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Ross Douthat at The New York Times:

As grim as the Obama era has been, Americans still have a distinctly negative reading on what the last period of Republican economic stewardship delivered: rising health care costs, wage stagnation, a real estate bubble and then of course the financial crash itself.

Against this backdrop, it may not be quite enough for Mitt Romney to explain how the incumbent has failed. He needs to explain why, so soon after the Bush era, the country should trust his party to put things right again.

David Lightman and Lesley Clark at McClatchy:
Mitt Romney has vowed that on Day One of his presidency, things would be dramatically different. History and the ways of Washington suggest that by Day Two, he'd find he couldn't move as fast as he promised.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee's latest guarantee was featured in a new television ad Friday, the third in a campaign pledging a new direction for the country immediately on Inauguration Day 2013, if Romney is sworn in that day to replace a defeated President Obama. It's not that easy. [...]

First, he's probably not going to have a lot of top staff in place. Cabinet secretaries and key trade and economic officials will need Senate confirmation. The campaign maintains it can take some action without all staff in place, such as designating a country as a currency manipulator.

Second, regulations and laws often can't be eradicated overnight. Repealing the 2010 health-care law, for instance, would require an act of Congress.

Andres Oppenheimer at The Stabroek News:
Asked whether Romney will ignore the immigration issue, Romney campaign spokesman Alberto Martinez told me that “Hispanics do not vote based solely on the issue of immigration. Poll after poll indicates that jobs and the economy will be the most important issue for Hispanic voters come November.” Martinez added, “Like all Americans, Hispanics will cast their vote for president based on their perception of who is best suited to turning the economy around and creating jobs, which is why we’re confident that Governor Romney will attract considerable support.”

 [...] My opinion: If elections were decided by purely rational reasons and could be predicted with cold calculations on what issues matter the most to voters, Romney could indeed win this election. Polls show that Hispanic voters care more about the economy, jobs and education, than about immigration.

But elections are most often decided by emotional factors, and the fact is that Romney has alienated many Hispanics with a dehumanizing rhetoric against “illegals” that to many of us comes across as Latino-bashing.

Most Latinos don’t buy Romney’s claim that he is a strong supporter of “legal” immigration and only opposes “illegal” immigration, because that’s a deceiving argument. Under the current system, it’s very hard for foreigners to become legal US residents, and Romney has opposed comprehensive immigration reform that would increase the number of resident visas to match the needs of the US labour market.

Alexander Bolton at The Hill runs down 10 potential gamechangers in the presidential race:
The biggest obvious risk to Obama’s re-election is a financial crisis in Europe that could drag down the U.S. economy with it.

A popular backlash in Greece, Spain and France against German-led austerity programs has cast doubt on European leaders’ ability to avert a financial chain reaction that could send world stock markets plummeting and paralyze U.S. banks. [...]

The U.S. economy has already borne the effect of reduced trade with Europe and domestic banks have had time to insulate themselves from an overseas financial collapse but a panic could send domestic markets reeling and hurt consumer confidence.

Maureen Dowd at The New York Times is disappointed in President Obama:
The president who started off with such dazzle now seems incapable of stimulating either the economy or the voters. His campaign is offering Obama 2012 car magnets for a donation of $10; cat collars reading “I Meow for Michelle” for $12; an Obama grill spatula for $40, and discounted hoodies and T-shirts. How the mighty have fallen.

Once glowing, his press is now burning. “To a very real degree, 2008’s candidate of hope stands poised to become 2012’s candidate of fear,” John Heilemann wrote in New York magazine, noting that because Obama feels he can’t run on his record, his campaign will resort to nuking Romney. [...]

As president, Obama has never felt the need to explain or sell his signature pieces of legislation — the stimulus and health care bills — or stanch the flow of false information from the other side. [...] The president had lofty dreams of playing the great convener and conciliator. But at a fund-raiser in Minneapolis, he admitted he’s just another combatant in a capital full of Hatfields and McCoys. No compromises, just nihilism.

The AP:
Nothing upsets a president's re-election groove like ugly economic numbers.

A spring slowdown in hiring and a rise in the unemployment rate are weighing on President Barack Obama, while enhancing Republican challenger Mitt Romney's argument that the incumbent is in over his head.

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  •  MoDo is not exactly Cronkite on the end of Vietnam (11+ / 0-)

    War

    The president had lofty dreams of playing the great convener and conciliator. But at a fund-raiser in Minneapolis, he admitted he’s just another combatant in a capital full of Hatfields and McCoys. No compromises, just nihilism

    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 Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 04:48:48 AM PDT

    •  I didn't think much of her piece at all (11+ / 0-)

      But it got her the "Dowd turns on Obama" news cycle, which is what she wanted, I suspect.

      •  polishing her GOP bona fides in case rMoney wins (6+ / 0-)

        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 Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 05:09:22 AM PDT

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        •  MoDo might be happier being snarky about Romney (2+ / 0-)
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          Amber6541, Mistral Wind

          Does anything make her happy, other than being snarky or snide?

          Please help to fight hunger with a donation to Feeding America.

          by MJB on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 08:27:00 AM PDT

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          •  It's not her job to help (0+ / 0-)

            anyone in particular. When even Bill Clinton steps on the Obama campaign message, I can't get angry at a NYT columnist saying things about Obama that many of his most ardent supporters say in private. I have read far more trenchant criticism of this kind on dkos than is in Maureen's column. It is a truth universally acknowledged that the President seeks to avoid conflict unless it is launched by drones or Special Forces. But he has been walking around for a few years with a target painted on him by Congressional economy-wreckers but seems unable to go all Truman on their asses. Dowd is merely voicing the frustration that many of us feel.

            The universe may have a meaning and a purpose, but it may just specifically not include you.

            by Anne Elk on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 10:03:47 AM PDT

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            •  Dowd is just snide about everything (0+ / 0-)

              She's a professional malcontent.

              By the way, "going Truman"...  what would that entail for you?  Truman ran on foreign policy successes and blamed the "do-nothing Congress" for passing no legislation to help the economy.  Not much different from what Obama is doing.  

              There are actually similarities, though Truman's situation looked much worse in June.  At this point in the year most of the media had already written off Truman.  There was a NYT headline (even more defeatist than they are about Obama) that read, “Thomas E. Dewey’s Election as President is a Foregone Conclusion.”  Truman had a divided party with "Dixiecrat" defectors and lost white southern Democratic votes because of his civil rights positions; Obama will lose Democratic votes, most notably in places like West Virginia and Kentucky but probably elsewhere as well, because people who would never admit to being racist will go into their polling station and vote against Obama because of the color of his skin.

              Polling is more accurate today, even though it's not perfect.  The polls that showed Truman far behind for nearly the entire year were probably understating his support all along.  The polls this year are probably roughly accurate -- Romney should win every state that McCain won and the question is whether he can flip enough of the reliably red or purple states that Obama won in 2008.

              Maybe the biggest parallel here involving the NYT is that for all of its alleged liberal bias, they have been tsk-tsk'ing and seemingly rooting for Democratic presidents to fail for a very long time.

              Please help to fight hunger with a donation to Feeding America.

              by MJB on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 11:01:41 AM PDT

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              •  One person's snide is another's (0+ / 0-)

                pointed remark. I think she is amusingly acerbic and often makes sharp observations. As far as the Truman aspect is concerned, I appreciate your remarks but I think that Obama has to campaign on making the Congress a "one-termer". Didn't Truman have the Congress back in session during the summer? I am no concern troll, but I fear that Obama is a bit too concerned about the majesty of the office to get pugilistic enough. The elites may have looked down on Truman, but he was prepared to name names and land blows.

                The universe may have a meaning and a purpose, but it may just specifically not include you.

                by Anne Elk on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 11:20:53 AM PDT

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                •  Truman did have a different style, obviously (0+ / 0-)

                  Obama's style works for him but he does have to be careful of the danger of appearing to be too detached in the face of a poor economy, which was the biggest problem that George H.W. Bush had when he lost in 1992.

                  It might well come down to whether the Democratic voter-turnout efforts are more effective than the Republican voter-suppression efforts.  Although the Dems are avoiding the use of  this week in Wisconsin as a test of voter turnout, it is.  If the Democratic organization is effective enough to defeat Walker, that's a great sign for November.  But if the Dems cannot turn out enough votes in Wisconsin (it's not Idaho, it's not Alabama, it's a state we should win) and get rid of someone as loathsome as Scott Walker, then any objective observer should question whether the Dems can effectively turn out enough votes to win enough swing states in November to hold the White House.

                  Please help to fight hunger with a donation to Feeding America.

                  by MJB on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 12:26:48 PM PDT

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              •  Wait, that race card looks odd. (1+ / 0-)
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                Obama will lose Democratic votes, most notably in places like West Virginia and Kentucky but probably elsewhere as well, because people who would never admit to being racist will go into their polling station and vote against Obama because of the color of his skin.
                He'll lose votes he already had because of his race? How'd he get them in the first place? Has he changed color?
                •  Obama will lose some Democratic voters in 2012 (0+ / 0-)

                  as he did in 2008, who would have voted for a white Democratic nominee but won't vote for Obama.

                  Will that be enough to cost Obama any states that a white Democratic nominee, for example HRC, would have won in 2012?  We won't know for sure until after the fact.
                   

                  Please help to fight hunger with a donation to Feeding America.

                  by MJB on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 12:14:54 PM PDT

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      •  I remember when she was relivent (0+ / 0-)

        but that was long ago..not she just seems bitter my guess is she is not on the White House invitation list.

      •  The only topic she is really strong on (9+ / 0-)

        is the Catholic Church.   She's on firm ground there.  As far as presidential politics, she covers them as if she's evaluating someone she'd like to date.

        Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

        by SottoVoce on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 06:02:06 AM PDT

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      •  More than that (2+ / 0-)
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        StellaRay, sebastianguy99

        Tweeted by Howard Fineman this morning:

        Howard Fineman ‏@howardfineman

        Big AM news inside Beltway/punditocracy and with good reason: Maureen Dowd's mournful take down of Obama signals start of media stampede.

        He went on to tweet that apparently ClintonWorld has decided Obama is a loser with Rendell and Bubba teaming up to trash the President.

        So Fineman is suggesting that Dowd's piece is the beginning of the coming media attack on Obama. And that the Clinton arm of the party is OK with that.

        This stuff just infuriates me. Thank god the vast majority of voters don't give a shit what these people think.

        "...in a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy." Matt Taibbi

        by Getreal1246 on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 08:26:22 AM PDT

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    •  That's Right (0+ / 0-)

      Mo, because trying to look for common cause has worked SO well for the last three years...

      There's no cure for stupid, and won't be if you keep cutting the funding for the research.

      by Ref on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 06:25:21 AM PDT

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    •  She called him Barry when he was flying high. (3+ / 0-)
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      annieli, Mistral Wind, grover

      Hard to believe she wouldn't try to throw him an anchor when he's struggling.

      "The disturbing footage depicts piglets being drop kicked and swung by their hind legs. Sows are seen being kicked and shoved as they resist leaving their piglets."

      by Bush Bites on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 07:41:55 AM PDT

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    •  Can we embargo any armchair psychoanalysis? (0+ / 0-)

      With the troubling economic news, the clock is running for Drew Westen's next quackery. Until then, can we really skip the discussion of Obama's relationship with his father? Or at least stop linking to the articles? Thanks.

      Why did the Washington Post hire Bellatrix LeStrange? And why did she change her name to Jennifer Rubin?

      by NoFortunateSon on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 08:50:17 AM PDT

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    •  She bashes the Dem candidate (0+ / 0-)

      in every Presidential election. "Bushworld" would have been hard to write if Bush was never President. Perhaps she's hoping her next book will be "Romneyland".

      Romney - 2012 - If You Want Honesty, Vote For The Other Guy!

      by kitebro on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 12:42:17 PM PDT

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  •  Imagine you are in a classroom (2+ / 0-)
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    is the title of this post in which I share some thoughts on teaching as I prepare to leave the classroom

    Perhaps you might take a few moments to read it?

    peace

    "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

    by teacherken on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 04:54:58 AM PDT

    •  teacherken - (8+ / 0-)

      I do so appreciate your diaries, and I appreciate your consistency in highlighting them.  I am a senior citizen with no children or grandchildren in school, so I don't face the tribulations of trying to guide a child through the educational process now.  I read your diaries to understand how different the educational system is now compared to what it was like when I was attending public school.

      I have friends who are teachers, or were and are now retired, and all of them share three complaints, regardless of whether they worked in inner-city, suburban or rural schools:  lack of resources, lack of ability to discipline students and the mountains of paperwork required to justify and report on every aspect of their classroom.

      I forward links to your diaries to many of these friends, and when we get together your writings almost always spark discussions - some uplifting, some depressing, but always interesting.  What everyone agrees on is that something happens to people's judgment when they become administrators (whose ranks seem to grow exponentially).  It's clear that there is an enormous chasm between what goes on at the classroom level and what is perceived at the district level, and everyone at the classroom level - students and teachers alike - are the ones to suffer from the differences.

      Thank you again for your diaries.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 05:25:00 AM PDT

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  •  Yup, the best thing Obama has going for himself (13+ / 0-)

    is the Repelicans. While there is much angst and anxiety in these tough economic times it is hard to take in the postures that the Repelican House and the Repelican presidential nominees took over the past year and a half and believe that such a crowd of disingenuous louts could in any way improve the situation we find ourselves in four years after the rule of Buscheney.

  •  Mitt Romney's declarations (14+ / 0-)

    that he will make changes on day 1 of his presidency if he is elected - in fact promising that he will make substantial changes at all - shows that, even though he has been governor of a state, he still has the mentality of a CEO who can order his employees to make something happen, and that thing will happen forthwith.

    The only way Romney can hope to bring about the changes he promises is if he has a congress willing to rubber stamp whatever he wants; most of what he wants requires congressional approval.  I'm sure he knows this, so "promising" to do things, particularly immediately upon being elected, is either just so much campaign malarkey or manifestly dishonest.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 04:59:51 AM PDT

  •  Meanwhile, in the states, wonderful things! (7+ / 0-)

    Here is a pic I took yesterday at the gay pride parade in Honolulu:

    Photobucket

  •  The worthlessness of Maureen Dowd (7+ / 0-)

    Will someone out there please proclaim that this fraud is an utter waste of space?  She makes David Brooks read like Thomas Pynchon.  

    •  Unlike Brooks, she is actually capable of (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Samer

      writing really good columns.  But she rarely does.  Her best ones are when she doesn't try to be too sarcastic or humorous."

    •  She is pointing out something (1+ / 0-)
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      Minnesota Deb

      that has a lot of truth in it. I wouldn't shoot the messenger if I were you. Obama could very easily lose the election if he doesn't take on the Congressional GOP with utmost seriousness and aggression. The Congress is the organ grinder; Romney is only the monkey.

      The universe may have a meaning and a purpose, but it may just specifically not include you.

      by Anne Elk on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 10:14:39 AM PDT

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      •  It's the lame hyperbole: Dreaming of a Superhero (0+ / 0-)

        Only media infants like Dowd think that we see Obama as a superhero.

        And she's been anti-O for a loooooooong time.

        •  I don't see that. Seems a little thin-skinned (0+ / 0-)

          to me. But as I say, it's not her job to be pro or anti anyone. The columnist writes an opinion not a campaign. There are in fact lots of people in the Obama camp who have ascribed super-hero qualities to him. I am guessing the reason you are so upset with Dowd is that she doesn't share your adulation of the Great Man.

          The universe may have a meaning and a purpose, but it may just specifically not include you.

          by Anne Elk on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 05:34:24 PM PDT

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  •  The system is dysfunctional (6+ / 0-)

    The system is clearly dysfunctional and as a result the hard choices and decisions that need to be made will not be made ... until here is a real crisis ... by which time it will be too late (or bloody painful).

    Both sides seem to be unable to understand that this time is truly different. The economy will not recover like it has from past recessions, because this recession is different.

    REAL reform is required.

    Companies add workers when there is demand for their products, not before (hence companies are sitting on record cash piles and doing nothing). There is no demand because the average consumer is tapped out, burdened with 30 years of excess debt. This will not be fixed in a weekend ... real structural changes are needed and so far almost NOTHING has been done, or even suggested, by either side..

    Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. - JFK

    by taonow on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 05:19:08 AM PDT

  •  Regarding Those "Day One" Promises (2+ / 0-)
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    Mr. Obama made a big show of fulfilling his campaign promises right away. He put broad new restrictions on lobbyists in his first full day in office. And a day later, he banned torture and set in motion a plan to close the terrorist detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

    But the public relations benefits of immediately doing what he promised quickly gave way to the harsh realities of governing in Washington.

    Mr. Obama’s action on lobbyists and ethics was quickly waived in the case of a senior Defense Department appointee. And his choice to run the Department of Health and Human Services, Tom Daschle, had to withdraw amid questions about his long connections to the lobbying world.

    And his executive order to begin the process of closing the Guantánamo prison? That hasn’t worked out quite as he wanted, in large part because of Congressional interference. The detention center remains open three and a half years later, a reminder of a promise broken.

    Look, political junkies in Bloggo world know that most of the "I'm going to do this and this on day one of my presidency" is campaign-mode bullcrap.

    However, outside of Bloggo world, the majority of the voters are just now starting to pay attention to what the candidates are saying. those voters are aware we're in the middle of a massive financial crisis- a crisis which the current congress and POTUS aren't doing much about.

    and patience with incumbents is wearing thin.

    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/...

    "I don't feel the change yet". Velma Hart

    by Superpole on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 05:25:18 AM PDT

  •  2004 Bush couldn't run on his record...so they (10+ / 0-)

    nuked Kerry.

  •  I like Dowd (3+ / 0-)

    when she writes about the Catholic Church.

  •  McCotter's done.... he's out. (8+ / 0-)
    U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, stung by a scandal over fraudulent, duplicated and otherwise invalid signatures in support of his re-election campaign, is dropping his short-lived plan to run as a write-in in the Aug. 7 Republican primary.

    McCotter, a Livonia Republican, announced his decision -- which could be tantamount to a forced retirement from politics after 10 years in the U.S. House of Representatives -- in a statement late Saturday, saying, "One can't clean up a mess multitasking."

    http://www.freep.com/...

    A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

    by dougymi on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 05:35:54 AM PDT

  •  Douthat is an idiot (10+ / 0-)
    As grim as the Obama era has been, Americans still have a distinctly negative reading on what the last period of Republican economic stewardship delivered
    What has ben grim is the gridlock that Republicans have caused in their attempt to kill the Obama presidency. No one from any party or planet would have succeeded in stimulating the economy trying to get plans and bills past the party of no. despite this we see positive gain. NOTICE THAT THE NY TIMES TURNED OFF THE COMMENT SECTION in the article!  Ugh!  Makes me MAD!
  •  I knew without even looking (1+ / 0-)
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    liquidman

    who assembled this list of articles.

  •  But.... (0+ / 0-)

    Re:
    "As grim as the Obama era has been, Americans still have a distinctly negative reading on what the last period of Republican economic stewardship delivered: rising health care costs, wage stagnation, a real estate bubble and then of course the financial crash itself.

    Against this backdrop, it may not be quite enough for Mitt Romney to explain how the incumbent has failed. He needs to explain why, so soon after the Bush era, the country should trust his party to put things right again."

    My comments:
    The cost of insurance  under Romney care, the prototype of the HCR bill has increased by double digit each yeer in Massachusetts since 2007 when it passed.

    While median household income dropped by $2000 during the Bush years it had dropped $4,300 during the Obama years..

    •  My comments: (8+ / 0-)

      *  You're assuming a causal relationship between the cost of insurance going up and Romneycare going into effect.  Double-digit rate increases have been happening all over the country, not just in MA, since Romneycare was passed.
      and
      *  Median household income always drops during recessions - hence the "recession" label.  And in most of the country, people are living through a depression, not just what is usually referred to as a recession.  In fact, according to economics definition, the recession ended two years ago.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 06:17:18 AM PDT

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    •  Mass health care costs are (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      desert rain, Amber6541

      going up, just as they are going up in the rest of the country.
      Cost has to be controlled through better end of life management, better management of chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, etc.

      “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

      by skohayes on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 06:26:28 AM PDT

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  •  Douthat and I don't live on the same (9+ / 0-)

    planet.

    On my planet, the Obama era has been one of inching away from the precipice, with a slowly improving economy - despite the hindrance of many a relic from, and supporter of, the past.  

    At the same time, there has been a better atmosphere about the place.  To much attention was paid to the relics/supporters, at one time - but not so much now, thanks be.  

    Poor Douthat, with his 'grim' coloured spectacles.....  Time to try smiling at the world for a change!  He does know that this takes fewer muscles than frowning?

    •  I really get upset when... (3+ / 0-)
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      Micheline, Amber6541, Mistral Wind

      otherwise intelligent people make big noises about it's all goolm and doom now because the May job numbers are not what was expected.

      May is traditionally the slowest job month of the year.

      Further, back in December/January some folks were whooping about job numbers being good.  At the time I warned them that many of the jobs were going to vanish.  Further massive layoffs didn't help either.

      This is not Obama's fault.  I am more likely to blame demand for goods and services than political bungling.

      Douthat being the right wingey crank that he is, is ideologically bound to blame the opposition party instead of economics as blame of politicians is much more salable.

      As for the rest of the chattering heads, we may not be able to directly rebut these loons, but we can ignor them with a high degree of safety.

      The nation we save from Republican sharpsters will be our own. We need a Democratic Congress, and to reelect President Obama....this won't be easy...we better get started NOW!

      by boilerman10 on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 08:37:04 AM PDT

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  •  What a gloomy array of articles. (14+ / 0-)

    The media has crowned Romney because Obama "failed" and Romney is promising stuff.  Not a peep about the Walker recall election in a few days.  Not a peep about voter suppression.  Not a peep about Congress doubling down on "all-abortion-and-no-jobs till election day", etc., etc.  This issue of Abbreviated Pundit Roundup sounds like the Sunday talk shows.

    Sigh.

    Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

    by SottoVoce on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 06:09:53 AM PDT

    •  The economic numbers gave them a big stick. (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      MJB

      And they'll use it.

      I'm sure the Beltway types are still pining for the McCain Presidency that never was.

      "The disturbing footage depicts piglets being drop kicked and swung by their hind legs. Sows are seen being kicked and shoved as they resist leaving their piglets."

      by Bush Bites on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 07:43:43 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Those gloomy numbers, European problems aside, (4+ / 0-)

        are largely the work of the GOP Congress.  No one inside the Beltway seems to give a damn about that. My post, however, was more about DKos than the pundits.  It would be nice to see a more varied array of articles than just the "failure" of Obama.  We can turn on any channel this morning and see the news reduced to this one thing.  It's disappointing to see us ignore Wisconsin this final weekend, and not to be able to dig up even one article about the drama in Florida as Scott battles with the Justice Department over whether or not he can give Florida to the GOP, making it another 2000 election.  But throwing a rock at Obama is so much easier.

        Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

        by SottoVoce on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 08:03:00 AM PDT

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        •  can you point me to (0+ / 0-)

          all those jab-destroying laws the GOP passed by overriding Obama's vetos?

          •  eh, typo (0+ / 0-)

            "job", obviously.

          •  it's not the job-destroying laws they (3+ / 0-)
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            passed overriding Obama's veto, it's the obstruction of any kind of progress on jobs at all.  But surely you knew that...?

            Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

            by SottoVoce on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 09:13:58 AM PDT

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            •  ok (0+ / 0-)

              can you point me to anything that Obama has proposed that would fix the economy?
               (hint: the transportation bill and jobs bill doesn't do it).

              •  I see your reasoning now, (0+ / 0-)

                If you mean that if the GOP-led House stonewalled a more progressive bill, it would feel better than having them stonewall more modest ones.

                Sadly, Congress still passes the laws.  If the Congress' stated goal is to make sure the president serves one term, determines that refusing to pass ANYTHING that will help create or restore jobs or keep people in their homes, and has the discipline to take the country to the brink in persuit of that goal, it doesn't matter how good the proposals are.

                You can blame every single failure on President Obama if you like, rather than sticking to the ones for which he is actually responsible (and there are plenty of those).  Or you can fight for a better Congress.  I choose the second route.  

                Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

                by SottoVoce on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 12:32:52 PM PDT

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                •  no (0+ / 0-)

                  I'm saying the voters have a choice between a guy who says (lies that) he can fix the economy (Romney) and a guy who basically is conceding that he won't (Obama).

                  The problem is that people are more likely to go vote for the liar who says he can fix it than the guy telling the truth about his modest proposals.

                  and, btw, I NEVER blamed every single failure on Obama. You are intentionally creating a straw man argument (that I did so) and arguing against that, which is not only a logical fallacy, but is also really deceptive argumentation. Stop it.

                  •  You seem to be blaming the failure of (0+ / 0-)

                    Congress to pass anything on Obama.  You seem to be blaming the bad economy on Obama.  I'm sorry if I'm misinterpreting.  You taunt me by saying "show me the bills Congress passed over Obama's veto" which has nothing to do with the reality of this Congress.  The only bills they are putting forth are anti-woman bills.  They are like toddlers, holding their breath till they turn blue, rather than doing the job they are expected to do.  Obama, perhaps wrongly, presented modest bills that he thought might pass.  They stoutly refused, period.  They prefer the let-'em-go-hungry path.  I do not believe this means that he is "conceding that he won't" fix the economy. Putting forth a New Deal-style jobs program might be really inspiring, but getting it even considered by this crew is a pipe dream.  I'm more than happy to hear some suggestions on what he SHOULD be doing, as long as it's based on the real world.  

                    Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

                    by SottoVoce on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 12:48:50 PM PDT

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                    •  no (1+ / 0-)
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                      "Congress to pass anything on Obama.  You seem to be blaming the bad economy on Obama.  I'm sorry if I'm misinterpreting."
                      I am saying that Obama isn't even PROPOSING anything that would fix the economy, and I'm saying that in of itself is a problem, specifically an electoral problem and a "overton window" problem as well.

                      He is not going out there and saying "Here's my plan, which if you reelect me and give me enough Democrats in Congress, will fix the economy".  He's also not forcefully arguing for a big Keynsian stimulus, explaining to the country why that works (which can start shaping public opinion properly).

                      And just for craven partisan reasons, it helps to have something he tried to do that would have fixed the economy but that he couldn't get through a republican congress. not the half-arsed bills that contain mostly tax cut extensions like the AJA.

                      •  ok, I'll accept that. (1+ / 0-)
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                        If I understand, you're saying that proposing something bold, something that might really be effective--even though it is destined to fail given the current makeup of Congress--is the best counterweight to Romney.  You may be right; people crave real solutions, and if we can't even get tepid ones through, at least fight for something that might really make a big difference.   I can see your point.  It does amaze me that people would consider voting for someone as patently dishonest, spectacularly out of touch and personally repugnant as Romney, whose promises are ideas that failed so recently, assisted by people who were largely responsible for the failure.  You're suggesting that people fall for his promises, so Obama should offer real solutions to counter those promises?

                        Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

                        by SottoVoce on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 01:43:14 PM PDT

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    •  But these voices arise (0+ / 0-)

      when a leader doesn't inspire at least a little fear. Respect is a sword carefully wielded by a wise leader. Your friends respect you out of love, but your enemies must learn to respect you because they fear you. These voices are telling Obama that his enemies don't fear him one bit. That has to change. We need some blood.

      The universe may have a meaning and a purpose, but it may just specifically not include you.

      by Anne Elk on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 10:18:50 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  okay.... (0+ / 0-)
        We need some blood.
        Can you be more specific?

        Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

        by SottoVoce on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 10:22:08 AM PDT

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        •  Figuratively, of course. (1+ / 0-)
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          Many years ago, during WW2, my father went to a boxing match in London. Two big men were circling each other in the ring, not doing much more than sparring. Finally, a guy in the crowd yelled out, "Oy! What about a bit a blood then?"

          Unless Obama starts drawing some political blood by punching the GOP Congress square in the face, he is going to lose on pints. Am I clear?

          The universe may have a meaning and a purpose, but it may just specifically not include you.

          by Anne Elk on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 11:00:24 AM PDT

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    •  not a peep (0+ / 0-)

      You are right, "not a peep." That is the modus operendi of this administration.

  •  The Press smells like ASS. (1+ / 0-)
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    Mitt, you're so full of shitt.

    by OleHippieChick on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 06:15:14 AM PDT

  •  It's interesting how one writer can... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...completely alter the mood of an entire blog with her choice of pundit articles to kick off the day. I've never seen so many anti-Obama/pro-(R)money pieces here, ever. What's the deal? Is this usual for "Georgia Logothetis"? First time I've ever seen her byline and not looking forward to seeing it again if this is what we can expect.

    Best-selling true crime author Corey Mitchell. Please, buy my books!

    by liquidman on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 06:23:17 AM PDT

  •  Frome the Uppity Wisconsin blog (3+ / 0-)
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    If Walker applies same standards to himself as he did to Jim Doyle, he must resign

    Statement from Milwaukee County Executive and Candidate for Governor Scott Walker on the Indictment of one of Jim Doyle's Top Aides in the Department of Administration (from 2006):
    “The indictment handed down today shows how corruption can infiltrate all areas of government.
    Unfortunately we have a Governor and administration that condones unethical and illegal behavior. The people of Wisconsin deserve better.”
    Today’s indictment provides further confirmation that the Doyle administration is damaged and must be removed from the Capitol. Jim Doyle’s political connections to this aide are, without question, mentioned as a defining piece of the evidence used to bring forth this indictment.” ...
    “Governor Doyle needs to purge his administration of individuals who place politics and special
    interests ahead of the people of Wisconsin....
    “Little can be said to underscore the seriousness of this charge. I am hopeful that the people of  Wisconsin will allow me the opportunity to clean up Madison with the same fervor that guided  my reform movement in Milwaukee County.”

    “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

    by skohayes on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 06:29:45 AM PDT

  •  Mo D'Oh! (3+ / 0-)
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    How dumb is this woman?  Three years of obstruction by Congress and Obama tries to explain this and he's a nihilist.  Dowd is so shallow I can't even blame her.  How about the editors at the Times who pick lamebrains like her and Douthat?

    In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act--Orwell

    by jhannon on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 06:38:01 AM PDT

  •  Despite all the Dowd bashing, and my general (1+ / 0-)
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    distaste for her too often terrible columns, I thought this one was good.  She is less critical of Obama than sympathetic; less negative negative than observational.  She certainly is not positive on Romney.

    My guess is most of the criticism here is based on a profound dislike of her in general rather than of this particular piece and knee jerk defensiveness about anything but a positive take on Obama.

    One always treads thin ice with psychological profiles, which is what the Dowd piece is, but I think this one is right on.  That Obama sold himself to be a decisive agent of change - quite the opposite of what he's turned out to be and what he apparently has always been - and hasn't delivered on that sale is a huge source of disappointment, which is showing up in a clear lack of voter enthusiasm compared to 2008.  Things could change between now and November, but he just doesn't seem to have the juice he had and Heilemann looks right in seeing Obama selling fear rather than hope and change to get elected in 2012.  

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

    by accumbens on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 07:04:45 AM PDT

  •  Bingo (2+ / 0-)
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    As president, Obama has never felt the need to explain or sell his signature pieces of legislation — the stimulus and health care bills — or stanch the flow of false information from the other side.
  •  On Chris Hayes..... (2+ / 0-)
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    Steele: Where are the moderate democrats?

    Mann: In the leadership.

  •  Mo is right about one thing. (1+ / 0-)
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    Obama screwed the pooch during his first two years. Compromise with assholes who only want you dead (even politically) is foolish and guaranteed to fail.

    I don't care how many great bills were passed. His compromises erase all that. The tax cut deal probably led to today's anemic employment numbers, and surely created and cemented the budget woes that suddenly attract the GOP's attention. And for what? Not even a decent deal on unemployment. Instead the GOP held our whole economy hostage, because they KNEW Obama would cave in, as he had done so often before.

    To be sure, there is less caving in today, but clearly there is a leadership vacuum in DC. No big plans, no ideals, no reaching for the stars. And that's as big of a shame as was his caving in so often early in his presidency.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 07:14:24 AM PDT

    •  90%+ of the blame goes to Sen Conservadems (6+ / 0-)

      If it weren't for that execrable "Gang of 6" slowwalking the ACA, allowing constant "painless filibusters," etc., they might actually have gotten stuff done a lot faster and a lot more painlessly.

      We don't want our country back, we want our country FORWARD. --Eclectablog

      by Samer on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 07:55:20 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  no doubt about that, but even there, (1+ / 0-)
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        not once did Obama use the bully part of his pulpit. Frankly, he avoided the dais, as well.

        Even he realized that he blew it when he admitted that keeping quiet in August about health care was a massive mistake. Not only were his supporters begging for some direction and signs, but the vacuum was filled with corporate lies and mistruths, ir death panels, and worse.

        What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

        by agnostic on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 08:37:56 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Sorry child, you have to compromise. (2+ / 0-)
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      And had he tried to be TOUGH the GOP still would not have gone along.

      And the media narrative would have been, "If only Obama didn't try to strong-arm the GOP."

  •  On colleges and four years and out... (2+ / 0-)
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    I've always said that those against tuition increases, when states are cutting higher education budgets, end up leading us to much bigger tacit increases as students are forced into 5th years of schooling for lack of classes.

    Given all the cutbacks, there is only one way schools can prod students to finish in 4.

    Lowering standards. There is no other way. For students to finish in 4, colleges have to lower the requirements toward a degree.

    We're down to below 30% of faculty being full-time now from 75% a decade ago. Class sizes and responsibilities have doubled. A great many required classes have been cut and are now offered once a year.

    The only way to graduate students in 4 is to simply lower standards.

    There are two kinds of people in this world. The kind who divide the world into two kinds of people, and the kind who don't.

    by upstate NY on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 07:19:23 AM PDT

  •  Fernstrom - Mass 47th Place Was An Improvement (2+ / 0-)
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    Mitt Romney's spokesperson, Eric Fernstrom on ABC's This Week, said Romney's 'state ranks 47th in job creation number' was an improvement from previous years. When Romney came in, he said, Massachusetts was a basket case.

    However, that was after William Weld, Paul Celluci, Jane Swift, then him. A line of Republican governors.

    cheerleaders need not apply.

    by kravitz on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 07:25:15 AM PDT

  •  About the media and neglect of important stuff we (3+ / 0-)
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    have the Washington Post's Ombudsman with "The thoughtful Americans who are never heard" citing some of his own research and concluding with [and my emphasis]:

    Or look at think tanks that get cited and quoted in The Post. The mainstream ones do great: the left-of-center Brookings Institution 551 times, the right-of-center American Enterprise Institute 284 times and Heritage Foundation 235 times. The U.S. Institute of Peace, one of the most interesting and innovative “think and do” tanks in the city, supported by both Democrats and Republicans in Congress: three mentions in two years.

    Nader calls it the “journalism of trivia and of exclusion” — and he says that citizen groups around the country tell him that media are not hearing them. Readers of all persuasions write to me about this, too — the same sources, same talking heads, over and over.

    I agree. In a time of gridlock and polarization, it is especially incumbent on media to seek out and cover the unconventional and outsider voices — whether citizen or expert, whether right, center or left. They’re out there; we just have to listen.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 07:29:45 AM PDT

  •  Stand Your Ground Investigative Report (5+ / 0-)

    The Tampa Bay Times published an investigative report that looks at outcomes and race factors. They have a sortable database of cases and case studies.

    Part One:

    A Tampa Bay Times investigation has found that Florida's "stand your ground" law is being used in ways never imagined — to free gang members involved in shootouts, drug dealers beefing with clients and people who shot their victims in the back.

    Defendants have invoked the law to excuse all manner of mischief, from minor fistfights to drug possession to killing an endangered species.

    Part Two is about the race factor:
    A Tampa Bay Times analysis shows that people who claimed self-defense after killing a black victim were more likely to go free than those who killed a white victim.
    There's also an interesting graphical depiction.
  •  Ross Douchebag is why I never buy the NYT. (1+ / 0-)
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    "The disturbing footage depicts piglets being drop kicked and swung by their hind legs. Sows are seen being kicked and shoved as they resist leaving their piglets."

    by Bush Bites on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 07:36:07 AM PDT

  •  Obama problem is he started out with his party (0+ / 0-)

    controlling both houses. That meant he didn't need any Republican votes and therefore ended up with partisan bills. He would've been better off if Republicans controlled the House (instead of Pelosi) and he was forced to craft bipartisan "triangulated" bills. Thats why people voted for him, becuase they thought he would compromise ("No red states, no blue states...").

    He should have only passed parts of the health care bill that both parties could agree on: pre existing conditions, buying across state lines, etc... The stimulus should have been part of long term deficit and debt reduction (some version of Simpson/Bowles).

    People say republicans wouldn't have worked with Obama no matter what, but a skilled politician would've been able to force them to. Thats what Clinton did. And the left hated Clinton at the time, but he was reelected. Now everybody loves him.

    Obama also has the misfortune of being stuck with a bad economy so what he (and Democrats) did was sort of a gamble. He thought the economy would improve. But thats a gamble I say he shouldn't have taken because if you lose you don't get reelected and the Supreme Court is lost for decades.

  •  MoDo and the hack media line: no messaging! (1+ / 0-)
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    coffejoe

    As if Obama controls the nightly horserace media.

    Dowd doesnt get that if the NEWS doesn't report on what the health care bill, etc are, then nobody knows.

  •  Dear Maureen Doop, Please note: (0+ / 0-)
    Maureen Dowd at The New York Times is disappointed in President Obama:
    Go to hell. If you're already there, eat shit.

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