"President Obama addresses the House Democratic Caucus and says that the time is now to vote for health care reform for America." Tomorrow is the day, let's do it!
UPDATE: Crew of 42 reports, "Rep Glenn Nye's office puts out statement he will vote NO on health care bill." Not surprising, but what a @#$@#$@!.
I didn't go to the JJ Dinner this year (I went in 2005-2008, attempted to go in 2009 but had major transportation problems) but here are some tweets by people who were there.
*"Sen. Amy Klobuchar rocks. The people of MN should be very proud."
*"Sen Amy Klobuchar has taken the stage. V. Funny, humble, cracking Palin jokes."
*"Grabbed @GlennNye & asked about the AP story. He shook his head &wouldn't confirm. Others say he told them he's still undecided."
"@tomperriello is a rock star!"
"Had a great conversation with @tomperriello just before he went on stage to speak. Awesome, just awesome. I'm writing a check tonight."
*"Who said Democrats are having a down year ... over 1,300 folks are filing into dinner in the Richmond Convention Center"
*"DPVA Chairman Cranwell does a quick intro ... Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones says hello and speaks about core values"
*"Gerry Connolly from the 11th District gets a standing ovation for passing health care remark..."
*"Tom [P]erriello from the 5th District is getting a standing O ... tomorrow I'll be casting my vote for reforming health care"
*"Webb speaking now about economic fairness and social justice ... now changes in the criminal justice system reform"
*"Warner ... financial reform will happen this year .... two quick bills ... energy sector "home star" ... 500k jobs over a 2 month period"
*"Warner ... w/o those stimulus check VA would look like CA"
*"Sen mark warner tells #dpva that sen. republicans are abusing fillibuster and holding up 64 appointees. Time for up or down vote 14 mos in"
*"Warner: Responsible Republicans 'a lot harder to find in Washington.'"
*"Klobuchar ... when the GOP leaders are wrong we must "call them out"..."
*"thinks America needs more Tom Perriellos - leaders with spine."
*"1300+ here at JJ enjoying speeches from our Congressional delegation and they're excited about tomorrow's health care vote. Thx BS; TP; GC!"
*" Sens Webb and Warner did their usual superb job (thx for recognition MW) and keynote speaker Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn) is doing good work!"
*"The energy in the room for Periello was nothing short of amazing. A video of the crowd at the end of his speech" http://tiny12.tv/CVXM0
*"Sen. Warner says tomorrow we pass the health bill in the House and later in the week in the Senate."
*"Lots of talk tonight from Virginia's federal delegation on the podium tonight about making history passing healthcare tomorrow."
"Jim Moran & Rick Boucher not at JJ tonight. Many General Assembly members here, as well as most '09 statewide candidates. All good folks"
*"Webb reminds me again why I love this guy. Warner and Perriello close seconds. Connolly, Scott, Nye... We have good public servants in VA."
*"Why is glenn nye here??"
*"I just gave gerry connolly a standing ovation. There's a first time for everything."
*"Tom Perriello just gave the keynote. Can't beat that. He owns this party."
*"Wow - bit of a difference between Connolly and Nye here. Connolly voting for health care."
*"Connolly steps all over Nye at JJ. Conolly's first line 'tomorrow I'm going to join Obama and pass health care'"
WASHINGTON - Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA-11) said today he will vote for the historic health insurance reform legislation scheduled for a vote Sunday in the U.S. House of Representatives.
"For the past year, my constituents have told me they want health insurance reform, but only if it meets certain tests," Connolly said. "Will it bring down premiums for families and small businesses? Will it reduce the deficit? Will it protect their choice of plan and doctor? Will it improve access to care?"
"The answer to each of these questions is 'Yes, it will'," Connolly said in a statement to be delivered on the House floor.
More after the "flip"
Ken Cuccinelli proves that he's back in the Stone Age, or maybe the "Father Knows Best" 1950s, when homosexuality actually was considered a "a detriment to our culture." Of course, Cuccinelli has no evidence to back this up. It's also ironic that he makes this claim, as his pal "Sideshow" Bob Marshall argues the opposite, that "gay individuals seem to have more income, to attend more cultural events, to take more vacations than the rest of us." Last I checked, having more income and attending more cultural events didn't make someone a "detriment to our culture," but since when did these haters care about facts or logic? Take the "debate" on health care reform, for instance, where people on Cooch's team have been screaming about phony "death panels" and "government takeovers of health care" and other falsehoods. The only questions are, why does anyone listen to these people, and of course why does anyone in their right mind vote for them?
h/t Not Larry Sabato
The right-wing noise machine is in high gear, spewing out "hyperbolic rhetoric" and "outright falsehoods." In other words, just another day at the office for Glenn, Sean, etc.
1. MCDONNELL SEEKS REDRAWN MAP FOR OFFSHORE DRILLING
2. MCDONNELL HAILS HAMPTON ROADS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCEMENT...
3. MCDONNELL REAPPOINTS GOP FUNDRAISER TO LIQUOR BOARD
5. ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS TAKE STEPS TO LEGALLY OPPOSE CUCCINELLI EPA SUIT
9. AG REACHES SETTLEMENT WITH BEACH LENDER
10. STATE CUTS MAY CRIPPLE MANDATED REFORMS
13. VA.'S CONNOLLY A KEY VOTE ON HEALTH CARE'S FATE
14. VIRGINIA REPUBLICANS READING HEALTH CARE BILL "A DEMOCRATIC CHRISTMAS TREE OF GOVERNMENT EXPANSION"
15. AS HEALTH CARE VOTE APPROACHES, NYE REMAINS UNDECIDED
17. PERRIELLO SAYS HE SUPPORTS HEALTH-CARE REFORM PACKAGE
22. GERMANY PETITIONS TO MOVE SOERING
24. DEMOCRATS TO GATHER IN RICHMOND FOR LOW-KEY JEFFERSON-JACKSON DINNER
The full transcript is here. Here's an excerpt:
...these reforms include a new Consumer Financial Protection Agency to prevent predatory loan practices and other abuses to ensure that consumers get clear information about loans and other financial products before they sign on the dotted line. Because this financial crisis wasn't just the result of decisions made by large financial firms; it was also the result of decisions made by ordinary Americans to open credit cards and take on mortgages. And while there were many who took out loans they knew they couldn't afford, there were also millions of people who signed contracts they didn't fully understand offered by lenders who didn't always tell the truth.
This is in part because the job of protecting consumers is spread across seven different federal agencies, none of which has the interests of ordinary Americans as its principal concern. This diffusion of responsibility has made it easier for credit card companies to lure customers with attractive offers then punish them in the fine print; for payday lenders and others who charge outrageous interest to operate without much oversight; and for mortgage brokers to entice homebuyers with low initial rates only to trap them with ballooning payments down the line.
This is the last 9:52 of President Obama's speech earlier today; I'll post the rest of the video when it finishes uploading to YouTube. The video isn't the greatest quality, but I think you can feel the crowd's energy. Also, it was great being just 15-20 feet away from Obama as he gave his speech. Hopefully, Obama's GMU speech will kick off a weekend in which Congress finally - after decades of trying - passes comprehensive health care reform and it is signed into law. At least, that's the plan!
UPDATE: The rest of the video is now available, after the "flip."