Tuesday Evening Open Thread: Willard’s Splendid Party

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Paul Constant at the Stranger informs us that “Mitt Romney Is Hanging Out with Terrible People Today“:

Tonight, Mitt Romney will be attending a Vegas fundraiser with Donald Trump. The Romney campaign hopes to pull in some $2 million from the event. For that kind of money, Mitt Romney can totally tolerate Donald Trump’s racist birther theories…

But Donald Trump is not the only terrible person Mitt Romney is meeting with in Vegas today. He’s also found time in his busy schedule to meet with Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate who singlehandedly propped up Newt Gingrich’s campaign for months. I’m not sure Romney can get to 50.1% by cornering the market on freakishly wealthy jackasses, but he’s sure as hell going to try…

Apart from the C.R.E.A.M. factor — as though there were anything in Romney’s career apart from “Cash Rules Everything Around Me” — hanging with Trump and Adelson, both unabashed members of the Toad-American demographic, must appeal to Mitt’s personal vanity. Half his political advertising relies on Romney’s conviction that anybody who looks so patrician (that hair! that smile! those cold, soulless eyes!) is just entitled to whatever office he deigns to adorn. He’s like the high school prom queen who thoughtfully anoints her least attractive hangers-on as her ‘court’, so that all the luzers will be reminded how much less gorgeous and worthy we are…

So, leaving aside the antics of the Repulsivican party, what’s on the agenda for the evening?

39 replies
  1. 1
    lamh35 says:

    I submitted my letter of resignation to my current job of the past seven years last week. It was kinda a big deal, it’s the first job I got in DFW after leaving NOLA thanks to Katrina (btw, I was just thinking, I’ll never be able to see, hear or speak the name Katrina and NOT associate it with the hurricane that decimated my neighborhood and my city). It was actually much harder than I thought it would be to hand in my resignation letter. I literally walked to the back and then to the front of the lab about 3X just waiting for my Supervisor of choice (we have 4, but 1 is much nicer and considerate and I’m closer to her than anyone else) to get back to her office so I could close the door and hand her the letter.

    I start my new job in 2 weeks.

    Onward and upward.

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    yopd1 says:

    When Wolf Blitzer‘ says you’re starting to sound ridiculous, you know you’re out there, while Romney will blow it off because he’s spineless and won’t stand up to anyone if it helps him at all.

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    Joshua Norton says:

    (that hair! that smile! those cold, soulless eyes!)

    Those mom-jeans he wears with wingtip shoes.

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    dmsilev says:

    @yopd1: That’s the amazing thing. Birtherism isn’t that strong a movement; I think the last time anybody bothered to poll it, it was well below the crazification limit. Higher among Republicans, of course, but it’s not as if Romney would be cutting off any serious number of supporters by denouncing birtherites.

    And, as the saying goes, if Romney can’t stand up to Donald Trump, how can we expect him to stand up to Vladimir Putin?

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    Linda Featheringill says:


    Good luck with the new job!

    Is this job located in NO?

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    I knew you had applied for a new job, and I think I even knew you had an interview, but somehow I missed the news of the actual job offer. So, big congratulations!! And it says a lot of good things about you that handing in your letter of resignation was a bit of a wrench. I’m sure your current employers will miss you, and equally sure your new job will be a wonderful fit. Best of success to you.

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    Linda Featheringill says:


    And, as the saying goes, if Romney can’t stand up to Donald Trump, how can we expect him to stand up to Vladimir Putin?

    Exactly. Apparently, Putin is a force to be reckoned with.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    And yet Fox Nation headlines the exchange as “Trump Knocks Wolf Blitzer Into Next Week.”
    Link: http://mediamatters.org/blog/201205290012

    I need some new acronyms. LOL and ROFL and LMAO are getting kinda old.

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    yopd1 says:

    @Linda Featheringill: Didn’t Romney say, he’s our top geo-political adversary.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    And yet Fox Nation headlines the exchange as “Trump Knocks Wolf Blitzer Into Next Week.”
    Link: http://mediamatters.org/blog/201205290012

    I need some new acronyms. LOL and ROFL and LMAO are getting kinda old.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Sorry about the duplicate post. As usual, it is FYWP’s fault.

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    Ed Drone says:


    I need some new acronyms. LOL and ROFL and LMAO are getting kinda old.

    Let’s try some out for size:

    AYFKM? = Are You Fucking Kidding Me?

    BHLH = Bless His Little Heart (the Southern brush-off)

    ICBYST = I Can’t Believe You Said That

    FWTSAY = Funny What That Says About You (or …M = Me)

    Any of those work for you?


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    lamh35 says:

    @Linda Featheringill: @SiubhanDuinne:

    Thx. The new job is not in NOLA. I was looking for a while, but the job market in health care is not what it used to be right now. I have a extensive education background, but my skill set is primarily in a specific segment of the laboratory (microbiology) so the job I was looking for was in that department and the thing about Micro jobs is that in the clinical lab section, Microbiologist don’t much leave as they retire or die off. The hospital lab environment in Micro is such that once people start in Micro they stay in Micro. There is a higher retention of Micro tech

    I am moving from PRN to FT at another large hospital that is nearer to my home in DFW and the schedule is such that I will have at least 2 weeks a month off (i.e. it’s a 7on/off) and that would allow me to be able to go home to NOLA practically whenever I want. It also lets me contintue to earn the money that I can in DFW, but not in NOLA right now.

    NOLA’s fortunes in healthcare should change once the new medical complex in finished (~2014). Then I’ll begin to look towards NOLA again.

    Thx for the congrats.

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    Shana says:

    @Ed Drone: I like the first two.

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    MattF says:

    Via boingboing, a nice pictorial essay on the difference between ‘poisonous’ and ‘venomous’:


    What I’d like to know is how a bird got to be called a ‘pitohui’ long before it was discovered to be poisonous. Sometimes I think the big Biologist-In-The-Sky is just fuckin’ with us.

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    the fugitive uterus says:

    I think the Romneys really do think this is all a big reality show and that they can pull it off.

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:


    And, as the saying goes, if Romney can’t stand up to Donald Trump, how can we expect him to stand up to Vladimir Putin?

    Or the punks who run Iran or North Korea,even John Boehneror or Mitch McConnell for that matter. Mittens is such a weather vane you can see his presidency would be four years of no national policies.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Ed Drone:

    Any of those work for you?

    All of them, Katie … er, Ed Drone. Thanks!!

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    Maude says:

    I haven’t been on the threads at the same time as you. Congrats a millions times. To make a change and leave something behind is sad, but still, the excitement of going to a job where you will be doing what you like doing is mixed in.

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    rikyrah says:

    congrats lamh!!!

    good fortune to you

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    Nethead Jay says:

    For all interested, an update on Hypatia’s health. First, the new medicine they prescribed at Sage Veterinary Clinic to alleviate her neurological problems a bit seems to be working. Second, several people have contacted us offering to help with transportation to the MRI facility in Redwood City, which is awesome. This will be enormously helpful when we get the money together for the MRI procedure.

    Which is the third item in this update, because due to the great generosity of the community here we’re already more than 25% towards the goal on that. I expect to be sending something like that myself too, so with that things are looking pretty good, even though it’s a lot to scrape togther. I’ve been instucted by my friend to say she’s very grateful for all the help that’s come in. And thank you from me too.

    I’m flying home tomorrow but will keep up the updates coming every so often.

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    ThresherK says:

    @dmsilev: Birtherism isn’t that strong a movement; I think the last time anybody bothered to poll it, it was well below the crazification limit.

    But demographics are everything. Isn’t there a Beltway Inbred amplification factor for this?

    I think laughing at birthers may well be done at Sally Quinn’s cocktail parties. However, it doesn’t matter whether or not that happens, because once the camera is rolling, Birthers are never laughed at like the People’s Budget folks. The best we get is when the idea is repellent to the non-crazies, and it is ignored.

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    Yutsano says:

    Got my stitches out today, which involved journeying back to Seattle with my youngest brother and my SIL. On our way back now after noshing a crepe at the mall. Strawberry-blueberry. Yum.

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    slag says:

    @Nethead Jay: What’s the medi.cation? Must know!

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    slag says:

    @lamh35: Congrats! Like SD, I hadn’t heard about the offer. Good on you!

    @Yutsano: Good on you too!

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    Bill says:

    I see that Romney has released his “Certificate of Live Birth”


    I assume The Donald will be all over this deception soon.

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    Gus says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Yeah, Wolf says something like “you’re starting to sound a little ridiculous” and Trump answers “you’re ridiculous.” If they were in third grade, that would be a good riposte. I guess that counts for Fox News.

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    texascowgirl says:

    Willard is a two dollar whore. If he’ll slob Trump’s knob, he’ll slob anybody’s knob. Unless you are a contestant on The Apprentice or an Eastern European gold digger, you should be able to get through life without fellaciating Donald Trump. I for one have no interest in having a two dollar whore in the White House.

    I’m going to call Willard the Two Dollar Whore from now on. Maybe I could cause him to have a Google problem.

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    Nethead Jay says:

    @slag: It’s a stopgap to aid with bladder contraction. Can’t remember the exact name right now and we’re not at her home at the moment, but we’ll post it later.

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    Here in CA-18, had a canvasser for the Green party candidate for Congress come by the house, and he left a brochure. Looked her (the candidate) up on the Internet, and hey, what a surprise, she’s a 9/11 Truther nut!

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    Tonight’s programme is shopping for a new car, something I’d started thinking about for next year, which was abruptly accelerated (pun most definitively intended) yesterday evening when a car ran a red light on one of the main arteries in dowtown Baltimore just as I was crossing his path with the green & slammed into the driver’s side of my ’09 Spectra at full tilt. Spun us both around about 270 degrees & slammed my rear end into the rear of a parked car so hard it drove it into the next one as well.

    I went down to the impound lot this afternoon to collect the contents & got my first good look at the damage. I could easily have been killed, or crippled for life; so could he. Yet we both walked away, though they did run both of us to the nearest ER as a precaution. (I was released with nothing showing but a welt & bruise on my left arm where the side airbag came down.)

    Folks who hear the story tell me I should be thankful, and I am. Thankful to the consumer advocates who agitated for years for seat belts & air bags & side impact protection. Thankful for the legislators who made their presence & use a matter of law & the Governors & Presidents who signed them into law. Message to the Far Wrong: Government works if you let it. Time to let it, morans!

    But now it’s time to start researching autos again…as if I didn’t have enough to do already…

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    mikefromArlington says:

    Someone tell Romney the election is won by plurality

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    Ruckus says:

    We’re just haggling about the price, we’ve known the description for some time now.

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    Felanius Kootea says:

    @lamh35: Congratulations on the new job!

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    Ruckus says:

    @Uncle Cosmo:

    the Far Wrong
    Hadn’t heard it put that way before. So simple yet so true.

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    Hit the rack early, still wrestling with leg pain. Caught reruns of AVP and DOOM, watched LOD rip Romtron3000 a new one over civil rights, and now watching Mrs. O on with Jon Stewart.

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @Ruckus: Thanky kindly. AFAIK my own coinage. Use it liberally wherever appropriate.

    Here’s the bumpersticker I want on the back of whatever wheels replace my dear departed Sale-On SilverGrrl:

    The LEFT is RIGHT
    The RIGHT is WRONG

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    Dude in Jersey says:

    Sheldon Adelson/Auric Goldfinger. Sometimes it’s weird how life rhymes.

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