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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Aug. 16 (Bloomberg) — If Barack Obama’s campaign officials were happy over the weekend about Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate, they’re ecstatic now.

The Obama camp is guarding against overconfidence and still betting the U.S. presidential race will be close. But aides traveling with Obama pointed with glee to headlines from Florida, Iowa and elsewhere that lash the Republican ticket to Ryan’s plan for deep cuts in Medicare, the nation’s most popular social program after Social Security.

Some Democrats now dare to wonder if Romney’s pick for vice president could even undermine Republican control of the House of Representatives. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has said for months that the Democrats can take the House; no one believed her. Although it’s still a steep challenge, Ryan’s addition to the ticket makes the climb easier.

Almost every Republican in the House voted for the Ryan plan — twice. Last week, when Ryan was just the House Budget Committee chairman, it was difficult to make much of an issue of that. Voters didn’t know anything about Ryan or his plan. This week, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is encouraging its candidates to wrap Ryan around their opponents’ necks.

The post-election era is also looking rosier to Democrats. At a minimum, an Obama victory in November would discredit the Ryan plan and strengthen the president’s hand in negotiations over the fate of the Bush tax cuts, which are due to expire at the end of this year.

Some Republicans lament that Ryan’s emergence makes it easier for the Obama campaign to keep the campaign focus away from jobs by shifting it to entitlements. Republican strategist Mike Murphy posted on Twitter that someone should do a Nexis search to see whether “economy” or “Medicare” appeared more often in the news media in the 72 hours after the Ryan announcement. His point was clear: Any day the country is talking about Medicare instead of unemployment is a good day for Democrats.

In Boone, Iowa, this week, I caught up with chief Obama strategist David Axelrod, who says he expected Romney to make the safest choice for vice president, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. (The Obama team didn’t think Romney would pick Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, another leading contender, because of Portman’s tenure as President George W. Bush’s budget director. Bush is so unpopular in the party that he won’t even attend the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, at the end of this month.)

Axelrod argues that Romney’s choice of Ryan was another example of Romney undermining his long-term prospects in order to maintain short-term viability, as he did in the primaries against Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. “In beating Perry, he hurt himself on immigration with Latinos,” Axelrod says. “In beating Santorum, he hurt himself with women. Now, going into the convention, he needs the base.”

  • tribilin219

    We can only pray?

    • be sure you go out and vote too !!!!!

    • TheSkalawag929

      Not only you vote but make sure you get everyone and all their relations that supports President Obama out to vote.

  • From your lips to God’s ears!

  • Nancy Pelosi passed a record number of legislation designed to improve our standard of living and guarantee our national security. Rep. Ryan, Speaker Boehner, and Mitch McConnel have obstructed progress, blocked legislation, and proudly announced that the most important thing for them to do is to make sure President Obama is a one term president. Think about it, these elected officials are admitting that instead of doing the work their constituents elected them to do, their focus is limited to unseating a political opponent. Incredible!

  • William Deutschlander

    The REPUBLICAN CARTEL will END DEMOCRACY as we KNOW DEMOCRACY!

    • however, these folks don’t believe in doing unto others as you wish them to do unto you… it’s simply that … they don’t play fair and cannot be trusted.. they lie and lie !!!!

    • 101strac

      Only if we all, Democrats and lower echelon republicans allow it to happen.

  • C G

    My Dad always said ,” If you give a calf enough rope ,he will hang himself,and people have the same tendency.” Well,the Republicans are proveing him right on.

  • One can be assured that after the republicans convention, the big ball will fall on Romney’s taxes via the IRS and the truth will expose a candidate that really wasn’t vetted and he has skeletons in his closet that disqualifies Romney….so it’s now or too late to change the candidate, they blew it again…..the Republicans…

    • where is the president birth, another paper going to be unsealed so we can know who he really is? Now the cow needs to like us see who he really is.

  • LOI ITS TOO FUNNY YOU GOP DING DONGS CANT SEE IT AND WOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO FIR. IT OUT . FOR UR BRAIN DEAD HEADS . LET ME HELP YOU A LIL YOU BUNCH OF DUMB BUTTS . TELL ME HOW CLOSE THIS IS AND HOW TRUTHFUL IT COULD SOUND AND BE . THE ANTI- CHRIST ROMNEYS . A SLEEPING DEM. OR ITS JUST A CLOWN THAT DOSENT WANT THE HOUSE. FOR THAT GREEDY BASTARD NMEEDS MORE MONEY TO FEED HIS FIX. THEN WHAT A PRES. MAKES . SO YOU BLIND DING BATS GOP GOOF BALLS . HOWS THIS SOUND ? THE ANTI-CHRIST DOISENT WANT THE HOUSE HOW CAN HE ? ALL HE DOSE IS FLIP FLOP ALL THE TIME AND TURNS THINGS UPSIDE DOWN AND SHAKES IT AND STARTS ALL OVER AGAIN . AND HIM NOT SHOWING HIS TAXES . AND SAYING THAT HE PAYS 13% THATS ALL . HE KNOWS HE,S GETTING PPL. MAD WITH WHAT HE SAYS . AND KNOWS THAT PPL. SHY AWAY FROM HIM . SEE HIM SAYING NOTHING IS WORKING FOR HIM . AND THE CHREEY ON TOP IS HIM PICKING LIL EDDIE MONSTER FOR HIS VP. HE KNOWS THATS A DOWN FALL . THINK OF THIS HE HAS SOMETHING IN MIND MORE LIKE THIS I FEEL . IN HIS GREEDY MIND HE,S TRYING TO SNAKE OUT SOME OF THE MONEY HE GETS FOR DONATIONS IF HE ONLY GETS 2% OF A BILLION BUCKS HE STILL MAKES 20 MILLIONS. BUT I BELIVE HE HAS A WAY TO GET MORE . HE,S THE SNAKE OF ALL SNAKES SO HIS PLANS IN PLAY NOW SEE HE ALREADY WENT ON A TRIP ON DONATIONS MONEY LIKE A VACATION HE DOSENT HAVE TO PAY FOR . BUT IM SURE HE HAS A WAY HE CAN WRITE IT OFF ON HIS OWN TAXES . DONT BE SUPRIZE . AND YOU GOTTA KNOW HE,S KEEPING HIS MILES FOR FREE FLIGHTS LATER . GIVE THAT EVIL SNEAKY GREEDY BASTARD ANTI-CHRIST . CREDIT FOR HIS MIND THATS ALWAYS THINKING HOW TO SNAKE OUT A BUCK . AT ANY COST . LOL TOO FUNNY HOW PPL. WONT EVEN BELIVE THIS WHEN THY ARE TOLD . AND AT THE END AND ALL THATS SAID IS TRUE (OR EVEN SOME ) PPL. WILL SAY OMG HOW COULD ANY ONE HAVE KNOWN THIS . AND ILL TELL YOU THINK LIKE A SNAKE MIGHT THINK AND ONE CASN LEARN A SNAKES WAYS HAVE A NICE DAY

  • Some Republicans lament that Ryan’s emergence makes it easier for the Obama campaign to keep the campaign focus away from jobs by shifting it to entitlements//well it dose help the DEMS with lil eddie on the anti-christs side as VP … someone should do a Nexis search to see whether “economy” or “Medicare/// aS for these two well ppl. its both with romney undermineing him self then when the PRES. get the house sit then he can and will work on both . and with romney,s help the DEMS could get back the house ….Any day the country is talking about Medicare instead of unemployment is a good day for Democrats.//// and when the country in control with the ppl that want to truly help the whole country and not just 2% of it . then will be the time that the DEMS wont have to worry about the party of no messing every thing up. and the first one of the GOP ding dongs that should lose there sits is the one that dosent want to do nothing else for the country but to make sure Obama dosent get a 2nd term . how much money dose he get to do nothing at all for the coutry? a buck would be too much MITT O. IS just a hater that isnt needed in any office of the country . and the reason why is he dose nothing for the country or its ppl. heck one could teach a parot to say NO all the time and even that kind of bird brain would have more then M.O. A major leader ? ha ha ya right a major idiot hater . would cover him

  • Bush is so unpopular in the party that he won’t even attend the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, at the end of this month.)// afraid he might get shot

  • howa4x

    Well Republicans have shown what happens when they take power. Just look at the states and you can see whay the rest of us are scared. In Arizona and the south they are using police as ICE agents to hunt down illegals. Now it is important to note here that Agra-business was the first to import Mexicans to pick vegatables in calif, and IGA a giant meat producer in Colorado fired all its union butchers and imported Illegals to take their place. (so much for Lations stealing american jobs) Or we can look at Virgina where legislators passed a series of bills that denigrated a womans privacy by forcing he to have a vaginal ultrasound devise that was medically un necessary, but backing off to a regular one, or Wisconson and Indianna passing bills to end collective barganing. Republican have turned their states into the most invasive in the country, and I thought republicans want to have less government, and don’t forget all the anti gay legislation.
    In my state the governor tried to steal from the medicaid fund that supported the elderly in nursing homes to give tax cuts to the rich. Luckily the democratic legislature stopped that and also a raid on the transportation trust fund. So there you have it. if the republicans get power, women, gays, Latinos, anyone with a child will suffer, all in the name of having big busines get more.

    • What are you GAY or LATINO ? folks form other country need to be here and be a cizialn who pays taxs. not gitting free things like, welfer , health care, food stamps. All need drug test, as the rest of us who work have to do. free health care for thier kids as the rest have to do. Many forginer get free taxs for 7 years? they then give it to another family nember. What abouth all the money this counrty has given away to other counrty, or banks . That have robbe us of the rigth way to do thing. we don’t own the worlk any thing now other what we got from Chinna. which we now have lost our A-1 intrest rating. what about taxing small bussiness down the drain.?

      • robert lass

        Apparently, you failed to take advantage of the public education you so quickly deny others. I’m sure there is a Junior High School near you that offers night classes to help remediate this situation. And remember, a simple declarative sentence is a beautiful thing.

      • howa4x

        First off Carol I have some advise: don’t enter a spelling contest. You write like a 5th grader, and probably belong to the Tea party. I’m not gay or Latino, rather but a person who is concerned about the direction of our country! As for your ideas, it was the republicans under George W Bush who exported 2.9 million jobs off shore led by that true American Romney’s firm Bain capital. Bush started 2 unfunded wars and an passed an unfunded Medicare drug program. He borrowed the money from China. He was the one who started the deficit. His policies of de regulation caused the biggest financial meltdown since the great depression.As for health care reform, during the years of GWB there were 32 million uninsured people and not all of them illegals. Out of that number 50,000 per yr died from lack of access to care. I know all of you TP types believe in social Darwinism where everyone is for themselvs and if you can’t make it it is your own fault. The concept directly contridicts your savior’s message of universal love and caring for the poor. This is why he spent time in a lepper colony instead of a corporate board room
        The super rich have won you over with their paid messengers Like Rush and Beck who got you to hate the poor and made you see them as the problem when the wealthiest 1%’s earnings grew 256% above yours. They took their tax cuts and like your hero Romney moved the money off shore and set up accounts in Switzerland, the Caymans, and Bermuda. The Koch bros are worth 50 billion and want subsidies from the tax payers to drill for oil. You would take food out of the mouth of low income kids to give them more that they would ever need.
        You are so easily manipulated that you would vote against your own interests and that of your children to give more to the wealthy
        You’re lucky that an intelligence test is not required to vote other wise you would be banned from the ballot box for life!

        • 1percenter4Obama

          howa4x, You are right!!!! Carol Jean has it wrong, terribly wrong!! But I feel sorry for her and all those uneducated or uninformed folks who fall for the propaganda! The right wing nut machine is taking advantage of people, like Carol Jean, by feeding them this propaganda and using the bible to win them over and make their points! I believe the bible would call Rush and allot his republican buddies , the Bible quoting hypocrites, “false prophets”!! There are many Carol Jean’s out there, it is scary!! We need to get the money out of politics so those greedy perpetrators of misinformation will not be able to affect our unwitting citizens and hence the policies in America!

      • Carol Jean first off illegals get NOTHING from the government with one exception, they do get medical care thanks to a law passed by Ronnie Reagan in 1986. They do not get food stamps and no they do not get free taxes. If they did then my wife would like to get hers because we did not get it for her when she came here. I suggest if you have a problem with the amount of money given to other countries (foreign aid?) then you may want to try Congress as the culprit. The President can do nothing more than make recommendations as to foreign aid he or she is not able to spend one penny the House does not authorize. We lost our A-1 rating thanks to the TEA PARTY. TARP (money to the banks to stave off collapse) was a George W. Bush program in 2008 not an Obama Program and it so limited the amount of money available to provide a good stimulus that we the people needed in the next year 2009 when the economy collapsed. Have someone you trust read to you the details and then you will be able to understand (hopefully) how we get into these messes in the first place and how we can keep from having them affect us in the future.

  • bigspender7

    Perhaps Paul Ryan can help America after all. Just by ensuring that more republicans are retired from congress. With congressional approval at a dismal all time low anything will help, don’t you agree?

    • I agree, although regaining control of the House is not going to be easy considering the large GOP majority there. I believe the 2010 swing to the right was a testament of the effectiveness of deceitful Republican political strategies, including the demonization of ACA, and Nancy Pelosi in particular. In addition to making affordable healthcare accessible to all Americans, ACA is likely to reduce insurance premiums as a result of increased membership, and may reduce medical costs by eliminating the need to get freebies in ERs and by making preventive medical care accessible to everyone. The overt hatred directed towards Nancy Pelosi was sickening considering the fact that had it not been for her Bush would have been able to privatize Social Security, he may have been impeached had it not been for Pelosi’s opposition, she was among a few senior members of Congress to oppose the invasion of Iraq, she opposed the partial abortion ban act, and was pivotal in writing and passing the ACA legislation. Compare her record to Boehners whose main achievement has been obstructionism, inaction, and doing everything possible to ensure President Obama is a one term president.

      • bigspender7

        Well said Dominick. On point as usual.

      • 1percenter4Obama

        Yes, Dominick! You are right! Keeping the Senate and gaining control of the House would give Democrats the opportunity to get back to righting America! It will be difficult with all the Republican monies and the voter ID laws to make headway. We must donate money and get out the democratic vote!

  • rawketman

    George Bush and Dickie Cheney committed crime after crime while in the White House. Yet, WE, the people, have done nothing to send them to the Hague for trial. Along with Karl Rove and a few others, our nation was repeatedly RAPED with prejudice!! When and How will we make a run for justice. Now, we are considering Ayn Rand’s philosophy of government and life through
    Paul Ryan. This guy looks like he just got off his paper route in Janesville and is looking for his
    mother!! Sound the alarms!! He actually broke down crying on national TV. Zounds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It always scared the H out of me that Bush was running around with the nuclear suitcase
    and was too YELLOW to serve in Viet Nam. Same goes for Ryan and Romney! Neither has a day’s worth of experience in Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard. Oh, No, it will not be me who voted for these CREEPS!! NO! NO! NO! Not ME.

  • Romney and Ryan……two arrogent, rich white assholes , who want to finish the rape of america. while getting far richer in the prosess , of course.

  • does folks know that there where bills past to favor Pelosi husband dole company got pork barrle money for other county. what else has she done to hurt this country? she needs to go as alot of those in washington. as the have been there to long lining there pockets with our tax dollars.