Hurricane Sandy produces two storm-tossed allies

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“The president has been all over this, he deserves great credit … He gave me his number at the White House, told me to call if I needed anything, and he absolutely means it.”
– Gov. Chris Christie, on “Morning Joe”

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“The federal government’s response has been great. I was on the phone at midnight again last night with the president, personally, he has expedited the designation of New Jersey as a major disaster area … The president has been outstanding in this and so have the folks at FEMA.”
– Gov. Chris Christie, on “The Today Show”

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“I want to just let you know that your governor is working overtime to make sure that as soon as possible everybody can get back to normal. The main message I wanted to send is the entire country has been watching what’s been happening. Everybody knows how hard Jersey’s been hit.”
– President Obama, speaking of Christie to residents in a shelter near Atlantic City

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Is it just me, or is there an odd man out in this mutual admiration society?

In better times, this kind of demonstration of bipartisan cooperation and assistance in a time of crisis would almost go unremarked upon, but these are not those times. In a nation that hungers for such cooperation, even if it does not understand how to produce it, this kind of partnership stands out, to the benefit of the besieged people of New Jersey and, frankly, to the political benefit of the two men involved. As Obama made a point of noting, “the entire country has been watching what’s been happening.”

As an aside, it does make you wonder how this scenario might have played out had Christie been nominated as Mitt Romney’s running mate. You also have to think that there are people in the upper echelons of the Romney campaign cursing not just Christie but the weather gods as well. In a close-fought election, they have handed Obama an opportunity that he seems to have seized with both hands.

– Jay Bookman

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Tundra Dude

November 1st, 2012
8:12 am

Paul

November 1st, 2012
8:13 am

It is remarkable that what we used to expect to happen is now something unusual to be commented upon.

Sadly, I can already hear the cries of ‘traitor’ and “RINO” from our usual suspects.

Paul

November 1st, 2012
8:14 am

Tundra

Kinda like saying the guy who shows up first for class is the guy who aces the course, eh?

;-)

United We Stand...Divided We Fall

November 1st, 2012
8:14 am

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Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

November 1st, 2012
8:15 am

Don’t they make a cute couple?

Of course, few weeks back Christie was somewhat less effusive regarding the President.

Tundra Dude

November 1st, 2012
8:16 am

I watched a few clips of this guy last nite. Found myself asking what’s his motive……
Something fishy here, I think…

stands for decibels

November 1st, 2012
8:16 am

Borrowing from Sam Seder’s commentary yesterday, but–

This is possibly the best barometer re: Obama’s prospects for re-election one could check.

If Gov. Christie thought there were any chance Romney were going to win, he’d be tempering those remarks about Obama appropriately. but he probably doesn’t, so he isn’t.

weezer

November 1st, 2012
8:17 am

Obama has been the first to make overtures to republicans many times in various issues and policies but they have rebuffed his efforts at bipartisanship. They had no intention of working with him but as they’ve stated numerous time, their effort is to see that he is a one term president. Such short sighted and narrow mindedness has hampered the economic recovery process and if anyone is to be blamed for the slow recovery, it’s the republicans in Congress.

I commend Gov. Christie for putting aside partisanship and taking the helping hand of government when it’s offered and that his constituents need. But I have no illusions that this bipartisanship will last after the crises is over.

Gale

November 1st, 2012
8:18 am

Well, a few weeks back, Christie was just beating the party drum. It is amazing what a blast of reality does to one’s perspective.

stands for decibels

November 1st, 2012
8:18 am

and long as I’m in “letting other people do the thinking for me” groove, the A-man basically has it right about how to regard Gov. Christie this week.

I watched Chris Christie evolve from being his usual mostly pointlessly dickish self before the storm fully hit to being someone who seemed to be generally concerned with trying to solve the massive problem he was now faced with.

That doesn’t mean I love the guy, but I do think he was, unlike many in his party, actually seeing that it was his job to do stuff.

straitroad

November 1st, 2012
8:19 am

Which storm are you referring to? Sandy or Benghazi? I suppose all of the sand blow inland by Sandy gives you guys ample space to stick your heads….that’s just a little humor folks.

Tundra Dude

November 1st, 2012
8:19 am

Kinda like saying the guy who shows up first for class is the guy who aces the course, eh?

LOL!!
Just doin’ what everybody else does……still waiting for my Reward…

stands for decibels

November 1st, 2012
8:22 am

And to Jay’s point, sure–maybe this is reason to hope for better things ahead. I keep thinking we’ll turn a corner one day and get back to something resembling a spirit of cooperation and a genuine search for common ground between political factions.

Maybe we’ll look back on this as just such a turning point. Weirder stuff’s happened.

Paul

November 1st, 2012
8:22 am

How many people affected by this storm? The nonChristie Republicans are gonna have to come up with a higher percentage than 47 for the number of moochers in our country.

http://tinyurl.com/bhjluya

indigo

November 1st, 2012
8:22 am

This is an opportunity for Obama to look Presidential and to show a “bring us together” personality. In a tight election, this MAY prove to be what get’s him a second term.

For Christie, he’s looking to 2016. He’s betting either Obama will be elected or, if Romney get’s it, he will be a terrible president and won’t get a second chance. So, for Christie, this is a grest opportunity to look more mainstream and have a real shot, in 2016, at the presidency or VP.

Gantt

November 1st, 2012
8:23 am

Ready for The One to be One And Done, Bookman? It’s coming in five days, and there’s not a damn thing you or the other liars in the media can do about it.

I can’t wait to watch you carp and whine. Only thing that will be better is when the AJC goes belly up and you’re out on the street with the rest of the trash.

Don

November 1st, 2012
8:24 am

This is really simple. Chris Christie is a straight shooter, plain and simple. He says what he believes to be true. He thinks Obama and FEMA are doing a good job, so he said so.

Hard to believe in this age of super-cynicism, but there it is!

Paul

November 1st, 2012
8:24 am

Tundra

Oh, I know. Just havin’ a little fun pinging you this morning.

Your reward?

Well, lemme see… I know!

Four more years!!!

Howzat?

Philosopher

November 1st, 2012
8:24 am

This cooperation has been fascinating and a pleasure to watch- seriously!
I find Romney’s “disaster relief” show and his comparing cleanup from Sandy to cleaning up after a football game more telling than all his lies, his $10,000 bet, and even his 47% dialogue. He has absolutely nothing to offer America in this day and age!

HDB

November 1st, 2012
8:24 am

Note the irony: the last time we had a BUSINESSMAN face a natural disaster, it took THREE DAYS for the government to get resources in place; with a COMMUNITY ORGANIZER at the helm, resources were pre-positioned and action IMMEDIATELY taken. It took the BUSINESSMAN almost a WEEK to be on the ground; it took the COMMUNITY ORGANIZER 48 HOURS to be on the ground…….

Who would have thunk it???

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

November 1st, 2012
8:25 am

Wait until BO does something Christie thinks is idiotic…”don’t be an idiot..”

Christie will now become the foremost requested GOP commentator for cable networks when it comes to BO right analysis…it’s kinda like having a pit bull…fun loving dog but you just never really know if and when he will get ugly..

Paul

November 1st, 2012
8:26 am

Don

Good point. It is consistent with his history.

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

November 1st, 2012
8:27 am

HDB

What does Bush have to do with this? I’m sure you love the fact that the bar was set so low that your guy has nothing but a shot under the basket…

Jay

November 1st, 2012
8:27 am

I wish all the best to you and yours as well, Gantt. :>)

Philosopher

November 1st, 2012
8:27 am

SOMEBODY on here needs some serious help with anger management!

Keep Up the Good Fight!

November 1st, 2012
8:27 am

Well we know that most of the diatribe about Obama being the “worse president evah” and “not able to work with Republicans” is a load of malarkey. It seems that Christie has confirmed it but most of the remainder of his tone deaf party has hearing problems. We may however be seeing a trend when audiences begin to laugh at idiotic claims like those of michele Bachmann.”

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

November 1st, 2012
8:28 am

Gantt, time for you to upgrade your meds.

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

November 1st, 2012
8:29 am

GANTT

I would recommend a nice triple cream brie (St Andre perhaps) or a hard orange cheese like Mimolette to go with that whine of yours…let me know if I can recommend others..

Thomas Heyward Jr

November 1st, 2012
8:29 am

“In a nation that hungers for such cooperation,”…?
.
Maybe Romney/Obama-Bots hunger for such cooperation, but intelligent people know that when these types of Laurel and Hardy Politicians start “cooperating”………..one better hold on to your walllets or hold on to what civil liberties that one has left.
.

Peadawg

November 1st, 2012
8:29 am

Politicizing a f’ing hurricane. Disgusting.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

November 1st, 2012
8:30 am

Christie knows he can have Obama’s job in 2016. But he will have to put the beat down on Romney to get there.

bookman parrot

November 1st, 2012
8:31 am

if you are stupid/naive enough to change your vote to BHO because he visited the area and said a few nice words, then there isn’t a whole lotta hope for the future ….

Rabbit

November 1st, 2012
8:32 am

All good comments, but look at it from a practical standpoint. Christie has to run in ‘14 and he’s a Republican governor in what is a mostly Democratic state. I think he is sincere in his expression of appreciation for the President’s cooperation. It’s just that those expressions are certainly not going to hurt him among the majority of NJ voters.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

November 1st, 2012
8:32 am

gaaaaannnnnntttttt

sounds like

grrrrruuuuunnnnnttttt

Mick

November 1st, 2012
8:33 am

Coming from jersey myself, I believe it is one eye on true bipartisanship, the other eye on strategic politics and self survival. Christie knows that jeresy is obama country and talking up the president can only help his stature for re-election. I don’t have a problem with that because that’s what politicans do – everything has a political calculation…

lynnie gal

November 1st, 2012
8:33 am

Fox News viewers may not know what you’re talking about, Jay. While other news networks covered the storm’s aftermath, the actions and remarks of the President and Gov. Christie, Fox News covered remarks by Republicans critical of the President over Benghazi. Fox led with Benghazi accusations in Republican fantasy land, then briefly mentioned that the President and Christie toured storm damage in NJ. Then they quickly pivoted back to Benghazi remarks. This illustrates why Fox News viewers are the most poorly informed news watchers, and believe more false information than viewers that watch other news stations.

Tundra Dude

November 1st, 2012
8:34 am

Your reward?
Well, lemme see… I know!
Four more years!!!
Howzat?

Undecided ;-)
One presidential historian claims 2nd terms are usually *unspectacular*.

Thomas Heyward Jr

November 1st, 2012
8:35 am

if president……would Judas Chrisiie lecture us on proper dietary habits?
.
He can’t even govern his self,
Let alone others……………….but then again……we are talking about New Jersey.
.
lol

Donovan

November 1st, 2012
8:36 am

Let’s be realistic here. Christie is like the head of his family. He takes care of his family first and knows who writes the checks.

Forget about the past where the mayor of New Orleans and the governor of Louisiana did not ask for help until it was painfully necessary. It was their job to initiate the effort, but they were paralyzed to do anything. At least Mayor Bloomberg told the check writer no thanks and he could do his way without federal help.

All of you liberals can stuff your lionizational tactics about the Annointed One and see it as the normal duties of a president to offer help.

indigo

November 1st, 2012
8:36 am

Gantt

Don’t hold back. Tell us how you REALLY feel!!!

Mick

November 1st, 2012
8:36 am

thomas

Don’t mess with the garden state!!!

USNC

November 1st, 2012
8:36 am

Oblarma is just spiking the ball again and using a natural desaster to gets reelected. This does not take the attention away form his murder of Ben Gazi or the LIES!

Peter

November 1st, 2012
8:37 am

Bush may have done a fly over if he had time, since he was spending allot of time at his ranch.

Kind of like Katrina…… Romney in the mean time was shipping American jobs over seas.

American Women will vote for their right to free choice.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

November 1st, 2012
8:37 am

I guess Romney doesn’t listen when the Red Cross tells people to NOT send food items. That causes transportation and storage problems. They DO want people to send cash so they can put it to use immediately where it is needed.

Idiot

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

November 1st, 2012
8:37 am

Saw some interesting early voters/absentee analysis by you pal Dick Morris…they got hold of demographics to date which suggests that in Ohio alone, Obama is down -180,000 votes from 2008 at this time while GOP is up +50,000 or so…young folks not voting early..

Time will tell with most early voters voting in the next 5 days…so much data, so little time…

“Two men say they are Jesus, one of them must be wrong”…..”Industrial Disease” by Mark Knopfler.

I will save those who will read this post to suggest I’m a GOP homer time so you won’t have to suggest I’m a lunatic fringe rightie…..not voting for either..

ByteMe - Got ilk?

November 1st, 2012
8:38 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu2SJbmhu2I

Starting at 2:30 in the clip shows you how much love Christie has for Romney (who even tried to play a “community organizer” on Monday :lol: ).

stands for decibels

November 1st, 2012
8:39 am

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

November 1st, 2012
8:39 am

everything has a political calculation…

For some reason that doesn’t apply to Conservatives on Sunday morning talk shows. They must leave their calculators in the limo.

Peter

November 1st, 2012
8:39 am

Thomas Heyward Jr.

Yes we are talking about NJ where young folks get an education as compared to the south, which lags the nation in almost everything, and not even close in education…..

Thus your comments !

will the "REAL" Mitt Romney please stand up

November 1st, 2012
8:40 am

ByteMe - Got ilk?

November 1st, 2012
8:40 am

they got hold of demographics to date which suggests that in Ohio alone, Obama is down -180,000 votes from 2008 at this time while GOP is up +50,000 or so…young folks not voting early..

Early voting has fewer hours this year, so fewer votes being cast early there. And how would he read a “demographic” of “white male in Cleveland”? Is that a Romney voter or an Obama voter?

Keep Up the Good Fight!

November 1st, 2012
8:40 am

Well I guess when you think GM owns Jeep and there are drone attacks on WI wedding parties, yapping about someone’s weight seems to make sense. While Christie’s weight may be perceived as a political liability, it is still overly childish to try to act like some school yard bully and saying he can’t “govern his self”. Clearly, as you were ignorant before, you are ignorant about real weight control issues. It is far from being a simple governing matter. It is a complicated issue. But bullies usually don’t care for anything but being childish.

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

November 1st, 2012
8:42 am

LYNNIE

Like you, I watched Fox News over the past couple days and I can tell you that you are completely wrong about the mix of storm and Benghazi coverage…just because they are only ones remaining diligent on Banghazi which makes DEMs uncomfortable (while all other LIB channels including networks ignore the obvious unresolved q’s re Libya)…I only watch Shep for his news coverage and O’Rielly who has a liberal Bob something or other who agreed Obama should offer something but pushed back every other question..

I find your comments as skewed in favor of you guy similar to Jays or the NYT’s..no offense

Paul

November 1st, 2012
8:43 am

Did anyone happen to notice that Romney’s post-Sandy view of FEMA and the role of the federal government

“”Gov. Romney believes that states should be in charge of emergency management in responding to storms and other natural disasters in their jurisdictions,” said the statement by spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg. “As the first responders, states are in the best position to aid affected individuals and communities, and to direct resources and assistance to where they are needed most. This includes help from the federal government and FEMA.”

Read more: http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/national/sandy-update-disaster-relief-obama-romney-differ-on-federal-role#ixzz2AySlfOw9

Sounds remarkably like the FEMA mission statement?

“FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.”

and

“The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the central agency within the Federal government for emergency planning, preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery. Working closely with State and local governments, FEMA funds emergency programs and offers technical guidance and training. FEMA stands ready to deploy any Federal resource in a catastrophic disaster. These coordinated activities ensure a broad-based program to protect life and property and provide recovery assistance after a disaster. ”

“The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the central agency within the Federal government for emergency planning, preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery. Working closely with State and local governments, FEMA funds emergency programs and offers technical guidance and training. FEMA stands ready to deploy any Federal resource in a catastrophic disaster. These coordinated activities ensure a broad-based program to protect life and property and provide recovery assistance after a disaster. “

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

November 1st, 2012
8:44 am

Ben Gazi is definitely dead.

This is a dead Ben Gazi.

Ben Gazi is dead, gone, deceased, tango uniform, deep sixed, morte,
kicked the bucket, expired, bought the farm, lifeless, inanimate….

United States MontyPython Corp

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

November 1st, 2012
8:44 am

BYTEME

Morning..I didn’t see any info on white Cleveland voters (who always lean DEM) voting early…I know he commented on youth vote and others but I don’t recall all the metrics…

Sorry to post something contrary to your hopes but it is fun to see the discrepancies in the polls…and analyses….

Keep Up the Good Fight!

November 1st, 2012
8:45 am

just because they [Fox] are only ones remaining diligent on Banghazi

are you sure you don’t want to order some marbles now to replace the ones you lost?….. operators are standing by.

Catch Words

November 1st, 2012
8:46 am

“you did not build that by yourself”….does those words still apply? will those businesses be able to rebuild without the help of the government?

GT

November 1st, 2012
8:47 am

Organization has always been Obama’s strong point. He does it so well sometimes I think he forgets the compassion, but the man’s black and his compassion is there, he has seen too much as a black man, has family that is black in a still white America. He feels pain and when he is in the midst of it he is very sincere.

Christy is the one who I view with a totally different eye. This guy has the guts of a gorilla fighter. Can you imagine the heat he is taking and I wonder how the GOP delivers a dress down at the funeral of the state of New Jersey? These Peter Faulk types who have their hats off in insincere respect as they are trying to slap Christy out of this sudden bout with character, this guy is showing the country what we have crave since the Bushes first entered office. These two together can fix America, put the man in the cabinet, run him next time for president and even I might vote for him. This is the medicine a tired country needs, God bless him for his courage and O for reaching out.

Tundra Dude

November 1st, 2012
8:47 am

The caption under the pic should read:
Christ, man, you need to come to the gym with me……

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

November 1st, 2012
8:48 am

Wait

U S N C ?????

New poster or sock puppet wardrobe malfunction?

Paul

November 1st, 2012
8:48 am

Thomas Heyward Jr.

“but intelligent people know that when these types of Laurel and Hardy Politicians start “cooperating”………..one better hold on to your walllets or hold on to what civil liberties that one has left.”

O-kaaay, intelligent person, please tell us if “hold onto your wallets” means we should not provide any relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and also tell those of us who have difficulty following your intelligent train of thought what civil liberties we’re about to lose because Pres Obama and Gov Christie are working together in the aftermath of a national disaster?

Normal Free...Pro Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

November 1st, 2012
8:48 am

Granny G.

I got over the Halloween candy blues OK…with help. Since my knee is back in its brace, I couldn’t walk with them this year, so I stayed home and passed out the goodies. I’ll admit to pilfering a few peanut butter cups, but that was all. The kicker was when they came home, my four year old great grand daughter loudly proclaimed that all the kids were to give Nana some candy to take home. In the very next breath, she said, “But not for grandpa, he can’t have any”. It wasn’t the words that got me, but the look of genuine concern on her face for me. Broke my heart in a good way. Anyway…I’m looking at this orange Reese’s package right now and having a hard time waiting for lunch. I stashed it in my coat right before they came home….I’m bad…. ;)

Jay

November 1st, 2012
8:49 am

Video added above.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

November 1st, 2012
8:49 am

Paul, FEMA is exactly the kind of overall model of a government agency that works in conjunction with state agencies. Conceptually. Yes, it has had poor leadership under the Bushes and like any large business or government agency there are more efficiencies and problems to deal with, but conceptually the agency works and adapts as new disasters are confronted.

Paul

November 1st, 2012
8:49 am

Granny

United States Neocon Contingent.

ByteMe - Got ilk?

November 1st, 2012
8:50 am

Sorry to post something contrary to your hopes but it is fun to see the discrepancies in the polls…and analyses….

You didn’t do any such thing. You posted one person’s opinion on FOX and I wondered if he was kind enough to share the basis behind his analysis. Seems except for young people, he did not. Which makes me wonder if he was just making stuff up while sounding knowledgeable. Do you want me to accuse you of swallowing the FOX line whole without questioning? Of course not.

Socialism

November 1st, 2012
8:50 am

Christie is a crass political animal

If Obama wins, he has a 2016 opportunity

He’s throwing mitt under the bus

ByteMe - Got ilk?

November 1st, 2012
8:50 am

Video added above.

Really? Where?

Normal Free...Pro Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

November 1st, 2012
8:51 am

BTW, did everybody see Luckovich’s take on Romney’s FEMA?

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

November 1st, 2012
8:51 am

PAUL

Thanks for that…it’s funny how so many here read Romney’s comments and turn them into conjecture that Romney as president would have ignored this disaster…the BS, emotionally ignorant who posit this are alive and well on this and other forums..

ByteMe - Got ilk?

November 1st, 2012
8:52 am

He’s throwing mitt under the bus

Then rolling over him. Then putting the bus in reverse to roll over him again. Then stomping on the brake while jamming the other foot on the accelerator… then releasing the brake.

godless heathen

November 1st, 2012
8:54 am

Found myself asking what’s his motive……

Obama or Christie?

How about doing what good people do?

USNC

November 1st, 2012
8:54 am

If you are too stupid to see the truth about Oblarm’s muder of Ben Gazi, you can find it here: townhall.con.

Not at the LIBERAL MEDIA like the AJC is defactoe owned the corrupot Chicago-Obama machine. Just listen to Hannity to here the truth. Not the LIBERAL MEDIA spin zone. I’m gonna cancel my subscription to the AJC and they will go out of business.

TaxPayer

November 1st, 2012
8:54 am

Has Stevie Ray declared himself to not be a right wingnut three times yet. Standard right wingnut protocol requires a statement be repeated three times before it becomes accepted “truth” amongst all who read it from that point forward. Hey! Don’t look at me! I don’t make the right wingnut rules.

As for Obama and Christie, I can see them both inviting Mitt to join them for a beer.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

November 1st, 2012
8:55 am

Granny,

Ben Gazi has joined the “Choir Invisible”

ByteMe - Got ilk?

November 1st, 2012
8:55 am

How about doing what good people do?

Going further: people who believe that government can be an integral part of the solution when managed effectively. Contrast that with politicians who cram their cronies into positions because they believe that the best government is one where they make the most money for themselves and their buddies.

gtt

November 1st, 2012
8:56 am

What are they supposed to do, Bright One?

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

November 1st, 2012
8:56 am

BYTME

He and Jay’s favorite pundit Karl Rove both went into detail but the only thing they posted on the show was the current status of early voting in Ohio based on analysis of data provided by Ohio….both suggest that the swings and indication suggests Romneys ultimate outcome is increased by enough points to win Florida, Ohio and Virginia I think..probalby more at Dick Morris dot com…I have no idea what to believe anymore…

I was curious to see what I could find to support Dicks (literally?) landslide claim….which he defines as 5% or more margin…

ByteMe - Got ilk?

November 1st, 2012
8:57 am

As for Obama and Christie, I can see them both inviting Mitt to join them for a beer.

Old joke I heard in SLC: how do you keep a Mormon from drinking your beer on a fishing trip? Invite two of them.

Paul

November 1st, 2012
8:57 am

Stevie Ray

Seriously, it’s another serious backtrack at odds with his earlier statements. Don’t get me wrong, I applaud it. But on this and Libya and Afghanistan and a whole host of issues, my take is many conservatives dismiss the contradictions because they are so focused upon Anybody But Obama. I have written before that in many areas a Romney presidency could cause a whole lot more angst among conservatives than liberals.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

November 1st, 2012
8:57 am

I’m gonna cancel my subscription to the AJC and they will go out of business

hehehehe

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

November 1st, 2012
8:58 am

Laurel and Hardy ?

P.S.

Getting together for short-term emergency cooperation for something like a hurricane is fine.

Then ………. the battle for the soul of this Republic must continue.

HDB

November 1st, 2012
8:59 am

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am…

November 1st, 2012
8:27 am

If you want to take the irony even further: the BUSINESSMAN wants to privatize disaster planning and recovery….and he sends things that are NOT NEEDED nor REQUESTED to a disaster; the COMMUNITY ORGANIZER is sending in the proper assets to begin reconstruction and has the right personnel in place to coordinate the efforts!!

This was NOT a low-bar situation!! If you compare the thought processes of the BUSINESSMAN (Bush/Romney) to the COMMUNITY ORGANIZER (Obama), you’ll see the difference in a profit approach vs. a systemic approach….and the systemic approach is what’s needed NOW!! THAT’S THE DIFFERENCE!!!

GT

November 1st, 2012
9:01 am

God how I love how fast the right can throws you under the bus. They are like stampeding buffalo going left, going right which ever way the wind blows and when one of theirs tries to show the way to bipartisan cooperation he is now a fat jerk. If he had run Romney would be in a VP position right now or none at all, if his taste is as true as it appears. Let’s watch who is really blocking bipartisan cooperation, we house a lot of the obstructionist right here in this area. This blog should get interesting as we watch people talking out of both sides of their mouths. They don’t want bipartisanship they want a black man out of office and here is comes.

ByteMe - Got ilk?

November 1st, 2012
9:01 am

both suggest that the swings and indication suggests Romneys ultimate outcome is increased by enough points to win Florida, Ohio and Virginia

Karl’s own 10/29 map indicates Ohio is still leaning Obama… as is Nevada, Wisconsin, NH, and Iowa.

I buy Romney winning Florida (although the West Palm Beach Republican operative is quite annoyed that Obama GOTV effort there is far surpassing Romney’s). I even think Virginia is a possibility. I think the rest of the states still under consideration are all Obama’s at this point. The polls have been pretty stable lately on this.

Philosopher

November 1st, 2012
9:02 am

The right wing efforts to make Benghazi into a scandal is pitiable…and fruitless. GIVE IT UP…the country isn’t buying it.

willydoit?

November 1st, 2012
9:02 am

“Politicizing a f’ing hurricane. Disgusting.”

Both sides do it…Katrina ring a bell?

Keep Up the Good Fight!

November 1st, 2012
9:04 am

Given Mitt’s lies and shameful “relief event” performance, why does the right not chant “Mitt lied, people died”.

ByteMe - Got ilk?

November 1st, 2012
9:05 am

Politicizing a f’ing hurricane. Disgusting

Unlike, say, politicizing the death of an ambassador… or politicizing military purchases… or …

Politicians do politics. That’s their job. It’s the grunts under them who are doing the actual cleanup. Ok, except for Cory Booker, who was out in the middle of the hurricane providing aid to his constituents and using Twitter to keep up a running conversation.

Goldie

November 1st, 2012
9:05 am

Obama/Biden 2012 — To Protect All Americans No Matter In Which State They Live!

:)

Georgia

November 1st, 2012
9:06 am

Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh was spitting outrage at the nation’s appreciation about FEMA’s very quick and clean response. “Why are people so thrilled with Obama for being presidential? He IS the president. Big Deal. He’s just doing his job.. What is wrong with people? ” etc. etc. etc.

The Rushannities are all featuring “reformed democrats” as call-in testifiers. You should hear the garbled transmissions. “I voted for Carter, Clinton, and Obama, but now, after this FEMA disaster for Romney, I now know I was wrong for four decades. Only Romney can get the economy back, and then our freedoms will be secure.” etc. etc. etc.

Love Luckovich today. “Bucket List”. Inspired Comedy.

godless heathen

November 1st, 2012
9:06 am

Yes we are talking about NJ where young folks get an education as compared to the south, which lags the nation in almost everything, and not even close in education…..

I’ll put our Honey Boo Boo up against Jersey’s Snooki any day.

Peadawg

November 1st, 2012
9:07 am

“Both sides do it…Katrina ring a bell?”

I don’t give a crap who does it, it’s disgusting. I don’t play “this side that side” games.

skipper

November 1st, 2012
9:07 am

Hey Jay,
Politics or disasters can make strange bed-fellows. Remember the story about how the boot-leggers and church-women united to vote down the liquor legalization?

Recon 0311 2533

November 1st, 2012
9:11 am

The Christie, Obama little love fest was purely symbiotic and due to this unfortunate weather disaster. Christie needs to get as much as he can for the people in his state and Obama needed to appear presidential. Jay’s doing yeoman work in attempting to help Obama in this final hour but his effort won’t move the needle.

Peadawg

November 1st, 2012
9:11 am

“He’s throwing mitt under the bus”

No, Christie is doing his damn job. Just like Obama is.

GT

November 1st, 2012
9:11 am

“Why are people so thrilled with Obama for being presidential?

Pictures of Bush riding in a helicopter above the fray, very non presidential as American bodies float in the streets of America might start the bidding off.

St Simons

November 1st, 2012
9:13 am

“Christie threw him under the bus for 2016! bla bla bla ben gazi!”

–the entire remainder of the Republican case, and sad it is

Rightwing Troll

November 1st, 2012
9:13 am

“The nonChristie Republicans ”

There you have it.. 10 posts in…

The usual wingnut response… divide everything into “us” vs. “them” … nevermind the fact that “us” and “them” are all AMERICANS… I’m going back to reading the thread now, I’ll bet I’ll be finding the word RINO soon…