This is exactly the sort of ads that Dims should be running: no charts, no freaking numbers. This ad tells a story and it uses multiple senses. This is an ad you will remember.
One of the best things about it is the eerie silence while Willard sings off key. That they change the audio slightly so that he is singing over the PA in an empty parking lot, over a speaker phone in an empty conference room, and so on, is brilliant. It feels like he just fired them all and is singing at all the empty properties and shuttered factories. Willard’s America the Beautiful is empty, unemployed, and desolate.
The tagline is clean and simple: Romney is not the solution, he is the problem is memorable.
This is the muscular sort of ad that the Dims need to keep pounding Willard with. The Wingnuts do these sorts of ads better than we do, but this one is absolutely spot-on. It is the ad we will remember when this is all over.
[We have] “put our considerable grassroots resources behind [Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barret, Scott Walker's opponent in the WI recall] – all of the Obama For America and state party resources. Our grassroots network is fully engaged. As a result, Barrett has a real opportunity to win.”
–Democratic National Committee chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
Translation: We gave him a mailing list, a cheese sandwich, and a map.
For anybody that knows me, and that really knows my career, I’ve been an Independent Democrat for a long time, standing up on issues. And actually have been comfortable to say I disagree with the president…
Oh, for f***’s sake, Cory! You know who else is an Independent Democrat? Traitor Joe. Get off the national stage, you stupid, bleating, twatwaffle, your 15 minutes are up. Yeah, hitch your wagon to Lieberman’s star… Jeebus.
UPDATE 1: Eat a sack of lightly salted, poisoned rat dicks.
(Crooks and Liars)
This just in the email box:
Growing up, I’d get pretty excited about NASCAR races. And I still love them. That’s why I want to be the one to tell you that the folks planning the 2012 Democratic National Convention have figured out a way for you to show your support — on a NASCAR stock car.
The convention’s host committee is going to debut an official “Powered by the American People” car. And they want to put your name on it.
When you become a sponsor by donating just $5 or more, your name will appear on the car.
For me, this is a no-brainer. All you have to do is tell them how to spell your name, and you’re off.
Sponsor the “Powered by the American People” stock car.
Grassroots support is the only way this convention is going to be a success. The 2012 convention will be funded by supporters like you, not special interests, lobbyists or political action committees — and that’s why we’re not putting any corporate logos on the car. Just the names of folks like you who step up to make this happen.
The convention is going to kick off with a free Labor Day celebration at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, where everyone who comes out will see the official stock car.
Is your name going to be on it?
Let us know soon.
Obama for America
A) I’m not a registered Dim and have not been one for more than a decade and B) NASCAR?!
Ben Nelson announces his retirement.
“Public office is a place for public service, not personal profit. It’s about promoting the common good, not the agenda of the radical right or the radical left. It’s about fairness for all, not privileges for the few. And, it’s about protecting the rights of individuals, even if it angers the majority. I hope and believe I have fulfilled these principles to the best of my ability.”
To which I can only reply, “Thanks for the finger-f***, Superman.”
If there’s one lesson everyone in President Carebear’s administration should have learned by now it is that trying to appease the nut jobbers, obstructionists, and Xristian Xrazies never works.
Anyway, on to today’s exhibit A for Appeasement: Kathleen Sebelius has just single-handedly restricted the morning-after pill Plan B One-Step from being sold over-the-counter. The FDA, after years of study wanted to make it available over the counter to anyone who needed it.
So in what world does it make sense to require a doctor’s prescription to receive emergency contraception? For it to be effective it must be taken as soon as possible after sex. Per the article, “Women who have unprotected intercourse have about 1 chance in 20 of becoming pregnant. Those who take Plan B within three days cut that risk to about 1 in 40.”
Plan B works by preventing ovulation, and it may also make the lining of the uterus less hospitable to a fertilized egg, and that is why the Xristian Xrazies are so opposed: their nutty belief that life begins at conception.
Sebelius overrode the FDA decision, which once again ensures that reproductive rights will remain a hotbed issue. And oh, the Xristian Xrazies will still not vote for Obama. This is one of the all-time, boneheaded mistakes made by a GOP-lite administration. You just f***ed up the brand, Obama. Good going.
If you want to see how your Senator voted on the amendment to the anti-American bill that Tex told us about, click here.
Remember, the amendment is the thing that would remove the ability of the government to hold us in indefinite detention, so voting for the amendment is a good thing; voting against the amendment is voting against the Constitution and Bill of Rights, essentially.
(US Senate: Legislation and Records)
“We have gone as far as we feel we can go,” Hensarling said. “We put $250 billion of what is known as static revenue on the table, but only if we can bring down rates. We believe we can bring the top individual rate down to 28, 29, maybe at most 30 percent, bring the corporate rate down to the median of the EU, 25 percent. And on balance, we think that would be pro growth. But, listen, any penny of increased static revenue is a step in the wrong direction.”–Super Committee co-chair Jeb Hensraling
I know. I’m shocked. Imagine that, Wingnuttia is not now, nor have they ever been negotiating in good faith.
So what remains to be seen is if 1) the Dims will continue to negotiate against themeselves (seems likely), or 2) if our notoriously hands-off President will insert himself into the process (seems unlikely, but you never know) or 3) if Obama will veto whatever hot mess this supercommittee is going to propose.
I’m told that the charm of Kabuki theater is that everyone already knows the stories, they just like to see them acted out.
Even though he no longer works for the Administration, Gibbs is probably punching a hippie somewhere.
From the Plum Line:
This morning, in the wake of news that the White House is offering major entitlements cuts in exchange for $1 trillion in revenues from Republicans, the Congressional Progressive Caucus again laid down their marker, shooting off a letter to the White House saying they can’t support such a bargain. It reads:
First, any cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid should be taken off the table. The individuals depending on these three programs deserve well-conceived improvements, not deep, ideologically driven cuts with harmful consequences. These cuts would hurt households and damage the country’s economic recovery as well.
Second, revenue increases must be a meaningful part of any agreement. Tax breaks benefiting the very richest Americans should be eliminated as part of this deal. Republican insistence on protecting these tax breaks will force middle-class families to shoulder the burden of even deeper budget cuts, and this is unacceptable.
Do House Dems have any prayer of exerting leverage over the talks in service of realizing even a smidgen of what they want?
… But if Pelosi holds firm — and persuades Obama and John Boehner that enough House Dems agree with her to make passage difficult — it’s not inconceivable that she can help bring about a deal that isn’t quite as terrible as the one we’re all expecting.
So… Nancy Pelosi is going to save us? Admittedly I have more faith in her (Chimpy’s impeachment and war crimes not withstanding) than with any of the other dim bulbs in that room.
Without much fanfare, a Dim won an election in a GOPer district, and her winning strategy was to run against abacus-wielding Paul Ryan’s plan to put the olds out on the ice floe to die.
Kathy Kathy Hocul’s victory seems to have also given the Dims some spine. As recent as yesterday morning, they were conceding ground on Medicare during the deficit negotiations with the GOP hostage takers:
At his weekly Capitol briefing with reporters Tuesday, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) confirmed what aides in both parties have been telling reporters: Cuts to Medicare will be on the table in deficit and debt limit negotiations, led by Vice President Joe Biden.
And now the Dims have found their voice:
“The election last night showed that Democrats have the keys to drive the budget debate and play offense in 2012,” Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said in a statement. “The implications of this election extend to Senate races in battleground states and red states across the country. The results provide clear evidence that Democratic senators and senate candidates will be able to play offense across the country by remaining focused on the Republican effort to end Medicare and force seniors to pay thousands more for health care costs.”
Maybe the Dims should think about running as Democrats rather than as GOP-Lite? Oh, and Mr. Ryan – “You Are the Weakest Link. Goodbye.”
(TPM and TPM)