Your morning jolt: Joe Biden is fifth Obama rep to visit Georgia in 10 days

Vice President Joe Biden, whose weekend thoughts on gay marriage – he’s comfortable with the idea – are still reverberating, comes to Atlanta this evening for a fund-raiser.

The vice president will spend the night here, and on Tuesday will address a national rabbinical assembly. Given the visit, a well-placed Republican we know ticked off the following:

– Ten days ago, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were at Fort Stewart on the Georgia coast;

– Last Friday, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta spoke to troops at Fort Benning near Columbus;

– And on Saturday, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack addressed graduates of Albany State.

Add those appearances up, says my Republican friend, and you begin to wonder if Obama’s re-elect machine may be casting an eye this way.

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According to Eric Tanenblatt, the chair of Romney’s fundraising effort in Georgia, Ann Romney will appear at a reception Thursday at Sea Island’s Ocean Forest Club, a gated golf course community. Her husband, Mitt Romney, will be in the Midwest that day, attending two fundraisers.

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A fresh USA Today/Galloup poll of in critical swing states declares that President Barack Obama and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney:

…start their head-to-head contest essentially even among registered voters — Obama 47%, Romney 45% — in the dozen battleground states likely to determine the election’s outcome….

But the same poll adds this:

For the first time, Democrats are more likely than Republicans to say they are extremely or very enthusiastic about voting — a shift from a 14-percentage-point GOP advantage at the end of last year to an 11-point deficit now.

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Ron Paul supporters continued their post-primary insurgency in state conventions this weekend. In Nevada, they ousted two Mitt Romney backers from the Republican National Committee. In Maine, they narrowly won the chairmanship of that state’s GOP.

In Austin, Texas, Paul – the only unbowed Republican presidential candidate remaining in the contest against Romney, appeared with his son, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, at a rally at the state capitol. From the Associated Press:

“The revolution is working,” the elder Paul said. “We have infiltrated the Republican Party and we will convert the Republican Party into defenders of liberty.”

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On CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Newt Gingrich was whether he thought GOP presidential presumptive Mitt Romney might name him his running mate:

“Would you pick me?” Gingrich asked host Bob Schieffer. “I am so much my own agent, it would be – it’s inconceivable.”

Gingrich offered up more backhanded praise of Romney. “The fact is, compared to Barack Obama, Mitt Romney is a solid conservative,” he said. And then the former U.S. House speaker pronounced it “strange” that people think he hasn’t endorsed his former rival yet.

Possibly, this is because, Gingrich said the same thing about Romney nearly two weeks ago — as he made his exit from the campaign. Afterwards, reporters asked whether such a statement should be considered an endorsement. Gingrich’s spokesman said, no, it should not.

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It’s not as gritty as that Clint Eastwood ad that aired for Chrysler during the Super Bowl, but President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign this morning released its first positive TV ad this morning:

The transcript, with a male narrator, interspersed with voices from video clips:

“2008. An economic meltdown. America’s economy: Spiraling down. All before this president took the oath.

“Some said our best days were behind us. But not him. He believed in us, fought for us. And today our auto industry is back, firing on all cylinders.

“Our greatest enemy brought to justice by our greatest heroes. Our troops are home from Iraq. Instead of losing jobs, we’re creating them – over 4.2 million so far. We’re not there yet. It’s still too hard for too many, but we’re coming back, because America’s greatness comes from a strong middle class.

“Because you don’t quit, and neither does he.”

Or you can boil it down like Joe Biden did: “GM lives, and bin Laden is dead.” But do note that the 60-second spot — a long-form argument in TV terms — includes no mention of Obama’s health care overhaul.

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The Washington Post, in its report on the defeat of President Nicolas Sarkozy in France, and austerity advocates in Greece, brings the European news home with these two lines:

Presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney has vowed to cut the deficit at a faster pace than President Obama. But the mixed results of such policies in Europe — where a voter backlash has brought down leaders in Italy, Spain, Ireland, Portugal and now France and Greece — could make the argument for speedy deficit reduction increasingly difficult.

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia takes a look at this statement by U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Decatur: “The United States imprisons more than any nation in the world.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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td

May 7th, 2012
9:44 am

The Dems coming to Georgia to suck up the money only.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

May 7th, 2012
9:49 am

@Tragically Defenestrated – Well they might also be trying to fool the Republicans into fearing that the state will potentially go Dem and waste money here…and while I grant you that contards are dumb, many of the puppet masters are not.

I doubt they’ll fall for it, but I do like the idea of poking a stick in a nest full of rattlesnakes. Hopefully they’ll make them even MADDER! :)

clyde

May 7th, 2012
9:50 am

In one of Maine’s dailys, it was reported that Ron Paul supporters hijacked the Republican Convention and garnered 23 out of 24 delegates.Another reason for the little twerp to run Independent.

Val

May 7th, 2012
9:51 am

I heart Joe!

td

May 7th, 2012
9:54 am

Obama’s first campaign event in Columbus Ohio had 5000 empty seats. The NY Times even said the rally was like a concert for an aging rock star.

Marlboro Man

May 7th, 2012
9:55 am

Women appear to be pissed at the GOP.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

May 7th, 2012
9:56 am

@Tremere Diabliarized – Mitten’s events are worse. Keep putting out that bs! Shovel! Shovel! Shovel! :)

Aaron Burr V Mexico

May 7th, 2012
9:57 am

@Clyde Cadiddlehopper – That ‘hijacking’ is called actually following the rules. While I think many of Ron Paul’s ideas are looney, the people who like him ACTUALLY FOLLOW THE RULES.

Unlike here in Georgia where the chair just said, “Nuh uh!” and left.

In Maine, they follow the rules.

In Georgia they throw a tantrum and then sue you when you post the video of it.

double

May 7th, 2012
10:04 am

If Georgia can’t give our great president a majority vote,then we should donate all the money we possibly can.

td

May 7th, 2012
10:05 am

Marlboro Man

May 7th, 2012
9:55 am

Women appear to be pissed at the GOP.

There has been a traditional gender gap in favor of the DNC because African American women support the DNC candidate by 95 to 99%.

Since the polling number are virtually tied then the reverse could be said that the there is a huge men gender gap in favor of the GOP.

td

May 7th, 2012
10:07 am

Aaron Burr V Mexico

May 7th, 2012
9:57 am

Yes a small group of radicals are trying to overrule the voice of the majority. This is really what America needs.

tim

May 7th, 2012
10:14 am

Just waitin for VP Joey to stick his foot in his big mouth again.

History Will Teach Us if We Will Learn

May 7th, 2012
10:14 am

I think for once TD is right. The surrogates are here to raise money and to generate publicity both of which will be used in swing states where the President needs to win. The President is as a voice in the wilderness in GA. BTW, Ron Paul should be commended for continuing to espouse the principles of good theater.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

May 7th, 2012
10:22 am

@Turtle, Derp Radical they may be….but they’re following the rules.

If the majority can’t be bothered to show up at the meetings that matter, then that’s their problem.

As for the “voice of the majority” I hardly think Mitt Romney is ‘the majority’ he’s just the candidate they think might have a chance of winning…maybe.

And he was set up by the Lords and Masters of the Republican Party. Indeed most of the primary was really just theater to let the peons think they had a choice. Amusing. :)

Rhett Butler

May 7th, 2012
10:38 am

Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.

Auntie Christ

May 7th, 2012
10:42 am

It must be a very sad day for the conservatives, as we find that although they ave managed to retain rights to “we’re number 1!” when it comes to total prison population, we trail cuba and n. korea in per capita incarceration. They need not fret however, once their agenda of “prisons for profit” is fully implemented, we can expect to be number 1 again, as corrupt judges, law makers and prosecutors find new and unique ways to incinerate the Constitution for their profit, or in the case of scalia and thomas, for their own enjoyment. Nice to see that here in the southern bible belt, you know the bastion of goodness, kindness, mercy and forgiveness, we have 8 of the top 10 states for incarceration. Coincidentally, we have the highest concentration of black folks here in the south, but we all know that these good southern conservative judges and prosecutors wouldn’t let race be a consideration when they bring charges or make sentencing recommendations. Must be all the bible thumping tat turns good men bad. I know I tried bible thumping once, it made me want to rape and kill.

yuzeyurbrane

May 7th, 2012
10:53 am

Basically, td is right about purpose of Dem visits to Georgia. I would also say they are appealing to demographics that cross state lines, like soldiers and blacks. Clips might appear on later campaign tv spots. Unfortunately, because many Georgians still prefer appeals to their baser instincts over their own self-interest, it looks like Obama will do about the same as he did last time in Georgia.

Shine

May 7th, 2012
11:06 am

Obama’s Ohio event had roughly 14000 filled seats. That’s 13500 more than Romeny can fill anywhere. Take away the press, his family, secret service agents, and campaign workers and you get the idea.

Only afew kooks want to see much less here Mutt Romney.

Boot some kooks!! Vote democrat!!

Newt is not

May 7th, 2012
11:06 am

Georgia is where the conservative soccor mom spread lives… and there’s no amount of spandex that can contain their GOP jiggle. We’re in for it once the summer campaign starts up (and they lose the spandex)….Here’s an ad being considered: Scene shows soccor mom speeding through a school zone while texting. the voice over is: ” My kid is an honor student at Mt. View Elementary School; his teachers made sure of that.” (close up of soccor mom winking). “hey, they scratch my back and I distract the watchdogs with my treadmill bod…oh, that’s good, I better tweet it afore some beeyayatch thinks of it too.”

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

May 7th, 2012
11:07 am

It’s appropriate Mr. Obama would send his emissaries to Georgia, for our “Diebold” election charades to continue to prosper the Roman Anti-Christ’s bi-partisan Rockefeller-Bush fascist plutocracy’s Fifth Column, support from Georgians and Atlantans – America’s spiritual and cultural “wheelhorse” – is key to maintaining the illusion of popular electoral legitimacy.

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GaBlue

May 7th, 2012
11:18 am

Did the Ron/Rand Paul supporters wearing “don’t tread on me” gear STOMP on any women’s heads at their rally like they did in Kentucky a couple years ago?

Sarah P.

May 7th, 2012
11:23 am

Mind if I call you Joe?

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Becky

May 7th, 2012
11:38 am

Interesting but not surprising all the christian radio shows picking up this blog. I’m sure there will be lots of hand wringing going on over Biden’s comments.

honested

May 7th, 2012
11:48 am

It’s nice that mrs. ro(money) will get to meet with the genteel folks on Sea Island. I wonder if they will express their delight at the nice bailout from the state that prevented their shangri-la’s failure?

joe

May 7th, 2012
11:50 am

France electing a socialist could be the best thing to happen to the USA in a while. As soon as their govt passes increased taxes on the wealthy, watch them bolt the country and/or shut down or move businesses they own. Once that happens, and their aren’t as many millionaires to tax, where’s the entitlement money going to come from? Blue print for what will happen here if Obama is re-elected.

honested

May 7th, 2012
11:50 am

I hope the President sees fit to maintain an almost daily presence in our State until the election.

That way, he can remind us that there is a Federal government that works, as opposed to our Gold Dome fleecing squad.

honested

May 7th, 2012
11:52 am

joe,

As opposed to the ‘grand river of capital growing American business’ (that never happened) when top marginal tax rates were irresponsibly cut here?

BPJ

May 7th, 2012
12:02 pm

A gated golf course community on Sea Island: Romney’s natural habitat.

td

May 7th, 2012
12:12 pm

honested

May 7th, 2012
11:52 am

The entire tax system is a mess and needs to be overhauled. I am personally in favor of doing away with the income tax system and replacing it with a consumption tax. The current system needs to be flatter, less deductions and everyone should have some skin in the game even if it is no more then paying $1 or $10.

td

May 7th, 2012
12:15 pm

BPJ

May 7th, 2012
12:02 pm

A gated golf course community on Sea Island: Romney’s natural habitat.

And where do you think Obama will go after he is defeated in November, housing project in Chicago? How about a gated community to keep him away from the parasites that voted for him.

Becky

May 7th, 2012
12:17 pm

President Obama may move to a gated community after 4 more years mainly because of the gun toting crazy people in the USA. Looking at you td.

td

May 7th, 2012
12:23 pm

Becky

May 7th, 2012
12:17 pm

Why would a someone that carries a gun for protection want to attack Obama after he is thrown out of office? He will have SS protection for the rest of his life and would be no threat to attack me personally and since the American people threw him out of office his policies are no threat to them. No reason for him to be scared of freedom loving Americans so that means he would only have to look at the parasites that put him in office originally.

Becky

May 7th, 2012
12:26 pm

td-you are delusional. you guys have lost, time to pack it in.

President Obama will be re-elected. I know it, you know it.

Shine

May 7th, 2012
12:28 pm

France has elected socialists before. The world didnt end.

td

May 7th, 2012
12:31 pm

Becky

May 7th, 2012
12:26 pm

And what evidence, besides your own personal emotions, leads you to make that statement?

Now if you said something like there is no use in Republicans in NY to go vote for Obama because he will win that state then I would say you are correct because it is just like here in Georgia Obama supporters are wasting their time to go and vote for Obama.

td

May 7th, 2012
12:34 pm

Shine

May 7th, 2012
12:28 pm

France has elected socialists before. The world didnt end.

Yes they have but not under a this type of economic client. Let us see what happens to the European economy and the US economy when Greece goes belly up because of their unwillingness to cut spending and get their debt under control.

Auntie Christ

May 7th, 2012
12:40 pm

s td so far today has called his fellow repubs voting for ron paul “radicals,” he has stated that Black females vote overwhelmingly for Obama, and he states that the people voting for Obama are ‘parasites.’ I am beginning to get the picture. s td is a typical right winger, one of those who claim to “love America,” but unfortunately hate the majority of Americans. Tell us s td, why do you hate America?

Auntie Christ

May 7th, 2012
12:47 pm

and I see s td is hoping the economies of Europe fail, in the same manner as the repubs pulling for the failure of the American economy. It’s good to see him embrace a global outlook. I guess if he gets his way, we’ll all be supplicants to the romneys, the koch’s and paris hilton.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

May 7th, 2012
1:06 pm

@Joe -

Let them move their businesses away. I’m sure Mr. Smoe can move his 6 taco bell stands to Dubai. No, seriously. I mean, after all if he sells it, someone has to BUY it right?

Do you even understand economics AT ALL? Given your talk of entitlement money I think not. Given that you’re basically having your own wet daydream of Atlas Shrugged, I think that we’d actually see who is NOT the productive class in the slightest.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

May 7th, 2012
1:13 pm

@Transmitting Dungbeetle – I agree with you, strangely enough, that in the short term he will be bad for the European economy because they need to work in a unified fashion.

However since they seem incapable of that anyway and unwilling to go full out Federal instead of confederations (which do not work…like the loser south and their loser confed government which lost) this was inevitable.

In the long run, however, especially if he gets a second term, he’ll be great for France’s economy because ’socialists’ actually watch bankers like a hawk and hold them accountable when they run the economy like their own personal casino.

honested

May 7th, 2012
2:16 pm

total doofus,

I too am for a consumption tax, but I’m sure you would dislike my idea.

I would prefer to tax ALL transactions, whether by individuals or businesses and tax them all at the SAME rate.

EVERYTHING, from a stick of gum to Bank Of America. You buy it, you pay the tax. And don’t whine about ‘businesses shouldn’t be taxed’ because if they pay up front, there is a pool to cover the costs if they go bankrupt or if their criminal activities cause the Country to approach bankruptcy (see companies like AIG for more details).

See, I bet you really dislike the idea because it runs counter to everything the wrong wing wants.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

May 7th, 2012
2:30 pm

@honested – Any form of sales tax, even one that also taxes derivatives and commercial transactions will still disproportionally hurt the poor. The math is not kind to them on that, but (shrugs) it would still be a higher tax for the unproductive class so I’d take it over what we have now.

@Transmitted Disease – A picture is worth a thousand words. Or a million pretend words that you emit. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/05/07/1089475/-A-tale-of-two-rallies