Morning Must Reads: Correspondence

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–The presidential campaign managers exchange dueling letters.

Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei coax an anonymous Romney adviser to admit that their policy language is vague by design: “Campaigns that are about specifics, particularly in today’s environment, get tripped up.”

–In a local interview, Romney hugs the Ryan plan, calling their respective visions for Medicare  “the same. If not identical, it’s probably close to identical.”

–The Atlantic Wire points out that Romney’s whiteboard gambit yesterday was not exactly a model of analytical rigor. Gotta wonder how Romney would’ve reacted if he was given that presentation from a rookie Bain consultant.

–Paul Ryan’s House counterpart, Maryland Democrat Chris Van Hollen, is the likely pick to play the Wisconsinite for Biden debate prep.

–Peggy Noonan weighs in with messaging advice for the Republican ticket.

–Ad spending crosses the half-billion dollar mark.

–Under the Obama Administration, the south side of Chicago has struggled badly.

What else is going on?

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sacredh
sacredh

OT but are there 2 SZs? I seem to recall two avatars.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

No. SZ decided to add a real picture at some point. He used a variety of graphic avatars before that. Lovely Bride has not often commented directly on Swampland, but did comment now and then on twitter.

53underscore3
53underscore3

His wife, I think.

sacredh
sacredh

I have to admit that I was under the impression that the SZ with the photo avatar wasn't the old SZ. I know about Lovely Bride.

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OT, but I'm working crazy shifts again. I worked Saturday daylight and then went out midnight Saturday night. I work 5 midnights and then bounce back and forth between daylights and midnights again.

Richard Giles
Richard Giles

For the last four years the Republicans have, without conscience or concern for the people, focused on faulting, blocking and fighting all Democratic efforts, just putting their political ambitions above all else while refusing to offer any responsible bipartisanship.  For the last twelve years they have insultingly ignored and taken the 99% for granted as they totally concentrated on serving only their masters, the 1%, and have used the power, influence and money of those who own and control them to together just con the people and manipulate public opinion.  For all of this they obnoxiously want to be rewarded, to be elected, to be put in the position to continue taking the people for granted and just concentrate on serving only "the money".  

They are being very aggressive, being cocky confident because of past successful creative manipulations and once again, combined with the very aggressive efforts of "the money" continually using their power, influence and mega-millions, they aim to get into people's minds with their propaganda, all intended to dupe and sway voters thinking.  They expect to just constantly use deceptive criticisms and creative slander against the Democrats, mainly against Obama, simply depending on the Karl Rove tactic to boldly say it loudly, say it often and just keep saying it.  All while they literally and continually offer the 99% nothing real and simply propose everything to irresponsibly serve the 1%.  

To any objective and rational viewer the nerve and actual dishonesty of what they offer, like the "birthing" argument, the Muslim accusation, the "socialism" and 'liberalism" scares and so on, actually are just insulting in their obvious gross dishonesty but they hope the repetition and persistence has an affect.  Money is being spent without limit, and that should be totally offensive to the people, in their thinking that the 99% can just be used as 'pawns" and in realizing it has actually worked for them in the past, in the manipulation of the conservative Christian, the Swift-boat propaganda, the Tea Party movement and the mega-millions poured into the Wisconsin recall elections, all being well designed, well directed and well funded efforts to excite and control voters.  Today they are emboldened and aggressively cocky, being confident from those past efforts and literally they now just take the people for granted.

They try to keep the people distracted from the facts and focused on their bombardment of deceptive propaganda.  They constantly push attention to the deficit and government spending, ignoring both that the deficit and spending that occurred under Bush-Cheney didn’t benefit the people, that they totally supported it, and then the reality that while controlling spending and the deficit are quality and needed goals, those issues really aren't what caused our problems - in every case what caused our problems is "the few" exploiting advantages, allowed by co-responsible permissive politicians, and then their walking away with gigantic gains, leaving the losses, the impacted economy and the lost jobs to the majority.  Even now they are once again attempting a new 'Swiftboating" tactic over the successful Osama ben Laden killing, with "the money" actually creating criticisms to fault Obama and deny him the credit that they and everyone else gave him for his authorizing and taking responsibility for that undertaking, all the way through it and to even keeping it from the Pakistanis.

These elections are not about Republican versus Democrat, they are not about "conservative" versus "liberal", they are literally about "the money" versus the people, about whether the voters will be conned, used and continually be abused by giving "the money" the control they seek in electing their "puppet" politicians ... or will the people be strong enough and with the clear vision to cry out "no more" and reject the propaganda aimed to control their minds, reject the 'puppet" politicians who will only serve their own ambitions and "the money's" interests and firmly reject the control 'the money" has over our government.  Today the Republican / Tea Party, in alliance with "the money" as their masters, is steadily pushing this country into being a two-class society with the 1% competing in having it all while the 99% continues to struggle just to survive.  It is really up to the voters.  Can they see through the mega-bucks being spent to con and control them or will they be manipulated into supporting "the money's" interests against their own interests?  We will have to wait and see in November.

53underscore3
53underscore3

Hey Foghorn!

If you're out there, Russell Wilson threw 3 TD's and showed leadership, poise, and great down field vision in his first real test.  We took out the Broncs 30 - 10.

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

"Oh I get it. She's a super-double-secret-probation-Democratic-Mainstream-Communist!!!!!!!!

My bad......."

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No she is just an un-convicted felon.  Perks from being the first black female Senator I think.  

Wouldn't look good in the history books to read....Carolyn Mosley-Braun - First female black Senator of the United States and convicted felon.  

Just because you embezzle money and break the law, doesn't mean that your deep down core beliefs are with a crony socialist big government.  

As a matter of fact, that is what socialist countries have "evolved" to in the end.

outsider2011
outsider2011

So what did 3x say to get his a$s banned and have to change identities?

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

I think he probably just wanted to comment twice on everything.

paulejb
paulejb

sacredh,

"Hotter than it's ever been. Even hotter than last summer when that one set the record."

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Actually, I believe that depends upon where you are located. Got any data to back up your assertion?

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

I'm freezing here in Pennsylvania and it is supposed to be the hottest time of the year here.

peacock2828
peacock2828

Years of data that show the earth is warming=inconclusive.

It's cold today=global warming is a hoax.

And these people are allowed to vote.

paulejb
paulejb

"Why doom has not materialized"

http://www.washingtonpost.com/... 

Because the whole damn thing was a hoax perpetrated by big government types trying to exploit fears to expand the power of government.

peacock2828
peacock2828

Did you step outside this summer?  It was pretty hot.

53underscore3
53underscore3

It's that secular heating that's been bandied about in climate change circles.

Out here in Seattle I think there might be cause to suspect that we are possibly going to develop a monsoonal regime:

The hot weather over the interior of the continent has been creating a low which pulls moist marine air via the westerlies across the northwest. These are the air masses that have been creating the violent weather in the Midwest to the South.  On it's way into the interior, it seems to be edging toward a rainy season from April to July, followed by hot summers, then mild winters.

peacock2828
peacock2828

It's part of Obama's plot to make America's climate like that of Indonesia.

paulejb
paulejb

peacock2828,

Is this breaking news, peacock? It gets hot in the summer?

sacredh
sacredh

Hotter than it's ever been. Even hotter than last summer when that one set the record.

MrObvious
MrObvious

probably not; the men in black would take him away otherwise (paulejb thinking) to the socialist re-education camp. 

paulejb
paulejb

"Medicare in focus as Paul Ryan, mom appear in Florida"

http://www.usatoday.com/news/p... 

My guess is that the crack investigative reporters of the liberal media will be trying mightily to dig up dirt on Mama Ryan as you read this.