Solyndra is to Obama as Bain Capital is to Mitt Romney. Neither political weakness is really sticking with the American public, but both campaigns feel the need to dredge it up repeatedly. It beats having a frank and healthy debate about the economy.
Earlier today, Mitt conducted a secret press conference at Solyndra headquarters. Why was it secret? Because Obama!
“The reason for keeping it quiet is because we knew if word got out that Solyndra would do everything in their power and the Obama administration would do everything in their power to stop us from having this news conference,” an aide said in a briefing en route.
What would Obama do? Place the Mitt Romney campaign on his kill list?
The press conference may be seen as tit-for-tat (tits and tats, both things that can disqualify a president) for David Axelrod's speech in Boston about Mitt's term as governor.
Axelrod called the press conference to hammer home the Obama campaign's critique of Romney's time as governor…
…Romney supporters who showed up for the event. Holding "Obama Isn’t Working" and other pro-Romney signs, they blew bubbles at the stage and loudly chanted, "Where are the jobs?" and "broken record."Blowing bubbles at the stage is the most adorable heckle. Obama supporters should retaliate by showing up to Romney events and throwing Corgis.
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Tags: Barack Obama, David Axelrod, Mitt Romney, Solyndra
Some cultural figures have the ability to speak truth to power… And then there's Rush Limbaugh. During his radio show yesterday, Limbaugh managed to set rich, white folk back about 97 years, to the release of D. W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation.
Like Griffith, Limbaugh uses his soapbox to perpetuate some sadly familiar stereotypes…
"Look at the way the Obamas live, with Michelle with her separate vacations and not being concerned about how much it costs to take separate airplanes, there's no question in my mind that they view this as, whatever else they view it as — as an opportunity to live high on the hog without having it cost them a dime," he continued.
"They justify it by thinking we deserve this, or we're owed this because of what has been done to us or our ancestors — who knows."
So, just to recap, according to Rush Limbaugh the Obamas live like royalty, and they do so because they want money without working for it and their motivation is reparations for slavery.
Never mind that the Obamas had to take separate planes to Hawaii because of Congressional stonewalling. Never mind that Rush Limbaugh's outrage against greed is the dictionary definition of hypocritical.
I could spend paragraphs/pages/volumes/tomes breaking down the logic of this opinion, but why bother? All we can do is laugh.
You remember how to do that, right? It's like what you're doing now, but the exact opposite.
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Tags: Barack Obama, Marion Barry, Michelle Obama, Racism, Rush Limbaugh, Solyndra
People who know anything about the federal budget tend to look askance at suggestions that America's fiscal imbalances can be rectified by cutting the foreign aid budget, which accounts for about 1% of federal expenditures.
But this was before Rick Perry, while campaigning in Iowa, revealed what must have been highly classified information about the existence of heretofore unknown country, which has been suckling at the U.S. taxpayers' teat for too long…
While criticizing President Barack Obama for picking winners and losers in the energy industry, he bungled the name of the most famous energy company to go under despite government assistance.
"No greater example of it than this administration sending millions of dollars into the solar industry, and we lost that money," Perry began. "I want to say it was over $500 million that went to the country Solynda."
Solyndra, a company which manufactured high-tech solar energy panels, went bankrupt this year after receiving $535 million in federal loan guarantees.
It's possible that this is just another "oops" moment from a candidate who can't remember the voting age, the name of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, or which cabinet-level departments he wants to eliminate.
Or maybe, Perry's position as Chancellor of the Secessionist Republic of Texas grants him access to intelligence unavailable to the rest of us. In which case, eliminating subsidies to Solyndra doesn't go nearly far enough. I mean, a secretive country that can be found on no map, has no formal affiliation with the international diplomatic community, and is engaged in harnessing the power of the sun? Where are the aircraft carriers and when does the bombing begin?
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Tags: Energy & Oil, Environment, Iowa, Money, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Perry, Solyndra
Hey, look! It turns out that corporate CEOs are held accountable for doing damage to the country after all. Well, when they're buddies with the Obama administration at any rate…
Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison, who refused to answer questions from Congress about his solar startup's high-profile bankruptcy, has left the company, according to a new court filing.
Oh, good. This will give Solyndra a chance to bring in some fresh blood and hopefully improve its standing with the conservative-controlled Congress…
To replace Harrison, Solyndra wants to hire R. Todd Neilson, who served as bankruptcy trustee for boxer Mike Tyson and rap impresario Marion "Suge" Knight. Neilson has a background in forensic accounting, including a stint with the FBI as a special agent on white-collar crime cases.
A guy who hangs out with black muslims and gangster rap impresarios when he's not prosecuting businessmen.
Well, that problem's solved.
Tags: Corporations, Environment, Scandalgate, Solyndra
* Obama could improve his ratings with a little elbow… to the face! From the Onion.
* Comedians James Adomian and Trey Galyon live from Occupy Wall Street on the "Fawkes News" podcast.
* "SolyndraGatePocalypse" from animator Mark Fiore.
* Rick Perry knows the word "onerous" but not when the American Revolution happened, from HuffPoComedy and Twitter.
* Pros and Cons of watching the GOP debate, from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
* Woody Guthrie, Lee Greenwood, and now, Eli Braden.
Tags: American Revolution, Banks, Barack Obama, Daily Links, Debates, Education, Guy Fawkes, Jimmy Fallon, Occupy Wall Street, Republicans, Rick Perry, Solyndra, Texas, Twitter