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Welcome to the Republican National Metaphor

Welcome to the Republican National Metaphor

Which night does Mitt tell everyone they’re fired? A storm descending, everything in disarray and a persistent effort to appear as if everything isn’t crumbling around them—welcome to the Republican National Metaphor. It might be nice to imagine hurricane menacing this week’s Republican Convention as a sign from Mother Nature about the danger of denying science or a rebuke from […]

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Mitt Romney is counting on you being repelled by discussions about high finance

Mitt Romney is counting on you being repelled by discussions about high finance

Pay no attention to the traitor behind the curtain

By now you know how bad a day Mitt Romney had yesterday. Nearly every headline coming out of his trip to Michigan included the word “birther” in it. It was so bad, in fact, that he quickly sent out a “Look over there! Something shiny!” email to his mailing list, trotting out a thoroughly debunked lie about President Obama removing the work requirement from welfare.

But I would be willing to bet that the Romney campaign is actually relieved that this tempest in a teapot discussion about his slinging red meat to the birthers is dominating the headlines. Why? Because otherwise people would be talking about the massive release of nearly 1,000 pages of internal documents by Gawker from Romney’s days at Bain Capital that show conclusively that he went to dramatic and possibly illegal lengths to avoid paying taxes.

What Mitt Romney is counting on is that Americans are more excited about talking about inflammatory remarks about President Obama’s birth certificate than they are about discussions about high finance, a world most of us will never know, much less understand.

More after the jump.

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While headlines blare “Birther!”, Romney sends out email repeating lie about welfare work requirement

While headlines blare “Birther!”, Romney sends out email repeating lie about welfare work requirement

Pay no attention to the birther behind the curtain

Every report on Romney’s appearance in Commerce, Michigan today screamed BIRTHER! The top story on NPR was about it. It’s all anyone is talking about. So, in an attempt to distract people from the horrible outfall from his moronic statement, Romney’s campaign sent out an email at 3:32 p.m. this afternoon quintupling down on the lie that President Obama has removed the work requirement from welfare.

In the email is a link to a video that cites an op-ed from a newspaper that now describes the claim as “debunked”.

Much more after the jump.

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Jennifer Granholm’s response to Mitt Romney’s birther remark is a doozy

Jennifer Granholm’s response to Mitt Romney’s birther remark is a doozy

Go, Jen!

Brilliant.

“Yes Mitt, we all know you were born in Michigan. What we don’t understand is why you knifed us in the back when Michigan was on its knees.”

Larger version suitable for sharing and pinning after the jump.

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Aw, geez. Romney is a BIRTHER???!

Aw, geez. Romney is a BIRTHER???!

For the love of God…

Mitt Romney actually said this today in Commerce, Michigan:

“Now, I love being home in this place where Ann and I were raised, where both of us were born. Ann was born in Henry Ford Hospital, I was born in Harper Hospital. No one has ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.”

Red meat for the tea partiers of southeastern Michigan, that’s all that is.

Video and more after the jump.

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Wind makes a surprise appearance during Romney’s energy policy presentation

Wind makes a surprise appearance during Romney’s energy policy presentation

Hello, Mitt? God here. I have a message for you…

Mitt Romney unveiled his Drill Here, Drill Now fantasy of an “energy policy” yesterday and the wind made a surprise appeance. Not IN his presentation but nearly blowing DOWN his presentation.

“I have a chart that still, despite the wind, is still holding up up here,” Romney said, showing his giant chart. “These guys have held it up with about every piece of weight you can think of…”

Watch the video after the jump.

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Romney advisor on immigration sues Obama administration on new immigration policies

Romney advisor on immigration sues Obama administration on new immigration policies

Oh, yeah, that’ll win ’em over, Mitt

I think it’s time Mitt Romney quit pretending that he’s going to get any sort of appreciable percentage of the Latino vote in November. On top of the already abysmal record on immigration issues that Republicans in general have, Mitt himself has yet to establish himself as a friend to Latinos in any way.

However, this week, a lawsuit being filed by one of his immigration advisors against the Obama administration should just about put the final nail in that particular coffin.

Details after the jump.

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Why phone banking & door knocking for Obama is vital: “We are microtargeting”

Why phone banking & door knocking for Obama is vital: “We are microtargeting”

No vote left behind

Last night, I attended a presentation sponsored by Women for Obama and given by Obama for America (OFA) national political director Katherine Archuleta. The last slide in her presentation was one that said “Days Until Election Day: 75”.

75 days. That’s how much time we have left. (Actually, now it’s 74.)

What we do with that time between now and the November 6th election is up to us. But, what I can tell you is that your highest “bang for your buck” volunteer time will be for OFA.

I’ll explain why after the jump and, yes, it explains what “microtargeting” is.

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Romney & Ryan campaign in Michigan FRIDAY. MoveOn.org will be there. Oh, will they ever…

Romney & Ryan campaign in Michigan FRIDAY. MoveOn.org will be there. Oh, will they ever…

Well, well. This should be fun

Let’s face it: for the most part, being in a swing state sucks. It’s much better to know your state will swing your way. That’s the way it has always been in Michigan. For as long as I have been voting, I never felt like I had to worry about Michigan being a solidly blue state.

Then, in 2008, we elected a black progressive liberal and all Hell broke loose. We woke a sleeping giant of racist, bigoted conservative idiocy and got our clocks cleaned in 2010. So, now we have to worry about Michigan.

However, there is one good thing about being a swing state: you get LOTS of attention. And tomorrow, Mitt Romney and his sidekick Paul (Ryan) will visit the Great Lakes State to sell their RomneyHood tax plan and promote the War on Women™.

MoveOn.org will be there to meet them and so should YOU. Details after the jump.

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Photos and quotes from Vice President Joe Biden’s speech in Detroit

Photos and quotes from Vice President Joe Biden’s speech in Detroit

Olympic Boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields, before introducing Vice President Joe Biden, spoke to a crowd of Obama/Biden supporters during a campaign stop at Renaissance High School in Detroit on Wednesday, showing her support for President Obama and Vice President Biden. After that, Vice President Biden gave a rousing speech.

Photos and quotes after the jump.

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AFL-CIO teams up with MoveOn.org for massive grassroots election effort

AFL-CIO teams up with MoveOn.org for massive grassroots election effort

Workers and progressives unite!

Worker’s rights group Workers’ Voice is spearheading a massive grassroots effort to defeat Republicans, teaming up with another progressive force of nature, MoveOn.org:

On the weekend before the Republican National Convention, working families will kick off the national 2012 grassroots canvasses across the country to talk to their friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers about the radical Romney/Ryan agenda that will outsource jobs, end Medicare and raise taxes on middle class families to give tax cuts to millionaires…

Much more after the jump.

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