Newsweek on the Ball

Lloyd Grove, yesterday:

Don’t bet against him! Looks like the polling numbers for “fat redneck” came in at less than awesome:

“I will not be a candidate for president next year. This has been a difficult, personal decision, and I am very grateful to my family for their total support of my going forward, had that been what I decided.”

The horse race never stops, so I expect Newsweek will be fluffing another dark horse next week.

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55 replies
  1. 1
    Comrade Mary says:

    I expect Newsweek will be fluffing another dark horse next week.

    I will not be seeking out the accompanying YouTube video.

  2. 2
    Downpuppy says:

    Using a 2 year old picture is not a sign that Newsweek believes their own crap.

  3. 3
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Newsweak has been useful only as bird cage liner for decades.

  4. 4
    JonF says:

    They haven’t tried to insert Pawlenty into that link yet?

  5. 5
    piratedan says:

    hey now, they just didn’t say WHICH week this would be relevant, as in three weeks ago…..

  6. 6
    Comrade DougJ says:

    Good news for Mitch Daniels!

  7. 7
    hilts says:


    You won’t have Boss Hogg to kick around anymore.

  8. 8
    soonergrunt says:

    so I expect Newsweek will be fluffing another dark horse next week.

    Do you honestly expect it to take that long? I’ll lay odds that they start before the end of this week.

  9. 9
    cynickal says:

    I’ve had many “difficult, personal decisions.” Not running for president was never one of them.

  10. 10
    Dennis SGMM says:

    Why do I get the feeling that Newsweak’s editorial staff is at this moment drawing a new name out of a hat?

    “Paul Ryan, Republican point man on budgetary matters, may just ride the wave of the Tea Party all the way to the White House…”

  11. 11
    Joe Beese says:

    I blame them Duke boys.

  12. 12
  13. 13
    Hann1bal says:

    I demand that Teh Emm-Ess-Emm give coverage to my potential campaign. It’s just as legitimate as Haley Barbour’s. My dad’s from Iowa, so I’ll probably play well there.

  14. 14
    hilts says:

    Lloyd Grove is a former gossip columnist for New York Daily News.

  15. 15
    demkat620 says:

    I never could figure out what Obama states other than possibly VA, NC and FL he could flip. And that wouldn’t be enough.

    And the dichotomy that would have been on display with him next to Obama.

    That would have been an ouchie.

  16. 16
    BGinCHI says:

    But he was loved by The Blacks!

  17. 17
    MikeJ says:

    @reflectionephemeral: And he was right. Romney is running and has the same chance of winning as somebody who isn’t.

  18. 18
    Malraux says:

    I’m disappointed. With a texan governor, there’s at least a case that its doing some stuff right. With mississippi, there’s no there there. It’s just a poor, backward southern state.

    That said, since a lot of republicans look on that as a good thing, I always figured he’d do ok in the primary stage, with enough of the racists thinking that he was speaking in dogwhistle.

  19. 19
    Radon Chong says:

    Maybe Jeb offered Haley the veep slot in ’16.

  20. 20
    NonyNony says:


    Also too: Krauthammer had Barbour about even with Romney two days ago.

    Hm. Sounds like Krauthammer has that about right – looks like Barbour and Romney have about the same chance of getting the nomination now.

    ETA – damn, scooped by MikeJ.

  21. 21
    piratedan says:

    @reflectionephemeral: well how much difference is there between negligible and marginal anyways?

  22. 22
    Ash Can says:

    What other kinda-sorta-maybe potential candidates have shitty poll numbers? Maybe they’ll be hyping Michele Bachmann next week.

  23. 23
    Kevin says:

    I was just reminded of an apt bit of silliness from my student days. At the University of British Columbia during the early 1970’s, during a student council election, some inspired genius or group of pranksters spray painted the following “campaign slogan” on a number of campus buildings..”Papoon-Not Insane”. Seems apropos for what you poor folks are enduring while waiting for a Republican sacrificial scam artist to emerge from the party detritus.

  24. 24
    mistersnrub says:

    Time for Fred Thompson to make his move.

  25. 25
    asiangrrlMN says:

    Me. I’m running as a Republican. Newsweek can pimp me out as much as they want. I need to get my ass in gear and take my campaign to the next level.

  26. 26
    Zifnab says:

    With “Generic Republican” leading in the polls, I’m curious to see if the Republicans can actually produce such a candidate. I didn’t think you could get much more Generic Republican than Haley Barbour, but I guess the good folks of Iowa and New Hampshire don’t agree.

    It’s literally anybody’s game in ’12 for who gets to play Bob Dole to Obama’s Clinton.

  27. 27
    Hermione Granger-Weasley says:

    so I expect Newsweek will be fluffing another dark horse next week.

    right now they are running them up the flagpole to see who salutes.
    Sully salutes Daniels, EDK and gg salute GaJo…

  28. 28
    GregB says:

    Barbour is going to take some time off to dedicate his efforts in continuing his great civil rights work.

  29. 29
    cat48 says:

    Obama will lose b/c Eric Alterman says in another angry oped at The DailyBeast comparing him to Jimmy Carter telling everyone what a despicable person Obama is.

    “THE BASE” has decided! Obama FAIL! The Redneck should have kept his fat ass in b/c if “Dems” are talking about their prez this way, no need to even have an election.

  30. 30
    Hermione Granger-Weasley says:

    And Bobo saluted Trump.

  31. 31
    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Ash Can:

    What other kinda-sorta-maybe potential candidates have shitty poll numbers?

    Herman Cain. “Pizza for All? In the huge GOP field, don’t bet against him.”

  32. 32
    sukabi says:

    @DougJ … “dark horses” need not apply… this is the GOP after all…

  33. 33
    Hermione Granger-Weasley says:

    @cat48: you will see more emergent overt Obama-hatred as libertarians and other crypto-conservatives realize the GOP has no viable candidate.
    The specific gravity of the Wingularity is beginning to open a chasm between the liberals and the liberal-tarians/libertarians and the fabric of reality is further deformed on the right.

  34. 34
    sven says:

    Rick Perlstein has a new article up over at Mojo about the history of political lying.

    He looks at how lying and the modern media establishment interact.


  35. 35
    The Moar You Know says:

    so I expect Newsweek will be fluffing another dark horse next week.

    Mr. Hands was bad enough the first time around.

  36. 36
    JonF says:

    Barbour was hiring staff as recently as last week. Wha happened?

  37. 37
    geg6 says:

    Damn, I was looking forward to some tasty Dennis G. posts during Barbour’s campaign of dog whistles. Guess I’m on to cheering for Trump!

    Meanwhile, OT, but a massive, hideous looking storm is headed my way. Looking very ugly out there. Probably should sign off for a while.

  38. 38
    piratedan says:

    @asiangrrlMN: please make it clear that you’re against any broccoli mandate, will you? and renounce Stalin just to be sure….

  39. 39


    I actually think that Cain might be a serious candidate. But then, I am not a Republican. And I no longer live in the south. What do I know?

  40. 40
    b-psycho says:

    @JonF: He realized “Fat Redneck vs Obama” wouldn’t work in his favor?

  41. 41
    Roger Moore says:

    Unfortunately, “Not insane” isn’t likely to play well with the Republican base.

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    Amir_Khalid says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:
    Newsweek has been on its deathbed for years. Its strategy of playing Pepsi to TIME’s Coke finally failed after a pretty long run. Then it tried doing that against The Economist for a couple of years. No joy, for the obvious reason that you might as well just get the real thing. It got sold to a website itself still new to online readers, and now it’s merely The Daily Beast’s print sidekick.

    There’s a tremendous glut of punditry on the media market and Newsweek’s product is nothing special — not especially insightful, to put it mildly, and not especially prescient. Newsweek hasn’t proven itself to be indispensable to any sizable market of readers. I doubt it can this time, either. The merciful thing to do would be to ignore its death throes.

  43. 43
    Waldo says:

    Sadly, he’ll only be fatter and redder come 2016.

  44. 44
    Bulworth says:

    @Comrade DougJ: Yes, Wash Post had an adoring article today about the Bold Debt Fierceness that is the former Bush OMB budget director who created all the red ink to begin with.

  45. 45
    Calouste says:

    @Linda Featheringill:

    Have you seen Herman Cain? You might notice something that would convince you that he could never win the Republican primaries.

  46. 46
    Midnight Marauder says:

    The United States of America in the 21st century has got to be the greatest piece of performance art ever put on for the world’s amusement.

  47. 47
    Bruce S says:

    “You might notice something that would convince you that he could never win the Republican primaries.”

    He’s completely bald?

  48. 48
    Bruce S says:

    “The Daily Beast’s print sidekick.”

    In the future every website will be printed on paper and mailed to you…

  49. 49
    JR (Not the other JR) says:

    Re: Herman Cain. They’ve already tried the “Black Man cancels out Black Man” Pokemon battle maneuver and it failed. Spectacularly. I really miss that Michael Steele…

  50. 50
    Delia says:

    I am taking this opportunity at the end of a BJ thread to announce that I, too, will not be running for President in 2012. I need to spend more time with my dog and two cats. And finish writing my novel. Also.

  51. 51
    Amir_Khalid says:

    @Bruce S:
    Don’t be too surprised when they actually try that with Newsweek.

  52. 52
    steviez314 says:

    Rick Perry would run, but he can’t figure out a way for America to secede from the United States.

  53. 53
    asiangrrlMN says:

    @piratedan: Well, since I’m now a Republican, I can be FOR the broccoli mandate and FOR Stalin. Oh wait….

  54. 54
    Tim F. says:

    Also just in: Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.

  55. 55
    Bulworth says:

    Rick Perry would run, but he can’t figure out a way for America to secede from the United States.

    That’s some pretty awesome Win right there.

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