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Michael Schear at The New York Times on the new GOP slogan:

Remember “Hope and Change” from Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign? The Republican Party is hoping to make you to think “Hype and Blame.” [...]

The Republicans will begin selling bumper stickers with the “Hype & Blame” phrase as part of their campaign.

Republicans hope to make “Hype & Blame” as ubiquitous as “Hope & Change.”
“Obama has no record to run on so he’s out on the trail resorting to the same tactics he campaigned against in 2008,” Kirsten Kukowski, a spokeswoman for Republican National Committee, said Wednesday night. “He has a litany of broken promises so what does he do? Lay blame, make excuses, run on gimmicks and engage in divisive politics. Four years later we know the candidate of ‘Hope and Change’ is now ‘Hype and Blame.’”

So their entire messaging strategy is to construct a narrative of "hype and blame" by...blaming all of the world's problem's on President Obama.  Jay Bookman at The Atlanta Journal Constitution adds:
Among Republicans, the fact that the divisiveness is almost entirely their own creation doesn’t faze them in the least. Like a spouse abuser who blames his violence on his victim, the Republican Party hopes to blame the whole mess all on Obama.

The truth is, Obama infuriates the Republicans simply by waking up as president each morning. Under the rubric of “taking our country back,” they have challenged his status as an American, they have impugned his faith and they have even questioned his loyalty and patriotism. From the very beginning, they have pursued a conscious strategy of refusing to compromise in any way whatsoever, to the point that they have purged any in their own camp who dare to even suggest such a course. (See Lugar, Richard) [...]

Even [after compromising and taking the Republican position on healthcare], it took Obama a while to come to the realization that no matter what he did, there would be no compromise. The only thing that his opponents wanted from him was his surrender and then his disappearance. That was their price for “unity,” and now they want to blame him for refusing to pay it.

Jonathan Chait at New York Magazine:
Police officers and firefighters are a tricky occupational category for Republicans. Culturally, they are allies — working class, mostly male, and beloved symbols of American values. Economically, though, they are government workers, which has always put their interests in tension with those of the GOP, and especially so in recent years, as Republicans have increasingly held up government workers as a kind of parasitic class.
Last night Mitt Romney was strolling across one side of this tricky line and slipped to the other. [...]

Romney’s position is that these fine public servants are luxuriating in excessive pay, a fact that, unlike swelling income inequality, constitutes a major source of unfairness in American life. (“We will stop the unfairness of government workers getting better pay and benefits than the taxpayers they serve,” he said last week.)
This is actually a policy flashpoint between the two parties. Public employment has cratered in recent years, with public sector jobs continuing to decline even as private sector jobs rebound, exerting a continued drag on the sluggish recovery. Obama’s position is that the federal government ought to provide aid to state governments to rehire some of the laid-off teachers, cops, and firefighters. Republicans oppose this. Romney seems to have forgotten that the firefighters he came face-to-face with are one category of Americans whose economic pain he’s supposed to be in favor of.

Dick Polman at The Philadelphia Inquirer on the Republican attacks on any mention of the killing of bin Laden:

The Romney people would be well advised to brush up on the history of their own party. Consider, for instance, the election of 1900. William McKinley’s bid for a second term featured an end-zone dance about the Spanish-American War. McKinley’s top surrogate was his running mate, war hero Theodore Roosevelt, who told voters: “We drew the sword and waged the most righteous and brilliantly successful foreign war that this generation has seen.”

But why go back 112 years? I don’t recall any of Obama’s critics complaining in May 2003, when George W. Bush donned a flight suit and strutted around the deck of an aircraft carrier with a banner emblazoned “Mission Accomplished.”

Everyone knew that ceremony was being choreographed for Bush’s reelection bid. The White House hired an ex-ABC News producer to advise on production values. The carrier was directed to shift positions several times to ensure that an expanse of water, rather than the nearby California coastline, would serve as the backdrop when Bush’s plane landed. And his remarks, noting the end of “major combat operations in Iraq,” were delayed until the cameras could frame him against the golden sunset, at what’s known in Hollywood as “the magic hour.”

The Washington Post's Eugene Robinson asks "why?" on Afghanistan:
The Taliban government was deposed and routed. Al-Qaeda was first dislodged and then decimated, with “over 20 of their top 30 leaders” killed, according to the president. Osama bin Laden was tracked to his lair in Pakistan, shot dead and buried at sea. To the extent that al-Qaeda still poses a threat, it comes from affiliate organizations in places such as Yemen and from the spread of poisonous jihadist ideology. Al-Qaeda’s once-extensive training camps in Afghanistan have long been obliterated, and the group’s presence in the country is minimal.

That smells like victory to me. Yet 94 American troops have lost their lives in Afghanistan so far in 2012, U.S. forces will still be engaged in combat until the end of 2014, and we are committed to an extraordinary — and expensive — level of involvement there until 2024. Why?

Of the U.S. troops who died this year as a result of hostile fire — as opposed to accidents, illnesses or suicide — at least one of every seven was killed not by the Taliban but by ostensibly friendly Afghan security forces.

Speaking of foreign policy, Jonathan Capehart looks at Romney's response to plight of a Chinese activist and also the treatment of his openly gay (former) foreign policy spokesperson:
Seeming to fight for Chen was a messy move for Romney. But what it lacked in long-term thinking it made up for in short-term benefit. For it shifted the day’s conversation away from Romney’s unwillingness to fight for Richard Grenell.

Grenell was supposed to be the national security and foreign policy spokesperson for the Romney presidential campaign. Grenell was a longtime spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and then an alternative representative to the Security Council under President George W. Bush; his credentials for the Romney job were indeed impeccable. He also is openly gay. And that didn’t sit too well with some vocal social conservatives such as Bryan Fischer.

After Grenell announced his resignation, the story moved quickly from the role of social conservatives in his departure to the inability or unwillingness of Romney to defend a qualified aide brought on to hone his foreign policy message against Obama. Romney had to have known about Grenell’s reputation for sharp elbows and a sharp tongue. He of course knew that Grenell is openly gay. He should have known that social conservatives were going to go after him. As Ruth Marcus writes, “Given the predictable, disgusting backlash to Grenell’s hiring, how could the campaign have no plan to deal with it other than shove Grenell into the background — the closet? — until the furor died down?” The absence of independence and leadership from Romney made it impossible for Grenell to stay.

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  •  Here's a slogan for the repubs: (18+ / 0-)

    "Hate and Shame"

    David Koch is fucking Longshanks, and Occupy is the real Braveheart.

    by PsychoSavannah on Fri May 04, 2012 at 04:33:52 AM PDT

  •  Actual GOP slogan: (14+ / 0-)

    OMG, Obama's BLACK!

    I can’t decide who’s cuter – the dead guy with the arrows in his chest, or the guy in the ditch with the seeping wound. -- Game of Thrones (Heard on Set)

    by prodigal on Fri May 04, 2012 at 04:39:15 AM PDT

    •  But Cain is our guy! (1+ / 0-)
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      Amber6541

      I serve on a board with a guy who is a very conservative Republican, originally from rural TX.  He is apoplectic if the name Obama comes up, but said that Cain was his first choice in the primaries.  I just don't get it.

      •  Considering the alternatives ... (0+ / 0-)

        ... (Obama or Romney) maybe Cain was the lesser of two evils.  Besides in the conservative mindset, possession of a fortune trumps most shortcomings—except, of course, those of liberalism and belief in sharing the tax burden.


        My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.—Carl Schurz
        Give 'em hell, Barry—Me

        by KingBolete on Fri May 04, 2012 at 08:28:10 AM PDT

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    •  After the election it will be Obama's back. (1+ / 0-)
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      Amber6541

      I think 2nd term Obama (who doesn't have to campaign for anything ever again) is going to be awesome.  Now if only we can get him a Congress to fit the country's needs.

  •  today's jobs numbers is being hyped which means (1+ / 0-)
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    they are very bad.

    /If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer/. Thoreau

    by hron on Fri May 04, 2012 at 04:39:19 AM PDT

    •  I hope not. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      dinotrac

      If Obama doesn't deserve credit for getting Bin Laden because he didn't pull the trigger, Bin Laden doesn't deserve the blame for 9-11 because he didn't fly the planes.

      by Bush Bites on Fri May 04, 2012 at 04:43:18 AM PDT

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    •  That is the single biggest thing that can sink (3+ / 0-)

      Democrats, but...

      A month here and there is merely unfortunate and disheartening.

      The only thing that gives it special meaning right now is that so many people (myself included) are presently unemployed, and many of them have been unemployed for a very long time.
      I spent 15 months out of work before getting my last contract, and I can tell you -- it has a real effect on your outlook, just as it has a real effect on your family and finances.

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Fri May 04, 2012 at 06:02:03 AM PDT

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  •  GOP...'We control the vertical...We control the (4+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, annieli, JKTownsend, Desert Rose

    horizontal'....no more dudes....Trapped in your own BS.....Yer gonna be squeezed methinks.

  •  May the Fourth be with you (10+ / 0-)

    Wish the Fourth would cut through the "Republic" party's hypocrisy.  Wonder if people are starting to catch on that "Republics" are the ones causing the problem? That would be nice.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Fri May 04, 2012 at 04:41:33 AM PDT

  •  Rs slogan: dumb & dumber; blind leading the deaf (4+ / 0-)

    America 4 he man woman haters. Pro-sperm & penis party. We "say" we like women.  

    NOun, verb 9/11.

    We work 4 1% only.

    We talk about money cause that's our real family value

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Fri May 04, 2012 at 04:44:12 AM PDT

  •  Where did those headlines came from? (0+ / 0-)

    They don't look very "corporate media" to me.

    If Obama doesn't deserve credit for getting Bin Laden because he didn't pull the trigger, Bin Laden doesn't deserve the blame for 9-11 because he didn't fly the planes.

    by Bush Bites on Fri May 04, 2012 at 04:44:30 AM PDT

  •  Its a sad state of affairs (9+ / 0-)

    when instead of trying to get the private sector to pay more and offer more benefits than the public sector, like they used to do, the GOP is instead trying to destroy the public sector and take all their benefits and pay away.

    In study after study it's been documented how household income has declined, and that's before even taking into consideration that 30 years ago there was only one primary bread winner in a household as opposed to two today who in some cases work 2 jobs each.  Yet these fucking bastards time after time after time are advocating to cut our pay some more.  

    We truly are approaching an era of politics in this country where the GOP is telling us to go out and eat cake if we can't afford to buy bread.  Ann "Marie Antoinette' Rmoney with her telling single moms how great it is that she has a choice to be a stay at home mom and how hard that is opposed to what they do.  Mitt 'Louis XVI' Rmoney with well just about every fucking stupid and out of touch thing he says.  Last I checked it didn't end so well for the original out of touch elitists.  The more these idiots keep reminding us how fucked we are and how well off they are and how they're trying to fuck us even more, well they'll be praying the only thing that happens to them is that they lose in November and that they can slink back to being corporate vultures living off their ill gotten wealth.

    This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

    by DisNoir36 on Fri May 04, 2012 at 04:47:09 AM PDT

    •  Government jobs used to be the gold standard. (4+ / 0-)

      Everybody wanted a government job or a private job with benefits like a government job.

      I guess the repubs decided that it was causing too much disruption to the downward spiral and they had to get rid of it.

      If Obama doesn't deserve credit for getting Bin Laden because he didn't pull the trigger, Bin Laden doesn't deserve the blame for 9-11 because he didn't fly the planes.

      by Bush Bites on Fri May 04, 2012 at 04:52:14 AM PDT

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      •  Public jobs were fine, as long as the (0+ / 0-)

        private entrepreneurs were able to suckle undisturbed at the public resource teat.  The human rights and environmental rights movements have really put a crimp in that. Having to clean up after themselves and treat hazardous wastes is like expecting the suckling babe to deal with the poop.

        Perhaps that's unfair.  But the mentality of the instinct-driven does suggest that they resent having been weaned and looking after themselves mainly involves getting someone else to deal with the shit.

        We've got an infantile subset of humans who ought not to be put in charge. The gift of gab lets them issue orders, but they should not be followed.
        What's interesting is that what's been written down as the theory of how humans engage in exchange and trade to sustain themselves and their off-spring seems to have been constructed by member of the myopic self-centered subset.  This would account for why they start with the assumption that demand is the prompt for exchange and trade.

        People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

        by hannah on Fri May 04, 2012 at 06:00:24 AM PDT

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      •  Government jobs paid less (2+ / 0-)
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        The trade off was that in lieu of more pay the employees would get good benefits and a good pension.  

        NOW though the private sector has been eroded down so badly that public employees are often paid more and the benefits are better.

        However, instead of propping up the pay and benefits of the private sector jobs (maybe raising the minimum wages as we are in CT) the GOP is decimating the public sector to the point where once again the private sector pays more, which is to say slightly more than next to nothing.

        For example, I had an interesting conversation with my boss whose daughter is a struggling young teacher looking to break in.  10 years ago when I was studying to be a teacher starting pay was in the mid $30K in the public school system.  Today she is working as a teacher without a guarantee of a job next year and she's making less than $30K in the worst school system in all of Western Connecticut (Bridgeport).  Oh and she has 2 masters and is working on her doctorate.  Yet my boss thinks teachers make too much whereas I argue they make too little, have no support and no respect.  I guess he loves paying for her expenses and her car and her food because at less than $30K a year she'll never be able to afford to live on her own paying $1200 a month in rent.  Yet this disconnect between his own personal life and his daughter's experiences and what FOX puts out doesn't phase him.  He rails about how administrators making $200k is too much.  He heaps praise on Bill Bennett, until I mention that Bill Bennett was the bastard responsible for the dumbing down of our schools under Reagan, the guy who took civics out of our classroom.  He praises our governor and his push for more charter schools until I tell him that they cost taxpayers more, don't have better results and their administrators make more than $200K and run far fewer schools (1-3 schools) than our public school administrators (in my town for example our superintendent runs 12 Elementary schools, 2 Middle schools, 1 High School, 1 Vocational-Tech high school, 1 Alternative Center for Education high school, various student educational programs and Adult Education programs).  

        I agree there are may areas where the public sector can be reformed and trimmed.  For example the padding of pensions, even if it's not as prevalent as many say it is, shouldn't be happening at all.  Excessive staff at local town halls, such as the tax collector's offices where the systems could easily be modernized, payments accepted via debit card or online so as to eliminate the need for staffs of 10 people.  A police chief in a town of 15,000 people where the biggest crimes are traffic violations and yet he runs a force that would make Blackwater envious and is making over $250K a year.

        But those cases are mostly the exception, not the norm.  By and large public sector employees work more, deal with more BS, are not respected (thanks to Reagan) and until very recently with the rapid erosion of the private sector, got paid less.  

        Unfortunately the bullshit is so fucking thick and all of it is originating from the GOP/FOX who are nothing more than paid puppets and shills for the Chamber of Commerce and the large corporations it represents.  It's damn near impossible to fight it.  We get idiots reflexively complaining about their taxes being too high, even though relative to neighboring towns it's low.   They never think that it's not the taxes that are skyrocketing every year (skyrocketing up at 1-2% a year  WOOWEEE) but rather their pay that's getting slashed (to the tune of 10-20% a year) or that it's their expenses that are doubling (gas, heating, electricity, food, insurance or basically everything else which is provided to us by PRIVATE corporations).

        THAT'S what we have to fight.  If we are to survive as a prosperous nation then the prosperity has to flow outward.  We HAVE TO attack the corporations and their incessant greed and contrast it with the efficiency of the public sector.  Public schools in many cases if given adequate resources are better and cheaper.  Public services such as trash are more efficiently run.  Public utilities are more customer driven and cheaper than privately run energy companies (Trust me in CT we got first hand evidence of that!!!).  

        We have to keep making the case that gov't isn't bad, it's only bad when it's badly run by zealots who don't believe in gov't.  And the beauty of the gov't is that unlike a large corporation, it's all open and we have the ultimate say as to who runs it.  If there's a scandal, we fire the parties responsible, hire new people, clean up the mess and move on, better than ever.  A private corporation will hide the mess until it becomes too big, then it implodes and we're stuck with the bill of cleaning up the mess and the parties responsible walk away scott free.  

        Every time some right wing idiot complains about how badly the gov't is run, we have to throw Lehman in their face or AIG or Worldcom, or Enron, or any of the other private corporations who went belly up due to mismanagement.  

        Social Security has never missed one check but various 401K's run by the likes of Bernie Madoff or Allen Stanford have.  Public fire depts will always rush to put out a fire and do whatever is necessary, even if their lives are at risk, to save people.  Privately run fire depts won't unless you paid your dues and even then you're lucky if you make it out alive.  Our postal service (until the GOP fucked it up with their bullshit reforms that bankrupted it by demanding that pensions be paid for the next 75 years) always delivered mail and as the saying goes

        Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds
        Fed UPS on the other hand?  Yeah don't hold your breath.

        We have to reverse Reagan's bullshit about the gov't  It's only bad if it's run badly by bad people.  Until we are able to do that, gov't jobs will never again be the gold standard or be respected ever again and will always be the target of the never ending quest of the GOP to destroy the middle class and turn us into a third world low paying country.

        This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

        by DisNoir36 on Fri May 04, 2012 at 06:11:18 AM PDT

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      •  Government employment (0+ / 0-)

        Salaries generally lower for comparable work, but people were willing to take that hit for the security, benefits and often the intangible rewards of public service.

    •  You really shouldn't work for your money (0+ / 0-)

      you should inherit it or borrow it from your dad.  Asking to be paid a living from the sweat of your brow is greed. /s

      . . . from Julie, Julia. "Oh, well. Boo-hoo. Now what?"

      by 88kathy on Fri May 04, 2012 at 07:13:09 AM PDT

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    •  Romney is entitled to the idea (0+ / 0-)

      that everyone else is obligated to help him become richer. So, firefighters, you should make less money, because that will help me in my quest pay less taxes. Yes, Detroiters, I'm one of you, because I want my friends to buy your employer for pennies on the dollars and re-employ you for half the wages.

      "A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer

      by CFAmick on Fri May 04, 2012 at 07:54:07 AM PDT

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  •  the dog atop Mitt's station wagon (7+ / 0-)
    Everyone knew that ceremony was being choreographed for Bush’s reelection bid. The White House hired an ex-ABC News producer to advise on production values. The carrier was directed to shift positions several times to ensure that an expanse of water, rather than the nearby California coastline, would serve as the backdrop when Bush’s plane landed. And his remarks, noting the end of “major combat operations in Iraq,” were delayed until the cameras could frame him against the golden sunset, at what’s known in Hollywood as “the magic hour.”

    slutty voter for a "dangerous president"; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; Warning-Some Snark Above"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Sciant terra viam monstrare." 政治委员, 政委!

    by annieli on Fri May 04, 2012 at 04:47:34 AM PDT

  •  Romney's failed leadership on Grinnell (6+ / 0-)

    ...Romney could have shown some actual leadership by gruffly telling critics of his chosen foreign policy adviser Grinnell that he'd chosen Grinnell for his known abilities, and if they didn't like the fact that he was openly gay, then too bad, he's sticking with him, and he's not going to let anyone run someone of ability out of his administration based on personal prejudices.

    But he didn't.

  •  'It's A Wonderful Life'.....starring the Koch Bros (3+ / 0-)
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    as Henry Potter....guy on msnbc just said we're declining BECAUSE we're not making investments.....Duh!!!!

  •  Romney tried to put Grenell (5+ / 0-)

    on the roof of his car too!

    But Romney proved he doesn't hate gays.  He likes to fire them just as much as he likes to fire straights!

    In an insane society, the sane man would appear insane

    by TampaCPA on Fri May 04, 2012 at 05:03:42 AM PDT

  •  "We did what the guy on the radio told us to do, (6+ / 0-)

    give all the power and money to the rich. Then we were supposed to get it back in spades, but we didn't. It must be Obama's fault! Yes, we are stupid. But we will never admit it!"

    We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.

    by PowWowPollock on Fri May 04, 2012 at 05:04:11 AM PDT

  •  Headline question? (1+ / 0-)
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    Where is the "Pomney Coddles Governmen Parasites" headline from?

    Sounds like some Winger or Bagger wrote it...

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Fri May 04, 2012 at 05:09:46 AM PDT

  •  Woah! Really? (6+ / 0-)
    “We will stop the unfairness of government workers getting better pay and benefits than the taxpayers they serve,” he said last week.
    Did Romney actually stop and think about the implications of that statement? Silly question, I know.

    Because the only way he can deliver on this promise is if every Republican in the House, the Senate, any Governor's mansion or state senate, works from now onwards on minimum wage only.

    www.thepeoplesview.net - Where Pragmatic Progressives are now Regrouping - Clear thinking liberals welcome

    by ultraviolet uk on Fri May 04, 2012 at 05:18:34 AM PDT

    •  It would appear that Romney doesn't stop and think (3+ / 0-)

      about anything he says, he just says it because he thinks he should, or he is told to do so.
      I think the person who thought this slogan up was the same person who thought up "the war on catapillars".

      The thing is, the President has every reason to both HYPE AND BLAME, and if you don't think so, you have been sleeping under a rock for the past several years.

    •  Self-centered people cannot see clearly (2+ / 0-)

      because the whole world revolves around them.  The self-centered are like a spinning top -- not aware that any moment the spinning will stop and the top will fall over.

      In any event,

      Willard is an Un-trustworthy Steward.

      Luke 16:1-13.

      People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

      by hannah on Fri May 04, 2012 at 05:44:30 AM PDT

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    •  Does Romney know that government workers, (2+ / 0-)
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      including our military, pay taxes too.  The GOP always wants us to think that they are the only ones who pay taxes.  
      Why would anyone want to vote for a guy who by his own statement has been unemployed for 10 years?  Many of his buddies who own businesses don't want to hire anyone who's currently unemployed.

      Romney went to France instead of serving in our military, got rich chop-shopping US businesses and eliminating US jobs, off-shored his money in the Cayman Island"s, and now tells us to "Believe in America."

      by judyms9 on Fri May 04, 2012 at 06:09:34 AM PDT

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  •  The world of the instinct-driven is (1+ / 0-)
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    88kathy

    habitual, routine, repetitive and, perforce, deceptive.  Deception is the only way to get around habit.  But then, deception itself becomes habitual.

    The instinct-driven cannot deal with variability, because they don't recognize it. Most humans are variable (creatures of habit are a sub-set), so they can't deal with them.
    That the instinct-driven are invariable is not immediately apparent because they do respond (are responsive) to prompts and different prompts will elicit a different response, maybe.

    Anyway, the instinct-driven focus on personal characteristics of people.  So, an action is good if it's carried out by a good person and vice versa. This gives them an advantage because their judgment of the person (preconceived notion) is both defining and irrefutable.  The President can do nothing about the fact that instinct-driven conservatives don't like him.  In that sense, he is like every other victim of irrational prejudice.  Nothing can be done.  This is very frustrating and there's a great temptation to go into denial and convince oneself that there must be something I can do to change their minds.

    I used to really despise that "serenity prayer."  I realize now that the error lies in the reference to "things" that can't be changed.  That's wrong.  Things can be changed; some persons are immutable.  The only thing to do with the latter is minimize the damage they are capable of.

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Fri May 04, 2012 at 05:39:51 AM PDT

  •  Cops and firefighters are overpaid, but not (3+ / 0-)
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    overpaid enough.  IMO anyone that will run into a burning building or take shots from criminals deserves to be paid a very nice wage.

    Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

    by DefendOurConstitution on Fri May 04, 2012 at 05:47:47 AM PDT

    •  Every single one of them is worth more to (2+ / 0-)
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      society than Lloyd Blankfein or any of the other Wall Street CEO's.  None of the 1% would take the personal risks government workers, even librarians in tough neighborhoods, do because they know they can pay someone to do those things for them.

      Romney went to France instead of serving in our military, got rich chop-shopping US businesses and eliminating US jobs, off-shored his money in the Cayman Island"s, and now tells us to "Believe in America."

      by judyms9 on Fri May 04, 2012 at 06:13:35 AM PDT

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  •  Weak jobs report. (0+ / 0-)

    Retiring boomers (my guess) dropped the rate to 8.1, though.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/...

    If Obama doesn't deserve credit for getting Bin Laden because he didn't pull the trigger, Bin Laden doesn't deserve the blame for 9-11 because he didn't fly the planes.

    by Bush Bites on Fri May 04, 2012 at 05:49:24 AM PDT

  •  Clever on the one hand, but (1+ / 0-)
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    this line is telling:

    “He has a litany of broken promises so what does he do? Lay blame, make excuses, run on gimmicks and engage in divisive politics. "

    Republicans stamped the living crap out of Democrats in 2010, more or less on that premise.  Not exactly, but sort of.

    The problem in 2012 is this:

    When you campaign against laying blame, making excuses, gimmicks, etc, it REALLY helps if you haven't been laying blame, making excuses, running on gimmicks, etc.

    Republicans have owned the House for the last 2 years.  Two full years to do something that was good, not a gimmick, not an exuse, etc, and...

    Nope.

    Democrats DID manage to get ACA through before Republicans took the house, and they did manage to pass that supposed stimulus package at the beginning of Obama's term.  For that matter...Democrats even passed the TARP stuff and passed out most of the money.

    Whatever you think of the bills and programs (and I consider all three to be very dubious achievements), Democrats can honestly say they were doing something before Republicans came in and gummed up the works.  They can even point to TARP as an example of how they were willing to reach across the aisle and hold their noses for the good of the country.

    Reality makes Hype and Blame a great campaign theme -- for the Democrats.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Fri May 04, 2012 at 05:58:04 AM PDT

  •  GOP Lyin' and Cryin' (1+ / 0-)
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    No no no no no no no no no mine mine wahhhh.

  •  I'm waiting for the comparison.... (3+ / 0-)
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    While I hate the fact that sloganeering has become the centerpiece of our political discourse, and thereby find it wretched that I am participating in such non-sense by commenting on the two campaign slogans, I think the comparison between the two slogans is a telling symbol of priorities and campaign goals. On the one hand we have "Forward," one word that seeks to capture the direction the candidate would like to take this country. Forward beyond the Bush years. Forward beyond the notion of cutting our future to save it. It is a message that focuses on the nation and what's best for the nation, and why this candidate's vision for the nation is better.

    On the other hand we have "Hype and Blame," an insulting co-opting of the opponent's campaign slogan from four years ago. As with one-liners from Sarah Palin et. al., it is a childish pun devised to provoke and dismiss President Obama on a personal level. The slogan communicates a focus not on the country, but on the current president personally.

    I think the two slogans perfectly capture what divides the candidates. One seeks victory in order to move towards a vision for the country. The other seeks simply victory over the current president, as an individual, with no apparent agenda or vision for the nation beyond this ousting. While it's often pointed out how empty Romney, his rhetoric, and his campaign is of principals, vision for the nation, or direction, I think the slogan confirms the accuracy of such assertions.

  •  GOP - Where Truth Lies (0+ / 0-)

    The 6 Million Dollar Lie

    Fooled You a Whole Bunch of Times

    Trickle Me This

    . . . from Julie, Julia. "Oh, well. Boo-hoo. Now what?"

    by 88kathy on Fri May 04, 2012 at 06:41:06 AM PDT

  •  Oh, so sad (1+ / 0-)
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    It's nothing compared to "Lick Bush and Dick."

    I see you SoL.

  •  Eugene Robinson Is Not The Only One Asking Why We (0+ / 0-)

    need to stay in Afghanistan, based on the data we have been given. The data we have not been given probably holds the answer.

  •  Hype and Blame Anagram: (0+ / 0-)

    Bad Pale Hymen

  •  Hype and Blame? Republicans are projecting...again (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Truer words were never spoken: (1+ / 0-)
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    The truth is, Obama infuriates the Republicans simply by waking up as president each morning.

    "I don’t wear no Stetson, but I’m willin’ to bet, son, that I’m a bigger Texan than you are".- Robert Earl Keen

    by Kellybee on Fri May 04, 2012 at 11:28:44 AM PDT

  •  It's a perfect slogan for the Republican Party (0+ / 0-)

    Seriously.

    If Republicans want the words "Hype and Blame" to be associated with their party, I think we should encourage this.

    Especially since there doesn't seem to be anything which they can't blame Obama for.

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