Glenn Beck’s glorified podcasting outfit will launch a kid’s show called “Liberty Treehouse” on Monday. What could possibly go wrong?
In the first show, Raj Nair, the host, in a behind-the-headlines segment, is going to talk about straw polls and debates — what they are, where they come from and why they are important,” said Joel Cheatwood, the former Fox News executive who now serves as president of programming at GBTV. “I don’t know any kids show that took that on.”
There’s a reason no other kids’ shows take that on, Mr. Cheatwood—it’s as boring as watching Glenn’s hair product oxidize on his scalp. But maybe some of the toothless geezers who ponied up a portion of their Socialism Security checks for a GBTV subscription will make a captive audience of their grandchildren.
In what is apparently a desperate attempt to revitalize his *campaign* for the Republican nomination, old dog Newt Gingrich is recycling an old trick: Contract with America Redux! Or, as he’s titled it, “21st Century Contract with America”. Pity it’s so filled with 20th century gimmicks.
Although some, mainly those working for him, would disagree:
Supporters say the new contract also cements Gingrich’s commitment to act on his ideas.
“While lots of people give pretty speeches from teleprompters, [teleprompter - good one! ed.] Newt is laying out a plan, with substance, for Iowans and Americans to see,” Linda Upmeyer, Gingrich’s Iowa campaign chairwoman, said in an email Wednesday. “And he is asking for all of us to work WITH him to improve them moving forward.”
It gets even better:
Gingrich’s new contract calls for dozens of other ideas he has called breathtaking in scale and visionary.
Ideas such as (gasp) Repeal Obamacare! Privatize Social Security! De-fund Medicaid! Flat Tax! Sell Health Insurance Across State Lines! (Are ya outta breath yet?)
He does plan to cure Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons in the next couple of years (presumably without resorting to stem cells) so I can get behind that! And all of it typed with the Newster’s thumbs on his Blackberry. No palm writing for Newt.
We’ll be anxiously (breathlessly?) waiting to see the surge in the polls that this will bring the old dog.
“African-Americans have been brainwashed into not being open minded, not even considering a conservative point of view,” Godfather’s Pizza executive Herman Cain said on CNN’s “The Situation Room” in an interview airing Wednesday between 5-7 p.m. ET. “I have received some of that same vitriol simply because I am running for the Republican nomination as a conservative. So it’s just brainwashing and people not being open minded, pure and simple.”
Cain went on to explain that his interactions with African Americans led him to be optimistic about his own chances with the demographic.
“This whole notion that all African-Americans are not going to vote for Obama is not necessarily true,” Cain said.
He continued, “I believe a third [of African-Americans] would vote for me, based on my own anecdotal feedback. Not vote for me because I’m black but because of my policies.”
Anita Perry, wife of Governor Goodhair, has finally figured out why those other GOP candidates are picking on her front-runnin’ man:
“Honestly, I’m going to speak frankly from my heart, I think he takes arrows because they want to knock him out from that position,” she said. “I think that’s why he’s the target.”
You don’t say!
We could really use someone with Mrs. Perry’s refreshing candor and strategic acumen in the First Lady role. Think how such a towering intellect could contribute to a project like Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative. Maybe her input would go something like this:
“I’m just a simple, Bible-believing country girl, but I have to call it like I see it—some kids are fat because they eat too much and don’t get enough exercise! There, I said it!”
I don’t know a thing about Mrs. Perry, but from that short exposure, I think she has the right stuff to revolutionize First Ladying.
Weird: Starting at about 8:45, Snooki makes a powerful case for sitting out the election, since serious candidates can’t be all free and mavericky and influential and stuff. Sure sounds like she’s decided she’d rather freelance than go through the campaign meatgrinder.
Which all just goes to show how desperate the Rovians are for somebody Who’s-Not-Romney-Or Not-Perry-Too-Evidently. Gov. Goodhair has shown himself to be nothing but another pretty face in the style of a Palin. And further a pretty face who’s soft on immigration.
So once again the Repub machine approaches Christie, knees bended, bouquet in hand. Our crusty curmudgeon Christie, they cry! He of the happy teddy bear appearance who yells at people and smites unions. Save us from ourselves!
Well, don’t let me stop you guys. But if you really think you’d be solving your little candidate problem?
He killed himself earlier this month after being relentlessly bullied and hounded by schoolmates for being gay.
But never mind Jamey and the many other LGBT teens worldwide who suffer ceaseless harassment and sometimes kill themselves. You know who really needs a new organization to protect them from discrimination? The adults who proclaim that our LGBT friends and neighbors are second-class citizens and freaks who are destroying society and then suffer professional and personal blowback when people discover their very public pronouncements on the topic.
Luckily, Maggie Gallagher resigned her position at NOM to create just such an organization.
I’ll happily go on record right now as saying that among the things I don’t give a damn about when it comes to Palin is who she’s allegedly slept with in the distant past. I barely give a damn about the “babygate” stuff that’s been doing the rounds of certain blogs since 2008, (a) because I have no way of establishing the truth of any allegations myself, (b) I’ve grown more and more impatient with the way it’s been trundling on and on and on for so long and has taken up a lot of people’s time who might be better employed elsewhere, and especially (c) even if she’s ever proven an outright liar about any of this, it probably won’t change that many people’s minds one way or another about her fitness for office or her role as a pundit anyway. Her words and public conduct have done that in spades, and if they don’t convince you, I doubt anything else will.
I’ve no idea what the grand strategy is behind this formal warning letter, beyond providing cover in the face of the challenge from some quarters that if the allegations were untrue, Palin would sue. There’s no injunction in the pipeline as far as I know, and through my work I’m familiar with how excruciatingly careful publishers’ legal departments are over potential libel, especially with predictably explosive subjects like Palin. I’ve actually read more allegations from the book about Palin on Breitbart’s site than I have anywhere else. I haven’t read detailed excerpts of McGinniss’s book, and I probably won’t bother as a lot of it’s beyond snark by this stage, much of it has already been around as rumor over the past three years or so, and my tolerance for things Palin beyond marveling at her continuing status as a punchline for the follies of fame and fandom in politics has steadily dwindled.
But if it does ever go to court, hold onto your hat because there’ll be a daily stream of allegations and revelations, happily broadcast by the media of every political stripe.
I’ll note before I go any further after the fold that Palin’s living in a glass house (suspiciously similar to a certain public building in Wasilla built around that time, but that’s by the by ...), given, among other things, her attempts to smear McGinniss as a peeping tom and pedophile during his time as her next door neighbor. Now that’s what I call slander and libel, but she gets a free pass for that every time she does something similar.