Your morning jolt: At Fort Stewart, President Obama targets the votes of military families

President Barack Obama and the first lady will mingle with soldiers at Fort Stewart on the Georgia coast today.

The official agenda, via Larry Peterson and the Savannah Morning News:

President Barack Obama is due to launch a national crackdown on scams used to bilk veterans out of their federal education benefits.

The White House on Thursday described an executive order Obama will sign when he and first lady Michelle Obama visit soldiers, veterans and military families.

White House aides have pointed to today’s excursion to a red state as proof that Obama isn’t just visiting electoral swing states on Air Force One. But a clearly jaded Washington Post posits that today’s trip is a case of niche marketing aimed at “a novel and potentially fruitful voter set: military families:”

The message from Obama and Biden is clear: They will campaign on the president’s foreign policy record and actions to bolster services for veterans while aggressively criticizing Romney on the same subjects — and issuing pointed examples of the Republican’s lack of proposals to assist returning veterans and their families….

The overall strategy gives Obama a chance to widen his audience on military matters at a time when war-weariness has grown — even among Republicans and in less Obama-friendly Southern states. The push also echoes a hallmark quality of the president’s 2008 campaign: its ability to identify supporters from unlikely regions and constituencies.

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Not-quite-but-nearly-former GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, who is still making appearances in North Carolina, lost his Secret Service protection last night, according to NBC News.

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Ninth District congressional candidate Doug Collins sent out a fund-raising email this morning that included this undated YouTube clip of his chief GOP rival, Gainesville radio talk show host Martha Zoller, explaining her position on abortion:

Says Zoller:

“I think I’m a different kind of pro-life person, in that I don’t think abortion should be illegal, but I think the way we change people’s minds on life issues are not with legislation.”

Collins, a lawmaker from Gainesville, has begun calling himself a “consistent conservative.” From the email:

”You’ll never have to worry about where I stand on the issue of abortion, and I vow to stand behind the same convictions I’ve had throughout my lifetime. You’ll never have to wonder if my campaign rhetoric matches with the beliefs of my past.”

The response from Zoller’s campaign strategist, Joel McElhannon:

This race is between a conservative firebrand in Martha Zoller and a wimp.

Martha Zoller was endorsed by Georgia Right to Life before Doug Collins. Why? Doug’s legislative endorsement was suspended by GRTL because he was killing their pro life legislation in committee over the last several sessions at the request of leadership.

Eleven second manufactured clips from years ago will not change the fact that when it’s time to take a stand, Doug Collins consistently waves the yellow flag of cowardice.

After seeing the above remarks, Collins strategist Chip Lake messaged to say that the video clip is from the 2011 CPAC gathering in Washington.

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Better Georgia, a progressive group headed up by Bryan Long, has been engaged in a campaign to draw attention to the link between Republican state lawmakers and the American Legislative Exchange Council, a powerful private, non-profit group that generates conservative legislation for use in state capitols across the nation.

Six years ago, state Rep. Earl Ehrhart, R-Powder Springs, headed up ALEC. From Jon Gillooly and the Marietta Daily Journal:

Ehrhart responded: “Mr. Long doesn’t like free speech, doesn’t like advocacy for anything other than what he wants. The majority of the citizens in this county and this state are going to agree with the principles of ALEC. Again, back to the founding principles of this country. I’ll stand them up against his tent principles all day long. I’m not afraid of some Occupy pansy sitting in a tent without a bath, I’m sorry.”

Replied Long this morning:

“Representative Ehrhart sees public scrutiny like a bad rash. If he has nothing to hide, he’ll tell us every ALEC backed bill so that voters can decide whether they agree or not. The secrecy of this group has lasted too long.

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In a major break with the past, this year’s farm bill is moving through the halls of Washington without the support of Southern farmers. From Politico.com:

Cotton won concessions on its own revenue protection program, including a decision to lift the acreage cap on land enrolled. But the leadership resisted any return to a countercyclical program with target prices, and Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) bluntly warned that peanuts and rice will take a “huge hit” and are left “without any safety net whatsoever.”

Indeed, corn and soybeans appear the big winners in what would be an historic shift away from direct cash payments and price supports in favor of new forms of subsidized crop insurance.

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at the claim that, because of traffic tie-ups, “The average Atlanta resident … spends an extra $924 each year in additional gasoline and wasted time.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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152 comments Add your comment

gm

April 27th, 2012
11:31 am

President Obama has common sense to know you can not fight the world along, had Bush realized this, maybe 4500 Americans would have not died in Iraq, the world hated Americans during the Bush years, so if aplogizing mean other Americans can travel around the world without being killed, you conservative John Wayne idiots should be glad.

gw

April 27th, 2012
11:31 am

“You don’t change horses in midstream.”

Liberal loather

April 27th, 2012
11:32 am

I’ve passed bigger terds then u.

Stephanie

Funny how you vulgar lieberals always revert to your coprophagia. As Dr Savage so astutely says, Lieberalism is a mental disorder.

Danni Y … Rasmussen’s tracking poll has Mitt **UP** by 4/5 points depending on the day. THAT is a “crucifixion”, as obummer is stuck in the low 40’s. As anyone with a political brain knows historically the presidential undecideds ALWAYS break for the non-incumbent – at around the 80% level. Although GW Bush was the incumbent exception in 04 when he mercifully beat the cowardly haughty windsurfer Kerry. Mucho thanks be to the weirdo Heinz Kerry for that result.

zeke

April 27th, 2012
11:35 am

james if 9-11 is on clinton (clarke warned condi & bush), then all of 2008 crash on bush using your logic

DannyX

April 27th, 2012
11:38 am

LMAO @ Liberal loafer, perhaps the weakest right wing poster ever on this blog!

Loafer, Rasmussen has Obama +1 over Romney today, LMAO! You are definitely not ready for prime time blogging loafer. You are good for a few laughs, stick around.

Still waiting for those polls that have Romney ““crucifying” Obama! LMAO

MiltonMan

April 27th, 2012
11:39 am

“centrist- those stated preferences correlate perfectly with education levels. Georgia voters are the new Mississippi as evidenced by our state leadership and initiatives. Us and SC voted for Noot, #49 and #50 in education.”

Please remind us how “great” our education was when the libtards where in control.

gw

April 27th, 2012
11:40 am

“Is our children learning?”

MiltonMan

April 27th, 2012
11:41 am

“…the world hated Americans during the Bush years, so if aplogizing mean other Americans can travel around the world without being killed, you conservative John Wayne idiots should be glad.”

And they love us now??? My company has barred travel to areas where we use to do business during the Bush years.

gm

April 27th, 2012
11:41 am

Liberal loather

I wonder how many Latinos, Blacks, Women, Gays did they poll? the Rasmussen’s poll is the same one that had Mccain beating Obama, oh, it could be the Sean Hannitty poll and the foxs and idiots.

When will fox and idiots learn there are more people in the world then over 50 angry white males who are still fighting the 21st century.

MiltonMan

April 27th, 2012
11:42 am

Why are you guys so wrapped up in polls? Polls are useless.

gw

April 27th, 2012
11:44 am

“I love banjo playing frog art.”

DannyX

April 27th, 2012
11:45 am

Our education system in Georgia sure would have done better than the libtards if the first Republican State School Superintendent, Linda Schrenko, hadn’t had the misfortune of going to prison for stealing money from a deaf school to pay for a face lift.

She’s due to be released soon, maybe Republicans can get back on track.

RealTalk

April 27th, 2012
11:53 am

Worst President ever. Can’t wait to get these Un American jerks out of office.

RealTalk

April 27th, 2012
11:53 am

Vote NO on T-Splost!!

gw

April 27th, 2012
11:54 am

“As govt. crumbles, art rebuilds.”

DannyX

April 27th, 2012
11:58 am

Speaking of polls and US foreign policy, SOS Hillary Clinton now has a 65% approval rating.

More nostalgia, Rice with Bush like 39% approval during most of her term.

mehlman rings twice

April 27th, 2012
11:58 am

Bad ole Obama – the nerve of him campaigning on his strengths.

mehlman rings twice

April 27th, 2012
12:03 pm

On another note, remember when the Bush twins were kicked out of the hotel in Argentina for running nude through the hallways? Was the Secret Service too busy “entertaining” instead of being concerned about their behavior?

aylon

April 27th, 2012
12:04 pm

Zimmerman is cashing in on his murder.

clyde

April 27th, 2012
12:07 pm

I served under Kennedy and was proud of it.I would not be that way under this President.I would not serve. .

mehlman rings twice

April 27th, 2012
12:11 pm

So Newt is dropping out of the race. Expect him to be seen riding a motorcycle in Arkansas soon.

gw

April 27th, 2012
12:14 pm

“Thinking ain’t good for faith.”

gm

April 27th, 2012
12:14 pm

clyde

You prove my point another angrey over 50 white male: sorry Obama skin tone dont match Kennedy.

RealTalk Worst President ever:

4500 American troops died in Iraq, first attack on American soil ever 3500 Americans dead in Ny, caused the worst meltdown in America history, that honor will always go to GW Bush.

super focus

April 27th, 2012
12:15 pm

Clyde,

Your a traitor.

yuzeyurbrane

April 27th, 2012
12:19 pm

jd, I hate to tell you but your dire prediction about ALEC control of Georgia legislature is already a long way down the road. It will be total next year with gerrymandered districts giving ALEC a 2/3 vetoproof majority of legislature. Georgians, just bend over and see how you enjoy it.

As to military, Obama’s visit was pretty smart in that it will appeal to many soldiers nationwide. The military is not a monolithic Tea Party bastion. It tends to vote much like the general population. Enlisted men, except white Southerners, tend to vote Democratic; officers tend to vote Republican.

Centrist

April 27th, 2012
12:25 pm

@ yuzeyurbrane posted “Enlisted men, except white Southerners, tend to vote Democratic”.

Maybe E1 – E3 with few skills and little education. Do you really think that is true for Petty Officers and above? How about the elite Seals, Rangers, and Marines?

Hint for answers to the above questions: Not a chance.

clyde

April 27th, 2012
12:26 pm

Dear gm—–Over 50,not angry,and I’m sure not racist.You have no point.Kennedy was a military man.Obama is a community organizer.See the difference?

super focus—— Traitor??????

yuzeyurbrane

April 27th, 2012
12:33 pm

I know you are retired from military with a generous govt. pension and my views are based mainly on what I hear from relatives who are similar to you and voting analysis articles, but, based on that, I think my view is more accurate than yours. What I have suggested are general rules. Certainly there are exceptions. I also think you reveal your disdain for the “unwashed masses” and I would venture a guess that you support having them disenfranchised in both military and civilian life. I say we have an obligation to make it easy for every citizen to vote and let the chips fall where they may as far as who gets elected.

yuzeyurbrane

April 27th, 2012
12:34 pm

Excuse me for clarification, my last comment was directed to prior comment of Centrist.

super focus

April 27th, 2012
12:44 pm

Pat Tillman would support Obama.

super focus

April 27th, 2012
12:46 pm

Who would P. Tillman support?

Centrism

April 27th, 2012
12:46 pm

Only stupid military people vote democratic! That’s why I’m a centrist, as I am in the center and clearly see how equal both parties are. One is conservative and votes like me, and the other is full of liberal commies.

We’ll have to agree to disagree there yuzeyurbrane because I’m at the Center and you are Not. I know things and you don’t. I am the Knower.

Carole

April 27th, 2012
12:46 pm

Miltonman
And they love us now??? My company has barred travel to areas where we use to do business during the Bush years.
++++++

Not because of danger, but because some companies are working with Repubs in an effort to make our economy do poorly in hopes it will affect the President’s chances of re-election.

Centrist

April 27th, 2012
12:48 pm

@ yuzeyurbrane posted “I know you are retired from military with a generous govt. pension”.

What you “know” is incorrect. I did serve, and got first hand, up close and personal experience. I am NOT retired from the military and I DON’T get a nickel of pension. Although I qualify for VA benefits, I don’t use them – they are there for those in more need than me. I can get a free GA drivers’ license and discounts at many retail stores by simply asking and showing by Honorable Discharge DD-214 – I don’t do those things, either. I volunteered, and greatly appreciate the training and character building instilled by some of the most respected people I have ever met, and am still in contact.

tb

April 27th, 2012
12:50 pm

As a business owner I know everything about the economy and I know that our patriotic corporate over lords would never, I say, never, never I say, cheat us or stifle the economy in hopes of hindering it. I think, sirrah, that you, I say, you, that is to say, you put far too much focus emphasis on conspiracies. Never attribute to conspiracy what utter incompetence will do I say.

Carole

April 27th, 2012
12:50 pm

Touche’ Danny X regarding Linda Shrink the wrinkles. Funny how the Repubs don’t want us to look back 4 years at GWB, but they have been in office for 10 years now and I don’t see ANYTHING getting better. But then I’m not a Republican legislator or businessman. So much for doing anything for my benefit.

Sonny went out a millionaire. Deal came in broke and will probably go out a millionaire too.

Oh lawd it hurts

April 27th, 2012
12:50 pm

gm
Please stop your assault on the English language, I’m not sure how much more the old girl can take.

Centrism

April 27th, 2012
12:52 pm

@Centrism – Why you know or think you know is of no consequence.

No one can tell you what the military is, you have to see it for yourself. If you have seen it, you agree with me.

If you haven’t, then you’re a communist and should be burned alive. I am a veteran and only conservative veterans matter.

Form 123456-A told me so.

I am the Sun King. I am the State. I am the Center of All Things.

December 22, 2012 will be my 40th birthday, the center of my life, the center and awakening of the Age of Aquarius.

I. AM. THE. CENTER.

Oh dear lord I hurt people

April 27th, 2012
12:54 pm

gm
I am incapable of addressing the substance of your argument, so I shall instead assault your english skills.

Truth Squad

April 27th, 2012
12:54 pm

President Kennedy, “the military man”, thought deepening our involvement was a good idea.

How did that workout?

President Bush, also “a military man”(I know, just play along), was responsible for invading Iraq under false principles, and incompetent leadership including failure at Tora Bora and telling us “mission accomplished” when we weren’t even close!

I think many will take the “community organizer” who got us out of Iraq honorably, got bin Laden in a manner that demonstrates the awesome capability of our armed forces when used correctly,and has been blowing up Al Qaeda operatives quite effectively all while remaining respected around the planet. I like when people don’t throw shoes at our COC!

The truth is that the most voters are not going to want to turn over foreign affairs to a guy without core principles who has hired many Bush 43 people to advise him on foreign policy.

super focus

April 27th, 2012
12:56 pm

centrism,

your the goo betwixt the cookie.

Truth Squad

April 27th, 2012
12:56 pm

“…deepening our involvement in Viet Nam…..”

gm

April 27th, 2012
12:56 pm

clyde
Name 5 Programs that Kennedy has done to help Veterans? had Kennedy gave orders to kill 10 of the top terrorist in the world like Obama you would have been praising him untill the sun come up.

Centrism

April 27th, 2012
12:59 pm

@ Super Focus – I am the Terror that Flaps in the night.
I am the winged Scourge that pecks at your nigthmares.
I Am Darkwing Duck!

super focus

April 27th, 2012
1:00 pm

kennedy was a stud, romney’s a dud.

gm

April 27th, 2012
1:02 pm

Oh lawd it hurts

When you have no answers. no facts, if all fails insult the truth.

Oh lawd it hurts

April 27th, 2012
1:04 pm

Oh dear lord I hurt people
Here’ the substance of every single mutiliated point gm struggles to make…

Obama is great because he is black and everyone else is racist if they don’t agree with me.

There is no debating a single track mind.

Have a nice day.

super focus

April 27th, 2012
1:04 pm

Know before you owe!

super focus

April 27th, 2012
1:07 pm

Obama hit another homerun. Hooorah!!!!

gm

April 27th, 2012
1:08 pm

Oh lawd it hurts

Right wing jobs tell people every day how great Reagan was, and no one on the left said it was because he is white, this is the narrow minded bigot thinking of the right”””