Wednesday, May 25, 2011

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the 1844 Room at Buckingham Palace in London, England, May 24, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

“IT’S LIKE DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN” – Yogi Berra

I do not for one second the accusations brought against my husband.” – Anne Sinclair, French journalist and wife of IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was arrested in New York City and charged with attempted rape of a hotel maid.

“You can listen to all the negativity, and you can listen to people who have never met Arnold, or who met him for five seconds 30 years ago. Or you can listen to me. “I wouldn’t be standing here if this man weren’t an A-plus human being. I wouldn’t be taking my time, I wouldn’t have left my job that I love, I wouldn’t be doing any of this if I didn’t believe in this man.”  – Maria Shriver on October 3, 2003, a day after Arnold Schwarzenegger’s campaign for governor of California was rocked by allegations of sexual misconduct with women.

BACK TO SQUARE ONE
REPUBLICANS LEFT FLOUNDERING AFTER DANIELS OPTS OUT

“I wanted to run and gosh darn it, truth be told, I still want to run. But, my wife and daughters just won’t let me. What can I say – my pimp hand is weak.”

Newt Defends Jewelry Store Debt

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Have you seen my wife? How the ‘f’ do you think I keep her by my side? With my sexy good looks and charm? Get real. It takes bling, baby, lots and lots of bling. And not the swap meet stuff.”

Tim Pawlenty: ‘I’m Running For President’

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Mom, save a donut for my other supporter!”

 Newt Gingrich, citing record, says ignore record

“I want you to believe what I tell you and not the truth. Is that really so hard to understand?”

Pawlenty Announces GOP Presidential Bid: Too Nice to Win? – Or, can a charisma-challenged politician win the presidential nomination of his party?

Jonah Goldberg: With Mitch Daniels out, Paul Ryan should run

Have Democrats cracked the code for 2012?

Ryan blames NY-26 on Dem ‘scare tactics’

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A “two-hour-long, sweeping epic” film about Sarah Palin is coming soon to Iowa, Real Clear Politics reports. The film is produced by conservative filmmaker Stephen Bannon and essentially commissioned by Palin herself: “When it premieres in Iowa next month, the film is poised to serve as a galvanizing prelude to Palin’s prospective presidential campaign … ‘This film is a call to action for a campaign like 1976: Reagan vs. the establishment,’ Bannon told RealClearPolitics. ‘Let’s have a good old-fashioned brouhaha’ … RealClearPolitics was recently given an exclusive screening of a rough cut of the now finished film, which Bannon designed, in part, to help catapult Palin from the presidential afterthought she has become in the eyes of many pundits directly to the front lines of the 2012 GOP conversation.” http://bit.ly/k3mQHS Unfortunately for Sarah Palin, Americans pretty much made up their minds about her in 2008 – they either like her or don’t – and this film probably won’t do much to change anyone’s opinion of her.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has done almost nothing to indicate that he’s seriously weighing a run for president. But he doesn’t seem to mind stoking the speculation, the Texas Tribune reports: “Perry declined Tuesday to rule out a White House bid during a press conference about a new anti-abortion measure. Also Tuesday, his top strategist told the Tribune that the governor is, naturally, ‘thinking about it’ given the flattering comments made recently by some in the GOP, although he ‘doesn’t see any change in his direction’ … Perry’s non-denial denial is a little more significant this time because he was asked specifically if he would ‘rule out’ running for president … ‘I’ve got my focus on where it’s appropriately supposed to be, and that’s this legislative session,’ Perry said.” http://bit.ly/l5pxO0 Is this the same Rick Perry who in 2009 was talking about Texas seceding from the union or am I confusing him with someone else? Governor Says Texans May Want to Secede From Union Nope, it’s the same idiot.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

“… We’ll have enough money to run a competitive successful campaign. It may not be the BMW or Mercedes campaign, but it will be a good solid Buick — or maybe trending toward a Cadillac — and that will be enough for us to be competitive and to win.” -Tim Pawlenty responding to a question about the 2012 money race on NBC’s “Today” show And the only reason why Buick and Cadillac are still around to be referenced is because of the bailout that most Republicans love to denigrate as “more Obama socialism.”

“While I am flattered by everyone’s encouragement, my decision has not changed. I will not be a candidate for president in 2012.” -Former Florida governor Jeb Bush Translation: “You do know my last name is Bush, right?

“There’s a strong Christian conservative wing of the party, a tea party faction now and a more traditional Republican that tends to be moderate. All those folks are going to show up to the caucuses and he [Tim Pawlenty] has an ability to unite them.” -Sara Fagen, a Pawlenty adviser and former top George W. Bush aide, on Iowa GOP voters Louis Farrakhan has a better chance of uniting the Fruit Of Islam and the B’nai B’rith.

“I think it’s disingenuous to tell the American people what I would do when I don’t have the intelligence information.” -Herman Cain drawing a blank on a Fox News question Palestinian right of return I’m going to assume that Cain wasn’t referring to his personal lack of “intelligence information.”

“We have about 2 million activists across the country and, frankly, we are disappointed. Now, obviously, we have to start looking, and I was just saying this morning, maybe it’s time to start drafting Paul Ryan.” -Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey on CNN’s “State of the Union” Please, please “draft” Paul Ryan, I beg of you. Millions of seniors will show up at his rallies to gum him to death.

” Rudy [Giuliani] is ‘very close to saying he’s going to run’ in 2012. If he were to make the decision today, he would run.” -Rep. Peter King, (R-NY), on friend Rudy Giuliani Run for what? President of his homeowners association? Either that, or Rudy G has a burning desire to see if he can run an even worse campaign than he did four years ago.

“It wasn’t just about a campaign and it wasn’t just about serving in office, but it was about the potential of enduring a campaign and then one to two terms in office, and then the rest of your life.” -Eric Holcomb, a longtime adviser to Mitch Daniels on why he announced he’s not running for president Yeah right.

“It’s easier to get your message out today, and people will take a look at it — and if they like it, maybe they vote for you.” -Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter who said he’s seriously considering a White House bid I know what you’re thinking right now – who the f**k is Thaddeus McCotter? (That’s one of those old-school names that could be either white or black)

One of the smartest Republicans we know emails: “What this race crystallized is that whether we like it or not, Medicare will define 2012. Swing-district Republicans should embrace that inevitability and use their cash advantage to demagogue this issue earlier and heavier than the other side. From day one, our members need to be attacking their challenger for supporting the president’s Medicare-cutting healthcare bill and his plan to ration benefits for future seniors. Paul Ryan was wrong; leaders don’t change polls – scaring seniors changes polls, and we had better be prepared to do it as shamelessly as they did in this special if we want to retain the majority.” – Politico’s Morning Score 5/24 – I would LOVE to know who this GOPer is!

NEWS

Too Controversial For The GOP?

 

 

 

 

 

 

“’Be bold Paul. Write your plan without regards to politics Paul. We’ll be right by your side Paul.’ Yeah, right.”

Republicans ignored warnings on Paul Ryan plan  

Political Flip-Flops Proving Fashionable In Congress, On The Trail

Newt: “That’s not what I said.”  Newt: “Yes it is!” Newt: “No it’s not!” Newt: “Oh okay. Let’s go to Tiffany’s.” Newt: “Now you’re talking!”

GOP braces for Medicare blowback

John Edwards may face criminal charges

 

 

 

 

 “Yeah, it was some good p***y, but not ‘go to federal prison’  good!”

Newt Gingrich now defending Paul Ryan

“Oh, Paul Ryan. I thought you said Raul.”  “Who the f**k is Newt Gingrich?”

RANDOM THOUGHTS

When Herman Cain says ‘IT’S TIME TO GET REAL’, the only real thing about his campaign that comes to mind after his woeful appearance on FOX News Sunday Herman Cain Fumbles on Palestinian ‘Right of Return’ Question where he showed a shocking lack of foreign affairs knowledge, especially in the Middle East, is that this will be a “real” short campaign.

After reading the reactions from some of his supporters, Team Daniels plots next moves, I’m not sure if Mitch Daniels decided to not run for president or if he backed out of taking a pretty girl to the prom.

I’m confused – Mitt Romney says what he did on healthcare in Massachusetts isn’t good for the rest of America while Tim Pawlenty is saying what he did in Minnesota on debt, government spending and jobs is. Which former charisma-challenged governor is telling the truth might be the key question in the GOP primary campaign.

Speaking of Pawlenty, it’s all or nothing for him in Iowa.

Speaking of Iowa, this article, The Heartland Hustle, says exactly what I said a few issues back about the impact a presidential election year has on Iowa: It’s All About The Benjamins.

What bothers me most about Paul Ryan is his smug, almost evangelical attitude that “I am the way, the only way to fiscal responsibility and all who don’t agree with my plan are charlatans and heretics.”

I would have a lot more respect for Tavis Smiley if he just came out and admitted that “I’m still mad at Barack Obama for not kissing my ring (ass) properly when he ran for president and won despite not doing so.” When then-Senator Obama was in LA on his book tour and campaign swing prior to the 2006 elections, Tavis interviewed him on his PBS show and he fawned all over the senator.

It’s going to be interesting (and fun) to watch “Sarah and the Palinteers” push back against this Frank Bailey Speaks Out On Tell-All Book About Sarah Palin, because they won’t be able to use their usual “this is from somebody who didn’t know me/Sarah” line of defense. Well, they’ve started Sarah Palin’s team pushes back against new book just like I knew they would.

I am stunned! Lakers have a deal to hire Mike Brown as their coach Once it wasn’t Brian Shaw – which actually is a good move for his career in that it’s hard to follow a legend especially after most of the players endorse you – I never thought the Lakers would hire an African-American coach not named Magic Johnson. Considering how much Kobe wanted Shaw, it will be interesting to see if he considers this a slap in the face. Which it most certainly is: “You play, WE hire the coach.”

Two things are clear with the hiring of Mike Brown as the new head coach of the Lakers: 1) We are now in the Jim Buss Era and 2) I am no longer the only Al Roker lookalike in town!

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