My dear friend Jody in Iowa publishes this weekely recap under First Thought's every Friday morning. She is a little shy about her work but I think this is to good not to share with a with a larger audience.
Jody has given me permission to republish this - I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
"And that's the way it is"...this week.
Paul Ryan spoke at Georgetown U. Because of his screw the poor to give more to the rich bills, 90 staffers protested his appearance not to mention protesters outside. It isn't that Ryan doesn't get that starving the poor to give to the rich lacks moral compassion, he just doesn't give a darn.
Chrysler announced their best quarterly profit in 13 years. Mitt Romney cried all weekend!
Martin Bashir called Mitt "Rambo Romney" on foreign policy then posed a great question. Can you imagine Romney at a G8 or meeting with foreign leaders being able to hold a position on anything? Flip...flop.
One has to wonder what year Romney, his staffers and surrogates think this is. They keep talking about the Soviets and Czechoslovakia neither of which has existed for 20 years.
T. Boone Pickens said the Koch brothers are the biggest deterrent to new energy sources. When T. Boone speaks, the right should listen, he's one of them.
The right went bonkers over the Obama campaign ad featuring President Clinton. Just the fact the GOP talking heads and spinners spent so much time on it proves the GOP and Mitt Romney fear the message of the ad--President Obama displayed LEADERSHIP. Drives the right nuts, President Obama has co-opted their We're Tougher on Terror turf. Oh, those grapes are sour.
John McCain seemed particularly angry about the Obama ad. It's sad. The man who claimed in 2008 that he knew how to get OBL, had a plan to do it now appears to be an old man yelling at clouds!
President Obama challenged Romney and the GOP's "Me, Too" claims and did it with the evidence to back up the challenge. "As for my personal role and what other folks would do, I'd just recommend that everybody take a look at people'sprevious statements in terms of whether they thought it was appropriate to go into Pakistan and take out bin Laden." Touche'!
Ironically, while Speaker Boehner was throwing a hissy fit and pounding the "hell no, you can't" podium claiming the GOP's not waging a war on women, pointing his finger at democrats--how dare the democrats make such a claim--the House GOPers were introducing another piece of anti-women's rights legislation. Maybe they think no one will notice??
Wisconsin Gov Scott Walker sent emails to NY and NJ folks begging for money. Gov Christie headed to the Cheese State to rally the troops. Two peas in a pod.
Marco Rubio said it was a mistake to use the GOP credit card for personal purchases. Well, duh?
VA wannabee Gov Ultrasound, Bob McDonnell, said that in the Washington Post article, his spokesman was wrong because he (McDonnell) does want to force women and girls who are the victims of rape and incest to give birth...you betcha!
The Violence Against Women Act was passed in the Senate. The GNOPers didn't filibuster--too much heat in the kitchen. 31 republicans voted NAY including Marco Rubio which says in big bold NAYbob print, Rubio and 30 of his fellow GOPers support violence against women. Nice job, GOPers.
Iowa's Progress Now group is sending Senator Charles Grassley a petition, along with a Coke bottled in Iowa for every signature, telling Chuckles to support Iowa business and not extreme out-of-state interest groups like ALEC. Enjoy your Cokes, Chuck, it's the real thing, baby.
Mitt Romney said "this election is not going to be about who's cooler. The question is going to be who do you trust to run the economy?" Well, Etch-a-Sketch, it isn't a Bain Capital Vulture or a perpetual flip-flopping liar extraordinaire even if Ann does say "there's a wild and crazy guy in there"!
President Obama and former President Clinton held their first combined campaign rally and fundraiser. When will we see Romney bring out his surrogates? Oh, wait, he can't bring out either of the Bushes but, hey, he's got Newt, Rick, Michele B and Governor Ultrasound!
Paul Ryan is in a pickle. Catholic bishops and groups question why Ryan would put Ayn Rand's teachings ahead of the teachings of the Bible; say his policies appear to reflect her values, her teachings, her call for selfishness. Ryan said this week that "I reject her philosophies as she is an atheist." Apparently, it's the "athiest" that he can't embrace because there's film of Ryan giving a speech saying he "grew up on Ayn Rand...she taught me who I am and what I believe;" said his staff is required to read Ayn Rand beginning with Atlas Shrugged. Oops, little Eddie Munster, it's not nice to lie to the Catholic Bishops.
Iowa's Gov Branstad is all huffy because the state Congress has yet to come to an agreement over property taxes. "This thing has been around for 30 years. What I find amazing is no action has been taken in 30 years." Well, Mr. B, you were in charge for 16 of those 30 years in your first tour as Gov, why didn't you fix it then? Now, that is "amazing" hot air blowing from the Gov's mansion.
Scott Brown wants to repeal ObamaCare yet when asked by reporters, his 23-year old daughter is on his health insurance because of that law. These yahoos really are yahoos. They pretend good things are bad things and tell voters they are bad things while taking advantage of the good things. Hypocrites.
The sheer volume of lies coming from Mitt Romney's mouth should result in a lightening bolt from above. He claims President Obama is taking from the poor. Sorry, Mittens, that's the Ryan budget you called "marvelous", that's your tax plan that robs from the poor to give to the rich. Soon, asking God to forgive you for the lies, lies and more lies every night will fall on deaf ears.
Now I really don't care how much money Ann Romney or anyone who has the money spends on clothes but if you're going to drop $990 for a silk-tee, pick something that doesn't look like a souvenir from Circa 1955 Disneyland's Tiki Room!
President Obama arrived in Afghanistan on the one-year anniversary of OBL's death. Meanwhile Mitt Romney and Rudy Guilliani were in NYC. Now, they get credit for taking pizzas to Fire House #5 which lost so many on 9/11 but really, isn't that playing politics with OBL, Mitt and Rudy "noun, verb, and 9/11"?
Best photos of the week were those of enthusiastic Bagram troops surrounding President Obama, reaching to shake his hand, high-fives, cameras everywhere and best of all--great, big smiles!
Richard Grenell was forced to quit the Romney campaign after two weeks because of pressure from anti-gay groups. Why the silence, Mitt? We're supposed to believe you'd have made the same exact decision to take out OBL, yet you remain silent and allow Brian Fischer, Tony Perkins, Gary Bauer, and the other homophobes to run your campaign. That lack of a spine translates to weak, cowardly lion leader who talks tough but lacks courage.
After many pre-announcements of the official announcement, Newt Gingrich finally quit the race. Who will wear Callista's Ellis the Elephant suit now there is no staffer to "volunteer"?
One good thing about Newt, he had the courage to speak the truth about Mitt Romney, Bain Capital, his destruction of companies and lives, his Swiss bank accounts, and outright called him a liar. Gotta love the Obama campaign ad using all Newt's quotes about Romney! OFA thanks you, Newt.
After reading Mitt Romney's "Newt's gone" statement, FOX's Shep Smith looked bewildered by it and said "politics is weird and creepy."
Last week the GOP was stuck on dog meat, this week they're stuck on President Obama's college girlfriends and Elizabeth Warren's cheek bones. Shep's right, "politics is weird and creepy."
The latest Mitt Romney GOP, ala Frank Luntz, efforts to win the White House is to mention President Jimmy Carter and President Obama as many times as possible in the same sentence. Here's the thing, though. President Carter is elderly; voters mostly associate him with Habitat for Humanity, the Carter Foundation, work in impoverished countries to help the poor and to fight disease, peace negotiations. The truth is Willard, however flawed Carter was as President, you aren't fit to walk in the shaddow of the kind of man President Carter is.
Romney aides insulted the British and Prime Minister David Cameron in one swoop when they accused the PM of holding a "love-in" with President Obama during his trip to the US. A "love-in"? Seriously, that's so 60's. The State Department should hold a special diplomacy class--how not to insult our allies--for Mitt and his clueless head nodders! They should include something about China, too.
The Bachmann "Chitspa" Award goes to Erick Fehrnstrom, Romney spokesman, who said President Obama's decision to bailout Chrysler and GM was all Romney's idea. Sorry, Fehrnstrom, there's that little thing titled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt" Willard wrote in 2008--his "bankrupt" was nothing like what the Obama Team did. Trying to take credit for President Obama's successful decision is not just chutzpah, it's a flat out lie--well, what's one more lie among their thousands of lies.