Friday, June 24, 2011

Tea party dilemma: What to do about Mitt Romney

“Read my lips: Vote for me or as God is my witness, me and my five sons will don our ‘Magic Mormon Underpants’, down a quart of milk, mount our trusty steeds and ride into your city while playing Donny and Marie Osmond songs from our Bose portable stereos at a volume that will render you motionless except for the ability to write my name on your ballot.”

Romney dominates GOP cash dash

Paul Ryan budget becomes litmus test for GOP primaries

Michele Bachmann to tour early states

Some of Tim Pawlenty’s top aides working for little or no pay, source says

Huntsman’s Path : The New Yorker

Cain: We won’t ‘buy votes’ in Iowa GOP straw poll Translation: “We don’t have any money.”

Herman Cain calls reporters who quoted him ‘stupid’ and Jon Stewart a racist

Staff quit because I’m different, Gingrich says No Newtie, they quit because you’re a L.O.S.E.R.

Newt Gingrich Says He Won’t Participate In Ames Straw Poll, Citing Financial Limitations I want to see the list of stuff “Mr and Mrs Toad decide are too wacky to say to the press/public. I mean, the stuff he does say is so over the top “ree-dic-u-lous”, the stuff left unsaid has to be even better.

Column: Palin has no shot in 2012

NEWS

Obama, Boehner Held Secret Debt Ceiling Meeting At White House

Joe Biden: Debt Ceiling Talks Now Up To Obama, Congressional Leaders  

Why Eric Cantor won’t (can’t) make the budget deal

Obama takes lead in debt talks

MESSAGE FROM THE DEMOCRATIC WHIP

It’s been six months since Republicans took the House majority, when they pledged to focus on creating jobs and growing the economy. In that time they’ve only brought one jobs bill to the House Floor, which we passed this week. The patent reform bill that was passed is part of Democrats’ Make It In America agenda to support invention and innovation in our economy. Beyond this bill, however, Republicans still haven’t put forward a comprehensive jobs agenda. Instead, they have brought bills to the Floor that are more focused on their partisan agenda than on creating jobs.

In contrast, Democrats are continuing to focus on our Make It In America agenda, a plan to support job creation by providing an encouraging environment for businesses to innovate and make products here in the U.S., which will help more families Make It In America. This agenda is one that both Democrats and Republicans can, and have, supported. I hope Republicans will work with us to help get Americans back to work, grow the economy and enact a plan to reduce the deficit.

We also must continue to move forward with discussions so that we can quickly take action on a balanced deal that reduces our deficit, includes spending cuts and revenues, and ensures that we pay America’s bills. – STENY H. HOYER

Column: Republicans need to become a more diverse party Breaking News: The sun rose in the East today!

Bill Simmons: The Sports Guy’s draft diary for the 2011 NBA draft

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Nothing less than the future status of the Iowa Caucus system is at stake in the current Republican campaign. With presumed front-runner Mitt “Suge” Romney declining to participate in the Ames Straw Poll and Jon “Puffy” Huntsman deciding not to even run in the state because of his firm opposition to ethanol subsidies – a very unpopular stance in a Corn belt state – it will be interesting to see how things eventually shake out. If either Romney or Huntsman can win the party’s nomination without fully running or running at all in Iowa, the very lucrative straw poll and caucus system will be at great risk. And, don’t think for a moment that New Hampshire, desperate to keep their own lucrative status as the “first primary in the nation”, isn’t keeping a nervous eye on Iowa.

The Newt “3 Wives So Far” Gingrich Saga is getting funnier and funnier by the day – “Philosophically, I am very different from normal politicians, and normal consultants found that very hard to deal with,” Gingrich said in a speech this week to the Atlanta Press Club – and I don’t mean funny in a “Ha, ha, ha” kind of way.

She has no chance of being elected president, but do not underestimate Michelle “Kelly” Bachmann in the GOP primary campaign. She can do the one thing none of the rest of the current candidates except for Mitt “Suge” Romney and Jon “Puffy” Huntsman can – raise  money on a national basis – and, she can’t be accused of flip-flopping on her positions. 

I was talking to a buddy of mine about Newt Gingrich the other day and when he said, “Gingrich is quickly becoming a ‘white Jesse Jackson’”, my only thought was, “Wow, who does that insult the most?”

I’m trying to decide if I care what Al Gore thinks about President Obama…Nope.

When we live in a world where Florence and the Machine and Bruno Mars are the Friday concerts on GMA and TODAY respectively, you know we’re in a depression when it comes to popular music.

As a general rule, I’m against remakes, but the new ‘Footloose’ trailer actually intrigues me.

Every foreign player selected in the NBA draft Thursday is taking away a lucrative job from an American. I’m just saying…

FINALLY

Herman Cain makes Michael Steele look like Huey Newton.

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