The first presidential debate opened with a stark contrast: A blue tie on President Barack Obama and a red tie on Gov. Mitt Romney. (snip) By about the 15 minute mark, President Obama appeared to be annoyed. That came after an exchange in which Gov. Romney interrupted moderator Jim Lehrer to deconstruct a misleading Obama charge that Romney plans to raise taxes on the middle class and cut taxes on the rich. Gov. Romney consistently delivered piles of facts, combined with stories about American workers and businesses that put flesh on those facts. It was an extremely effective strategy, showing
Comments: I watched it on CSpan. Before the debate began, Jim Lehrer repeatedly emphasized to the audience the importance of their silence. And so when the Entertainer in Chief made his sappy "Sweetie" comment and when he brought in Donald Trump, etc., he was met with silence. No doubt this had to have shook him up. He's used to being the adored, applauded, aggrandized one. Not tonight. Now the next Pres debate will be in a Townhall format. I suspect the Pres. will feel a little more in his league there.
At last Obama was put in a situation where he didn't have someone running cover and of course sans teleprompter. Mr. Smartest Man In The Room was upstaged x2. Makes me wonder who would be President today had Mr. Obama not had the advantage of a teleprompter during his 2004 Dem Con speech. Great orator, indeed. I'm stoked. Hopefully the Great Uninformed watched and knew what they were seeing.....
The Dims know Obama can't defend his record, but they, in fact, don't even want him to. They want him to lie. They want him to fool more and more people. For them, the only problem last night was that Obama lied with less energy and passion, risking an exposure of The Empty Chair.
As Sarah Palin pointed out, this will only increase the chances of foul play and dirty tricks from the DNC, the Oval Office, and the Court Eunuchs, all of whom are now nothing more than Chicago gangsters. Romney will have to deal with this election corruption on a far more serious level than debate points on a stage, I fear.
Lots of lefty criticism of Lehrer. Bull. He did what a good moderator should do. He let the candidates go at it, expand on their differences, challenge each other. He did try to stop the fireworks a few times to keep to his plan, but couldn't manage it. Good.
Be assured that in the next debate, the lib moderator will be much more aggressive to prevent Romney from getting on a roll. He has to be ready for that.
Mitt exposed Obama as the poser that he is and has been. People who haven't been really paying attention saw it last night.
Mitt's intelligence and confidence ran rings around this guy. I was stunned at Obama's total unpreparedness. Lazy, lazy, lazy.
It was an insult to his supporters just how little he cares about them that he couldn't take some time out to prepare for this debate. He has absolutely no work ethic. No wonder he can't run the country.
Mitt gave the best presidential debate performance since Reagan reducing Obama to looking like a smarmy, sarcastic, rude and unlikeable individual who sounded more like Kermit the Frog the longer the debate progressed.
Obama should not play poker. Each time Mitt hit him, you could read it on his face. Oh, to be a fly on the wall in the bastions of liberal land. I just bet there were a lot of wet pillow cases as they saw their demi god go down in flames.
''And, I'd stop funding PBS. Don't get me wrong. I love PBS. I love Big Bird. I love you, Jim, but I'm not borrowing from China to pay for it. I'd examine all federal programs with that guide in mind.''
Turned it off when they started on Social Security. I couldn't stomach the little creep another minute.
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Bad Dog, 10/4/2012 4:32:01 AM (No. 8908496)
Romney absolutely ROCKED IT last night! I loved how the DemocRat/Obama LIES were actually repeated - Obama is 'THAT SMART' (/s) - and each one REFUTED by Romney himself! Outstanding!
Obama likes to think of himself as a professor, schooling everybody on what he wants them to know, and how magnificent he is. Last night it was ROMNEY who schooled HIM on everything, and Obama looked smaller and smaller by debate end. He reminded me very much of a little kid put in a situation way beyond his years and experience, and he seemed to be thinking, 'How do I get out of this?'
It's pretty crazy for Obama to accuse Romney of wanting to raise taxes on the middle class,when Obamacare is the biggest tax increase in history that will hit the middle class between the eyes.It's ridiculous for the free lunch crowd to not even chip in a lousy 10 buck copay when accessing the system.
Obama didn't do himself any favors using John Kerry as his practice dummy debate opponent.He's probably as far removed as anybody on what a republican might say.
Obama had a mini teleprompter of some sort on that podium,even if it was a texting devise. Obama couldn't keep up with reading them while trying to respond to Romney.It's a lot harder for the brain to do 2 things at once than people think.
We got the lethargic, prickly Obama tonight. Perhaps fortified with a couple bottles of energy drink, we may well get the intenser gloves-off Obama next debate. Kind of the reverse of algore 2000, where algore was a roaming bully in the first debate, and after much resulting criticism, a sedated pansy in the second debate.
Obama is so brainwashed into his own falsehoods and lies that he's not able to understand rational explanations and basic facts. You had the feeling all he did was memorize his talking points. He not only sounded unprepared and inept, he also looked pathetically small. Last night the world saw the empty chair...the real Obama.
On the stump, Obama the propagandist peppers his speeches with his favorite devices: straw men, false choices, gross exaggerations and the Big Lie. I think one of the reasons for his flatness tonight is that he recognized immediately that any time he employed these devices Romney was going to swat them back at him twice as hard. For example, when Obama carped about the two billion dollar oil tax breaks, Romney hit back with Obama's 90 billion dollar green energy tax breaks and made it sting. A couple experiences like that and you'd get more tentative like Obama as well.
Last night the world finally met the empty chair. Not only did he sound unprepared and inept, but also, looked uncomfortable and pathetically small. It was quite astounding to see but no complaints from me. I am truly grateful for prayers being answered.
Honestly, I was amazed that he actually thought he could get away with spewing the campaign talking points over and over again, such as, Romney raising taxes on the middle class and think that the American people would buy this pap. He seemed not to understand basic facts about the economy and made some very inaccurate and stupid statements. It will be interesting to see how the Dems spin it and how he does on the campaign trail.
I was really hoping for a good old fashioned narcissistic meltdown. Unfortunately, Obama mostly maintained his composure. But did anyone else notice about a 1/3 of the way in, Romney said something that Made Bambie's jaw get tight. I could clearly see a lump develop on the corner of his left jaw for a moment.
I can't stop dancing! Yes, I know there are two more debates, but I am going to enjoy every minute of today. I will keep praying for the Romney team. I am confident Mitt will continue with his excellent prep until they are all over. I am also very confident about Ryan's abilities after watching him take on Obama during the Obamacare debates. OTOH I would hate to be on O's drone list. He is going to take his anger out on someone ( beside himself). It is not a good time to be on the drone list. Payback for the murders in Libya should not be used as a "wag the dog" moment by Obama, although I am sure it will be very tempting for him.
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lil dotty, 10/4/2012 5:13:08 AM (No. 8908568)
Wow Just wow baroke hussain obama asking the mod....can we move on to another subject? oh dark won stood there looking down and puffed up his lips. He was unable to step from behind the podium....he had a dark wet stain on his sharply creased trousers; pampers full. His head bowed, his lips puffed out He was pssed he was lost. What happened to his fairy dust? He snorted it.
two thumbs up and a high five. Better than a Cowboy game Mitt Romney = Mr. Excitment
So many exciting articles posted here--this is awesome! Just watched John McCain on F&F (only watching because last night was so good) and he said we should not underestimate obama roaring back. That's because he got his butt spanked 4 years ago by an empty suit. JM should be ashamed to be on tv today but he's on F&F and will be on Greta tonight. He doesn't have sense enough to realize that he should be embarrassed to show his face and he thinks we don't remember his lame campaign. Romney just spanked the empty suit that beat JM with fluff and stuff. We don't celebrate our losers like the other side. Go away JM.
Chrissy Matthews was frankly devastated last night. It was as if the leg that once thrilled and tingled had developed gangrene. He and other dems were apoplectic that Obama hadn't hammered Romney on the 47% comment or on his tax returns. Personally, I think Valerie and other Bamster handlers feared that bringing up those matters might give Romney a perfect chance to explain away and turn the issues in his favor.
Hoards of dems are upset with Jim Lehrer's moderating. For a dyed-in-the-wool lefty like Lehrer, that's gotta hurt.
Coming up next: the biggest attempt at election fraud in history (aka October Surprise) brought to you by George Soros, ACORN, Occupy Wall Street, The DNC, our enemies abroad (with their vested interest in a 2nd Obama term), and disguised as "news" by a complicit MFM. Can't wait to see what they're concocting this time... but I bet it will make pregnant chads blush.
Liberals are liberals, they'll lie and say Obama did great and really touched their female parts
I wonder, though, how Kristol, Brooks, Scarborough and Noonan are going to spill Romney's blood over this one? Or will they take this as an opportunity to dodge any more questions about their loyalty and suddenly jump behind Romney proclaiming that this is the Romney they've been waiting for and that their criticism worked?
Last night was so good.. I ventured over to MSNBC just to see how they could possibly be calling this a win for the One... and Rachael Maddow was asking David Plouffe if they had coached Obama to be low key so as to not look intimidating! I thought Id lose it! We didn't see any comments on the 47%, or Bain because after the first 10 minutes he knew there was nothing he could say that Romney wouldnt have a rebutal. And it would cost him the chance to keep using it in the ads.
One can see, just from the glare in Obama's eyes, when strafed on policy, he is a no compromise ideologue. Bipartisan isn't in his dictionary. How dare someone challenge his policy, his genius!
Bamster sure did change the subject a lot. Trying to throw Romney off his message maybe? No counter to the significant food stamp increase, said twice. Good job Mitt. What could bamster say in defense?
If it comes out for sure Obama was receiving text support, while Romney was not, his Zeppelin is going down in flames.
Whew! Massive relief on our side, obviously. Romney did a fine job. Romney showed that when the pressure is on, he can pull it off, admittedly a concern of mine. Obama was Obama, but when contrasted with Romney, his title as The Great Lightweight was ensured.
A little late in posting. Got indigestion from eating my words last night. A bit tough to swallow, but the aftertaste is oh, so sweet! The ambush didn't happen last night.
Mitt had his "A" game, and NerØbama tried to "phone it in", as Michelle Malkin aptly pointed out this morning. What a pleasant surprise!
Not only has my confidence in Mitt gone way up, but Rob Portman and his "team" also deserve mega-kudos. They obviously did a wonderful job in prepping Mitt for last night. Keep it up.
"It ain't over", however, so hopefully Mitt, Rob, and company will not back off. NerØbama has been "wounded", so expect a much more aggressive and engaged performance in the next debate. The left will be out for revenge. Remember that it's not about me, the pundits, or even Mitt or NerØbama - it's about the country and our children and grandchildren. We simply cannot afford to lose this election.
Gov. Romney did a sterling job last night. Ann Romney was right when she said this man will not fail. Last night Americans caught a glimpse of how a real president conducts himself which has been sorely lacking these past few years. It was so refreshing to watch someone put Obama on the hot seat regarding his failed economic policies.
I also agree with the posters who believe that Team Romney had better be prepared for trouble. The flying monkeys, aka MSM, will be doing the bidding of Axelrod and Jarrett by creating whatever scenario that will harm Gov. Romney. Heads up, we all know they will play dirty.
I don't have time to adequately tell you --here from behind enemy lines--how bad the LEFTIES ARE IMPLODING! They are beside themselves. Plus, best tweet of the night goes to Mark Hemingway-"This wasn't so much a debate as Romney just took Obama for a drive strapped to the hood of his car." I am so tickled I can't stand it...Finally, finally, for the first time in his life, as Clarice Feldman says, "...[Obama's] jive ass act isn't working....."
If only we had this 4 years ago instead of the Senate Gentleman John Mc Cain.
One thing I notice is that the leftys are all trying to say Romney bullied the moderator, yet I have heard that Obama actually spoke anywhere from 4-10 minutes LONGER than Romney in the debate. So if it wasn't to talk more, what exactly was Romney gaining by bullying Jim Lehrer?
My question: Is 0bama throwing the election so he can go off to the $35 million mansion in Hawaii and the massive speaking fees with none of the work or constraints of living in the White House bubble?
Agree with #44 about the losers zinger. I jumped out of my chair, scared the cats. As for Jim Lehrer, at one point after Romney spoke (I forget the exact topic) Lehrer looked to Obama and said - paraphrasing here - "you're for a more balanced approach". He was obviously trying to help Obama. Unfortunately he was beyond help. No teleprompter = nothingburger.
While talking about Dodd and Frank, didn't a Democrat Congress prevent President Bush's repeated attempts to oversee the out-of-control bank loans to people with no way to repay them? This mess belongs squarely in the lap of Obama, Harry and Nancy.
Re #60 -- Here's one story from behind enemy lines, namely Massachusetts. My wife has been mentioning for weeks that she keeps spotting on her morning commute this distracting red car carrying two bumper stickers, one touting Obama and the other for Lieawatha Warren. She knows she spotted the car with its stickers again as recently as two days ago.
About an hour ago, my wife called to let me know that as of this morning Lieawatha is still in place on the red car, but the Obama sticker has been removed – torn off more likely, with a corner remnant still visible.
It was like watching a man vs boy up there. The president was exposed for the lightweight he is. Romney is awesome! I am so proud that we FINALLY have a candidate who can articulate, speak and fight back with tact! I really felt like I was watching the next great president up there.
If challenged, Obama will cave. This is the first time anybody has seriously challenged this condescending, egotistical liar and the media was unable to cover for him. Now, exploit the advantage . . . no break and no quarter.
I usually don't say up this late as I have to get up way to early to go to my under paid job but boy I'm so happy I did. It was wouderbar!!!
I feel the Won was so confident that he is soooo good, he didn't even spend much time in practice. After all, whatever he says is the absolute truth. I love the way the LSM is spinning to make it sound like he did a fabulous job but the stats don't lie. The focus groups I saw didn't much care for his performance. Hope this wakes many up to the TRUTH that has been so sorely missing.
As an above poster predicted, the next moderator won't allow Romney to get a word in edgewise. He'll be cut off at every turn.
Hopefully he'll be prepared for that. Also, let's hope the folks watching see the blatant unfairness of it and get even more ticked off at the Democrats. We need people willing to crawl over broken glass to get get these parasites out of there.
#22 is on to something. Of course Obama has been schooled in Socialist/Marxist dogma and every lackey around him pats him on the back and tells him he is the greatest. Of course he isn't, he's just a second rate orator who gets along because of tele-prompters and an out of control liberal media.
I was discussing an upcoming municipal election once with a city official and basically it was the city against the residents. I told him they were elected to represent the voters, not to implement plans that citizens didn't approve of nor want. He gave me the usual city line and I told him that they needed to get out more and talk to voters. I told him they were starting to believe their own propaganda and they needed to take a step back and realize who they worked for.
In the election they lost big and lost control of the City Council. Served them right. They had lost touch and people responded.
The MSM will not give up. Their gloom over the first debate merely sets up their glee at Obama's big turnaround in the second debate -- the best comback ever!
Don't you know, the MSM is just getting started: Roll back expectations pre-debate; post-debate, say Obama was rusty and off-his-game. Come the second debate, they will be back to their leg tingling mantras.
Bambi just didn't expect Romney to actually challenge him on anything - no one else ever does! So he's not used to that and has no idea what to do. Also, he kept trying to bloviate and selfishly used up more time, but it still didn't matter. I was so proud of our next President, Mitt Romney. Finally we can feel proud again knowing that we'll have a grownup in the Whitehouse who shows up for work early and gets down to business.
I have been a Romney supporter since the 2008 primaries, and there is no doubt that, based on what I saw, he had the better performance by far. I need to preface this next remark by stating that I only watched about a half hour, after the fact, online - 3 subjects. Obama's performance was quite good, not nearly as good as Romney's, but as strong as it could possibly be, given his performance as President.
Okay, prayed all day yesterday for Mitt to speak truth to lies. I also prayed that Obama's true character would show through, not his ability to act. God answered both of these prayers last night.
But, friends, this is not over by a long shot. We must not be prideful or arrogant, like the other side has been. Elections can turn on one story, true or not; remember the DUI and Rather stories for GWB. Romney is, without a doubt, the stronger and more experienced (than Obama, even after four years with his feet up on the Oval Office desk). But, folks, there's still a month to go fighting the ugliest and meanest of Chicago politics when it's on the ropes. Beware of cockiness!
Not familiar with the Herman Caine quote, but I certainly do have the same feeling as at the end of the Klintoon administration -- the kids have had their fun, it's time to put them to bed, it's time for the adults.
WHAT a relief!!! I have to admit that, like Pat Caudell, I was getting very worried, as Romney's campaign was horrewndous in putting out quick ads denouncing Obama statements that were lies, wrong, etc. I now have every faith that Romney (and Ryan) will continue to speak like competent grown ups re: how they can turn this ship around. He bet the farm on the debates and it has paid off. This a.m. I watched "Morning Joe" and was thrilled to hear the complaint that R. was just a good showman (!), that he wasn't specific (while Obama has said NOTHING specific--that makes sense anyhow), that he shades the truth (!!!!!!!!) and that Obama's biggest problem is that he has lived in a cocoon for four years with nobody to contradict him---this from the likes of Heileman and John Meachem, who have done nothing but genuflect, shade the truth, obfuscate in Obama's aid for 5 years! The Press has bloodied itself to a point from which it can't come back! They are not trusted, not believed, by anyone with half a brain. I hope THEY get that.
I also prayed the rosary yesterday for Mitt. I asked that all the angels in heaven along with all of the founding fathers of this great nation would be on that stage with Romney last night. I got the sign when Romney pointed to the Constitution and the Declaration behind him!!!! Thank you Lord!
And I agree with #45------if you think there was corruption before in how Obama's campaign was playing out, just wait! Dead mean voting, smears, you name it! And I am sure the "Town Hall" will be stacked with fake Independents!!!!!!! BEWEAR and be aware!
It can't be emphasized too strongly that pResident Polly Parrot wasn't the only categorical loser last night. What about PPP's practice debate stand in for Romney: the equine-faced, faux stentorian-voiced traitor JF'nK, who is the Ted Baxter of the Democrats (minus the humor)?
Afterwards I flipped over to MSNBC and was greeted by a shellshocked Chris "Tweety" Matthews who looked like he'd been woken up at 4AM from a dead sleep with a hard whack on the head. The results of this debate were unspinnable, and the incumbent was revealed as an incompetent and a serial liar. The election isn't over yet, but Romney turned the corner and is on the path to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Well done, Mitt!
With Obozo being bloodied so badly in this first debate, I wouldn't put it past the Obozo team to cancel the rest of the debates. Obozo is much too busy with critically important matters, don't cha know.
Kudos to Romney for applying a much needed butt kicking.
My guess is Obama will call in sick minutes before the next debate and Romney will have to debate a real empty chair, or podium if you will. Or perhaps some empty shoes sitting on top of a historic desk with a rumpled suit hanging in the background.
BA DA BOOM! Can't WAIT for November 6th my fellow Americans. Actually I can't WAIT to see Paul Ryan take on the Gaftastic Plugs Bidden! I do not eat carbs but a week from tonight....I am going to make Mr. Proud & myself a very large bowl of popcorn with butter and imbibe in many Sam Adams Ales!
Hi folks. Debate winner Romney 95%-- Debate loser Zero 0% -- Undecided 5%. Any perceptive person watching the debate had no problem with above tally, simply by observing the "teleprompter" kid totally lost without same. Hardly ever had the nerve to look at his rival, rambled on randomly, and had a please someone help me expression on his face much of the time that was pathetic to see. End of story.
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rock n robin, 10/4/2012 7:26:01 AM (No. 8908995)
My first Lucianne article of the day. What a welcome surprise!! I must admit I was too unwilling to expose myself to what I expected to be the usual disappointing debate, not to mention O's nails-on-a-blackboard visage, voice, and demeanor. Thanks to all who watched and all the comments that have made me laugh and made my day! I can't scroll back to get the comment #, but I liked the "Face of Easter Island" = J. "I've been to Vietnam" Kerry. Kerry v Christie as debate trainer. What were they smoking?
Right on, Romney! Zero looked and acted like a spoiled child being scolded. Never dared to look at Romney. He was simply yacking out words that were meaningless lies, and Romney called him on the lies. And his repeated hand movements... as though he were preparing a huge meatloaf to pop in a large pan. What a jerk.
Cory Booker must have been unavailable. Josh Romney, son of former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, said in a tweet on Friday that he saved four people after a car accident and included a photo of himself standing next to what appeared to be an overturned vehicle inside a house. "Was first on scene to big accident, see pic of car in the house. I lifted 4 people out to safety. All ok. Thankful.", the tweet read. Romney, who lives in Utah, told NBC News he was driving his family home from Thanksgiving dinner when the car sped by, went
We have a deal. After years of false starts, mutual recriminations and steadily escalating pressure, Iran has finally agreed to accept real limits on its nuclear program. In his statement Saturday night announcing the agreement, U.S. President Barack Obama called it an "important first step" and declared that diplomacy had "opened up a new path toward a world that is more secure." (snip) But we’re still a very long way from Tipperary on this one. And we should be careful about putting on the party hats and breaking out the champagne—at least for now, anyway. And here are five reasons why.
Nov. 22 falls on the Friday before Thanksgiving this year, just as it did 50 years ago. And that extraordinary day in 1963 began on the Hill in ways that would seem familiar to the congressional denizens of today. (Snip) As was the custom, then as now, the chore of acting as presiding officer had been parceled out to several of the freshmen with the lunchtime slot assigned to the youngest in the class, 31-year-old Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts. He was in the chair when his brother was killed. And from that instant, the scene at the Capitol unfolded
Before President Obama was elected, the United States was known as one nation under God — but the Obama Administration seems to think otherwise. Organizing For America published an email Sunday suggesting the greatest nation on the face of the Earth owes its allegiance to another deity. David Axelrod write that “we’ve made serious progress as a nation under President Obama.” You can read his edict in its entirety below. No wonder the Democratic National Committee voted to remove the Almighty from their party in 2012. They only have room for one God.
Second-term presidents in the past 30 years have had some pretty embarrassing news conferences, full of frank admissions of failure, submissive spasms of shame and groveling, grieving apologies. Bill Clinton had to admit that he actually did have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky; George W. Bush finally thought of something he might have done wrong; his dad had to explain all those new taxes after his unequivocal pledge; and even Ronald Reagan ate crow over the Iran-Contra affair. But there has never, ever, been a more pitiful presser than the one conducted last week by President Obama.
The continuing attention devoted to the blunders, incompetence, and lies surrounding the Obamacare rollout is much deserved. But we shouldn’t forget that the President’s health-care monstrosity is merely the latest and biggest of scores of government entitlement programs suffering from the same flawed progressive assumption––that government “experts” armed with coercive power alone can solve problems better left to the states, civil society, and the free market. In reality, such programs relentlessly metastasize, increasing as well fraud, waste, abuse, and costs. One such program is SNAP, the kinder and gentler name for what we used to call food stamps. Apparently the
While Barack Obama’s grotesque lie, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it!” haunts millions of Americans who are learning first-hand that the exact opposite is true, The One, in concert with corrupt RINOS and Democrats (whom are automatically understood to be universally corrupt), is counting on another WHOPPER to codify his amnesty nightmare into federal law. With respect to amnesty, the equivalent Obama lie is, “Once we pass reform (AKA, Amnesty), we will secure the borders!) Translated: If you like American sovereignty, language, and culture you CAN KEEP IT——if you pass amnesty!
Last summer on his $100 million family tour of Africa, Barack Obama hoped for a priceless photo op with Nelson Mandela, the ailing freedom pioneer who went from prison cell to the presidency of South Africa. Mandela´s family suggested that wouldn’t happen. So, the Obamas did a photo op in Mandela´s former prison cell. Which Obama’s White House quickly tweeted upon word of the icon´s passing at 95. [Skip] But Obama was also caught staring at television coverage of Mandela’s passing, which became Obama’s Photo of the Day.
Hardly a week goes by without Hillary Clinton receiving another award. Last month she was named a “Global Champion” by the International Medical Corps, received the American Patriot Award at the National Defense University Foundation and the Hermandad Award from the Mexican American Leadership Initiative. [Snip] At this rate, if a bunch of elderly left-wing Swedes toss her the Nobel Peace Prize early on, the way they did to Obama, it will barely rate mention among all the other glittering trophies that have been bestowed on a woman whose only actual accomplishment was being married to a crooked governor with
Speaker John Boehner said his party should support gay Republican congressional candidates and urged his colleagues to “be a little more sensitive” when running against women. “Some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be,” Boehner said. When asked if he thinks his party should support gay candidates, Boehner simply said: “I do.”
Denver - A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs or face fines, a judge said Friday. The order from administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer said Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver discriminated against a couple "because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage." The order says the cake-maker must "cease and desist from discriminating" against gay couples. Although the judge did not impose fines in this case, the business will face penalties if it continues to turn away gay
DAVID CORN: I saw a president who remains frustrated with the political-media culture that he has to work within, and that he´s looking to rally people, students here, and supporters, and people within the media. CHRIS MATTHEWS: But David Corn, you skeptic. He came to us today. He came amongst us. CORN: He´s trying to rally people behind this vision that he´s been promoting for a couple years. FINEMAN: By the way, he did it the end here, today, Chris, not by defending specifics, but by explaining why he´s in the game to begin with. And I don´t know about you, he´s
In February, the Bush family’s personal emails were hacked by Guccifer, a hacker who uncovered photographs of former President George H. W. Bush in a hospital bed and George W. Bush’s oil paintings in the process. It seems Guccifer has struck again, this time targeting former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Library. The hacker has reportedly uncovered doodles of Clinton drawing on what were, at the time, classified documents. Among the doodles is apparently a picture of a penis. The document uncovered is a briefing of the strategic measures the United States could take prior Clinton’s decision to intervene in
The most curious thing of all about the November jobs report released on Friday was the huge drop in the unemployment rate — and the fact that the Labor Department chose not to disclose that the data going into that figure are under investigation for falsification. On Nov. 19, I broke the news in my column that the Census Bureau, which collects data that goes into the jobless rate on behalf of Labor, had caught one of its enumerators fabricating interviews in 2010. The culprit said back then (and to me during an interview) that he was told to do so by