Did anyone see the GOP response to Obama’s State of the Union speech? I’m biased, of course, but I thought McDonnell’s performance was a Jindal-class debacle, just in a different way.
First of all, it was a huge mistake to stage it in the VA state house before the delegates. It looked like a chintzy knock-off of the real SOTU and invited unflattering comparisons; it was kinda like watching a community playhouse production of the same show you’ve just seen on Broadway—with the script rewritten by the high school debate club.
There’s Obama surrounded by the trappings of office with the Supreme Court, Joint Chiefs, House and Senate in front of him and the VP and Speaker of the House behind him. And here comes McDonnell, shaking hands with a bunch of schmoes no one outside Virginia has ever heard of in a scaled down version of the grand scene that had played before. Pathetic.
In his opening lines, McDonnell said, “It’s not easy to follow the President of the United States.” He should have closed his piehole right then and gone home—we all would have understood! But he droned out the rote GOP-teabagger fusion claptrap—warren terra, federal takeover of health care, snowflake babies, deficits are bad now that Bush is gone, blah, blah, blah.
He even threw in a gratuitous reference to Senator-Elect Cosmo TruckNutz, which was kind of pathetic, particularly coming from a Pat Robertson U grad who looks like the type of televangelist who specializes in slut-shaming female centerfolds.
I didn’t watch the yappy head analysis and haven’t read any wingnut reviews—for all I know, they’re hailing McDonnell as the second coming of Great Reagan’s Ghost. But I thought it was pretty freaking lame.
Apparently Associate Justice Samuel Alito has breached SCOTUS protocol for a State of the Union address. They don’t usually applaud or generally react to any POTUS political speech. Hell, they don’t even mostly show up. But tonight, while Rep. Jim Joe Wilson (R-Idiot) promised his leadership that he’d be a good congresscritter, Alito made no similar promise.
The upcoming teabagger shindig—starring Sarah Palin!—is starting to look like it might shape up to be a train-wreck falling off the world’s tallest bridge and landing on a nuclear reactor, causing a meltdown that penetrates the earth’s crust and reaches its molten core, prompting all volcanoes on the planet to erupt simultaneously and blot out the sun. From Mother Jones:
Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips likely assumed that scoring a dinner speech by the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate would guarantee a huge turnout for his National Tea Party Convention, scheduled to start Feb. 4 at Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Hotel. But according to Tea Party insiders, the tickets for the Palin banquet aren’t selling—and some conservative activists who have already paid to attend are now demanding refunds. With the controversial event shaping up to be a potential flop, some Tea Partiers are urging Palin to cancel her speech to avoid a humiliating public relations disaster.
Righteous Harvard prof and bankster-buster Elizabeth Warren gets passionate about protecting the middle class. And it turns Stewart on! At the end of the clip, Stewart confesses that he wants to “make out” with her, which causes Warren to go all schoolgirl:
Women’s Rights groups, like NOW, commendably call out advertisers and networks for airing sexist and demeaning portrayals of women that lead to young women’s diminished self-esteem and acceptance of roles as mere sexed-up objects.this
What a ridiculous situation they’re getting themselves into now with their protest of CBS airing a pro-life ad during the upcoming Super Bowl game. The ad will feature Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow and his mom, and they’ll speak to the sanctity of life and the beautiful potential within every innocent child as Mrs. Tebow acknowledges her choice to give Tim life, despite less than ideal circumstances. Messages like this empower women! This speaks to the strength and commitment and nurturing spirit within women. The message says everything positive and nothing negative about the power of women – and life. Evidently, some women’s rights groups like NOW do not like that message.
Fake pimp (and perhaps future Big House ho for reals) James O’Keefe and Disney’s interpretation of Hunchback of Notre Dame protagonist Quasimodo have a lot in common. In addition to triangular heads, floppy forelocks, oddly shaped noses and recessive chins, both the beloved Hugo/Disney character and the erstwhile wingnut folk hero share a burning need for sanctuary!
Alleging a plot to tamper with phones in Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office in the Hale Boggs Federal Building in downtown New Orleans, the FBI arrested four people Monday, including James O’Keefe, a conservative filmmaker whose undercover videos at ACORN field offices severely damaged the advocacy group’s credibility.
Also arrested were Joseph Basel, Stan Dai and Robert Flanagan, all 24. Flanagan is the son of William Flanagan, who is the acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, the office confirmed. All four were charged with entering federal property under false pretenses with the intent of committing a felony.
According to the FBI affidavit, Flanagan and Basel entered the federal building at 500 Poydras Street about 11 a.m. Monday, dressed as telephone company employees, wearing jeans, fluorescent green vests, tool belts, and hard hats. When they arrived at Landrieu’s 10th floor office, O’Keefe was already in the office and had told a staffer he was waiting for someone to arrive.
When Flanagan and Basel entered the office, they told the staffer they were there to fix phone problems. At that time, the staffer, referred to only as Witness 1 in the affadavit, observed O’Keefe positioning his cell phone in his hand to videotape the operation. O’Keefe later admitted to agents that he recorded the event.
After being asked, the staffer gave Basel access to the main phone at the reception desk. The staffer told investigators that Basel manipulated the handset. He also tried to call the main office phone using his cell phone, and said the main line wasn’t working. Flanagan did the same.
They then told the staffer they needed to perform repair work on the main phone system and asked where the telephone closet was located. The staffer showed the men to the main General Services Administration office on the 10th floor, and Flanagan and Basel went in. There, a GSA employee asked for the men’s credentials, after which they stated they left them in their vehicle.
The U.S. Marshal’s Service apprehended all four men shortly thereafter.
But thank god O’Keefe is used to dressing up in costumes…
The four men appeared in federal magistrate court this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Louis Moore wearing red inmate jumpstuits from St. Bernard Parish Prison, where they are being held.
I think I just popped a nut.
[via a terrible, terrible wingnut blog I don’t want to acknowledge]
Political observers can only wonder what Palin has promised the Saudis, what she has been promised by her RNC masters, what McCain has agreed not to reveal about Palin in exchange for her support, and what the fickle former governor’s coziness with Saudi sheiks portends for Israeli security and interests in the Middle East.
God, that was fun. Let me know if I left anything out.