell you, George, I’m getting chills again. “When you sit in that room and you hear him say those historic words. It was not lost on anyone in there right there. You never know what he’s going to say until you ask him.” Well, I guess she feels it to the core of her being because she is a lesbian and this means a lot to her and the gay community to hear the president go to bat for them. Still wondering why Obama chose her to conduct the interview? She’s black, a woman and a lesbian….

It should be noted Obama’s spiritual adviser, Joel Hunter, isn’t too pleased on the president’s so-called evolution. Hunter, the pastor and founder of an Orlando megachurch, said he told the president, “I said I disagreed with this decision. “I said, more precisely, This is not how I read Scripture,’ and he totally understood that. In the end, he was doing what he believed was right, what he thinks is authentic for him at this time in his life.” He added that there will “absolutely be blowback from his personal decision.”

Rep. Jim Jordan Compares Beating President Obama in General Election to Ending Slavery, Battling the Nazis

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Rep. Jim Jordan Compares Beating President Obama in General Election to Ending Slavery, Battling the Nazis

There are some morons masquerading are true representatives of their constituents in Washington D.C. According to Right Wing Watch, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) recently talked to Family Research Council president Tony Perkins at a recent FRC summit where Perkins asked the congressman how he viewed the increase in turnout of evangelical voters in the Republican presidential primaries. Jordan said that the energy among conservative Republican voters this election year is akin to Esther delivering the Jews of Persia from genocide in the Old Testament, the Founders defeating King George III, the Union Army in the Civil War ending slavery, overcoming the Great Depression and battling the Nazis. What? SMH

Jordan: There is an anxiousness that American feel about their country, they think there is just something not right and they feel this anxiousness, they know there are real concerns, a real change in direction, a real change from what we view and value of what America has always been so you are seeing people of faith step forward and participate in a big way, which is exactly what we want to see happen. I love the example of the teenage girl, and everyone in this audience knows this story but it’s so important to think about this, the teenage girl who saved her people and the best line in that narrative is when her relative said to her ‘Esther, maybe the only reason you’re at where you’re at is for such a time as this,’ and I think Americans get that, I think Christians get that, they understand, this is a critical time.

John Fund, I heard him give a speech and it’s interesting, and it kind of parallels what Senator Blunt said, he said it’s every third generation that has to do something big in this country. He started with the Founders who put it on the line, lost their lives and many of them lost their business, we remember Franklin, Jefferson and Adams but most of them lost everything, and then it was three generations later when we had this evil of slavery that Americans said ‘we will get rid of this and we will keep the union together,’ three generations later those people in America at that time said we can deal with the Great Depression and we can deal with the evils of Nazism in the Second [World] War and we can with that. And they did it. Now here we are three generations later and it is our turn. It is our turn to do what Esther did way back when, it is our turn to do what they did at the founding, and at the Civil War and at the Second War, it is our turn.  Source

President Barack Obama Sending Dual Messages to Voters in Quest for Reelection

 President Barack Obama Sending Dual Messages to Voters in Quest for Reelection

President Barack Obama Sending Dual Messages to Voters in Quest for Reelection (Wikipedia)

The political transformation of President Barack Obama is glaring. He has moved from the “hope and change” candidate we saw in the 2008 election, to the “doing what it takes to win” president fighting for reelection. Every politician makes promises, empty promises, they know they can’t keep, and that’s not the bad part. The bad part is you don’t know who to listen to and believe has your best interests at heart — Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum or Ron Paul.

Politico: “The first is that every modern president in the fourth year of his presidency resorts to the cheap political stunts, broken promises and truth-fudging it takes to win reelection in what has been and will be a 50-50 nation. The reason is simple: Politics is not clean-living; it’s survival.

The second is that Barack Obama, for all his talk of moving beyond conventional political tricks, is doing just that, which wouldn’t be so glaring had it not been for his incessant call for a newer, cleaner and more transparent paradigm for American politics.

The second is that Barack Obama, for all his talk of moving beyond conventional political tricks, is doing just that, which wouldn’t be so glaring had it not been for his incessant call for a newer, cleaner and more transparent paradigm for American politics.”

You can’t say you are for the people on Main Street when you are secretly yukking it up with the people on Wall Street. I don’t know if President Obama’s actions are transactional more than transformative, but I am just tired of politics as usual in Washington D. C. on both sides of the aisle. I am a centrist and I tend to look at some liberal policies and viewpoints with disdain, but I am for the people on Main Street, who are the ones to jumpstart this ecomony by spending. If you can’t look out for Main Street and truly mean what you say, then you aren’t the candidate for me.

President Obama is playing both sides of the field and you just can’t do that and expect to win big. He has flip-flopped as much as his probable Republican adversary Mitt Romney. I was very surprised when he gave his blessings to Super PACs after vehemently decrying their very existence. He literally gave his blessings to Priorities USA Action Super PAC, to go out and collect lots of money from the affluent.

In 2007, then-candidate Barack Obama said,  “you can’t say yesterday you don’t believe in them and today, you are having three-quarters of a million dollars being spent for you. You can’t just talk the talk. The easiest thing in the world is to talk about change during election time. Everybody talks about change during election time. You have got to look at how they will act when it’s not convenient, when it’s hard. And the one thing I’m proud of is my track record is strong on this and I’ve walked the walk.”

So, I guess that record is of little importance to President Barack Obama in 2012, right? The super PACs are a novel way for the fabulously rich and well-connected to influence politics. Um, that doesn’t jibe with his “love and caring attitude” for the people on Main Street. In other words, since everyone is doing it, let’s not get left out of the game, let’s join in this party!

As for the current conundrum with the Catholics and contraceptives, President Obama is just playing politics, that has the potential for serious backlash. Personally, I think the government and the church should not stick its nose in personal matters, such as a woman’s right to chose what she does with her body. This isn’t a fight about religious liberty. It should be a fight about a woman’s right to chose — personal liberty. God knows contraception is the least of President Obama and the Catholic church’s worries. Sorry, but this political transformation of President Barack Obama isn’t the hope and change we signed on for in 2008, but at the same time, who among the Republican slate of presidential candidates is worthy to take the baton? They are all damaged goods. So, here we are, with an enormous problem…..

Will the Black Hollywood Elite Support President Obama the Second Time Around?

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Will the Black Hollywood Elite Support President Obama the Second Time Around? (Wikipedia)

Will the black Hollywood elite, which includes Samuel L. Jackson, Pauletta Washington (Denzel Washington’s wife) and Debbie Allen, support President Obama the second time around? It’s interesting, since some like Samuel L. Jackson, have expressed some ambivalence to his performance thus far. I guess I can ask the question of what has the black Hollywood elite done for blacks in the inner cities?

Daily Beast, Samuel L. Jackson says,  “Some days I agree with Dr. West and what he says about the president not dealing enough with the plight of the poor” says Jackson. “Then I think about how they won’t give him credit for anything… The president got about a week of moderate applause for capturing the most-wanted man in the world. You ask me, he should have put that motherf*cker on ice and defrosted his ass Nov. 1.”

There are also those players behind the scene, such as well-known retired lawyer Michael Lawson and his wife, Mattie Lawson, who have raised nearly $2 million for his various campaigns. Mattie Lawson didn’t want to support him in 2008, but changed her tune once she got to know him. They are ready to support the president’s reelection campaign.

President Obama is in a tough reelection race because many blacks are disillusioned with his record, particularly since many remain unemployed and having a hard time making ends meet. Many blacks, like staunch critics Tavis Smiley and Cornel West, believe his lack of attention to the needs of blacks and the poor will spell doom for his reelection. For me, it comes down to retraining and getting the right skillset. That should be pushed on the state level and not the federal level. If we can get more people retrained for careers involving healthcare, technology and manufacturing, for example, then we would be on our way to seeing a significant drop in the high unemployment rates and the middle class rising once again.

As for the black Hollywood elite, I’m pretty sure they have a vested interest in seeing President Obama win reelection and not Newt Gingrich. So, it’s a moot point, in my opinion to speculate on them failing to turn out in support of Barack Obama.

Charles Krauthammer: GOP Suicide March Will Lead Facilitate President Obama’s Reelection in November

I don’t always agree with Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer, but I will give him his duties where necessary. He’s dead-on in his analysis of the Republicans giving President Obama’s reelection bid new life as a result of the GOP suicide march.

This charge, too, is straightforward: The Republicans serve as the protectors and enablers of the plutocrats, the exploiters who have profited while America suffers. They put party over nation, fat cat donors over people, political power over everything.

It’s all rather uncomplicated, capturing nicely the Manichaean core of the Occupy movement — blame the rich, then soak them. But the real beauty of this strategy is its adaptability. While its first target was the do-nothing, protect-the-rich Congress, it is perfectly tailored to fit the liabilities of Republican front-runner Mitt Romney — plutocrat, capitalist, 1 percenter.

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Republicans are denouncing rapacious capitalism that enriches the 1 percent while impoverishing everyone else, should this not be the paramount issue in a campaign occurring at a time of economic distress?

Now, economic inequality is an important issue, but the idea that it is the cause of America’s current economic troubles is absurd. Yet, in a stroke, the Republicans have succeeded in turning a Democratic talking point — a last-ditch attempt to salvage reelection by distracting from their record — into a central focus of the nation’s political discourse.

How quickly has the zeitgeist changed? Wednesday, the Republican House reconvened to reject Obama’s planned $1.2 trillion debt-ceiling increase. (Lacking Senate concurrence, the debt ceiling will be raised nonetheless.) Barely noticed. All eyes are on South Carolina andRomney’s taxes.

This is no mainstream media conspiracy. This is the GOP maneuvering itself right onto Obama terrain. Source: Washington Post

Possible New Job for President Obama as He Sings Line from Al Green’s “Le’t Stay Together” at Apollo Theater

It seems that President Obama may have a new revenue stream if he loses reelection — singing. President Obama sang a line from Al Green’s popular song “Let’s Stay Together” and the crowd at the Apollo Theater Thursday night, where he was campaigning in one of four New York City fundraiser events, loved it. God knows if he can carry a tune in a half-way decent manner, he can get a record deal.

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