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Lauren Mayer: 'Downton Abbey Congressman'

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Lauren Mayer is a singer/songwriter/pianist who writes comedy songs about everything from Supreme Court decisions to the Kardashians. She proudly supports leftist causes including equal pay, reproductive choice, fair minimum wage, addressing climate change, and marriage equality.
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From Lauren's email to me this week:

How could I resist this combination of scandal, schadenfreude at the fall of an entitled shmuck, and my favorite period TV show?

And check out my recent appearance, with a fascinating and opinionated panel, on the latest episode of "The Tim Corrimal Show," if you aren't already subscribing! - http://timcorrimal.com/)

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The downfall of the extravagant, jet-setting ab-displaying hunk who moonlighted as a Congressman

From this week's song:

He served his district's interest...by snowboarding on Pinterest...

And so this former GOP golden boy....is the latest corrupt politician from Illinois...

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"It's going to take a scandal," McCain Tells Chuck Todd

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In a discussion of the role of money - and the pipe dream of campaign financing reform -- in campaigns and politics, something spilled out of John McCain's old, white pie-hole that made sense. Worlds apparently collided when we were watching the intelligent and informed peoples.

"It's going to take a scandal," the senator fake-mourningly shook his head with a whisper of regret and a shrug of his shoulders to MSNBC's Chuck Todd … who is headed for Meet the Press. Humph.

 

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No sympathy for McBombBombs, he's got plenty of plenty. Plus he made that Palin thing happen to us.

 

This is where lumbering gridlock and champion partisanship run mutually amok, hit each other head-on and produce a brief period of bruising Reality.

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Gov. Cuomo Under the Morning Joe Schmoe Guns

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To start off with a degree of honesty, what Andrew Cuomo has been up to in Albany doesn't appear to early bird eyeballs like it's going to end well, New York state ethics commissions are traditionally riddled with contradictions. And arrests.

To put it generously.

This week, however, it appears that the Right -- from Fvx Noise hate radio to whatever Joe Scarborough purports to be besides a country law-yer -- is ready to pounce. Cuomo, like his father before him, has the unenviable task of overseeing a government in Albany that in turn keeps an eye on the rivers of cash that flow through Wall Street and supposedly water the nation and the free world.

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This is all the perfect climatic environment for corruption. Now we generally flock to those who fight corruption, that's our designated role as Americans.

Even when another New York state gubernatorial scandal dispensed with Eliot Spitzer, there were still echoes of respect for the bulldog he had been about cleaning up some of Wall Street's more glaring putrid pockets of ethics gone bad.

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However. When the entire Morning Joe Schmoe and Morning Mika roundtable piles on Cuomo with the absurd conflation that if Chris Christie were in Cuomo's shoes, the media would be going gonzo … it's time for some pushback.

Check the vultures out, it took a while for Joe to get the tortured Huey Long metaphor fixed in place.

Memo to Scarborough, Robert Penn Warren you ain't.

 

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Chris Hayes had a delicious segment 12 hours after Morning Schmoe and Mika gunned it.

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Gov. "Ultrasound" McDonnell probed, media mounts soap opera defense for him

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Media coverage of the Gov. Bob "Ultrasound" McDonnell corruption case could take a cue from the following excerpt from USA Today, and an even bigger one from The Rachel Maddow Show below:

RICHMOND, Va. — The key prosecution witness in the federal corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, took the stand Wednesday, saying there was no personal relationship between he and the couple.

Jonnie Williams, the wealthy businessman and former chief executive of Star Scientific, said he did not give the two initial checks to the McDonnell family because he thought he and the McDonnells were friends.

"This was a business relationship," he said about why he helped the McDonnell family. "I needed his help."

That's news. Unfortunately, however, that has not been the focus of the so-called "news" media when it comes to this story. Rachel Maddow zeroed right in on the How Do You Solve a Problem Like Media Coverage? issue in the following segment. We owe her our gratitude:

Maddow on "the salaciousness of the headlines":

The headlines are all like this... "Trial reveals governor's wife had 'crush' on CEO"...

The indictment-- the allegations from prosecutors-- those have been out there for months now. But now that we're having the trial... what has stolen the show about the defense is this designed-for-headlines assertion from the defense, that the McDonnell's marriage was broken, Maureen McDonnell had a "childlike crush" on this businessman who the McDonnells are accused of helping in exchange for tens of thousands of dollars worth of gifts...

But the defense strategy in the corruption trial of Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife is apparently going to be [about their marriage]... This is how they're going to try to keep the governor and his wife out of jail.

Bob McDonnell and Maureen McDonnell stand accused of accepting over $160,000 in gifts and cash from this wealthy CEO [Johnnie Williams] in exchange for providing official help from the state for the CEO's company. That's called corruption, right? "Give me something of personal value to me, and in exchange, I'll give you a little something from the government, the government in which I am an official." ...

So that strategy, the "she took everything" defense... is undercut by the fact that Bob McDonnell himself did things himself like ask this guy for a $70,000 loan for his real estate business... But that is their main defense strategy, the claim is basically that "she did it all, she's not a public official, so there's no public corruption. And, there couldn't be a... corrupt conspiracy between the two of them, because there was no "two of them."... It was just her "lovesick stupidity. He's actually kind of the victim here."... That's their legal strategy...

What does not make sense is the media helping them with it... It is being covered purely in a tabloid way... Purely through catty, sexist gossip [her shopping, her "crush"]... That framing is not only sexist and gross, it ignores the fact that Bob McDonnell himself was doing things like setting up meetings for this wealthy donor with top state health officials... They claim they have the evidence to prove it.

But if the Bob McDonnell defense is gonna be to blame it all on the "lovesick, emotionally erratic, Louis Vuitton-loving wife, they are so far doing a masterful job of injecting that storyline into the press and getting the press to mount their defense for them.

The press is bending over backwards to help the McDonnell legal defense... Attention news media! This is an overt strategy and you are helping one side of this legal case by advancing the strategic storyline for them, because you can't resist a tabloid soap opera tale.

You're being played! You're being played... by covering this as a tabloid story about a marriage, and not a crime blotter story about a corrupt governor.

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