The top quotes in politics …
“Mr. President, Salaam.” — Comedian Jimmy Kimmel addressing POTUS at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
“As my stepfather always told me, ‘It’s a boy-eat-dog world out there.’” — President Barack Obama joking at the dinner.
“There’s a wild and crazy man inside of there just waiting to come out.” — Ann Romneydescribing her husband.
“He might be able to convince me.” — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on the Romney veepstakes.
“America may not forgive you for it, but God will.” — Texas Gov. Rick Perry on ”oops moments.”
“An absolute manic rampage.” — Meghan McCain on how commentator Michelle Malkin reacted after she complimented Sandra Fluke.
“A truly wild ride.” — Former House speaker Newt Gingrich describing his presidential run.
I’m fully aware of GOP political games now. Basically when the little “nobodies” in the party, like Allen West, Virginia Foxx, even Newt Gingrich, et al want attention or publicity, they make the silliest and most ignorant statements solely for the publicity it garners.
Now, having said that, here is Allen West’s latest meme:
Florida Republican congressman Rep. Allen West has torn a page from Sarah Palin’s book and issued a proclamation to the world via his Facebook page.
West cited the 13 percent unemployment rate among black Americans and wrote, “The failed economic policies of President Obama are destroying the black community and lessening the chances for economic freedom while promoting economic dependence.”
Referencing the fact that he was recently un-invited by the NAACP to speak at an event, West said, “Perhaps this is what the NAACP was afraid to hear me address.”
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NNACP) was actually quite clear about its reasons for rescinding an invitation to West to speak at the Martin County, Florida NAACP’s Tuesday Freedom Banquet earlier this week.
Martin County NAACP President Jerry Gore told Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, “There’s a certain statement he made about Communists.”
Gore was referring to a recent assertion by West that there are currently “about 78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party who are members of the Communist Party. It’s called the Progressive Caucus.”
West has taken a novel approach to addressing critics of the remark, saying to conservative blog The Daily Caller that a “stupid” reporter took his remarks out of context but then days later assuring CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien that he meant the statement exactly as he made it. However, when the congressman was pressed by O’Brien to name specific members of the progressive bloc who are Communists, West declined.
The top quotes in politics …
‘The campaign will go bye-bye.” — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich talking about his political future.
“Good riddance, see you later.” — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on the Nets moving to Brooklyn.
“Can I get an Amen?” — President Barack Obama while speaking about student loans.
“They think he’s like Marx or something.” — Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley on how the business community views Obama.
“Who knows who might be using prostitutes?” — Sen. Chuck Grassley weighing in on the Secret Service sex scandal.
“I am sticking to club soda tonight.”— Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, quoted by the New York Post, at a gala in Manhattan.
“I’m nervous.” — Comedian Jimmy Kimmel on hosting the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
“Does anybody have my last page?” — Sen. Marco Rubio after losing part of a speech.
In my opinion, Newt Gingrich has always been a laughingstock…
If you ever had any doubt about Newt Gingrich’s talent for grift, doubt no more:
Desperate times in the Newt Gingrich camp have called for desperate measures.Scrambling to dig himself out of a $4.5 million hole, the former House speaker has resorted to renting his presidential campaign’s most valuable asset – its donor list – for as much as $26,000-a-pop.
The initial thrust of the linked article is the political risk involved in diluting the donor list of a campaign that’s still technically active.
But I just wanted to point out that a while back, the Gingrich campaign was paying Gingrich himself, to rent his donor list.
Funny, too, that Gingrich, who’s famously insisted that his “campaign” make stops at his personal bucket list of zoos and museums along the way, has according to his spokesman, loaned the campaign “thousands, primarily toward travel and lodging expenses.” But you’ll all be relieved to know that “the campaign intends to reimburse” the loans.
Whew! And here I thought Newt was going to have to pay the expenses of his personal travel and private jet rental himself! Thank God his broke-ass campaign is going to do it! By renting out the list it paid him to buy.
You see how that works? Gingrich spends years running variations on his “Entrepreneur of the Year” scheme, then sets up a “presidential campaign” whose job it is to raise money to buy the product of the previous schemes.
Actually, Politico’s lengthy piece does a respectable job of taking you down all the side streets and seamy alleyways of Newt, Inc. I recommend it, and not just for salacious nuggets like this one:
Campaign insiders attribute the problems partly to Gingrich and his wife Callista’s, asserting that the couple was unwilling to downgrade from private jets and security details even as the campaign floundered. Insiders say Callista Gingrich required an entourage of at least two staffers – including one who dressed in an elephant costumeto promote her children’s book – and a contracted security guard who followed her even on non-campaign trips.
Not that I could resist including it, of course.
As an added bonus, though, let me include this link, for yet another deep dive into the Gingrich grift legacy: Newt Gingrich Leaves 30-Year Trail Of Debts, Lawsuits And Bankruptcies In His Wake
Seriously. If you learn the history (and what “historian” would discourage you from doing that?), you’ll see there’s no “teetering” here. Gingrich took a flying leap off the laughingstock cliff years ago. If I had to pin it down, I’d say it dates from, oh, let’s say, the time he was forced from the nation’s third highest Constitutional office under a cloud of… well, pretty much exactly this same thing.
Keep puttin’ him on the Sunday shows, though! It’s workin’ out great!
Republican hopeful Newt Gingrich slammed Barack Obama on Friday, saying the president’s remarks about the fatal February shooting of Trayvon Martin were“disgraceful.”
President Barack Obama addressed Martin’s death during a Rose Garden appearance earlier Friday, framing the tragedy in personal terms by saying, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”Gingrich responded to Obama’s remarksduring a “Hannity Radio” interview:
What the president said, in a sense, is disgraceful. It’s not a question of who that young man looked like. Any young American of any ethnic background should be safe, period. We should all be horrified no matter what the ethnic background.Is the president suggesting that if it had been a white who had been shot, that would be OK because it didn’t look like him. That’s just nonsense dividing this country up. It is a tragedy this young man was shot. It would have been a tragedy if he had been Puerto Rican or Cuban or if he had been white or if he had been Asian American of if he’d been a Native American. At some point, we ought to talk about being Americans. When things go wrong to an American, it is sad for all Americans. Trying to turn it into a racial issue is fundamentally wrong. I really find it appalling.
Gingrich’s comments came amid boiling public outrage over the death of Martin — an unarmed, 17-year-old African American shot by a volunteer neighborhood watchman. The former House speaker commented on the shooting Thursday duringan interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, calling it a “tragedy.”
The Romney camp had a very brief moment of clarity and honesty yesterday when a top aide, Eric Fehrnstrom answered a question about Mitt Romney being too far to the right for most Independents when the general election gets started. Fehrnstrom’s answer caused a media frenzy on Wednesday…
Mitt Romney can’t be held accountable for his extreme right-wing views, at least according to his campaign’s senior adviser, who said the candidate should be given a “reset button” on any positions he’s taken during the primary campaign if he wins the nominations and faces off against President Obama in the fall.
Appearing on CNN this morning, Romney Communications Director Eric Fehrnstrom was asked if he’s concerned that Romney may alienate general election voters with some of the hard-right positions he’s taken during the primary to appeal to conservatives. Fehrnstrom brushed this concern off:
HOST: Is there a concern that Santorum and Gingrich might force the governor to tack so far to the right it would hurt him with moderate voters in the general election?
FEHRNSTROM: Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all of over again.
Polls show Romney has lost support among independent voters as the primary campaign has forced him further to the right.
It’s unclear if Fehrnstrom expects people to just forget some of the fairly radical stances Romney has taken on everything from immigration, to contraception, to climate change, or if he expects the candidate to change his positions on those issues in the coming months — something Romney is certainly known for doing. As Fox commentator Brit Hume said of Romney last year, “You are only allowed a certain number of flips before people doubt your character.”