Even when nasty and striking an oddly unsettling model pose Bob Dole makes me laugh (make that, Because he’s nasty and strikes an oddly unsettling model pose).Read more "Bob Dole killed more people than Bob Dole"
To be clear, I’m not condoning the wingnut attacks on Mitt Romney’s Mormonism. There’s plenty of reasons to vote against The Anchorman — his religion is not one of them. But to be honest, certain religious beliefs would be a deal-breaker for me. Any fundamentalist — be they Christian, Muslim or Jew — is automatically […]Read more "In defense of religious bigotry"
How to be a wingnut columnist: 1.) Tie everything to the Muslim plot to rule the world; 2.) Reference Obama allegiance to Saul Alinksy; 3.) Follow with ominous use of “community organizing”; 4.) Add George Soros, the cherry on top. Example: Less than a year ago, in July 2010, Huma Abedin married Jewish U.S. Representative […]Read more "Which begs the question … is Anthony Weiner Muslim?"
There’s no politics in baseball — at least there shouldn’t be. But the geniuses within MLB’s promotions office don’t agree, setting aside June 14 to commemorate Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday at various ballparks around the league. The Braves will mark the occasion thusly: President Reagan’s favorite treat, Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, will be given away […]Read more "Buy me some peanuts and jellybeans"
How does a college professor obtain a $500,000 line of credit at Tiffany’s? Or a local sportscaster and her commercial fisherman husband afford a $1.7 million second home? It wouldn’t have happened without their political careers. We’ve come to accept the public servant as millionaire, despite the example of Harry Truman. When he retired from […]Read more "What’s changed in 60 years"
There was a brief window in time when Southern voters elected smart, prudent politicians like Sam Nunn. “Today our airwaves and public debates are filled with attempts to not just denounce opponents’ logic but to impugn their motives. Demagogues and rabble rousers are not new to American history — but the economics and the technology […]Read more "Noted & Quoted, statesman edition"
Five staples of campaign commercials for those seeking office in Georgia: 1. Starched blue jeans; 2. Claims they are being unfairly attacked; 3. Children as props; 4. A vaguely rural setting; 5. A highly affected Southern drawl, reminiscent of Kevin Costner’s character in “JFK” (it’s pronounced “dollars”, Casey Cagle, not “dollahs”). Too bad Tammy Metzler […]Read more "Foghorn Leghorn for govenah"
Definition of WHORE 1 : a woman who engages in sexual acts for money : prostitute; also : a promiscuous or immoral woman 2 : a male who engages in sexual acts for money 3 : a venal or unscrupulous person I’m glad Jerry Brown challenged Tom Brokaw’s ridiculous comparison. The N-word is exclusively an […]Read more "Out of context outrage"
You can’t write a political autobiography without “courage” or “lead” in the title. Pretty arrogant to call yourself courageous, don’t you think?Read more "To books what O-Town was to music"
The party of Ned Flanders goes on the attack: Better shirtless than godless.Read more "Can you trust a shirtless middle-aged man?"
Ask a strategist or operative a probing question and they’re liable to respond with a famously cynical quote turned hackneyed political cliche. “I’m shocked, shocked my party is … (take your pick) stoking public resentment, exploiting the partisan divide, etc.” Of course they choose less incriminating, vague language. But at the end of the day, […]Read more "The Capt. Renault deflection"
It’s the party’s fault, not hers. This from the candidate who didn’t bother to hide her contempt for traditional shoe leather campaigning. Coakley bristles at the suggestion that, with so little time left, in an election with such high stakes, she is being too passive. “As opposed to standing outside Fenway Park? In the cold? […]Read more "coakley campaign: we’re not to blame"
A pretty deplorable flier sent out by the Coakley campaign. This may put Scott Brown over the top in Massachusetts.Read more "desperate democrats"
The disgraced former governor of Illinois says he’s blacker than Obama because his father owned a laundromat. (Tip o’ the cap to Marcus for the Lionel line)Read more "blago: “i am lionel jefferson”"
A federally appointed public health task force recommends turning *medical convention on its ear, yet no specialists were consulted. The task force acknowledged that mammograms can save lives and fear their new guidelines may be misinterpreted. “We aren’t against screening women in their 40s, we just don’t think it should be routine,” Petitti said. Such […]Read more "you can’t save lives AND money"