Get the Details

Sometimes campaigns do generally amusing and humorous things. This is one of those times. In one simple page of html, the DNC has done what the entire press has failed to do this entire election.

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    taylormattd says:

    hahahaha, that’s awesome.

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    MoeLarryAndJesus says:

    That’s perfect.

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    debit says:

    That was quite funny.

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    Edmund dantes says:

    Well done. It’s a shame reporters aren’t doing a better job.

    Let’s hope Obama does well enough tonight to keep people away from high bridges and sharp objects.

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    comrade scott's agenda of rage says:

    A friend just forwarded it to me. Hysterical.

    The key now is to make it go viral. We can probably guess that no Villager will ever comment or remark on this.

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    General Stuck says:

    LOL. Not to worry, we have that paragon of equivalence on the beat for tonight’s debate. Candy will make sure everyone gets an equal slice of bullshit to take home. She don’t need no stinkin’ rules.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    They should do a site for Willard’s jobs plan, which is also bullshit.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    Didn’t you get the memo, we are all supposed to panic and hide under our beds because the polls, Romney is ahead and is closing the gender gap + UNLIMITED CORPORATE CASH, we cannot deny reality because we has a serious and hear NPR.

    {This is my attempt at Grand Unified Comment of Trolling, FireBagging + Teabagging +
    Totebagging in one comment}

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    Surreal American says:

    Sometimes campaigns do generally intentionally amusing and humorous things.

    FTFY

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    J. Michael Neal says:

    Jesus. I’m wasting time trying to see if I can figure out how to push that thing into one of the corners of the screen.

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    Schlemizel says:

    @Surreal American: Sadly true!

    Yes, we need to work hard to get this up on FB and sent to the thousands of dipstick friends and relatives that forward BS to us. The best abuse of the Rmoney is to subject it to ridicule.

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    AkaDad says:

    As a Conservative, I didn’t find this amusing at all. I wasted a half hour before I figured it out.

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    TooManyJens says:

    @J. Michael Neal: If you can accomplish that, your next task is to see if you can pin down what Romney/Ryan would do in Iran and Syria.

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    Scuffletuffle says:

    Totally OT, but what happened to the Navy Gangnam style video thread. I saw it at work and couldn’t watch. Now I’m home and no thread.

    I haz a sad.

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    Kristin says:

    Genius.

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    Schlemizel says:

    @Scuffletuffle:

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2.....y-to-date/

    but you really are not missing that much

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    burnspbesq says:

    Saw that earlier today. Awesome.

    This is also pretty good.

    http://www.businessinsider.com.....2012-10#-1

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Maybe. They coulda done a little better with the wording:

    For a detailed explanation of how the Romney-Ryan tax plan is able to cut taxes by $5 trillion without raising taxes on the middle class or exploding the deficit, simply click the button below.

    Well, a lot better.

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    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    There’s an easter egg in there as well, from what I’ve read.

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    BGinCHI says:

    I think I dated that button in the 90s.

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    Platonicspoof says:

    Could have been inspired by the fur balls that can’t stop chasing flashlight spots on the ground.

    If only MSM reporters had such irresistable instincts.

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    Jeff Spender says:

    100% likelihood that Wolf Blitzer is in his office, cursing like a sailor, screaming, “TELL ME YOU FUCKING ASSHOLE!” as he continually hits the button.

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    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    @burnspbesq: Yes, but no amount of charts will cover up the D in his name or his skin condition.

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    Ash Can says:

    @AkaDad: LOL!

    ETA @ Jeff Spender #22: LOL @ that too!

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    jeffreyw says:

    test

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    PreservedKillick says:

    @Jeff Spender:

    Not just Wolf. It’ll be a miracle if we get any debate coverage. Most of the MSM will still be trying to catch that button, well after the debate ends.

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    Scuffletuffle says:

    @Schlemizel: THANK YOU…I loved it!

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    Libby says:

    Brilliant. Thanks JC. Great find.

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    jeffreyw says:

    new samsung tv has a browser built in but nav is funky even with bluetooth keyboard and mouse

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    dr. bloor says:

    Fucking genius. The first time Rmoney tells some hapless dumbass undecided to “go to his website” for the details that are never, ever there, I hope Obama chimes in by giving them the address.

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    AkaDad says:

    CNN is reporting that Romney won the 2nd debate.

    Too soon?

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    hedgehog the occasional commenter says:

    Nice.

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    arguingwithsignposts says:

    In one simple page of html

    Okay, that’s not a “simple” page of HTML, and it requires some javascript and css to work.

    Sparse, maybe, but not simple.

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    dr. bloor says:

    @Howard Beale IV: Right-wing, Do-As-I-Say-Not-As-I-Do hypocrisy isn’t ever “breaking,” it’s a continuous news feed.

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    dr. bloor says:

    @Jeff Spender: As if Wolfie actually gave two shits about it.

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    Ash Can says:

    @Howard Beale IV:
    @dr. bloor:

    It’s great that the fiancee is a sanctity-of-marriage scold on top of it, but my favorite part has to be the fact that they shared a hotel room and D’Souza insists that “nothing happened.”

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    J. says:

    I am so sharing this. Thanks John.

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    PreservedKillick says:

    Oho. That’s already the first non-news google hit for “Romney Tax Plan”.

    The other ones are bad for Romney too.

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    Brachiator says:

    Sometimes campaigns do generally amusing and humorous things. This is one of those times. In one simple page of html, the DNC has done what the entire press has failed to do this entire election

    it’s OK. But it is too cute, too snarky, and too wonky.

    It overdoses on big numbers, which pushes people away instead of drawing them in. And people don’t care that much about the deficit. They DO care about their own lives, their jobs, their own taxes.

    And it’s a legitimate deduction if it helps me; it’s a tax loophole if it only helps you. So, people don’t necessarily want to close loopholes.

    The gap between Romney’s projections and reality leaves room for the Trickle Down and Supply Side Fairies, for the true believers.

    And they conclude the thing with “Here’s the denominator…” WTF does that mean? Voters want answers, not math lessons.

    Clinton’s speech at the DNC remains the model for this. You have to make people see and feel how the GOP’s plans will hurt them, and you have to do it in simple, concrete and personal terms.

    Also, too, the way the initial page is set up, someone might think that they have wandered onto a GOP page. They may just shut it down instead of clicking on the link to get details. And then it is too much shit to read.

    And again, as I have long noted, these people use too much fucking text instead of simple charts and graphics.

    Better than nothing, I guess.

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    geg6 says:

    @Schlemizel:

    It is now on my FB page. That was my first thought.

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    Trinity says:

    LOVE this. Brilliant.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Brachiator: Um, you’re not supposed to click on a link to get details, you’re supposed to notice that the button keeps running away.

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    @Howard Beale IV:

    HAR HAR!

    And ‘har har’ to the dancing button too.

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    catclub says:

    @dr. bloor: Will be interesting to compare to the “Norquist is married to a Muslim Al Qaeda member,” foofaraw. My guess is that the whiteness of Norquist will soften his treatment at the hands of the RW.

    So, good luck Dinesh!

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    J. Michael Neal says:

    @Brachiator: This is either brilliant snark or an epic fail. I’m not sure which.

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    catclub says:

    @FlipYrWhig: I wonder what Brachiator is talking about. Does not sound like what everyone else here is talking about.

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    PreservedKillick says:

    @catclub:

    I wonder what Brachiator is talking about. Does not sound like what everyone else here is talking about.

    Maybe he managed to click the button?

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    @catclub: Not snark, I think he is serious, he is Balloon Juice’s resident contrarian. A one person Slate, if you will.

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    Alison says:

    @Ash Can: To be fair, it’s certainly possible. I know if *I* were in a hotel room with D’Souza, my vag would dry up like the Sahara and seal itself up like it was the entrance to Fort Knox. The female body has ways of shutting that down, after all…

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    arguingwithsignposts says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: I thought I was the only person who noticed that.

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    catclub says:

    @PreservedKillick: Maybe so.

    He wrote this: “They may just shut it down instead of clicking on the link to get details. And then it is too much shit to read.”

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    kc says:

    Genius!

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @AkaDad:

    Win!

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Jeff Spender:

    Leslie is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, you know. This is the guy who argued with his on the air experts about the plausibility that the “balloon boy” might actually be floating around. The experts said “no”, but Leslie kept insisting that it was still possible.

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    kooks says:

    @catclub: There is a link at the bottom of the page to go to barackobama.com to get the details (not the elusive button). Most people probably miss it because it doesn’t show up right away, the page footer pops up a few seconds after you try to click the button.

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    @Howard Beale IV: Somebody hit that?

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    catclub says:

    Well, now I understand. If you stop chasing the big red button, you can click on a ‘get the facts’ link at the bottom, which is the barackobama.facts… website, with all kinds of numbers.

    Why anyone would do that, rather than chase the button, I do not know. Aren’t we supposed to imitate bored cats here?

    ETA: I was posting when kook’s posted @56

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @kooks: Ah, I see…

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    dmsilev says:

    @J. Michael Neal: Has anyone tried it with an iPad or similar touch-screen device? That way, the button won’t even know you’re coming until you hit it.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: wait. After the balloon came down?

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    SFAW says:

    @Alison:

    I thought a woman had to be raped for her female parts to shut down. At least, that’s what Todd is God Clod told me.

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    JasonF says:

    There is a link at the bottom that shows up after you chase the button around a time or two, and that link takes you to President Obama’s page where he does walk through the math — how he gets $5 billion in cuts from Romney’s plan, how eliminating all deductions for the wealthy and corporations would only add up to $4 billion, and what that means (hint: $5 billion minus $4 billion still leaves $1 billion unaccounted for).

    But yeah — the point isn’t to drive people to that page (though it’s fine if they go there); the point is to remind people that Romney is being evasive on the details of his plan.

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    D’Nesh D’Souza, traditional Christian marriage dude behind that anti-Obama film, is in trouble for screwing around on his wife. With a chick half his age.

    I’m sure gay marriage is to blame.

    Schadenfreude, it’s what’s for dinner …

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    Darkrose says:

    @Alison: You almost owed the UC System a keyboard.

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    SFAW says:

    @dmsilev:

    Yeah, good idea. “I was just sneaking up on my iPad, when …”

    That’ll go over well with the guys in white jackets.

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    Alison says:

    @SFAW: Oh, that was only the beginning of the magic we can work, uterustically. JUST YOU WAIT AND SEE. One day we’ll have a woman President and then all shall be revealed…

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    @Ash Can: It’s great that the fiancee is a sanctity-of-marriage scold on top of it, but my favorite part has to be the fact that they shared a hotel room and D’Souza insists that “nothing happened.”

    The only reason that dumbass stays in the US is wingnut welfare. In India Xtians are a minority and looked at askance thanks to the real pleasant taste the British left in everyone’s mouths.

    Like so many things Dinesh doesn’t “get” about US culture, he’s apparently unaware that only in the really, REALLY freaky cults do highly religious American women ever deign to share their prey mates.

    In India, powerful men are accustomed to fucking whoever they please, and letting the fuckees deal with the consequences. A friend of mine had a well-off cousin who was screwing this girl he had no intention of marrying and was bragging about it… unlike in the US that’s still a big deal over there. Of course the double standard is strong there and he knew he, as a rich male, would face no consequences.

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    Redshift says:

    @dmsilev: I wondered the same thing, and tried it on my Android phone. It ducks out of the way when you tap on it. The effect is still pretty good.

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    SFAW says:

    @Southern Beale:

    Schadenfreude,

    You’re thinking of the (latest) Sully thread from Tom L.

    Schadenfreude, Gotterfunken,
    Tochter aus Elysium
    usw.

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    dmsilev says:

    Also, note the header at the top: “Romney: Believe in half of America”

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    @Alison: To be fair, that “lady” he’s dating is crazier than a june bug in a frying pan.

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    Linda Featheringill says:

    LOL! That’s great! Thanks, John.

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    Hob says:

    @JasonF: And Brachiator’s complaint that when you go to the detail page, there are too many details there, misses the point spectacularly. Erring on the side of giving too many numbers is kind of necessary, when 1. you just made fun of the other guy for being short on detail, and 2. Paul Ryan has an undeserved reputation for having “crunched the numbers.”

    Anyone who bothers to find and click that link is looking for detail. Everyone else will just chase the button around and get the joke.

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    @SFAW: Wir betreten, Skandaltrunken, deutlichen dein Eiligtum

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    geg6 says:

    @Another Halocene Human:

    Well, that would be self-evident from the fact that she’s screwing Dinesh D’Souza.

    Ick, ick, ick, icky, icky, ick. I need brain bleach now.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Another Halocene Human: D’Souza is a minority of a minority. His family is conservative Catholic from Goa.

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    SFAW says:

    @Alison:

    One day we’ll have a woman President and then all shall be revealed…

    Sounds good to me, depending on who it is. Yvonne Strahovski would be A-OK by me. Pauline Potter, not so much.

    Oh, that WASN’T what you meant by “revealed”?

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    Laura says:

    @Brachiator: Durrrr….the whole point is to notice that there is no Romney tax plan, not to “read more” about what we already know.

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    Alison says:

    @SFAW: LOL, it wasn’t, and duh on me for not seeing that possible meaning! Hahaha

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    Supernumerary Charioteer says:

    @Howard Beale IV:

    [Joseph II] even goes on to say that America’s children “are going the way of black ghetto society” thanks to feminists and Ke$ha.

    Jesus, those two racist-ass pieces of shit deserve each other.

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    LanceThruster says:

    xD

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    @arguingwithsignposts: Well I have first hand experience after engaging with him a couple of times, in the comments section. Plus GMTA.

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    Matt McIrvin says:

    It’s the secret tax plan to end the war!

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Brachiator: I agree with you in principle, but the simple charts and graphs are all out their, the ‘bikini’ job graph, the deficit/debt graph breaking down Stimulus spending, the Bush wars and teh Bush tax cuts, I assume it wouldn’t be hard to find graphs that show how Romney’s deliberately simplistic plan for military spending sends the deficit off the charts– it’s been on TRMS every night for a week or more. There’s a video showing angry Mitt dismissing half the country as lazy slobs; one Ohio “Wal Mart mom” (single mother, full time job, part time student) told CNN she was offended at first, but Romney apologized, so now she’s back to undecided. To paraphrase Mo Udall, the people are gonna speak, the ignorant bastards.

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    Brachiator hit that page with Lynx.

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    Elisabeth says:

    I am apparently easily amused ’cause I can’t stop chasing that “button” around the screen.

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    @Supernumerary Charioteer: Jesus, those two racist-ass pieces of shit deserve each other.

    Great, now I’m picturing them turning each other on by talking about how much they hate ni*CLANGS. BRAIN BLEACH, STAT!

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    Violet says:

    @Supernumerary Charioteer:
    The woman D’Souza is cheating with–her name is Denise Odie Joseph II. How many women have a II after their names? It’s kind of unusual. Who are her parents?

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    I need some brain bleach, stat. I made the mistake of reading the linked article about Dinesh Crazy Dsouza. Who the hell is Kesha? What is a granola feminist? I have met many African Americans who are several shades lighter than Dinesh Dsouza? so why all the hating on black people.

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    SFAW says:

    @Matt McIrvin:

    It’s the secret tax plan to end the war!

    Nixon’s dead, Jim Matt

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    SFAW says:

    @Violet:

    her name is Denise Odie Joseph II. How many women have a II after their names?

    Well, considering “her” name was originally Dennis Odell Joseph II, before the operation, not that unusual.

    NTTAWWT

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    Gus says:

    @Howard Beale IV: Ha! D’Souza’s girlfriend’s web site is “undergoing maintenance” right now.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Violet:

    Dennis Odie Joseph and Denise Odie Joseph?

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    Debbie(Aussie) says:

    @Alison: thank you! Always nice to start the day with a good laugh (6:42amWed).

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    ericblair says:

    I clicked it! I clicked it!

    Oh my God, it’s full of stars…

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    Tone In DC says:

    @Howard Beale IV:
    Damn.
    D’Sooz and that wingnut bimbo deserve each other. It takes a LOT to make K-Lo and McMegan look good by comparison, but “Odie” does it.

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    Xantar says:

    @SFAW:

    Yvonne Strahovski is Australian, I believe, and would not be able to run for President.

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    @Cris (without an H): win.

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    Tone In DC says:

    @SFAW:
    Dammit, good line but I JUST ATE.
    Gonna be revisitin’ lunch inna minute…

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    SFAW says:

    @Xantar:

    Yeah, I know, but I’ll be glad to help make her a citizen (in the time-honored way) so she can run.

    Naturally, I’ll “forget” to tell her about Article II, Section 1, until later on.

    Besides, I don’t think the Rethugs would be as diligent regarding her birth certificate, for the obvious reason(s).

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    Phoenician in a time of Romans says:

    @BGinCHI:

    I think I dated that button in the 90s.

    Well, it does remind me a bit of a clitoris…

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    SFAW says:

    @Tone In DC:

    Well, sorry, but it’s not as if I can issue a warning before I write something which has that effect.

    I mean, if I were as funny as TBogg, I might consider it, but I don’t think I’m there yet.

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    jimmiraybob says:

    Excellent. It would have been nice to have unicorns and moonbeams too. But that’s OK.

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    @AkaDad:

    As a Conservative, I didn’t find this amusing at all. I wasted a half hour before I figured it out.

    A true conservative would never figure it out, they’d just ignore objective reality and recycle the same policies and people into the next administration.

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    Matt McIrvin says:

    @SFAW: That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange eons, even death may die.

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    Brilliant page by the DNC.

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    Adam says:

    I’m just gonna sit here and wait for the fact checkers to give the DNC ‘Four Pinnochios’ because the Get the Details button can’t be clicked and the programming shows that no matter how fast the user moves the mouse they would be unable to physically click the button.

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    Donut says:

    TLDR above comments, so apologies if someone already said this, but holy shit, it will be political malpractice if President Obama doesn’t give this site a shout out tonight.

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    Donut says:

    @Brachiator:

    Yeah, dude…9 out of 10 of people will not click all the way through. The landing page that loads once the button stops moving is the important bit, IMO.

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    Original Lee says:

    @Schlemizel: The wingnuts on FB are unamused and are using it as example of voter fraud. Um, I don’t think it means what you think it means, folks.

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    Brachiator says:

    @FlipYrWhig:

    Um, you’re not supposed to click on a link to get details, you’re supposed to notice that the button keeps running away.

    Yeah, that’s cute. And it gives people who already support Obama a little chuckle.

    I also imagine the marketing people who put this together got a nice piece of change for their work. Will probably even win some awards for how smart it is. They undoubtedly strut around their offices patting each other on the back over shit that would be rejected by the Onion.

    So, we have a web site that preaches to the converted. With a few weeks to go before the election.

    Ooh.

    Also, if I am not supposed to click on a link to get details, then why the fuck is that page even there?

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    I assume it wouldn’t be hard to find graphs that show how Romney’s deliberately simplistic plan for military spending sends the deficit off the charts—it’s been on TRMS every night for a week or more

    Yes, by all means, the Democrats should make potential voters hunt around to find information that might lead them to vote for them.

    Good thing the election is not close.

    And I regularly give TRMS kudos for bringing people on who can do economic “show and tell” very effectively.

    Shouldn’t the Democrats be as effective in getting their message out?

    Instead, I’m supposed to applaud some weak, obvious political comedy and dreary, unfocused numerical diarrhea.

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