The White House

The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States. Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., the house was designed by Irish-born James Hoban, and built between 1792 and 1800 of white-painted Aquia sandstone in the Neoclassical style. It has been the residence of every U.S. President since John Adams. When Thomas Jefferson moved into the house in 1801, he (with architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe) expanded the building outward, creating two colonnades that were meant to conceal stables and storage.



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  2. The White House

    The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States. Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., the house was designed by Irish-born James Hoban, and built between 1792 and 1800 of white-painted Aquia sandstone in the Neoclassical style. It has been the residence of every U.S. President since John Adams. When Thomas Jefferson moved into the house in 1801, he (with architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe) expanded the building outward, creating two colonnades that were meant to conceal stables and storage.

    In 1814, during the War of 1812, the mansion was set ablaze by the British Army in the Burning of Washington, destroying the interior and charring much of the exterior. Reconstruction began almost immediately, and President James Monroe moved into the partially reconstructed house in October 1817. Construction continued with the addition of the South Portico in 1824 and the North in 1829. Because of crowding within the executive mansion itself, President Theodore Roosevelt had all work offices relocated to the newly constructed West Wing in 1901. Eight years later, President William Howard Taft expanded the West Wing and created the first Oval Office which was eventually moved as the section was expanded. The third-floor attic was converted to living quarters in 1927 by augmenting the existing hip roof with long shed dormers. A newly constructed East Wing was used as a reception area for social events; Jefferson’s colonnades connected the new wings. East Wing alterations were completed in 1946, creating additional office space. By 1948, the house’s load-bearing exterior walls and internal wood beams were found to be close to failure. Under Harry S. Truman, the interior rooms were completely dismantled and a new internal load-bearing steel frame constructed inside the walls. Once this work was completed, the interior rooms were rebuilt.

    Today, the White House Complex includes the Executive Residence, West Wing, Cabinet Room, Roosevelt Room, East Wing, and the Old Executive Office Building, which houses the executive offices of the President and Vice President.

    The White House is made up of six stories—the Ground Floor, State Floor, Second Floor, and Third Floor, as well as a two-story basement. The term White House is regularly used as a metonym for the Executive Office of the President of the United States and for the president’s administration and advisers in general. The property is owned by the National Park Service and is part of the President’s Park. In 2007, it was ranked second on the American Institute of Architects list of “America’s Favorite Architecture”.


    • IWantDemocracyNow | January 21, 2009

      Jesse Holland on How Slaves Built the White House and the US Capitol

      Later today, the first African American president in US history, Barack Obama, and wife Michelle and two daughters, Malia and Sasha, will be taking up residence in the White House, a house built by slaves. The Capitol, too, was built by slaves, as was the Supreme Court. Last night, I spoke with Associated Press reporter Jesse Holland. He is author of Black Men Built the Capitol: Discovering African-American History In and Around Washington, D.C

      How Slaves built the Capitol and White House-1/3

    • Overview of the White House


      Although the White House is one of the most famous buildings in the world and hosts millions of visitors every year, few people have a good understanding of its layout and history.

      The building was originally referred to as the “Presidential Palace” or “Presidential Mansion.” Dolley Madison called it the “President’s Castle.” However, by 1811 the first evidence of the public calling it the “White House” emerged, because of its white-painted stone exterior. The name Executive Mansion was often used in official context until President Theodore Roosevelt established the formal name by having “The White House” engraved on his stationery in 1901.

      Quick Facts

      The White House sits at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, the capital city of the United States, in the District of Columbia (DC), a federal district carved out of neighboring Maryland and Virginia. Just as it did when it was first completed over 200 years ago, the White House still houses the president’s family as well as offices for their top staff (although today, many more “White House staff” members work in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building across the street).

      The chief usher is in charge of keeping the house running smoothly. He has a staff of 90 workers to assist him: a head housekeeper, five chefs, and numerous maids, butlers, carpenters, plumbers, gardeners, and engineers. The Residence is 170 feet wide by 85 feet deep and 58 feet high (52 m by 26 m and 18 m high).

      The White House hosts about 5,000 visitors a day, or 1,825,000 visitors a year.

      The White House has:

      * A main residence and architectural wings on the east and west sides
      * 4 stories, plus a basement and sub-basement
      * 55,000 ft² (5,100 m²) of floor space (67,000 ft² including the wings)
      * 132 rooms and 35 bathrooms
      * 412 doors
      * 147 windows
      * 28 fireplaces
      * 8 staircases
      * 3 elevators (main, pantry, and a lower-levels elevator under the Grand Staircase)
      * several gardens
      * a tennis court
      * a basketball court
      * a putting green
      * a bowling alley
      * a movie theater
      * a jogging track
      * a swimming pool

      For the entire article:

    • Illinois1867 | May 17, 2010

      Using photos from the Obama White House’s Flickr site, communication professor Cara Finnegan comments on the history of White House photography and the messages being conveyed in certain images. She makes note of how the Obama administration is breaking new ground in making photos so publicly accessible through a social networking site.

      White House Flickr

    • CSPAN | August 31, 2010

      C-SPAN interview with President Obama about the Oval Office, for an update to C-SPAN’s Dec. 2008 feature documentary “The White House: Inside America’s Most Famous Home.”

      President Obama on the Oval Office

    • CSPAN | October 24, 2008

      Mark Farkas, C-SPAN’s Executive Producer of History Programming talks about C-SPAN’s next history series, The White House.

    • CNN | July 31, 2010

      CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux tours the White House art collection with the curator, who shares some interesting stories.

    • Here comes the sun: White House to go solar

      10/5/10 By DINA CAPPIELLO, AP

      WASHINGTON – Solar power is coming to President Barack Obama’s house.

      The most famous residence in America, which has already boosted its green credentials by planting a garden, plans to install solar panels atop the White House’s living quarters. The solar panels are to be installed by spring 2011, and will heat water for the first family and supply some electricity.

      The plans will be formally announced later Tuesday by White House Council on Environmental Quality Chairwoman Nancy Sutley and Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

      Former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush both tapped the sun during their days in the White House. Carter in the late 1970s spent $30,000 on a solar water-heating system for West Wing offices. Bush’s solar systems powered a maintenance building and some of the mansion, and heated water for the pool.

      Obama, who has championed renewable energy, has been under increasing pressure to lead by example by installing solar at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, something White House officials said has been under consideration since he first took office.

      The decision perhaps has more import now after legislation to reduce global warming pollution died in the Senate, despite the White House’s support. Obama has vowed to try again on a smaller scale.

      Last month, global warming activists with carried one of Carter’s solar panels — which were removed in 1986 — from Unity College in Maine to Washington to urge Obama to put solar panels on his roof. It was part of a global campaign to persuade world leaders to install solar on their homes. After a meeting with White House officials, they left Washington without a commitment.

      That campaign followed calls by the solar industry for the White House to become a national billboard for solar power.

      “Putting solar on the roof of the nation’s most important real estate is a powerful symbol calling on all Americans to rethink how we generate electricity,” Solar Energy Industries Association President Rhone Resch said.

    • You’re Invited “Inside The White House”

      Posted by Kori Schulman on November 09, 2010

      Thousands of visitors tour the White House each day. It’s been a long time in the making and today, we’re pleased to invite you on our new interactive White House tour.

      With some incredible behind-the-scenes photos from the Photo Office and our best “Inside the White House” videos, you’re invited to do everything from cook with the New Orleans Saints in the White House kitchen, to peek inside the Situation Room, to watch the Jonas Brothers perform in the East Room and tour the first ever beehive on White House grounds with beekeeper Charlie Brandt — plus a lot more. What are you waiting for? Welcome to the White House.

      Launch the Tour

    • April 03, 2012

      President and Mrs. Obama Team Up with Google Art Project to Continue Making the White House More Accessible

      Users will be able to take an at-home 360-degree tour of the White House’s public rooms at

      Washington – The White House today announced the latest step in President and Mrs. Obama’s efforts to truly make 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue “The People’s House”, by working with Google Art Project to create a virtual 360-degree tour of the White House’s public rooms. Since the President’s inauguration – when he and Mrs. Obama surprised guests attending public tours – the Obamas have worked to make the White House more open and accessible. Over three years later, approximately 2.5 million visitors have walked through the gates of The People’s House, including Residence tourists, guests at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll events, Fall and Spring Garden Tours, guests at State or Official Arrival Ceremonies and White House Kitchen Garden school group tours. Now through the Google Art Project, millions more will be able to virtually visit the White House.

      “The White House isn’t simply a home to First Families or meeting space for world leaders, it’s also known as ‘The People’s House,’ a place that should be open to everyone. And that’s why we’ve made it a priority to invite young people, military families, and Americans of all ages to join us here at the White House,” Mrs. Obama says in a video welcoming digital users to explore the White House via the Google Art Project . “Thousands of people have walked these halls and gazed at the artwork. They’ve examined the portraits of Washington, Lincoln, and Kennedy. They’ve imagined the history that’s unfolded here. And now you can do all of that without leaving your home. So go ahead, look around, enjoy the history and the beauty of these rooms. Because after all, this is your house, too.”

      For the entire article:

      • A New Way to Tour the White House

        Uploaded by whitehouse on Mar 30, 2012

        In their continuing effort to make the White House more accessible, President Obama and the First Lady have teamed up with the Google Art Project. People all over the world can now take a 360-degree tour of the White House’s public rooms. The White House is the only building in the world that is simultaneously the home of a head of state, the executive office of a head of state, and is regularly open to the public for tours.

      • Behind the Scenes: The Google Art Project at the White House

        Uploaded by whitehouse on Apr 2, 2012

        Members of the Google Art project and the Google Street View team recently came to the White House to create a new way for people to tour the White House. Take a look at the process that went into creating a 360 degree virtual walk through of the White House public tour.

    • Inside the White House: The Situation Room

      Uploaded on Dec 18, 2009

      An exclusive look inside one of the most secure spaces in the country, the White House Situation Room. December 18, 2009

    • Dogs of the Day
      Hurricane and Jordan

      Winter 2015 By Whitney Wilde – CoastalCaninemag

      whitehouse Seven-fifteen p.m., Wednesday, October 22, 2014: the sun was almost down at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. President Barack Obama had spent the day juggling many crises, including the outbreak of Ebola and the ongoing violence in Sudan. Wearing a black long-sleeved shirt, grey shorts, and black running shoes, a young man looking like any other tourist stood gazing at the south side of the White House.


      The athletic and muscled 23-year-old scaled the 8-foot tall north perimeter fence, and entered the White House grounds after jumping over a second (shorter) fence, and then continued sprinting toward the doors near the White House kitchen. He did not go unnoticed. Secret Service officers ordered him to stop and get on the ground, but he raced forward another 25 yards. Two Secret Service officers approached him. He landed a solid kick into Officer Jordan’s body. Then Officer Hurricane slammed him to the ground. He got up, threw Hurricane down, and then repeatedly beat him with his fist. Moments later, he was surrounded and placed in handcuffs.


      The suspect had been arrested twice before for illegally entering the White House grounds. This time he was charged with four misdemeanor counts of willfully entering restricted grounds at the White House. More importantly, he was charged with two felony counts of maliciously harming the two Secret Service officers and one felony count of making threats. The two brave officers were taken for a medical check and released with minor bruising. They received a day off as a reward and it is likely these heroes will receive a Presidential Medal.

      It reads like the plot of a crime show on television, except that the stars of this show are two Belgian Malinois! Their job is to stop intruders at the White House. Officer Jordan is a five-year-old black-and-tan Malinois, and Officer Hurricane is a year older and solid black.

      For more:

      • King Tut, the President’s Belgian Police dog has taken up his duties at the White House and makes regular rounds to see that the guards are in their places
        Repository: Library of Congress 1929 Apr. 11.

    • First lady gives new look to State Dining Room

      7/7/15 By DARLENE SUPERVILLE – Associated Press

      WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama has given a touch-up to the White House State Dining Room, the latest interior design change that will endure long after she leaves the building.

      Her modest changes to the room where many dinners and other events are held follow this year’s more dramatic remake of the Old Family Dining Room and the unveiling of the Obama china service.

      Silk draperies with vertical stripes of peacock blue and ecru replace curtains made of ivory silk brocade and designed with flowers, baskets and ribbons. The blue in the draperies echoes the “Kailua” blue that trims the modern-inspired china service the first lady unveiled in April and recalls the waters that surround President Barack Obama’s home state of Hawaii.

      Mahogany side chairs and arm chairs, custom-made in North Carolina, replace a set that was upholstered in a golden yellow fabric.

      The new chairs are done in a brown, grid-patterned “horsehair” fabric and trimmed with brass nail heads. They were modeled after arm chairs that President James Monroe acquired for the East Room in 1818 from a cabinetmaker in Washington’s Georgetown neighborhood, according to White House curator William Allman.

      The gradual refurbishment has been under way since new custom-made, wool rugs arrived in 2012. The rug design used elements of the room’s ceiling to create a border of continuous wreaths and a blue-green mottled field designed with oak leaves. Two rugs were made so they can be switched out for cleaning.

      An advisory panel, the Committee for the Preservation of the White House, approved the upgrades.

      The $590,000 tab was paid by the White House Endowment Trust. The private fund is administered by the White House Historical Association for the maintenance and upkeep of White House rooms that are open to the public, such as the Blue, Red and Green Rooms, the East Room and the State Dining Room.

      The State Dining Room was last refurbished in 1998, during the administration of President Bill Clinton.

      In February, Mrs. Obama unveiled an updated look for the Old Family Dining Room, a smaller dining room adjacent to the State Dining Room on the first floor.

      She exchanged its sunny yellow walls and drapery and light-toned rug for gray walls, contrasting red draperies and a wool rug in a weave of black, white and gray. Four works of American abstract art, a favorite of the Obama family, were also donated to the permanent White House art collection and put on display in the Old Family Dining Room.

      For photos:

  3. White House Vegetable Garden

    Source: Wikipedia

    The White House has had multiple vegetable gardens since its completion in 1800. Eleanor Roosevelt, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama all have had their own versions of vegetable gardens. Roosevelt planted the White House victory garden during World War II to promote the use of victory gardens by American citizens in a time of possible food scarcity. Hillary Clinton had a vegetable garden constructed on the roof of the White House. On March 20, 2009 Michelle Obama broke ground on the largest and most expansive vegetable garden to date on the White House lawn.

    History of White House gardens

    The first White House vegetable garden was planted in 1800, by the second president of the United States John Adams and first lady Abigail Adams.Adams and his wife grew their own fresh fruits and vegetables to feed their family, rather than buying produce at the local market. After President Adams planted the first garden, former presidents that lived in the White House cultivated gardens of their own. In 1801, Thomas Jefferson, the second president who resided in the White House, transformed Adams’ garden with the addition of ornamental and fruit trees. Since the grounds of the garden were too raw and muddy for serious planting around 1900, President Jefferson arranged the construction of his own vegetable garden above Charlottesville so that it would be ready for his retirement. This inspired many American families to plant gardens in their yards. Jefferson also picked the location of the flower garden that was planted. In 1825, Adams was the first president to plant ornamental trees on the White House lawns. He personally planted seedlings such as fruit trees, herbs and vegetables to support his household. Adams also helped develop the flower gardens that Jefferson had originally planted. In 1835 President Andrew Jackson built a hothouse made out of glass, known as the orangery, that grew tropical fruit. The orangery produced fruit from 1836 until it was demolished and replaced by a full-scale greenhouse in 1857. Then several years later the greenhouse was broken down later in 1902 and replaced by the West Wing.

    In time of war

    The onset of World War I brought the onset of food rationing to the White House. In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson and First Lady Edith Wilson brought sheep to graze and fertilize the lawns. This was a way to save manpower, fuel, and money required to take care of the lawns, because all resources were needed to fight over seas. During World War II in 1943 President Franklin Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt planted a victory garden on the White House grounds. The victory garden movement started because of food shortages caused by the war. Millions of victory gardens were planted across America during that period of time, producing about 40 percent of America’s vegetables.

    Resistance of vegetable gardens

    Past efforts of growing vegetable gardens were not always followed through. Jimmy Carter, who was a Georgia farmer and a gardener, talked about how gardening was an important aspect of America’s future in his campaign, but declined calls in 1978 to plant a vegetable garden at the White House. Another unsuccessful attempt was made by President Bill Clinton, who was denied by the White House, saying it was not in keeping with the formal nature of the White House grounds. The Clintons later resorted to planting a small vegetable garden on the roof of the building itself, where produce was grown and used for cooking.

    Obama’s vegetable garden

    The Obamas planted a vegetable garden on the South Lawn at the White House on March 20, 2009. This L- shaped 1,100-square-foot (100 m2) garden is located by the mansion’s tennis courts and can be seen from E street. The plot will provide more than 55 varieties of vegetables along with fruits that will be incorporated in the meals made for the Obama family as well as invited guests. Another portion of the yields will be donated to the local soup kitchen and the Food Bank Organization. There will be 55 varieties of vegetables grown, including: arugula (rocket), cilantro (coriander), tomatillo, hot peppers, spinach, chard, collards, black kale, berries and lettuce. In addition to the seeds selected to be planted are twenty five heirloom seeds and ten different herbs such as anise hyssop and Thai basil. Former presidents favorite produce will also be sown such as President Thomas Jefferson’s preferable vegetables “Brown Dutch and Tennis Ball lettuce, Prickly Seed spinach and Savoy cabbage” but beets will not be grown as the current President does not like them. Along with the vegetable garden two bee hives will be added near the chef’s kitchen that will be overlooked by Charlie Brandts, a beekeeper and White House carpenter. The contributing gardeners responsible for the early stages of the garden include the first lady herself, White House Horticulturist Dale Haney, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, a team of chefs, and fifth graders from Bancroft Elementary School in Washington. These twenty –three fifth grader advocates, who have grown a garden at their school, will help with digging up the soil, planting, harvesting, and cooking of the crops produced. Project facilitator Michelle Obama has made the vegetable garden a priority by requiring hands on assistance from all the family members. Some gardening tasks may include weed pulling by the President which is something Mrs. Obama states the family will be doing “whether they like it or not.”


    Mrs. Obama, who had no prior experience in gardening, was motivated to start a garden when she realized her daughters Malia and Sasha were not receiving daily nutritious meals. The young girls’ diet that would sometimes consist of dining out three times a week with occasional sandwiches for dinner was recommended to modified by the family’s pediatrician. Mrs. Obama found growing a garden would be an easy way to get more fruits and vegetables in her daughters’ diets. The emphasis on the vegetable garden movement is to encourage Americans to increase healthy food choices. The First Lady believes that changes could be made by cooking more at home, eliminating unhealthy foods, and consuming more fruits and vegetables. Furthermore the garden will take a leading role in educating children about the benefits of local grown produce in attempt to decrease the rising cases of obesity and diet related health issues effecting the nation. Mrs. Obama is confident that by educating the children of this generation then “they will begin to educate their families and that will, in turn, begin to educate our communities.”

    For the entire article:

  4. First Lady Michelle Obama Is Honored By American Public Gardens Association For Planting The White House Kitchen Garden

    September 30, 2009

    FLOTUS recieves award for WH Veg Garden

    Hope, education & environmental stewardship…
    On the opening night of the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, First Lady Michelle Obama was presented with a commendation by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), for planting the White House Kitchen Garden. The short ceremony took place at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, site of the opening night reception, before the international festivities kicked off. Richard V. Piacentini, executive director of The Phipps, presented the commendation plaque (in photo, above). The APGA is a Pennsylvania-based organization devoted to strengthening public gardens in North America. The Phipps is considered the greenest public garden in America, with LEED certification and a model approach to sustainable management.

    “By taking the initiative to plant a vegetable garden, Mrs. Obama has created a renewed vigor for environmental stewardship within the heart of the American people at a time when self-reliance is of prime importance,” Piacentini said, after the commendation ceremony.

    Dan Stark, executive director of APGA, noted that Mrs. Obama is changing the future with her focus on gardening as an educational tool, and noted that the critical Obama concept of hope is inherent in any gardening endeavor: “In this age of global challenges, building a garden is always a symbol of hope because it requires faith in the unseen and the belief that something sustaining can emerge from a small seed,” Stark said.

    Mrs. Obama herself has said that the Kitchen Garden has made her believe that doing “one small thing” can have a profound impact with huge outcomes. At the opening of the new Farmers Market BY the White House, Mrs. Obama noted that the White House Kitchen Garden “has been one of the greatest things I’ve done in my life so far.” She’s credited with inspiring gardeners across America to plant edible gardens.

    *Related G20 posts: First Lady Michelle Obama’s gifts for G20 Spouses features honey from the Kitchen Garden; Mrs. Obama hosts teh G20 Spouses dinner at Rosemont Farm; The reception at The Phipps Conservatory; Foods at the G20 are local, organic, sustainable.

    Photo: White House

  5. August 31, 2009

    First Lady Michelle Obama and White House chef Sam Kass tell the story of the first garden on White House grounds since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden during World War II. This new garden was planted in the Spring of 2009 with the help of local elementary school children and has yielded a constant supply fresh produce for the First Family and White House events.

  6. First Lady Breaks Ground for White House Garden

    AssociatedPress | March 20, 2009

    Twenty-six elementary schoolchildren wielded shovels, rakes, pitchforks and wheelbarrows to help first lady Michelle Obama break ground on a produce and herb garden on the White House grounds.

  7. First Lady Michelle Obama in the Garden on Health and Nutrition

    June 16, 2009

    First Lady Michelle Obama hosts an event focused on health and nutrition, including the harvesting of vegetables from the White House Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn of the White House. She is joined by students from Bancroft Elementary who will also assist in the preparation of a meal. Bancroft Elementary students have also been involved in the gardens groundbreaking and planting events.

  8. Inside The White House – Bees!

    June 23, 2010

    This beehive on the South Lawn is a first for the White House. The busy bees pollinate the kitchen garden, flora all over Washington and provide honey for the White House kitchen. Take a look at this year’s colony, estimated at about 70,000 bees, and listen to how the idea for a beehive on the South Lawn came about.

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  10. Good morning O family. Interesting article which I agree with.

    It would be easy to cast President Obama and the Democrats as the big losers after Tuesday’s election results. But there’s a flip side to what happened on Election Day: Presumptive House Speaker John Boehner now has the toughest job in Washington.

    That’s because the epic wave of voter discontent enabling the GOP to regain majority control of the House and make serious inroads in the Senate wasn’t an endorsement of Republican policies. Rather, Tuesday’s votes were largely a referendum against Washington and the politics of the status quo. While the GOP benefited from widespread disillusion, voters remain just as unhappy with Republicans as they are with Democrats, telling exit-poll interviewers that they view both parties with almost equal disgust.

    • Good morning and thank you COS!

      I know that I said I would put up the thread early Wednesday morning and well I woke up in the middle of the night and thought might as well! I did not know that Tigerfists was STILL awake and watching!

  11. Nov 3 Live Feed Schedule

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    President Obama holds News Conference -The White House


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    President Obama holds news conference Wednesday following Tuesday’s midterms.



    1:00 PM EDT
    Pres. Obama will also hold a news conference at 1pm ET to answer reporter’s questions on his agenda and how he will deal with Congress when the Republicans take over the House in January.

  12. Good Morning O’Team

    Very nice thread CR.

    Well we are blessed with another day in the Obama Administration.

    I wish the President all the best in his press conference and I will pray (really hard) for our country. I lived through the Clinton era after the Repubs won the House in the 90’s so I will not sugarcoat it or find silver linings to it. This is going to be rough but we have one of the greatest leaders in modern time at the helm.

    My faith in him remains strong.

    Light your candle of Hope.

  13. Huge Crowds Expected for San Fran Giants Parade
    Huge crowds expected at ticker-tape parade for World Series champion San Francisco Giants

    11/3/10 By JASON DEAREN- AP

    This baseball-smitten city will toast the San Francisco Giants’ World Series championship with a ticker-tape motorcade Wednesday reminiscent of the one held when the team moved west from New York 52 years ago.

    Huge crowds of screaming fans are expected to line every inch of the wide sidewalks, their numbers swelled by office workers, out-of-town visitors and children taking the day off school to salute a team of self-described misfits and castoffs who won baseball’s highest honor.

    Civic dignitaries and Giants will ride in a line of open-topped vehicles driven along Montgomery Street in the Financial District, then down Market Street to Civic Center for a celebration and presentation of a key to the city by Mayor Gavin Newsom.

    Thousands of raucous fans had gathered at the same spot beneath City Hall’s orange-lit dome on Monday night to watch an outdoor big screen television that captured the team’s Game 5 win over the Texas Rangers. The Giants finally achieved World Series domination that eluded the team in 1962, 1989 and 2002.

    For the entire article:

    • Obama congratulates Giants on winning World Series

      – Tue Nov 2, 7:12 pm ET AP

      WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is looking forward to congratulating the San Francisco Giants in person at the White House for winning their first World Series in more than a half century.

      The White House says Obama telephoned those in the baseball organization Tuesday and recalled the excitement he felt when his beloved White Sox broke their World Series drought.

      Obama said he enjoyed watching Monday night’s winning game and mentioned that he wanted to find out if there really was magic in the beard of closer Brian Wilson. Wilson has a black lumberjack beard and he’s been credited with helping the Giants return to the playoffs after a six-year absence.

      The Giants also invited Obama to a home game.

      • November 02, 2010

        Readout of the President’s Call with the San Francisco Giants

        Earlier today, President Obama called members of the San Francisco Giants organization. He congratulated the management, owners and the team on winning the World Series and noted that he remembered the excitement he felt when the White Sox broke their World Series dry spell. The President said he enjoyed watching the game and congratulated the whole organization, including the pitching staff and young stars Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey for their composure under pressure. The President also mentioned that he wanted to find out if there really was magic in closer Brian Wilson’s beard. The Giants invited the President to a home game and the President said he looked forward to congratulating the team in person at the White House.

  14. Good morning, my dear OTeam.

    While I am saddened by the losses in the house, I have not been deterred in any way. I will always fight for PBO and his team. I believe in the progress we’ve made and in the challenges we’ve faced with such great integrity. What we are seeing is the Status Quo refusing to change and cede power. That is nothing new. But we have the extraordinary leadership of our President who will continue to work hard for every American. And we will be right there beside him every step of the way.

  15. Opinion: Helping small business is a Democratic priority

    11/2/10 By Mike Honda – Special for the San Jose Mercury News

    Small business is generally understood as the engine that fuels our country’s economy, responsible for the majority of private-sector jobs. In fact, 99.7 percent of all firms in the United States are small businesses employing fewer than 500 employees; 89 percent employ fewer than 20 employees.

    What is less known, yet unsurprising, is that California comprises key components of that engine, surpassing every other state. Of the total 27 million small businesses in America, for example, an estimated 3.4 million of them originate in California, with runner-up Texas at 2.1 million. Remarkably, those 3.4 million California businesses represent 99.2 percent of our state’s private employers.

    This is critical context for understanding the Democratic Party’s last major accomplishment before adjourning before elections. In enacting the Small Business Jobs Act, we helped ensure the economic viability of California’s future, as well as that of our nation.

    In the wake of the financial crisis that hit our markets hard in 2007 and 2008, it became increasingly difficult for small businesses to gain access to lending. Big banks remain reluctant to lend, and the lack of loans is one of the main reasons small business has been unable to put some 15 million unemployed Americans back to work. Recognizing the essential role small business can play in reigniting a flagging economy, this $30 billion bill establishes a vital lending stream for small entrepreneurs and provides an additional $12 billion in tax cuts.

    None of this raises taxes or adds a dime to our deficit or debt — unlike the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which continue to be entirely deficit funded. In contrast, the Small Business Jobs bill saves money, makes Main Street businesses more competitive with big corporations by leveraging up to $300 billion in private sector lending, and creates 500,000 jobs — exactly what our communities require.

    No surprise, then, that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Small Business Association, and even Republican Sens. George Voinovich of Ohio and George LeMieux of Florida supported the bill. Voinovich, regarded by Senate Appropriations Committee colleagues as a “debt hawk” for his hard-nosed fiscal approach, and LeMieux, ranking member on the Senate Commerce Subcommittee for Competitiveness, Innovation and Export Promotion, rightly recognized the potential detriment to commerce and competitiveness if we failed to pass this bill.

    This bill is about keeping businesses, like small manufacturers, afloat and able to expand as the economy recovers — the urgency of which must not go understated. For California, with an unemployment rate of 12.4 percent, and for Santa Clara County, at 11.1 percent, this is paramount. This is why I fought for this bill.

    The Republican Party, in contrast, continues to blindly protect the big-business interests on Wall Street rather than the small-business interests of Main Street. Every small-business-centric component of the bill — the expansion of access to capital, the spurring of investment and growth, the promotion of entrepreneurship and exports, and the promotion of fairness in competition — represents a Democratic Party priority and a platform we must continue to pursue.

    Not only is small business entrepreneurship the engine fueling our economy, it is the heart of what built America. Small business needs us more than ever, which is why Democrats spared no effort in passing the Small Business Jobs Act.

    MIKE HONDA represents the 15th Congressional District and serves on the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice and Science. He wrote this article for this newspaper.

  16. You know. We have a lame duck session now. The Senate with however many lame duck members are there, and the House with however many lame duck members are there need to stand up, and push through the Disclose Act and the tax cut measure. They only needed one vote for the tax cut measure. Perhaps they need to grow a pair with the help of Voinovich and a couple moderate Republicans. If they are smart, they will do it.

  17. I think Patty Murray is up by 1 point. This is a squeaker, along with Bennet in Colorado. And CA Dem Rep Jerry McNerney appears to be losing by 13 votes in his very red district. Incredible.

    I know this is going to sound weird, but I’m glad Bush’s book is now going to be released. It coincides perfectly with confronting Republican values and tactics, which is to say SHALLOW and SELF-SERVING.

    • 62% precincts reporting

      Murray 722,396 50%
      Rossi 708,391 50%


      88% precincts reporting

      Bennet 778,261 47%
      Buck 771, 274 47%


      99% precincts reporting

      CA House District 11

      Hamer 81,762 47%
      McNerney 81,739 47%

    • Well, it was a blood bath here in Arizona. Even Ben Quayle won. That is absolutely pathetic. We have lost two Democratic House seats so far, Harry Mitchell and Ann Kirkpatrick. I am actually not sad about Kirkpatrick but Mitchell is a huge loss. We lost our Democratic Attorney General too. The people that think the Democrats are villians I hope see the error of their ways. This state is horrible as it is and now it will be worse.

      • Jackie, my heart aches for you and the mess that is Arizona. I don’t know how it got so bad but it has to crack under its own weight sooner or later because the world is changing and the people will not survive that kind of hatred and myopia.

        Hang in there. I know it’s your home but it must be so rough to be a Democrat in that kind of narrow and suffocating world of right-wing extremism.

  18. (CA) Democrats on pace to win at least 6 of 7 state offices

    11/3/10 4:40:32 AM PDT- Tracey Kaplan – San Jose Mercury News

    Buoyed by their double-digit registration advantage, Democrats appear likely to capture at least six out of seven state offices, but the race for lieutenant governor remains too close to call.

    This morning, with 89 percent of precincts reporting, Democrat Kamala Harris, San Francisco’s district attorney, has pulled ahead of Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley, a Republican, in the race for attorney general. Early in the night, it appeared that Cooley would pull out a victory: now it is too close call. Harris has received 46.1 percent of the votes; Cooley has 45.6 percent.

    San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, has widened his lead in the race for lieutenant governor against moderate Republican Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado. Newsom has received 50.1 percent of the vote; Maldonado has 39.5 percent.

    Democrat Dave Jones, a Sacramento assemblyman with experience fighting the insurance industry, is well ahead in the race for insurance commissioner against Republican Assemblyman Mike Villines of Clovis.

    Democratic contenders in the rest of the races benefited from the makeup of the electorate: 44 percent of voters are Democrats; 31 percent, Republicans. Democrat Jerry Brown defeated Republican Meg Whitman for governor.

    Secretary of State: Incumbent Debra Bowen appeared to be the victor over Damon Dunn, a retired NFL wide receiver and Southern California developer.

    State Controller: Incumbent John Chiang defeated Republican state Sen. Tony Strickland of Moorpark.

    Treasurer: Incumbent Bill Lockyer won against Republican Mimi Waters, a state senator from Orange County.

    State Schools Superintendent: Retired San Jose schools superintendent Larry Aceves was trailing better-funded Assemblyman Tom Torlakson in the nonpartisan race. School administrators supported Aceves; the teachers union, Torlakson, D-Contra Costa.

    • I love that big ol’ liberal, green, gay, socialist elitist California stood up to the crazy neanderthal Republicans. We do not suffer fools for long.

      Jerry Brown is an iconoclast. He comes from a strong political family (a long line of public service – in some ways they are like the Kennedys of Massachusetts without the tremendous wealth), he wanted to be a priest in his early years so he joined the seminary, he once worked alongside Mother Theresa, he dated Linda Ronstadt and hung out with Cesar Chavez. He’s an original progressive who has been tempered by seeing how politics really works. He is really tough and he will fight hard to build coalitions. His heart is in the right place and he dearly loves California. We have a very tough road ahead and I’m very relieved to have him at the helm.

      • I think whomever Jerry Brown had for his ads needs to start to work for the Obama administration or the DNC. His ads put him over the top. Our corporate media has failed us and I honestly believe our ground game failed us. All of those doors knocked on and all those phone calls did not produce the result that they appeared they would. People said what we wanted to hear. How do we trust anything anymore.

        • The best ad was done by an adminstrative assistant who simply put her ideas together in a video. Whitman had over 90 consultants an staff. Jerry Brown had a rag tag team a just a few.

          I’m thinking a WHOLE lot about WH communication today. I think there really needs to be a completely different approach. I love Robert Gibbs but his daily dose of dishing out snark and stutters is not the way to go. He runs the DPBs like a locker room. Bill Burton is next in line and he is good at being succinct and factual but I don’t know if he is exactly right either. We’ll see what happens.

          • I sent an email to the WH saying that they need to gives US (American public) the resources to grow OUR economy.

            I said that the WH should have a page dedicated to listing the names of the US companies that PBO has been in contact with so that people will know these companies have the “Made in the US” label and that we should buy from them.


            I also sent emails to: to:

            ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC and NPR saying this:

            Since only WE Americans can grow our economy and Chirstmas is around the corner your news organization should do features on retail items that are “Made In America”.

        • Jackie, I don’t believer our ground game failed us. I think we held ground in some important places. But everything was conspiring against us – media, money and misinformation.

          • Well, I am not saying that it is a total failure but you cannot tell me that people did what they said they were going to do because had they done that, we would not have lost like this. Obviously, I called in Arizona, but the results do not bear out our phone and canvas results. This is exactly what happened in the Coakley campaign. I called and got so many positive voters but she lost. I realize there was something else going on there, but it is the same outcome as we had here.

      • Brown knows how to be frugal and how to go environmentally friendly and he will apply that knowledge to running California

  19. Fed poised to unveil new program to aid economy

    11/3/10 JEANNINE AVERSA, AP Economics Writer

    WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve is poised to adopt a new plan to jolt the economy. It’s a high-stakes gamble that could shape Chairman Ben Bernanke’s legacy.

    The Fed is all but certain to detail its plan for buying more government bonds when it wraps up its two-day meeting Wednesday. Those purchases should further lower interest rates on mortgages and other loans. Cheaper loans could lead people and companies to borrow and spend. That might help invigorate the economy, and lead companies to step up hiring.

    Still, many question whether the Fed’s new plan will provide much benefit.

    The Fed already has driven rates to super-low levels. And anticipation of the Fed’s new program has helped push down mortgage rates to their lowest points in decades. Yet the economy is still struggling.

    The Fed has tried since the 2008 financial crisis to keep credit available to individuals and businesses. It’s done so, in part, by keeping the target range for its bank lending rate near zero.

    It also pursued the unorthodox strategy of buying long-term bonds. The Fed’s purchases are so vast that they push down the rates on those bonds.

    In 2009, the Fed bought $1.7 trillion in mortgage and Treasury bonds. Those purchases helped lower long-term rates on home and corporate loans. The program was credited with helping to lift the country out of recession.

    The Fed’s aid program this time is likely to be no more than $500 billion.

    A smaller program will also be less objectionable to some Fed officials. They fret that further lowering interest rates poses long-term risks, such as runaway inflation. There’s also the risk that the plan doesn’t work.

    Americans so far have resisted ramping up spending. Instead, many are trimming debt, rebuilding savings and trying to restore their credit.

    The Fed’s credibility is on the line, as is Bernanke’s. The Fed chief has been credited with preventing the Great Recession from turning into the second Great Depression.

    For the entire article:

  20. Well there maybe some good news to the TeaBagger party in that in the 2010 election the votes/money will be split among the conservatives between the GOP party and the TeaBagger party which will give Democrats (Pres Obama) a good chance but only if ALL the Democrat voters unite.

  21. Good morning folks. How’s the morning after for everyone? Oddly enough, I’m pretty calm. But I’m probably going to be the odd woman out on here with the way I feel.

    I want to say that I stand with this president 100%. No doubt. And perhaps because I live in Virginia, which we all know is conservative for the most part, I have a very bad take on what this election means. For the past 2 years I have been hearing what I would have said were reasonable people say the most unreasonable things about this president and his agenda. That he’s a socialist. That he’s unAmerican. That he wants to tax all their money.

    I have been saying for a long time that the goal of the Republicans is to make President Obama so unlikeable – so foreign – that the issue will not be his policies or what he actually does and says. It’ll be about HIM. And sure enough, exit polling says something like 40% of the voters said they voted to oppose President Obama.

    I do not discount that the economy is a big problem. That the lack of jobs is dragging the Democrats down. That the fear surrounding the health care bill isn’t a problem. What I am saying is that none of that is as much a problem as fighting back the growing perception that President Obama is “the other.”

    This was without a doubt a reactionary vote. This morning on the Bill Press show, someone from the Cook Reports came on and basically said there is no rhyme or reason to many of the Democrats’ losses, and that many of the Republicans that won are simply not worthy of being Representatives or Senators. Yet, they won. And they won because this was an “anything but Democrats/Obama” election.

    The “base” of the Democrats can scream and shout about DADT and wanting a bigger stimulus, or what have you. But we lost Indies. We lost the mushy middle. And that’s because the Republicans succeeded in confusing them and putting out a feeling for them that regardless of which party appears to be espousing views that will help them, something is rotten in Denmark when it comes to President Obama. He’s not one of us. That is what I took away from this election. That, and that Middle America is empowered like never before right now.

    So, going forward, my sincere hope is that we see a president that is challenging everyone. The media, the electorate, the Democrats, and the Republicans. If a Democrat bugs out like the Blue Dogs did at various times during the HCR fight, then call them out. When a Republican low blows him with criticism, call them out. When the media covers some crap story, speak truth to power.

    I just think this nice guy, conciliatory way of doing things isn’t working. The race for 2012 starts now. I hope and pray we see a much feistier and aggressive White House and Democratic Party as a whole.

    • Good morning, Vero. I’m actually pretty conflicted about the way to go.

      I think PBO will come out today and say essentially what Jerry Brown said last night – that the divisions have got to end because we are in crisis. But I do not in any way expect him to take any guff from anybody whatsoever. He will fight hard for what he believes is in the best interest of or country.

      However, I also agree with you that the whole communication apparatus has got to change. It’s not just strategy, it’s tactics. They have made some monumental errors and lost control of the narrative. But this is made much more complex by the very phenomenon you point out, which is that people fear him as “other.” This has been true since he decided to run and it’s only getting worse because the money and power are also very much against our agenda and the success we have been able to eke out over the last 2 years. I don’t know how he gets a handle on that except to create more jobs. And I think the Republicans will do anything to avoid that possibility, unemployed Americans be damned. I truly hope I’m wrong about that.

      The Fed will soon step in and the corporate sector will start throwing money around and the Republicans will spend every last ounce of energy taking credit for any sort of recovery from here on out. That is precisely why we need a better team at work on communication.

      I will be watching very closely to see what kind of tone PBO will strike in just a few hours.

    • You make really valid points Vero. They did paint him as the boogie man and the Conservadems were spineless so he was left to carry the water.

      Nothing would please me more than if he demanded unity from his party over the next two years. I really believe that United we Stand and Divided we Fall. I just don’t see that being his style of management.

      He will continue to try and reach out to the Repubs (to the ire of the left) and they will continue to slap his hand away. The dysfunctional Dems will be even more spineless now that we have taken these losses and the media will continue the circus for ratings unless we the people start demanding that they become the journalists they are suppose to be.

    • Great News we have to move those Senate numbers up to stop the Repubs who along with the Conservadems will muck up things for this country.

  22. President Obama is an extraordinary person and leader but part of the problem has always been especially in our Dem Party is that they lay too much at his feet.

    He has to do it all. That my friends IS the problem. Yes we held the Senate but it will only take a few votes across party lines from a Lieberman, Nelson, Manchin and the other Dem Senator from Arkansas (I forget his name) to get Republican legislation through.

    So again it will be left up to the President to do the heavy lifting and VETO their crap.

    Realistically this is what we need to be prepared for. You need a majority to get your legislation passed. The 112th Congress of the House of Rep. will not care that they will be painted as do nothings or playing games with our government because they will continue to have a complicit media (both left and right) and all the money an election can buy on their side.

    This will be an uphill battle for our President to navigate but the good thing is that he will have many of us helping to push him up this hill.

    Dems came out in big numbers last night and voted to try and maintain congress. We loss the Independents by about 10 percentage points in states like PA, OH and IL and the results were big Senate and House losses.

    I have no regrets for the outstanding historic legislation that was passed by the 111th Congress and they should believe in what they did and be proud of it but since we don’t have a message machine like the right has we are going to have to find a better way to sell our positions.

    I laugh when I read where people say that the President was unsuccessful convincing the public of his accomplishments. His voice (as beautiful as it is) was drowned out at fever pitch over the last two years.

    What President do you know in your lifetime did town halls all over the nation outside of an election year? Well this one did. I sat right at my computer and watch it for the Stimulus bill and for HCR. He gave a speech to the joint sessions of Congress in Sept of last year. 40 million people tuned in for that. It’s a crock and yet another excuse to lay it all at this Presidents feet.

    I know being the pragmatic, thoughtful person that President Obama is he will say at his News Conference today that he understands the anger of the country but in reality the only people who were angry were those on the right who were angry that they loss in 2008 and used the economy and the spending that was necessary to pull us from the brink of financial disaster to rev up their base and make the independents take pause.

    The next two years are going to be an interesting time indeed.

    • I can not say this enough:

      WE AMERICANS need to START OUR ECONOMY by making sure that anything we buy including CHRISTMAS presents NEED TO BE MADE IN AMERICA. That is OUR MARCHING ORDERS starting now and until 2012!

      If every American did that our economy would start to move and that would prove to the American voters that PBO is doing a good job.

      • That would be lovely.

        But this country is so demoralized right now, so down on itself that the American people do not have the discipline to seek out American made products and pay the extra price for them. It’s just easier to waste one’s money at Wal-Mart.

        Did you know that for many people, taking a Saturday trip to Wal-Mart is fun?

        • My 11/26 thread post will be

          “Made in America”

          I just sent my “marching orders” remark to the WH, DNC, DCCC and DSCC

    • You know, in some ways I’m not sure his message about understanding the anger and acknowledging the deep misery still afoot was the best way to go. All it did was reinforce the Repub meme that the stimulus didn’t do the trick and that people had a right to be angry with him. I just don’t think that’s the problem. I think the problem is that the status quo is spending every waking hour doing what they can to undermine him on every single agenda item. They did not hire for a reason. They undermined the conversation for a reason. They focus on Tea Party BS and Kenya this and that for a reason.

      I think he needs to find a way to promote the tremendous successes he’s had in such a short time. And he needs to have a way to do this that bypasses the MSM.

      • So then why doesn’t he point out this “status quo.” What is this “status quo?” Is it x, y, z firms on Wall Street? Is it PhRMA? Who are they?

        We need to direct the anger, the mistrust, and the frustration of the electorate at SOMEONE, SOMETHING. He can promote all he wants, but that message isn’t getting through because too many have shut closed their eyes and ears to him. I don’t know why, but that’s the vibe I’m getting.

        Remember that article about how people see or hear what they want to see, even when presented with the God’s honest truth? They only seek to reinforce their preconceived notions? I think that’s why the president message hasn’t gotten out.

        I also think it is a tough pill for the average American to swallow that their government is and has been terribly corrupt and caters to the richest few, at the expsense of us all.

      • “All it did was reinforce the Repub meme that the stimulus didn’t do the trick and that people had a right to be angry with him”.


        Sometimes I feel that because he is President of ALL the people he loses sight that their is an enemy that does not want him to succeed and he kind of treats them as if they are irrelevant and they are anything but. They have a big voice and all the media attention and PR that they can produce that paints him as the outsider but he acts as if they are just a small part of society. They may be small but they are a powerful voice that had the ability to convince those in the middle that he is the boogie man who is spending recklessly all of their grandkids money.

        This has to change. I had a woman in VA tell me when I was making calls that she wasn’t sure she was going to vote and I of course asked her why…she said because there is just too much negativity about this President and the things he is doing. I asked more questions and one by one dispelled her concern. This is what he is up against. A barrage of negativity day in and day out.

        This was a supporter of his and I had to dispel the myths and it happened many times during my conversations over the last month of phone banking.

        How many did we not reach who felt just like this woman?

        We cannot let this stuff stand and think because it’s outrageous and because he has faith in the American people that we will win based on her good works.

        That simply will not work in this society.

        • Donna,

          Funny you mention that call from a woman in VA. I had 2 or so like that when I called, and I didn’t even make that many calls. My calls were all here in VA, of course, and there were a few previous POTUS voters who expressed similar feelings, or who sounded like they had just checked out of the process and were telling me what I wanted to hear.

          The negativity is wearing on people, and I’m telling you, the logical thing, or maybe not logical, but the next thing people will tell themselves is, “maybe I shouldn’t vote for POTUS again because everyone is so negative about him and maybe things will die down if he loses.” That’s what black folks were thinking before they came aboard the O-train – for fear of the negativity and harm to him, they didn’t immediately support him. I can see people removing support for a similar reason.

          That’s my fear.

        • Well, the BIG question for me is why don’t these same people see that the misery and negativity is being CAUSED and incessantly generated by the Republicans? It’s a total case of blaming the victim, although I’m not trying to say PBO is a victim. It’s just that they cannot see who is truly the bearer of ugliness and it certainly is not PBO.

  23. POTUS speaks with Boehner last night, presumably to discuss moving forward.

    Here’s Boehner today:

    THAT WAS FAST: Hours after winning the House, GOP leader John Boehner told reporters that he wants to repeal President Obama’s signature achievement, the health care law, which he called a “monstrosity.”

    “The American people spoke, and I think it is pretty clear that the Obama-Pelosi agenda is being rejected by the American people,” Boehner, likely to be the next speaker of the House, said Wednesday morning. He added that the health care law should be replaced by “common-sense reforms.”

    Please POTUS, give lip service to working with them, but in reality, I hope he goes on offense at lets them have to defend their positions better. Ask him – on national tv – what these “common sense reforms” are! They just can’t get away with platitudes any longer.

    • I’m afraid that PBO doesn’t have it in him. And i say it as the highest compliment i can give to an extraordinary human being. He does not have the ability to never give the other cheek. Even if he loathe a person – and i’m sure this bone-head makes him sick – he will always look for the better angels even in them, because he believes that it’s for the greater good.

      He is half saint, Barack Obama. The fact that he gets no reward for that, breaks my heart.

      • I believe he can still do that, AND fight. He doesn’t have to scream and yell and fight dirty. But he can be direct. He can use his position to shine the light on the nonsense that they are spewing half the time. That’s what I’m saying. Of course he’ll pick his battles. But he’s going to have to wage a few battles now that they’re controlling the House and poised to take over in 2012.

      • He may be a Saint but he always brings a locomotive to a street fight. He will not let anybody – ANYBODY – get in his way. As Joe says in his own inimitable way, he has a spine of steel. I will never ever underestimate the amount of fight he has in him. It comes from a very, very deep place and it is integral and essential to who he is.

  24. Booman says it for me – something BWD said a few days ago on Dkos as well.

    Initial Response to the Carpet Bombing of America

    by BooMan
    Wed Nov 3rd, 2010 at 09:21:52 AM EST

    With some obvious exceptions (Christine O’Donnell, Sharron Angle) the quality of the candidates didn’t seem to matter last night. We lost pretty much everywhere we could lose. This wasn’t about the candidates but the party labels. If you were a Democrat, you were in deep trouble. It didn’t matter a whole lot where you live, unless your district was ethnically diverse you were likely to lose. Powerful chairmen like John Spratt (Budget), Jim Oberstar (Transportation), and Ike Skelton (Armed Services) were bounced out of office. They weren’t beaten because they were too far to the left. They lost because white people have turned rather decisively against the Democratic Party. The exit polls showed that the Republican Party was actually slightly less popular with the electorate than the Democratic Party. But, what mattered was where the Democrats were popular. Chakah Fattah won in Philadelphia with 90% of the vote. Meanwhile, Democrats lost elections in all but one of the suburban Philly seats. Most of the Democrats who won reelection in California won with over 70% of the vote, but that didn’t help in a couple of districts with low levels of racial diversity.
    This isn’t just a result of the economy. People still blame Bush for the economy. It isn’t really a reaction to this or that policy. The Republicans and their media friends have been relentlessly hammering on the president with messages that the president is not on white America’s side. That’s what the stealth birth certificate is about. That’s what the ‘he’s really a Muslim’ thing is about. It’s why they talk about the New Black Panthers and ACORN all the time. And this stuff doesn’t work very well with whites who live in racially and religiously diverse regions or areas of the country. It seems absurd to us, actually. But out in truckstops of Indiana, or the Wal-Mart parking lots of rural Kentucky, they’re convinced that the Democrats are just looking out for minorities.

    The reason we did better in the Senate was because progressive votes counted. I don’t think we lost because of all the independent money, although that didn’t help and prevented us from being able to play any offense at all. I don’t think we lost because the Democrats didn’t do x, y, or z. The voters weren’t making a rational policy decision. This was tribal, and it was based on a very successful Republican messaging campaign that was largely subterranean and not even formally embraced or acknowledged.

    I don’t think we should take too many lessons out of this election about policy or campaign finance. What we have to turn around is this perception that the Dems are not on white people’s side, because if that persists then we’re not going to able to win national elections and the House will stay in Republicans’ hands.

    How do we do that? That’s the difficult part. I guess it starts with gaining a thorough understanding of how the Republicans were able to create that impression.


    No one in the MSM is going to touch this issue. No on in a position of leadership in either party will go here. But this, to me, is at the heart of what happened. I heard it happening little by little here in VA over the course of these 2 years under the Obama presidency. As time went on, more and more it was Obama as other type of comments. This is the issue. We’ve got to figure out how to turn this around if we have a prayer. Palin, for the most part, has unleashed “real American” and they’re rearing to go.

    • Sadly, I agree with booman. The nasty emails started right after PBO’s win & remained constant for 2 years. Each of these emails had the undercurrents of racism. The “R”s knew exactly what they were doing.

      • Just to add to your mention of the nasty emails.

        I have a friend who is born and bred in Ohio. She’s what I’d say makes up an average Ohioan. She didn’t go to college, but has a decent job working in admin. She’s my age (early 30s). Married to a blue collar guy. No kids.

        Her family is pretty much like her, no college grads, all working class.

        And yesterday as we emailed from work about the election, she told me that the Democrats weren’t going to win in Ohio. She voted straight Democratic, but she said that she felt it was a lost cause.

        I asked why and she basically said that people are impatient and since things haven’t gotten dramatically better, they were through with the president. She also said cultural issues like the Islamic center debate caused some problems for Democrats.

        Then she mentioned the emails. She says she gets them non stop. And she says many people she knows get them too. She said most recently an aunt of hers was railing against Obamacare and how it covers illegals.

        I believe those smears are also doing untold damage to our president.

        Gosh, it’s almost overwhelming when you think of the many forces working against him.

        • I guess that is also part of what I mean when I say “the status quo” – the way things used to be for a lot of people who always assumed they would always be in power, either socially, politically or economically.

        • I wonder what type of email could be formulated, short & sweet, dispelling the myths out there. Maybe we could start sending it out starting now, and on a consistent basis, for the next 2 years. The last one I had to respond to was on rationed care.

          • I think any rational and reasoned response email we create will fall on largely deaf ears. Anyone generating, reading and forwarding the smear emails is already close to the edge toward tea baggerism IMO.

            • I’ve only ever gotten one such email forwarded to me and they are truly NUTS. It made me sick for a couple of days just thinking about it. UGH. UGH. UGH.

    • Maybe I should not say this and I don’t mean any offense to anyone of my friends, but I have been saying this all along to my sisters as an AA.
      A lot of people blame the lack of getting the President’s message out on his many accomplishments on the WH communication staff. While that may be part of the problem, it is not the whole problem. The fact that we have a brilliant black president has a lot to do with this narrative. If PBO was not AA and had accomplished as much as he has already in his first 2 years in office, I believe his approval rate would be sky high. The corporate media and the right wing noise don’t care about accomplishments. They only see a brilliant unflabbable AA president who stays focused and this really bothers them. Their ads from here to 2012 are going to reflect this. A good example is that despicable 25 minute ad which was running in all of those states just before this election with the black panthers, Rev. Wright and certain statements of PBO taken out of context from his speeches about Muslims etc.

      We are in for a bumpy ride from here to 2012 and it is only going to get worse as a result of Citizen’s United, and the fact that some of these tea baggers feel that they can say anything and get elected anyway.

      • COS, I know you are right. Anyone who has ever felt the sting of discrimination and racism knows for sure what this is all about. But we must still figure out a way to take this struggle to a different place. I’m not sure how, just sure we have to keep fighting harder and smarter than ever. I do think this is the mother of all culture wars.

        The only time I see something get under PBO’s skin a bit is when he gets protested by DADT folks. I think it’s a button for him because they treat him like he doesn’t know about the pain and suffering of discrimination and he is working very hard to change that for them.

  25. I want to move back to Massachusetts where I was raised and went to college! I officially moved for law school in 2003 and ended up in VA rather than back in MA. Maybe I should reconsider??? LOL.

    Move To Massachusetts, Dawgs

    by Tom Levenson

    It wasn’t a disaster everywhere, and out of such crumbs must we nourish our hopes till we get our whup-ass mojo going again (Monday, dudes…we’ve got work coming).

    So, with that, smile on the results from my home state:

    Democratic sweep

    Governor—check (Go Deval!)

    All 10 House seats—check (yay Barney!)

    All statewide races—check (err, two cheers for Martha Coakley?) (No, I guess I haven’t forgiven her for running the worst campaign in civilized history last Jan.)

    Voted to retain our recent sales tax hike

    Voted to retain the state’s primary law encouraging the construction of affordable housing

    Voted to abolish the state’s sales tax on liquor…which I opposed, but have to admit makes a whole lot of sense in the wake of the results last night.

    Looks like Cali is another place some of us in red States should move to…they had a sane night as well.

      • Hi CR — still no final word on our Senate race, but it’s moving in the right direction. I am watching the 2nd District Congressional race, where the ballots are not all counted. Fingers crossed.

      • Hi Donna! Congratulations on getting your governor re-elected and retaining Senator Mikulski!!

        • Thanks Kat. It was a bitter-sweet night but MD did prevail.

    • Hey Kat, any news with Murray? Looks like the race was called for Bennett. I’m really happy about that.

      • Hey Vero, Murray has about 14,000 more votes than Rossi with 57% of precincts reporting. Her votes are the west, chiefly King County.

        • I am also very pleased about Bennett and Hickenlooper in Colorado. We have relatives in that state. The thought of going somewhere and seeing the sign, “Governor Tancredo welcomes you!” was just too horrible…

  26. whitehouse | November 02, 2010 –

    Tuesday Talks: The President’s Foreign Trip

    Jeff Bader, Senior Director for Asian Affairs, and Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, answer your questions on the President’s upcoming trip to India, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan.

  27. I have to say I’m looking forward to the press conference because the press corps is going to be so full of you-know-what with their questions that the president is going to be swatting them left and right like he always does.

    • I know! I’m really getting pumped for the Chip Reid-Ed Henry-Jake Tapper smackdown.

      My bet is always on PBO. He is going to make us even prouder today.

      • I can’t stand those people and even when PBO smacks them down it tends to go right over there stupid heads.

        I’m sure the President will be a gracious leader today and the media will complain that he didn’t emote enough and so it continues……

        • Yes! Why isn’t he frustrated? Did the President pound the table with his fist? Did he shout? Did he cry? Is he The Sad? They are so relentlessly stupid.

      • It would be hilarious if he responded to that batch of non-journalists, “next question, please”

  28. Oops! Made the mistake of going over to DKos and they are in full blown pointing fingers mode. It’s actually funny. It’s the Democrats fault for not being “populist” enough. It’s Obama’s fault. It’s the professional left’s fault. It’s MSM’s fault. It’s the Blue Dogs.

    Very little analysis is being given on what the Republicans have been doing. If we do not focus on them and understand their ways, we’re in for more hurt. You cannot beat your enemy if you don’t study their ways and understand their strengths and weaknesses. The Repubs new our strength was this president’s charisma and positivity. So they got the media to ignore him and they got the political process to become highly negative and polarized. They know our weakness is our disunity, so they managed to prey on our different factions and play us against each other.

    Why they aren’t trying to fix those weakness and learn how to accentuate our positive all while focusing on the Republicans and learning their strengths and weaknesses is beyond me.

    • I swear, they are their own worst enemies. The more they villain-ize PBO, Speaker Pelosi and everyone else who doesn’t cow-tow to stuff that will never happen, the shorter this bus gets.

    • What I surmised from that election yesterday is that this dkos crowd is totally insignificant. They play no real role. I bet that not even a half percent of them sat this election out. The people they all put up on a pedestal are simply out of the mainstream which is why Feingold and Grayson lost last night. Most people don’t think like they do.

      When the Repubs have a candidate that is out of the mainstream they could careless they just line up and vote. BTW they are much better voters than we are. We turned out our voters but they had to be called and inspired and motivated and cajoled into voting.

      The Right just lines up and goes and does it with very little persuasion and it can be the most radical person on the face of the earth but as long as there is a R next to their name they will vote for them.

      Meanwhile we continue to bicker amongst ourselves

      We as a party had better start painting the Republicans as our enemy instead of the circling fire squad or we are in for more and deeper losses in two years.

  29. Alright, gonna grab lunch and try to make it back to my office by 1 for the presser. I contemplated watching it from home, but I live about 15 minutes away, so if you add the 30 minute drive to and from, with the presser that’ll probably be around an hour, I’m going to be gone for too long…lol.

    See ya in a lil bit guys!

  30. Have you all signed up for the conference call with the President yet? It doesn’t sound like we get to have any input but I am anxious to hear what he has to say anyway.

  31. Next Up…

    Nov 3 Live Feed Schedule

    1:00 PM EDT
    President Obama holds News Conference -The White House


    1:00 PM EDT
    President Obama holds news conference Wednesday following Tuesday’s midterms.



    1:00 PM EDT
    Pres. Obama will also hold a news conference at 1pm ET to answer reporter’s questions on his agenda and how he will deal with Congress when the Republicans take over the House in January.

    • POLITICO44

      TAKEAWAYS – Here’s what you need to know from President Obama’s reflective press conference on Wednesday:

      — Obama described last night’s Democratic losses in lots of ways: “humbling,” “a shellacking” and “hard” among them. Interpreting the election results, Obama said, “It underscores for me that I’ve got to do a better job just like everybody else in Washington does.”

      — He asked himself out loud if he had done everything he could, saying of his allies, “There is not only sadness about seeing them go, but there’s also a lot of questioning on my part, in terms of, could I have done something differently or done something more so that those folks would still be here.”

      — Denying that voters want to repeal the health care law, Obama said he would be open to “modifications” suggested by Republicans. “We can tweak and make improvements on the progress that we’ve made,” he said. “That’s true for any significant piece of legislation.”

      — Obama called John Boehner the “speaker elect” and said he wants to meet with him and Mitch McConnell in the “next few weeks” to go over economic policies. He said he wants to “find common ground” with them.

      — Repeating his position against “don’t ask, don’t tell,” Obama said he plans to read the Pentagon’s review “very carefully” and that it would “give us time to act, potentially during the lame-duck session, to change this policy.”

  32. POTUS: “Some election nights are more fun than others” …. But every election is a reminder that in our democracy, power rests not with those in elected office but with the voters.

  33. Bah! My computer chose to act up during the president’s entire opening address and first question. Ugh!

  34. GM October sales up as U.S. industry gains

    11/3/10 David Bailey – Reuters

    DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co posted a 3.5 percent increase in October U.S. auto sales on Wednesday, trailing smaller rivals for a month expected to represent the high point in a slow-moving recovery for the industry.

    GM, which is expected to provide pricing details and launch a road show to market a planned IPO to investors as soon as Wednesday, said sales rose 12.8 percent in its four core brands of Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC.

    U.S. auto sales sank to the lowest levels in more than a quarter century in 2009 under the severe recession and so far this year have been recovering at a slower pace than the industry or its analysts expected.

    Automakers are expected to report the strongest U.S. sales rates of the year in October, but sales overall remain well below pre-recession levels of 2007 and are expected to continue a slow pace of recovery along with the U.S. economy.

    GM’s total vehicle sales, about in line with expectations, are expected to lead the industry in October. A handful of automakers reported U.S. sales on Tuesday, a U.S. election day. The top six by sales volume report sales on Wednesday.

    “We don’t see a big risk at all of a double-dip,” GM’s U.S. sales chief, Don Johnson, told reporters on a conference call.

    Johnson said consumers have begun to hold on to vehicles longer than in the past in a fundamental shift in buying habits, but GM is confident it has restructured its business to run profitably even in a slower-growth market.

    For the entire article:

  35. This presser is depressing.

    It’s like we’re totally on the Republicans field now. So, the president is open to “tweaking” the health care bill according to some alleged Republican concerns. He’ll talk nuclear energy as part of a comprehensive bill. He’s going to really take seriously the commission’s advice seriously.

    Why does he always have to lay out where he’ll compromise before the other side does?

  36. POTUS praising the courage and conviction of defeated members of Congress who took tough votes that were right for the country and paid the political price.

    POTUS: They tell me they have no regrets because they knew they were doing the right thing.

  37. He appears totally deflated and defeated to me. Gosh, guys make me feel better. I really didn’t expect the presser to be so….blah.

      • I agree with you CR. I did not expect him to come out jovial and upbeat. I am seeing exactly what I expected from these reporters. They are salavating in asking these questions and I think he is doing a great job. He is setting the tone that republicans need to step up to the table now and they can’t just sit back and say no.

    • These questions are also all about beating him up. I think he’s mostly just very, very tired and pretty sad about those who lost. I think he is by nature very reflective and is doing his best to deal with a whole new landscape that will not be very friendly, to say the least. He WANTS to be hopeful but you can see that it’s a struggle.

      • Well said Meta. He has some murky waters to swim through. I am glad that they will be taking this trip on Friday. I especially agree that he is mostly heart broken about those who lost for taking tough and right votes.

  38. Now the reporter who asked about the Reset Button on Business was a good worthy question! Enough with the feefees questions!

    • I know! This is like one big “Obama why do you such right now, how can you make it better” fest?


    • He seems very calm and there is no rushing.

      It reminds me of what a friend would do after a night of stressful situation, by wanting to reflect and talk things out.

      • Nothing fazes him. No shock, no drama. He was an adult before he took office.

  39. Well, I missed most of it. I did see that jerk Ed Henry asking his question. I feel like crying and sticking my head in the sand. This country is off its rocker and I can’t do anything about it.

  40. For the first time ever he looked a bit broken to me. He just left me in tears.

    • I don’t know about broken, but certainly tired and deflated. Which is natural.

      This sucks. Hopefully when he gets back from abroad he conveys a more fighting spirit. However folks want to describe his demeanor today as – deflated, broken, defeated, somber, humble, calm – it ain’t going to work IMO. He can’t leave his supporters in tears like this…lol.

      Ah well, it’s an appropriate reaction though. Reflecting is a good thing. But I hope he doesn’t internalize this loss too much. At the end of the day, I think the problem isn’t really him – it’s us as a country. Not enough of us engage in the political process, we cede that engagement to the craziest folks. And we have no patience and no precise idea of what we really want.

    • Mine too Jackie. We unfortunately live in a racist society of Republicans that don’t know how to take loss very well. They made a calculated decision after his inauguration to not sit still for it. They formed a group, had the backing of millionaires to fund them and took to the street and the media was more than willing to give them a voice.

      The Heath Care Reform bill was just the ticket they needed to bring the real independents along with them for the ride.

      This man is fighting against the grain. It ain’t easy and he lost some good public servants last night.

      If he wasn’t somewhat somber today I would have been disappointed.

      Broken…No….disappointed that his agenda will be put on hold for the next two year…absolutely.

  41. Almost every first midterm is about the party in power losing seats. Yet it’s always treated as a Never Before in History! event. So much easier for pundits than doing their homework.

    We have much to celebrate from Election Day — many important offices retained or won by Democrats. The GOP House now has to show if they know any other words besides “No.” Synchronize your watches for the countdown to those first media reports about buyer’s remorse among voters. The Senate still has a Democratic majority, which makes it very hard for the other side to get 60 votes on anything. Radical legislation from the House will hit a wall in the Senate, and then there is that Presidential veto pen.

    There are still some unconcluded matters from yesterday to be decided. Apart from that, it’s on to better days, 2012 and the re-election of our great President, for whose courage, maturity, vision and leadership I am grateful every day.

    • Kat, does the GOP House really have to show if they know anything besides, “no?” Really? Recall the questions asked of POTUS just now. Everyone was – what will YOU give up to work with them? Do YOU feel like YOUR policies have been rejected and are moving us in reverse?

      It’s all about HIM and what HE needs to do with the GOP to make bipartisanship work. Wake me up when the GOP gets asked those same questions and forced to answer specifically where common ground may lie.

      When that happens, I’ll believe the fact that the GOP House has control means they will be forced to govern and own the country’s successes and failures.

      • Well, just between you and me and the blogosphere, I’d be surprised if the GOP vocabulary expanded suddenly. The fact remains that they demanded power, they were given (limited) power, and their supporters and detractors alike are now waiting for them to do something besides sending Mr. Boehner out to weep. The real story might be how will the media report the Republican House’s use, misuse or non-use of their power.

        • But what’s ironic about this situation is that, from listening to tea partiers in particular, their supporters DON’T WANT GOVERNMENT TO DO ANYTHING. So that’s the beauty of the Republican position. Their supporters, unlike Democratic supporters, aren’t expecting any big program or initiative – apart from tax cuts for the rich. If they don’t get that – well the big bad liberal in the White House stopped us. If they don’t get to gut the finreg bill or repeal health care – well that’s because of the Marxist at 1600 Pennsylvania.

          I really don’t think they’ll be punished for not getting anything done because the expectation of the GOP on the part of their supporters, is for them to actually DO little.

        • See I don’t think their supporters care at all whether or not they do something. Its was all about “just win baby”. Give us back the power. The Repubs have never been good at governing but they have always been good at winning.

          And the media will continue to hold the President to a different standard than the Repubs. Their masters require that.

        • The truth is the Republicans are in a very, very, very screwed spot right now. There’s not much they can actually do except scream and shout. They can’t get anything done because the Senate will step on their nonsense and PBO will veto anything that doesn’t pass the smell test. I don’t believe they will work with PBO. Just a few weeks ago they were talking about shutting down the government. So stay tuned. We’ll see them self-destruct through their own hyperbole and bile.

    • Kat, the teaparty people are going to realluy have buyer’s remores when they see that Rand Paul, Rubio and other tea party folks who won will have no power and will not get what they want done. They are low information people and they think that these folks can be effective and do away with certain amendemnts to the constitution. Boy are they in for an awakening. As a Jr. Senator, PBO saw that he had no voice and that is why he ran for President to make a difference.

  42. StartLoving4 | November 03, 2010 –

    Rachel Maddow – GOP fails to defeat weakened Reid

    Maddow says: Harry Reid’s victory is disaster for GOP; Angle ran most racist ads in country.

  43. Fed takes bold, risky step to bolster economy

    11/3/10 Pedro da Costa and Mark Felsenthal- Reuters

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve launched a controversial new policy on Wednesday, committing to buy $600 billion more in government bonds by the middle of next year in an attempt to breathe new life into a struggling U.S. economy.

    The decision, which takes the Fed into largely uncharted waters, is aimed at further lowering borrowing costs for consumers and businesses still suffering in the aftermath of the worst recession since the Great Depression.

    The U.S. central bank said it would buy about $75 billion in longer-term Treasury bonds per month. It said it would regularly review the pace and size of the program and adjust it as needed depending on the path of the recovery.

    In its post-meeting statement, the Fed described the economy as “slow”, and said employers remained reluctant to add to payrolls. It said measures of inflation were “somewhat low.”

    “Although the committee anticipates a gradual return to higher levels of resource utilization in a context of price stability, progress toward its objectives has been disappointingly slow,” the Fed said.

    The central bank repeated its vow to keep the federal funds rate on overnight loans ultra-low for an extended period. Some analysts had speculated the Fed might broaden this commitment.

    Kansas City Fed President Thomas Hoenig continued his streak of dissents, saying the risk of additional securities purchases outweighed the benefits.

    In a separate statement, the New York Fed said it would temporarily relax a rule limiting ownership of any particular security to 35 percent. It said holdings would be allowed to rise above that threshold “only in modest increments.”

    Including the Fed’s ongoing plan to reinvest maturing assets, the New York Fed expects to conduct $850 billion to $900 billion in Treasury purchases through the end of the second quarter of 2011.

    With the U.S. economy expanding at only a 2 percent annual pace in the third quarter of this year and the jobless rate seemingly stuck around 9.6 percent, the Fed had come under pressure to do more to stimulate business activity.

    The central bank had already cut overnight interest rates to near zero in December 2008 and bought about $1.7 trillion in U.S. government debt and mortgage-linked bonds.

    Those purchases, however, occurred when financial markets were stricken by crisis, and economists and Fed officials alike are divided over how effective the new program will be.

    For the entire article:

  44. Private sector October job growth beats expectations

    11/3/10 By Caroline Valetkevitch – Reuters

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. companies added to payrolls more than expected in October, slightly boosting optimism about the job market ahead of Friday’s government employment report.

    U.S. private employers added 43,000 jobs in October compared with a revised loss of 2,000 jobs in September, payrolls processor ADP Employer Services, which developed the report with Macroeconomic Advisers LLC, said on Wednesday. The September figure was originally reported as a loss of 39,000.

    The October number came in well above expectations for a rise of 20,000 private-sector jobs, based on a median of estimates from 35 economists surveyed by Reuters.

    It was the latest of some stronger-than-expected data on the U.S. economy, including Monday’s report showing surprisingly strong growth last month in the U.S. manufacturing sector, and among the last bits of data before Wednesday’s expected Federal Reserve announcement on monetary easing.

    On Friday, the U.S. government is due to report its monthly jobs data, and the ADP is sometimes used by economists to update expectations for those numbers.

    In the ADP data, “you have a net surprise of 60,000 or so, which is a meaningful amount and probably raises expectations at least at little bit for Friday’s employment report,” said Zach Pandl, economist, Nomura Securities in New York.

    In Congressional elections on Tuesday, the Republican party won enough seats to regain control of the House of Representatives, with the nation’s high unemployment seen among voters’ top concerns.

    U.S. stocks slightly extended gains after the ADP data, while U.S. Treasury debt prices slightly pared gains and the dollar rose against the euroand yen.

    For the entire article:

  45. So apparently only 10% of young voters showed up compared to 18% in 2008. and 1% of first time voters voted, compared to 11% in 2008. I just heard Randi Rhodes say that. I was wondering what percentage voted this time.

    • Which leads to one conclusion: all those thousands of young people who came to the rallies over the past month – they are PBO’s base and sadly they had no will or interest in showing up for Dems candidates they dont know and probably don’t really like.

      • And that is the reason that the media would ignore the number of people coming to his rallies because they questioned that they would show up and vote in their districts.

        It pains me to give them any credit but if these numbers are correct then it looks as though they were right.

        • I also think – and I’m going to write this to the white house too – that PBO needs to acknowledge to himself that he can’t be the post-partisan and post-racial president he so wanted to be. Tragically the country just isn’t ready for this kind of a president.
          Therefore, he should take a step back and remind himself who is on his side and to accept that a good chunk of the people in this country will never accept him.
          He is the f$@&&@& president and he need to stop accepting any crap anymore.

        • I’ve always felt like this president, moreso than many recent ones, has “Obama specific voters.” They only love HIM. They don’t love the party, nor do they love politics.

          I think the youth and black folks are firmly in that camp.

        • So, we need to take a step back. Remember how we felt when we had been away from the blog for a few days — not dialed in. This is the way the majority of Americans are. We need to cut through this rhetoric that many do not hear or see and get to the core of the issues. Yesterday, just after 6 p.m. they announced that Rand Paul was the winner. I went to a couple of my co-workers who have similar political views and told them. They just looked at me — they did not know who Rand Paul was! This is a reality check. Let’s get to saving health care reform, financial reform, credit card reform and jobs. NO APOLOGIES.

    • This is exactly what I feel happened here in Arizona. I think the youth did not show up and in some areas, the Latinos did not show up. There is no way that Raul Grijalva won with only 48.5% of the vote with his opponent receiving 45.5%.

      • My husband has customers in Arizona who are Latino and they were for the SB1070! Crazy like inviting harassment into your own home!

        Now if I were a Latina SB1070 would get me so mad that I would vote and be using stick to prod every person to vote Democratic!

        • This is all about the way it is being “marketed.” We need people who can carry the water for this President’s agenda and disspell the lies. No one did that this whole 20 months. Well you cannot poison the well and then expect people to drink from it.

    • Its like a muscle we have to develop..It reminds me of my profession as a personal trainer..Its hard for my clients to use muscles they never thought they had…let alone call on those muscles to respond on command voluntarily..Its new to our
      just like muscle gains..the work has to be
      constant or it disappears..I can see Pres. Obama
      stressing the importance of youth voter and
      overall democratic turnout long after his 2

  46. Life-Saving Treatments: Made in the U.S.A.

    11/3/10 by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

    Every day, millions of Americans benefit from the advances made in the fields of life, biological, and medical science. Breakthroughs in these fields have helped to significantly reduce mortality from many conditions that were once considered fatal. Our support for scientific research is one of our best investments in our future—for the health of Americans and the health of the American economy.

    That’s why, today, we’re happy to announce the firms that have been accepted into the Therapeutic Discovery Project Program, which was created by the Affordable Care Act. This program will advance American competitiveness in the fields of life, biological, and medical science by giving tax credits and grants to small companies conducting cutting-edge biomedical research.

    The program is targeted towards projects that show significant potential to produce new therapies, address unmet medical needs, reduce the long-term growth of health care costs, and advance the goal of curing cancer within the next 30 years.

    So what does this mean? It means that a firm in Oklahoma will continue its attempt to develop therapeutics to prevent the metastatic spread of cancer, and a firm in North Carolina will continue to create a gene therapy-based therapeutic for a lethal inheritable childhood disease—one that currently has no life-sustaining treatment. It means that a firm in New York will continue working on a flu vaccine that can provide protection for a period of several years—with technology that could also be used to develop cancer vaccines.

    The Therapeutic Discovery Project Program also means that these firms, and other companies who have been awarded tax credits or grants, have an incentive to keep growing and create high-paying jobs right in their local communities.

    We are very excited about the possibilities of this program; it is a great example of the way the Affordable Care Act will help advance research to find life-saving treatments and diagnostics and help U.S. companies lead the way in making innovative medical discoveries.

    Visit here to learn more.

  47. I have to do some thinking but right now I am very emotional and cannot figure this out. We need to stand together and come up with a strategy.

    Also, I now had a chance to see the President’s entire press conference and he is not apologetic and he is not broken. If you listen again, you will feel better. At least I do. No surprises from the press. They are all idiots.

  48. Check this out:

    Exit Polls: Unprecedented White Flight from Democrats

    Democrats performed worse with whites on Tuesday than in any other congressional election since the Second World War.

    Democrats’ white problems stretch back nearly a half-century. Political white flight changed course with the implosion of George W. Bush’s presidency, the Republican Party and the economy in September 2008.

    Today, it’s almost as if none of that ever came to pass. Democrats’ bad old days are back, and in an especially bad way.

    Republicans won whites in Tuesday’s national House vote by a 22-percentage point margin (60 to 38 percent) according to exit polls. In 2006, Republicans won whites by a mere 4 points. Whites shifted at three-fold the rate of Hispanics between the two midterms, while the black vote remained steady. Democrats faired even worse than in 1994, when Republicans won whites by 16 points (58 to 42 percent) and with them, a landslide.

    Now comes a House landslide unseen since 1938. Presidents are the ghost candidates of midterms. In fact, more voters said Obama was a factor in their vote than said Bush was a factor four years ago.

    In this vein, Democrats’ problems with whites reflect whites’ problems with Obama. Whites’ support for Democrats in 2010 roughly matches the president’s standing prior to the September 2008 crash. Before the crash, Obama polled like earlier Democratic nominees with whites. After the crash, Obama earned the support of more white men than any other Democrat since 1976. He also improved with white women, winning a traditional share for Democrats.

    Those gains are gone. Obama’s approval rating with whites has declined from the low 60s (week one) to the high 30s (this week).

    READ ON…
    It’s reading things like that, as a black person, that make me so sad. You try not to say that this president is being treated differently or badly because of his race, but then you read something like that article, and your feelings are confirmed. I think some white people voted for him thinking THEY were post-racial, but faced with the race baiting of the press and the Republicans, coupled with the horrible economy and an residual or subconscious racism or white privilege they harbor got the best of them, and caused them to switch to the GOP – knowing the GOP has nothing to offer.

    So sad.

      • The more I think about the article above, the madder I am. This is their way of controlling the message. This is exactly what has cause this blood bath. Some off the wall narrative that no more is true than that the moon is made of green cheese. You are not going to tell me that the tens of thousands of people attending these rallies were not white and were there because they support our President. This stuff has to stop now.

        • Jackie,

          There was a disconnect, yesterday, with who attended rallies and who attended their local polling place.

          So while there are a bunch of white folks that love this president, the post election demographic breakdown doesn’t lie – we have lost a significant number of white voting support.

          Good news is if we had them once, I think we can get them back.

    • This sickens me beyond words. I just can’t believe those extremes. I’d like to see the basis for this data, how this information was framed and what’s behind those conclusions. They certainly fit the narrative of his book about how neglected white men are in the electorate. Whatever.

      From Wiki:

      David Paul Kuhn is an author and political commentator. He is currently the Chief Political Correspondent for RealClearPolitics and a Senior Political Writer for Previously he held the position of Senior Political Writer at CBS. His work has appeared in many other news outlets including: The Washington Post, the Huffington Post and the Wall Street Journal. His book titled “The Neglected Voter” received wide praise. General Wesley Clark said the book was “A brilliantly insightful analysis of American politics at the national level.” Kuhn was educated at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire and got his start in news as an intern at Time Magazine. Kuhn regulary appears on C-Span, Fox News, CNN and other news shows to discuss politics.

  49. My thoughts on daily kos and “their progressives”..

    I think they’re more sore that the democrats
    they threw at Pres. Obama (Grayson & Feingold)
    lost and lost big..Very good guys who
    deserved better..but a lot of those “progressives” need to sober up and realize their ideology is not the only way to
    solve problems…Sen. Feingold and Rep.
    Grayson went with that message that “Dems
    need to grow a spine” leading to a VERY
    unhealthy attitude that has permeated
    throughout dailykos and a few others…Glad to be here at our pro-obama blog 🙂

    • Tiger, I just went over there to see what was going on and it’s a big mess of a blame game pity party. Some of the loudest voices fighting PBO over the last couple of years are on there complaining about the losses. It’s beyond stupid.

      • I saw them…have they explained why Sen. Harry Reid is still in charge and Sen. Feingold is gone..??

        I find it really curious that the same
        folks who wanted Mr. Reid’s head on a
        stick now want to throw him at Pres.
        Obama..To say POTUS can learn a lesson
        about courage from Sen Reid..I thought we were all on the same team..??

        Its like some of them are fighting an imaginary primary war over and over and over again in their cllective minds..

        I hope this election cycle will dampen their kind of “enthusiasm” because I think it can be very unhealthy..Like trying to raise money for a ‘primary obama” ad or something just as dumb…

        Let them wander off to find a healthy outlet..

        • Tiger, thanks so much for your thoughts. I keep thinking about your analogy of the atrophied muscle. Or maybe a heart muscle that never knows how to stop longing.

          Sometimes at moments like these I wonder if we are a “party” at all. Parties are united and focused when push comes to shove. Parties work together for the common good.

          • I look at how we as
            liberals have to
            correct decades of bad
            habits like fatally wounding ourselves
            before we can even take on republicans..I have to give credit to OFA even if nobody acknowledged all their
            hard work to make it close in the Sestak
            race and the win in some tight senate races…We made 10 million phone calls in seven days..The greatest GOTV, peron-to-person oragnization every created.

            Yet..I think we have to adopt a nation wide early vote-by-mail system that encourages more citizen participation…I think South America has the highest at 89- 90% voter turnout…we need to find out what that’s all about.

            • I agree with you Tigerfists.

              The thing is the Latinas in my district do not like the vote-by-mail idea because they like to make going to the polls an event. The problem with that is what if something pops up unexpectedly? I told one of the ladies “How about you vote by mail and then just go down to the polls to socialize?” She just said “I like to vote on election day.”

              • I think about the out of state college students or workers who travel for a living…I think a lot of them didn’t go through the process of returning ballots to their home states…actually more concerned about away students.They don’t like extra paper work and forms…maybe I should get a patent on a universal voting booth that allows the user to put in their zipcode back in their hometown which gives them a touch screen ballot of all the candidates and issues from their area.

                hehe…everyone here gets a part of ownership..we’ll be rich :0)

  50. Kamala Harris campaign declares victory in attorney general race

    November 03, 2010, 02:02 PM Bay City News Service

    A late overnight surge in votes that carried San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris into the lead in the race for state attorney general has her campaign declaring victory today.

    With 100 percent of precincts reporting as of 12:39 p.m., Harris, a Democrat, led Republican Steve Cooley, the Los Angeles district attorney, 45.9 percent to 45.7 percent, according to the California Secretary of State’s Office.

    Harris had trailed Cooley until the early morning hours.

    “In spite of Steve Cooley’s Dewey-esque declaration of victory” late Tuesday night, a statement from Harris’ campaign said, “San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris will be the next attorney general of the state of California.”

    Harris has so far received 3,292,836 votes, and Cooley 3,277,998 votes.

    Elections officials must still tally provisional and absentee ballots, so the results are not final.

    However, Harris’ campaign asserted that “uncounted ballots will only bolster” Harris’ lead.

    A spokesman for the Cooley campaign did not immediately return a call for comment.

  51. More than a dozen races still to be decided

    11/3/10 – 58 mins ago – AP

    WASHINGTON – Here are the congressional and gubernatorial races that remain uncalled after Tuesday’s election:



    Alaska — Write-in ballots accounted for 41 percent of the votes counted so far, with Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski the most prominent of some 160 registered write-in candidates. Republican Joe Miller trailed with 34.2 percent of the vote. Election officials set Nov. 10 as the date for counting write-in ballots.

    Washington — Democratic Sen. Patty Murray had a narrow lead over Republican Dino Rossi with about two-thirds of the vote counted. The remaining third consists of mail ballots that will be counted over the next two weeks.



    Minnesota — Former Democratic Sen. Mark Dayton led Republican Tom Emmer by less than 10,000 votes out of more than 2.1 million cast. The margin falls within the state’s mandatory recount law.

    Illinois — Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn led by less than half a percentage point over Republican Bill Brady, with virtually all the vote counted. Brady refused to concede, saying that still-to-be counted provisional ballots would put him over the top.

    Oregon — Republican and former NBA player Chris Dudley holds a narrow lead over former Gov. John Kitzhaber, with most of the vote left to be counted in Democratic-leaning Multnonah County.



    Virginia District 11 — Rep. Gerald Connolly, a Democrat, led Republican Keith Fimian by less than the margin that could trigger a recount.

    Kentucky District 6 — Democratic Rep. Ben Chandler had a 600-vote lead over Republican Andy Barr, too small a lead to foreclose the possibility of a recount.

    Illinois District 8 — Democrat Melissa Bean trailed Republican Joe Walsh by less than 800 votes. An unknown number of absentee and provisionals ballots remained to be counted.

    Texas District 27 — GOP challenger Blake Farenthold was 800 votes ahead of Democratic Rep. Solomon Ortiz. A recount was possible.

    New York District 25 — Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei led tea party Republican Anne Marke Buerkle by less than 2,200 votes. New York counts all its absentee votes after Election Day.

    Arizona District 7 — Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva led Republican Ruth McClung by about 3,500 votes, with an unknown number of late-arriving absentee votes still to be counted.

    Arizona District 8 — Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords led Republican Jesse Kelly by less than 2,500 votes, with an unknown number of absentees remaining to be counted.

    Washington District 2 — Republican John Koster led Democratic Rep. Rick Larsen by less than 1,500 votes with at least 100,000 left to be counted. Washington counts mail ballots that arrive days after the election, as long as they are postmarked by Election Day.

    Washington District 9 — Democratic Rep. Adam Smith led Republican Dick Muri (R) by almost 10,000 votes. Tens of thousands of election day and mail ballots remaining to be counted.

    California District 11 — Just 37 votes separate Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney and GOP challenger David Harmer, with an estimated 20,000 absentee and provisional ballots still to be counted.

    California District 20 — Republican Andy Vidak had an 1,800-vote lead over Democratic Rep. Jim Costa, with an estimated 20,000 absentee and provisional votes remaining to be counted.

  52. I just heard a really good short interview of the BBC’s section of Unfortunately there is no article just an audio link.

    “One of the features of this campaign season that’s fascinated those abroad is the rise of the Tea Party. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Gary Younge, of the British newspaper, The Guardian, Mr. Younge said that because Obama is mixed race, because his father was from else where, that he is an emblem of a cosmopolitan, multi-cutural future that they (minorities) would like for the country, for many poor and middle class white Americans he is an emblem of many of the things that they (tea party) fear; globalization, demographic decline, religious otherness and so for a portion of America he embodies their anxieties.”

    • So for everything that we love PBO for the TeaBagger party fears.

      All that I can say is the world is homogenizing and progressing so the old dinosaurs will have to get use to things going faster then they are use to.

    • TeaBagger mentality sounds like tribalism to me “those that are different from you are your enemy”

  53. U.S. improves security in Afghan province: governor

    11/3/10 By Adrian Croft Adrian Croft – Reuters

    LONDON (Reuters) – Security has improved in some areas of Afghanistan’s violent Helmand province where U.S. Marines have taken over from British troops, the provincial governor said Wednesday.

    British troops have turned over parts of Helmand, including Sangin where they suffered heavy losses, to thousands of U.S. reinforcements who moved into southern Afghanistan in the last year as part of U.S. President Barack Obama’s “surge” strategy.

    Helmand Governor Gulab Mangal said he admired the work British forces had done in Afghanistan “but of course we have to admit that by having the Marines from the United States we have got an improved security now in some areas.”

    Speaking at a London news conference, Mangal put the improvement down to the U.S. forces’ greater resources.

    “Not every country will have the finance, not every country will have the logistics and the equipment (that another country has),” he said, speaking through an interpreter.

    Mangal’s comments hit a sensitive spot in Britain where the previous Labor government, which lost a May election, faced persistent accusations of failing to supply Britain’s 9,500 troops in Afghanistan with adequate equipment.

    Opposition politicians and former military chiefs criticized a shortage of helicopters and an initial failure to give British troops enough armored vehicles to protect them against roadside bombs.

    Britain’s six-month-old coalition government has ordered an 8 percent real-terms cut in defense spending over the next four years to curb a big budget deficit, but says British troops in Afghanistan will get all the equipment they need.

    Mangal said the situation in Helmand, where the bulk of the British force remains based, had improved over the last two years. The Afghan government had extended its presence, law and order had been strengthened and drug cultivation cut by almost half, he said.

    Prime Minister David Cameron plans to withdraw most of Britain’s troops from Afghanistan by 2015.

    Mangal said Afghan security forces had a target of taking responsibility for a few areas of Helmand over the next year.

    He said he believed Afghan forces could meet the 2015 deadline for taking over security in the whole province “provided Afghan national security forces are trained as we are training them right now.”

    He said it was possible the Afghan government could reach a peace settlement with Taliban insurgents, but said Afghan and NATO forces must keep up military pressure at the same time as offering reconciliation to the insurgents.

  54. One of the things that struck me about last night in California was the refusal by Whitman and Fiorina to concede. The races had been called but their sense of entitlement just wouldn’t let them come out and admit defeat at the appropriate time. It just shows you how very arrogant and out of touch these people are. Thank goodness they lost but there are plenty others who won and they will be invading Washington in just a couple of months.

  55. And so it begins:

    GOP likely to urge Obama officials not to shred documents

    Republicans are likely to urge the Obama administration not to shred documents as they transition to the House majority. 

    Before the election, GOP officials on Capitol Hill privately discussed the issue but refrained from publicly tackling it, not wanting to assume what would happen on Election Day.

 Now that Republicans will control the House, the shredding matter will move front and center. 

    No one is accusing the Obama administration of destroying documents, but Republicans are expected to try to ensure that all records — on a range of issues — are kept intact.

    Darrell West, a political scientist and director of governance studies at the Brookings Institution, said Republicans likely will formally ask the administration not to shred or delete any relevant documents that could be requested in a congressional probe.

    “That’ll happen right away, because they want to make sure that the documentary record is preserved so that they have something to investigate,” said West.

    Full article here:

    • They don’t come into office until January. Can they do this now. I wonder what is the document retention policy? Here we go with the investigations. They plan to try and pull the wool over our eyes by investigating the administration hoping that we forget that they don’t have any ideas or solutions.

  56. In another article from The Hill, I have a feeling that Harry is going to show more of his toughness.


    Reid, especially, renewed a threat he made before, that Republicans must stop obstructing and start cooperating. The majority leader, who survived a close reelection battle, said he spoke early Wednesday afternoon with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

    “Republicans must take their responsibility to solve the problems of ordinary Americans,” Reid said. “Simply saying ‘no,’ as we’ve had this past Congress … won’t bring jobs back. It won’t strengthen the economy, and it won’t help families who are struggling to make ends meet. ‘No’ is not the answer. It has to be ‘yes.’ Not our ‘yes,’ but a combined ‘yes,’ something we work out — a consensus ‘yes.’”

  57. Criticizing the Inspectors

    Posted by Michael R. Bromwich on November 03, 2010

    The federal employees responsible for conducting inspections on offshore rigs, platforms and other facilities associated with offshore drilling have been subjected to waves of criticism over the past several months. Some of that criticism has been fair, as when it focused on the selfish and corrupt acts of a few inspectors; but much of it has been misguided and unfair because it has been based on flawed assumptions and incomplete or inaccurate facts.

    Regrettably, this second type of criticism has recently found its way to mainstream media outlets whose coverage has previously generally been reasonable and balanced. In an editorial dated October 28, the New Orleans Time-Picayune made the sweeping assertions that “government inspectors know little or nothing about crucial rig operations,” that “inspectors likely were unable to identify problems because they did not understand how some important drilling processes worked,” and that this was a farcical case of “the hens not even knowing how to recognize an egg.”

    These statements substituted rhetoric for factual accuracy and provided an extremely misleading picture of the roles of offshore drilling inspectors and more generally of the process by which our agency monitors and regulates offshore drilling. The coverage suggested that the inspectors are ignorant about rigs, derelict in their duties, and failed to perform their jobs. That is both wrong and unfair.

    Here are the facts.

    Before any drilling takes place, and during the drilling process, information related to the design and operation of the well is examined and analyzed by a combination of drilling engineers and inspectors. Drilling engineers, not inspectors, are primarily responsible for reviewing the drilling processes, including cementing and sealing of the well, and making sure those processes fully comply with federal regulations. This review first takes place when an operator applies for a permit to drill. As work begins, drilling engineers monitor weekly reports submitted by the operators to verify compliance. Drilling engineers provide direction to inspectors on what to look for during physical rig inspections.

    The combined reviews of inspectors and drilling engineers address issues relating to well design – and compliance with that design and with federal regulations. Moreover, inspectors review safety equipment aboard the rig, including drilling-related safety valves, blowout preventer control panels, gas detector equipment, as well as many other critical pieces of equipment. All of these elements are central to safe drilling operations.

    For the entire article:

  58. November 03, 2010

    Press Conference by the President

    1:02 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. Last night I had a chance to speak to the leaders of the House and the Senate and reached out to those who had both won and lost in both parties. I told John Boehner and Mitch McConnell that I look forward to working with them. And I thanked Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid for their extraordinary leadership over the last two years.

    After what I’m sure was a long night for a lot of you — and needless to say it was for me — I can tell you that some election nights are more fun than others. Some are exhilarating; some are humbling. But every election, regardless of who wins and who loses, is a reminder that in our democracy, power rests not with those of us in elected office, but with the people we have the privilege to serve.

    Over the last few months I’ve had the opportunity to travel around the country and meet people where they live and where they work, from backyards to factory floors. I did some talking, but mostly I did a lot of listening. And yesterday’s vote confirmed what I’ve heard from folks all across America: People are frustrated — they’re deeply frustrated — with the pace of our economic recovery and the opportunities that they hope for their children and their grandchildren. They want jobs to come back faster, they want paychecks to go further, and they want the ability to give their children the same chances and opportunities as they’ve had in life.

    The men and women who sent us here don’t expect Washington to solve all their problems. But they do expect Washington to work for them, not against them. They want to know that their tax dollars are being spent wisely, not wasted, and that we’re not going to leave our children a legacy of debt. They want to know that their voices aren’t being drowned out by a sea of lobbyists and special interests and partisan bickering. They want business to be done here openly and honestly.

    Now, I ran for this office to tackle these challenges and give voice to the concerns of everyday people. Over the last two years, we’ve made progress. But, clearly, too many Americans haven’t felt that progress yet, and they told us that yesterday. And as President, I take responsibility for that.

    What yesterday also told us is that no one party will be able to dictate where we go from here, that we must find common ground in order to set — in order to make progress on some uncommonly difficult challenges. And I told John Boehner and Mitch McConnell last night I am very eager to sit down with members of both parties and figure out how we can move forward together.

    For the entire transcript:

    • President Obama pledges to work with a new Congress on the economy and takes questions from the media about the 2010 midterm elections. November 3, 2010.

  59. U.S. border cops find massive Mexico drug tunnel

    11/3/10 by Tim Gaynor – Reuters

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. border police have found a sophisticated smuggler’s tunnel the length of six football fields linking Southern California with Mexico and believed to have been used by drug traffickers, authorities said on Wednesday.

    The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency said the tunnel linked warehouses in Otay Mesa, California, and Tijuana, Mexico. It measured 1,800 feet and was equipped with a rail system, lighting and ventilation.

    Agents also recovered more than 20 tons of marijuana during overnight searches of the tunnel, the border patrol said in a news release.

    Mexican drug cartels have bored scores of tunnels under the U.S.-Mexico border in recent years to beat ramped-up security at ports of entry and the rugged spaces in between. Nearly all of them linked cities on either side of Mexico’s border with California and Arizona.

    In early 2006, agents discovered a tunnel measuring 2,400 feet running under the same stretch of border to Otay Mesa from Tijuana. It remains the longest such tunnel discovered to date.

    Tijuana is the principal gateway for drugs entering California from Mexico. Last month authorities there seized more than 100 tons of marijuana valued at more than $340 million in Mexico’s biggest pot haul to date.

  60. From: StartLoving4 | November 03, 2010

    Rachel Maddow- Congress not necessarily doomed to gridlock

  61. From: StartLoving4 | November 03, 2010

    Rachel Maddow- No accountability for GOP big spenders

  62. From: StartLoving4 | November 03, 2010

    Rachel Maddow- Government shutdown not an empty threat

  63. “God Bless you!” Let’s Party!!!!!

    -Christine O’Donnell after she lost her senate race. LOL.

    • Man, she is really a piece of work. I can’t believe how many people voted for her. I guess folks are just into throwing any piece of pasta against the wall to see if it sticks.

      • Now I have a mental image of those Halloween decorations that look like a witch who has flown her broomstick into a wall or tree.

  64. LOL, Keith closed his show today by saying it has been one day since the Republicans took control of the House…where are the jobs Boehner!!?!?!? That’s a great way to end each show.

    • I just don’t see Boehner doing much of anything. He reeks of Country Club. The kind where only whites are allowed. His weepy display really creeped me out. What is he so emotional about? As if he’s worked so hard for something real.

  65. From: StartLoving4 | November 03, 2010

    Rachel Maddow GOP tax cut glee contradicts debt promises

  66. Hi everybody —

    I’ve been gone since lunchtime so I will spend this evening catching up with everything I missed on my favorite blog.

    Still no declared winner in WA-Sen or WA CD-2, but I like the direction of these numbers:

    Sen. Patty Murray 51% (801,537), Dino Rossi 49% (776,603) with 63% of precincts reporting.

    Rep. Rick Larsen has pulled ahead of ‘bagger John Koster 94,820 to 94,423 — still 50% each with 62% of precincts reporting, but keep that momentum going, Rick!

    • Hi Kathleen!

      The Giant’s parade in San Francisoc overwhelmed the train service so no hubby yet.

      • This city was absolutely and completely crazy today. Over a million and a half people showed up for the parade and ceremony at Civic Center. When it ended an extra 19,000 showed up to ride CalTrain. I hope you see your husband soon!

    • Kat, I’m so sorry to hear it’s taking so long. That would drive me crazy. But I know Patty will be victorious. We ALL need here in the Senate. Hang in there.

    • Hey Kat, how long do you think it will take in your state to count the last vote so that you can get some sleep and get back to a normal life? 🙂 Praying for Patty and Larsen. I just saw the tea party head and he is coming to collect from Bohner. He specifically called Bohner’s name. Be careful what you wish for. They have coasted along for 2 yrs. complaining, whinning and lying on the Dems with no consequences. I can’t wait to see what happens from here.

      • It could take a few days to count all the mail-in ballots. But the numbers are going in the right direction, so I am happy! 🙂

      • Oh, I forgot to mention the Chamber of Commerce is coming to collect from Bohner also.

        • Shades of “The Devil & Daniel Webster”…….
          Does Chamber of Commerce “collect” teeny moth-souls in little wood boxes…?

            • Hi CR,
              Hope you know my comment was just a bit of ‘snark’…
              Altho I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that US Chamber of Commerce actually does collect souls, & keeps them in teeny wood boxes……

  67. This Adam Greene guy from the Progressive Campaign Committee is really annoying in his speech delivery.

  68. So here is the upcoming right-wing extremist bluff in a nutshell:

    In an interview with Fox News this evening, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Congress would not vote to increase the nation’s debt ceiling — legislation that must pass to avoid a global economic panic — without “strings.” Those strings could be attached to anything, including health care legislation.

    This is a very deadly game of chicken, fueled by the Tea Party.

    • This is a terrorist hostage strategy that not only puts America’s national security at risk but also endangers global stability, fueled by the Tea Party. This is their idea of GOVERNANCE.

    • The Dems should call their bluff on this. You are right. This could be deadly for a lot of people.

  69. Doesn’t Rachel know that PBO ws not going to come to a press conference and say to the public that the dems won’t compromise? He is the President. She need to give this a rest.

  70. Guys, anyone was listening to PBO’s conference call with OFA members?

  71. I honestly feel calm because our POTUS is
    calm…Ultimately it a referendum on Pres.Obama’s
    temperament and whether or not he can keep his head..

    strange…media so fixed on givin him
    his “come’uppins”…In their mind today’s press conference was..blah,blah,blah,sad for my
    friends,blah,blah,blah,…Pres. Obama
    will not give them the pleasure of breaking him…And
    he still walked out like a man with his head held high…

    • I so agree, Tigerfists.

      The President showed his usual dignity, authority and adult understanding.

      • Did anyone see the midterm chart on Rachel’s show tonight? It explains that the midterm losses yesterday were normal and the chart shows it. She also alluded to the fact that the beltway media won’t report it that way.

      • Of course he was all that, but i don’t know, something in him felt a bit broken to me. Maybe i’m just projecting. Even as i stay away from DK and all these place, i can smell how they dance on the blood.

        • I will say Pres. Obama is merciful..That was a tough vote on healthcare for his friends that lost their seat..they deserved better for helping 32 million more people see a doctor if they get sick..gotta feel bad for them..but if they think POTUS is going to sulk..then I wanna see the next repoter try to verbally joust with him thinking they’ll get a shot in on the President in his “weakened state”..Big mistake by the media.

  72. Hi Kat!
    Thanks for the good news…
    I’d heard John Kitzhaber was in a neck-n-neck race for OR Gov…..
    Glad he pulled it out!

    Just heard on OFA blog that Patty Murray is pulling ahead in Washington too!

  73., Nov. 2, 2010:

    How Obama Saved Capitalism and Lost the Midterms


    …. Suppose you had $100,000 to invest on the day Barack Obama was inaugurated. Why bet on a liberal Democrat? Here’s why: the presidency of George W. Bush produced the worst stock market decline of any president in history. The net worth of American households collapsed as Bush slipped away. And if you needed a loan to buy a house or stay in business, private sector borrowing was dead when he handed over power.

    As of election day, Nov. 2, 2010, your $100,000 was worth about $177,000 if invested strictly in the NASDAQ average for the entirety of the Obama administration, and $148,000 if bet on the Standard & Poors 500 major companies. This works out to returns of 77 percent and 48 percent….

    Saving the American auto industry, which has been a huge drag on Obama’s political capital, is a monumental achievement that few appreciate, unless you live in Michigan. After getting their taxpayer lifeline from Obama, both General Motors and Chrysler are now making money by making cars. New plants are even scheduled to open. More than 1 million jobs would have disappeared had the domestic auto sector been liquidated.

    “An apology is due Barack Obama,” wrote The Economist, which had opposed the $86 billion auto bailout. As for Government Motors: after emerging from bankruptcy, it will go public with a new stock offering in just a few weeks, and the United States government, with its 60 percent share of common stock, stands to make a profit. Yes, an industry was saved, and the government will probably make money on the deal — one of Obama’s signature economic successes …

  74. COS mentioned this segment upthread a bit.

    StartLoving4 | November 03, 2010 –

    Rachel Maddow – Midterm results are par for the course

  75. And still more:, Nov. 3, 2010:

    Connecticut’s Malloy Declared Governor-Elect as Democrats End Long Drought

    By Michael McDonald

    Democrat Dan Malloy, the former mayor of Stamford, was declared the unofficial winner over Republican Tom Foley in the race for Connecticut governor as the two sides sparred over election results. Foley refused to concede.

    Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz said today that Malloy won, based on unofficial results that show him leading Foley by about 3,000 votes with almost all the ballots counted. It will take about a week to certify the ballots, said Av Harris, a spokesman for Bysiewicz. If the final margin is less than 2,000 votes, a recount is mandatory, Harris said.

    The Malloy campaign’s internal poll data shows he will extend his lead, once all the ballots are counted, Malloy said today in a statement. He said he was preparing a transition team to take over from Governor Jodi Rell, 63, a Republican who didn’t seek re-election. Malloy, 55, will be the first Democrat to hold the office in 20 years….

    • This is great news for these governors and very impressive. There are a lot of bright spots from last night.

      • Kat, the fact that a lot of these races were so close means that the ground work by Democrats were very effective. I believe that the percentage of young voters and black voters were increased by ground work also.

        • That’s a good point — the closeness of the race matters as well as the final win. I think given the economic climate and the fact that the party in power almost always loses seats in the midterm, we did remarkably well.

  76. SF Gate columnist Mark Morford addresses those who gave up on PBO/the Democrats:

    …. But here’s your big takeaway, young Dem: It ain’t over yet. The 2012 election is just around the corner. If we’ve learned anything, it’s that two years whip by insanely quickly. Anything can happen, and usually does. You’ll have another chance. And probably another after that. Maybe more.

    So here’s what you need to know, right now: Barack Obama is, and will continue to be, a bit of [redacted] miracle. He’s simply as good as we’re going get for an articulate, thoughtful, integrity-rich Democratic prez in your lifetime. Period. To hamstring his administration out of spite and laziness is childish and sad. Check the accomplishments. Understand the process. Deal with the messiness.

    It will never be perfect. It will never be giddy liberal nirvana, because it doesn’t work that way. Politics is corrosive and infuriating, de facto and by definition, even with someone as thoughtful as Obama in the Big Chair. Understand it. Deal with it. Get back in the game. If you don’t, we all lose….

    • Yes, my eyes are still open Kat. 🙂 OMG, Kat this a darn good article. All of the far left and independents need to read this article. This is a real find. This should go viral. Thanks.

  77. Brian Beutler at TPM reports this statement from the White House:

    “It would be a mistake to spend the next two years re-fighting the political battles of the last two years. The President is proud of the progress we have made for average Americans – from health care reform, to financial reform and reforms to our education system. While he has always made it clear that he is open to ideas from both sides of the aisle to improve these important new laws, he will not accept attempts to repeal or weaken them.”

    No real surprise here. Even Republicans have acknowledged that their efforts to repeal Obama’s agenda will fail as long as Obama remains in office. And with a minority in the Senate, Republicans won’t be able to send repeal bills to the White House anyhow….

    • See how they lied to all of the tea party folks Kat, just to get elected. I can see some real big disappointments for the tea party folks.

      • COS, they might have some mad TPers on their hands!

        Well, my eyes are starting to get too blurry, so I guess it’s time to say good night and sleep well.

  78. Thursday Nov. 4, 2010

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:20 AM

    Obama and Biden attend a cabinet meeting.
    10:00 AM

    Gibbs gaggles in the Brady Press Briefing Room.
    11:00 AM

    Obama and Biden have lunch.
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    1:30 PM

    Gibbs briefs the press.
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM

  79. Good morning everyone!

    It seems like it will be a quiet day for Pres Obama and VP Biden.

    I HOPE that you have a good day! 🙂

    • Good morning CR. Can you believe how warm it is in CA? Yesterday, it was at least in the high 80s here. I walked outside and the heat hit me in the face.

  80. Good morning O friends. This is my daily progressive early morning Bill Press radio report.

    The question of the day and I am paraphrasing: What do you think about the president saying he want bi-partisanship at the press conference and when will he learn?

    The theme of all of the DEMOCRATIC callers were “PBO need to grow a pair and grow a spine”.

    It sure did not take long for the negative bashing to begin by the left. One woman said she voted because she would never not vote but she blames the 29 million people who did not vote, on the fact that PBO keep talking about bi-partisanship. One guy went on to say that PBO is destroying the democratic party with this bi-partisanship stuff. Another guy from Ohio blamed David Plouffe for the losses in Ohio. Yet another said that PBO is going to go down in history as a weak president like Jimmy Carter because of this bi-partisianship stuff. To top all of this, another lady accused the Dems of neglecting the seniors because 2 years in a row they have not gotten any raises for social security, and she was mad as heck. I had to pinch myself and lo and behold I found out that all of these people were democrats. 🙂 I thought I was listening to a right wing station.

    • Good morning COS. We have talked about these pundits before. There is always finger-pointing and it is never their own fault. I quit those shows during the campaign because they always had advice of what Barack Obama should have done which is about as helpful as an armchair quarterback at a football game. Everyone is hurting right now. I know I am. I had a difficult time functioning yesterday and could not wait to get in the car and head home so I could cry. I feel much better today.

  81. Good morning everyone. I hope the dust is settling on this election and once the statistics are in the real narrative is going to be that the vote is not a referendum on Barack Obama. Yesterday, some were accepting the narratative that white people left him. If that were true, we would have lost the Senate too.

    My point is, until all the statistics are gathered, there isn’t a good answer except that the people are giving the Republicans a chance to put up or shut up. They have control of the House and if they don’t try to work with the President, in two years they are out. I am glad to see Rachel’s graph upthread because I thought that was very telling.

    We are going to keep on fighting and we are going to keep the narrative honest. Anyway, love you all.

  82. Early October retail sales top expectations

    11/4/10 By Dhanya Skariachan – Reuters

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. retailers including wholesale club Costco (COST.O) and teen apparel chain Zumiez (ZUMZ.O) reported October same-store sales that beat Wall Street expectations, proving that unique merchandise and cheap price tags still have takers in a slow U.S. recovery.

    Based on reports from 12 out of 28 retailers tracked by Thomson Reuters, six chains reported higher-than-expected monthly sales at stores open at least a year. Analysts are looking for a total increase of 1.6 percent for the month.

    Zumiez and Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works parent Limited Brands Inc (LTD.N) posted some of the biggest gains.

    Both have won praise from analysts for their merchandise choices. While many see Limited as a destination for customers seeking smaller gifts, Zumiez has found many fans by carrying unique brands.

    Zumiez posted a 21.5 percent rise in same-store sales in October, beating analysts’ estimates of a 7.8 percent increase.

    Despite unseasonably warm weather in most parts of the United States in October, Costco Wholesale Corp, Buckle Inc (BKE.N) and other retailers also beat expectations.

    Costco reported a 6 percent rise in October same-store sales, while analysts were expecting a 4.6 percent increase, according to Thomson Reuters Data.

    Drugstore chains and teen apparel retailer Hot Topic Inc (HOTT.O) were among those that missed expectations.

    Retailers got little help from Halloween-related sales toward the end of the month, evident from lackluster results at drugstore chains like Walgreen (WAG.N) and Rite Aid (RAD.N).

    Hot Topic’s decision to winnow out its older styles like corsets and fishnet shirts weighed on its results during Halloween, when some shoppers traditionally visited its stores for their costumes.

    An October same-store sales rise would mark the 14th consecutive month of increases for U.S. retailers, after a year of declines during the recession.

  83. The Republican Revolution: Real This Time?

    11/4/10 By FAREED ZAKARIA – TIME

    We are watching the third Republican revolution unfold – the third time the Republican Party has come to power promising to fundamentally alter the relationship of the U.S. government to society. If the past is any guide, the Republicans are going to have a tough time fulfilling their pledge. If they do not deliver yet again, the American people, at some point, will surely conclude that they are hypocrites.

    The first Republican revolution was the Reagan one, which promised to roll back Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. In its place, Reagan proposed a low-tax, small-government America. The first part happened, with a historic reform of the tax codes, bringing marginal tax rates way down and eliminating hundreds of loopholes. But the spending cuts never took place. The result: from 1981 to 1985, the federal budget deficit more than doubled as a percentage of GDP, and it declined slightly in Reagan’s second term only because he agreed to tax increases. Still, the basic pattern was set. If the old Democratic paradigm was tax and spend, the new Republican one was borrow and spend. (Watch TIME’s video “The GOP: Optimism and Obstacles.”)

    In the core sense of reducing the size of government, the Reagan revolution was a failure. This is not my judgment but that of Reagan’s budget director, David Stockman. In his book The Triumph of Politics: Why the Reagan Revolution Failed, Stockman places the lion’s share of the blame on congressional Republicans, who never went along with efforts to cut government spending. That meant – given the tax cuts – that deficits exploded.

    Round 2 was the Gingrich revolution. It was more successful, though that had a lot to do with the fact that it took place during Bill Clinton’s presidency. The historical record is clear: since the mid-1960s, it was Clinton’s terms that saw the lowest average deficits of any President – the only period of restraint in the growth of the federal government – and the biggest surpluses. Some spending restraint took place after the Republican congressional victories of 1994, but some – like steep reductions in the number of government employees – started earlier. (See pictures of the 2009 tax protests.)

    Most important, the surpluses were created in large part because Clinton raised taxes in his first year, something every congressional Republican voted against. But put that to one side. If Republicans were really serious about cutting spending, they had a golden opportunity after 2002, when they controlled all the levers of government in Washington. The result was the most reckless expansion of government spending and debt in two generations.

    Bush made three big decisions: to cut taxes, give prescription drugs to the elderly and fight two wars. Crucially, he decided not to pay for them. (“Reagan proved that deficits don’t matter,” Dick Cheney famously told Secretary of the Treasury Paul O’Neill.) As a consequence, the U.S. went from having a large structural surplus in 2000 to a structural deficit that was close to 2.8% of GDP by the end of the Bush presidency. (A structural deficit is one that exists even in good times, as opposed to a cyclical one that is caused by a recession and the resulting drop in tax revenues.) After the 2008 recession came along and tax revenues plummeted, that deficit more than doubled. But the hole was created well before the collapse of Lehman Brothers. (Take a look back at Bush’s economic missteps.)

    Third time around, the Republicans say they mean business. But when asked how they will close the deficit, most explain they will cut taxes – which will only reduce government revenues further and increase the debt. Others, like Dick Armey, chairman of the Tea Party affiliate FreedomWorks, say they would eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, whose budget is $167.5 million, approximately 0.01% of the federal deficit.

    On the Oct. 31 edition of 60 Minutes, Stockman weighed in on this madness. “We’ve demonized taxes,” he said. “We’ve created almost the idea that they’re a metaphysical evil … It’s rank demagoguery. We should call it for what it is. If these [Republicans] were all put into a room on penalty of death to come up with how much they could cut, they couldn’t come up with $50 billion, when the problem is $1.3 trillion. So to stand before the public and rub raw this antitax sentiment, the Republican Party, as much as it pains me to say this, should be ashamed of themselves.” (Comment on this story.)

    I would suggest three litmus tests to gauge whether the Republicans are serious about deficits: 1) Are they prepared to stop with the tax cuts? Because the deficit will keep widening with more of them. 2) Are they prepared to cut middle-class entitlements? Because the only places to find real reductions in federal-government spending are in the large, popular programs like Medicare and Social Security. 3) Are they ready to take on the Pentagon? Because at $717 billion, defense spending – more than half of all discretionary spending – has to be trimmed.

    These are not political statements. They are mathematical ones, and it is on understanding math, not politics, that the third Republican revolution now rests.

    Watch TIME’s video “TIME Polls America: Spend or Cut?”

  84. Should Obama tack right? No, he should not

    11/3410 Cynthia Tucker

    WASHINGTON — A somber President Obama stood behind a podium in the White House on Wednesday to acknowledge the obvious: The drubbing that Democrats got on Tuesday night “feels bad.” He took personal responsibility for bitter losses in state houses and in Congress, a “shellacking” that handed Republicans more House seats than they have had in 60 years.

    “There is not just sadness, but there is a lot of questioning on my part: Could I have done something differently or done something more so that those (Democrats) would still be here? It’s hard,” Obama told reporters.

    While he praised vanquished Democrats for showing “character” and “class” in accepting their losses, Obama knows that they paid a terrible price for supporting his policies: the auto bailout, the stimulus package, health care reform, energy legislation. Those policies turned out to be wretchedly unpopular with the electorate, who viewed them as costly boondoggles or government overreach that did nothing to help the economy. And Republicans did a masterful job of mischaracterizing Obama’s accomplishments, blaming them for hampering the recovery.

    Still, Obama defended those policies. And he was right to do so.

    If conservatives and commentators were expecting a chastened president vowing to tack to the right in order to appease Republicans and restore his approval ratings, they were disappointed.

    For all the talk about Obama’s “socialist” tendencies or leftist inclinations, he is a pragmatist. His stimulus package was a response to the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and, according to the Congressional Budget Office, it saved or created more than 3 million jobs. (About a third of the stimulus package, by the way, came in the form of tax cuts.)

    The auto bailout salvaged U.S. carmakers, and taxpayers may eventually be able to recover their entire investment. The government’s handling of the rescue has earned Obama an apology from the right-leaning Economist magazine, which opposed the auto bailout.

    Polls show that half of Americans believe — wrongly — that Obama also bailed out the Wall Street bankers. In fact, that emergency program was instituted under George W. Bush. At any rate, the Troubled Asset Relief Program has been credited with averting financial calamity, and it, too, may earn taxpayers a small profit.

    As for health care reform, it has been only slightly more popular than those hated bailouts. But Republicans pledge to repeal it at their peril.

    Popular provisions — such as a prohibition on the insurance industry practice of banning those with “pre-existing conditions” — have already gone into effect, and Americans who benefit will not take kindly to a repeal of those new regulations.

    Moreover, the health care law has a little-known and widely misunderstood benefit: It is expected to reduce the deficit by more than $130 billion over 10 years, according to the CBO. How would Republicans make up those dollars?

    Here in the nation’s capital, the chattering classes are demanding a revamped presidency with a new set of centrist policies, in the way of Bill Clinton, post-1994, when Democrats lost both chambers to a Republican insurgency. With the tea party fueling calls for smaller government, Obama would be fooish to shun GOP ideas, they say.

    The president certainly ought to compromise where possible; education reform, energy legislation and deficit reduction may hold opportunities for that. But Obama should be leery about any suggestion that partisan tensions would be eased if he tacked to the right.

    Republicans gave Clinton little respect for his willingness to do so. They didn’t praise Clinton after he embraced welfare reform. They impeached him.

    If there is a lesson that Obama could learn from the Clinton era, it’s this: Clinton pushed through a hefty tax increase in 1993, and its unpopularity contributed to Democrats’ midterm losses. A Pennsylvania Democrat named Majorie Margolies-Mezvinsky cast the deciding vote for the tax hike, and she remembers receiving threats that prompted a police escort. She was defeated in 1994.

    But a few months ago, as Democrats wavered on historic health care legislation, she urged them to “cast the vote that you won’t regret in 18 years.” Clinton’s tax hikes, after all, paved the way for a decade of prosperity and a federal budget surplus.

  85. Obama Can Pursue Ambitious Agenda Without Congress’s Help

    11-4-10 Dan Froomkin – Huffington Post

    If President Obama wants to pursue a progressive agenda in the next two years, there are plenty of ways he can do that even without any help from Capitol Hill.

    At his post-election news conference on Wednesday, Obama offered more lip service to the notion of compromise. But the fact remains that the next Congress looks to be hopelessly gridlocked. The opposition party is more radicalized than ever. And the only thing the resurgent GOP seems prepared to even discuss with Obama is cutting taxes.

    So the big question will be what lesson Obama takes from Tuesday’s election results. If he and his advisors are finally ready to acknowledge that the source of voter unhappiness was government ineffectiveness — rather than government overreach, or a general economic malaise — then there’s plenty of room for him to maneuver on his own.

    Indeed, progressives are urging him to seize the opportunity to take a more muscular approach with his executive powers, starting by getting much tougher on banks. They also hope Obama will use his regulatory authority, his enforcement powers, and his prerogatives as commander in chief to make decisive moves that can’t be sabotaged by Congressional Republicans.

    The basic message: So much for the prime minister routine, it’s time to act like a president.

    “The most important thing the president has to communicate is strength,” said Neera Tanden, a top official at the Center for American Progress. “One of the lessons of history is that the president stands apart from Congress… He has to think about ways he can lead the country without his fate being tied to the Hill.”

    “There’s tons of things that can be done,” said Damon Silvers, policy director of the AFL-CIO. “The administration has a vast capacity to act to improve the lives of ordinary Americans, regardless of what happens in Congress.”

    The worry, however, is that Obama will be so focused on reaching out to Republican leaders that he will be either uninterested in or afraid of being confrontational in his executive actions.

    “The question is not can Obama do things,” Silvers told HuffPost. “The question is will he? Will the administration do the things it can do?”

    For the entire article:

  86. Good morning, OTeam.

    This is not a rant. Maybe more like a confession. Today I woke up feeling a deep sadness in the pit of my stomach. Perhaps the kind that PBO felt yesterday. Because we know what’s coming. The empty demagoguery, the hyperbole and arrogance, the naked ambition of people who have no souls. People who manipulate with fear and hatred. People who want to destroy and demean. People who have no idea what American principles really look like when inhabited by real human beings who don’t look like themselves. People who cannot listen or reason.

    And I’m one of the lucky ones. I live in a state and a city that got it. We figured out that we really cherish integrity and diversity and a deeper and harmonious sense of spirit. We realized in great number that we have to create a stronger and brighter, more inclusive and more humane future that is in tune with our President’s boundless vision. We know that we have a great opportunity to build something really good and really exciting, together. I’m one of the lucky ones.

    And yet there is this gnawing feeling, this recognition that we will have to witness this ugly and extreme charade of power once again. No matter how practiced our arguments and how immune we may feel to their ugly siren call of division, it is still so disgusting, disquieting.

    It would be great if we could see some sort of kindness today. It would be good if today we could learn that Patty Murray will make her way back to the Senate to fight with us and for us. It would be good if Speaker Pelosi could assure me that she will continue to be my Representative for years to come. Let’s hope so, very, very soon.

  87. Most Voters Think House GOP Likely To Disappoint By 2012, Rasmussen Reports

    11/3/10 The Huffington Post

    The polling firm Rasmussen is out with a relatively shocking poll given the results of yesterday’s election. Here’s the gist:

    Hold the celebration. Most voters expected Republicans to win control of the House of Representatives on Election Day, but nearly as many expect to be disappointed with how they perform by the time the 2012 elections roll around.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds, in fact, that 59% of Likely U.S. Voters think it is at least somewhat likely that most voters will be disappointed with Republicans in Congress before the next national elections. That includes 38% who say it is Very Likely.

    More details here. And before you question whether Rasmussen has a Democratic bias, note Nate SIlver’s observation about their election polls last night:

    “Rasmussen polls quite consistently turned out to overstate the standing of Republicans tonight. Of the roughly 100 polls released by Rasmussen or its subsidiary Pulse Opinion Research in the final 21 days of the campaign, roughly 70 to 75 percent overestimated the performance of Republican candidates, and on average they were biased against Democrats by 3 to 4 points.”

    • They think they will disappoint them but yet they voted to give them the opportunity to disappoint them. Just stupid!

      • I would like to see how the big money influx affected these races. For instance, Reid beat Angle because we put more resources into that race. No doubt Rand Paul won because of that undisclosed money. I know that Quayle won because of that influx. Despite all that money, we faired much better than the pundits speculated. That tells me that if we had not had that Citizen’s United decision, we may not have lost many seats at all. They did not get the result that they hoped for and frankly, that give me hope.

        • Jackie I don’t think the money had the impact that was intended but because there was so many gains throughout the country they will be back with a vengence in 2012.

          We loss this election because the independents turned against this President’s policies and the loudmouths that got all the press were successful in painted this him as a big government liberal boogie man.

          I hate to say this part but far too many on our side spent way too much time bashing our Congress and the policies that were enacted so the middle voters just gave up on us. We were apathetic to this election. We came out and voted but as I said yesterday we had to make 80 million phone calls to get our side out so that we could be competitive around the country. The other side just goes out there lines up and votes.

          Dems, Progressives, Fauxgressives and the Professional Left are still complaining. It never stops…I don’t know how we get these people to understand that divided we fall. 2012 is right around the corner.

          • Just got to work. This 3 hour thing sucks. I think we are on the same page. The other day I said that given the responses to our phonebanking, we were led to believe people were coming out. In the end, they did not. We always eat our own. My thought this morning was that someone needs to get these people together and remind them that this election could have been far worse and that they better get a unified message out there and stick with it. Sadly, the leadership is not listening to us on the ground. I wrote countless emails throughout this year to Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, Harry Reid and Chris Van Hollen about getting a unified message out there and they just are not hearing it.

            • It certainly did. But big money lost because it was personal wealth of the candidate, which ordinary people did not like. Conversely, here is Arizona, personal big money kept John McCain but they voted for him because of the party and because of this American hero thing. I think he could do just about anything wrong and that wrongdoing would be ignored. What hurt Arizona is those “big spending, stimulus failure and government Obamacare” ads.

  88. Obama challenges Cabinet, sets bipartisan talks

    11/4/10 By JULIE PACE, AP

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama sought Thursday to retake the political initiative after a bruising election, inviting Republican and Democratic congressional leaders for talks and challenging his Cabinet to make Washington work better.

    “I want us to talk substantively about how we can move the American people’s agenda forward,” Obama told reporters, with Cabinet members at his side. “It’s not just going to be a photo op.”

    The meeting will be closely watched, in particular, for any signs of elusive progress between Obama and his two frequent Republican antagonists, incoming House Speaker-in-Waiting John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. They will be joined by the top Democrats in Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

    Tuesday’s elections amounted to a national political reset, shifting control of the House to Republicans when the new Congress convenes early next year.

    “It’s clear that the voters sent a message, which is that they want us to focus on the economy and jobs,” Obama said. The president said he instructed his Cabinet to make a “sincere and consistent” effort to change how Washington works, something he acknowledges has been a failing of his administration so far.

    The president said he wants the bipartisan meeting with congressional leaders to be a substantive discussion on the economy, tax cuts and unemployment insurance. He wants to focus on the busy legislative agenda that awaits Congress when lawmakers return for a lame-duck session. Among the top front-burner issues: renewing Bush-era tax cuts due to expire at year’s end.

    Obama also said the work that needs to be done during this month’s legislative session extends to foreign policy. Specifically, he said, the Senate should ratify a new arms control treaty with Russia. Obama said the START treaty, which would cut U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals by one-fourth, is something that is essential to the country’s national security and should have bipartisan support.

    More broadly, Obama said: “What’s going to be critically important over the coming months is going to be creating a better working relationship between this White House and the congressional leadership that’s coming in.”

    The gap between the announcement of an Obama-Hill leadership meeting and the session itself — two weeks from now _is due to Obama’s foreign travels. He will be on a four-country trip to Asia from Friday through Nov. 14.

  89. Good Morning O’Team

    It’s a rainy, chilly day here in DC (prophetic on some level). I hope everyone is having a good day. I guess it will take me a few days to shake off this election loss. Time heals all wounds…

    Hoping that we will hear very positive results soon from the State of Washington. Not only do we need to have as many Dem senators as possible it is also essential that we have Patty Murray’s voice there representing the good people of WA.

        • Okay. I am doing slow walks (my brisk walks of 30min now take me approx 45 min). Still on the pain meds. Jackie was right about the ups and downs in pain and mobility.

          I will be strong for POTUS and my O-Family!!!

    • Good morning, Donna and CR, from chilly Illinois!

      Here’s something positive to think about: two years ago today, we elected Barack Obama as the President of the United States of America – and we continue to celebrate. Remember that glorious night!

      President Obama: We still have your back!

        • Thanks, guys! Loving it here. When my son first moved to IL, he said he looked up at the sky one night and thought that Abraham Lincoln had once looked up at the same stars. I had that feeling about Barack Obama, last night!

          Helps to keep one sane when you can transcend current-day politics and just admire the incredible people our country has put into the White House, including the two aforementioned.

          I want to personally thank all of you who put so much into this election. We kept the White House and we kept the Senate. The crazies interrupted us in the House, but We the People cannot be deterred from the job at hand.

    • Good morning, Donna. Yes, we will dust off our shoulders ASAP. I am just so very grateful that we have PBO.

    • I spoke to my son in Washington this morning. He is positive Patty Murray has won. He said the ballots that have not been counted are mostly from King County, a very Democratic stronghold. He is very optimistic and frankly, so am I.

  90. Looks like PBO is open to extend Bush tax cuts to all, including the top 2%. Honestly, this might be end of his presidency. I don’t know how he can even consider this. There will be no way even for me to defend him on this. You can’t just surrender like this to these bastards, after campaigning so hard against it just this past month. I feel like its all falling apart. I really should take a serious break from everything. (sorry for throwing this on you. I’m pretty sure you’re all just as depressed as i am, and you don’t whine half as much. Sorry).

    • This of course stings, but I went back and read it again and it says: he is “open to the idea of discussing” it. To me, that says he is willing to go to the negotiation table fair and square, just as he always is, but these jerks have to have a PLAN for how they are going to pay for it that will pass muster. And you know they will only come up with the most draconian solution, if anything at all. And then the real fight begins.

      This will obviously be a long period of delicate brinksmanship and we are going to be biting our nails on a lot of this stuff because the right-wing nuts think they can bully him on everything now. This is not the end of anything. It’s the beginning of the toughest couple of years we will have to endure. I am not giving up.

      • I’m not giving up, either. PBO must always say he’s open for discussions, even though the other side of the aisle is not. He’s the role model for us all … Republican leaders are not.

        We’ll get through this, together, even if we’re the only ones still standing.

    • Sounds like “wishful thinking” from cnbc…yesterday Pres. Obama said that would put too much of a burden on families already struggling…POTUS has planted the seeds of healthcare, financial reform and other he is free to tend to his garden now..get ready for the “Is Obama over exposed” meme..

    • Good morning BWD!

      Don’t worry BWD, if it is in POTUS’ abilities he will not let us down!

  91. Happy Thursday CR, COS, Jackie, Sandy, Meta, Donna, Jacqueline, Blackwaterdog and Tigerfists and all friends!

    Here in Washington we are still inching slowly toward good outcomes for Senator Patty Murray (very high turnout in King County is helping) and Rep. Rick Larsen (CD 2).


  92. whitehouse | November 04, 2010 –

    President Obama After Cabinet Meeting

    The President discusses his meeting with his Cabinet and calls for a bipartisan meeting with Congressional leaders later this month to discuss the economy, foreign policy and other issues.

    • Office of the Press Secretary, November 04, 2010:

      Remarks by the President After a Cabinet Meeting


      …. I mentioned yesterday we have to act in order to assure that middle-class families don’t see a big tax spike because of how the big tax cuts have been structured. It is very important that we extend those middle-class tax provisions to hold middle-class families harmless.

      But there are a whole range of other economic issues that have to be addressed: unemployment insurance for folks who are still out there looking for work; business extenders, which are essentially provisions to encourage businesses to invest here in the United States, and if we don’t have those, we’re losing a very important tool for us to be able to increase business investment and increase job growth over the coming year. We’ve got to provide businesses some certainty about what their tax landscape is going to look like, and we’ve got to provide families certainty. That’s critical to maintain our recovery.

      I should mention that in addition to those economic issues, there are some things during the lame duck that relate to foreign policy that are going to be very important for us to deal with, and I’ll make mention of one in particular, and that’s the START treaty. We have negotiated with the Russians significant reductions in our nuclear arms. This is something that traditionally has received strong bipartisan support. We’ve got people like George Shultz, who helped to organize arms control treaties with the Russians back when it was the Soviet Union who have come out forcefully in favor of this.

      This is not a traditionally Democratic or Republican issue but rather a issue of American national security. And I am hopeful that we can get that done before we leave and send a strong signal to Russia that we are serious about reducing nuclear arsenals, but also sending a signal to the world that we’re serious about nonproliferation….

      Last point I’ll make is that I’ve also invited the newly elected Democratic and Republican governors here to the White House on December 2nd because I think it’s a terrific opportunity to hear from them, folks who are working at the state and local levels, about what they’re seeing, what ideas they think Washington needs to be paying more attention to.

      A lot of times things are a little less ideological when you get governors together because they’ve got very practical problems that they’ve got to solve in terms of how do they make sure that roads and bridges are funded and how do they make sure that schools stay open and teachers stay on the job. That kind of nuts and bolts stuff I think oftentimes yields the kind of commonsense approach that the American people I think are looking for right now….

      I’m going to be leaving tomorrow for India, and the primary purpose is to take a bunch of U.S. companies and open up markets so that we can sell in Asia, in some of the fastest-growing markets in the world, and we can create jobs here in the United States of America. And my hope is, is that we’ve got some specific announcements that show the connection between what we’re doing overseas and what happens here at home when it comes to job growth and economic growth.

      But the bottom line is, is that all around the world, countries are moving. They are serious about competing. They are serious about competing with us not just on manufacturing but on services. They’re competing with us when it comes to educational attainment, when it comes to scientific discovery.

      And so we can’t afford two years of just squabbling. What we need to do is make sure that everybody is pulling together, Democrats and Republicans and independents, folks at the federal level and the state levels, private sector with the public sector, to make sure that America retains its competitiveness, retains its leadership in the world. And that’s something that I’m very much looking forward to helping to be a part of….

  93. Office of the Press Secretary, November 04, 2010:

    Statement by the President on Diwali

    Tomorrow, Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists, here in America and around the world, will celebrate the holiday of Diwali – the festival of lights. This is a day when members of some of the world’s oldest religions celebrate the triumph of good over evil. Last year, I marked this holiday as many will this weekend – by lighting the Diya, or lamp. This lamp symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance.

    Diwali is a time for celebration, but it is also a time for reflection – a time when we must remember that there are always others less fortunate then ourselves. This holiday reminds us all that we should commit ourselves to helping those in need. For many, this is also a time to gather with family and to pray. To those celebrating Diwali in India, I look forward to visiting you over the next few days. And to all those who will celebrate this joyous occasion on Friday, I wish you, your families and loved ones Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak.

  94. Council on Women and Girls Blog, Nov. 3, 2010:

    The Federal Trade Commission’s Newest Women Commissioners

    Posted by Judith Bailey, Deputy Director of the Office of Congressional Relations and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Federal Trade Commission

    President Obama so far has had the opportunity to fill two Commissioner openings at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and we’re proud that he appointed women to both. Sworn in last April, Edith Ramirez became the 12th female Commissioner in the agency’s 96-year history, and Julie Brill became the 13th. The FTC deals with issues that touch the economic lives of women and all Americans – it is the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition jurisdiction in broad sectors of the nation’s economy.

    The new Commissioners have settled into their terms. Commissioner Ramirez said she has “found her first six months both energizing and exciting.” The issues she cares about most deeply include stopping fraud that targets people hit hard by the economic downturn, protecting consumers’ online privacy -be it on a social network, commercial website, or mobile app- fighting deceptive “green” advertising claims, and helping the agency reach consumers in underserved communities. Similarly, Commissioner Brill says that she wants to focus on “frauds that aim to take consumers’ last dollar,” as well as the substantiation of health advertising claims. She also plans to continue her long-standing work relating to consumer privacy issues, both online and offline. On the competition side, Commissioner Brill is interested in health care issues, particularly pharmaceutical matters and health care reform, and issues relating to high-tech, newly emerging markets.

    Both women came to the FTC with distinguished legal backgrounds. Edith Ramirez was a litigator at a major law firm in Los Angeles, where she represented clients in false advertising, intellectual property, and antitrust cases. She went to college and law school at Harvard, where she served on the Harvard Law Review with President Obama. A native of southern California, Commissioner Ramirez has been active in the Latino and wider Los Angeles communities, serving as a board member of a legal services organization and as a commissioner of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Julie Brill joined the Commission with over 20 years of experience with state Attorneys General offices, first in Vermont and more recently in North Carolina, where she led both consumer protection and antitrust enforcement. She oversaw initiatives on privacy, pharmaceutical matters, tobacco, and financial fraud for the states. Commissioner Brill graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University and from New York University School of Law, where she received a Root-Tilden Scholarship for her commitment to public service.

    These impressive women bring a remarkable passion to protecting America’s consumers, and the FTC staff is proud to have them lead our agency.

  95. Office of Science and Technology Policy Blog, Nov. 3, 2010:

    U.S. Unveils Initiative to Monitor and Manage Forest Carbon Dynamics

    Posted by Rick Weiss

    OSTP’s Associate Director for Environment Shere Abbott today announced details of an innovative new U.S.-sponsored program called SilvaCarbon, designed to strengthen global capacity to understand, monitor, and manage forest and terrestrial carbondynamics—an essential element in the effort to combat climate change.

    Abbott made the announcement in Beijing, where she is leading the U.S. delegation and serving as co-chair for the Seventh Plenary meeting of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), a voluntary partnership of governments and international organizations committed to implementing a coordinated response to global environmental stresses.

    SilvaCarbon, named after the Latin word for forest, will bring together a community of U.S. scientists and technical experts from government, academia, non-governmental organizations, and industry into a network that will support efforts to improve access to Earth observation data about forests. It is a key element in the Administration’s comprehensive strategy for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and enhancing forest carbon stocks in developing countries.

    “The science of how forests store carbon, both above ground and in the soil, is of profound importance and requires further monitoring and investigation,” Abbott said. “We want to cooperate more closely with our partners in GEO in this area, to protect and make most effective use of our forests, to avoid harmful deforestation and land-degradation, and to better understand how forests store and release carbon and other greenhouse gases.”

    For more information about SilvaCarbon, see OSTP’s press release:

  96. Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Blog, Nov. 2, 2010:

    How Access to Recovery Supports Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

    Posted by Ben O’Dell, Associate Director in the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Health and Human Services

    Yesterday, I had an opportunity to recognize how the Access to Recovery Program (ATR) participates in the President’s charge for faith-based and neighborhood organizations to better serve individuals in need. That opportunity came as the new grantees for this program gathered to begin implementing this program over the next four years in their respective communities.

    Access to Recovery is an innovative program out of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at the Department of Health and Human Services. By providing vouchers to clients to purchase substance abuse clinical treatment and recovery support services, Access to Recovery is expanding capacity, supporting client choice, and increasing the array of faith-based and community based providers for clinical treatment and recovery support services.

    In my remarks to the new grantees, I highlighted three reasons why the Administration and especially the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships has been a leading supporter of the Access to Recovery Program…..

  97. GM will repay government bailout: White House

    11/4/10 AFP

    WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US government is confident that automaker General Motors will pay back the entire 50 billion dollars of public money invested in the company to bail it out, the White House said Thursday.

    White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters that recent strong sales posted by the auto giant auger well for its future financial viability and its ability to repay the funds.

    “First and foremost, we’ve seen pretty strong sales figures, which I think are certainly encouraging,” Gibbs said.

    He also cited General Motors’ announcement Wednesday that it would try to raise 13 billion dollars from a new stock offering, part of the auto giant’s efforts to break away from government ownership.

    The IPO will “reduce our stake in General Motors as a company, and as we move forward, begin to recoup the money that we invested in saving good jobs in the US,” Gibbs said.

    No firm date was set for the IPO, which is is expected sometime this month.

    The IPO will be a turning point in the crisis that forced the nation’s largest automobile manufacturer to declare bankruptcy last year.

    Once the world’s largest corporation, General Motors sold more vehicles than any other automaker from 1931 through 2007, after which it lost the crown to Japan’s Toyota.

    Hit by falling sales amid a steep US recession, GM was forced into a government-backed bankruptcy reorganization on June 1, 2009. It emerged a little more than a month later with a debt pile of 48.4 billion dollars.

    The automaker transferred its main assets to a new government-supported car company under a plan financed by the administration of President Barack Obama and the Canadian government.

    The US government owns a 60.8 percent stake in General Motors Company and the Canadian and Ontario governments have an 11.7-percent holding.

  98. Office of the United State Trade Representative, Nov. 1, 2010:

    Weekly Trade Spotlight: Trade Advisory Committees

    Ambassador Kirk is meeting with the Trade and Environmental Policy Advisory Committee (TEPAC) on Thursday. TEPAC is just one of the advisory committees that works with and advises USTR on trade policy.

    The citizen advisory committee system, established in 1974 by Congress, is designed to ensure U.S. trade policy is in line with the interests of the American public. Through the advisory system of 28 committees, with more than 700 total citizen advisers, Ambassador Kirk is able to incorporate citizens’ voices throughout each step of the trade negotiation process.

    The advisory committees are made up of industry leaders, small- and medium-sized business owners, representatives of non-profit organizations, and trade policy experts. They not only provide advice to USTR, but also serve as a conduit to the American public throughout the country.

    The primary purpose of the advisory committee system is to provide input and help to formulate negotiating standards for the United States based on the needs of America’s workers and businesses. They are a crucial sounding board for American trade policy….

  99. Office of the Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Nov. 4, 2010:

    Californians Reject Proposition 19

    Yesterday, ONDCP Director Kerlikowske issued a statement applauding the people of California for rejecting Proposition 19. The Proposition, also known as The Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, would have made it legal for adults 21 and over to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, permit commercial cultivation of the drug, and allow the sale and use of marijuana at licensed establishments.

    In the statement, Director Kerlikowske said, “Californians recognized that legalizing marijuana will not solve California’s budget crisis, make our citizens healthier, or reduce drug related violence in Mexico.”

    Besides Proposition 19, several other marijuana initiatives did not pass in yesterday’s election. In South Dakota, residents for the second time rejected the medical use of marijuana. In Oregon, voters failed to pass an expansion of their medical marijuana program that would create a network of state-licensed dispensaries where patients could purchase marijuana. An announcement has not yet been made on the outcome of an Arizona initiative on medical marijuana.

    Although the failure of these initiatives is a victory for parents, youth, and families across the Nation, with recent data indicating drug use on the rise in the U.S., we must continue the hard work being done every day to prevent drug use and its consequences.

  100. Hey guys!

    So seems like we’re all a mix of emotions, some positive, some negative.

    Well, I’m more negative than yesterday. This may mean I need a break from blogging and tv/radio. The first thing I heard on the news this morning was that the GOP is prepping to repeal health care. And all I could think of – are we really going to have to relitigate health care reform again? This is truly a charade.

    But alas, that is our new reality. The GOP pretty much controlled the public perception of things, and now that they have a little bit of power, they will surely figure out a way to control the policy agenda – we are going to be on straight defense. I don’t have much confidence that this will change.

    Onto our beloved president. I think he is a great man. A smart and caring man. A man of impeccable integrity. However, for the first time I am questioning whether he is the right person for the times. I am not an intense student of history. I don’t know my FDR, Truman, LBJ, Reagan, etc. history very well. So I am not going to sit here and say he needs to be like so-and-so.

    But, I have this feeling that what is needed right now is someone who will lift the mask of the charade that is the Republican party and their agenda. And I don’t get the sense that this president is willing to do that. I think he wants so badly to get things done and to move us into the 21st century, that he doesn’t want to have that internal family fight that I think we need to have as a country.

    Bill Press said something interesting…we have had 3 “change elections” in a row. We are swinging wildly, as a voting public, from left to right, all the while acknowleding that we don’t really like either side. I think in order to get some control over these wild movements, we need to have a real debate – where each side is forced to defend their positions. The health care summit was just a glimpse into how hollow the Republicans are, and I think we need to have more situations like that where they have no choice but to defend their positions. It was near unanimous that they failed in that summit.

    Anyway, if you listen to progressive radio – black and white – the consensus is that the president’s presser yesterday was terrible. There are people calling into those shows who I senses had honest pain and sorrow and frustration in their voices, who are so disappointed that when they wanted a shot of “it’s ok, we’ll fight through this” they were told that we’ll see if we can compromise by looking into extend more than the mid-clas tax cuts, and maybe we don’t need to do cap and trade exactly, and a president that looked defeated and deflated. For the first time, I agreed with many of those callers. I needed to see my leader appear to reflect and to understand that we lost. But I also needed a leader who welcomed this new challenge, or at least was ready. And honestly, knowing Barack Obama’s resilience, he is ready. But not all of us are. Not all of us feel like things will be ok and we have any clue as to where we go from here. I think he could’ve given us a clue.

    All of this pains me to no end to acknowledge…I’m almost close to crying because of how I feel right now. I am SO on the side of this president that it hurts to even have these thoughts that he may not be re-elected and that he may not be the leader I want him and need him to be.

    The last thing I’ll write is that this is in no way a request that he turn into a bully or a loudmouth. But I wish he just didn’t appear so eager to compromise and be civil with just about anyone.

      • Good afternoon (from the East Coast). It’s crazy that it’s still morning for you given how far into the day we are over here, and how long the day has felt for me already!!!

    • Hehe..we caught a swollen face & lost a few
      teeth in that street fight on tuesday..It hurts like hell and we look hideous in the
      mirror..All the bandages in the world won’t make the pain go away any faster..I think it
      will take time..
      The hardest part is over..Pres. Obama got the bulk of everything we and he wanted in 21 months..He did exactly what smart kids do..Work hard and block out all distractions..And there were a lot of them…Glad he did not go around givin victory laps all over the place in his first 16 months.
      The GOP was long on slogans and short on ideas…That hasn’t changed…
      Reporter Suvanah Gutherie asked Pres. Obama about rethugs repealing healthcare…He then told her that he’ll sit down with them to get them to be more specific about what they don’t like about healthcare and have it on the record..POTUS said “Is preventing people from being dropped after they get sick a bad thing”..?? “Does it make sense to help
      children stay insured on their parent’s plan until they can get their own”..??
      Now republicans have to own up to the loony stuff they’ve been saying…They also made a
      mistake giving Pres. Obama time to spread the gospel truth about what he,Nancy Pelosi &
      Harry Reid have done..More packed town halls and more tv..I will be very interested to see how the media will justify not covering his appearances here & abroad.

      • Thanks, you make a lot of sense. I think you have a point that I just have to work through the shock and pain of losing the House to the loonies on the right. I could very well be looking to Pres. Obama to help me through something that I just have to deal with.

        I think it will be interesting to see how the press deals with the president’s appearances at home and abroad. I also think it’ll be interesting to see how the Repubs navigate “implementing” their looney stuff, as you so eloquently put it. 😉

      • Thanks so much, tiger. It’s really great having you join us here. You have a lot of very valuable insights.

    • Yep, Vero. That’s how i feel. It is time for him to make an adjustment, and i don’t think he can. Its actually a testimony to the magnitude of his personality. He is half a saint. But right now it’s time for a pitbull. And he is not. He will sacrifice his political future and even his reputation in order to get things done – but at this point, the things he’ll get done, won’t help anyway.

      I feel incredibly bad today. I will back this man until the end, but the end might be much closer than it should have been.

      • Hang in there BWD. If anyone should feel hopeless and doomed it is me. You should try being a progressive in Red Arizona country. BUT I am not. The outcome of the election is unfortunate and it is going to be difficult but it is not impossible. I had a terrible day yesterday but I am better today. I am hopeful. The adult in the room is President Obama and he is dealing with very childish teenagers. My money is on my President. We all need a few days to digest everything. We put our hearts and souls into this election. We are very tired and let down, but not out.

        • I feel ya Jackie. I was teased with the Obama win here in VA in 2008, but since then Bob McDonnell has won, as well as Ken Cuccinelli as AG, who is leading the pack of AG in litigating health care reform, and now Periello has lost and Cantor won, and we almost lost Connelly in NoVA. In other words, we’re turning red again.

      • I have to believe he will make adjustments. He’s too smart and resilient not to. It would be very strange for him to come out of this mid-term without realizing he’s got to change his tactics.

        I think what scares me is, what adjustments will he make? Will he think that he needs to be not necessarily MORE bipartisan, but perhaps more OVERTLY bipartisan. So maybe that means doing things to SHOW openness in a more obvious way? I don’t know how I feel about that.

        Or, will he start calling some bluffs. I know he plays a good game of poker. So maybe now that it’s in the thick of the game, he’s ready to start calling bluffs and making folks put up or shut up? That would be a good thing.

        Bottom line is there will be adjustments to his strategy. So far, it’s not clear what it’ll be and it is early. But if it is just more talk of bipartisanship, where he gives up more than they do, or gives up something when they don’t, then that’s not gonna work in terms of the politics of it all.

      • Clearly, the Republicans are desperately trying to provoke him. That is part and parcel of who they are and what they do, but right now they are in a very sick feeding frenzy. They are acting like really childish idiots drunk on their newfound sense of power. So PBO will have to adjust to this bullying, even if it’s just to blow them off.

    • I think the one thing that is hard for us to hold in our thoughts, mostly because we are simply citizens on the outside, is that PBO has to get things done. He has to govern. We have this horrible Bush Recession from Hell to get through. He cannot ever be distracted in any way from that.

      PBO had that bold and aggressive conversation when he went to the Republican caucus and answered questions. He was in clear command of everything that day and we all saw it and we all knew. Republicans realized they couldn’t risk another round of that so they started backing off and ratcheting up the lies and rhetoric even more. If he sticks his neck out and starts calling out the Republicans for what they are, how does that get any work done? Besides, we all know what they are. We don’t need him to say it, do we? Or does him saying it make it more real? Does it make it better for him? For us? I don’t think he has the luxury of playing this for anything other than keeping it real and getting stuff done. What I love about him and what drives everybody else nuts is that he is inordinately pragmatic. He has been all about achievement all of his adult life.

      Right now, I don’t think it’s a matter of policy and people understanding that he’s really a good guy. I think the atmosphere is so incredibly hyper-polorized and toxic that no amount of Mr. Tough Guy is going to pull us out of this deep hole, as a society or as a struggling economy. Karl Rove and Dick Cheney saw to that with their divisive tactics. The Republican Party that fills the airwaves are just a bunch of clowns and they are PROUD of it. Having a fight with PBO is something they pray for every day. I’m sure of it.

      Nevertheless, what you wish for may come to pass given the taunting and the threats the right-wing has already begun. PBO is the consummate gentleman not only because of who he is but also because it’s the only way to reflect back in stark contrast the radical hysteria these guys are fomenting. But he will not take any guff from anybody. He will not be pushed or bullied. He brings it to every meeting.

      I don’t know what the solution is. I just know that people get mad when they lose. We put out a lot of energy and we lot a bunch of races. But the fight remains.

      • meta,

        Nothing of substance is going to get done from here on out. We mathematically don’t have the ability to get rational legislation out of Congress with Republicans controlling the House and with us having to attract so many Republicans in the Senate to break the inevitable filibusters. So I think he might as well call them out. They’re campainging for 2012, we really have to get into this game. I just can’t have 2012 be like 2010 – or else we’ll lose the White House and the Senate. And then we’re screwed no matter what the president may miraculously get to accomplish these next 2 years.

      • Its like the gop have been playing the dozens (childhood insult game) and Pres. Obama has been ignoring them…Stop me if i’m lying…They talked about his jeans, his name, his wife, his kids and his mother…As the game’s all fun until someone gets serious..Pres. Obama tells the truth about them and they can’t handle it..They’re offended..
        It would be funny if things weren’t so serious.

        • Don’t forget that he was born in an exotic, foreign place! I should tell people that I was born in Kenya!

          There are still some people who think that you need a passport to go to Hawaii and they ask if Hawaii takes US money….DUH!
          Well I am going back into my grass hut now.

  101. Not sure if I wrote about this on here, but I have an idea of how we can handle the Republicans.

    Seems to me that the Republicans did a good job exploiting the Democrats, particularly the president’s weaknesses, all the while stifling them from using their strengths.

    For example, we have a very charismatic and likeable leader, who smart. Well, lets obsess about telepromters and overexposure and too cerebral, etc. That made him somewhat reluctant to utilize his strengths, particularly his ability to persuade with soaring rhetoric. In terms of weakness, they knew he promised quite a bit and expectations were high and that he wanted to get a lot done. When you know your opponent is anxious to resolve certain issues, you can take advantage of that by mucking up the process or attaching strings that you wouldn’t normally go with. That’s what they did in terms of filibuster abuse and dangling possible bipartisanship before him on things.

    Well, we know that a strength of the Republicans is their lockstepness. So, why don’t we put forth issues that will force them to have to take stands that may cause some dissention. Immigration may be a place where we can cause some chaos. The war in Afganistan too.

    In terms of weaknesses, this one is relatively easy to pinpoint – their current policy perscriptions are unrealistic and hollow. So, we force them into positions where they have to get detailed and defend them – something they won’t be able to do with credibility. And we force them to do it publicly and often.

    I think the latter is where we’ll see some positive movement in our favor. Constantly putting the pressure and attention on them to FIX the problems is the only way. We mustn’t say too much in terms of how we’d do it – we have to let them put up their proposal, and we must test and question it relentlessly and loudly. It may work.

  102. We have a sayin down here in the south..”It ain’t no fun when the rabbit got the gun”..The rethugs have been hunting for 21 months and its time for Pres. Rabbit…I mean Pres. Obama to have some fun…I’ve said it before..Get ready for the “Is Obama over exposed” meme…

    Oh…And I plan on havin a front row seat to blast every town hall and forum all over teh intertoobz from facebook to twitter to over 500,000 of mah closest friends 🙂

    • Ha! I love that saying!

      My husband is from Southern roots. He was born in Louisiana (military base), his parents are from Georgia and Alabama. I will have to tell him that quote!

    • LOL…you are reminding me of the strange conversation I had in court today with some random guy and some state troopers here in central VA. I wish you all knew what I look like, but I scream “city girl.” So here I was, surrounded by 4 guys (3 state troopers and a random guy in hunting fatigues) with them talking to me about how great hunting is, and with me looking at them smiling, but absolutely vacant since I don’t “get” hunting and certainly didn’t realize people hunted when it was cold and raining (which is how the weather is today). It was funny…

  103. Is anyone else’s computer having a heck of a time reloading. I think since we are making so many comments now, we may have to not post too many videos and pictures that need to be loaded. My work computer keeps freezing up – which is not surprising given it’s a PC (I’m a Mac brat!).

        • Oh yeah…y’all know I’m attached to my iPad, right? I have it with me in my purse right now, and I’m at work still! Ya never know when you can break away and mess around on the internet or read an iBook. I’m currently trying to get through “Freedom.” It’s written strangely, and it’s LlllllOOOOOONnnnnnGGGGGggg.

          • Franzen really takes a long time to unwind a story. I read the Corrections and thought the same thing. Let me know if you’d recommend it when you’re done.

    • Vero, I am having the same problem. I thought it was my home computer this morning. I would post and then it would go nowhere for several seconds before releasing. I came to work and it is no better. Perhaps it is just the internet in general today.

  104. Politico, Nov. 3, 2010:

    GOP senators fight over failure


    ….With tea party-backed candidates going down in Delaware, Colorado and Nevada, depriving Republicans of what would have been a 50-50 Senate, a bloc of prominent senators and operatives said party purists like Sarah Palin and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) had foolishly pushed nominees too conservative to win in politically competitive states.

    Movement conservatives pointed the finger right back at the establishment, accusing the National Republican Senatorial Committee of squandering millions on a California race that wasn’t close at the expense of offering additional aid in places like Colorado, Nevada and Washington state, where Democratic Sen. Patty Murray holds a narrow lead as the votes continue to be counted…

    • Because the big story in my mind (which seems to live in a different universe than the media and much of the blogosphere both left and right) is that the GOP really did LOSE the Senate on Tuesday. Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t we lose only two incumbent Senate Democrats — Feingold and Lincoln? The GOP dream was to unseat Majority Leader Reid. They failed.

      And here at last is something I can agree with Kos about:

      “…. in statewide races, and particularly the Senate, the teabaggers likely cost the GOP the majority.”

      • I was thinking last night about how the MSM never put the Repubs on the ropes over their losses or their failed Tea Party message. Never going to happen and Dems don’t seem to want to push it.

  105., Nov. 4, 2010:


    By Steve Benen

    … In his speech at the Heritage Foundation today, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) repeatedly complains about “bailouts.” It seemed like an odd point to whine about — in 2008, McConnell not only endorsed and voted for the financial industry bailout, he rallied other Republicans to do the same, ensuring its passage.

    But he eventually elaborated on the point, objecting to the rescue of American auto manufacturers:

    “[Administration officials] bailed out automakers that should have been allowed to reorganize or fail. And it shouldn’t be lost on anybody, by the way, that the only one that refused a bailout, Ford, is the one that’s doing best today.”

    Only a Republican leader would identify one of the administration’s most important successes, complain about it, and fudge the details, all at the same time.

    Honestly, is this really what McConnell wants to whine about? Under the Republican approach of 2008, officials were just throwing money at GM, hoping things would get better. What the Obama administration did was more serious — instead of just giving GM money to stay afloat, the president used our money to actually purchase a stake in GM. In the process, Obama forced GM to declare bankruptcy, wiped out shareholders, and removed top managers.

    Republicans insisted this would fail. They were wrong. Leaner, stronger auto manufacturers are seeing their profits grow, and they’re creating jobs again, all while paying back taxpayers….

    • I do not understand why Michigan did not go for Democrats. I noticed a comment at the bottom of this article that Michigan went Republican. That is sad.

      • That commenter is not looking at the same Michigan I am. Fresh off a lengthy Google search I bring you the following:

        Not so bad in Michigan after all! We went from 8 House Democrats to 6:

        Only one incumbent Michigan Democrat in the House was defeated.

        Five incumbent Democrats were re-elected.

        One retiring Democrat was replaced by a Democrat.

        One retiring Democrat was replaced by a Republican.

        Five incumbent Republicans were re-elected.
        Two retiring Republicans were replaced by Republicans.

        Here are the results of the 2010 election for all 15 Michigan Congressional Districts:

        1: Retiring conservative D, replaced by R

        2: Retiring R, replaced by R

        3: Retiring R, replaced by R

        4: R re-elected

        5: D re-elected

        6: R re-elected

        7: R defeats incumbent D

        8: R re-elected

        9: D re-elected

        10: R re-elected

        11: R re-elected

        12: D re-elected

        13: Retiring D, replaced by D

        14: D re-elected

        15: D re-elected

        Plus there were no Senate elections in Michigan this year, so we still have Democrats Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow.

        • Speaking of the country in general, were our House losses not primarily from pretty conservative districts? No surprise that they should slip back into old habits. They can just as easily go from red to Blue Dog in ’12.

  106. Speaking of Steve Benen, here is an article he wrote yesterday about the Republicans’ plans to repeal healthcare.

    HEALTH CARE AND ‘THE NEXT TWO YEARS’…. It’s safe to assume that House Republicans will, sometime next year, launch some sort of effort to “repeal” the Affordable Care Act. The White House is already signaling today that it’s open to compromise on a variety of fronts, but this repeal nonsense is a non-starter.

    At his press conference this afternoon, President Obama noted in his opening remarks, “[W]ith so much at stake, what the American people don’t want from us, especially here in Washington, is to spend the next two years refighting the political battles of the last two.” Health care wasn’t mentioned specifically, but likely was what he was referencing.

    It came up again soon after, with a reporter asking whether the ACA “is in danger at this point,” given GOP support for scrapping the law. The president reiterated:

    “Well, I know that there’s some Republican candidates who won last night who feel very strongly about it. I’m sure that this will be an issue that comes up in discussions with the Republican leadership. As I said before, though, I think we’d be misreading the election if we thought that the American people want to see us for the next two years re-litigate arguments that we had over the last two years.”

    What’s more, not long after the press conference, the White House sent around some talking points, making clear the president has no intention of letting the GOP roll back this milestone legislative accomplishment.

    “It would be a mistake to spend the next two years re-fighting the political battles of the last two years. The President is proud of the progress we have made for average Americans — from health care reform, to financial reform and reforms to our education system. While he has always made it clear that he is open to ideas from both sides of the aisle to improve these important new laws, he will not accept attempts to repeal or weaken them.”

    A couple of angles to keep an eye on here. The first is that the president clearly doesn’t seem inclined to budge on this. If Boehner & Co. think Obama will be pushed around on health care, and that with the right leverage, repeal is an option, they’re mistaken.

    The second is this general framework: re-fighting the battles of the past is a mistake. I get the sense the White House is working on a larger message here — all Republicans want to do is fight over things that happened in the past, instead of focusing on the future — which may come up quite a bit in the coming months.

    This isn’t to say health care tweaks are out of the question, and the president brought up “the 1099 provision” today as “something that we should take a look at.” But the underlying message to Republicans intending to push for some wholesale overhaul seemed to be pretty straightforward: don’t bother.

    • Thanks, Jackie. We are going to see some Epic Fail before 2012, and it won’t belong to the President or the Democrats. POTUS will conduct foreign policy and oversee the effects of his landmark accomplishments at home.

      With 53 Democrats in the Senate, they don’t have the numbers to make infighting worthwhile. That circus is already underway in the GOP, where Dr. Frankenstein sees the Tea Party monster lumbering off the table and reaching for party leadership in both House and Senate.

  107. Steve Benen talks about:

    …. the notion that it’s incumbent on President Obama to honor, rather than ignore, the Republicans’ mandate. Obviously, the notion of an actual GOP mandate is itself dubious — voters seem to have backed Republicans because they were the challengers, not because they’re popular.

    …. Americans have elected a Democratic majority in the Senate for three consecutive elections. Do they have a mandate? President Obama won in an electoral landslide, with the highest popular vote percentage of any candidate in either party in 20 years, and the highest for a non-incumbent in 56 years. Did he get a mandate that [Michigan GOP birther Tim] Walberg expected Republicans to honor?….

    Every GOP official popping off this week about how the Senate Democratic majority and the Democratic White House have no choice but to “listen to the voters” and give Republicans what they want, should answer two straightforward questions: (1) what were you saying the first week in November, 2008? and (2) how did you honor the Dems’ mandate over the last 21 months?

    • Will do!

      StartLoving4 | November 04, 2010 –

      C-SPAN: The President’s comments, Nov. 4, 2010

      • White House video release and text of the President’s remarks are posted upthread.

  108. I think what may be slowing up down is the oversized jpeg of the White House grounds above. It’s a huge image and takes a lot of time to download.

  109. I was on OFA and Andrea posted a FB link where everyone is flooding Bohner’s office asking “where are the jobs?” There’s a cartoon on the same FB thread which will make you laugh. I really needed this good laugh today.

  110., Nov. 4, 2010:

    Just 32% of Tea Party candidates win

    From NBC’s Alexandra Moe

    For all the talk of the Tea Party’s strength – and there will certainly be a significant number of their candidates in Congress – just 32% of all Tea Party candidates who ran for Congress won and 61.4% lost this election. A few races remain too close to call.

    In the Senate, 10 candidates backed by the Tea Party ran and at least five were successful. (Race in Alaska has not yet been called.)

    In the House, 130 Tea Party-backed candidates ran, and just 40 so far have won….

  111. ‘It’s on:’ Pelosi looks to stay as Democratic leader

    11/4/10 Johnathan Allen & John Bresnahan -POLITICO

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi is gathering input from colleagues as she weighs whether to stay in Democratic leadership and run for minority leader after losing control of the House Tuesday night, according to two senior Democratic aides and one lawmaker.

    Pelosi has made some of these contacts herself but has had surrogates reach out to other Democrats to test her support level within the caucus.
    For members of her inner circle, the calls suggest that she may not be ready “to turn the keys over” while she’s gauging the more general feelings of Democrats outside her tightest clutch of backers, according to one of the aides.

    A Democrat who spoke to Pelosi today said she is “just trying to figure out the mood of the caucus.” This member told her “to do what she wants, I support you.”

    But the Democratic lawmaker also pointed out that Pelosi told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer on Wednesday that she would be “talking to my members …” and would announce her decision when she finishes that process.

    The calls come amid a trickle of conservative Blue Dogs suggesting Thursday that Pelosi should step down — a move that could clear the path for Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) to lead the party in the minority.

    Utah Rep. Jim Matheson, co-chairman of the decimated Blue Dog Coalition, told POLITICO Thursday that Pelosi should not run for minority leader because “we just got whupped” on Election Day. North Carolina Rep. Heath Shuler, the other Blue Dog co-chairman, told CQ-Roll Call that he doesn’t think she’ll run — and that he’ll wage a Quixotic battle against her if she does. And the Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported that Rep. Mike Ross, a former Blue Dog leader, said he won’t vote for Pelosi.

    “Yeah, it’s on,” one senior Democratic aide who was aware of Pelosi’s calls said. “Game on.”

    The chief of staff to another lawmaker said a proxy for Pelosi is “calling members to see where they are regarding her or with Hoyer.”

    Hoyer has told reporters he would run for leader only if Pelosi steps aside.

    Read more:

    • YESSSSSS! That’s Nancy Pelosi, right there! I hope she stays and fights. I want her in the driver’s seat, right next to PBO.

      “WE just got whupped”?? Well, the Blue Dogs got pretty whupped.

  112. Latest count from the Evergreen State:

    U.S. Senate

    Senator Patty Murray (D): 891,290

    Dino Rossi (R): 841,218

    65% of precincts reporting. Bring it home, King County!

    U.S. Congress District 2

    Rep. Rick Larsen (D): 103,278

    John Koster (R): 101, 820

    District 9 is still being counted but Democratic incumbent Adam Smith is ahead, 91,538 to Dick Muri’s 77,806.

    With wins in Districts 2 and 9, Washington’s House delegation will have 5 of 9 seats held by Democrats.

    Vote counts from KIRO TV:

    • That is very cute, Tigerfists! POTUS knows how to handle the occasion. Someday that little kid will grow up and say to his parents, “You didn’t wake me up for the PRESIDENT?”

  113. We need to bombard the Whitehouse website with a message about the tax cuts. If they get millions of messages, they certainly should take notice. We need to take control of this narrative. The facebook page of John Boehner is great to. I think we also need to get creative about using the internet like the right wingers do. Look at all the bad information about our President. I say this because something interesting happened yesterday in Arizona that caused a stir. It was debunked but it hit the news and spread like wildfire. There was a post placed on the internet last knight that Steve Nash, our top NBA basketball player here in Phoenix, was leaving the Phoenix Suns. It was a hoax but it caused a stir that was unbelievable. All the news stations carried it. If they can post that Obama is a terrorist, we could post things like Boehner caves and allows tax cuts just for the middle class, etc.

    • I have been keeping a low profile on this today Jackie but I have written the WH, sent a fax and sent an email to VP Biden. I know that that they just have this under consideration and are trying to keep all options open but to campaign on this for three months and then give in to this will surely demoralize a lot of his base.

      I guess we will get over it but I agree that expressing our respectful concerns is what democracy is all about.

  114. Has PBO said definitively that he is going to extend the Bush tax cuts? Why is this Gail Collins person from NY times on Rachel saying that he has?

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