Thursday Evening Open Thread: GNUTE!

(Tom Toles via GoComics.com)

Newt Gingrich’s sugar daddy says he’s putting his wallet away:

Seventy-eight-year-old billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has pumped millions upon millions of dollars into New Gingrich’s campaign by way of the Winning Our Future super PAC, but it appears he’s finally through writing those checks. Adelson spoke informally (but on video) to a small group yesterday at his hotel and casino, The Venetian, and said he believes Gingrich is “at the end of his line” with respect to his chances of winning the GOP nomination. Apparently Adelson has spent enough time in a casino to figure out odds…

But I prefer Mr. Pierce’s opinion — Fight, Newt, Fight!:

It is not often that I rise to the defense of N. Leroy Gingrich, Definer Of Civilization’s Rules And Leader (Perhaps) Of The Civilizing Forces, but I think if the man wants to keep running for president, he should keep running for president. I think he should ignore the people telling him to get out so the party can line itself up behind the Romneybot 2.0, because the party plainly doesn’t want to do that. Willard Romney is not unpopular because Newt Gingrich is still running against him. He is unpopular because, to anyone not in Willard Romney’s income ionosphere, he is an unprincipled boor who speaks as though he learned English backwards and 20 minutes ago…
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… The Republican fixers want Gingrich out so that they can get busy creating a meretricious narrative about Romney that they can pitch to as many of the gullible rubes as will buy it. The less time they have to do that, the better. (Making out of Mitt Romney a plausible human being is not a task that can be accomplished quickly.) So Newt should stay in just to make that job harder because, really, what does he owe to any of these guys? Say what you will about his megalomanical ideas, he at least expresses them in a way that doesn’t make you feel you should be trimming his hedge or something.

Republican infighting always makes me feel just a little more optimistic. Apart from GOP Zombie Warz, what’s on the agenda this evening?

32 replies
  1. 1
    TooManyJens says:

    Speaking of zombies, I did my first Zombies, Run! mission yesterday and it was awesome. Of course, my legs also cramped up last night because I was inspired to run faster than I normally would, but still, two thumbs up.

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    Alison says:

    My agenda includes laundry and reading Drift. Whee!

    BTW to any NY BJers who were hoping to win one of the front-pagers’ signed copies – Rachel will be signing books at the B&N in Union Square tonight. You lucky shits. :)

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    lamh35 says:

    I mentioned this video last night don’t know if anyone remembers, but it is good. Trayvon Martin case: Black voices of NBC reflect on race, prejudice

  4. 4
    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    Every time I hear the words “The dynamic speaking of President Mitt Romney,..” I start giggling. Seriously, they going to elect this guy?

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    lamh35 says:

    I guess this ends SC Gov chance to be on the veep list:

    Sources: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley could be indicted this week

  6. 6
    amk says:

    mehmney has the arrogant entitlementism to park right in front of the fire hydrant.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Gingrich 2012: I Hates Mitt. I Hates Him to Pieces.

    Well, why not? I quite fancy the image of Noot facing the trials of penury: campaign offices dark, locked and barred; ever tinier crowds at his rallies; voters asking “Hey Noot, where’s your campaign advertising?”; the meedja saying, “Noot who?”; and, of course, having to hitchhike to the convention with Callista sulking beside him all the way.

    Plenty of people will freuen sich over his well-deserved Schaden.

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    burnspbesq says:

    The kid’s second-to-last school recital (one more student choreography performance, in which his choreo work will be performed by other students, between now and graduation). Our baby is all growed up and heading off to college in August. How the fuck did that happen?

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    dms says:

    Doesn’t Pierce mean the MORE time they have to do that, rather than less?

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    stibbert says:

    golly i haz a sad for Adelson, he’s flushed away ~10 million dollars on his own! personal! wholly-owned! pretzeldential! candidate!

    i hope he feels that he got at least some value from that, like the rubes who patronize his casino, but leave it w/ lighter wallets.

    but hey, they/he had a few hours of life in the bright lights, w/ fond memories of having been a ‘player’.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @lamh35:

    Yeah, but on charges of “tax fraud”, which will only boost her esteem with the cretinous mass of teatards.

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    ThatLeftTurnInABQ says:

    Seventy-eight-year-old billionaire ca$ino magnate Sheldon Adelson has pumped millions upon millions of dollars into New Gingrich’s campaign by way of the Winning Our Future super PAC, but it appears he’s finally through writing those checks. Adelson spoke informally (but on video) to a small group yesterday at his hotel and casino, The Venetian

     
    This scene really is just begging for a snow-white Persian cat to be sitting in its master’s lap as he speaks.
     
    “I’m sorry Mr. Ging-grinch, but I’m afraid you’ve outlived your usefulness..” [presses a small button on the chair arm console]

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    ThatLeftTurnInABQ says:

    Seventy-eight-year-old billionaire ca$ino magnate Sheldon Adelson has pumped millions upon millions of dollars into New Gingrich’s campaign by way of the Winning Our Future super PAC, but it appears he’s finally through writing those checks. Adelson spoke informally (but on video) to a small group yesterday at his hotel and ca$ino, The Venetian

     
    This scene really is just begging for a snow-white Persian cat to be sitting in its master’s lap as he speaks.
     
    “I’m sorry Mr. Ging-grinch, but I’m afraid you’ve outlived your usefulness..” [strokes the cat, then presses a small button on the chair arm console]

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    stibbert says:

    @burnspbesq: well done, scion of burnspbesq!
    last year, i traveled w/ family to attend my nephew’s ‘senior recital’ (trumpet) at his college. of course we were all bursting w/ pride & love for him, but there’s that little voice that asks, “dayyum, where have all the years gone?”

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    El Cid says:

    The Presidency is far too small an office for a cosmos-historic level philosophico-heroic intellectual majesty like Newt Gingrich.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @lamh35:
    Thanks for linking that again. These thoughtful and sobering reflections need to be heard as widely as possible.

    Bruce Springsteen is playing American Skin (41 Shots) at his concerts, starting at Tampa.

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    j says:

    Toles missed a golden (retriever) opportunity by not having a dog strapped to Mitten’s car roof.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @lamh35:

    I guess this ends SC Gov chance to be on the veep list:

    Only if she’s convicted. An indictment is a badge of honor for Republicans.

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    Splitting Image says:

    @burnspbesq:

    Only if she’s convicted. An indictment is a badge of honor for Republicans.

    Damn straight. It’s only wrong if you get caught, and if you get indicted and walk, you weren’t caught.

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    gbear says:

    @stibbert:

    golly i haz a sad for Adelson, he’s flushed away ~10 million dollars on his own! personal! wholly-owned! pretzeldential! candidate!

    He’ll probably turn around and spend 50 million on Romney. It’s chump change to him & you buy what’s available.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @lamh35:

    I guess this ends SC Gov chance to be on the veep list:

    You do realize this is the Republican party we’re talking about, don’t you? They’ll spin this as a politically motivated prosecution by the forces of the Kenyan Usurper, which will make her a wingnut celebrity and inevitable VP candidate. That’s how they roll.

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    cmorenc says:

    @burnspbesq: Given the rough-and-tumble nature of South Carolina politics and the fact that Haley has made some powerful enemies and lost her initial wide popularity among the electorate, this potential indictment would have smelled of dirty in-state political hardball if it wasn’t coming from the US Justice Department. Even so, it wouldn’t stun me if it turned out that any indictment was the collusive result of the US Justice Department and local GOP political actors with a sharp knife out for Gov. Haley.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @cmorenc:
    Will the Xtianists make much of the fact that this matter involves possibly embezzled building funds for a Sikh temple?

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    rikyrah says:

    Joe Walsh on Tammy Duckworth: Did He Really Say That?
    Posted Mar 29, 2012 at 01:40 PM
    By Carol Felsenthal

    The 8th District congressional race in the newly configured Northwest suburbs between Republican Joe Walsh and Democrat Tammy Duckworth threatens to be one of the ugliest and hottest in the country—one that will receive loads of national attention and money. The Democrats figure they have the perfect candidate in Iraq war hero Duckworth to send Tea Party favorite freshman Walsh packing.

    Nobody would ever call Walsh a temperate personality; he has made his reputation and become a favorite of cable TV shout shows by saying what’s on his mind—for example, he told President Obama to “quit lying.” But he went over the line in an interview with Politico’s Joe Catanese, held in an Elgin coffee shop, published today.

    The subject turns to Duckworth, the Black Hawk pilot who lost her legs and part of the use of right arm after her helicopter was hit in 2004 by a rocket-propelled grenade. She recovered to run unsuccessfully for Congress, and then to serve as Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, as well as President Obama’s Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Catanese writes:

    “I have so much respect for what she did in the fact that she sacrificed her body for this country,” said Walsh, simultaneously lowering his voice as he leaned forward before pausing for dramatic effect. “Ehhh. Now let’s move on.”


    “What else has she done? Female, wounded veteran … ehhh,” he continued. “She is nothing more than a handpicked Washington bureaucrat. David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel just picked her up and dropped her into this district.”

    http://www.chicagomag.com/Chic.....-Say-That/

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    Alison says:

    @rikyrah: Good fucks, but that Walsh is an asshole. Ugh.

  26. 26
    Brachiator says:

    Look out the Mittens is coming through,
    And it’s all over now, Angry Newt

    __

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    burnspbesq says:

    @cmorenc:

    If you’re dirty, it’s generally a bad idea to piss off people who know the details of your dirtiness. The telephone numbers of local FBI and IRS Criminal Investigation Division offices aren’t hard to find.

    That said, it’s pretty unusual for a routine audit of whether an exempt organization is staying within the guidlines for its exempt status to blossom into a criminal investigation. This could be really interesting.

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    @rikyrah:

    Keep talking, Walsh, you gaping asshole. That’ll go over real well. But while we’re on the subject, what else have you done for this country, you alimony-dodging deadbeat?

    Can’t wait to vote against that shitweasel in November. Can’t. Wait. The Illinois state lege gave suburban Dems a nice slow softball with that redistricting, and for God’s sake we better take it.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Spaghetti Lee:

    and for God’s sake we better take it.

    I think you meant to say “and for God’s sake we’d better hit it over the bleachers and onto the roof on the other side of Waveland Avenue.”

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    @Spaghetti Lee:

    alimony-dodging deadbeat

    Oh not just alimony — he didn’t pay _child support_.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @TooManyJens:

    I just forwarded that to a friend of mine who’s been training for a half-marathon but has hit the boredom wall. We’ll see how it goes.

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    Joseph Nobles says:

    Newt-as-hydrant looks like Cartman. In fact, Newt-as-Cartman fits pretty well. Can the other three fit the South Park quartet?

    Ron Paul as Kenny (They ignored Ron Paul! Those bastards!).

    That leaves Rick and Mitt for Kyle and Stan. Neither are Jewish, and Rick Santorum is a better fit for Butters anyway. Oh, well, can’t have everything.

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