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VIDEO- David Axelrod: Why won't Romney be straight with the American people?


David Axelrod was on “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, just as RNC Chair Reince Priebus was, along with his imaginary Team Romney policy "specifics."

"I guess he's not qualified..."

"He still hasn't disclosed any years before 2010. His father was the one who set the standard."

"The bigger issue is... he isn't being straight about what he's going to do about everyone else's taxes.... I don't think anybody has seen those specifics."

And it's doubtful anybody will, unless somehow, some way, a very persistent debate moderator draws those specifics out (if indeed, one exists).


VIDEO: Reince Priebus falsely claims Romney has provided policy specifics


As I watched "This Week's" George Stephanopoulos interview Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus, my jaw dropped. Not only did Priebus sound like he was hung over from a bad night on Ambien, but he also carried on Team Romney's tradition of spouting blatant hypocrisy and provable lies.

That was after he had to make excuses for his own candidate's demeaning remarks about 47% of Americans.

He was right about one thing:

"This was the defining week in both campaigns."

It certainly was, and the polls tipping President Obama's way prove it. He went on to say:

"What type of America do we want? Do we want the cradle-to-grave, life-of-Julia, Obamacare-will-take-care-of-you-from-pre-school-to-death America...?"

In other words, do we want the tried and true programs like Medicare keeping us alive, do we want our kids to be covered under their parents' health care plans until they are 26, do we want to be cared for even if we have pre-existing conditions, do we want support from a leader who will help "take care of" us from birth through end-of-life? Or do we want privatized, for-profit vouchercare, we're-on-our-own schemes under a Romney/Ryan administration?

And this gem:

"Barack Obama's made everything worse, George!"


The fun didn't end there:

"I think that this is a different kind of campaign, George."

And by "different" he meant abysmal.

"I think that we had a good week last week."

And by "good" he meant abysmal.

He went on to lie about that pesky $700 billion and how the GOP will "save" Medicare. And by "save" he meant kill.

"As far as specifics go, we're the only ones talking about how to save Medicare. The president's the one that raided Medicare by $700 billion. I mean, we've got specifics coming out of our eyeballs."

And by "specifics" he meant evasion.

"These are kind, compassionate, extraordinarily generous people."

And by "kind, compassionate" he means entitled, insulting. And by "generous" he means Romney "did not declare all his charitable deductions — effectively paying more in taxes than required, and effectively disqualifying him from holding the office of president, per his own words."

And then Priebus actually had the nerve to call out Obama for taking time for "debate prep"? Ahem:

As Democrats wind down their national convention, Mitt Romney is wrapping up several days of intense debate prep at a home in the rural woods of Vermont.

Since Tuesday, Romney and several of his senior aides have been holed up at a vacation home owned by Kerry Healey, who was Romney's lieutenant governor in Massachusetts. All week, Romney has been doing mock debates with Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, who played Barack Obama for John McCain's debate prep in 2008 and is doing the same for Romney this time around.

It's a change of pace for the Republican presidential candidate who has made no secret of his distaste for debate preparations.

Great interview, Reince! And by "great" I mean epic fail.


Budget schmudget. Abortion is back as central issue for GOP-controlled House


UPDATE: It passed the House, but chances are it won't pass the Senate, plus President Obama would veto it. Think Progress has the ugly details.

Did you know that President Obama is "the abortion president"? That's what Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) said during a House debate. Gosharootie, I wonder how many abortions Prez O has had!

Via First Read:

The House is considering H.R. 3, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” NBC’s Luke Russert reports. The bill would do the following:

"No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act -- which expands the ban on federal subsidies for abortion to prohibit government subsidization of health plans that cover abortion services and prevent the use of tax breaks to help underwrite abortion costs. It would also prohibit any federal health care facility -- including those in the District of Columbia -- and any doctor paid by the federal government from providing abortion services."

I guess they forgot that abortions are legal.  And that it's a woman's right to choose. And that this is a privacy issue and none of their damn business. And that they're hypocritically assuming the very role of Big Intrusive Government for which they condemn the Democrats on a daily basis.

And I guess they also forgot that Americans are out of work and that jobs are a priority. And that they themselves demanded that jobs take center stage... until they won a few elections back in 2010, and then all that went out the window.

So here we are, allowing 99ers to struggle, ignoring the millions of unemployed, because hey, it's more important to push a bill that has nothing to do with jobs.

More here.