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You have to love Sarah Palin. You have to love Todd Palin. You just have to love anyone with a last name of Palin. I know I do. I love them a lot.
Is it her ability to distill an issue to an unrecognizable soundbite that makes no sense? Well, as much as I love that, no. Is it her ability to grab media attention that makes her look ridiculous? Again yes but no. Is it the fascination the GOP has with her and her lack of knowledge about politics or world events? No.
I love that the Palins have endorsed Newt Gingrich because he is doing more for President Obama than David Axelrod. And while I am at it thank you rich casino guy for funding Newt and keeping him in the race.
Look, I have said this before and I guess I am about to say it again, the GOP missed the boat when they didn’t give Jon Huntsman a real chance. Being sane does not equal being a moderate or liberal. And I never did thank Governor Huntsman for his comment that gay marriage “doesn’t threaten” his marriage. Good for you, I have never understood how one marriage threatens another but what do I know? I am a liberal Democrat who grew up in New York and San Francisco. Oh, and I like brie and chardonnay, I am a walking stereotype.
Back to the Palins. They have both endorsed Newt, not sure why Todd thought his endorsement matters. Then again I am not sure why CNN felt the need to send out a news alert about Donald Trumo endorsing Romney.
The bottom line is that the GOP is giving people with no real standing so much attention and it’s a good thing for the Democrats.
Where to start this week?
Maybe I can start with the most disturbing story since Jerry Sandusky. WTF? Can we all agree that no one should abuse children? What thought process leads someone to think taking pictures of children with blindfolds, tape and/or mouths full of semen, which they thought was “magic candy” is appropriate? Apparently LA educator Mark Berdt thought that was just fine. I saw an official from the area say this on CNN, “They just thought they were being blindfolded and gagged as a game.” There is so much wrong with that statement that I am not sure where to begin. So, I’ll end my anti-child abuse rant there.
How about Mitt Romney’s compassionate nature? Recently he told a reporter, “I don’t care about the poor, there’s a safety net for that. If it’s broken, I’ll fix it.” I am sure the nation’s poor — and some estimates have that number as being as high as 42 million Americans — will be greatly relieved to hear that.
Why do we still care what Donald Trump thinks about anything? Rumor has it, he will endorse Newt Gingrich. Why do we care? Oh, right, we’re stupid.
(FYI, if you are not familiar with that quote it from The Wizard of Oz, a movie about which I have written before. Side note: has anyone heard the story of the suicide on the set that is supposed to be in the film? Used to scare the crap out of me. And I was in college when said scaring took place. Of course I am afraid of velociraptors, so clearly something is not right with me.)
Newt Gingrich’s second 15 minutes seems to be coming to a close. The self-proclaimed ‘ideas’ person who offered to debate Mitt Romney anytime, anywhere, seemed strangely out of place at tonight’s Florida debate. (My prediction about his candidacy can be found here.) Newt’s problem has always been that he really believes his own press releases. He doesn’t need to really prepare for debates or interviews because he is just that smart. He is always going to be the smartest person in the room, except he really isn’t. He also doesn’t seem to understand that while our attention spans are short, some of us remember what he was like when he had actual power.
Newt’s resurgence as the GOP frontrunner says more about how the party faithful feel about Mitt Romney than anything else. Truthfully, I would welcome a Gingrich-Obama matchup because Newt just cannot help himself — his affinity for self destruction is legendary. He would have everyone believe that he is a Ronald Reagan clone who single handedly balanced the budget and is responsible for every GOP achievement since he was born. Funny, I don’t think Speaker John Boehner feels the same way.
Oh, thanks for a giant fuck you to the residents of Washington, DC. You want to send people to the moon and let them become a state but don’t want us to have a vote in Congress? Nice, Newt, nice.