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  1. rikyrah says:

    found this in the comments at Balloon Juice:

    @Culture of Truth: These leaked videos are pretty big. We still don’t know where they came from. I wonder if the campaign had any advance notice

    56Jim, Foolish Literalist Says:
    I’d be willing to bet ten thousand dollars they did. If my memory’s right, those welfare ads were starting hit home for a lot of anxious, middle class whites. My guess is Plouffe met Corn for a quiet drink a couple weeks ago, “Oh, David, is that your envelope? Why, no, I didn’t bring it in, I’m quite sure you did….”


  2. rikyrah says:

    Webb drops the hammer on Romney

    Jim Webb’s departures from party orthodoxy are frequent. As recently as last November, the retiring Virginia Democratic senator was reluctant to commit to campaigning for President Barack Obama.

    So Webb’s bladework today on Mitt Romney was as unexpected as it was memorable.

    From Webb’s introductory remarks before Obama’s Virginia Beach appearance:

    Governor Romney and I are about the same age. Like millions of others in our generation, we came to adulthood facing the harsh realities of the Vietnam War. 2.7 million in our age group went to Vietnam, a war which eventually took the lives of 58,000 young Americans and cost another 300,000 wounded. The Marine Corps lost 100,000 killed or wounded in that war. During the year I was in Vietnam, 1969, our country lost twice as many dead as we have lost in Iraq and Afghanistan combined over the past 10 years of war. 1968 was worse. 1967 was about the same. Not a day goes by when I do not think about the young Marines I was privileged to lead.

    This was a time of conscription, where every American male was eligible to be drafted. People made choices about how to deal with the draft, and about military service. I have never envied or resented any of the choices that were made as long as they were done within the law. But those among us who stepped forward to face the harsh unknowns and the lifelong changes that can come from combat did so with the belief that their service would be honored, and that our leaders would, in the words of President Abraham Lincoln, care for those who had borne the battle, and for their widows and their children.

    Those young Marines that I led have grown older now. They’ve lived lives of courage, both in combat and after their return, where many of them were derided by their own peers for having served. That was a long time ago. They are not bitter. They know what they did. But in receiving veterans’ benefits, they are not takers. They were givers, in the ultimate sense of that word. There is a saying among war veterans: “All gave some, some gave all.” This is not a culture of dependency. It is a part of a long tradition that gave this country its freedom and independence. They paid, some with their lives, some through wounds and disabilities, some through their emotional scars, some through the lost opportunities and delayed entry into civilian careers which had already begun for many of their peers who did not serve.

    And not only did they pay. They will not say this, so I will say it for them. They are owed, if nothing else, at least a mention, some word of thanks and respect, when a presidential candidate who is their generational peer makes a speech accepting his party’s nomination to be commander-in-chief. And they are owed much more than that — a guarantee that we will never betray the commitment that we made to them and to their loved ones.

  3. Ametia says:


  4. SouthernGirl2 says:

    Romney supporter in Texas defaces yard sign: ‘N*gger lover… Obama sucks d*ck’

    A Woman in Texas says that a person who appears to support Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney vandalized her pro-Obama yard sign with racist and vulgar language.

    Cassy, a 34-year-old white business owner in McKinney, Texas, revealed on Friday that someone had covered her Obama yard sign with the message: “N*GGER LOVER — Obama Sucks Dick!”

    The back side of the sign was covered with, “Romney & Ryan: Christian. White. Anti-Gay. Republicans Rule!”

    If Republicans rule then why are you scared mofo? And why must you deface a sign and use slurs? Insecure freak! GTFOOH!

  5. Ametia says:

    GOP Quietly Hires Firm Tied to Voter Fraud Scandal for Work in Battleground States
    Lee Fang on September 26, 2012 – 10:17 PM ET

    The Palm Beach Post report last night that a Florida Republican Party contractor turned in at least 106 “questionable” registration firms, with “similar signatures” and wrong addresses, doesn’t seem like a national news story. But it has unwoven a somewhat concealed effort by Republicans in several states to deploy a firm with an ugly history of allegedly destroying Democratic voter registration forms and other acts of fraud.

    The contractor in Florida is called Strategic Allied Consulting, a business entity created a few months ago and registered online by a former Arizona Republican Party director named Nathan Sproul.

    Sproul, a consultant based in Tempe, is infamous for accusations that his firms have committed fraud by tampering with Democratic voter registration forms and suppressing votes. Sproul was hired by the Romney campaign for a period of five months that began last November and ended in March. But now there’s evidence that the payments continued, only to a different name.

    As Greg Flynn of BlueNC pointed out earlier this month, Strategic Allied Consulting recently put up a proxy to hide the fact that its website was registered by Sproul; but not before Flynn took a screen shot. Flynn notes that the firm has been aggressively hiring in Nevada, North Carolina, Virginia and Florida. He flagged two large payments to the firm from GOP committees in Florida and North Carolina.

  6. Ametia says:

    Season premiere of SCANDAL tonight. Where you at, rikyrah?

  7. SouthernGirl2 says:

    CAP Action: Congress‏@CAPcongress

    BREAKING: RNC has fired its voter registration consultant after allegations of fraud emerged in Palm Beach County.

  8. SouthernGirl2 says:

    Whoopi Goldberg to Ann Coulter: ‘Tell me how much you know about being black’

    Ann Coulter’s appearance on The View today to promote her latest book Mugged quickly erupted into a back and forth between her and Whoopi Goldberg.

    No stranger to controversial comments, Republican pundit told the show’s co-hosts that liberals use race-mongering “to promote causes that have nothing to do with facts and, in fact, harm blacks” and that white people’s response to the O.J. Simpson trial verdict was “the best thing that ever happened to black Americans.”

    Not long into the interview, Goldberg exploded with frustration.

    “Hold up, Ms. Coulter. Please stop,” she interrupted. “If you’re going to talk about race, at least know what you’re talking about.”

    “What don’t I know?” Coulter asked.

    “Tell me how much you know about being black,” Goldberg responded. “You just made all these statements about how black people feel. Tell me how you know.”

  9. Ametia says:

    Medicare working to boost Obama in swing states, poll finds
    By N.C. Aizenman, Jon Cohen and Peyton M. Craighill, Thursday, September 27, 8:23 AM

    Voters in three critical swing states broadly oppose the sweeping changes to Medicare proposed by Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and, by big margins, favor President Obama over Mitt Romney on the issue, according to new state polls by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

    Among seniors, the issue rivals the economy as a top voting issue, undercutting Romney’s appeal in Florida, Ohio and Virginia. Generally, the more voters focus on Medicare, the more likely they are to support the president’s bid for reelection.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 09/27/2012
    New jobs numbers under cut major Romney talking point
    By Greg Sargent
    So the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced this morning that it is revising its jobs count, to include an additional 386,000 nonfarm jobs that were created from March of 2011 to March of 2012.

    Jobs numbers are only one metric for measuring economic improvement, so we shouldn’t overstate their significance. This new finding, however, does matter politically in a few key ways. First, as Justin Wolfers points out, the added jobs means that there has no longer been a “net” loss of jobs on Obama’s watch. As you know, Romney has been saying for a very long time now that the “net” jobs lost on Obama’s watch proves his policies failed. That’s a bogus metric, because it factors in the hundreds and hundreds of thousands of jobs lost in each of the first few months of Obama’s term, before those policies went into effect.

    But putting that aside, net jobs were now actually gained on Obama’s watch. So, in theory at least, Romney has been deprived of one of the talking points that has been central to his candidacy for a year now. That talking point was crucial for Romney, because it enabled him to make the (nonsensical) case that Obama destroyed jobs overall.

    By the way: If Romney objects to incorporating BLS’s new revisions into his jobs count, he should know that in 2004, the George W. Bush White House relied on BLS revisions to improve its own jobs count.

  11. SouthernGirl2 says:

    President Barack Obama stops to talk a greet two young supporters at a campaign event at Farm Bureau Live, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, in Virginia Beach, Va.

  12. SouthernGirl2 says:

    Chris Matthews And Panel Wonder Why No One Sees All The Racism Directed At Obama

    Chris Matthews‘ panel on Wednesday examined the “racialized,” “otherized” messaging coming out of Mitt Romney‘s presidential campaign. They agreed that Romney’s camp has been utilizing questionable themes to attack President Barack Obama and “stoke hatred.” Matthews wondered why so few media outlets were talking about what he and his panelists viewed as the obvious racialization of the election via attacks on Obama for, among other things, allowing states flexibility to redefine welfare’s work requirements.

    After playing a montage of clips he viewed as racially-charged attacks on Obama by Romney supporters, Matthews asked MSNBC’s host of NOW, Alex Wagner, why no one talks about the obvious racial undertones employed by Obama’s opponents.

    “It’s shameful,” Wagner replied. She cited Denesh D’Souza’s documentary, 2016 – a popular political documentary about Obama’s hypothetical second term. “It is doubling down on an incredibly divisive, ‘racialized ‘otherized’ politics.”

  13. Ametia says:

    Obama leads in polls as Romney campaign fights back with new ad
    Wed Sep 26, 2012 5:51 PM EDT

    Cynthia Tucker: Look at what the PRESIDENT IS DOING RIGHT!

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  15. Ametia says:

    Early voting starts today in Iowa!

    Blog for Iowa has important early voting links:

    While Bleeding Heartland is keeping you up to date with a discussion thread:

    Check out to find out when voting starts in your state:

  16. Ametia says:


    This election is a choice between two fundamentally different visions for America: President Obama is fighting to grow the economy from the middle out, not the top down. Mitt Romney wants to go back to the exact same policies that caused the recession and hurt the middle class.

  17. rikyrah says:

    How Romney perceives ‘them’
    By Steve Benen – Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:16 AM EDT

    My colleague Tricia McKinney highlighted this new Mitt Romney ad yesterday, but given its larger significance, let’s take another look at the commercial and note how it ties into the Republican campaign’s larger problems.


    Now, before we dig into the specifics of the message, it’s worth appreciating why this ad was made. After all, with 40 days until Election Day, and with early voting already getting started, chances are Mitt Romney does not want to take time and money to release ads that say, in effect, “No, really, despite what you’ve heard, I actually care about people. Believe me. Please.”


    If you missed it, Garance Franke-Ruta raised an excellent observation.

    It’s not the most polished video in the world. But you can see the thinking behind it. The candidate will directly address the voters, making a spare, authentic, heart-to-heart appeal that he cares about how “too many Americans” are suffering.

    And then he says it. “President Obama and I both care about poor and middle-class families. The difference is my policies will make things better for them.”


    Mitt Romney keeps talking about the people whose votes he needs as “them.”

    In the 47 percent video, it was “those people.”

    “I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives,” Romney said.

    But presidential elections are always about the grand national us. They are about we, the people. And when it come to a candidate, they are about me and you.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 09/27/2012
    The Morning Plum: Obama’s closing argument
    By Greg Sargent

    Obama advisers have long believed they have a better understanding than the Romney camp does of who the true undecided voters are, what motivates them, and how they view Obama, his presidency, and the economy. They think even voters who don’t feel their lot has improved — and who continue to tell pollsters they disapprove of Obama’s economic performance — are prepared to accept the argument that a foundation has been built for a recovery that will bear fruit in Obama’s second term, and that a return to Bush economics would upend the country’s progress, as slow and painful as it has been.

    Many pundits initially thought this was a politically impossible case to make. But if things continue on their current track, it will defy the laws of political gravity.

    The argument was perhaps best made in Bill Clinton’s convention speech, and now the Obama campaign has released a two-minute direct-to-camera spot in seven swing states that has the feel of a closing argument, declaring that “it’s time for a new economic patriotism”:

  19. rikyrah says:

    Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 09/27/2012
    Brutal new Obama ad features Mitt Romney and the 47 percenters
    By Greg Sargent

    The Obama campaign has not sent this ad to national reporters, but I’m told it will air in the seven key swing states. It is a brutal shot at Mitt Romney’s videotaped remarks about the freeloading 47 percent — it features nothing but audio of Romney’s own words, accompanied by pictures of veterans, workers, families with children, and other 47 percenters

    The ad concludes on these words: “My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

    Matt Miller recently suggested that the Obama campaign should close out the campaign by literally paying people to watch two videos in their entirety: Bill Clinton’s convention speech, and Romney’s freeloading 47 percent remarks. In a sense the Obama campaign is actually doing this. The new ad featuring Romney’s comments will run in Ohio, Virginia, Florida, Iowa, Colorado, Nevada, and New Hampshire. Accompanying this is Obama’s new two-minute spot, which is essentially a compressed version of Clinton’s speech, in that it recaps the magnitude of the mess Obama inherited, claims we are making slow and painful progress, warns that a return to Bush economics will upend that progress, and details the ways the recovery will bear fruit in Obama’s second term. These are the two side-by-side scripts swing voters are now hearing.

  20. rikyrah says:

    No One Would Hire Mitt Romney

    by BooMan
    Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 09:20:11 AM EST

    If you needed a lawyer and your choices were President Obama or Mitt Romney, who would you choose? They’re both smart; they both have Harvard Law degrees. They’re both very successful, although not so much as lawyers. Would you choose the guy who won a Nobel Peace Prize without even trying or the guy who insulted everyone at the Olympics so badly he was rebuked by both the prime minister of the U.K. and the mayor of London?

    And what if you did hire Mitt Romney only to discover that he kept changing his theory of your case? First he told you that you could beat the rap. Then he told you he could get you a plea bargain to a lesser charge. Then he told you to forget that, but you could plea and get a lesser sentence. Finally, he told you that he never said or meant any of those things, and you probably ought to just plead guilty to everything and throw yourself on the mercy of judge. That’s essentially want Mitt Romney has done between 1994 and today. He has flip-flopped on nearly every subject under the Sun, all the while denying that there are any inconsistencies in what he has to say.

    I don’t care if you are from Massachusetts, California, or Tennessee, no one in their right mind would hire Mitt Romney over Barack Obama to represent them in court. He’s too unreliable and he has a way of offending people.

    And if you wouldn’t hire the guy to represent you in court, why would you hire him to represent you to the world?

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  22. rikyrah says:

    Ohio is Gone

    by BooMan
    Wed Sep 26th, 2012 at 02:32:02 PM EST

    Mitt Romney kicked himself in the balls when he opposed the auto bailout, and it’s killing him in Ohio. That probably explains something that is puzzling Nate Silver. Why is Obama performing better in Ohio than he is nationally, when that never happens for a Democrat? It’s because one in eight jobs in Ohio are tied to the auto industry. It doesn’t help that the Republican governor of Ohio picked a high-profile fight with the labor unions and lost. If you think white working class guys in Ohio are lining up to vote for the “plutocrat married to a known equestrian,” you are quite mistaken. Ask them who is better on the economy and they will tell you ‘Obama.’ This is evidence that the GOP is no longer a national party. Ohio is supposed to be a right-leaning state that Democrats can occasionally win. But, right now, it is a left-leaning state. And it will probably stay that way, just like Michigan and Pennsylvania.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Arizona Comes Into View

    by BooMan
    Wed Sep 26th, 2012 at 10:05:16 PM EST

    If you skim down to the bottom of this article, you will find something remarkable and newsworthy. The Obama campaign has an internal poll that shows them leading in Arizona. And they are somewhat perplexed about it because they would obviously like to win the state if it is within reach, but they don’t want to overextend themselves and risk losing their lead in the states he needs for victory. No one has really been talking about Arizona as a possible pick-up, but the most recent public poll of the state (from Purple Strategies) only has Obama down by three points. The most recent non-Rasmussen poll of the Senate race in Arizona has the Democrat, Richard Carmona, a single point behind the Republican, Jeff Flake. And that poll is now old enough that it is entirely reasonable to assume that Carmona has moved ahead. After all, Romney has been sinking like a stone over the last three weeks, and that isn’t good for the other Republicans on the ballot.
    Personally, I think it is important to do more than just try to win with the same map from 2008, minus Indiana. I expected (and predicted) that other states would come into play as Romney melted down under the heat of the campaign. Arizona is the first new state to get within striking distance, and the Obama campaign should put in some resources now while there is still time to shift them back out if the key battlegrounds start trending badly. We need that Senate seat very badly. With six-year terms, any gettable Senate seat has to be strongly contested. Carmona is doing very well and he could use the boost from a winning top of the ticket.

    What the Obama campaign’s ambivalence tells us is that we probably cannot expect them to make a strong play for several more states, even if they come into view. They may make a play for Arizona, but it doesn’t seem like they’re going to get too cocky. That, more than anything else, is what the outside money is doing. It’s limiting Obama’s upside by forcing him to stay in the battlegrounds.

    But it may not matter. Obama will win California without making much of an investment. He can win other states without investing, too, if Romney doesn’t arrest his downward slope soon

  24. rikyrah says:

    Newt KKK Gingrich

    A prominent Republican pol has done it. He’s actually done it. We didn’t think it was possible. In fact it was. Newt Gingich has sunk ethically and intellectually lower than the aggregate imbecility of a tea party rally:

    I’m assuming that there’s some rhythm to Barack Obama that the rest of us don’t understand. Whether he needs large amounts of rest, whether he needs to go play basketball for a while or watch ESPN, I mean I don’t quite know what his rhythm is, but this is a guy that is a brilliant performer as an orator, who may very well get reelected at the present date, and who frankly he happens to be a partial, part-time president.

    That was Gingrich, in an interview with Greta Van Susteren last night, explaining yet another of his famously big ideas: that Barack Obama is “not a real president.”

    This bloated, herpetic suppuration of a former Speaker must have concluded that “food stamp president” was too cerebrally complex for the morbidly witless likes of the Fox News/GOP-base audience. So he went Remedial Racism 101, surveying our black president’s rhythm, shiftlessness, basketball-playing and crowd-pleasing, oratorical crooning.

  25. rikyrah says:

    September 26, 2012

    The GOP’s payoff for years of hard, gruesome, careless toil

    Earlier this evening I heard Chris Matthews remark on “Hardball” that President Obama is winning this race “in spite” of all the contemptible Republican tactics: charges of unAmericanism, a “food-stamp” presidency, come-and-get-it welfare dispensations, the president’s through-and-through Otherness … you are all too familiar with the filth.

    My instant reaction to Matthews’ observation was that the antithesis is likely true (or truer); that President Obama is winning this race because of Republican contemptibility, not in spite of it (none of which is to deny, it should go without saying, Obama’s enormous political skills). If Republicans remain the undisputed champions of only one thing in this political universe, it is that they can always be counted on to blunderingly overreach, to patently overplay their hand, to make complete and absolute asses of themselves.

    This attribute became strikingly clear under Gingrich’s House regime–adolescent tantrums and government shutdowns, anyone?–and they’ve only become better at it. They have since disgracefully overplayed their hand in the ideological denial of climate change, in exploiting older religious conservatives at the cost of younger (and more conscientious) evangelicals, in “shrinking” government by brazenly bloating plutocratic wallets as well as deficits, in huckstering patriotic wars of vast national-security injury, in catering to ever-whiter and narrower slices of the nation’s immensely diversifying demographics–in short, for the sake of that very next “win,” they have played themselves straight into ethical bankruptcy.

  26. rikyrah says:

    Will 9 GOP Governors Electronically Flip Romney Into the White House?


    Nine Republican governors have the power to put Mitt Romney in the White House, even if Barack Obama wins the popular vote.

    With their secretaries of state, they control the electronic vote count in nine key swing states: Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, Arizona, and New Mexico. Wisconsin elections are under the control of the state’s Government Accountability Board, appointed by the governor.

    In tandem with the GOP’s massive nation-wide disenfranchisement campaign, they could—in the dead of election night—flip their states’ electronic votes to Romney and give him a victory in the Electoral College.

    Thankfully, resistance has arisen to the disenfranchisement strategy, which seems designed to deny millions of suspected Democrats the right to vote. The intent to demand photo ID for voting could result in some ten million Americans being disenfranchised, according to the Brennan Center at New York University. Other methods are being used to strip voter rolls—as in Ohio, where 1.1 million citizens have been purged from registration lists since 2009. This “New Jim Crow”—personified by groups like True the Vote (New York Times Article)—could deny the ballot to a substantial percentage of the electorate in key swing states.

    This massive disenfranchisement has evoked a strong reaction from voting rights activists, a number of lawsuits, major internet traffic and front page and editorial coverage in the New York Times.

    But there has been no parallel campaign to guarantee those votes are properly counted once cast. Despite serious problems with electronic tabulations in the presidential elections of both 2000 and 2004, electronic voting machines have spread further throughout the country. In Ohio, former Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell awarded a no-bid state contract to GovTech—a well-connected Republican-owned company which no longer exists—to help count Ohio’s vote. GovTech contracted with two equally partisan Republican companies: Smartech for servers and Triad for IT support (Push and Pray Voting).

    Electronic voting machines with ties to Republican-connected companies have proliferated throughout Ohio. Federal money from the Help America Vote Act has helped move electronic voting machines into other key swing states in substantial numbers that are not easy to track.

  27. rikyrah says:

    Joy Ann Reid and Charles Blow discuss Willard- one of those online segments after the show.

  28. rikyrah says:

    Lawrence O’Donnell has on Charles Blow and Joy Ann Reid to discuss Willard.

  29. rikyrah says:

    Jobless claims show sharp improvement
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:40 AM EDT.

    The initial unemployment claims have been pretty discouraging in August and September, making the new report from the Department of Labor a breath of fresh air.

    Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 26,000 to a seasonally adjusted 359,000 in the week ended Sept. 22, the Labor Department said Thursday. That’s the lowest level since late July. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch expected claims to fall to 375,000. Initial claims from two weeks ago were revised up 385,000 from an original reading of 382,000, based on more complete data collected at the state level. The average of new claims over the past month, meanwhile, declined by 4,000 to 374,000.

    To reiterate the point I make every Thursday morning, it’s worth remembering that week-to-week results can vary widely, and it’s best not to read too much significance into any one report.

    In terms of metrics, when jobless claims fall below the 400,000 threshold, it’s considered evidence of an improving jobs landscape, and when the number drops below 370,000, it suggests jobs are being created rather quickly. We’ve only managed to dip below the 370,000 threshold eight times in the last 25 weeks, but we’ve dipped below 370,000 in seven of the last 12 weeks.

  30. rikyrah says:

    GOP establishment: maybe Akin’s not so bad after all
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:59 AM EDT.

    After Rep. Todd Akin, the Republicans’ U.S. Senate candidate in Missouri, said women can magically “shut down” unwanted pregnancies that result from “legitimate” rapes, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said Todd “needs to get out of this race.”

    That was a month ago. Yesterday, Blunt said something very different; “Congressman Akin and I don’t agree on everything, but he and I agree the Senate majority must change.” In other words, Akin may be delusional, but he has an “R” after his name, and that’s what really matters.

    As Rachel noted on the show last night, there’s a lot of this going around.

  31. rikyrah says:

    US judge upholds Obama ban on lobbyists serving on boards

    A federal judge on Wednesday upheld an attempt by President Barack Obama to cut down the influence of lobbyists, ruling that Obama was within his authority when he barred them from serving on government boards.

    The ruling dismisses a lawsuit brought by six lobbyists who argued the ban unfairly penalizes them for exercising their right to petition the government.

    The lobbyists failed to show that they lost something by not serving on government boards, such as a committee that advises on trade issues, wrote U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson.

    Even if they had shown a real benefit, they are not entitled to serve on the boards, the judge added.

    Although the lobbyists “may aspire to obtain this privileged access in order to advance their clients’ interests and their own careers,” the government is not required to “underwrite” their activity by giving them an advantage, she wrote.

    Obama’s ban was one of several measures he implemented in 2009 themed around changing the Washington establishment.

  32. rikyrah says:

    Valerie Jarrett—Obama’s Rasputin

    She receives more protection than our Libyan ambassador, calls the president by his first name, dines and vacations with the First Family and had the power to call off three strikes against Osama bin Laden.

    Ambassador Chris Stevens did not have a Marine detail in Benghazi, Libya. But White House senior adviser and Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett reportedly had a full Secret Service detail on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard.

    “Jarrett seems to have a 24-hour, around-the-clock detail, with five or six agents full time,” Democratic pollster Pat Caddell said in an interview recently with Breitbart news. If Stevens had a similar escort, he’d probably be alive today.

    Such protection isn’t usually available to senior advisers, but Jarrett is no ordinary adviser.

    She almost always seems to be near the president and first lady, and her name keeps popping up at key moments, indicating the power and influence she wields.

    Her influence is shown by an account in Richard Miniter’s book “Leading From Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him.”

    Read More At IBD:

  33. rikyrah says:

    Samuel L. Jackson’s Pro-Obama Video “Wake The Fuck Up!”


  34. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone! :-)

  35. rikyrah says:

    Rachel Maddow explains the dynamic whereby major Republican donors may write off Romney as a loss and try to rally support for struggling, scandal-plagued Senate candidates like Scott Brown and Todd Akin in a push to win the Senate – this as House races also tighten.

  36. rikyrah says:

    George W. Bush To Keynote Cayman Islands Investment Conference


  37. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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