—Alexandra Petri,The Washington Post
—Alexandra Petri,The Washington Post
This was the response from voters in a post debate CNN poll! I think that speaks volumes to Romney’s performance in the debate. Thoughts?
CNN did something absolutely monstrous in covering the public reaction to the Oct. 3 Presidential debate: it polled a majority of white college-educated Southerners over age 49 who self-identified as either “moderate” or “conservative” – NOTE: CNN’s Candy Crowley will be the moderator in the next debate.
1. Obama already released his birth certificate, so Castellanos has no legitimate complaint and is just pandering to racists at this point.
2. How is it even possible to release 10 years of birth certificates? Does Castellanos think Obama was born 10 times?
Castellanos is an old hand at political attacks. And his loyalty is strictly purchased. He worked for the Bush re-election in 2004, then for Romney in 2008, advising Romney to separate himself from GWB by focusing on “intelligence.”
Romney senior adviser Ed Gillespie engaged in a game of semantics, during an appearance on CNN yesterday. He compared Bain Capital sending jobs overseas while Mitt Romney was the CEO to President Barack Obama’s campaign “outsourcing” telemarketing to places like Omaha, Nebraska.
“The reporter confused the notion of outsourcing — now a lot of American companies outsource,” Gillespie explained. “They outsource domestically as well. For example, the Obama for America campaign outsources from its own campaign telemarketing services.”
“To Omaha or wherever it is,” CNN host Candy Crowley pointed out. “But we’re talking about foreign jobs here.”
Pat Garofalo and Igor Volsky at Think Progress acknowledge there is a difference between “outsourcing” and “offshoring” but:
[…] “This simply doesn’t change the fact that Bain, under Romney, invested in companies whose sole purpose was to move jobs to other countries, directly countering the narrative that Romney has been trying to set.”
…work that could have been done here. American jobs lost forever, for the financial gain of a few.
Igor Volsky at Think Progress reported at 9PM last night:
During an interview with CNN’s John King on Monday evening, Romney campaign surrogate Newt Gingrich defended Mitt Romney’s resistance to hiring “more firemen, more policemen, more teachers” and admitted that the former Massachusetts governor’s policy would lead to less teachers in the classroom:
[…] We have to come to grips with how big the challenge is, and does that mean there will be fewer teachers? The honest answer is yes. Does it mean that you’re not going to get quite the same pension plan people have been getting? The honest answer is yes. President Obama may say well, we can borrow our way out of that decision. I don’t think the American people agree with him.
About 12 hours later, Travis Waldron of Think Progress reported this morning:
Mitt Romney slammed President Obama last week for wanting to hire “more firemen, more policemen, and more teachers,” making a clear assertion that those workers belong among the 700,000 public sector workers who have lost their jobs in the last three years… [D]uring an appearance on Fox News Tuesday morning, Romney contradicted his own remarks, saying that the Obama campaign was making “a very strange accusation” when it claimed he didn’t want to hire more teachers:
[…] That’s a very strange accusation. Of course, teachers and firemen and policemen are hired at the local level and also by states. The federal government doesn’t pay for teachers, firefighters or policemen. So obviously that’s completely absurd. He’s got a new idea, though, and that is to have another stimulus and to have the federal government send money to try and bail out cities and states. It didn’t work the first time. It certainly wouldn’t work the second time.
I think we can all agree that what Romney said and meant originally was “completely absurd.” But apparently he’d like to revise history a little and say we’re all “completely absurd” for believing that’s what he said.
Nice try, Etch-a-sketch.
“Beginning?” “A LITTLE?!” CNN’s Wolf Blitzer tells Trump: ‘You’re beginning to sound a little ridiculous’– During an argumentative interview on Tuesday [and just hours before the fundraiser Trump was throwing for Mitt Romney in Vegas], CNN’s Wolf Blitzer told real estate mogul Donald Trump that he was being “ridiculous” by continually questioning President Barack Obama’s birthplace. […] After arguing about the long-form birth certificate last year, Blitzer told Donald he was “beginning to sound a little ridiculous.” “No, I think you are, Wolf,” Trump shot back. “Let me tell you something. I think you sound ridiculous.” Trump complained that he wanted to talk about China and OPEC, but Blitzer continued to press Trump on why he believed Obama was not a natural born citizen. – Raw Story
Yesterday, Bashir called former Massachusetts Governor and presumptive Republican candidate for president Mitt Romney a liar and said that by his own faith’s tenets, he’s going to hell for what he said about President Obama and the economy. That was apparently more than Loesch, a CNN contributor, erstwhile Andrew Breitbart protege and supporter of corpse desecration could stomach hearing about her party’s nominee. In a sputtering freakout rant from Thursday’s edition of “The Dana Show,” she called Bashir “an unintelligent hack” and “a foreigner” who isn’t qualified to cover U.S. politics. “I don’t want to hear a foreigner talking about media in this country, or politics in this country.” she said, “You don’t understand it.” She urged the award-winning journalist to go back to “his own country” and report on British politics and celebrities, “and be famous off of that.”
CNN contributor and rightwing shithead Erick Erickson offered his opinion on the recent debate about Augusta Nation Golf Club’s policy of not allowing women:
For years, the exclusive club has made a practice of offering an invitation to IBM’s CEO, which sponsors the Masters tournament. But on Tuesday, Augusta chairman Billy Payne refused to say if they would break from nearly 80 years of tradition to invite Ginni Rometty, IBM’s first female CEO.
“Who cares?” Erickson, who founded the blog Redstate.com, asserted on his Friday radio show. “Who cares that she wasn’t invited into the club? She’s a woman! Women aren’t allowed!”
“See, the president is trying to make everything political. President wants to have it both ways. He wants to go play at the Masters. Oh, you’re darn right the president wants to go play at the Masters, but he thinks women should be allowed, they should be members. Why must women be members of Augusta National? Why? Because it’s the last bastion of sexism. I thought the Republican Party was the last bastion of sexism and misogyny in America. Oh, wait. They nominated Sarah Palin to be vice presidential nominee.”
Erickson added: “And of course, Mitt Romney, ‘Well, I think women should be allowed too.’ At least, he’s smart enough to know that we don’t want to wade in to the war on women with Augusta. It is striking to me just how political the president wants to make everything. The war on women coming home to the Masters. Who freaking cares?”
“I would love to be a member of Augusta National one day after I get my private jet, but at the same time I don’t really care. And I don’t care that the Masters is a male-dominated event. I don’t care that women aren’t members of the Masters. Frankly, I kind of like the idea that women aren’t members of the Masters. Good lord, I don’t want to hang out at some women’s event.”
I’ll just add: WTF, CNN? Seriously.
Ever wonder where our troops get their news? The American Forces Network entertains and informs Department of Defense employees, US troops and their dependent families when they are stationed overseas in locations that include Japan, Korea, Germany and Iraq. AFN produces very little programming of its own, distributing comedies, dramas and news programs from the American networks on several AFN channels abroad.
One such channel is AFN News, a 24-hour channel dedicated to retransmitting news and opinion programming. According to AFN’s website, a little over one-fourth of the programming on AFN News originates from the FOX News Channel, with CNN providing 24% of news and opinion programming and MSNBC accounting for 11% of programming on the channel.
Programs carried by AFN News include The O’Reilly Factor (FNC), Glenn Beck (FNC), the Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC), the Last Word (MSNBC), Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN) and Piers Morgan Tonight (CNN).
In addition to specialty programming from the cable channels, AFN News carries all three evening news broadcasts from the networks as well as the PBS NewsHour. [AFN]
[Above: The GOP’s uterus inspection device]
Va. GOP Demands Invasive Vaginal Ultrasound Procedure Before Abortion - Republicans in Virginia’s House of Delegates really have their hearts set on new legislation that will force all women seeking abortions to first undergo penetration by a transvaginal ultrasound transducer. They’re so enthralled with this harlot-shaming tool that today they voted down an amendment that would have allowed doctors to determine whether this penetration was necessary. Clearly, whether it’s medically necessary or not has nothing to do with this law. The GOP wants to get all up in women’s uteruses — literally. The penetration part is vital to their agenda.
CNN contributor and Andrew Breitbart editor DANA LOESCH saying, basically, if you’ve spread your legs for intercourse, why would you have a problem with other things being inserted into your vag for no reason? - “That’s the big thing that progressives are trying to say, that it’s rape and so on and so forth… [high voice] “Oh what about the Virginia rape? The rapes that, the forced rapes of women who are pregnant?” What!? Wait a minute, they had no problem having similar to a trans-vaginal procedure when they engaged in the act that resulted in their pregnancy.“
Out of a total of 146 guests who discussed contraception, the cables invited 91 men compared to 55 women as commentators. In other words, males comprised 62 percent of the total guests who commented on contraception. Fox was the most gender stratified network – on the Business network, 10 of 11 guests were male; on the News side, male pundits took up 65 percent of the guest lineup (28 men vs. 15 women). Sixty percent of MSNBC’s lineup was male (44 men vs. 31 women). And while CNN was more evenly balanced, it was still slightly tilted in favor of male perspectives (9 men vs. 8 women).