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rse

Michelle's facial expressions, always telling, gave it away in the ET adoration tape. She had that concerned look with everything that he said.

And the Global Warming may not be true and it may be in the background but it is the cultivated core business belief of everyone in Peter Senge's SoL Sustainability Consortium. They honestly believe they are redesigning the global future and that SoL training is just full of reimagining new consciousness and getting involved at local levels to be the pushers of Agenda 21 community programs. And forcing everyone of your suppliers to be on board as well. Now we know how fascist thinking and practices spread among execs who are quite sure that term is limited to a particular time and place.

And then there are the 3 R's and the psychological/emotional focus that was omnipresent when school opened last week. And not just because I have the script and was listening carefully. It was so up-front that the inattentive noticed.

"What is going on in our schools this year?" is not going to be a campaign winner in any demographic group apart from the administrators. I know the teachers are not happy because they are FB and twittering each other about posts.

Pleased someone is telling the story that otherwise makes no sense. Since we still have secret ballots, I do not think the NEA will like the way its members vote to try to get away from being told what they must do and say in the classroom.

Jane

I'm. On my way to RR town hall in NH. I'll let you know if it is a "small enthusisastic" crowd.

rse

Go Jane!!

Ranger

Here is your morning dose of DC centric conventional wisdom:

The reality of trying to shrink government

The answer, in the credentialed moronotocracy's view, is that goverrnment can not be shrunk. If anything, it must be larger.

sbw

Summers: "If government is to continue providing the same level of these services, government spending as a share of the economy has to rise"

So let's change the premise!

rse

sbw-larry's brother used to do legal work for me in PA back when he was Assis TR Sec. He used to tell me stories over lunch or dinner which was great fun. Very talented attorney and quite level-headed.

marlene

Morning all! Have fun Jane! The event is being held at Saint Anselm College in Manchester (daughter's alma mater). WMUR.com will show the event ,which starts at 10:30a.m. Also...recall the Obama event in Durham,NH in June when a private donor reimbursed the town because the campaign didn't pay for the public security expenses? The town of Rochester,NH knew the campaign wouldn't pay the extra when Obama held his event over the week-end and decided not to create an issue. Neighboring towns volunteered their public safety (police and fire). So,his campaign must be going to cities and towns all over the country and leaving behind expenses to be absorbed by local municipal budgets.

NJ Jan

Good morning. Before I go off to Monday babysitting duty, thought I'd post this:
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/79867.html?hp=t1


sbw

rse, and Larry was right about Harvard.

rse

marlene-that is such a good fact to juxtapose with his weekend demand for another $25 billion to avert teacher layoffs. The stress he puts on localities and businesses whenever he comes to campaign he leaves the area poorer.

NJ Jan

Above is concerning disarray in Obama camp. Glen Thrush tries to put favorable spin, but actually does not do Obama any favors.

Janet

Captain posted about this story on the other thread - University of Maryland Students And Staff Petition School To Have Chick-Fil-A Kicked Off Campus…

"As of Friday afternoon, the petition has more than 560 supporters. The organizers have set 1,000 signatures as a goal."

What gets me is that this WaPo story just amounts to an advertisement for the petition. 560 people? Is this really news? Ya gotta wonder if all the petition signers even GO to the U. of Maryland. My church has thousands come every Sunday. More than 600 congregants are organizing to fix up some DC schools on Saturday....painting, landscaping, fixing things, giving supplies,...
Show & share the love of Christ. Will there be an article advertising this event?

rse

What is coming out of their Graduate College of Ed is both subversive and deliberate propaganda. They really seem to believe they are part of a transformational coup. Must be something in the water there that so many profs are quietly pushing this altered, 3rd order consciousness, crap. "The flow."

But before Clarice gets annoyed at me I have no reason to think that the hard sciences do not remain fine there. I will point out though that Senge is at MIT which seems determined to change people to fit with computer modelling.

Janet

from NJ Jan's Politico link -

"Obama’s trash-talking competitiveness, a trait that has defined him since his days on the court as a basketball-obsessed teenager in Hawaii, was on display one night last February, when the president spotted a woman he knew was close to Sen. Marco Rubio in a Florida hotel lobby. “Is your boy going to go for [vice president]?” the president asked her. Maybe, she replied.

“Well,” he said, chuckling, according to a person who witnessed the encounter. “Tell your boy to watch it. He might get his ass kicked.”"

Good Lord, what a loser. Any man that walks around threatening to kick somebody's ass is a loser that is worried about his own ass being kicked.


Rick Ballard

Janet,

School maintenance budgets are deliberately short changed in order to create an appearance of need. Those volunteers are funding some fat assed educrat's worthless job with their efforts. Handing out flyers pointing out the fact the buildings aren't painted because the school administration is overstaffed would be more beneficial.

MarkO

Boy? Pardon me, boy . . ..

rse

I just read that Politico link too. The idea of those ValJar salons is scary.

When I was reading Dismantling Desegregation over the weekend and being reminded for the umpteenth time just how much this crowd wants to be able to integrate the cities with the suburbs and not just via the schools, I thought about the 3 women on SCOTUS and Breyer. I do think with a 2nd term and one more vote you will see a total revisiting of what Brown actually meant. The courts as a transforming mechanism that will make the 9th Circuit look like amateurs.

When I wrote yesterday about Jean Anyon, that was just a sampling of her rhetoric and some of her milder points. She is yet another from that Ayers tribute to Maxine Greene.

I am so tired of people who live at taxpayer expense reimagining society.

narciso

I Jesse Jackson, was inadvertently more honest, when he chanted, back 23 years ago,
'Western Culture's got to go' at that demonstration at Stanford. Now they took the real concern with competitiveness, and already
rather shallow academic standards, and replaced it with BEST practices.

Ranger

So let's change the premise!

Yes, Larry seems to be pushing a DC version of the Brezhnev doctrine... The growth of government is irreversable.

GMAX

I prefer to be the kicker and not the kickee, and its idle talk that cant be backed up from a B personality type metrosexual who quite often seems to get mixed up and wears Michelle's jeans...

pagar

"The Border Conspiracy: Exclusive Videos Show How One Texas County Fakes Crime Statistics to Make the Border Look Safe"

As long as the leftists can create the idea that nothing needs to be true, it just has to be published by their propaganda spreaders, it is hard to believe any thing is true.

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/08/20/border-conspiracy-exclusive/

Ranger

From the Politico story:

It is Obama’s own burning competitiveness, with his remorseless focus on beating Mitt Romney — an opponent he genuinely views with contempt and fears will be unfit to run the country.

Yeah, cause Barry's done such a bang up job. Why do I suspect what is really behind this is a gnawing fear in Obama's heart that Mitt will be successful, and show people just what an dumb loser Barry really is.

narciso

Was it Milliken, or Missouri v. Jenkins, that you feel Orfield misinterpreted, rse. As for Summers, his work in Russia, transferred the economy from the hands of the nomenklatura to
the oligarch, a nice hat trick.

Thomas Collins

San Antonio Indep. Sch. Dist. v. Rodriguez, 411 U.S. 1 (1973), rse, would be overturned if a fifth prog gets on SCOTUS. Thus, wealth would be a suspect classification and education would be a fundamental right. The impact of such a decision would be that prog federal district court judges would be unleashed to bully local school systems.

Milliken v. Bradley, 418, US 717 (1974) (see LUN) would also be overturned, thus allowing prog federal district judges to force suburban kids whose parents can't financially swing private school to go to inner city schools.

Strawman Cometh

Insty links to datech guy liveblogging at St. Anslem.

Captain Hate

As of Friday afternoon, the petition has more than 560 supporters. The organizers have set 1,000 signatures as a goal.

Thanks for printing that. I'm kind of disappointed that Weasel Zippers printed this big fat nothingburgermoar chiken. A thousand signatures out of an enrollment of over 37k? Get real.

BB Key

Marlene, what is the most likely place Malia and Sahsa would go to summer camp for 1 month in NH.

Ranger

And this is priceless:

And the equally unbearable possibility, in his mind, that Romney will get to take a victory lap on an economic rebound Obama sees as just around the corner. “I’m not going to let him win … so that he can take credit when the economy turns around,” Obama said, according to an aide.

Barry still thinks the economy will roar back to life any day now. It's gona happen, cause it alway has. The idea that his administration is doing anything that might be preventing that robust recovery never occurs to him.

James D.

It is Obama’s own burning competitiveness, with his remorseless focus on beating Mitt Romney — an opponent he genuinely views with contempt and fears will be unfit to run the country.

I'd like to see us get away from the poisonous idea that the President "runs the country." He doesn't. Neither does Congress.

The idea, as pretty clearly set forth in our founding documents, is that the government runs the courts so that disputes between citizens can be resolved and basic public safety can be maintained, provides for a military to defend the country from attack from without, and provides a variety of other - specificed and limited - services that aid in commerce and economic development. Government does those things - and ONLY those things - so that we, as FREE CITIZENS, can run our own lives.

At least, that's how it's supposed to work.

narciso

Well, Captain, I imagine WZ was focusing on the tolerance,eh 'crimethink' aspect of the petitioners,

Captain Hate

I'm sure you're correct narc; and I'm probably overly sensitive to my fellow Terps looking like a bunch of intolerant idiots which, when you consider the voting habits of my former home state, is more likely than it should be.

Ok which Top Man thought having Trump appear at the Repub convention was a stroke of genius?

henry

BB Key, the older daughter used to go to a tennis camp there (my niece was an instructor). The girl was ok - typical teenager, but Moochelle's visits were a pain in the butt to the staff.

MarkJ

“Well,” [Obama] said, chuckling, according to a person who witnessed the encounter. “Tell your boy to watch it. He might get his ass kicked.”"

A real smart-ass. With that kind of attitude, I'll bet His Majesty got more than one bloody nose when he was in high school.

Threadkiller

Proven whack-a-doodle 1961 birther zombie trust to make us believe he isn't nuts.

Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump blasted President Barack Obama’s senior adviser Robert Gibbs Sunday as “vicious and hateful” after the former press secretary called Trump a “right-wing nut job” on Fox News.

“I was a great student at a great school, Wharton School of Finance,” Trump told Newsmax late Sunday night. “I built a net worth in excess of $8 billion, built a tremendous company, and have employed tens of thousands of people. I hardly see where I qualify under his definition.”

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/trump-gibbs-fox-obama/2012/08/19/id/449050

$8 billion? Let us know when you make some real money, you freak.

NK

MarkJ @ 10:02--"A real smart-ass. With that kind of attitude, I'll bet His Majesty got more than one bloody nose when he was in high school."
No he didn't, that was the problem, he obviously talked his way out of every beatdowm. So... he grew up to be a supreme narcissist.

marlene

BB Key...I would just take a guess and say Lake Winnipesaukee or Squam Lakes region,maybe the White Mountains. There are dozens of private residential summer camps in NH and ME that are exclusive,so only the locals and the parents know the location. Our nephew was the hiking instructor at a camp in western ME that just completed its summer session. 8 week session=$10k.

Porchlight

“I’m not going to let him win … so that he can take credit when the economy turns around,” Obama said, according to an aide.

Blame Bush for all that went wrong prior to Jan 2009, credit Obama for all that goes right after Jan 2013. Sounds about par for the course.

Threadkiller

Trust = tries

pagar

"Barry still thinks the economy will roar back to life any day now"

IMO, the Obama regime thinks the Cuban economy is one to model this country after.

rse

I did not mention Milliken by name in the LUN post yesterday just referring to it as the Detroit case. But that is definitely the precedent they want to overturn most. It is viewed as what stopped both integration in schools and housing and integration in the North.

TC-I am familiar with Rodriguez and though it is not mentioned by name the failure to make ed a constitutional right is a bit like the US deliberate unwillingness to sign on to the 1947 UN Dec of Rights. The educators simply adopt policies and practices as if we did.

There are numerous mentions in Orfield's book disparaging the failure to make being poor a protected class. So overturning Rodriguez is what they want.

Jenkins had just happened when book was published. Book was based on work between Harvard Law and ed between 1992 and 1995.

He misdescribes the Rehnquist rulings and their holdings. They are also very angry with the DFW area and the fact that the busing remedy went away before Latinos who are largely in the central cities could be effectively dispersed into middle class schools.

The point the book keeps making is the need to be able to access the social connections of the networks middle class kids have.

But Common Core effectively shuts down the superiority of the suburban schools beyond superior networks and the social capital coming from home. My youngest may find the IB Learner pushes annoying but she already has an Axemaker Mind. It just makes the school interactions painful and someone pointless to where she sees herself going.

One more point is how much the connected educators globally think learning is about twittering and blogging and thus creating "something" and interacting. One of the well-known bloggers out of Oz yesterday had a guest poster mentioning how horrified she was that 6th graders were wanting content from her. We have a real problem developing where the teachers are essentially telling bright students that they are poorly informed fools subject to poorly thought out fads. It really is not helpful to have kids deciding their typical teacher or principal is not someone worthy of respect beyond what a well brought up kid will do out of habit.

But yes. A 5th vote will take us back decades to social engineering by the courts that most Americans view as a closed door.

centralcal

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA:

Erick Erickson ‏@EWErickson

Internal Obama camp study shows Wasserman Schultz is worst of all the campaign’s surrogates in terms of viewer reaction via @TheTransom
-------

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog

Insiders: growing calls to send DNC leadership home; The Guy Married to Debbie Wasserman Schultz put on suicide watch #TGMTDWS

Janet

An aside - we had anti-Israel protesters outside our church again on Sunday. It is wonderful to be hated by certain people...shows you're right.

Rob Crawford
An aside - we had anti-Israel protesters outside our church again on Sunday.

WTF, Janet? I've never seen protesters outside a church for services -- is this the "new normal"?

Danube of Thought

Minus 14 at Raz today.

Trails Romney by 1 (44-43).

Ranger

Let's see, who have been Obama's main political personel choices...

Biden for VP and Debbie WS for DNC Chair. Can we question his judgement now?

Captain Hate

No he didn't, that was the problem, he obviously talked his way out of every beatdowm. So... he grew up to be a supreme narcissist.

I think that's pretty likely. I'm still as angry as a person can be that his high school coach, when the JEF led the benchwarmers to confront him to argue for more playing time, didn't kick him off the team. There have been so many things that could've nipped his career in the bud that it's almost enough to get somebody to believe in the Devil.

Clarice

Excellent summary, TM.

To me the tip off that this campaign was being run as poorly as the federal govt under Obama is that even with his campaign HQ in Chicago when it was obvious they could not fill the small venue that BO was attending there, none of those white kids figured out they should pad the place by attending and bringing some friends/
D.O.P.E. does not spell genius.

rse

I had forgotten he had moved on to UCLA. Where he would have been able to work with Oakes at the Ella Baker Institute before she bolted to Ford almost as soon as the votes were cast in November 2008.

This is the sort of stuff he is currently pushing as part of the Civil Rights Project.
http://gseis.ucla.edu/sudikoff/archive/equity.html

It's not over at all. Just hibernating. No wonder they want an open border and amnesty.

Rick Ballard

Interesting Gallup swing state polling.

It's interesting because Gallup continues to use an RV sample and includes New Mexico while excluding Missouri (versus RCP swing states). That swap allows Gallup to give Obama a 47-43 lead over Governor Romney. The RCP average for Missouri is 48.8 Romney, 42.5 Obama while New Mexico has an RCP average of 50.7 Obama, 40 Governor Romney.

The take away from the poll is only 40% of the sample consider themselves to be better off today than in 2008 while 52% chose worse off. Gallup can cherry pick the swing states to try and keep hope alive but it's definitely flat lined and the ventilator has a short.

narciso

Well the fact, that he has a blog at the Puffington Host, isn't necessarily a disqualifier. His failure to understand that content is what drives the demand for magnate
school.

Ranger

Interesting new poll out via Drudge:

Swing-State Voters Say They Are No Better Off Than in 2008

Not better off: 56%

Better off: 40%

And this is interesting:

Forty-four percent predict they would be better off four years from now if Romney wins and 49% say they would not be better off. Those figures are roughly the same when voters are asked to predict their situation in four years if Obama is re-elected -- 42% say they would be better off and 52% say they would not be.

That 3% gap doesn't look like much, but I think it may be enough.

rse

http://www.law.berkeley.edu/files/LookWhosComingListforWebMarch2006.pdf is the answer to TC's point on Rodriguez.

Several of these people have since becomes Obama appointees like Liu and Russlyn Ali. She is behind finding civil rights violations in who takes which classes. Did the announcement with Duncan.

Thomas Collins

Rick, New Mexico seemed to be one the states that, according to the election data you provided a couple of days ago (and thanks for alerting me to that data; it is quite comprehensive) that Obama could build on with the "correct" type of fraud/GOP hates immigrants from across the border talking points to increase turnout. I wonder whether Axelmessplouffe feels comfortable enough about New Mexico that they won't put in a maximum effort there.

self inflicted

Obama was on the ropes, but thanks to Todd "legitimate rape" Akin, Barry will be trending up and the DNC will be firing up their GOP hates women ads. THe media is already in front page and on the morning news. Akin must drop out. Today is the last day to replace him.

BB Key

RR have huge crowd in NH . On CSPAN now

Thomas Collins

Damn, why can't those right wingin', gun totin', Bible thumpin', Tea Partyin' bitter clingers stop saying thoughtless things about rape, like the LUNed conservative Republican.

Soylent Red

Why do I suspect what is really behind this is a gnawing fear in Obama's heart that Mitt will be successful, and show people just what an dumb loser Barry really is.

Obama knows that a successful RR administration will put the lie to all of the redistributive socialist shibboleths. He is afraid that the failure of his political philosophy, and by extension, him, will be exposed.

Narcissists cannot stand to be exposed.

Clarice

Really guys, raise your hands if your ever heard of Akin before this. Snap out of it!!

hit and run

So apparently Axelrod and Cutter aren't best buddies.

If it came to an exchange of blows, I'd put money on Stephanie, probably getting Axelrod to cry uncle by pulling on his mustache.

bgates

an opponent he genuinely views with contempt

The one genuine aspect about the guy.

Clarice

bgates, that is really PUKish.

windansea

Ok which Top Man thought having Trump appear at the Repub convention was a stroke of genius?

Posted by: Captain Hate | August 20, 2012 at 09:52 AM

Rumor is he will not speak, will be part of a pre recorded skit in which he "fires" Obama

Janet

is this the "new normal"?

I don't know, Rob. We get them every now & then. Mostly they are anti-Israel, but we've had some that were incoherent...I couldn't decipher what they were mad at.

Sue

Does Glenn Thrush even read what he writes?

“Well,” he said, chuckling, according to a person who witnessed the encounter. “Tell your boy to watch it. He might get his ass kicked.”

...

Despite Obama’s all-in commitment to the campaign, there have been signs of strain. And people close to him detect, from time to time, a yearning for the high ground.

All in the same article at Politico. How do you reconcile those two things?

Ignatz

--Really guys, raise your hands if your ever heard of Akin before this. Snap out of it!!

Posted by: Clarice | August 20, 2012 at 10:49 AM--

clarice,
The only "guys" saying it is the Moby Dickhead 'self inflicted'.

jimmyk

I've noticed that some media outlets describe Akin's comment as referring to "legitimate rape." As dumb as Akin's comment was, leave it to the MSM to distort it make it sound like he was saying that some rapes are "legitimate" in the sense of justifiable, as opposed to "genuine" or "authentic."

For example:
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/gop-senate-candidate-says-misspoke-legitimate-rape-005818070.html

narciso

Well I know who rallied with Huckabee, and who rallied with Sarah, who's judgement is
more solid, why go out on a ledge like that,
in the first place.

Rick Ballard

TC,

I believe the Kendonesian commie's hopes for New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado are all tied to the effectiveness of his EO keeping illegals free to roam. If only unemployment in Mexico were higher than in the US...

Janet

Really guys, raise your hands if your ever heard of Akin before this. Snap out of it!!

Amen. It's not like he said Guam was gonna flip over or lied about law abiding Americans at a Tea Party rally....trying to slander them as racists.

Stephanie

RR put out a statement on the Akin comments today:

In a phone interview this morning, Mitt Romney told National Review Online that Representative Todd Akin’s recent comment on rape is “inexcusable.”

“Congressman’s Akin comments on rape are insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong,” Romney said. “Like millions of other Americans, we found them to be offensive.”

Akin, the Republican Senate nominee from Missouri, controversially claimed on Sunday that a woman’s body can block an unwanted pregnancy.

“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down,” Akin said in an interview with KTVI-TV.

“I have an entirely different view,” Romney said. “What he said is entirely without merit and he should correct it.”

Danube of Thought

Gallup will go to an LV model in September.

narciso

It has even gotten to the Minitrue, hence all the hedging;


http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/08/18/2956860/obamacares-unpopularity-blunts.html

BB Key

good line from Mitt : New Hampshire has a border security problem with Massachusetts

narciso

Well that was a momentary 'doubleunplusgood'
moment, carry one;


http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/08/19/2959339/specifically-it-pays-romney-to.html

derwill

That "kick ass" story is amazingly revealing. It shows his immaturity--it's the kind of taunt you'd hear in a schoolyard, not coming out the mouth of the purported leader of the free world. But at bottom he's a coward, because he didn't make it to Rubio's face, he made it to a woman friend of Rubio's, i.e. someone he has no fear will actually fight back. (Obama's making war on women!). It shows his narcissism. He feels threatened by Rubio, who he fears might be supplanting him as the political wunderkind, and there's room for only one wunderkind in O's world. (Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?")

All the attention Ryan is getting now must be freaking him out. OMG, another political wunderkind! Will someone not rid me of these boys whose asses need kicking? It was supposed to be Pawlenty! Duda's super secret source assured me it would be Pawlenty! Mirror? Mirror?

BB Key

Mitt in NH, 'The first victim of an Obama campaign is the truth'

narciso

Did this incident even happen, is the question you have to ask yourself; re the Rubio supporter?

Captain Hate

I just got a WSJ alert that Augusta National Golf Club just invited Condi Rice and some other skirt to join up. I'd respect them a lot more if Stephanie had been the first invited.

GMAX

The numbers I am seeing out of Colorado would seem to put a major doubt in Zero carrying the state. Nevada and New Mexico are more of a jump ball, at least until the enthusiasm gap overwhelms the voting booths.

Janet

Exclusive: FBI probed GOP trip with drinking, nudity in Israel

Did the FBI ever probe Gergen's drinking & nudity at Lake Como? How bout Rahm's nudity in the Congressional gym? Didn't he threaten some Congressman there while being buck nakid? (butt naked?...buck nekid?...nude?)


Clarice

Daily Caller:Obama could lose ILLINOIS!!

A poll conducted by Illinois-based pollster and political strategist Michael McKeon found Obama leading Republican Mitt Romney by 49 percent to 37 percent in Cook County, the home of Chicago. That puts him ahead by a far thinner margin than expected in a county he should be winning handsomely.

Cook is the most Democratic leaning county in the state. It is also the most populous.

Those numbers do not bode well for the president.

[snip]

According to the poll, which surveyed 629 registered voters last week, Obama’s problems are not in Chicago proper, but in suburban Cook County.

In the city of Chicago itself, he retains a 60-29 lead over Romney. But the Republican challenger leads 45-38 in the surrounding areas. Across the county as a whole, Romney leads 43-31 among independent voters, a crucial voting bloc. Romney also holds a 44-38 lead among male voters, and a 53-40 lead among white voters.

Illinois is not considered a swing state by any means; it is seen as solidly blue, and has been for the past two election cycles. But McKeon pointed to the 2010 gubernatorial race when Republican Bill Brady came within a single percentage point of now-Gov. Pat Quinn because Brady won most of the downstate counties. That is a feat Romney could repeat this year, leaving Obama vulnerable if he cannot expand his lead in Cook County.



http://dailycaller.com/2012/08/20/shock-poll-obama-could-lose-illinois/#ixzz246KPwSH1

Rob Crawford
Did the FBI ever probe Gergen's drinking & nudity at Lake Como?

Let's just put it this way: The Kennedys.

Janet

Gergen all excited about being invited to George's lake house again...

Someone call the FBI.

Captain Hate

Janet, please don't use "Gergen" and "nudity" in the same sentence around lunch time. Or ever. *shudder*

glasater

Romney and Ryan are on CSPan 1 right now.

Rob Crawford

Also on the FBI's sudden interest in "inappropriate nudity": They gonna shut down those disgusting San Francisco "street festivals"?

windansea

President Obama was reluctant to play a game of golf with Republican Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner because he did not want to lose, according to a new book by Politico’s Glenn Thrush.

Thrush writes that Obama was reluctant to play golf with Boehner, because he knew Boehner would beat him.

“He didn’t want Boehner kicking his ass,” Thrush writes.

The famous “golf summit” between the two politicians took place in June 2011.

But instead of playing against each other, Obama teamed up with Boehner and played against Vice President Biden and Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich.

The new e-book, “Obama’s Last Stand: POLITICO Playbook 2012″ was released today.

lots of ass kicking going on in this new book.

Janet

Yeah Rob! Great point.

Soylent Red

Janet:

Naked means you are without clothes.

Nekkid means you are without clothes, and up to something.

A poll conducted by Illinois-based pollster and political strategist Michael McKeon found Obama leading Republican Mitt Romney by 49 percent to 37 percent in Cook County, the home of Chicago.

This is gonna be great!

hit and run

Captain:


Janet, please don't use "Gergen" and "nudity" in the same sentence around lunch time. Or ever. *shudder*


GMAX

Romney leads 43-31 among independent voters,

For about two years in nearly every single poll done, this has been the case. Indys which went for Zero are recoiling in horror and will not make the same mistake.

Thus if Democrats are less than or equal to Republicans in turnout, Democrats lose. We dont even need to consider the crossover, but that has been consistent too, Democrats lose more Democrats to the Republicans than vice versa which just exacerbates their problem.

Ranger

Well, that explains buying add tiem in Chicago Clarice.

I have to say, the Quinn has done more damage to the Dems in this state than I could have ever imagined.

He won againt Brady on three counts.

1) Millionar Politician Bill Brady paid no taxes in 2008. (That's because Brady's income was actually negative that year because of the housing bust.)

2) Brady is a scary conservative rural Republican.

2) Quinn made a statement in 2009 that he would never sign a personal income tax increase above 1%. He refused to make that a campaign pledge, but instead said 'I've already said what my view is.' After he managed to get himself re-elected, Quinn pushed through a 2% personal income tax increase in the lame duck session, relying on the votes of retiring legislators who would never have to face the voters again.

Quinn promised that all the revinue from the tax increase would let the state pay off the $9 billion in unpaid bills and ballance the state budget. But, funny thing is, this year the state still has $8 billion in unpaid bills, and an state debt of $42 billion (and that's for a state that is constitutionally mandated to have a ballanced budget every year.)

People are looking for a way to express their displeasure with Quinn, and voting against Obama may be a way many of them do it.

Rob Crawford

Oh, and for the trolls following their talking points and the "Genuinely Concerned":

You convinced me; I'm not going to vote for Akin.

marlene

Loved how the St.A's bells rang at 11 and Ryan said yeah,this is the 11th hour. Can't wait to hear Jane's report.

Stephanie

I just got a WSJ alert that Augusta National Golf Club just invited Condi Rice and some other skirt to join up. I'd respect them a lot more if Stephanie had been the first invited.

Blushes... thanks, but my game would sully those verdant grounds and fill the water hazards to overflowing.

I'm working on getting playing time at Eastlake for late October through some friends, though. K wants to play somewhere that has caddies and I hope the course will be back to 'normal' by then. She wants to see how much her score might drop with a 'pro' giving her assistance. We're getting tix for the Tour Championship for the Sunday play ( I usually go on Wed for autographs and such, too but she has school) and those same friends have clubhouse tix so we are trading out with them for a bit so K can see the clubhouse, too. Working on tix for the Masters... maybe I'll call Condi.

bgates

How do you reconcile those two things?

I don't see a problem there. Barry acts like a punk, and if I wanted to make a headline out of your second quote - Politico's best defense of the Preezy - it would be

Unnamed Insiders Occasionally Get Feeling Obama Would Like to Behave Better

Captain Hate

Now that Augusta is letting the wimmenz in, Pinch can lay off all the reporters who were banging that monkey for the last few years, seemingly to the exclusion of all else. Assuming they weren't previously in a blood letting, like Howell Raines.

Bruce
The numbers I am seeing out of Colorado would seem to put a major doubt in Zero carrying the state. Nevada and New Mexico are more of a jump ball, at least until the enthusiasm gap overwhelms the voting booths.
I don't know about NM, but what the Dems and polling orgs seem to miss in NV is that Romney is Mormon. Back, a bit over a hundred years, in the epic deal that finally got Utah statehood, the Mormons switched from Dem to Rep in trade for statehood, promising the GOP eight Senate seats - UT, ID, WY, and NV. Of course, Harry Reid is an LDS Dem...

Point is though that Mormons are still very influential in NV. I know that in the legal field, it is still said that if you want to litigate in Clark County, you need a Mormon sitting up front at the counsel table. And, all of the biggest firms in the state have decent sized Mormon contingents (including, of course, the obligatory Reid).

My impression is that the Mormon influence is strongest in the South, around Las Vegas, from my almost 5 years working in the north (living maybe 10 miles away from "Mormon Station" - the oldest continuous white settlement in the state). Despite this belief by Northern Nevadans, the LDS church across the street from the HS is probably as large as the HS. N. Nevada is one of the most conservative places I have lived - and so a shortage of Mormons there isn't going to depress the vote one bit.

This is a long way of saying that anyone who thinks that NV is going for Obama this time is delusional.

Colorado on the other hand, I think was more problematic until Paul Ryan went on the GOP ticket. My prediction is that he will bring the state solidly into the GOP fold at the Presidential level. I think that two things are esp. attractive about him in CO - first that he is a fitness nut, and secondly, that he is a policy wonk. Telling the hard truths also sells in that state, better than in most. Another thing is that wealth created through hard work and intelligence is respected more than coming up through Chicago politics.

I am pretty much slitting my time between NW MT and central CO these days (though I was back in NW NV for a week recently), and the feel this time is a lot different in CO than 4 years ago. The enthusiasm is down for Obama, and his supporters seem to be much more defensive, even in county that will probably vote for him.

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