Friday, January 20, 2012

The Reverend Barack Obama

“I….so in love with you.”

THE YUCK FACTOR – MARIANNE GINGRICH’S NIGHTLINE INTERVIEW: “Marianne Gingrich says Gingrich asked her for an ‘open marriage’ so he could be with his then-mistress Callista without getting a divorce…She said Gingrich asked for a divorce shortly after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The pair had been married for 18 years…Marianne Gingrich said she found out, during discussions about a divorce, that Newt and Callista had carried on their affair in the Gingriches’ Washington apartment. ‘I found out during our conversations that it was occurring in my bedroom in our apartment in Washington,’ she said. ‘ He always called me at night, and always ended with ‘I love you.’ Well, she was listening.'” Emily Schultheis’ story about the interview: Watch the full 8.5-minute segment that aired on Nightline:

NEWT FOUGHT BACK AT LAST NIGHT’S DEBATE – HOW DAMAGING WILL THIS BE? “With a rousing denunciation of the news media right out of the gate, Gingrich electrified the conservative audience here and temporarily defused an issue that poses a lethal threat to his campaign ,” Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns write. “His blistering response to CNN’s John King about the accusations lodged by Marianne Gingrich might even offer a short-term lift. ‘Watch it help Newt,’ predicted former South Carolina GOP chair Katon Dawson…likening the Marianne Gingrich’s claims to the unproven 2010 accusations that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley conducted an extramarital affair. ‘It looked like they were picking on her.’

MARIANNE spoke to THE WASHINGTON POST after Gingrich implicitly called her a liar: “After Gingrich’s comments at the debate, Marianne Gingrich declined to directly respond to the denial, other than to say she was sticking by her story, which she said is ‘the truth.'” More from James Grimaldi’s interview with her about the circumstances surrounding the dissolution of the candidate’s second marriage: “Marianne said her husband told her, ‘In a few years I’m going to run for president. She’s going to help me become president.’ … She said Gingrich has not spoken to her since the divorce.”

HERMAN CAIN defended Gingrich on Fox News this morning: “I loved Newt Gingrich’s response because that’s the same crap that they pulled on me, and that’s what’s wrong with politics. This is what’s turning the American people off.”

JENNY SANFORD, the ex-wife of Mark Sanford, told Chris Matthews on Hardball: “As a voter…if you’re going to overcome somebody’s moral failings or infidelities, you have to also look at where they stand ideologically and how much does their rhetoric match their reality. In my mind, Gingrich falls short on both fronts. So, he wouldn’t get my vote.”

“Pretty Ricky” Perry’s  Final Indignity Where The Crusade Began

 “Oops. I can’t remember why I decided to run.”

N.Y. Times’ “Check Point,” “Romney and his Money,” by Michael Barbaro: “Mitt Romney said during Thursday night’s debate that he did not inherit any money from his parents. … In an interview with C-Span in March 2006, Mr. Romney said that upon the death of his father, George, the former chief executive of American Motors, he received an inheritance. But he quickly donated the money to Brigham Young University. … Mr. Romney benefited from his father’s wealth in another way: he relied on George Romney for a loan that he used to buy his first home, in Belmont, Mass., for $42,000.”

PERRY: Dallas Morning News, “After failed presidential bid, what’s in Perry’s future?,” by Gromer Jeffers Jr. and Terrence Stutz: “The questions now swirling in Austin are how he responds and whether rivals – including fellow Republicans – will try to capitalize on his national fall. … [O]thers wonder whether Perry, after the rough outing for a man who had never lost a campaign, will have the enthusiasm to stay. … Many Texans were surprised in 2010 when Perry opted to seek re-election, ultimately thrashing Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Democrat Bill White, the former Houston mayor. He will face a similar decision in 2014, when foes will renew attacks that dog him in the presidential campaign. If Hutchison gunned for him last time, he’ll certainly draw opposition again. … Perry, 61, does have other options. He could remain a conservative voice for state rights, get another job somewhere, or maybe make another run for president.” 3 j

Santorum: I’m the Goldilocks candidate

Santorum’s newest analogy for the GOP race: South Carolina voters are Goldilocks, and the candidates are the three bears: Newt Gingrich is too hot, Mitt Romney is too cold and Santorum is “just right.” Funny how the most homophobic presidential candidate chooses to identify himself!

Romney campaign trying to lower South Carolina Primary expectations

Catholic leaders tell Gingrich Santorum to stop perpetuating ugly racial stereotypes

Newt Gingrich: Phoniest Presidential Candidate Ever

Some of Newt Gingrich’s Grandiose Thoughts


POLITICO glossy magazine out today, previewing the State of the Union

Jay-Z Anthem to Fatherhood is Music to the Ears of Black Family Advocates

Bill “Sports Guy” Simmons all football mailbag

Russell Westbrook signs 5-year extension with Thunder

Well, that should take care of those “Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook Can’t Get Along” rumors for the next, I don’t know, 5 years.

Kobe Bryant loses three mansions 75 million divorce settlement

I’ve got three words I bet Kobe Bryant has learned in the last 10 years: Pre Nuptial Agreement.


I don’t understand how someone as smart as Mitt Romney seems to be can be so dumb about releasing his tax returns.

Whoever your guy is, does it not seem at this point that President Obama is more likely to be re-elected than it did a month ago?

Speaking of President Obama, after last night’s impromptu Showtime at the Apollo performance, is it proper to refer to him as the “Crooner in Chief?”

Well, that should be a wrap on functioning illiterate Texas governors running for president.

Speaking of “Pretty Ricky Perry, I wonder what happens now as he returns to the relative anonymity of being “just a governor” and not on the national scene with all the attention that brings. Will he throw himself back into his work with gusto and try to restore the luster his long career in Texas politics once had or will he pull a “Palin” and quit in a few months?

Am I the only one who notices that when a GOPer mentions a former Republican president these days, it’s always Reagan and almost never a Bush? And if it is a Bush, they make it clear that they’re talking about Bush 41 – George H. W. – and not Bush 43 – George W.

When Mitt “Suge” Romney says he’ll release his tax returns in April, just like “John McCain and George W. Bush did when they were the nominee”, what he’s really saying is, “Look, if I’m the nominee, I’ll release my tax returns and if I’m not, I won’t.” In other words, he’s probably worth a lot more than the commonly believed and oft-reported $250 million and doesn’t want the American public to know that unless it’s absolutely necessary.

I guess Herman “Cornbread” Cain is such a self-absorbed media whore that he had no problem being a stooge in Stephen Colbert’s “Political Theater of the Absurd” in South Carolina today.


            Jay-Z and Warren Buffett at Wednesday’s reopening of Jay’s “40/40 Club” in NYC 


AFC – Patriots over the Ravens by 10

NFC – Giants over the Niners by 6


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