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Rich writes: "'Is it time for Democrats to panic?' was the lead of a front-page Washington Post story Wednesday morning. Is it? Not in June."

President Barack Obama in Tucson, Arizona, 01/12/11. (photo: Jewel Samad/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama in Tucson, Arizona, 01/12/11. (photo: Jewel Samad/Getty Images)

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+50 # Barbara K 2012-06-14 10:52
No, it is not time for the Democrats to panic. We have 5 months yet, and our President is doing just fine. He has much on his plate, but he has shown that he can handle more than one problem at a time. I have full confidence in him. Maybe some will disagree, but when you think of the nasty alternative, I feel good about President Obama.
+32 # Texas Aggie 2012-06-14 12:12
I agree that in a rational universe, Obama would win. But in this one, I'm not so sure. I just wish that his biggest selling point were not, "Do you want Romney as president?"

I wish that he had a lot more positives like fighting harder for what needs to be done even if it goes down to defeat. There are a lot of examples - executive orders, recess appointments, etc. - where he could have accomplished a lot more than he did. Instead he tried to play nicely with the neighborhood bullies and consequently got his face bloodied.
+4 # Okieangels 2012-06-14 12:12
Lesser of two evils. Too bad I can't vote green in my state...
+13 # Billy Bob 2012-06-14 18:16
No matter what, it's important to vote. It does make a difference.
+15 # WestWinds 2012-06-14 19:14
I agree, BB. The WORST thing anyone could do is to stay home and not vote. When you think of all of the sacrifices made down through the centuries to give people the right to vote and then they go and blow it off for a night at home in front of the tube watching DVD's, it's a national disgrace. If people had done the correct thing and voted two years ago, we wouldn't have gotten stuck with a House full of Tbaggers. DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN AGAIN, AMERICA. GET OUT AND VOTE. If you want others to do the right things, then YOU begin by exercising your voting power and helping to secure the process so the our votes don't get hijacked... AGAIN!!!
+23 # Tazio 2012-06-14 12:33
Barbara is right. Don't panic.
Ignore Rasmussen tracking polls and all of the Billionaires for Romney ads. Republican economic policies caused this recession and their attempts to drive the narrative that they should be returned to power because the President didn't fix their disaster fast enough is just pathetic.

Romney's single term as a state Governor is only slightly longer than Sarah Palin's career, and now it turns out they both have a "Troopergate" problem. Sarah abused her power for family revenge reasons, while Willard dressed up as a Trooper just to frighten the public and amuse his friends.
-24 # John Locke 2012-06-14 14:34
Tazio: Yes remain in denial! maybe the Tooth fairy will pull off the election!

Rasmussen is the only real poll that is neutral...and lets discuss Obama and his failings, You already know the list...but Wall Street heads it up!
+16 # ABen 2012-06-14 20:54
Sorry John. Rasmussen has been in the tank for the GOP for almost a decade. Try Pew.
-14 # John Locke 2012-06-15 08:05
ABen I disagree, Rasmussen has been correct every election...
+9 # Billy Bob 2012-06-15 10:01
Read what the New Republic has to say about Rasmussen:

Rasmussen is a conservative push-poll.
+12 # Virginia 2012-06-14 12:52
The snowball needs to be rolling by now. Politicians know that.

The caption for that photo is more likely, "you do think Geithner was right, don't you?"

The Dems must stop ignoring foreclosures, evictions and shadow banking and figure out to somehow give America back their privacy.
-10 # John Locke 2012-06-14 14:36
Virginia, but honestly if the Democrats start to support us, they will lose the financial aid of the you have another Idea?
+13 # Billy Bob 2012-06-14 18:19
I don't think you're getting negatives from people who disagree with you completely. It's just that we're pragmatic enough to realize that there IS a major difference between Obama and romney. Things shouldn't have gotten as bad as they have, but they CAN AND WILL get worse if another repug gets in.

Instead of voting for the lesser of two evils, vote AGAINST the lesser good.
+10 # mdhome 2012-06-14 22:44
RoMONEY is not going to help the working man/woman as he has no clue what their life is like, never has , never will.
-7 # John Locke 2012-06-15 08:07
Billy Bob, can you enlighten me on the differences...I have not been able to find any!
+1 # Billy Bob 2012-06-15 10:02
We've discussed it before. Are you arguing in good faith or is your memory that bad?
-7 # Billy Bob 2012-06-15 10:56
You only have to go as far as today's headlines:

"During the primary, Mitt Romney said he would veto the Dream Act, but in recent weeks he has seemed open to a proposal by Sen. Marco Rubio to grant Dreamers a work permit but not a path to citizenship"

Does that not fit in with your agenda?

I'm beginning to question your motives again. NO ONE primaried Obama. If they had, I would have supported them (unless they were even further to the right, e.g. clinton). No one bothered. No one to his left seriously wants to be President or they'd give it an honest attempt. I refuse to vote for someone who's only in it as a protest.

For the record, I didn't vote for the Democrats in 2010. How much good has that done?
+4 # AMLLLLL 2012-06-16 17:26
Romney is out of touch with reality; look for that to come into sharp focus soon.
+5 # Billy Bob 2012-06-16 19:13
I'm hoping there will be a lot of debates and soon. I don't think Mittens is any more prepared than mccain was.
0 # Billy Bob 2012-06-15 13:23
The headline has already morphed into something new:

Apparently, the far right agrees with you. He's being heckled as we speak by the far right because of his "leftist" thinking. Do you have any response to them other than joining in their chorus and staying home in November so RoMoney can be elected?
-15 # John Locke 2012-06-14 14:30
Barbara: Splash some water on your face and look around. Its time to wake up from your nap...Obama is losing ground more every day, here are the latest poll results,

Thumbs down only mean you don't understand...

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows Mitt Romney attracting 48% of the vote, while President Obama earns 44%. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and another four percent (4%) are undecided.

Romney now leads Obama for the first time in Wisconsin where the president's support has fallen to its lowest level to date. Former Governor Tommy Thompson remains well ahead of Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate race.

Romney also leads in North Carolina and Missouri. Obama leads in Pennsylvania.

The race is a toss-up in Iowa, Ohio, Virginia, Florida and Colorado.

In the first 14 days of June for Election 2012, Romney has held the lead 11 times, the candidates have been tied twice, and Obama has been on top once.

People have seen through Obama and the likelihood of him winning are slim to none...You fought us all the way, when we attempted to support a viable what? are you still in denial?
+16 # Virginia 2012-06-14 14:53
The reason good Dems are losing ground is because, like Tammy Baldwin for example, they have been vocal about the securitization fraud and have gotten zero support from the Obama administration.

Yesterday's interrogation of Jamie Dimon was a joke..."gee, Mr. Dimon you are the smartest banker in the world..." "you only lost $2 billion - we (Congress) lose that much everyday..."

These guys are crooks and the politicians are enablers... Al Capone didn't pay off Elliott Ness... He paid off the politicians.
+7 # WestWinds 2012-06-14 19:19
Good one!
-3 # John Locke 2012-06-15 08:12
And the attorney General of the US!
+17 # Tazio 2012-06-14 15:10
Rasmussen Tracking Polls are notoriously right leaning, hence their prominence on RCP. They skew conservative because they only poll land lines, not cell phones. 7 out of 8 polls will favor Obama, with only Rasmussen showing Romney ahead.
Obama wins the electoral college by not as much as in 2008 but still a mildly comfortable lead. Obama wins, and is ahead in the non-Rasmussen polls in, Colorado, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa and Virginia.
Romney will reclaim N. Carolina and Florida but it won't be enough. People have seen through the obstructionist tea wing rhetoric and blame them as much as Obama for the lack of economic progress. They also know that the whole world is reaching some sort of economic precipice and they know that's not all Obama's fault. Bush? Perhaps.
But Romney's secret plan to create jobs through "leadership" coupled with his defiantly secret tax returns, and his stiff personality aren't convincing enough people to switch sides.
+6 # Billy Bob 2012-06-14 18:29
Good remarks!
+11 # Majikman 2012-06-14 20:05
Tazio, correct on Rasmussen tracking right. I was polled by them about 2 months ago and was astonished with their "push-pull" technique to elicit a conservative response. So I had some fun with my answers.
+10 # Billy Bob 2012-06-14 20:45
The same thing happened to me over a year ago. When I didn't give a response they were looking for they hung up.
+4 # WestWinds 2012-06-14 19:18
It's too far out yet to be able to predict what the outcome will be. Just because you are dreaming your head off, doesn't mean that it will manifest itself in reality. Don't forget, WE KNOW about Mitten's magic pants and all the rest...
-6 # John Locke 2012-06-15 08:11
Denying facts "Don't" make them disappear!

Facts remain facts, its like standing on railroad tracks with a train coming at you, and denying the trains existence, but not moving out of the way...
+11 # Billy Bob 2012-06-15 10:03
I agree. However, letting a repug into the White House right now, would be the same as running toward the train.
-10 # RLF 2012-06-15 06:17
Obama's failure to do anything progressive in the last 4 years is not going to give me much incentive to vote, much less give to his campaign. Lesser of two evils maybe...but I'm sick of the lesser of two evils...I'm ready for something good...not mediocre, milktoast, semi right wing, supply side, secretive, bought and paid for crap!
+2 # Billy Bob 2012-06-16 10:05
How did that strategy work out for ya in 2010?
0 # Billy Bob 2012-06-16 19:15
How about 1968?

ALL of those years were lost, at least in part by a fractured left filled by people with your exact sentiment.

Milktoast indeed!
+26 # Billsy 2012-06-14 12:12
NO it's not time to panic, it's time for our President to stand up to his corporate benefactors and return to the populist stance that got him elected in the first place. The DNC did far too little in the Wisconsin recall election allowing the constant acid drip of paid political ads to convince "low information" voters that an unelectable governor was worthy of their vote.

Obama needs to direct his Justice Dept. to prosecute rogue bankers, push for increased stimulus spending, fair taxes on the wealthy and this time really mean it when he pushes a strong public option for health care.
+13 # Hey There 2012-06-14 13:03
I'm with you. When a President bails out Banks and Wall St. rather than bailing out the people foreclosed on and reducing the loans more in line with the actual income workers are making, then people look askance at the Democratic Party as a look alike Republican one.
If the Democrats really want to win they need to look at what FDR did, what Johnson did for the poor.
Entitlements need to be explained as something workers have paid into and as such they are entitled to the benefits of what they have paid for,
In contrast to the banks that were judged too big to fail the Democrats need to come up with that the majority of Americans are too many to fail.
3 videos about the push to get rid of postal workers point to what's wrong with our current system especially when too many Democrats side with the Republicans that the majority needs less and the rich need more and public services need to be cut.
-8 # John Locke 2012-06-14 14:39
Hey There: Good point we are too big to fail! we represent odds of 99 to 1
-4 # John Locke 2012-06-15 08:16
I guess the thumbs down means you believe we are not too big to fail...ok as thoughts become actions. We will fail!
+5 # Billy Bob 2012-06-15 10:04
We will certainly fail if we are so governed by "not wanting to vote for evil" that we allow the greater of two evils into office.
+5 # mdhome 2012-06-14 22:54
I want to hear Obama ROAR! I want him to show EVERYONE that the TeaBaggers are causing the economic doldrums and really mean it. He will not win votes if he goes "pussy-footing" (apologies to George Wallace)around
And lets them control the news with their lies.
-8 # John Locke 2012-06-15 08:17
mdhome: you want to hear Obama roar, just tell him his check from Jamie "Demon" will be late this month!
0 # RLF 2012-06-15 06:23
The Dems can't even get Glass/Steagal enacted again (Like they really want to!) which not only allowed the banks to melt down but has been the reason small businesses have financing troubles. (Banks invest, they don't make loans)
+6 # thomachuck 2012-06-14 14:35
I, like you, support Obama. But the big conundrum for him right now is whether to do something to get Wall Street squarely behind him (like Clinton did in signing the Securities Modernization Act in 1999)-- or to do as much as possible to dissociate himself with the financial services industry and its generous lobbyists. It seems to me there would be hell to pay with either choice. One thing is clear: we don't want another 2008 financial debacle, do we? If Wall Street benefactors of both parties get their way, the regulatory environment will again be rigged to sink our financial system. The second time would be worse than the first. We all better hope Dodd-Frank stands.
+6 # WestWinds 2012-06-14 19:32
It takes one billion dollars (according to the NYT,) to run for president. Obama is heading for a second term so he only has to worry about his PAC backing one more time. If he is able to get the money together to cover his election, will he put the squeeze on Wall Street and the banksters to behave themselves, or will he decide he's better off kow-towing to their power for future references? I'm hoping he's learned the lesson that no matter how well educated he is, no matter how much he has or could do for them, they will always hate him and NEVER see him as one of the club members. Let's hope he decides to decision make along these lines instead of the tried and true bipartisanship bonds the Right has betrayed and scoffed at from the beginning.
-7 # RLF 2012-06-15 06:25
Anything to win,eh? Privatize Social Security?...Wal l St. has wanted to steal that fund for years...maybe that would get Obama re-elected!
-10 # John Locke 2012-06-15 08:20
That fix is already in! Obama has set SS up to be defunded, watch how it all plays out.
-22 # John Locke 2012-06-14 14:37
Billsy: Yu Betcha Red Rider!
Obama is the problem, you are asking the fox to protect the hens he plans to eat!
+14 # WestWinds 2012-06-14 19:35
The only problem around here are the Far Right turkeys that just won't go away. We had a wonderful country that we were all very happy with it until the Right decided to kill the Golden Goose that is America. The Bulls make money and the Bears make money, but it's the piggy Right that is stealing the place blind.
-7 # John Locke 2012-06-15 08:00
Really? I thought it was Obama that had the "forever" detention added to NDAA, and extended the Patriot act, and is protecting Wall Street and the Bush administration. ..Maybe we only have one party now, the Republicrats?

We never had a womderful country, we only had the illusion of one. The Banks have always been running things behind the scenes...
+7 # sgmp 2012-06-15 09:24
Quoting John Locke:
Really? I thought it was Obama that had the "forever" detention added to NDAA, and extended the Patriot act, and is protecting Wall Street and the Bush administration...Maybe we only have one party now, the Republicrats?

We never had a womderful country, we only had the illusion of one. The Banks have always been running things behind the scenes...

While the above has some truth to it, it is important to remember that the Republicans co-opted the Tea Party, and the extreme religious right co-opted the Republican Party, It who appeals to a strange group of individuals whose thinking processes are just about impossible to fathom.
Choosing between these two evils is easy because Republicans are both radical and irrational. They are more deeply in the pockets of the 1% than most or our politicians. Republicans leaders didn't even have sense enough to realize that a corporation can never be human.
+20 # James38 2012-06-14 16:19
I like Obama, And I hope he can improve. But anyone who says it doesn't matter if we re-elect him, or says they voted for him before but may not this time, are flirting with the further devastation of the US society. We need Obama in office for four more years just to make sure he can appoint a couple more SC Justices, if nothing else. If he has that opportunity it will benefit the US hugely, just as giving that chance to Wrongmney will be grotesquely destructive.

As to health care, the " public option" is the only thing that makes real sense. The point we have to make clear is that the US is the ONLY developed country that has failed to create a single payer health system that covers all citizens. Such systems are humane, and deliver better care at a far, far lower cost.
+2 # WestWinds 2012-06-14 19:22
Only problem is, it just won't happen. Obama is set in cement when it comes to his notion of bi-partisanship and he's going to play that card right up until the end.
+8 # mdhome 2012-06-14 23:02
If he does I fear it will bring the end of the country,RoMoney will bring the country to the point where the great depression will look like a cakewalk.
+11 # MidwestTom 2012-06-14 12:19
Look at the numbers, the Republicans are dominated by and tied to church going white America, whose percentage of the population is shrinking every year. Let them keep their guns and Bibles, we are the ones with the progressive ideas. If we can eliminate the word illegal from the 20 Million Mexicans here, we should win every election. Time is on our side.
+8 # Billy Bob 2012-06-14 18:15
If repugs actually read those Bibles they carry and applied the morals contained, they might not be in such dire straights.

Being in church doesn't make you a Christian any more than being in a garage makes you a car.

I myself am a church going Catholic and most of the Catholics I know in my church who send their kids to the same Catholic school are fed up with repugnicans.

You're right, the tide is turning against them, but it's turning across the board.
+12 # WestWinds 2012-06-14 19:43
The problem with the Religious Right is they don't read and interpret the Bible for themselves. They go to Bible study classes and camps where the Bible is re-interpreted for them and then applied to their lives like, "Accept austerity with open arms. It is a test from God of your loyalty to him." And the fools embrace and believe this insanity. This is a real problem that is the results of 30 years of gutting quality education here in the US. You don't think they stopped teaching Civics by accident do you? I say, read your kids the Constitution and the Bill of Rights instead of bed time stories. When they are tots, they will only be interested in the fact that you are spending time reading to them. And by the time they are old enough to understand the words, these things will be carved into their brains for the rest of their lives. Teach your kids to fear fascism so we don't pass this curse along.
+7 # Billy Bob 2012-06-14 20:47
It's the difference between the scientific/acad emic approach of proving something with a primary source and double checking it, vs. the pseudo-religiou s approach of just repeating heresay.
+18 # James38 2012-06-14 12:20
For another interesting viewpoint on the Radical Right Wing-nut Authoritarian takeover of the Republican Party, read "Conservatives Without Conscience" by John Dean, former legal adviser to President Nixon. He has undergone quite a renaissance of awareness.
+8 # thomachuck 2012-06-14 14:39
I am a huge fan of John W. Dean. Frequenters of this blog site might also enjoy his book "Broken Government"--a real eye opener by Dean, who did jail time as his reward for his role in Watergate. Republicans should all read these great revealing books. They are fascinating and true.
+2 # WestWinds 2012-06-14 20:07
I only wish that this country would do the same.
+22 # Doctoretty 2012-06-14 12:22
My sense of panic comes only from knowing what money can do to buy an election.
+14 # Billy Bob 2012-06-14 12:24
It's not time to panic. It's time to fight. There's no point in ever sitting on your laurels. Obama has barely made the case with his own party. THAT'S the problem.

TWO YEARS AGO was time to panic if ever. Two years ago it was clear that the liberals who elected Obama were sick of being insulted by his actions. He actually has to win us back.
-12 # John Locke 2012-06-14 14:40
Billy Bob: NOw you sound like you have some fight in you, GOOD FOR YOU!
+6 # WestWinds 2012-06-14 20:13
That's one tack. The other is, consider the alternative. We've seen what happens when Dems stay at home. We've had a horrid two years at the hands of the T-bagging kooks calling themselves politicians who have been on the taxpayer dole for the last two years, doing what Rethuglicans do best: freeloading off the public. I don't see any of these House ideologues giving up their Big Government pensions or health care packages. Me thinks white men speak with forked tongues.
+12 # Billy Bob 2012-06-14 20:53
I plan to vote for Obama, but I make no apologies for his weak kneed approach or his obvious duplicity. He's not a repug on paper, but he's close.

And I plan to vote for him all the same. How we're going to hold his feet to the fire is beyond me. Hopefully, the words of people like John Locke will put at least some scare into him.

That said, after the election is over, he's free for another 4 years.

That said, he's still to the left of ANY repug, and any repug would be MUCH MUCH worse.

Success in a fight doesn't mean perfection. Your opponent will land punches. Winning means lessening the net affects.

On the whole, we'll be worse off without Obama than with him. That doesn't make me happy with his performance, but it also doesn't make me so willing to punish him that I'm willing to throw my own children under the bus to make a point.

It's complex. If it were simple it wouldn't be politics.
+6 # mdhome 2012-06-14 23:26
Billy Bob, you have written my thoughts and I am very nervous that not enough people think that way.
+7 # Barbara K 2012-06-15 14:49
Billy Bob: I too plan to vote for Obama. We need to give him a Dem Congress, and then watch how our country and our lives improve! The Rs are so afraid of him, that they are rigging the election in many states, and they vote NO on every piece of legislation they can. They are the cowardly ones, who have to lie and cheat and connive to make Obama lose. We will see that he wins, if we have the guts.
-2 # John Locke 2012-06-18 15:48
Billy Bob and Barbara: I will not be voting for Obama!
+13 # Christopher Warren 2012-06-14 12:28
If Prez Status Quobama loses it'll be his own damn FAULT! It started with his so-called transition team that didn't change much from the Bushies because it consisted of Clinton DLC triangulators that gave us ALL the factors that led to the Wall Street Ponzi Mill meltdown,(ie) Graham Riddley, the removal of Glass Steagal, Legalizing Speculation on everything from Enron to Oil and Credit Default Swaps and "Welfare Reform"! Then he appoints Wall Street Holder, tells us he's "looking forward, not back" and offended most of us Veterans by not pursuing the morons that treated the Geneva Convention as a "Quaint Document"that had NEVER put themselves at risk in service to our country and a awol draft dodging preppy Prez that started a WAR to get re-elected.
If he'd stepped into the LEADERSHIP our Country was seeking by investigating the Ponzi Mill Meltdown, JAILING the BANKSTERS and the TORTURERS, Stopping the FORECLOSURES by breaking up the "to big to fail" Banks and redistributing their ill-gotten gains by RESETTING our underwater MORTGAGES to current value, he'd be untouchable in his re-election!
If he'd included the Public Option, or made Medicare avaible for all to buy in there'd be a movement to reserve another spot at Mount Rushmore and the Amendment to unmake Corporations as people and money as speech would be out to the States for radification!
I guess courage is neccessary to do what's right and that's lacking in most Democrtic Politicians.
+7 # WestWinds 2012-06-14 20:40
Obama isn't a Democrat; he's a Republican light. He never could become president had he been a registered Republican. In all fairness, the mess Bush 43 made wasn't Obama's fault, any more than WE the People putting in a raft of T-baggers into the House was his fault. Obama is exactly himself: He went to Harvard (a Right-wing conveyor belt), then on to U. Chicago (home of the Friedman brothers and trickle-down economy,) then he joined the DLC and on into the Senate for only one year before Reid tapped him to run, (so he has had a pretty steep learning curve.) The American public is lazy. They vote for pretty faces and star celebrity instead of records of service to the country or voting records. The public turns on the TV takes a quick look, decides who looks good and then goes out and votes. OR, they just pan the whole process and vote for whichever party their parents voted for, not realizing that the Republican Party had RADICALLY changed. It's the same thing with threatening NOT to vote... it's the easy way out. If those who threaten this had joined the Green Party and made an all out effort to get a third party person on the ticket, I'd believe these people aren't lazy. But it's far easier to grumble and give notice they aren't going to make the effort AGAIN than it is to get out there and get the job done. Anyone who doesn't vote has no right to open his yap later on.
0 # Jimmy 2012-06-14 12:45
The reason to panic is structural even more than Obama's personally, although his weak personality is a real problem.

For the structural problems, see especially the Conclusion to PAINTING DIXIE RED: When, Where, Why, and How the South Became Republican. It is by the scholar, Glenn Feldman.

It deals with the national implications of the Southernization of the GOP.
+2 # WestWinds 2012-06-14 20:47
I don't agree. I don't think Obama is weak. If he were he wouldn't be running again with a way out at the end of this term. Just because he's doing his own thing doesn't make him weak; different in a way we don't like particularly, but not weak. No matter what he does SOMEBODY is going to be unhappy. If he doesn't lean Right, they will attack him and if he doesn't lean Left, he'll hear about that too. The problem is we need to know who are candidate are before we start voting. Too many on the Right are voting Republican because they live in a Republican area. They either don't know how to vet a candidate and are letting Rush Limbnaugh do their thinking or they are just going out and pulling the lever that their parents pulled in the past. I can still remember my parents and grandparents sitting around the kitchen table discussing politics; (I thought it was totally boring.)

You couldn't give me Obama's job - what a headache!
-11 # fredboy 2012-06-14 13:21
Looking back, aka remorse, can be a bitch.

"We should have kept the House. We shouldn't have turned our backs on the environmentalis ts. We should have been tougher on Wall Street, and not loaded our boat with the quacks who made the economic collapse possible." Should'a, would'a, could'a...

I've predicted all along that Obama, if he's wise, will opt for one term. He leaves historically, celebrated as our first black president and guaranteed huge speaking fees. The party is a bit fractured and toothless now, so it might be time to hop in the next life boat and head for shore.

We voted for him and prayed for a firm hand on the wheel. Wish that had been so.
+6 # thomachuck 2012-06-14 14:48
Keep the faith. Obama overpromised when he said he would blunt the influence of special interests in Washington; no one is going to do that. The GOP is circling the drain right now if the economy improves and it is already in a lot more disarray than the Democrats. Watch how unified the GOP is if Romney wins. He will swing moderate and all the Republican power brokers will shout "What the f---?" I think Obama has led with calm, good humor, great judgment, respect for all groups of people, and the courage of his convictions. Have yet to see that from Romney. You don't know what he stands for and maybe never will. You already know he hates campaigning (witness the Pennsylvania cookie caper) and doesn't relate to the little guy. If he wins, the country loses. Don't count Obama out just yet.
+2 # WestWinds 2012-06-14 20:51
Yes, the courage of his convictions... which I hope has changed over time as he has had first hand experiences with the Far Fringe Right to deal with up close and personal.
0 # WestWinds 2012-06-14 20:49
Yes, and all of this is particularly true considering all of the help he was given by the House Republicans.
-8 # The Voice of Reason 2012-06-14 13:25
What is there to panic about? Win or lose, nothing ever changes in the partisan block-down world of politics.
+11 # James38 2012-06-14 16:13
Voice of common stupidity and irresponsibilit y is what you should call yourself. Change in Politics is incremental, and if you think Romney can't do some real damage, you have no grip on reality at all. One or two Wrongmney appointments to the Supreme Mess (Court) we already have would be a devastating blow to the US, one that potentially could have lasting negative effects for thirty or forty years.

Please reconsider, or consider changing your name.
-13 # The Voice of Reason 2012-06-14 19:29
And you should call yourself James37. You're a disgrace to James38.

'Incremental' eh ? I've seen glaciers move faster than politics. You guys just love to bicker and argue, and that's the 'essence' of partisan politics, if it had an essence. So go ahead and bicker and argue, even with the Voice of Reason.

When it all falls apart, you will still need to become united under the banner or 'what is good for all mankind', instead of your disastrous 'what is good for our [party] [group] [race] [fill in the limited association].
+7 # Billy Bob 2012-06-14 20:56
I'm not exactly detecting any reasonable alternatives coming from you. I'll fill in the blank for you: PLANET. It's still a limited association, but it's something I'm loyal to. I have to do what I can to not make things substantially worse on the only planet I can afford to live on.

If you have a viable alternative that isn't just a whining list of complaints, I'm all ears.
-4 # The Voice of Reason 2012-06-14 22:39
Hey Billy Bob! So nice to hear from you again.

A viable alternative ... what a coincidence.

Actually, instead of arguing and fighting about our differences in opinion, or whatever, perhaps we should let our differences unite us in a common goal: the advancement of the human race.

The problem is, the forces of evil have overthrown Russia, China, and the Islamic republics. And the forces of alcohol have overthrown the rest of the world. It is difficult at best to deal with people that want to destroy the free world, or who are intoxicated or high or who believe immorality is great.

One voice can't get everyone's attention. It will likely take the breakdown of the social order before people turn away from the way things are done today. It is one giant corrupt machine hell bent on killing us, and profiting from it. Predator economies and sucker economies don't disappear overnight. They must collapse under the galling weight of their own iniquities.

Shoghi Effendi wrote in 1947: “... Every system, short of the unification of the human race, has been tried, repeatedly tried, and been found wanting." If we choose unity, perhaps selfishness and pride should be abandoned.

The question is: where do you want to be when it collapses?
+6 # Billy Bob 2012-06-15 10:08
The question is still, "what is your viable alternative"?

If it's let the country destroy itself and speed it up, I have to disagree. I have children whom I love. If you hate life, I understand your position. Otherwise, it's probably better to fight.
+6 # WestWinds 2012-06-14 20:57
If nothing else, Obama has put the breaks on the 10G negative nosedive Bush 43 put us into. It's hard to turn something around that is traveling to ground at that speed. It may not be perfect but it is giving the country as a whole a chance to see what the Far Right is all about and to get into the habit of knowing what's going on in D.C. These things alone are worth something. Remember: Having a problem is not the problem; doing nothing about it, THAT'S the problem. Get out and VOTE! (and take your friends and family with you!)
0 # thomachuck 2012-06-16 17:56
You are right on. The best outcome for the GOP is if their voter suppression onslaught continues successfully and people get so disgusted and intimidated that they stay away from the polls. People have got to vote their consciences, but just as important, they have to VOTE.
+3 # cordleycoit 2012-06-14 13:30
It is good to know that Dems are doing fine despite the Rethugs bottomless money pit and the news being censored- filtered by government. Strange events in the Fort Wayne area.
Too bad the smooth talking Obama cannot figure out the wooden Romney. A guy who makes Putin, the poodle guy, look like Mr. Warmth and Charm. It good to see yet another election where no matter who wins they will be the lesser person,
+2 # tigerlille 2012-06-14 15:18
Only a dim-witted fool would panic at this point; it is way, way to late for panic. Obama has to win back the people whose passion and hard work got him elected, and who he precipitously abandoned following the election. There are still a lot of Obama apologists, but the rest of us will never trust him again. He might earn my vote if he immediately started taking hard core action, to prosecute the banksters and create jobs as FDR did, for instance. In such a case, he Might be a preferable choice, if it is understood that his balls will have to be held to the walls every step of the way. But I would still find it very difficult to vote for a constitutional scholar who knowingly sabotaged the constitution, and who I consider a war criminal.
+8 # WestWinds 2012-06-14 21:07
I don't blame you for your feelings but these platitudes will only get Romney elected. You know the old Kenny Rogers song: You've got to know when to hold them, know when to fold them... Now is the time to know that the best interests of We the People are to vote for Obama as we are only a very few short months away from the General Elections. NOW is NOT the time for dissension in the ranks. If we don't come together now and get Obama back into office, we are going to end up like we did after the mid-terms with a House full of T-baggers. Please! Show some common sense and do what's best for the facts as they stand now just before the election. You KNOW the Rethuglicons are going to go into this election in lock-step, let's do the same and beat the pants off them; the morning after, you'll be glad you did because Obama for four more years beats America the Fascist State of NeoNazi Crazies any day!
-5 # JSRaleigh 2012-06-14 17:48
It's too late for panic.
+7 # WestWinds 2012-06-14 21:08
Correct! It's time for "INTO ACTION, TROOPS!"
+8 # Amir Mashay 2012-06-14 17:58
Yeah, I've been watching the Washington Post Editorials lately. They seem to be pandering and supporting anit-Obama sentiment. How is it that Obama and the Dimwits should panic, when it's OK for Romney to make bigger gaffs, all throughout his candidacy? And in case anyone's memory's short, didn't he launch the health care plan that the Repugnants are so against? This is June! What Obama has to do, which Romney has to do also, is sway the independents. But the biggest obstacle is race in this race. It's clear that this country is still pro-lynch, from Florida to New York City and across. But I have faith in our beloved independents, that they will have the common $en$e to know we'll be in a bigger me$$ if Romney and his high-end cohorts take over.
+2 # WestWinds 2012-06-14 21:09
-3 # tomo 2012-06-14 21:50
I suppose it's kinda cruel to spoil the game, to rain on the parade. But it really doesn't matter much if Obama is or isn't in trouble. The important, much overlooked fact is WE ARE IN TROUBLE. We are in trouble which the TWO-PARTY system can't fix. That's because the defining function of the Democratic Party is to take money from ordinary Democrats and give it to Republicans.

That's what happened in 2009. We Democrats had a House, a Senate, and a White House--and the very richest Republicans became, as a result, richer than they had ever been before.
-5 # mdhome 2012-06-14 22:39
Lets send "Chuck Norris" over there, he will fix Assad in a minute, no taxpayer expense cause "chuck" only needs his bare fists and he can certainly afford the plane fare. End of problem. Hahahaha
+5 # bingers 2012-06-15 00:49
Define fine. Corporate profits are at an all time high average of 11%. Sounds to me like Obama was right, the private sector is doing fine. However their employees are being raped by the corporations and the rape would accelerate under Romney. The man has yet to say anything that isn't a lie. How can anyone be so dumb they don't get it?
+5 # bingers 2012-06-15 01:07
Rasmussen polled me and when I said I wouldn't be voting for Romney they said "I'll put you down as 'no answer'" and hung up.
+6 # Billy Bob 2012-06-15 10:10
They didn't even say anything to me. They just hung up.
-11 # mgwmgw 2012-06-15 06:46
To the people who want to support Obama because he is better than Romney, let me suggest you consider Gary Johnson. He is much more socially liberal than prior Libertarian candidates have been. Gary may not win, but if he gets enough support in the polls, a few good things may happen:
* He has already gotten government matching funds.
* He will likely be able to get onto the ballot in 50 states.
* He may get into the debates and change what gets discussed.
* The Democrats may have to start behaving like Democrats because voters have an alternative to Republican lite not owned by banksters.

I mean, let's save government money by stopping the jailing of people who use medical marijuana instead of cutting health insurance for sick children or heating help for old ladies.

Let's stop the pattern of being in a constant state of multiple wars, It is not only immoral but also expensive.

Go ahead. Give him a look.
+7 # Billy Bob 2012-06-15 10:09
I agree. If you'd otherwise not vote, at least let your voice be heard and vote for Johnson. If you are a pragmatist and realize that repug ideology will make things even worse. Vote for Obama.
+3 # mjc 2012-06-15 10:43
While those who live in a red state may feel compelled to vote for Obama, those of us who live in a blue state can check the polling. It may NOT be necessary to vote for Obama but it sure is necessary to urge any right leaners to NOT vote for Romney The latest couple of "good things" that Obama has done might help other undecideds: support of gay marriage and changing toe immigration of children of illegal immigrants who arrived here as very young children. No one who is a homosexual or trans gender person and no Latino should EVER vote for Romney. But it is too late to talk about an alternative candidate. It is going to be too close now for that.
+1 # ghostperson 2012-06-16 13:09
I want to see a big no holds bar rumble. I have never been keen on Obama because he has played economic Republican trying to placate the Oolong Party. But #@!%!! grow a pair and take on the GOP's wooden marionette with his memorized talking points. Bush was the same. No open mikes only memorized and rehearsed talking points.

Norquist is correct. All GOP candidates need is a pen. I never got the private sector is doing fine brouhaha. Any semi-informed reader or listener knew that he was referring to the 1% and the Wolves of Wall Street and/or Big Grease.

Whenever I watch the news, less and less, I have this desire to emit a 90 decibel premordial scream to release.

More and more I believe that the only way to fight GOP gutter tactics is ridicule because even the mostly lowly-informed voter gets base humor. Let's start with the astonishing parallels between LDS belief systems and Scientology. Do a comparison on Wikipedia. One could do a better job but why bother. The gutter is a gutter is a gutter. The political cartoons of the late 19th century through the Seven Sisters era are absolutely on point today.

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