Your morning jolt: Marriage as a license to vote for Mitt Romney

If voters were required to be married, Republican Mitt Romney wouldn’t be sweating the November outcome of the race for president, the Gallup organization says this morning.

Married registered voters prefer Romney over Democratic incumbent Barack Obama by 54 to 39 percent, according to data collected by the polling group this summer:

Nonmarried Americans strongly prefer President Obama to rival Mitt Romney, 56% to 35%; this group includes those who are single, in a domestic partnership, widowed, divorced, and separated. Support for President Obama varies among these subgroups — those who are single (61%), are in a domestic partnership (62%), or are separated (58%) are especially supportive of the president, while the divorced (51%) are somewhat less so, with those who are widowed breaking even.

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Other Republicans may be critical Mitt Romney for piling on President Barack Obama in the midst of this week’s eruption of protests in the Mideast. But Saxby Chambliss, the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, won’t be one of them.

Said Chambliss in a Thursday interview with Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1FM):

”Look, we are less than 60 days out from the election of the next president…This is a heated campaign, and I think it is incumbent upon anybody that wants to be commander-in-chief to speak on matters of national security when times of emergency arise. That’s exactly what Governor Romney did. I won’t even go into what he said, because that part of it is immaterial. The fact is that he gave a response, and his response was very strong.”

At the time, the facts on the ground in Libya were yet to be determined, O’Hayer noted. Should Romney have waited? Chambliss’ answer:

”Well, gosh, that’s what politics is about – and that’s what leadership is about now. I don’t think he was out of line for making a statement. I have more respect for him making a statement, and saying what he said, than frankly, I do for the president, who issued a strong statement and then went to Las Vegas to campaign.”

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In the middle of her “Planned Bullyhood” book tour, former secretary of state Karen Handel fought MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell to a draw on Thursday afternoon:

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Larry Peterson of the Savannah Morning News, burdened with the only candidate contest in Georgia with national implications, says U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, isn’t nearly as proud of his association with President Barack Obama’s 2009 stimulus package as he used to be:

[A]s recently as February, the accomplishments listed on the website included the following:

“Standing with President Obama to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which has already brought over $200 million in funding for roads, hospitals, schools, transportation, and housing to communities in the 12th district.”

… So why was the language on the website that touted the stimulus bill dropped from his list of legislative feats?

“The stimulus just wasn’t a high priority issue for this election cycle,” [Barrow spokesman Richard Carbo] said. “We have other matters we would like to talk about.”

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey’s contention that unemployment in the U.S. is at its highest extended level since the Great Depression.

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120 comments Add your comment

Patrick

September 14th, 2012
9:42 am

”Look, we are less than 60 days out from the election of the next president…This is a heated campaign, and I think it is incumbent upon anybody that wants to be commander-in-chief to speak on matters of national security when times of emergency arise. That’s exactly what Governor Romney did. I won’t even go into what he said, because that part of it is immaterial. The fact is that he gave a response, and his response was very strong.”

Translation– “When anything hits the fan, make a big, bold, inflamatory statement as soon as possible. Don’t wait for any facts to influence said statement”.

Nice.

are you all serious?

September 14th, 2012
9:42 am

I wouldn’t expect much love for the POTUS from good ole boy Chambliss and his followers. Afterall this man has to be reeling inside that the president is even black. what will be interesting is in the 2016 election and the repub ticket will have Rubio on it. then what will the prejudiced repubs do??the browning of ‘merica ain’t easy for everyone.

Tom

September 14th, 2012
9:51 am

Willard is in an absolute panic, because the reality of the whuppin’ he’s about to take has set in.

Road Scholar

September 14th, 2012
9:52 am

” I won’t even go into what he said, because that part of it is immaterial.”

So we should ignore what he said on this and any other subject? Even if he is wrong? Fire , then aim?

I was surprised you found Saxby; was he on the golf course?

BlogBeat34

September 14th, 2012
10:03 am

Impressive showing by Handel

Shar

September 14th, 2012
10:13 am

Perhaps it is unsurprising that Senator Chambliss, whose major qualification for office is that he gives good face, should think that “a response…a strong response” is the only thing called for by a presidential candidate when confronted with a foreign policy and national security emergency while claiming that the nature of that response is “immaterial”.

This may explain why he felt free to make “strong” – albeit vicious and untruthful – slurs against Max Cleland in their Senate race, and why he gives away the content of his”immaterial” votes to the highest bidders.

cc

September 14th, 2012
10:25 am

Governor Romney’s comments on the events in the Middle East were strikingly different than what has been heard from the Kenyan over the past three and a half years. Governor Romney said nothing that could be considered “appeasing”, which is diametrically opposed to everything Hussein has said and done. Romney understands that we are engaged in a war (not of our choosing) that must be waged and won if we are to survive. There are NO peace-loving muslims; they are taught from the Quran that non-believers are to be converted, enslaved or killed. There is no fourth option!

Perhaps, Hussein’s appeasement is best understood in the context of his speaking of “my muslim faith” during the 2008 campaign.

Come on folks, wake up! This ain’t rocket science!

Ernest

September 14th, 2012
10:42 am

Are you willing to pay for your war or will that be left for future generations as usual?

double

September 14th, 2012
10:43 am

Yeah and if the Gov.Romney speech had not been on record he would have changed what he said several times.The economy just does better under Democrats.

Bernie

September 14th, 2012
10:45 am

Jim, Mitt may have the millions of meek STEPFORD Republican WIVES enthralled with his strange and unusual political views. They are not very much the GREAT THINKERS of this population.

However, the Millions upon millions of hard WORKING AMERICAN WOMEN are not impressed by MITT at ALL. They see Mitt as a bumbling self centered idiot, A CAD, an angry reactionary, A Man without a backbone or convictions, WEAK, Not sexy, strange, weird, stranger, not to be trusted, haters of women, LIAR, dishonest,
selfish, CHEAP, Selfish, arrogant, uncaring, cold fish, robot, not trustworthy, not a lover of animals, screwball, Pretender, not thoughtful, fearful, panty boy, scary, frightening, peculiar, oddball, ignorant,uninformed, uninteresting, bizarre,eccentric, unusual, proud, far out (a bad way), abnormal, robot, not human, no compassion, mean spirited, aberrant and finally a MAN they would never choose as a HUSBAND, LOVER or the FATHER of their children!

Mitts rating with this group is not above the rating of – YUK! and Are YOU Kidding me?

They are preparing a special event for MITT on November 6th. A going away party for Mitt, Ann and his very strange BOYS and the Republican Party.
The Theme of the Party is “NEVER AGAIN”!

TiredOfIt

September 14th, 2012
10:46 am

” I won’t even go into what he said, because that part of it is immaterial. ”

That is the stupidest statement I have read today.

Rockerbabe

September 14th, 2012
10:47 am

cc: your comments are disrespectful and have a racist overturn. President Obama is not only of
Kenyan descent, but also of Irish discent-he did have a mother afterall. Referring to him as Hussein says more about your attitude than anything the President has ever done or said. You have to be watching way too much Faux News or you won’t have this hateful attitude. It is one thing to disagree with the President and his policies [which are strikingly similar to Dubya's]. it is another to lace criticism with uncalled for and unsubstantiated beliefs.

As far as muslins are concerns, they have never known what it is to live in a free society; most have lived under dictatiorsships of one kind or another and they just assume that the “government” approves of this film as nothing is ever release without government approval in their cultures. It is going to take a long time before the Muslim world catches up to the rest of us when it comes to freedom and self-expression and limited government.

Diplomacy is not the same thing as appeasement. I wouldn’t say we are appeasing anyone in Afghanistan tor Iraq. And, for your information, President Obama is Methodist or christian if you prefer.

Rocket science – you wouldn’t grasp the topic if it tapped you on the should and said “hello”.

dd

September 14th, 2012
10:47 am

Media goes nuts anytime someone challenges their chosen one….and I for one LOVE to see it. Nothing like shining a light on their biased reporting. Hoping for WAY MORE of the same by the time this is over, so that all sane Americans see through their BS, and start to think for themselves.

catlady

September 14th, 2012
10:55 am

And we should ALL listen to Saxby. I mean, he who “sacrificed” himself in a time of war! What a crock~ Using the word Saxby with the word Intelligence is almost profane!

And, should we wait for the facts to be known? Nah, says the “great leader” Saxby. Just fly with any inuendo or misstatement of facts! After all, who is going to check?

yuzeyurbrane

September 14th, 2012
11:03 am

Chambliss can speak with authority on falsely attacking the patriotism of others. He is the guy who showed know shame with his gutter attacks on war hero Max Cleland for his first Senate race.

Bernie

September 14th, 2012
11:03 am

Jim, one thing I can say about you, is that you have tried everything in your power to support one Karen Handel. I do hope that she is grateful and appreciative for all the good you and the AJC have tried to do for her and HER image.

Despite the fact she could not extend that same devotion and concern for the many
poor and uninsured women of America in her failed attempts. Unfortunately, As a result,Karen wasted a very great and unique opportunity for her to contribute successfully to herself and the Komen Foundation. A once very successful Foundation who opened and extended a door for her, whereas other Corporations would have refused Karen solely based on her lack of higher education & experience level and lack of job knowledge she was being charged with.

You have been a better friend to Karen, than KAREN has been to herself.

ee

September 14th, 2012
11:06 am

I apologize for the comments I posted under the names “cc” and “dd” above. I thought I had taken my Thorazine last night, only it turns out that I took a couple of M&Ms by mistake. I’m feeling much better now.

honested

September 14th, 2012
11:10 am

Saxby has never been one to miss an opportunity to open his mouth and show us why he shouldn’t be in the Senate.

DJ Sniper

September 14th, 2012
11:13 am

CC, you got a link to show tangible proof of Obama talking about “his Muslim faith”? You probably don’t, because that’s just another example of the tomfoolery that the right has been putting out ever since Obama got elected.

DD, stop with the whining about “biased reporting.” I guess it never occured to you that maybe the media wouldn’t skewer people on the right so much if they didn’t have a penchant for saying dumb stuff.

honested

September 14th, 2012
11:17 am

Is there anything ‘newsworthy’ in anything karen handel says or does?

What were noots and sonny up to yesterday?

Bernie

September 14th, 2012
11:19 am

Rockerbabe @ 10:47 am – Last night I learned something very interesting about the postings of CC. This is an individual who is very unhappy with his own life and station.

Unfortunately, he resides in his own self created HELL of torment. He comes here to share all of the vile hatred and contempt that he feels about himself.

That hatred is deflected upon the success of President OBAMA. His self hatred is born out of a mindset that this Black Man or any Black Man should not have or deserve any level of success higher than his own. This mindset is shared by many of the posters here and this why they speak out in such vile vitriol hatred. These feelings have nothing to do with the issues to be discussed, but everything with their personal frustrations and disappointing failures within their own lives.

I have decided for myself, I will ignore and avoid feeding into their own self created misery and let them carry that baggage alone. I would suggest that many of the others do the same. in your banter with CC and others like TD, there is no THERE….
There! you will only give up out of sheer exhaustion and frustration for their comments make no sense or have no validity at all.

M.E.

September 14th, 2012
11:26 am

While Handel protests that Komen’s actions were not political and it was all PP’s fault, this nugget pass es by Andrea Mitchell:

“Komen did not want to be in the abortion wars.” And there it is.

Simple Logic

September 14th, 2012
11:30 am

Most conservatives support the decisions of the Roberts court.
The Roberts court says there is a right to lie.
The Roberts court says corporations are people.
The Roberts court believes fox news has a right to lie with no consequences.
Most pathological liars accuse others of being liars to deflect blame from themselves.
Mitt Romney’s preemptive debate strategy appears to be to accuse Obama of being a liar so Romney can say whatever he wants.
If you can’t know which side is telling the truth, you can at least know which side wants the right to lie without consequences.
From this day forward, if you are a conservative, I shall assume you to be a liar until proven otherwise, since your entire ideology seems to depend on lies

honested

September 14th, 2012
11:31 am

M.E,

I guess handel doesn’t realize the ‘abortion wars’ are over, and the American Public won.

Maybe she should get a life and leave American Citizens alone.

cc

September 14th, 2012
11:39 am

ee @ 11:06 am:
This was NOT posted by me, and I apologize for nothing.

Rockerbabe @ 10:47 am:
“your comments are disrespectful and have a racist overturn.”
Of course! Anyone who is critical of Hussein must be a ‘racist’. That is the dimocrap mantra.
“also of Irish discent-he did have a mother afterall.”
Can you name in which of his books he spoke of his mother being, “a little too white”? Better yet, have you read any of his books?
“Referring to him as Hussein says more about your attitude”
What is his name?
“they just assume that the “government” approves of this film”
Think much? This film had NOTHING to do with the events in the Middle East. Do you think it coincidental that the attacks occurred on the 11th day of September?
“And, for your information, President Obama is Methodist or christian if you prefer.”
Not according to his unplanned admission in 2008. There is video/audio of his statement, if you are smart enough to find it and willing to allow any information to seep into your little brain.
“you wouldn’t grasp the topic if it tapped you on the should and said “hello”.”
I said that this WASN’T rocket science! Reading comprehension can be your friend! Whay is a “should”?

DJ Sniper @ 11:13 am:
September 7, 2008 on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKGdkqfBICw
Stephanopoulos had to correct Hussein’s statement to reflect what they wanted the viewers to hear.

resno2

September 14th, 2012
11:47 am

are you all serious?: The browning of America isn’t what bothers us, it’s the dumbing down of America that has us concerned.

Bernie

September 14th, 2012
11:48 am

Why is it, I am not surprised by the comments from Sen.Chambliss. After ALL he and Mitt share a common thread in America. When it came a time for them to put on the military uniform and defend America. They both declined…Saying…No Thanks America! You will have to pass me by. I have other much more important things to do than to waste my time trying to defend you.

Just move alone, until you find another American who is willing to sacrifice his life and DIE for you. I have no interest in such plans. For Saxby it was ” I HURT MY LEG”. For Mitt it was ” I must go to Paris France to perform missionary work for the Mormon church to all of the POOR HEATHENS that are running all around Paris.”

Neither at any time afterwards did either one, volunteer for America’s military after their Leg was Healed or a return from that all important missionary work in the very fine and lovely Paris France. The both of them were just TOO busy with their own lives and besides the WAR was over!

We Now, have Saxby who savagely in his political campaign, successfully unseated a PURPLE HEART double AMPUTEE Veteran “WAR HERO” Sen. Max Cleland of that same Vietnam war he himself passed on by claiming the Veteran HERO supported the likes of USAMA BIN LADEN. A MUDERER of 3,000 Americans!

We now have MITT who used a NAVY warship in Norfolk,VA as a prop to introduce his Vice President while constantly screaming and shouting that he “MITT” will be a far better defender of AMERICA than the very President that executed the ORDER to seek and destroy one Bin Laden and which he successfully accomplished along with the destruction of untold number of his associates in the past 3 years alone.

Then just two weeks ago during his acceptance speech for President of The Republican Party, Mitt purposely and with great intent, refused to even mention nor thank the many sacrifices of our military men and their families ,who have fought and died continuously over the past 11 years.

Mitt then makes and continues to make loud BELLICOSE statements and CLAIMS of how he intends as President to send America’s Men & WOMEN to WAR. Send them to WAR in IRAN,SYRIA, resend them to IRAQ,and keep them in AFGHANISTAN.

Now Mitt has (5) FIVE military aged Healthy sons. do any of you think that any of those five would fight and defend America on foreign soil?

I Think NOT………..!

Retired Soldier

September 14th, 2012
11:52 am

Rockerbabe-

Is Bernie’s 10:45 post disrespectful to Romney? Is catlady’s 10:55 post disrepectful to Saxby? Call it both ways if you are going to call it at all.

Simple Logic

September 14th, 2012
11:52 am

Core conservative ideologies are religion, individual merit and markets.

Markets depend on enlightened competitive decisions. You cannot make decisions in a market when everyone is lying.
You cannot have a meritocracy when all the tests are rigged.
You cannot tell the difference between the still small voice and your own thoughts if you cannot be honest with yourself.

If you must split hairs on what racism means to avoid being a racist, you are a liar
If you say you care about fraud, but refuse to fund the courts or the agencies that enforce conquences you are a liar.
If you say you care about vote fraud but won’t pay for ids for the poor to be able to vote, then you are a liar.
If you attack all fact checkers that are not paid for by your allies, you are a liar.
If you must attack science because it is making your business earn slightly less profit, you are a liar.

Both sides lie.
Conservatism cannot exist or throve without lies.

If you are a conservative you are a liar.

Kris

September 14th, 2012
11:58 am

I take it that ole boy sax was there when smitty shot his stupid mouth off before all the facts were presented …Where as a true Leader President OBAMA had all the Facts before he spoke..

I see that the smittyy has had nothibg to say about the fed spending 40 billion a month, I guess its ok since 99% will go to the rich…Looks like its true Money talks BS shoots their mouth off….Just saying

Retired Soldier

September 14th, 2012
12:00 pm

Bernie-

Critical of Romney and Saxby’s lack of service? Ok, but what about Obama and Clinton. Are they not as guilty as Romney and Saxby? Or is fairness not part of your posts?

Simple Logic

September 14th, 2012
12:05 pm

Mitt Romney will say anything to win.
Conservative commentators here repeat his comments and accuse Obama of lying.
Which candidate do you honestly believe lies more?

Both sides lie. Romney has changed every. Single. Value.
Conservatives on here are repeating his talking points.
Conservatce evidence for obam’s lies tends to focus on campaign promises rather than things he believed.
Here is a very very simple test.

Find an Obama “etch a sketch” comment.

Logic dictates that if one existed, you would be hearing it…why? Because you hear about the 57 states. You hear about never letting a crisis go to waste.

Where is the Obama etch a sketch meme?

think on it.

Retired Soldier

September 14th, 2012
12:09 pm

Logic-

Looking for the logic in your posts, wow.

Simple Logic

September 14th, 2012
12:10 pm

If your ideology requires lies to function, you are a liar.

abc123

resno2

September 14th, 2012
12:13 pm

Kris: is that the same true money that got obama elected in 2008?

resno2

September 14th, 2012
12:16 pm

Simple Logic: just look at it the same way the obamaites did in 2008 when it was anyone but Bush. This time it’s anyone but obama.

melshop

September 14th, 2012
12:16 pm

Ok, all of you liberals don’t speak for me. I am a woman, have always had a career, didn’t marry until I was 36, and unfortunately, not by my or my husband’s choice, don’t have any children. I have my own mind. I am college-educated, attractive, and poised. Yes, I support the Romney-Ryan ticket. I don’t understand why the first line of attack from Democrats and/or liberals on conservative Republican women is always regarding to their good looks. Are you jealous that those in the DNC tend to not bath or shave their legs? Also, if you check on the economy, states with Republican governors are doing better right now that those under Democratic leadership. Also, regarding Romney’s statement on Libya, his first statement (which caused the initial liberal media uproar) was only regarding the embassy’s first statement (which seemed apologetic to those assaulting them and was thought to be coming straight from the administration). That was appropriate. Now that it is a campaign issue, Romney has every right, duty even, to address it and tell how he would handle it. That being said, I am glad that the POTUS is sending warships and military to Libya to secure the area. I am glad that apparently communications with the Libyan government appear to be fruitful where they are addressing security issues and have arrested at least some of those thought to be responsible. I will give Pres. Obama (ultimately though Hillary Clinton is probably more responsible) credit where credit is due. The debate question will revolve around what to do for the long-term future of the area and dealing with terrorism as groups upstart and restart. I will look forward to hearing those answers.

Simple Logic

September 14th, 2012
12:18 pm

“Wo unto the liar, for he shall be thrust down to hell.”. 2nd Nephi 9:28-29

http://wwe.mormonwiki.org/Lying_for_the_Lord
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unrtz3Fjlzw

Retired Soldier

September 14th, 2012
12:20 pm

melshop-

Well said.

cc

September 14th, 2012
12:21 pm

Rockerbabe @ 10:47 am:
“your comments are disrespectful and have a racist overturn.”
I should ad that I am “disrespectful”. Respect is something that is earned, and he certainly has not earned my respect. You could say that I respect him as much as the dims respected President Bush. That’s “fair”, isn’t it?

Bernie

September 14th, 2012
12:23 pm

America is aware of the Republican Parties New CHICKEN HAWK PRESIDENT. They are always so tough and standing proud.

Their loud Shouts of anger and outrage, their intent to fight and defend America at all costs. They are like the little bullies from school, always threatening others, saying just how they would take them on,beat them up, teach someone a lesson they will not soon forget, kick some butt, take them out, hunt them down, make an example of, show them a thing or two, Nuke’em, call out the Calvary, call the boys in green or the boys in blue, send a message, remind them who is boss, kick some tail, Make a fuss, make a new parking lot and may other bold and threatening action with America’s Military might.

Yet in every case. In every case when one looks under the thin layer of all that BRAVADO. We always find a tiny,little,scared chicken of a Man, who when it was his turn gave every excuse imaginable, as to why they can’t or should not GO to fight and defend America.

They are Never the Brave and honorable Men that have served and defended America. For those MEN do not take such claims lightly. When they use those words, that action is soon followed for all to see.

Not like these CHICKENHAWKS. when afterwards all you hear is throngs of cheers and applause. The cheers and applause turn into cries and moans when truly put to the test.

Simple Logic

September 14th, 2012
12:24 pm

Anyone but Obama philosophy does not require lying.

excusing suppression the vote in the name of vote security is lying.
Gutting federal agencies to make enforcement of the law and saying the market will correct it because the government will go after fraud is lying.
Interpreting the constitution to allow unlimited funds as speech, saying unions are the same as the rich and corporations when the rich and corporations outspend unions vastly is lying.
Saying corporations are beholden to their shareholders and then making shareholder lawsuits, class action lawsuits and avoidance of binding arbitration impossible is lying.

Anyone but Obama is fine.
Lying is not.

If the only way conservatism can thrive is lying then all conservatives are liars.

resno2

September 14th, 2012
12:27 pm

Bernie, you just described obama. Thanks for the input.

cc

September 14th, 2012
12:28 pm

melshop @ 12:16 pm:
I certainly can’t disagree with anything you said! Keep posting; we conservatives are outnumbered here and the libs need all the enlightened comments they get from conservatives. Unfortunately, most of them pay little attention since they are programmed with the dims rhetoric!

honested

September 14th, 2012
12:29 pm

melshop,

Did you have something resembling a point?

liberalefty

September 14th, 2012
12:31 pm

ROMNEY is weak on foreign policy…after all he wants to attack RUSSIA…LOL

Carol

September 14th, 2012
12:33 pm

Look for that to be the next big push along with voter ID, a marriage license. Wonder if that will make Repubs re-think civil unions?

liberalefty

September 14th, 2012
12:33 pm

repubs are having an orgasm over these attacks in their silly attempt to make OBAMA look weak like BUSH and REAGAN{241 marines killed}

Retired Soldier

September 14th, 2012
12:33 pm

Bernie-

You are off the wall. There is no sense attepting to have a civil conversation with someone like you. Ask a simple question and get your silly comments. Amazing.

Simple Logic

September 14th, 2012
12:36 pm

If your ideoolgy requires to function it is a flawed ideology.