To commemorate 4/20, Tim Murphy at Mother Jones put together a list of the Republican presidential candidates’ positions on marijuana. Mostly they’re pretty predictable: the cyborg candidate touts synthetics, the tobacco lobbyist brooks no competition, and Newt Gingrich is a shameless hypocrite and huge fekking blowhard. But the big reveal is that one of them actually got busted with two shoeboxes full of the stuff, back in his privileged white-boy college days… and, of course, got off with a fine and a stern talking-to.
Dan Balz at the Washington Post duly stenographs the laments of the new RNC Chair, perhaps in an effort to explain why the Repubs are suddenly so very concerned about running up the national deficit:
When Priebus arrived at RNC headquarters after defeating Steele and others for the party’s top job, he found the following financial situation: cash on hand of little more than $350,000, with payroll of $400,000 due six days later. The overall debt stood at $24 million.
By the end of March, the party had $3.2 million cash on hand and debt of $19.8 million. Although the debt is still substantial, it is only a couple of million dollars more than the Democratic National Committee is carrying. Priebus believes that to show progress, getting the debt under $20 million was critical. Now he feels he has breathing room to manage the party’s finances more intelligently.
Steele’s neglect of major donors was well-known, but the problem was even more severe than advertised. According to a party source who declined to be identified in order to share internal accounting details, the RNC’s major donor program had generally brought in $40 million to $45 million during previous two-year cycles. During Steele’s tenure, the program raised just $7 million.
One of Priebus’s early steps was to meet with a who’s who of major Republican donors to enlist their help in getting the committee back in financial shape. They have responded enthusiastically. But can Priebus help put the party’s 2012 nominee in a financial position to go up against an opponent who threatens to raise close to a billion dollars?
Shorter RNC: “We let one of them sit in the corner office, out of the goodness of our hearts, and just look at the mess he left for us to clean up!”
Speaking of looters and parasites, Roy Edroso, having give Atlas Shrugged more serious attention than it deserves (“Unmitigated Galt“, Saturday April 16), uses his Village Voice column to summarize all the most earnest, heartfelt, tin-earred rightblogger paeans in its praise. “So may Galt go with them to the cineplexes and give them a good time. If other moviegoers prefer Rio, Rango, and Hop, why shouldn’t these guys enjoy cartoon characters of their own?”
And Tbogg, continuing his quest to get shot at from a helicopter, has a cartoon ‘familysticker’ of a certain Alaskan clan (‘Tawd, MamaGrizzly, Branch… ‘) that is a thing of beauty. Evil beauty.