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  • What a dumbass and a dick:
    Sen. Chuck Grassley jokingly apologized for calling Mitt Romney a “bad word” a week ago when he accidentally referred to the GOP nominee as President Barack Obama.
    Obama’s name is so disliked in the Grassley home, the senator acknowledged, that his three-year-old great-granddaughter thought it was a curse.

    “I said that bad word ‘Obama’ instead of Romney,” said Grassley. “Four years ago I was mentioning that word [Obama], not at a speech like this, but at our family home. And we have a great granddaughter by the name of Indy. And she said to me – she’s seven now, so she must have been three then – ‘Grandpa, don’t say that dirty word!’

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    The election is almost here, and the candidates are scheduled to appeal to the American voting public again at the last minute, as President Obama and Mitt Romney are expected on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” broadcast the day before the election.

    ESPN’s Chris Berman — who also interviewed Obama and John McCain on the eve of the presidential election four years ago during “MNF” — plans to tape separate interviews with the candidates Monday afternoon. Both segments will air during halftime of the game, said the network, which pits the Philadelphia Eagles against the New Orleans Saints.

  • Kudos:
    GOP Sen. Mark Kirk (Ill.) hopes to return to the Senate in January, a year after suffering a major stroke.

    Kirk’s proposed timetable for coming back to Washington in interview to NBC 5 in Chicago after climbing 37 floors in a stair-climbing challenge sponsored by the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. This was the first Kirk interview since his stroke.

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  •  A letter to a lost Union Brother (5+ / 0-)

    I call this man a friend and always will but the conversations have gone so far downhill, that I finally sent this.

    So in closing let us do something different for a change. Let's for just once switch from the partisan spin to the facts.What "change" is it that you stand for to redefine the American way?

    Romney says he is about change but he can't say how because any details will prove it is just about changing back to the Bush administration. The advisers he picked prove that. The Romney financial supporters prove it too. You don't really thing Sheldon Addison and the Koch brothers are looking out for you and me, do you?

    To get rid of Barack Obama you are willing vote for a man who, in stripping the National Endowment for the Arts, will most certainly remove money from your own pocket. You are willing to trade in Hilda Solis for another appointment like Mitch McConnell's wife and the big business “compliance assistance” method of looking out for worker's rights. You are endorsing a National Labor Relations Board that always sides with management and an OSHA that changes regulations and fines to "assisting business leadership," that way businesses can decide what workplace safety is all about. I won't even mention the rebirth of the Employee Free Choice Act because you don't care anyway. You've got yours. You will tell yourself that the syndicated column by Robert Reich I sent you is actually written by the Huffington Post to justify your claim that it is "bullshit."

    As a Union member, you are voting to remove one of the newest government job, Nate Tamarin, the White House liaison to labor unions will not be replaced and the White house door will be closed to Union leaders. You stand with the Fox News pitch that public sector unions are bad even though you are in a private sector union. You stand with Romney, that government workers deserve no rights while you do. In order to justify pulling the Romney lever you need to tell yourself that every single labor leader in the nation is full of shit, that Richard Trumka and Mary Kay Henry are not really about workers, civil service workers are shiftless and lazy, that teacher's Unions are plotting against our students and the Working Families Party is really about some leftist agenda.

    Actually you have claimed that almost every community organization represent some sort of socialist plot to ignore the facts. Shutting down Planned Parenthood is not a plot against women, just more Democratic spin. The League of Women Voters are a bunch of crybabies. Acorn was a vast left wing conspiracy while your conspiracy theories include a mass media being on a leftist agenda. Never mind the fact that the media is owned and operated by some of the richest men in America, they will shoot themselves in their own foot because they are all closeted screaming liberals. The newspapers are also owned by filthy rich socialist too and only a few wing nut tabloids can be trusted. It looks like now you will even need to call Michael Bloomberg a commie and what did you write about your own Governor "Chris Christie was just being a gentleman."  

    In spite of the fact that Republicans have a long history of Union hatred you still search for excuses to vote Republican and just keep making shit up to justify trickle down economics. As for the basic principles of economics, you need to pretend that Republican government should use deficit spending when times are good but a Democratic President spending to get the nation out of recession caused by Republican leadership is bad for America. In your view it made sense for Bush to inherit a government in the black from Bill Clinton, then give that all away with tax cuts and floating tons of Federal money in front of the banks to create a bubble housing economy. Since that bubble burst you have been whining and complaining about Obama blaming the person responsible.

    Not even your FoxNews bobble heads are claiming that Romney will fix the deficit and Ryan wants to take forty years doing it but that doesn't matter to you. According to your arithmetic the deficit didn't come from tax cuts to the rich, two credit card wars and a giant giveaway to the drug companies in Medicare part D. No, the way you see it, Obama spent it all on welfare, food stamps and Solyndra.  

    You can tell yourself over and over that "Barack Obama does not support the American Worker and American jobs" but you don't even believe it yourself anymore. At this point you are down to spin like a European apology tour when the President never said "I'm sorry" and swearing up and down that it is the responsibility of the President to read every single letters from Benghazi. Face the fact that your views no longer have anything to do with the politics and future of this nation. It’s all about hatred.

    You just want to vote against your own interest because you spent far too much time embracing the scare tactics of Fox News. You are going to vote for a new America where the old, the weak and the poor must pay so that the rich can get richer, voting for a "right to work" government without any worker input. You are endorsing Romney's claim that "corporations are people too" and hoping that he gets a chance to appoint a Supreme Court justice that agrees with Romney about corporations' right to buy elections and rich white men deciding what is good for this diverse nation.

    It doesn't bother you that, outside of his firm stand about the rich not paying taxes, Romney has been on both sides of every issue and caught in one lie after another. "Jeep is moving to China." You just keep telling yourself that "Obama has no plan for the next four years" and when I send you his plan you say "bullshit." That has been your most articulate response so far. 5 million new jobs "bullshit," the DOW has doubled "bullshit," housing prices on the rise 'bullshit," the unionized auto industry workers saved "bullshit," Bin Laden dead "bullshit," trading guns for butter, "bullshit." When will you get past your own bullshit?

    No wonder the only white man demographic where President Obama has the lead is educated white men. God dammed liberal education is the problem. In the Republican world education is their second worst enemy behind the uneducated poor they spent the past two years disenfranchising. People being taught to think for themselves and Romney's 47% that he calls "moochers," that's what's dragging this nation down. Not those greedy rich "job creators."

    So go vote with Donald Trump, embrace the AstroTurf roots of your delusional Tea Party. Make corporations people too and give the big banks the rights they are paying to get so the taxpayers can bail them out again. End Obamacare because with Union coverage you don't need to worry about per-existing conditions. Love those Medicare vouchers because your Union coverage will probably make up the difference. Screw Social Security because you've got a big union sponsored annuity and fuck the workers who don't. Strip regulations because you can afford more than most and less red tape will make gasoline, food and Wal-Mart shit even cheaper.

    See how that works out for you, one nation under corporations and the death of organized labor. And when our Union runs out of money, when your social safety net is gone because of Romneyism remember these words from me "I fucking told you so."

    I worry that there are many more who think the way my friend does. And they are planning to vote tomorrow.
  •  Pretty Funny... (15+ / 0-)

    A friend of mine went to the polls with the Miami-Dade democrats to provide food, water, and entertainment to the people in line.  He was handing out pizza and, upon learning that he was a democrat, a few Romney voters in line refused the food and haughtily looked away.  

    It's not easy being a Floridian: PS I'm a lawYER now; no longer a lawSTUDENT.

    by lawstudent922 on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 12:26:34 PM PST

  •  Rally (0+ / 0-)

    Presidential Debates 2012: I. Big Bird; II. Binders; III. Bayonets.

    by InsultComicDog on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 12:27:12 PM PST

  •  Wish I could kick Grassley's assley (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks for this, Barbara!

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

    by Diana in NoVa on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 12:27:40 PM PST

  •  Funny, I think Gr*ASS*ley is a dirty word (3+ / 0-)
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    OldGrandet, seefleur, lurkyloo

    and that's without the emphasis on the middle of his name. Though I have to admit, I taught my kids to call W "President Nincompoop". Does that make me a bad person?

    Attention rich bastards, this is real important,
    I thought you might want to know
    That $5,000 suits don't hide your 5¢ souls.

    by ontheleftcoast on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 12:28:26 PM PST

  •  Can anyone help decode what WaPo's Capehart (1+ / 0-)
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    was talking  about in his column today?

    Elizabeth Warren, the U.S. Senate candidate from Massachusetts, announced on Twitter yesterday that she got a good-luck call from President Obama aboard Air Force One. A nice gesture from a person in a nail-biter of a race of his own. But another gray-beard Democrat might not be so keen on a Warren win. I’m talking about the senior senator from the Bay State, John Kerry.

    Everyone knows that Kerry, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wants to be secretary of state. Yet he needs Obama to win and Warren to lose tomorrow night to have a chance at securing the coveted top spot at Foggy Bottom.

    I usually like Capehart, but this a stretch that borders on incoherence.

    [America's] ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake. - President Barack Hussein Obama

    by PJHood on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 12:29:01 PM PST

  •  I'll admit (4+ / 0-)

    I kind of want to watch Fox News when Obama wins tomorrow for the schadenfreude.

    "Polls are like crack, political activists know they're bad for them but they read them anyways."-Unknown

    by skywaker9 on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 12:31:48 PM PST

  •  Oh sweet Jesus... SE Cupp just asked Brokaw... (4+ / 0-)

    ... "are things going to be so difficult for Obama because of people's impatience with him not getting things done in his first term, that there's a part of him that would be glad if he lost??"

    In all the dumb questions I've heard asked on cable TV, this is definitely in the running for the stupidest?

    No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.

    by Magster on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 12:32:18 PM PST

  •  Michigan: No, Yes, Yes, Yes, No, No (0+ / 0-)

    If you or anyone you know lives in Michigan, I strongly urge you to vote:

    No on Proposal 1
    Yes on Proposal 2
    Yes on Proposal 3
    Yes on Proposal 4
    No on Proposal 5
    No on Proposal 6

    For Supreme Court, 8-year terms: Connie Kelley and Bridget Mary McCormack
    For Supreme Court, 2-year term: Shelia Johnson

    In Michigan, voting straight Democratic (which I encourage you all to do!) is not enough; you must vote for judges and proposals separately.

    "(We need) a government of the many, not a government of the money." - Nancy Pelosi

    by ScottyUrb on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 12:33:14 PM PST

  •  Signs? (2+ / 0-)
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    ontheleftcoast, divineorder

    The OR Dems have booked the downtown Portland Hilton for their celebration, the OR GOP is at the Embassy Suites PDX airport.  First time either party hasn't been in central PDX for election night.

    "Polls are like crack, political activists know they're bad for them but they read them anyways."-Unknown

    by skywaker9 on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 12:33:16 PM PST

  •  ‘Grandpa, don’t say that dirty word!’ (0+ / 0-)

    'What? Are you fucking stupid?'

    Fuck Big Brother...from now on, WE'RE watching.

    by franklyn on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 12:34:04 PM PST

  •  Peggy Noonan consulting her crystals (6+ / 0-)
    All the vibrations are right
    And, of course, why not rely on something that no one's reporting. It's just a feeling:
    A former political figure who’s been in Ohio told me this morning something is moving with evangelicals, other church-going Protestants and religious Catholics. He said what’s happening with them is quiet, unreported and spreading
    All the data's wrong! Mystical configurations are manifesting themselves unbeknownst to us!

    But why stop there? Why not perpetuate the thoroughly debunked myth of Romentum, which, in Noonan's head, never abated:

    While everyone is looking at the polls and the storm, Romney’s slipping into the presidency. He’s quietly rising, and he’s been rising for a while.
    Cap it off with a metric that has no value whatsoever:
    And there’s the thing about the yard signs.
    How about a completely subjective misinterpretation of the President's demeanor on the trail passed off as fact:
    Romney looks so peaceful and Obama so roiled.
    His crowds haven’t been big.
    Like the 23,000 who showed up in Florida yesterday or the state record 14,000 who turned out in NH.

    She's even more nuts than I thought.

  •  Mr. Burns and Seamus pick the next president (3+ / 0-)
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    skywaker9, Rich in PA, Gooserock

  •  DKos embarassment (0+ / 0-)

    A diary that made the wreck list yesterday, and received 80 HRs, is now linked to on the front page of Crooks & Liars.  The diarist has finally changed the title to a Fox-like leading question, "Did Romney Pay Zero Taxes From 1996 To 2009?" rather than the original flat out declaration, but C&L is now stating it as fact.

  •  Twitter feed of asshats. (0+ / 0-)

    Follow this twitter feed for the latest and greatest in social media-aided voter suppression.

    twitter feed for "remember to vote wednesday"

    Note: there are a few Ds doing the same, but it looks to be about 10:1 GOP folks.

    Although the masters make the rules / For the wise men and the fools / I got nothing, Ma, to live up to. (Dylan)

    by teedz on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 12:41:04 PM PST

  •  Good for Senator Kirk! (0+ / 0-)

    Now that's he back, we can get back to making fun of him.  From the linked article, about his stair-climbing PT regimen:

    “In fact, I was befriending people with big staircases,” Kirk joked. “They kept saying you were going to get better, and they were right.”
    I'm sure that as a Republican he was friends with plenty of people with big staircases already.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 12:44:05 PM PST

  •  OccupySandy - Amazon registry or St. Jacobi Church (1+ / 0-)
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    OccupySandy - Amazon registry or St. Jacobi Church

    Direct donations are possible - you can know what every dollar you gave was spent on.

    Advice needed for new diarist.  Given that it’s Nov 5th, I assume my Occupy Sandy donation diary will be bumped off the list very quickly.  I’m going to plug it for a while, as a comment in every diary that mentions Sandy.  If that is against Daily Kos rules, please tell me and I’ll stop.

  •  Speaking of football... (2+ / 0-)
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    citizenx, gooners

    So apparently there is a "Redskins rule" that says that if the Redskins win their last home game before election day, then the party in power gets to hold on to the White House. If the Redskins lose, no matter how close the game, the opposition party takes over. For all but one of the presidential elections since 1937, a Redskins victory coincided with a win for the incumbent party.

    In 2008, the Steelers beat the Redskins 23-6 on the Monday before election day and Obama beat John McCain in a landslide.

    Interestingly enough:

    As for the one exception, it was in 2004, when the Green Bay Packers beat the Redskins but George W. Bush held on to the presidency. The fact that this was the one exception actually makes it weirder, because as some of you vividly remember, Bush was president but had actually lost the popular vote in 2000 (winning only due to the Supreme Court craziness over Florida's recount). As the guy credited with discovering the theory, Steve Hirdt, points out, if you make the rule refer not to the party in power, but to the party that won the popular vote in the previous election, it suddenly has a perfect 18-for-18 record predating World War II.
    So folks, the Redskins just lost to the Carolina Panthers. What does this mean?!

    Someone please figure it out. My head hurts.

    Stop it. This is hard.

    by angelama on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 12:45:31 PM PST

  •  Mitt Romney, Comedian (2+ / 0-)
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    citizenx, paulitics

    Speaking in Virginia, Mitt just referred to Bob McDonald, yes, Governor Probe, as the "most popular governor in the country'.

    •  Spew-worthy! (0+ / 0-)

      And by "spew" I mean "vomit."

      Sarasota FL (which probably has a popular governor in Mittens' eyes.)

      Keep fightin' for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't you forget to have fun doin' it.--Molly Ivins

      by AAbshier on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 01:11:32 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Voted! (1+ / 0-)
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    My county web site is supposed to have a page where you can track your ballot. It wouldn't load for me, so I called the elections dept. They looked me up and said my ballot has been counted! :) I had delivered a mail in ballot a week ago.

    Just Win, Baby. -- Al Rodgers, Feb. 24, 2012

    by OLinda on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 12:50:37 PM PST

  •  25% Handicap (0+ / 0-)

    I was reminded the other day that when Dubya left office, he had a 25% approval rating.

    In view of that, it seems only fair to apply a 25% handicap on any election, to counterbalance the built-in dumbasseryednessossity.

    "Please proceed, Governor" - President Barack Obama, correctly sensing that RomneyBot 2012 is about to make a huge blunder on terrorist attacks.

    by lotac on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 01:04:05 PM PST

  •  After the election, let's get to work (0+ / 0-)

    getting ACA fully implemented to relieve the strain on our Emergency Rooms.

    Here is an inspiring new documentary that shows us how hard it's gotten for the institutions of last resort.

    "Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed." -- Vaclav Havel

    by greendem on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 01:07:58 PM PST

  •  If after 11:59:59 tonight (0+ / 0-)

    I see one more fucking poll diary from a 500K + UID I'm going to seriously lose my shit.

    "It is never too late to be what you might have been." -- George Eliot

    by paulitics on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 01:14:39 PM PST

  •  Peggy Noonan daydreams (0+ / 0-)

    She thinks Romney will win and points to his crowd size to bolster her dream.

    Romney’s crowds are building—28,000 in Morrisville, Pa., last night; 30,000 in West Chester, Ohio, Friday
    Except, the secret service said that only 15,000 went through the metal detectors on West Chester. Don't know how much Romney has fibbed about the PA numbers.
  •  S E Cupp (0+ / 0-)

    Just asking to see whether folks heer have ever heard of this Mooselini-lite MSNBC sensation? Those who hate her are really brutal!

  •  Grassley (0+ / 0-)

    Obama wasted two months negotiating the healthcare bill with that guy in 2009 while Grassley ran around Iowa talking about "death panels." Ugh.  

    "Grassley" shall henceforth be a bad word in my house.

  •  Heh, funny: "Grassley" is a dirty word in my home (0+ / 0-)

    "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

    by Gorette on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 06:33:16 PM PST

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