Watching the Defectives

Jim Newell is live blogging CPAC and if there’s a better fit between writer and subject, I don’t know it. 

58 replies
  1. 1
    22over7 says:

    He’s filing his nails while they’re dragging the lake…

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    dmsilev says:

    Sarah Palin says about her husband, “He’s got the rifle, I’ve got the rack,” and then pulls out a Big Gulp from the lectern and silently drinks it for a while, before saying, “Dude it’s just pop.” This all actually happened.

    And the audience collectively “saw starbursts”.

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    scav says:

    @dmsilev: help help help help help, Reality shows have gone liveity live and are a party. Family Values 21st C-cup!

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    amk says:

    Palin, whose family is involved in most reality programs on television, says “We don’t have leadership coming out of Washington, we have reality television.”

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    He’s got the rifle, I’ve got the rack

    Wow. Just wow.

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    Corner Stone says:

    I enjoyed some of those but for me the real winner was on the right sidebar. If you scroll down a bit you’ll see a pic of “Steven Seagal meets Putin”. Holy jeebus but Seagal is freakin’ huge these days! Damn but he doesn’t look like the white Fu Manchu version of Shaq or some shit.

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    aimai says:


    That picture is worth a thousand words. And these people bitch that the President and First Lady don’t know how to behave in the White House. Holy shit.

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    The Snarxist Formerly Known as Kryptik says:


    Almost everything she’s saying amounts to some serious projection.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Dammit! I just got the “rifle” part of the joke.
    I was too busy starbursting thinking about boobs.

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    dmsilev says:

    @aimai: You just know that (a) if Palin was Veep she’d be acting the same way and (b) the people who disparage the Obamas would be defending Palin’s “authenticity”.

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    Baud says:

    Trolls to the left of me, grifters to the right,
    Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.

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    Schlemizel says:

    This has been an open secret for many years – Nixon torpedoed the peace process to win the White House. Now the tapes are out to provide the evidence.

    A practice St. Ronald repeated a few years later on Iran

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    Citizen Alan says:

    The comments by K Carl Smith (of the cynically named Frederick Douglas Republicans) are perhaps the saddest thing I have ever read, describing as they do how a self-loathing black man and a white Southern racist who was openly pro-slavery “left as friends.” I don’t see how Smith can look at himself in the mirror without contemplating suicide.

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    dmbeaster says:

    I guess her thought that is her rack rather than another possession of her husband is her version of liberation.

    I hope she didn’t straddle Tod’s rifle onstage ala Apocalypse Now

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @dmsilev: I hope there were ponchos handed out so that there wasn’t too much collateral damage when the crowd collectively creamed itself.

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    bemused says:


    Good Lord.

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    Yutsano says:

    @PsiFighter37: STARBURSTS!!

    (I’m ill now)

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    bemused says:


    I’ve heard Thom Hartmann several times play a tape of Johnson talking to Dirksen after getting wind of Nixon’s deal with the North Vietnamese. More tapes out will be fascinating to read.

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    Baud says:

    Heartbeat away from the presidency.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @PsiFighter37: Well, there goes the thought of lunch.

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    PeakVT says:


    Chennault was despatched to the South Vietnamese embassy with a clear message: the South Vietnamese government should withdraw from the talks, refuse to deal with Johnson, and if Nixon was elected, they would get a much better deal.
    So on the eve of his planned announcement of a halt to the bombing, Johnson learned the South Vietnamese were pulling out.
    He was also told why. The FBI had bugged the ambassador’s phone and a transcripts of Anna Chennault’s calls were sent to the White House. In one conversation she tells the ambassador to “just hang on through election”.

    Party before country. It’s the Repuke way.

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    Citizen_X says:

    @dmsilev: So, what? The guys are supposed to…lay their rifles across the ladeez’ racks? Talk about ur doin it rong.

    Oh, and don’t EVER cross rifles, or press racks together! Don’t even THINK about it!

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    Yutsano says:

    @Baud: Fuck Grandpa Walnuts for thinking with his dick. No one will ever convince me he didn’t choose Bible Spice on that basis alone.

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    raven says:

    @PeakVT: This is news to ya’ll?

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    patroclus says:

    When does Dear Leader Greenwald speak? I’m very interested in what he has to say to his allies.

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    bemused says:


    I agree. I’m sure it went over big with the CPAC crowd but it is really tacky coming from an ex VP candidate.

    I’ve never gotten over the joke Laura Bush told at a WH Press Corps dinner. George has learned a lot about ranching since he tried to milk a horse….big laughs…What’s worse, it was a male horse….huge laughs.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:


    Fuck Grandpa Walnuts for thinking with his dick. No one will ever convince me he didn’t choose Bible Spice on that basis alone.

    She is not, and never was, that hot. Hell, in my view, she doesn’t ever get trashy hot right. All she manages is a second rate version of a “Real Housewives of…” spinoff look.

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    PeakVT says:

    @raven: Just providing a reminder.

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    Chris says:


    I knew about that. I just didn’t know Flying Tiger Chennault was the one who delivered the message. Ugh.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: All she needed was a big rack (there’s that word again!) and a nice little wink at Grandpa. It’s not like he has a spotless record of fidelity or anything.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Yutsano: Sometimes we straights have no taste. Sorry.

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    Davis X. Machina says:

    @PeakVT: For correctly-oriented cadres, this is all as it should be.

    The organs of the State, including its defense and foreign policy apparatus, exist to serve the Party. This is logical, because the Party, and not the State, is the Vanguard of the Revolution. In fact, the State is destined to wither away after the final triumph of the Revolution.

    All power to the soviets of preachers and hedge-fund managers!

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    Joey Maloney says:

    @Yutsano: Fuck Grandpa Walnuts? Hell, I thank him. Had he selected someone who didn’t terrify sane people at the thought of nuclear codes in her possession, he could possibly have won the election.

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    Dillon says:

    Appearing at CPAC holding a large soda is band-aid-with-a-purple-heart awesome. Say what you will about Palin, but the woman knows how to pander.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Davis X. Machina:
    Where would you like your internet delivered?

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    CPAC has confused “Show us your tits!” with reaching out to younger voters.

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    Citizen_X says:

    @Baud: I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again:

    Heartbeat Shove down the stairs away from the presidency.

    McCain would have been lucky to survive the first year in the White House with Queen Grifter behind him.

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    Chris says:

    @Davis X. Machina:

    Yeah, it’s always impressed me how Republicans are able to conduct their own foreign policy regardless of what the legal authorities say.

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    Roger Moore says:


    Heartbeat Shove down the stairs Unsafe loss of blood pressure away from the presidency.


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    dance around in your bones says:

    Just awesome title. Kudos.

    Watching The Detectives (from album)

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    The Dangerman says:


    …wasn’t too much collateral damage when the crowd collectively creamed itself.

    It would look like a Gallagher show if she talked about her weight training, specifically her snatch.

    ETA I’ve heard the Straw Poll today is using beads.

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    Yutsano says:

    @The Dangerman:

    ETA I’ve heard the Straw Poll today is using beads

    If it ain’t Flavian pobble beads I ain’t interested.

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    Redshift says:


    A practice St. Ronald repeated a few years later on Iran

    And W’s crowd repeated it again with the Israeli/Palestinian peace talks in 2000. They don’t care how much blood they spill to gain power. Scumbags of the highest order.

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    raven says:

    Amazing finish in regulation with Memphis and Southern Miss!

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    Baud says:


    Beats debating which gay marriage supporter is the most deserving of scorn.

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    raven says:

    @efgoldman: Fuck that, I worked my ass off in the yard and now I’m on the hoop!

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    David in NY says:

    @Corner Stone: You were not alone. In my case, at least, I chalk it up to old age.

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    scav says:

    Skipped out, even though it’s not that grand a day out. Ep one of Neverwhere is up, for those that are intersted and want to claw out. Should be a downloadable podcast of ep one (only) available on Friday. Harder to send a solid cup of tea and a sit next to a slightly drippy window down the tubes.

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    raven says:

    @efgoldman: 76 and windy right now. Perfect on my screen porch.

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    The Sailor says:

    Palin is her own cottage (cheese) industry.
    Memphis and Southern Miss are having a hell of a game, but the IU game is starting out pretty well.
    Badgers!? We don’t need no stinkin’ Badgers!

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    quannlace says:

    Just looked out the window and it’s frickin’ snowing!! It’s March 16 and almost 40 degrees, why the hell is it snowing??

    Sorry, got a cruel tease last week when it warmed up till nearly 60; right after that nasty north’easter which I hoped was gonna be the last winter storm of the season; vain is the hope of man. Gotta haul in a trunk load of groceries thru this. Wheee!

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    MaryRC says:

    @aimai: Unbelievable, isn’t it? In the same week that FLOTUS poses regally for Vogue, Palin uses her appearance at a political convention to make a crude joke about her breasts, but these people will claim that it’s the Obamas who don’t know how to behave.

    By the way, shouldn’t Ann Coulter be looking over her shoulder right now? Because Palin appears to be aiming for her turf.

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    raven says:

    @The Sailor: Fuck Indiana.

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    Tissue Thin Pseudonym (JMN) says:

    Cornell up 2-1 on Mercyhurst after two periods. BC up 3-1 on Harvard at the same point.

    God, I’d rather be playing anyone but North Dakota this afternoon.

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    The Sailor says:


    By the way, shouldn’t Ann Coulter be looking over her shoulder right now? Because Palin appears to be aiming for her turf.

    Eww, just ewww.

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    MaryRC says:

    @dmsilev: Because she’s just like us! And the Obamas … aren’t like us.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @Citizen Alan: Mr Smith is what you call a house servant, he eats massa’s leftovers, sleeps in massa’s attic or in the basement. When massa is ill, he asks are we sick Massa? Malcom X had words for people like K Carl Smith

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    posted this on the wrong thread
    Brietbart is hosting a side convention, “Th Uninvited”, apparently for anti-Islamic obsessives like Gaffney and Pamela Gellar who offend Grover Norquist. Orly Taitz is protesting the Breitbart panel of excludeds for excluding Birthers. I guess this gives David Gregory a hook to call CPAC a gathering of moderates.

    @MaryRC: Coulter looks like she went to Boehner’s tanning salon and melted a little.

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