UPDATE from HelenK2: YOU MUST watch the video that HelenK2 discovered. Then-Senators Barack Obama and Joe Biden voted (1) AGAINST needed money for victims of Hurricane Katrina, and (2) AGAINST ending the funding for the “bridge to nowhere.” And CNN, to its great credit, aired the video of the reporter whose name, regrettably, isn’t listed and which I can’t recall at the moment. THANK YOU, HELENK2 and CNN. Thanks as well to HeroOrAZero for posting this video. (Hero, I’ve sent you a message and invited you to visit our blog. We always need more people who aren’t zeroes to be a part of Larry Johnson‘s blog. Hero, we try here to “do unto others” and, sometimes, we DO do unto others, if you catch my drift.

Original: Check in here at 8:30 p.m. ET … and we’re hoping for no Mamathons late tonight! (For those of you too young to remember, that’s a reference to a hysterically funny scene from the great flick Primary Colors, when John Travolta (Bill Clinton aka Gov. Jack Stanton) and Billy Bob Thornton (James Carville aka Richard Jemmons) drink a few brewskies and sob, wailing about their beloved, much-missed mothers. The lines from that movie are so great, I’m going to intersperse them with the hard-core guns and howitzers we hope Mitt Romney brings with him tonight:

[about Gov. Jack Stanton]
Libby Holden [Stanton’s Aide, played by Kathy Bates]: He’s poked his pecker in some sorry trash bins.

Richard Jemmons: I’m blacker than you are. I got some slave in me, I can feel it.

Bronwyn: Looks like he’s not the only white man who’s blacker than Tucker Carlson!

Then we have some white women who think they’re black too!


Gov. Jack Stanton: I’m going to tell you something really outrageous. I’m going to tell you the truth.

Jack Stanton: We can do incredible things. We can change this country. I’m gonna win this thing. Look me in the eye, Henry, and tell me that you don’t want to be a part of it.


I don’t care WHO you’re voting for. This is damn funny:


More memorable facts about “Primary Colors“:

+ Allison Janney played the hapless, helpless librarian who gave Gov. Stanton a quickie. Janney later became a TV star on West Wing as Claudia Jean ‘C.J.’ Cregg, a smarter, hipper, female version of Obama’s Press Secretary Jay Carney, and since then is a first-rate character actor in films such as “Juno” with six — count ’em six — films in various phases of production.

+ Billy Bob Thornton — where’s he been lately? — played the James Carville character. I’d give anything to know if James Carville was like that in his before-Mary-Matalin days (that still looks like an improbable romance and longterm marriage, but those two stick it out, even if it is for their children). Btw, I have no idea what Matalin and Carville’s marriage is like. I just saw them in a TV ad last week! Dang … what product were they promoting? Maybe that’s their secret. Those two can sell ice cream to Eskimos, er, indigenous people where it’s too damn cold, baby.

+ Emma Thompson has been and always will be a brilliant British actress, but she was a scream as an exasperated Hillary Clinton (Susan Stanton):

Susan Stanton: Your grandfather was a great man. Jack Stanton could also be a great man, if he wasn’t such a faithless, thoughtless, disorganized, undisciplined shit.


SEE YOU AT 8:30 p.m. This info will go up with the live thread, but just in case you need it sooner:

2012 Presidential Elections & Topics.”

Topic: Domestic policy
Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET
Location: University of Denver in Denver, Colorado (Tickets)
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney
Moderator: Jim Lehrer (Host, NewsHour PBS)

The debate is divided into 6 time segments, approximately 15 minutes each. Topics: Moderator’s Choices:
Economy – 45 minutes
Health Care – 15 minutes
Role of Government – 15 minutes
Governing – 15 minutes

Lehrer will ask a question; Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have two minutes to respond. Lehrer “will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the topic.”