Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places

I’ve been a longtime reader of Stu Rothenberg’s site mainly because he reads every local paper and finds some good early stuff on local House and Senate races. Otherwise his main function is to translate from the native teabagger to the Snooze Hour dialect of totebagger in his many TV appearances as an “impartial analyst”, (DC Republican). Apparently he and his staff have been a little lonely lately:
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But they still value their manhood:
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59 replies
  1. 1
    BGinCHI says:

    Near future headline:

    “GOP Candidate Holds Steady at 27% and Has Not Even Claimed That Rape ‘…only hurts at first’ Yet.”

  2. 2
    NickT says:

    Is it possible to emasculate Speaker not-Freddie’s Boner at this point? I thought Eric Cantor began Project De-Boner Boner as soon as the Kochwork Orange “won” election to his current precarious position.

  3. 3
    Alex S. says:

    @BGinCHI:

    “27% of voters think that men talking about rape appear more masculine.”

  4. 4
    Cassidy says:

    It’s always about appearances and messaging with these people. They will never consider that their message sucks balls.

  5. 5
    ThresherK says:

    Barn jacket? Does he keep it in the staged pickup truck he drives the last mile to campaign stops?

    PS I remember one of the Dems (Schweitzer or Tester) from Montana wearing a barn jacket in an ad. It didn’t get turned into a meme, thank FSM.

  6. 6
    dmsilev says:

    Re: Bruce Rauner, Googling on his name, the auto-suggest thingy comes up with ‘Bruce Rauner net worth’, and one of the first links is a local newstory that opens

    The first speaker in the series is Bruce Rauner, a wealthy businessman who formally announced his campaign for governor of Illinois on June 5.

    So, real man of the people there, and I’m sure that barn jacket is completely authentic.

  7. 7
    BGinCHI says:

    @dmsilev: If Blago had only thought of the barn jacket…..

  8. 8
    ruemara says:

    Maybe one day I will pull off the perfect impression of Official Black Republican Punditress™ and ride that sweet, sweet gravy train of stupid. Until then, I’ma let you read this crap. I squirreled up some cash and instead of shoes, I’m hitting Ikea for frames for my first hanging in a decade. 3000 images to sort.

  9. 9
    Emma says:

    @ruemara: You’re having a photo show? *high five*

  10. 10
    NickT says:

    @ruemara:

    Good for you! I hope we’ll get to see some of the images you select.

  11. 11
    dmsilev says:

    @BGinCHI: Surely the hair counts for something?

  12. 12
    NickT says:

    @dmsilev:

    It didn’t save Rick Perry.

    (And no doubt Mandalay will now denounce us all for focusing on Rick Perry’s hair rather than his policies!)

  13. 13
    BGinCHI says:

    @dmsilev: Not in the joint.

  14. 14
    MomSense says:

    Another day another Republican WTF.

  15. 15
    Burnspbesq says:

    Not a good day to be DougJ, unless he enjoys being p3wned by a Supreme Court Justice.

    Check out the fabulous pop-song reference on page 2 of Justice Kagan’s opinion in American Trucking Associations v. City of Los Angeles.

  16. 16
    MomSense says:

    @ruemara:
    Yay! Please post some of the photos for us!

  17. 17
    Burnspbesq says:

    I’d be even more impressed if she had referred to Federal pre-emption as the wall of death for inconsistent state statutes.

  18. 18
    NickT says:

    @Burnspbesq:

    She could surely have managed to work in “death panel” somewhere. I guess the Supremes just aren’t what they were without Diana Ross.

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    The Red Pen says:

    @Cassidy:

    It’s always about appearances and messaging with these people. They will never consider that their message sucks balls.

    A daily refrain on Free Republic is that the Republicans would win if they would just explain the clear and unarguable benefits of their policies. This is especially true about minorities. After all, what struggling minority citizen wouldn’t be enthused to learn that under Republican policies, they could start a business and become a millionaire rather than being a uncivilized social parasite like they are now.

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    Seanly says:

    The headline writer should go ahead and come out to his parents. I’m sure that, in the end, they will still love him.

  22. 22
    catclub says:

    @ruemara: “I’m hitting Ikea for frames for my first hanging in a decade.”

    Isn’t that frame called a gibbet?

    Oh, I mean, high five! Hang em high five!

  23. 23
    wenchacha says:

    This thread is knocking me out! Richard Thompson! Art photography!

    So “barn jacket” is the new “earth tones”? I hope the media points and laughs at all the rancher wannabes.

    I sold some barn jackets on ebay, back in the day: one a Lee engineer jacket from the 30s-40s, one an old denim Carhartt from a similar era. Each of them passed the $2K mark, and they made their way to separate homes in Japan. Everybody in the post-industrial moneyed world recognizes the authenticity factor of a working man’s wardrobe.

  24. 24
    ruemara says:

    What is a barn jacket?

  25. 25
    deep tin says:

    maybe that horrible thing rick perry was wearing all the time

  26. 26
    Anoniminous says:

    @ruemara:

    A barn jacket.

    (The kids. These days. sheesh)

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    Punchy says:

    What the fuck is a barn jacket? Is it covered in hay, cow dung, and smells like a rotting corpse?

    Edit: Looks like I have my answer a few comments up. So a barn jacket is just a regular jacket, eh?

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    The Red Pen says:

    @Anoniminous: That would never fit on a barn.

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    WereBear says:

    @The Red Pen: A daily refrain on Free Republic is that the Republicans would win if they would just explain the clear and unarguable benefits of their policies.

    And yet, despite unlimited corporate cash, this never gets done.

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    NickT says:

    Speaking of love:

    http://www.spiegel.de/internat.....05486.html

    These are neo-hippies, and they resemble rare plants. They can’t sing, but they do it anyway. They can’t juggle numbers, but they are collecting money to help save the rainforests. They claim to have already raised over €400,000 ($530,000). Tommy, Leona and the others run a website for eco-porn where, for a fee, members can watch people having sex in the woods.

    I can only hope and pray to the FSM that David Brooks attempts to write about this from a Burkeanly modest perspective.

  33. 33
    NickT says:

    @Punchy:

    What the fuck is a barn jacket? Is it covered in hay, cow dung, and smells like a rotting corpse?

    That would be Donald Trump.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Cassidy:

    They will never consider that their message sucks balls.

    Conservatism cannot fail, it can only be failed…by shitty marketing!

  35. 35
    Anoniminous says:

    @The Red Pen:

    Will in the XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXLG size.

  36. 36
    Mark S. says:

    Yeah, that guy’s a dead ringer for Brad Pitt.

    Hollywood for ugly people.

  37. 37
    NickT says:

    @Mark S.:

    More like late-period Sean Bean without the stubble or the charisma.

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    peach flavored shampoo says:

    eco-porn where, for a fee, members can watch people having sex in the woods.

    Wouldn’t it be better eco-porn if they had sex with the trees instead? Or maybe a windmill, or a vibrating solar panel? Why would I want to watch 2 people with armpit hair and dreads bang each other while collecting mosquito bites and poison ivy?

  39. 39
    NickT says:

    @peach flavored shampoo:

    Wouldn’t it be better eco-porn if they had sex with the trees instead?

    A splinter group is probably testing the idea out right now.

  40. 40
    SatanicPanic says:

    @peach flavored shampoo:

    while collecting mosquito bites and poison ivy

    Now I want to watch for the humor factor.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @NickT:

    A splinter group is probably testing the idea out right now.

    Everybody saw what you did there.

  42. 42
    NickT says:

    @burnspbesq:

    I only did it to save the rainforests, Yer Honor, honest!

  43. 43
    Patricia Kayden says:

    @The Red Pen: Minorities would have to overlook the xenophobia, homophobia, sexism and racism that engulfs T’Baggers/Repubs though, which is almost impossible to do.

  44. 44
    WereBear says:

    @NickT: I am intrigued by the idea of using porn as a force for doing good.

    You attract the ecology-minded, the nature lovers, the nature lovers

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    Haydnseek says:

    Should the barn jacket fail to produce the desired results, Rauner is prepared. His campaign manager has hinted that he may produce several TV ads in which he wears his tool shed shirt. If that doesn’t create favorable buzz, he may be forced to deploy his treasured outhouse pants.

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    NickT says:

    @WereBear:

    All we need now is Tom Friedman’s taxi-driver and the world is our Viennese oyster.

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    Forum Transmitted Disease says:

    I sold some barn jackets on ebay, back in the day: one a Lee engineer jacket from the 30s-40s, one an old denim Carhartt from a similar era. Each of them passed the $2K mark

    @wenchacha: Jesus. I bought one at a WalMart while visiting North Carolina back on an unseasonably cold day back in 2004. Didn’t think I was buying a future collector’s item. I better quit eating guacamole tacos in the thing and put it in storage. Plus, someone might mistake me for a politician. Can’t have that.

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    NickT says:

    @Forum Transmitted Disease:

    Just don’t drive around Massachusetts in a pickup truck making remarks about fake Indians and you’ll be fine.

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    Hungry Joe says:

    I can trace the roots of the supposed Barn Coat Effect at least back to ’96 and 2000, when, somewhat hilariously, Lamar Alexander tooled around in a lumberjack shirt. The earliest I can remember any kind of movement in candidate attire was when RFK popularized the shirtsleeves-rolled-up thing; by the mid-’70s — just post-Watergate — a rising young pol all but had to appear in campaign ads with tie loosened and sleeves rolled up, holding a jacket slung over one shoulder. Often as not he was walking toward the camera: A man in MOTION.

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    KG says:

    @Hungry Joe: it happens most every election cycle to some degree. Obama did the rolled up sleeves thing in 2008, I think. GWB did the rancher thing, as did Reagan. She Who Shall Not Be Named did the hockey jersey thing. It’s supposed to be a subtle way to remind voters that they are voting for real people who aren’t that much different than them. Even though they are totally different from the average voter and live in a completely different world that doesn’t involve a 45 minute commute in stop and go (but mostly stop) traffic, little league practices, dance and karate classes, and all the other shit real people have to deal with that most people at that high a level of politics don’t really have to go through.

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    taylormattd says:

    @ruemara: Congrats! !

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Punchy:

    Forget those retro purist hipsters. Here is your modern “barn jacket” from L.L. Bean. That’s where your modern GOP manly man is getting his.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @ruemara:

    Great! I can’t remember if you already have an Etsy store, but if not, it’s probably worth looking into. Extra income is extra income.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @NickT:

    Because your heart is pure and your cause just, I will give you a sentence at the bottom of the guidelines range. Ten years in a FEMA labor camp!

  55. 55
    NickT says:

    @burnspbesq:

    If I make a clean breast of it, can I have a transfer to the FEMEN labor camp instead, sir, please sir, your Worship, your Honor?

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    Johnnybuck says:

    @KG: Lamar Alexander was rocking the barn coat/flannel shirt schtick back in ’79 when he ran for Governor of Tennessee. Walked across the whole state like that. Pretty great optics for the time.

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    chrome agnomen says:

    i had to look up what a barn jacket is, and i’ve either farmed or ranched half my life. guess it wasn’t the kind of farming or ranching that real murkins do.

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    grandpa john says:

    @Mnemosyne: Yeaah, grandpa john made some extra money for a few years selling his wooden toys at etsy. It was a hell of a lot easier than working craft fairs. Since we were in our 70’s we were debating retiring, then last year my wife was informed that a cousin in Conn. had left her an inheritance of about a half a million, and that ended any indecision about retiring from the craft business.

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    andy says:

    Ha! Stewart Mills is the dipshit who made this video, where he says a shotgun is more lethal than the AR clones they sell in his daddy’s stores.

    Pretty compelling argument about the downside of inherited wealth…

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