Good Times at the Pittsburgh Rally

Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll, who has a history of, umm, interesting comments, made her presence known at the Clinton rally in Pittsburgh yesterday by grabbing the microphone as it was being handed to President Clinton and claiming that several prominent PA Democrats “hate women”:

Getting elected in this country is such a total pain in the ass- everyone of your supporters is a potential liability, so you have to tap dance through a minefield of idiocy. At any rate, my father called to tell me about this one, and according to him, Lt. Gov. Knoll went on to state that she had “loafed” with Hillary, Bill, and Chelsea for 25 years, and later on, when asked to respond, Bill stated he had never “loafed” with “that woman,” which I thought that was a pretty amusing response. For some reason, the only video I can find is the one above without the “loafing” bit.

I really feel sorry for anyone running to have to go through this crap.

*** Update ***

Audio here with “loafed” commentary.

30 replies
  1. 1
    chopper says:

    “i did not have loafing relations with that woman” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

  2. 2
    Zifnab says:

    I really feel sorry for anyone running to have to go through this crap.

    Sometimes you wonder how candidates can have such disrespect for the general populace. Then you meet the absolute wackos who make up their supporter base. Seriously, yikes.

    Just be grateful that for all of Hillary’s flaws, she’s not that woman.

  3. 3
    PeterJ says:

    With supporters like her…

  4. 4
    jake says:

    It depends on what your definition of loafing is.

  5. 5
    Mary says:

    “Exuberant” = “drunk”?

  6. 6
    cleek says:

    too much KoolAid will do that…

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    gypsy howell says:

    WTF?? Good to know our Lt Gov is so out of control. A little rough around the edges for a Harvard-Wharton grad, isn’t she?

    The Howells all got their O Face on this morning.

    God I hope this thing is over with by tonight, but I fear it won’t be. Hillary is going to keep going and going and going.

  8. 8
    nightjar says:

    If I were a Keystone stater, I’d pray all day every day for the health and well being of Ed Rendell.

  9. 9
    Pb says:

    Here’s another report, with her ‘loafed’ comment included.

    “Exuberant” = “drunk”?

    That’s the most charitable explanation I can think of. Wow.

  10. 10

    Yikes, that blasted right through the top of the cringe-o-meter. Those early morning martinis will do that too you. That was tough to watch.

  11. 11
    Shinobi says:

    Wow… Is she okay? She seems…overmedicated.

    Also, Loafed?? Is that another word like Nebbie which has a totally different meaning outside the Pittsburgh area? Yins gonna explain it to me?

  12. 12
    Andrew says:

    You are all drunk, loony woman hating misogynists.

  13. 13

    You are all drunk, loony woman hating misogynists.

    I denounce, renounce, disvaow, reject, and rebuke your remarks. I am not drunk. Yet.

  14. 14
    Ninerdave says:

    Actually I have to disagree with the majority view here. I think Hillary needs to have Baker Knoll campaign with her more often. I thought it was hilarious. A much needed spice to her campaign, which in recent weeks has made me want to punch babies.

  15. 15

    OT from Lt. Gov. “Grassy” Knoll, but what kind of voting machines are they using in PA? I have already heard of reports of widespread breakdowns and reports that these machines don’t have paper trails. Anyone know more?

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    jrg says:

    “Exuberant” = “drunk”?

    That’s what it looked like to me. What a fucking drama queen.

  17. 17
    dr. bloor says:

    How, exactly, is one elected to the position of Lt. Gov. in PA?

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    mikesdak says:

    I agree that it’s completely ridiculous to have to dance around the stupidity of some people who support you. What Hillary (or any candidate) needs to do is just say “I’m glad she supports my effort to be elected. I’d like to think it’s based on my views on issues. Any other opinions she has are not my concern. She does not speak for me, nor do I regard her support as conditional upon my adopting her opinions.”

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    SpaceCat says:

    “that woman” makes an appearance again. Priceless! Not only does it remind us of Monica, but it makes Bill sound like a sexist jerk.

  20. 20
    BlueMonkey says:

    Jeebus Krispy Kreme. I didn’t realized how effed up Pennsylvania was before the last several weeks. I even considered it as a possible landing spot when flight from the suburbs of red hell becomes possible. Wow.

  21. 21
    cleek says:

    she’s like Marge Schott plus six.

  22. 22
    zoe from pittsburgh says:

    BlueMonkey– I wouldn’t say PA is effed up, well, at least no more so than anywhere else. It’s a little quirky, is pretty solidly blue, however, the Dem machine is pretty much an Old Boys Network. (Which is why most of it, except for Bob Casey, is behind the Clintons.)

    I moved here about a year and a half ago after 8+ years in DC. It’s a really nice place to live– Pittsburgh in particular is friendly, really affordable, has a lot going for it (thanks to Andrew Carnegie) and a lot of room to grow. In many ways its a giant college town, so there is a lot of stuff going on. Also, for anyone who has never been here, it’s damn pretty and one of the best places in the country if you love to do lots of outdoorsy stuff.

  23. 23
    yet another jeff says:

    cleek Says:

    too much KoolAid will do that…

    It’s not the KoolAid, it’s the Everclear….

  24. 24
    zoe from pittsburgh says:

    I just voted in Pittsburgh. We use electronic voting machines, no paper trails, although we do get a paper ballot receipt.

  25. 25
    The Other Steve says:

    Exactly how do you loaf?

    I’m familiar with meatloaf, but is this some kind of new sex thing?

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    gypsy howell says:

    Oooookay, lifelong PA resident here, with a few stints elsewhere, but what the heck is this “loafed” word? I’ve never heard it. Granted, I’m (gratefully) from the ‘Penn’ part of Pennsyltucky.

  27. 27
    PK says:

    I voted in the afternoon. What I found strange was that they wanted you to vote for 7 delegates for the convention and they should not be more than 3 males and 4 females. I could not get an answer as to why the decision should be based on gender. No one had any idea why! Anyway I randomly picked 4 females and 3 males(pledged to Obama). But this was weird!

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    zoe from pittsburgh says:

    I found it odd as well. You’d think the delegates who support whichever candidate you voted for would automatically go– it was a confusing, unnecessary step.

    I really, really, really, really, really hope that Obama delivers a surprise win today. It would resolve a lot of the Superdelegate Doubt that seems to be keeping so many of them silent.

    The thing that bugs me is that a lot of those PA voters in the “tucky” part of the state may vote for Hillary today and then vote for McCain in the fall. Obama was right about the “cling” he just shouldn’t have said it in public. Regardless, I still think he (or she) will carry PA in the fall.

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    hacienda says:

    CBK has a reputation for being a bit off of her rocker.

    During her tenure, Knoll has committed some gaffes in public speaking, such as occasionally referring to Rendell as Edward G. Robinson, the 1930s and ’40s gangster-movie actor.

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    gypsy howell says:

    Yeah, I didn’t get the delegate gender thing either. What is that about? It was confusing – I hope I didn’t screw it up. I had to send Mr Howell back into the voting booth to vote for the delegates (he just filled in the top circle for Barack.)

    Screwy. Was it always this way? I can’t recall…

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