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Club For Growth To ‘Mixed Bag’ Romney: You’re On Your Own

Source: Talking Points Memo

If Romney hoped well-heeled conservative advocates would come running to his rescue after his remarks about the poor and middle class sent his campaign into a tailspin, he’ll have to look elsewhere.

His right-leaning campaign hasn’t convinced conservatives that he’s one of them, according to Club for Growth president Chris Chocola.

“This may sound strange, but we’re doing nothing to improve his odds,” Chocola said Thursday in Washington at a breakfast roundtable hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. “We’re not really involved in the presidential race. … We didn’t make an endorsement in the Republican primary process, not because we didn’t want to but because there wasn’t a candidate that we thought we could recommend to our members.”

Club for Growth — perhaps more than any other organization on the right — has agggressively supported conservative candidates against incumbent Republicans in an effort to push the GOP toward it’s pro-business, libertarian brand of conservatism. The group’s dissatisfaction with Romney has been well documented.

Read more: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/09/club-for-growth-to-mixed-bag-romney-youre-on-your-own.php?ref=fpa

MSNBC Tops Fox News In The Demo Two Nights In A Row (Maddow Topped O'Reilly & Hannity)

Source: Huffington Post

Is a shift happening in the normally frozen-in-place world of cable news ratings?

It's hard to tell, but something unexpected has happened over the last two days: MSNBC has beaten Fox News in the all-important A25-54 category two nights in a row.

TVNewser was the first to spot the trend. While it may not seem like too big a deal for MSNBC to jump ahead of Fox News, it's rather surprising that it is happening at all. The total dominance of Roger Ailes' network is one of the biggest articles of faith in the television business. As Alex Weprin wrote, "The number one show in the demo on cable news is always, always "The O'Reilly Factor" unless there is some sort of unusual news event or huge booking."

But, on both Monday and Tuesday -- with neither a huge news event nor a huge booking -- MSNBC beat Fox News. Rachel Maddow's ratings in the demo on Tuesday were better than Bill O'Reilly's and Sean Hannity's. Lawrence O'Donnell's were better than Greta van Susteren's. Overall, MSNBC beat Fox News 575,000 to 526,000.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/20/msnbc-tops-fox-news-in-th_n_1899889.html

NEW OBAMA WEB AD "Out-of-Context" Savages Romney With His Own Quotes


THROW THEM AN ANVIL-The Fight’s Not Over. Run Up The Score On The Bastards!

By Soonergrunt September 20th, 2012

........ Obama looks to win, and win big. I heard on NPR this morning that he was up by eight points over Romney on average in current national polling, an advantage that none of the last three winning presidents enjoyed over their opponents at this stage of the election.

That’s great. It’s also not enough. I don’t want the President to win. I want him to utterly destroy the republican candidate and his Eddie Munster in a cheap suit-looking succubus as viable political candidates forever. To paraphrase Anne-Laurie from earlier today, throw the bastard an anvil. I want to see six more seats in the US Senate (but I’ll settle for three in this tough year) and I want to see Nancy Pelosi wield the Speaker’s gavel again, but I’d call it a win if we send 15 freshman teabaggers home with their balls in their hands.

I want to run up the motherfucking score.



Girls beat up Iran cleric over dress code

Source: CNN

Hojatoleslam Ali Beheshti said he encountered the girls on his way to the mosque in the village of Shahmirzad for noon prayers in late August.

He told one of the girls to cover up, the report said.

"She responded by telling me to cover my eyes, which was very insulting to me," Beheshti said. So he asked her a second time to cover up and also to put a lid on what he felt was verbal abuse.

She hit the man of the cloth, and he hit the ground.

Read more: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/09/20/1134375/-CNN-Girls-Beat-Up-Iran-Cleric-Over-Dress-Code

Virtually the Entire Cast of "The West Wing" Reunites for an Awesome Campaign Ad


How do you get almost the entire cast of “The West Wing” (sans Rob Lowe, who — to be fair — wasn’t on at the end of the series) to reunite for a campaign commercial for a Michigan Supreme Court candidate in a non-partisan race? Well, it helps if the candidate is the sister of Mary McCormick, who played Deputy National Security Adviser Kate Harper.

The ad is surprisingly great, and while Josh does deliver some stump-speech genericism, overall, it’s almost exactly what you’d want from a political campaign starring the cast of “The West Wing.”

Also, Donna! God, I miss Donna. We never see her anywhere, anymore.

Read more at http://www.pajiba.com/videos/virtually-the-entire-cast-of-the-west-wing-reunites-for-an-awesome-campaign-ad.php#Li1RHVTbebeuPpRB.99


CHART: The Richer You Are, The More Tax Breaks You Get


Metcalfe says 'lazy' people (the 47%) don't deserve to vote

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Metcalfe says 'lazy' people don't deserve to vote

State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe is nothing if not blunt. The Butler County Republican positions himself at the center of almost every controversial issue in the Capitol, be it immigration, gun control or voter ID.

Now he's dived into the middle of the hot "47 percent" debate by suggesting, on a Pittsburgh radio broadcast, that Pennsylvania's new voter ID law, will only disenfranchise the "lazy."

Metcalfe on Wednesday told KDKA Radio that the law, which is still being fought in the courts, may exclude those on the "public dole," like the people GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney referred to in the leaked video taken at a private fundraising event - who are too lazy to go get a proper ID.


When asked about the tens of thousands, if not more Pennsylvanians who may not be able to vote on Nov. 6, Metcalfe cited Romney’s mention of the 47% of the country who will never “take personal responsibility and care for their lives” as evidence that some citizens do not deserve to vote.

Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/harrisburg_politics/Metcalfe-says-lazy-people-dont-deserve-to-vote.html

Romney: If My Grandchildren Were Gay, ‘I’d Want Them To Be Happy’

I love my children, and I love my grandchildren, and of course I’d want them to be happy. My view is this: individuals should be able to pursue a relationship of love and respect and raise a family as they would choose. I would like to have the term ‘marriage’ continue to be associated with a relationship between one man and one woman, and that certainly doesn’t prevent two people of the same gender living in a loving relationship together having a domestic partnership, if you will.

Romney’s position is not new, but his disingenuous gall is telling. By amending the Constitution to define “marriage” narrowly — as he has pledged to do — he would create the very obstacles to happiness and fairness that his would-be gay grandchildren might face. As of 2004, he didn’t even know that gays and lesbians had families. Though he speaks in favor of hospital visitation and other limited rights for same-sex couples, Romney continues to deny that their relationships are equal to those of heterosexual couples.


TAIBBI: Wall Street Rolling Back Another Key Piece of Financial Reform To Screw Cities & Towns

This bill passed last night with the support of both parties and Barney Frank. Are you proud to be an American yet?

To deal with this problem, the Dodd-Frank Act among other things included a simple reform. It required the financial advisors of municipalities to do two things: register with the SEC, and accept a fiduciary duty to respect the best interests of the taxpayers they are advising.

Sounds simple, right? But Wall Street couldn’t have that. After all, if companies are required to have a fiduciary responsibility to cities and towns, how in the world can they screw cities and towns? The idea was a veritable axe-blow to the banks’ municipal advisory businesses.

So what did Wall Street lobbyists and trade groups like SIFMA (the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association) do? Well, they did what they’ve been doing to Dodd-Frank generally: they Swiss-cheesed the law with a string of exemptions. The industry proposal that ended up being HR 2827 created several new loopholes for purveyors of swaps and other such financial products to cities and towns. Here’s how the pro-reform group Americans for Financial Reform described the loopholes (emphasis mine):

For example, any advice provided by a broker, dealer, bank, or accountant that is any way “related to or connected with” a municipal underwriting would be exempted from the fiduciary requirement. A similar exemption would be created for all advice provided by banks or swap dealers that is in any way “related to or connected with” the sale to municipalities of financial derivatives, loan participation agreements, deposit products, foreign exchange, or a variety of other financial products.

So basically, if you’re underwriting a municipal bond for a city or a town, and you happen also to give the city or town advice about some deadly swap deal that will put the city into bankruptcy for the next thousand years, you don’t have a fiduciary responsibility to that city or town. The banks’ view is that being asked to perform the merely-technical function of underwriting a bond is very different from advising someone to take on an exotic swap deal – so if a bank is mainly an underwriter and happens to offhandedly recommend this or that swap deal, it just isn’t fair to drop this onerous financial responsibility, this weighty designation of municipal financial advisor, on its shoulders.


Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/wall-street-rolling-back-another-key-piece-of-financial-reform-20120920#ixzz271balYxe

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