More Gingrich Staffers Resign (He Had Some Left?)

When all is said and done, the moral to the brief story of Newt Gingrich’s presidential run will be this: “If you run a campaign of big ideas, don’t make them so big that there’s no room for a staff.”

From CNN:

Top fundraisers for Republican Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign resigned Tuesday, the campaign confirmed to CNN.

Fundraising director Jody Thomas and fundraising consultant Mary Heitman left the team. The two defections follow 16 resignations earlier in the month when top aides stepped down over disagreements with the former House Speaker.

What’s going on? Anthony Weiner’s staff didn’t quit as fast as Newt’s is heading for the door.

Was it this picture? They claim that’s not even Newt! Come back, guys!

No worries though. As we already know, there’s not a job on his staff that Newt can’t do. That’s because he is the staff. Besides, the people who just quit were fundraisers, and thanks to Newt’s remarks about Paul Ryan’s budget proposal and the individual mandate, Gingrich almost immediately rendered his fundraisers the Maytag Repairmen of the world of politics. They won’t be missed.

Update: Newt’s campaign is already over $1 million in debt. Hey, maybe he is qualified to replace Obama.

To save money, Mr. “We need to drastically cut our emissions” should chill on the campaign-funded private jets. He’d be wise to do so, if for no other reason that, with Newt’s luck, one of these days the pilot’s going to resign halfway through the flight.

Laugh of the Day: New York Times Editorial Refers to Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a ‘Moderate’

In an editorial entitled “Wal-Mart wins, workers lose,” the New York Times once again proves its comedic mettle:

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for the four moderates on the court, dissented from Justice Scalia’s broader analysis and sought a much narrower holding. The minority found that the plaintiffs had cleared the bar for certification with evidence suggesting that “gender bias suffused Wal-Mart’s company culture” but would have sent the case back to the trial court to consider whether the class action should have gone forward in a different form.

Mark Finkelstein at Newsbusters recaps the hilarity:

Ruth Bader-Ginsburg: feminist activist. Former General Counsel of the ACLU. Pro-abortion rights crusader. Moderate.

Elena Kagan’s a “moderate” too. Wow.

In this instance though, I think that “moderate” might actually be a slap at Ginsburg and Kagan, because the Court’s vote in favor of Wal-Mart was unanimous.

In the Times’ bio of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, they write that she is “a consistent member of the Court’s liberal minority.” But one vote in favor of Wal-Mart and suddenly Ginsburg, Kagan, Breyer and Sotomayor — who on their worst days can make Noam Chomsky look like a Reaganite — are “moderates.”

Don’t worry, NYT, I’m sure they won’t disappoint you in their next case.

Supreme Court Delivers Blow to ACORN; Obama’s Re-Election Campaign & Advice-Seeking Pimps Hardest Hit

Oh no! Now how will Mickey Mouse get registered to vote next year?

The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal from ACORN, the activist group driven to ruin by scandal and financial woes, over being banned from getting federal funds.

The high court on Monday refused to review a federal court’s decision to uphold Congress’s ban on federal funds for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

Congress cut off ACORN’s federal funding last year in response to allegations the group engaged in voter registration fraud and embezzlement and violated the tax-exempt status of some of its affiliates by engaging in partisan political activities.

So if have some underage girls from El Salvador and need help setting up a prostitution ring and advice on avoiding the IRS, you’re screwed. Thanks a lot, SCOTUS!

Man of the People: John Conyers’ House is an Unkempt Dump

At least one politician who lives in Detroit cares about “blending in” with the rest of the city that is crumbling because of the policies of people like, well, John Conyers.

Do you think he cares more about our health care than he does his own house and yard? Gosh, I hope so.

In fairness to Conyers, his wife’s usually the one who mows the lawn, and she’s in the slammer.

(h/t HAP)

Obama Impersonator Gets Hook at Republican Leadership Conference

Hire a comedian to speak at your conference and not do any research on his brand of humor? Great idea.

An Obama impersonator hired as entertainment at the Republican Leadership Conference, after a joke about Obama’s racial makeup (“only celebrate half of black history month” and “my mother loved a black man and she wasn’t a Kardashian”), started in on some Republicans, which culminated in him getting the hook:

A Barack Obama impersonator was ushered off the stage after he mocked the GOP presidential hopefuls Saturday at the Republican Leadership Conference.

Impersonator Reggie Brown drew raucous applause when he projected lewd photos of Rep. Anthony Weiner, the Democrat who just resigned over his sexually charged online dalliances.

Brown later played up the mass exodus of advisers to candidate Newt Gingrich’s campaign and said Gingrich’s supporters “are dropping faster than Anthony Weiner’s pants.”

The audience grew more uncomfortable when Brown took a shot at former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, saying Pawlenty missed the conference because “he’s having his foot surgically removed from his mouth.”

“Don’t worry: it’s covered under Obamneycare. Along with spinal transplants,” Brown said.

Brown joked about Milt Romney’s Mormon faith and about polygamy, and Rep. Michele Bachmann’s tea party support. Organizers then cut off Brown’s microphone and turned on music. He was shown off the stage.

The guy basically did the same act in Guam for the USO. Did the Republicans who hired him not look at any of his videos that are quite easy to find? Did they not also know the comedian is an Obama fan? Hey GOP organizers, next time do your research and make sure to hire a CINO (Comedian in Name Only).

As for the jokes, I didn’t think they were all that bad (hey, maybe that’s why I never get invited to speak at Republican conferences), but it would have been funnier if the impersonator had mock teleprompters and maybe somebody to run out and “glitter” him during the routine. Well, the latter did happen, in a way.

If the person giving “Obama” the hook would have come back onstage and said “that was my impression of election day next year” the evening would have been complete:

(h/t Free Republic)

Guy Passes Around Petition to Ban ATMs — You Can Probably Guess What Happens

Time for another episode of “Meet the people who cancel out your vote.”

The other day, President Obama blamed a bad economy in part on those job-killing ATMs, so hey, why not just try and get them banned? The Media Research Center was all over it like Joe Biden on a bad idea:


The latest Rasmussen poll proves that somebody better do something about those job killing ATMs fast before one more person is out of a job:


Can you spot the so-called “Bin Laden bounce” somewhere in there? It’s not easy.

(h/t The Blaze)

Liberal Bloggers: Obama ‘Not Our Boyfriend’ Anymore

Do they really wonder why some of us have a problem with having the health care system and everything else designed using the input of people who talk and think like 15 year old girls?

President Obama took his licks from progressives who are meeting in Minneapolis at the Netroots Nation Convention, the annual gathering of liberal bloggers and other social media activists.

The panel that drew one of the biggest crowds at Netroots Nation so far was called “What To Do When The President’s Just Not That Into You.”

“It’s like the president’s not our boyfriend anymore,” Joan McCarter, an editor at the Daily Kos website, said during the discussion.

These people are living, breathing testimonials to the wisdom of PT Barnum:

John Aravosis, another panelist, who blogs about gay-rights issues on AMERICAblog, reminisced about the heady early days of the left’s relationship with Obama.

“I honest to God thought I was voting for these guys and that it was going to be the first time in my lifetime that I’m finally in a position of power, where I could be working with the White House on a regular basis, saying, ‘OK what could we do this year on gay stuff?’ Wouldn’t it be cool, oh, ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell,’ this is great.'”

Don’t get excited though. Just because Obama’s “not their boyfriend” anymore doesn’t mean they won’t still see each other regularly. Once a sucker, always a sucker — and Obama will have no problem reeling them back in with a fresh batch of empty promises of life on that unicorn ranch in fantasyland.

Taxpayers Could Be Forced to Eat a Million Dollar Weiner

It was bad enough to have to put up with this psychotic buffalo chip in Congress all these years, but to add insult to injury, taxpayers are going to be giving him money for a long time to come:

While Rep. Anthony Weiner may no longer have the benefit of Congress’ generous health care plan once he resigns, he will still be able to collect his pension and other benefits that could total more than $1 million during his lifetime.

According to an analysis of his available benefits by the National Taxpayers Union, the New York Democrat’s pension and a savings plan lawmakers have access to similar to a 401(k) could be worth $1.12 million to $1.28 million.

At 46, Weiner will not be eligible for his pension for another decade, at which point he could begin drawing a reduced rate of $32,357 a year, according to NTU. If he waits until age 62 to begin drawing his pension, he will receive his full benefits, or $46,224, according to NTU’s calculations.

Even still, he’s going to have to work, and he has very few skills aside from being fluent in class warfare rhetoric and a fair to middling amateur photographer.

Weiner better grab that job offer from Larry Flynt while he can. It would also bring this thing to an fittingly dignified conclusion.

Hey, do you think his wife was trying to humiliate Weiner by dragging him to a grocery store just three hours after he resigned?

Friday Morning Open: Spock vs. FLOTUS Edition

It’s one of those mornings where I have a couple dozen things going on simultaneously, so here’s an open thread for whatever you’d like to talk about.

Suggested topic: While everybody was busy laughing at Weiner jokes and/or rooting through Sarah Palin’s emails, some people might have been trying to kill us.

By the way, today’s match in the Octagon is Mr. Spock vs. Michelle Obama. My money’s on FLOTUS:


They Won’t Have Weiner to Kick Around Anymore; Update: Weiner Resigns, Claims He Got His Values From His Parents — Parents Issue Flat Denial

It’s with great sadness that I report that our long national Weiner joke is almost over… almost.

ABC News:

Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York will step down from office amid intense pressure from congressional Democrats following his admission of risque online chats and photo swaps with multiple women and lying about it, sources tell ABC News.

Weiner, 46, has begun sharing his decision with close friends, the sources said, but has not yet sent a formal letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo indicating his intentions.

A Democratic source said Weiner called House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Wednesday night while they were at a White House picnic to inform them he would resign today.

The New York Post staff will soon be convening an emergency meeting to decide between “Weiner Pulls Out,” “Cooked Weiner” and “Weiner’s Last Stand” for their morning headline.

The Wall Street Journal confirms that Weiner will resign today, and probably brag about having more Twitter followers than Michele Bachmann.

Hopefully Weiner’s resignation comes at 5:45 Seattle time.

Update: Weiner press conference at 2 p.m. EST. Sources tell me that his farewell speech will conclude with the following: “Let America remember my congressional legacy this way: In a stressful job, he held his own.”

Update II: No comment:



Update III: Live video of Weiner’s pullout at 2p EST is here.

Takeaway quote from the resignation speech: “To my mother and father who instilled in me the values that carried me this far.”

Mom and dad, if they’re still around, must have been beaming with pride.




Update IV: Time to play “What’s wrong with this headline?”


As of Thursday afternoon it still hasn’t been fixed.