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Am Funniest Home Video-Kid and President’s Legacy

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O’Donnell Cancels Sunday Morning Show Appearances At Last Minute

Is this a surprise to anyone?  No doubt it was the reports of her “dabbling in witchcraft” that made her cancel.  My goodness, what other precious Christine O’Donnell talk show moments does Bill Maher have up his sleeve?

Obviously she’s following the Sarah Palin, Rand Paul,  and Sharron Angle playbook.  Why are these people so afraid to face the media?

TPM DC

Christine O’Donnell, the GOP nominee for U.S. Senate from Delaware, had been set to appear on CBS’ “Face the Nation” and “Fox News Sunday” tomorrow, but has scrapped both appearances to attend campaign events, including a picnic, the AP reported.

O’Donnell’s planned appearance on the Sunday shows would have put her in the position of answering tough questions about her track record of attention-grabbing statements on pre-marital sex, Joe Biden allegedly tapping her phone and her own dabbling in witchcraft.

The cancellations, just four days after her stunning win in the Delaware GOP primary, comes on the heels of O’Donnell’s positive reception at the Values Voters Summit on Friday.

Campaign spokeswoman Diane Banister told the AP Saturday that O’Donnell canceled so she could attend previously scheduled events — including a picnic hosted by Delaware’s Sussex County GOP. The picnic doesn’t get underway until 2 p.m. according to the GOP Sussex County Republican Committee’s website.

Another Tea Party favorite, Senate nominee Rand Paul (R-KY) canceled a planned interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” in May, citing exhaustion. That was just the third cancellation from a major guest in 62 years, the show’s Executive Producer Betsy Fischer said in an interview at the time.

CBS host Bob Schieffer tweeted that Republican Strategist Ed Rollins and Michael Gerson of The Washington Post would be filling in for O’Donnell.

“I feel your pain, Bob. A page from Rand playbook!” Fischer tweeted Saturday.

The “Fox News Sunday” website was still promoting O’Donnell’s appearance as of Saturday afternoon. Karl Rove — who had been critical of O’Donnell’s “nutty” views but later backed the candidate — was also scheduled to be on the program.

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I saw this quote today…

Then I thought of the Voters’ Value Summit.  Then I just knew I had to share this with everyone:

“Religion is what keeps the poor…

…from murdering the rich.”
~Napoleon Bonapart

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Rep. Weiner To Investigate Beck’s Sponsor, Goldline

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Uh oh, Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY) is about to dig deep into Glenn Beck’s “Goldline connection”.  This should be interesting…

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Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) announced yesterday that a hearing will take place next week to discuss legislation to regulate gold-selling companies, such as Goldline, a sponsor of Glenn Beck and other Fox News personalities such as Mike Huckabee and Laura Ingraham.

Weiner’s press release states:

Goldline employs several conservative pundits to act as shills for its’ precious metal business, including Glenn Beck, Mike Huckabee, Laura Ingraham, and Fred Thompson. By drumming up public fears during financially uncertain times, conservative pundits are able to drive a false narrative. Glenn Beck for example has dedicated entire segments of his program to explaining why the U.S. money supply is destined for hyperinflation with Barack Obama as president. He will often promote the purchase of gold as the only safe investment alternative for consumers who want to safeguard their livelihoods. When the show cuts to commercial break, viewers are treated to an advertisement from Goldline.“Under this proposed legislation, gold dealers will have a much harder time preying upon the nest eggs of vulnerable consumers,” said Weiner. “It’s shameful that companies like Goldline are able to rip off consumers, use misleading and possibly illegal sales tactics, and deliberately manipulate public fears to sell gold coins at inflated prices.”

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Watchdog group: Delaware candidate’s spending ‘flat-out illegal’

Well it seems like the “not so pristine” Christine, is in hot water, again…

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A watchdog group says it plans to ask authorities in Delaware to investigate Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell’s finances.

At issue are more than $20,000 of spending in 2009 and 2010 that Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington claims was illegal.

“It turns out Miss O’Donnell has treated her campaign funds like they are her very own personal piggy bank. She’s used that money to pay for things like her rent, for gas, meals and even a bowling outing. And that’s just flat-out illegal,” said Melanie Sloan, the group’s executive director.

In an interview on CNN’s “AC360,” Sloan said her organization would be sending letters to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware and the Federal Elections Commission on Monday asking them to investigate.

“For example, in 2009, Miss O’Donnell wasn’t a candidate for anything, yet she had numerous campaign expenses, things like travel and gas, and yet she had no actual campaign,” Sloan said.

O’Donnell’s spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment.

Speaking Friday afternoon at the Values Voters Summit in Washington, O’Donnell discussed the increased scrutiny she has faced as she has moved from a virtual unknown to a Sarah Palin-style celebrity in a matter of days.

“Will they attack us? Yes. Will they smear our background and distort our record? Undoubtedly. Will they lie about us, harass our families, name call and try to intimidate us? They will. There’s nothing safe about it. But is it worth it?….Are those unalienable rights worth a little alienation from the beltway popular crowd. Yes! I say yes, yes, a thousand times yes,” she said.

Sloan said Friday that her organization’s complaint to the Federal Elections Commission will allege that O’Donnell abused campaign funds for personal use and made false statements on forms she filed with the Federal Elections Commission.

But Sloan said her organization’s scrutiny had nothing to do with partisan politics. She noted that her organization had also recently called for Rep. Charles Rangel, D-New York, to step down after allegations of ethics violations.

“We’re about right and wrong and not about black or white, Republican or Democrat,” she said. “And it is flat-out wrong for a candidate for the U.S. Senate to be stealing her campaign funds and be using them for personal use.”

Politically, O’Donnell is firmly aligned with Tea Party movement, which funneled more than $150,000 to her campaign shortly before Tuesday’s primary. Largely opposed to abortion rights and gun control, she has been endorsed by two conservative populists — former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina.

The 41-year-old upset winner of Delaware’s GOP Senate primary may be a blank slate to most Americans, but she is no stranger to political bosses in what had been — until Tuesday — one of the country’s last safe havens for moderate Republicans.

O’Donnell, single with no children, has run for the U.S. Senate three times in five years. She finished a distant third in the GOP primary fight in 2006 before running uncontested for the right to challenge then-Sen. Joe Biden in 2008.

Her claim that Biden had turned his back on Delaware when he joined Barack Obama’s ticket fell on largely deaf ears; she lost by roughly 30 percentage points.

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Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert: Dems’ Oct. surprise?

After years of working up increasingly elaborate Glenn Beck impersonations, Jon Stewart now plans the most spectacular one of them all – a rally on the National Mall, in conjunction with his trusty faux foil, Stephen Colbert. 

Positioning himself as the anti-Beck, Stewart presented his October 30th “Rally to Restore Sanity” on his show Thursday night as a protest against extremism and bellicose rhetoric on both the left and the right. Colbert kept in character as a blowhard conservative by announcing his “March to Keep Fear Alive” right afterwards. 

It’s a joke, of course, but also an unavoidably political act. Despite Beck’s protestations that his rally was not planned as a political event, it was widely viewed as a yardstick for the motivating power of the tea party. Similarly, no matter how much Comedy Central insists it’s all just a goof, Stewart and Colbert’s rally will be read as an important measure of the enthusiasm of young Democratic-leaning voters ten days before the mid-term elections. 

That’s because, according to a Pew Research Center study released on Sunday, 58% of Daily Show and 64% of Colbert Report viewers described themselves as progressive, with 69% and 68% of them, respectively, approving of President Barack Obama’s job performance. 

By contrast, three quarters of Beck’s regular viewers say they are Republican, and only 10% of them approve of the president’s job performance. 

Interestingly, the Glenn Beck Show and the Daily Show are exactly tied in the percentage of the population that watches them – 7% — second only to “The O’Reilly Factor” with 10%. The Colbert Report is slightly behind at 6%. 

But their audiences are very different, and not just because of ideology. The largest segment of Glenn Beck’s audience is over 65, while the largest segment that watches the Daily Show and the Colbert Report is under 30, according to the study. As the study’s authors put it, writing about both Stewart and Colbert: “Young people are about as likely to regularly watch these comedy shows as they are to regularly watch the network evening news, weekday morning news shows, or CNN.” 

“They are very progressive, relatively liberal and young relative to other news audiences,” said Carroll Dogherty, the associate director at Pew Research Center. 

But Daily Show and Colbert Report fans are on average less far left than, say, regular watchers of MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow, perhaps reflecting Stewart. In a recent profile of the Daily Show host in New York magazine, Chris Smith describes him as a “somewhat left-of-center Bloomberg/Springsteen Democrat” whose “complaints are bipartisan.” 

Stewart told Smith he is uninterested in political activism beyond charitable events. 

“We’re not provocateurs, we’re not activists; we are reacting for our own catharsis,” Stewart tells Smith. “There is a line into demagoguery, and we try very hard to express ourselves but not move into, ‘So follow me! And I will lead you to the land of answers, my people!’ You can fall in love with your own idea of common sense. Maybe the nice thing about being a comedian is never having a full belief in yourself to know the answer. So you can say all this stuff, but underneath, you’re going, ‘But of course, I’m f*cking idiotic.’ It’s why we don’t lead a lot of marches.” 

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Bill Maher on Larry King (3 Parts)

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Part 1 Bill Maher On Larry King – GOP Doesn’t Want Black President

Part 2 Bill Maher On Larry King – Part 2 – Teabaggers Are ‘Out There’

Part 3 Bill Maher: “The People Are Sick!”

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Mario Piperni: Mitch McConnell And The Poor Downtrodden Rich

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If you had to give a face to Republican’s heartless to-hell-with-the-middle-class attitude, I can think of no better one than that of Mitch McConnell’s disgusting mug.  Here he is on the Senate floor defending tax cuts for the richest 2 percent.

“We can’t let the people who’ve been hit the hardest by this recession, and who need to create the jobs that will get us out of it, foot the bill for the Democrats’ two-year adventure in expanded government.”

The tens of millions of unemployed and families who have lost their homes, health insurance and life savings over the last year will by glad to know that the wealthiest in the nation have been hit harder by the recession than they have.  Someone should tell the 1 in 7 Americans who live in poverty to stop the bitching.

A McConnell spokesman came out the next day to spin explain what McConnell really meant.  Whatever.  The truth is that McConnell’s statement expressed Republican concerns perfectly…concerns which have nothing to do with the poor or middle class of America and everything to do with sucking up to the rich and special interest groups who fill their campaign coffers with millions.

If you’re not making $250 K or more, rest assured that the Republican party doesn’t give a flying f*** about you or your measly concerns.  Don’t take my word for it.  Just ask Mitch McConnell.

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Christine O’Donnell In Oct. 1999: ‘I Dabbled Into Witchcraft’

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Bill Maher is seriously trying to get Tea Party Candidate Christine O’Donnell on his show.  Several clips of Maher’s old show “Politically Incorrect” have surfaced with O’Donnell saying some weird and wacky things.  Maher promises to continue releasing clips every week until she appears on his HBO show.  Stay tuned…

Think Progress

Before she stole the hearts of tea party activists, Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell was best known for her regular and bizarre punditry on 22 different episodes of Politically Incorrect. The host of that show, Bill Maher, now has an HBO show called Real Time.

Last night, Real Time aired its first show of the current season. Maher began by mocking O’Donnell, calling her “an uemployed, anti-masturbation activist and a close friend of mine.” “I created her,” Maher told the audience, turning to the camera and stating, “You owe me Christine O’Donnell.” Maher said that he has great fondness for O’Donnell, adding, “She does not have a mean bone in her body, or any other bone in her body.”

Later in the show, Maher played a previously-unaired Oct. 29, 1999 clip of O’Donnell on Politically Incorrect, in which O’Donnell said she once “practiced witchcraft”:

O’DONNELL: I dabbled into witchcraft — I never joined a coven. But I did, I did. … I dabbled into witchcraft. I hung around people who were doing these things. I’m not making this stuff up. I know what they told me they do. [...]

One of my first dates with a witch was on a satanic alter, and I didn’t know it. I mean, there’s little blood there and stuff like that. … We went to a movie and then had a midnight picnic on a satanic alter.

Watch it:

Maher joked that he’s going to show a fresh clip of O’Donnell every week on his show until O’Donnell agrees to appear again on his show. “I’m just saying, Christine, it’s like a hostage crisis,” he said, “every week you don’t show up, I’m going to throw another body out.”

Learn more about the woman who wants to become a United States Senator in our ThinkProgress report: The Old Adventures Of New Christine.

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Politico’s: Week In One-Liners

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“I didn’t realize I was the head of a revolution.” – Sen. Scott Brown, in an interview with the Boston Herald. 

“Where does he get his material?” – MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, reacting to Newt Gingrich’s “Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior” comment. 

“There was a lot less anger out there when people smoked.” – Rush Limbaugh, weighing in on House Minrority Leader John Boehner’s smoking habit. 

“You don’t get the sense he’s going to ride his Harley onto the Capitol steps.” – A Republican attendee at one of Gov. Mitch Daniels private dinners, worrying that Daniels’s Hoosier demeanor doesn’t paint him as a Washington change agent. 

“The thought of having 1.3 trillion Justin Bieber CDs in circulation is almost as frightening as America’s $13 trillion debt.” – Rep. Jeff Flake, drawing on the Biebs mass appeal in his effort to focus attention on debt reduction. 

“I’d rather have a speaker with a tan than a speaker pumped full of botox.” – Republican Governors Association Executive Director Nick Ayers, reacting to all the hoopla over Rep. Boehner’s radiant skin color. 

“I’ll tweet, I’ll text, I’ll do whatever it takes.” – Sen. Chuck Grassley, making an appeal for support in a reelection ad. 

“Wouldn’t be prudent of me to get into a tussle with Karl Rove … But, what the heck, let’s go ahead and do it” – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, taking on the political strategist over Christine O’Donnell’s Senate candidacy in Delaware and chances in the general election. 

“The establishment in this town is so clueless.” – RNC Chair Michael Steele, the day after this week’s primary. 

“Believe me, the last thing a Vikings fan like me would ever think to support is something called a ‘Cheddarbomb.’” – Sen. Al Franken, making a pitch to supporters to contribute to Sen. Russ Feingold’s reelection effort.

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