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Big, looming GOP "ad blast" targeting Dems ends up being one measly $30 ad



Oh those whacky, zany Republicans and their big, boasty swagger. They're so presh, so totes adorbs, so... embarrassing. Just as Chris Christie gets off on bluster and throwing his weight around [insert joke here] (only to become accused of  "alleged" involvement in a growing scandal), so goes the RNC.

They've now blustered themselves right into LaughingstockLand. Again. Shrinkage alert!

Via the Anchorage Daily News:

The Republican National Committee announced Tuesday a fresh round in an expected torrent of campaign ads targeting Sen. Mark Begich and other Democrats for their part in the "lie of the year," an assurance that people could keep existing health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

The ad blast turned out to be more of a sprinkle.

In Anchorage, a single radio ad aimed at Begich was set to air on a single station ... one time [...]

The total cost to the Republican National Committee for the Anchorage radio airtime? $30.

But there's always a bright side. At least top RNC employees weren't caught exchanging incriminating emails. And then feigning innocence and pointing fingers.



PhotOH! Dep't. of Class Acts: Anthony Weiner ends campaign (and career) by flipping off reporter


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Yesterday I posted a video of the most cringe-worthy interview in recent memory. That bizarre interview was conducted by Lawrence O'Donnell who managed to make his subject, Anthony Weiner, seem almost sympathetic.


It was the perfect cap to an increasingly embarrassing series of increasingly creepy examples of Weiner's increasingly bizarre behavior.

Or so I thought. Leave it to Gracious Anthony to utterly demolish an already classless image.

Via The Hill:

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) ended his campaign for New York City mayor by giving a reporter the middle finger through his car window Tuesday night.

Weiner was caught on camera gesturing at local NBC reporter Shimon Prokupecz, who had been covering the candidate’s primary Election Day watch party.

buh bye billboard


VIDEO: Cantor, Ryan, McCarthy go from "Young Guns" to "Middle Aged But Holding Up Okay Guns."



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Rachel Maddow does it again. Last night's show was hilarious, as you can see by this very segment on Aging Guns Who Insist on Womaning Down:

Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor turns 50 on Thursday.... Awkward thing here, though, is this. Mr. Cantor and Congressman Kevin McCarthy and Congressman Paul Ryan back in 2007, they decided to embrace a nickname given to them by the Weekly Standard Magazine, the Young Guns.

I ran a post or two on that very thing, that very laughable thing, right here: POW! Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservatives Who Think They’re Leaders and here: “Young Guns”: Conservatives Who Think They’re Leaders.

Godtheywerefunny. The gun imagery, the idea that they were cool, studly, rough 'n tough cowpokes (dressed as insurance salesmen), I couldn't have written anything half as amusing if I'd tried.

Back to Rachel:

It's 2007, these guys are young and totally with it. Republicans are young and they're so young and vital! But then, you know, life happens, nobody stays young forever. And at a certain point, a nickname like Young Guns starts to feel like false advertising.

You could change it to something like "Middle Aged But Holding Up Okay Guns."

Another awkward thing here, though, is the original Young Guns were all guys. In trying to make the Republican party seem less like it was "all guys," the Young Guns tried to start a new effort last year called Y.G. Woman Up! And right after they started that, they released their slate of endorsed candidates for Congress in 2012 which actually had proportionally fewer women than were already serving in Congress.

So that ended up being an awkward thing too. Woman up!, by which we mean woman down.

Now, though, these guys are taking another crack at it. It's not going very well.

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Attempt by National Republican Congressional Committee to embarrass Dems for #IRS matter goes painfully awry


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The National Republican Congressional Committee tried their best to connect Democratic lawmakers to the so-called IRS scandal, but oops! it backfired. Just when we thought the GOP couldn't crap on themselves any more, just when we thought our pointing and laughing at them was subsiding, they revived their clownitude just for us!


An attempt by the National Republican Congressional Committee to embarrass Democrats went awry on Thursday, when the group published a blog post riddled with errors.

For example, they referred to then-IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman as "Dan." They must have missed Ron Christie getting pummeled by Joy-Ann Reid about that very guy.

They also mentioned two House Democrats who had already retired, so they were no longer "House Democrats."

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Next they confused Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) with the former mayor of Medellín, Colombia, Luis Pérez Gutiérrez-- in a photo! Yes, they managed to put their ignorance and sloppiness out there in picture form for all to see. HuffPo has the visuals.

Their excuse?

NRCC spokesman Daniel Scarpinato told The Huffington Post, "This was an early draft that was not meant to be posted publicly because it had not yet been edited."

Isn't that just like the NRCC? They go to all that effort to find just the right photo and wham! Someone has to go and tell them it's the wrong Gutierrez. And the wrong "House Democrats." And the wrong Shulman.

They must have been crestfallen.

And humiliated.

No wonder they had wanted the “R” word ("Republican") taken off the NRCC website. When in doubt, disassociate.

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VIDEO: Ann Coulter calls Bill Clinton a "forcible rapist" at #CPAC2013


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Thank you @MzYun for linking me to this tweet from NBC's Domenico Montanaro (@DomenicoNBC):

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Ann Coulter:

"The keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention this year was forcible rapist, Bill Clinton."

Did you catch the audience reaction? Everything from gasps and ooohs to laughter and applause. Yes, you all heard it, many in the audience expressed their approval of Coulter accusing former President Bill Clinton of forcible rape, loudly and clearly.

So tasteful. So family valuesy. So rational. Add that to Sarah Palin and Jeb Bush commenting on the failures of their fellow Republicans and it is crystal clear that this party is in total disarray, and that CPAC has allowed them to strut their deranged stuff for the whole world to see.

Additionally, I'm sure rape victims everywhere (not to mention the Clintons) got a real kick out of Ann's little remark. Of course, she'd deny that there's a GOP war on women (or anything else, for that matter), but she's there for the attention and book sales, not political correctness. Sensitivity and taste have nothing to do with her self-serving agenda.

Coulter's oral flatulence urped up so many offensive things that I lost count. I will not post the entire video (nor did I watch it), so you'll have to find it for yourselves; but if you do, make sure you have some Valium and/or a good stiff drink and/or some Pepto Bismol handy.

family values my ass


Quickie: Massachusetts Republicans can't find a Senate candidate. "It's embarrassing."


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Today's Quickie:

All the Republican "big names" have said no to a run for John Kerry's Senate seat in the Massachusetts June 25th special election. Not one wants to take a shot. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Bupkes.

Do we all agree that that's pretty amazing?

Via The Week:

It's embarrassing.

And it’s another sign of the disarray the party finds itself in after a string of tough election losses in 2012.

Yes, embarrassing, too. Embarrassing works.

That was today's Quickie. Was it good for you?


David Gregory, NBC not charged for possession of gun magazine, but blasted by DC Attorney General


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See that high-capacity gun magazine that David Gregory was waving under Wayne LaPierre's wingnutty nose on “Meet the Press”? He shouldn't have done that because his possession of such a piece of equipment was illegal. But Gregory's off the hook and will not be prosecuted, says D.C.’s attorney general, because he has no criminal record, so off to court he doesn't go.

Whew! That was a nail-biter! Kidding.

The AG went on to say that “our recognition that the intent of the temporary possession and short display of the magazine was to promote the First Amendment purpose of informing an ongoing public debate about firearms policy in the United States.”

In other words, don't be silly, this was a news show [sic], and Gregory's a dufus a journalist so he gets a pass. This time.

Here are screen grabs and excerpts from the Attorney General's rather unflattering letter:

"Having carefully reviewed all of the facts and circumstances of this matter, as it does in every case involving firearms-related offenses or any other potential violation of D.C. law within our criminal jurisdiction, OAG has determined to exercise its prosecutorial discretion to decline to bring criminal charges against Mr. Gregory, who has no criminal record, or any other NBC employee based on the events associated with the December 23,2012 broadcast. OAG has made this determination, despite the clarity of the violation of this important law, because under all of the circumstances here a prosecution would not promote public safety in the District of Columbia nor serve the best interests of the people of the District to whom this office owes its trust."

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"...Ignorance of the law or even confusion about it is no defense. We therefore did not rely in making our judgment on the feeble and unsatisfactory efforts that NBC made to determine whether or not it was lawful to possess, display and broadcast this large capacity magazine as a means of fostering the public policy debate. Although there appears to have been some misinformation provided initially, NBC was clearly and timely advised by an MPD employee that its plans to exhibit on the broadcast a high capacity-magazine would violate D.C. law, and there was no contrary advice from any federal official."

"Repetition by NBC or any employee of any similar or other firearms violation will be prosecuted to the full extent supported by the facts and the law.

"I am confident that you will convey our deep concern and warning to your client."

Two strikes and you're out, David.

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H/t: David Shuster, Special thanks to Thomas Soldan