Um, Time Magazine had better rethink their latest cover, which features New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, with the caption, “the elephant in the room.”
Those so-called pundits “inside the beltway” love to tell us what they think of President Obama and his aloofness towards Congressional Democrats. Where are the Bush Republicans? Oh, I’m sorry, they’re slowing coming out of the woodwork for all the wrong reasons. Well, Bloomberg’s Al Hunt:
If Barack Obama is re-elected, the biggest challenge won’t be ideological: He’s not the left-winger his opponents depict. The economy will be the dominant issue, events will shape others.
Instead, it may be personal, his political persona. Be it Democratic politicians or members of Congress, campaign contributors or business leaders, there is a common refrain: Obama doesn’t much identify with us, or even much respect what we do.
His relationship with most Democratic members of Congress lies somewhere between correct and cold. They believe that personal political loyalties are not an Obama priority. Source
Yeah, right. I don’t care who Obama identifies with, I want him to fix what ails this country and fast. The reality is that it would behoove Congressional Democrats to work with the president, though we saw the “Blue Dog Democrats” literally throw him under a bus, than work with him on Obamacare. Al Hunt is also conveniently omitting the fact that Democrats didn’t always have a love-affair with Bill Clinton, from his candidacy to his presidency.
Sorry, but the only thing I want from Obama if he wins a second term, is to fix the economic mess so that the middle class can thrive again. Manufacturing jobs must come back to America and we must stop giving lip service to energy independence and actually work to that end. We also need a ban on assault weapons. Yeah, yeah, I know we have the right to bear arms, but what people don’t need to get their hands on are assault rifles and a shitload of ammunition, unless they are in law enforcement in some capacity.
Trouble for GOP in MO as Rep. Todd Akin Now Trails Democratic Opponent by 10 Points After ‘Legitimate Rape’ Remark
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan should be very worried that the state of Missouri may slip out of their hands in the presidential elections on November 6, thanks to Ryan’s buddy Rep. Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape rarely leads to pregnancy” remark, insulting every woman in this country. Well, it is starting to show in the Missouri polls that his remark does have consequences.
His Democratic opponent Sen. Claire McCaskill who he led by a narrow margin suddenly has a 10-point lead, according to Republican-leaning Rasmussen. McCaskill leads Akin 48 percent to 38 percent. The survey of 500 likely voters was conducted Aug. 22, and has a 4.5 percent margin of error. She has also taken the lead in the PollTracker Average, 46.3 percent to 40 percent.
This is a foreboding of things to come for the Republican Party and its extremist stance on women’s issues.
Telegraph: Mitt Romney May Have Breached Ethics Laws Through Bain & Co. Linked to Paul Ryan’s Brother
UK Telegraph: Mitt Romney may have breached ethics laws through Bain & Company, where Ryan’s brother, Tobin Ryan, works as a senior manager. You realize Bain Capital is the investment arm of the company. You know Bain Capital, the same company that Mitt Romney is trying to dance around his departure date and where he made the bulk of his fortune.
The Telegraph is charging that Romney may have breached state ethics laws during his stint as governor of Massachusetts, by holding a stake in a company that did lucrative work for his administration and was linked to the family of Paul Ryan. This sends a really bad message that Mitt Romney handed the vice presidential candidacy, not to the best candidate, but to a friend. Didn’t News Corp. founder Rupert Murdoch hit him on giving top spots in his campaign to friends?
Mitt Romney and his posse, including billionaire Sheldon Adelson, are trying to buy the presidency and people need to wake up to that fact. Don’t vote for Mitt Romney until you know exactly what he is going to do to fix this country. He is refusing to release his tax returns for a reason and the Telegraph may have stumbled onto something. How will Mitt Romney help the black and Hispanic communities improve their lives and rise about the economic constraints holding many captive? No-one can answer that question because he has run his campaign on vague positions and broad statements. Much like his term as governor. Most will be voting for him because they don’t like Obama.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think it’s a very bold choice. And an exciting and interesting pick. It’s going to elevate the campaign into a debate over big ideas. It means Romney-Ryan can run on principles and provide some real direction and vision for the Republican Party. And probably lose. Maybe big.” — Former George W. Bush adviser Mark McKinnon on Mitt Romney’s choice of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate. (Politico)
Film-maker Spike Lee says expectations were set too high for Obama, AKA ‘black Jesus’ and ‘savior,’ during an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon set to air Saturday. He said President Obama isn’t perfect. But, um, wasn’t Jesus Christ perfect, losing his temper once when he overturned tables in the temple? When I think Jesus, President Obama doesn’t come to mind. SMH.
Politico: “He was a savior, black Jesus,” the actor-director told CNN’s Don Lemon in an interview airingin its entirety Saturday. “Look, I don’t care who it was. Expectations were way too high.”
Lee accused Republicans of gridlocking Congress to prevent Obama from winning a secondterm — “a Congress that’s solidified as saying, ‘Whatever you do, we’re blocking that. We’re blocking, and every breath we take, we’re going to do what we can that you don’t get a second term. Bottom line. And if it hurts America in the process, tough business.’”
Every time Spike Lee opens his mouth, it’s pure entertainment. Obama as Black Jesus, that’s funny and blasphemous at the same time.
Obama Campaign Adviser: “Romney Failed to Define Himself to Voters, Now Vulnerable to Whole Range of Questions”
Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod tells Fox News’ Chris Wallace Mitt Romney has failed to define himself to voters and has “left himself vulnerable to a whole range of questions.”
“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace, citing a recent Quinnipac/CBS/NYT poll that showed Obama hitting 50 percent in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida, asked Axelrod if he thought the Obama camp’s negative ads about Romney’s offshore finances and business record, among other things, had been successful in defining him to voters.
“Well, I’d put it another way: he hasn’t been very successful in defining himself to voters,” Axelrod said. “And he’s left himself vulnerable to a whole range of questions that I think people are asking about him, and whether he’ll be the kind of advocate for the middle class, an advocate for their interests in this economy that they’re looking for in this election.” Source
The first rule of politics is never to let your opponent define you. On that one thing, Mitt Romney failed miserably. No matter what he says, most people doubt his words have an ounce of truth. The Obama campaign picked up where his fellow Republican presidential candidates — Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich — left off. During one debate, Rick Santorum said Romney was the worst candidate to go up against Barack Obama in the general election. Newt Gingrich slammed Romney on his Bain Capital years and the fact that jobs were actually lost not created during his tenure.