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The empty suit that is Mitt Romney is now relegated to our bad-memory banks. He lost. Thank goodness he lost.

And Mrs. "This is Hard" Romney was right, because this turned out to be even harder for Republicans than they thought. Team Romney did everything they could to lie, cheat, and steal their way into the White House, giddy over the opportunity to take on a president who was trying to dig us out of the disastrous Bush economy with no help at all from the opposing party. Just the opposite in fact. But Republicans obstructed and smeared their way right out of a victory.

Who's giddy now?

What a relief that President Obama is still in the White House.

What a relief that he will be the one who will replace any Supreme Court justices who retire.

What a relief that he will continue to protect women's reproductive rights.

What a relief that he will continue to push for equal pay for women.

What a relief that he will make every effort to eliminate those insanely unfair Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

What a relief that he can continue to reduce the unemployment rate after having added millions and millions of private sector jobs.

What a relief that his Affordable Care Act will continue to benefit those with pre-existing conditions, women, children under twenty-six on their parent's health plans, and so many more.

What a relief that he isn't afraid of the word "regulation."

What a relief that he isn't afraid of the words "climate change."

What a relief that he isn't afraid of the word "inclusive."

What a relief for DREAMers.

What a relief that he embraces gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders.

What a relief that he's getting us out of Afghanistan.

What a relief that veterans will continue to have someone in the White House who cares about them.

And so, so much more.

But most of all, what a relief that Willard M. Romney is out of the picture.

We still have a ton of work to do. I have been critical of the president in the past, and will continue to be when I disagree with him. President Obama literally asked us to “hold him accountable," so we will.

I will keep fighting hard with other progressives for programs we still need, for civil rights issues that have yet to be addressed, and for improvements where I feel the president has disappointed. But nobody's perfect-- nobody-- so, that in no way discounts the enormous number of accomplishments and successes that President Obama has managed to pull off despite the onslaught of Republican money, voter suppression, and the nasty, vicious assaults on his agenda, his character... and his lineage.

So while there are major challenges ahead, the outcome of this election was a huge relief...

...A huge, major, gigantic, enormous relief that the empty chair in the image above belongs to Romney and not our re-elected president, Barack Obama.

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Video Mid Day Distraction- Michael Phelps Diet Challenge (12,000+ Calories)

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Slightly NSFW, mostly because of goofy man/boy stuff. Via.

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"The Republicans are about to find out that their midterm election wins have made their lives a whole lot more difficult."

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(© Ed Stein, via)

Earlier today, Paddy posted President Obama's weekly address. Politicususa has a thing or two to say about a thing or two that the president said, and what a thing or two it is:

The Republicans are about to find out that their midterm election wins have made their lives a whole lot more difficult. When it comes to dealing with the GOP Obama now has something that he didn’t have over the last two years. The President now has leverage. Now that Republicans have some power in the legislative process, they are going to want more than to just block Obama’s agenda. They see the polls. They know that they are already seen as the obstructionist party, and that the American people want things to get done.

By framing himself as the defender of the middle class, President Obama has claimed his turf. By default if he is the defender of the middle class, then Republicans represent the wealthy. Since most Americans, no matter what their financial situation may be, view themselves as middle class, Obama’s message resonates with a wide audience. In his radio address, the President laid out the battle lines for 2011, and he placed himself on the popular side of strengthening the economy, job creation, and fighting for the middle class.

This New Year’s message provided the first concrete hint about President Obama’s 2012 reelection strategy.

Let's hope the voters get it this time. They've voted against their own self interests repeatedly, as recently as November 2010.  This country has been severely damaged in all too many ways in the past decade or so, starting with BushCo's shredding of the U.S. Constitution. That would be the very same U.S. Constitution that the House Republicans-slash-tea-party want to read, in its entirety, aloud (probably the first time a few of them will have ever been exposed to the entire document); the very same U.S. Constitution that Michele Bachmann feels would be explained best, and taught to others by, the likes of Justice Scalia and Sean Hannity.

After that little display, the Party of No is taking their cherished obstruction tactics to the next level by threatening to repeal health care reform and net neutrality, among other things.

If President Obama can successfully turn the tables on the GOP and finally get voters to recognize them for the anachronistic, self-serving, money-grubbing power mongers that they are, then he'll do just fine next year. Yes, 2012 is now "next year." Hang on to your hats.

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Quickie- Dems to Republican: Tax cuts? Show us the money.

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Today's Quickie:

If Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) thinks he can identify $700 billion in cuts to offset the costs of extending Bush tax cuts, Democrats said, he should specify where.

If veterans are going to have to give up their benefits to pay for the Republican leadership’s tax breaks for the richest 2 percent of Americans, then they deserve to know that immediately," Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) spokesman Ryan Rudominer said.

Now if only the Dems would present the same kind of in-your-face challenge when it came to the Party of No's filibustering. Make the Rushpublics get up there and yackety yack until they're hoarse, show their yellow (and orange) streaks to the voters, and reveal their ineptitude for hours on end.

That was today's Quickie. Will you still respect me in the morning?

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Connie Saltonstall Challenges Bart Stupak In Michigan House Primary

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By GottaLaff

Paddy referenced this in her daily links post. It's time to give Charlevoix County Commissioner Connie Saltonstall a lot more attention. Stupak needs to be replaced by, you know, an actual Democrat:

On Monday, Saltonstall, a former teacher who lost a state representative race in 2008, announced her intentions to challenge Stupak, who has represented Michigan's First Congressional District since 1993.

Saltonstall on Stupak's anti-abortion views:

He "has a right to his personal, religious views, but to deprive his constituents of needed health care reform because of those views is reprehensible"

We need C Street Stupak out. His insistence on anti-choice language in the bill has blocked health care reform. Let's do everything we can to support his opponent.

Connie Saltonstall:

Campaign Office
11362 Boyne City Rd

Charlevoix MI, 49720

Phone: (231) 547-2138

H/t: Ellen

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