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With friends like Cory Booker and Deval Patrick, President Obama should just start packing to leave the White House now.

First Booker basically says he's nauseated at Obama's main campaign strategy of attacking Bain Capital—of course afterward he tried to say he didn't mean Obama was wrong to do it—yeah right. Then, today, Deval Patrick, who actually had already backed Booker's play by sending more love to Bain and the equity capital players, flat out called Barack Obama "De Pression" instead of "the President".

Jeez, why not just say you're actually a Republican and for Romney? In fact, in addition to his other sins, Patrick made sure to include Romney was NOT a failure as Massachusetts governor. What the hell is this? Even "can't we all get along" Obama has finally learned to come out punching low.

But his alleged surrogates sound like they have all been bought off by Bain Capital. Obama had better call all these surrogates in for a little chat this week, to make sure they're all on the Democratic Party page, AND that their Freudian slips aren't showing.

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  •  I got into trouble in another diary for suggesting (6+ / 0-)

    that someone might have been bought off by Koch money, so I won't say anything here about any sort of possibility in this case.

    Nonetheless, folks will have some pretty short memories if they've forgotten by now how the Bush administration bought off journalists and "official" spokespeople, paying them to print and spout administration explanations and "takes" on things.  This is something that has been done and is being done, people.   We are living in some desperate and seriously corrupt times.

    That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

    by concernedamerican on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 03:15:48 PM PDT

  •  This is ridiculous! (11+ / 0-)

    Deval Patrick is about as strong a supporter (and friend) of Obama as you can find. He is also a strong progressive who does not back down in the face of criticism. His speech at yesterday's state Democratic convention was awesome.

    From the ashes we can build another day.

    by onig on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 03:18:57 PM PDT

  •  Oh come on, these are two separate issues. (4+ / 0-)
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    jj32, jaym, The Poet Deploreate, koNko

    Booker said something with intention.  Patrick made a verbal slip with nothing underlying it.  Ironically, Booker has been a good mayor while Patrick hasn't been much of a governor.

    Dear conservatives: If instead of "marriage equality" we call it "voluntary government registration of committed homosexuals," are you on board?

    by Rich in PA on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 03:19:44 PM PDT

  •  Actually Deval Patrick was good on MTP (3+ / 0-)

    today.  He was on message.

    President Obama, January 9, 2012: "Change is hard, but it is possible. I've Seen it. I've Lived it."

    by Drdemocrat on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 03:22:46 PM PDT

    •  Patrick AGREED With Kasich About "the uncertainty" (2+ / 0-)
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      SBandini, mightymouse

      Patrick was trying so hard to be sweet to Kasich, he even agreed with him with Kasich blathered out the sclerotic Republican talking point about business people all being too "uncertain" to hire anyone, because of Obama's anti-business polices.

      Patrick should have laughed in Kasich's face, and pointed out that the problem is businesses are certain they can make record profits without hiring more workers, because that's the new paradigm they've worked out since 2008. But then of course Patrick might have sounded anti-business—or you know pro-worker.

  •  I believe you are mistaken. (4+ / 0-)

    I met Deval Patrick and heard him speak recently here in Oregon.

     If there is a bigger friend and supporter of President Obama (outside of the Obama family, anyway), I don't know who it is.

    "There is just one way to save yourself, and that's to get together and work and fight for everybody." ---Woody Guthrie (quoted by Jim Hightower in The Progressive Populist April 1, 2012, p3)

    by CitizenJoe on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 03:33:34 PM PDT

    •  Then as I said, time to pack. (1+ / 0-)
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      "If there is a bigger friend and supporter of President Obama (outside of the Obama family, anyway), I don't know who it is."

      Well, if that's true, Patrick at least needs to take the GOP off his t-shirt. Obama right now is depending on surrogates who clearly are not reading, nor agreeing to, fundamental talking points and principles of the Obama campaign. They either need to get with the program, or shut up.

  •  Moderate and Bipartisan Dems Would Be Republicans (1+ / 0-)
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    in past times. When you're a conservative and associate with conservatives you're going to hear some conservative talking points especially during an election campaign when politicians often attempt to sound like Democrats.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 03:52:52 PM PDT

  •  what are you talking about? (2+ / 0-)
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    steve2012, shanikka

    GOP on his t-shirt?

    this was a verbal slip-up, basically. patrick is to the LEFT of obama on almost every issue you can think you. under deval patricks tenure, the commonwealth of massachusetts has outperformed the rest of the country in practically every meaningful measure (including employment). his education, environmental, and social policies have been a progressive panacea AND they have been successfully instituted AND he is wildly popular.

    this diary is reductionist to an almost unbelievable degree, and is not exactly helping spread informed opinions.

    as to the coakley comparison above, the commentor has no idea what he is talking about. since dukakis, deval patrick has been the only democratic governor in this state, and he has been reelected, which is amazing, and not as easy as people seem to think. the state of MA may vote blue in most presidential elections, but registered democrats are actually a sizable minority here. the fact that he is popular with a state that routinely elects republican governors (and now senators) says a lot about his performance.

    •  umm... nope. gotta disagree (1+ / 0-)
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      working in MA as an advocate, and as a long-time elected school committee member, aside from the School Building Authority restructuring (mostly the work of the legislature) I can tell you that in the advocacy community, regardless of the issues, Patrick does not have a very good reputation. i've worked closely with his last three budgets, and on issues I care about, they have really, really sucked- he puts crap out there that is a cut above neo-conservative in it's intention and impact, and then waits for the legislature to bail him out- if even one of his budgets passed, untouched by the legislature, his approval ratings would be around rick scott levels.  

      he's popular, until you actually have to work with him and his administration- who don't seem able to really do a damned thing until you file a lawsuit- then they settle and do the right thing.  why should something having emergency disaster shelters actually comply with the ADA require five years of frustrating negotiations leading to a lawsuit before they do anything?

      g-d's honest truth- if i had a nickel for every time i've heard an advocate here pine for the days when there was a republican governor- simply because you always knew exactly where they stood, and they never tried to bullshit you (as opposed to the Patrick admin, which smiles, says we're really lucky to have democrats in office, and then stalls until you sue them- i'd have a lot of money- which I would put into our litigation budget and file a lot more lawsuits to get the Patrick admin to do the right thing.

      i had much higher expectations for Patrick. Much higher.

      "When you're skating on thin ice, you might as well dance." Jesse Winchester

      by The Poet Deploreate on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 04:56:50 PM PDT

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  •  Concern troll is concerned... n/t (8+ / 0-)

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 03:58:28 PM PDT

  •  Patrick made a minor error - that's all. (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Bullshit (0+ / 0-)

    This complete diary is misleading.

    At most it was a slip of the tongue. Correct this diary or I'm going to HR your tip jar.

    •  Slips and Bullshit (0+ / 0-)

      Mere "slips of the tongue" don't imply the person you're allegedly defending is properly labeled by the condition you're trying to argue he's successfully fighting against.

      There were a lot of slips of the tongue Patrick could have suffered. This one seems to be revealing—of something economic on his mind—and this is particularly a reasonable inference given the context of Patrick cozying up to John Kasich.

      What is bullshit is to defend Patrick for making a "minor error", when the major error he and Booker and others are committing by cozying up to Bain and Republicans is the betrayal of the American people.

      The President has been trying to make cogent argument attacking Mitt Romney's alleged job-making skills at Bain. And his surrogates either need to be onboard with that, or they need to shut up—or people will reasonably conclude they are, or might as well be, surrogates for Bain Capital, not Barack Obama.

  •  I live in Massachusetts and I (1+ / 0-)
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    joe from Lowell

    cannot say anything about payoffs - but Staples is a Massachusetts company. You know the one that Romney dabbled with during its early days. Romney likes to brag about how he affiliation with Staples accounted for the company's success. However, as I understand it Romney's services at Staples was terminated back when the company had about 1000 employees. However, after Romney left the company over the years the company's size exploded to 2281 stores world wide. The political reality is such that what Governor would have anything negative to say about a $24 billion company residing in his/her state? Nuff said......

  •  I'll take Patrick. (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Elected surogates (1+ / 0-)
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    are almost all are highly dependent on getting a major portion of their campaign contributions from fat cats in finance and business.  Many of these money sources support Democratic Party issues of the environment, green energy, equal rights based on race, gender, age, etc.., but they don't genarally support the issues of workers.

    These elected office holders just will not go as far in being critical of business as Pres Obama has with Bain Capital and will not even associate themselves with such statements.  They don't want to be cut off from the cash in future campaigns.

    The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

    by nextstep on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 05:10:50 PM PDT

  •  Cory Booker wants to be President (0+ / 0-)

    He actually believes his own hype, and his own press.  He seems to think he really is Superman.

    Deval Patrick would like a federal office, but not that one.  He has no personal or political or financial interest in sandbagging his friend Barack Obama.

    Obama knows who his friends are.  Thanks for teh concern, but I think the man's got this one handled.

    "Out of Many, One." This is the great promise of our nation -9.75 -6.87

    by Uncle Moji on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 05:37:01 PM PDT

  •  "Just words," governor? "Just words!?!" Lol. (0+ / 0-)

    I wouldn't get too worked up about a slip of the tongue.

    This isn't like the Booker appearance at all.

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 05:38:39 PM PDT

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