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TheDC Morning: Obama: ‘Pass this bill right now!’ Harry Reid: ‘LOL’

1.) Obama: ‘Pass this bill right now!’ Harry Reid: ‘LOL’ — A week ago, Obama kept stamping his foot and demanding that Congress “pass this bill right now, pass this bill right now, pass this bill right now!” Never mind that there’s still no bill to pass. The Democrats have to at least pretend to share their leader’s sense of urgency, right? Welllll… TheDC’s Amanda Carey reports: “Despite President Barack Obama’s urgency to ‘pass this bill now,’ the American Jobs Act may have to wait until next month, or later, before Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid even brings it to the floor for a vote. In his speech to a joint session of Congress last week, Obama implored lawmakers to pass the bill and its $477 billion price tag immediately. And this week, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) launched a campaign of web and television ads touting the bill and rallying support for its passage. None of that may matter, since Reid’s response has been more of a careless shrug. It’s not surprising, though, considering the discontent surrounding the bill from Senate Democrats. Democratic Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia called the president’s ideas for paying for the bill ‘terrible.’ ‘We shouldn’t increase taxes on ordinary income. … There are other ways to get there,’ he added. Even Sen. John Kerry, the liberal lion from Massachusetts, doubts the bill will pass in full: ‘I don’t think anybody expects it to pass en bloc. So, the issue is going to be what, if any, parts of it might be cherry-picked.'” Other than that, though, they’re all on the same page… of the bill that still hasn’t been introduced in Congress. While we all wait breathlessly for this all-important bill that Obama wants Congress to pass without reading, Louis Gohmert (R-TX) has submitted his own American Jobs Act. Hey, if Obama can’t lead by example, at least somebody in Washington can.

2.) Elections have no consequences — Take heart, Democrats. You lost a couple of elections on Tuesday, but it’s no big deal. Just ask Derpy Deb. TheDC’s Alexis Levinson reports: “Democrats brushed off special elections losses in Nevada and New York in the early hours of Wednesday morning, calling one loss expected in a ‘ruby red state,’ and the second a function of ‘unusual circumstances.’ In a press call with Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and New York Senator Chuck Schumer, the two said that the losses were not the harbinger of bad news for Democrats in 2012 that Republicans have suggested they are. ‘As far as the special elections yesterday, there are a lot of pundits out there looking for a prediction for results in 2012,’ said Wasserman Schultz. ‘If you’re looking for predictions like that,’ she continued, people should be looking at how Obama does in the polls in head-to-head match ups with Republican opponents… ‘I’ve never seen the 9th CD referred to as a bellwether’ of what the loss in New York portended for future politics, said Schumer, who used to represent the 9th District before it was altered slightly in re-districting. He called it ‘among the most conservative districts in NYC’ and pointed to the fact that though Obama won the district with 55 percent of the vote, that was a much smaller majority than the one with which he won New York City, and most of the other neighboring districts.” It sounds like the Dems have nothing to worry about, then. Whew!

3.) AttackWatch whacked, mocked — Have you heard something about Obama that you’d prefer not to hear? Send it to AttackWatch.com! Then prepare to be ridiculed. TheDC’s Tina Nguyen reports: “In an aggressive move against the 2012 election’s GOP talking points Wednesday, President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign launched Attackwatch.com — a website for Obama supporters to submit rumors and attacks by any of his detractors, from GOP presidential candidates to next-door neighbors. But an early social-media backlash against the project may not have been the sort of online buzz the president’s campaign was hoping for… As with most social media efforts from the Obama campaign, the website came with a ready-made Twitter hashtag, #AttackWatch, which the Obama For America 2012 campaign began promoting via Twitter late on Tuesday. The project’s twin goals are to crowdsource opposition research and leverage social media to track unfair criticism of the president. #AttackWatch is now a Trending Topic in the Washington, D.C. area — but not for the reasons its creators had hoped. Tea partiers, or at least people who share sympathies with them, have used #AttackWatch to joke — and at times, vent — about their dissatisfaction with the Obama administration. A separate group has turned #AttackWatch into a punchline for mundane observations and funny non-sequiturs, using it to ‘report’ everything from rude neighbors to NFL teams. Few if any have actually used #AttackWatch so far in the way the Obama campaign intended.” As of Thursday morning, the official @AttackWatch account on Twitter had almost 6,500 followers but was only following 19. We’re proud to announce that @DailyCaller is one of them. You haven’t been watched till you’ve been watched by AttackWatch!

4.) Peeping through Palin’s curtains for fun & profit — Remember that creepy guy who moved in next door to Sarah Palin to “research” his book about her? It comes out next week, and if anything it sounds even sleazier than anybody could’ve predicted. TheDC’s Steven Nelson reports: “Author Joe McGinniss, who has been studying Palin for three years and even moved next door to her home to dig up dirt, describes in his book an extra-marital affair, illegal drug use and much more. ‘The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin’ will not be released until September 20, but The Daily Mail reports on a few of the more shocking details that it contains. McGinniss’ book reportedly describes that Palin had a sexual ‘fetish’ for black men and had a one-night stand with Miami Heat player Glen Rice while dating future husband Todd Palin. Rice is said to have confirmed the encounter to McGinniss. The book also contains claims that the former governor married her husband only after being impregnated, saying that her first child, Track, was born eight months after the wedding… And in a potentially explosive detail for Palin’s conservative family woman image, McGinniss reportedly writes that Palin used marijuana and cocaine. McGinniss writes that Palin snorted cocaine off an oil drum while snowmobiling with her husband and friends, and smoked pot in meetings with a professor while a student at Mat-Su College.” If this stuff is true, the Glen Rice thing won’t endear Palin to Democrats and other racists. And the allegation of drug use could haunt the presidential bid she may or may not ever announce. Just like it did with Obama’s campaign. Oh, wait… Well, she’ll have to address the rumor of the affair, just like every other politician who’s ever been accused of having an affair. You know, this stuff might seem like a bigger deal if the press hadn’t spent the last 3 years digging through Palin’s garbage. If they don’t scour through every possible aspect of her entire life, how can they prove how powerless and inconsequential she is? Well, maybe this one will make her go away.

5.) Lil Wayne sheds lil light — It’s a rare day when someone from the world of entertainment has something intelligent to say about politics. Today is not that day. TheDC’s Jordan Bloom reports: “After Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter IV’ outsold this summer’s hotly anticipated Jay-Z/Kanye collaboration ‘Watch the Throne,’ you might expect him take some time to consolidate his perch at the top of the rap world, enjoy the view, and maybe rest on his substantial laurels for a bit. Not so. In an interview with Vibe, Weezy took the opportunity instead to make oblique shots at the field of Republican presidential candidates. ‘You learn from what the right-wing is doing and you take something from it,’ he said, ‘then look at yourself and ask “Am I the person they’re talking about or am I not?” You have to make the most of who you are because the Republicans are never going to like us.'” Take that, black Republicans. You’re supposed to think a certain way and believe certain things, and you definitely can’t criticize a president whose skin tone resembles your own. If you do, you’re a traitor. So says, um… Lil Wayne.

6.) Today’s words of wisdom from Adam Baldwin’s Twitter feed — “Do not feel sorry for Obama…he’ll remain a RICH international jet-setting aristocrat with a taxpayer-funded security detail in retirement.”

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