I was on America Live on Fox News with Megyn Kelly today talking about the much-hyped photo snapped by a Romney staffer at Obama’s kickoff event this weekend showing a less-than-full auditorium. Well, turns out there were 14,000 people there (close to the 18,000 capacity) but the biggest audience Romney has ever achieved? 3,000! How’s that for an enthusiasm gap, y’all?
Here’s the video.
In my Politico Arena “open mic” post, I write:
If it were possible to write this post in all caps and have a button you could click to hear screaming, I’d do it. All Americans should be fed up with the blatant lies being told about our president from all corners of the Republican Party.
I wrote this before, for instance, conservatives started smearing Obama with the well-debunked myth that he went on a “global apology tour”.
Anywho, read the entire post here.
I had a great exchange with Stuart Varney today on his Fox Business Channel show, Varney & Co. Stuart is critical of President Obama’s job creation record. And while I agree that the outlook could be better (and, perhaps, Obama could have done more) Obama’s record of 21-consecutive months of private sector job growth is impressive and encouraging amidst an historic downturn.
For my latest “open mike” essay in Politico’s Arena, I speculate (read: hope) that Obama may not be the un-savvy, spineless non-leader progressives fear but, instead, a cunning con man pulling off the greatest confidence trick in modern politics. For instance:
Now, the notion of a “confidence trick” requires that you gain the faith of your opponent in order to deceive them. While progressives fear Obama is a spineless sucker too rarely caving to the right, it’s not clear that conservatives see him as such. The important question, though, come election time, is what do independent voters think? As they dissect the political game of the last four years, do they cast Obama as the good guy and Republicans as the overbearing brutes who took advantage of him at the table?
And can the progressive base keep its faith? Though President Obama has aggravated many of his liberal supporters by making us fear that he’s blowing the political capital we bet on him, might we also be turned around in the final reveal when we realize he was just playing up a persona in order to run the table in the end?
You can read the full essay here — and please “LIKE” it via the buttons on Politico’s page.
“The American people will support the president’s plan — they know, like it or not, that the private sector isn’t hiring and robust government spending on jobs is what got us out of the Great Depression and what will kickstart economic growth once again.”
Obama caves again. Extraordinary rendition was extraordinarily expensive. AT&T doesn’t get what it pays for. And the insane website o’ the day: Big Labor vs. Taxpayer Index. If you want to receive my adVantage Points every weekday morning in your inbox, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Obama Yields To Republicans, Changes Date For Jobs Address – story
Progressives across the country let out a heavy sigh. “Can’t you even stand up to them on this?”
Conservative SuperPAC Launches “Big Labor vs. Taxpayers” Index – story
In an attempt to further vilify the idea of workers joining together to demand their basic rights, Crossroads GPS has created a website based on the false dichotomy that, for instance, states that protect collective bargaining rights are somehow unfriendly to taxpayers. (h/t Mike Allen) I’m looking forward to the more reality-based counterpoint, “Big Business vs. Taxpayers” in which we realize that every damn state in the union is coddling corporate America and screwing the middle class.
Speaking Of Big Business vs. Taxpayers… – letter
Politico reports that AT&T spent $11.7 million dollars in the first half of 2011 alone lobbying the DOJ and FCC to approve its merger with T-Mobile. Hey, score one for anti-trust laws and the public interest for once (potentially) winning out over big business muscle!
Details of Extraordinary Rendition Revealed – story
It’s bad enough the Bush Administration shipped terrorism suspects oversees so they could torture them beyond the reach of U.S. law. Now court documents show that $300,000 was spent on flying one suspect across the globe! And Republicans complain about Michelle Obama’s travel budget?!?
On Republican bigotry, whether Obama will “go big” on a jobs bill, the cost of Irene and “majority-minority” status in major American cities. If you want to receive my adVantage Points every weekday morning in your inbox, email email@example.com
GOP Primary: Racists, Sexists & Homophobes On Parade – story
Please read and prepare to be horrified by my “Definitive Guide To Bigotry In The 2012 Republican Primaries (So Far)” for Colorlines.
Progressives Urge Obama To Go Big On Jobs Plan – letter
A group of 68 leading progressive organizations and advocates have written a friendly, but stern, letter to the President urging him to take bold steps to create jobs in America. Rumor has it that, when Obama got the letter, he showed it to John Boehner and asked, “What do you think?”
“Minorities” A Majority In 8 Major Cities – story
And yet the Republican Party is still peddling racism (see above). Apparently, conservatives are both immoral and short-sighted. Meanwhile, incidentally, Tea Party activists are protesting a Mitt Romney appearance today — but maybe they should check out his record on bigotry first, then make up their minds.
Irene One Of Costliest Storms In History – story
What a fine time to cut funding for FEMA — or even get rid of disaster aid altogether, no? If you missed it, check out my piece for CNN.com on conservative attacks against FEMA.
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