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And now we know.
Rising Republican star and well-known border hawk Sheriff Paul Babeu, who’s now running for Congress in Arizona, was hit Friday night with bombshell accusations from a Mexican immigrant who said he dated the sheriff for years and was threatened with deportation if he ever told anyone about their romance.
The Phoenix New Times newspaper broke the story on its website in a piece written by veteran journalist Monica Alonzo. The accusations came complete with text messages said to be between the two men as well as compromising photos purportedly of Babeu that are reminiscent of recent sex scandals that ended the careers of Congressmen Anthony Weiner and Chris Lee. Continue reading
Chess Master or Pawn?
Convinced that President Obama’s contraception battle with the Catholic Church is not a “short-term tactical blunder” but yet another example of the president’s “strategically shrewd” long-game, conservative-turned-Dem-loving-ratiocinator Andrew Sullivan this week dabbled in a potentially promising career as a conspiracy theorist with a column at The Daily Beast that shocked Washington insiders and rubes, Democrats and Republicans, Obama-bots and Birthers alike.
The more Machiavellian observer might even suspect this is actually an improved bait and switch by Obama to more firmly identify the religious right with opposition to contraception, its weakest issue by far, and to shore up support among independent women and his more liberal base….And if this was a trap, the religious right walked right into it.
Not only did the right-wing establishment walk right into it, their constituents turned out en masse to vote on it, handing three presidential primary victories to the rigidly conservative and proudly orthodox Catholic Rick Santorum.
Is it therefore impossible to assume that President Obama expected that such a hot-button issue would effect turnout among conservatives, and therefore timed the contraception ruling in order to boost Santorum’s odds of besting the only candidate with even a remote chance of beating Obama in November, presumed nominee Mitt Romney?
Posted in Election 2012? Oy vey!, Magic Underpants, Nicholas Wilbur, Obama 2012: Yes We Will!, Political Shenanigans, The Frothman Cometh
Tagged Andrew SUllivan, Barack Obama, daily beast, Mitt Romney, oy vey 2012, Rick Santorum
Mitt Romney’s Colorado concession speech was as inspiring as a corpse.
Between congratulating his supporters for clapping—not doing Olympic back flips through fiery rings, just clapping—and uttering some meteorologically redundant gibberish about how February winters are cold in Denver, Romney appeared to have discovered Rick Perry’s stash of meds.
“He looked understandably down,” Politico’s Roger Simon observed after Romney lost in Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota. “(H)e read his concession speech from two teleprompters as if he were seeing it for the first time—which he may have been.”
In a monotone monologue that might have rung with passion on paper but which failed to keep supporters from unapologetically fiddling with their smartphones throughout the live version of the speech, the former Massachusetts governor attempted to lay blame for the Great Recession at the feet of President Obama with a series of lethargic and haphazard punches.
About as shocking as the weather forecast in Seattle, a new Washington Post/ABC News poll reports large black clouds hanging over GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney’s campaign.
Romney, who notched his second consecutive victory Saturday by easily winning the Nevada caucuses, continues to solidify his position as the front-runner in the race for the GOP nomination. But as the contest has grown more negative, public impressions of the top Republican contenders have soured, as has the former Massachusetts governor’s standing as a general-election candidate.
As President Obama took a 9 percent lead over Romney (52 to 43) and saw his job approval rating jump to the highest it has been in eight months, the former Massachusetts governor actually lost support.
With friends like Newt Gingrich, who needs Organizing for America?
In his concession speech following the Nevada primary Saturday night, Gingrich laid to rest the Romney campaign’s “greatest fantasy” by clarifying that he would continue his campaign all the way to the Republican convention.
“I am a candidate for president of the United States,” he said. “I will be a candidate for president of the United States. We will go to Tampa.”
While it may have quashed Romney’s “greatest fantasy,” it served simultaneously as a reinforcement to Democrats’ “greatest fantasy.”
Posted in Criminally Stupid, Election 2012? Oy vey!, Eye of Newt, Magic Underpants, Nicholas Wilbur, Obama 2012: Yes We Will!, Political Shenanigans
Tagged Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Mittens, Newt Gingrich, Obama 2012
With only 33,000 voters showing up for the Nevada caucus (that’s 11,000 less than in 2008), Mittens’ campaign is trying to spin voter apathy into staunch voter support. You see, people didn’t show up to vote because they just love them some Mitt Romney.
Yeah right. From Think Progress:
Fox News contributor Charles Payne proves that just when you think Fox News has gone as low as they can go, they find a hidden basement and tumble ass-over-elbow downstairs:
Fox News contributor Charles Payne defended Mitt Romney’s lack of concern for the poor by saying, “To supposedly alleviate the very poor, and Mitt was right. The very poor in America do have a lot of programs a lot of benefits. People aren’t dying in America. You know, in fact, the very poor suffer from gout. In fact, in the 1920s and 30s that was called the rich man’s disease, but here’s the thing, the very poor have entered into this sort of Faustian deal where they’ve said, ’Ok, you know what? If I can go to my mailbox twice a month and get paid the same amount of money that I could get at a low paying job then I’m not going to take it. Continue reading
We have 10 more months to go until the election. It’s going to be really fun.
(I know… the pun is baaaaaaaad.)