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GOP Gov. Susana Martinez "can be nasty, juvenile, vindictive, appears ignorant about basic policy"

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"Somebody told me he's absolutely eloquent in Spanish, but his English? He sounds like a retard."

Yes, New Mexico's GOP Susana Martinez laughs and played along as an aide says that about Ben Lujan (former Speaker of the House and father of NM Congressman Ben Ray Lujan).

ProgressNow reminds us that Governor Martinez has "actively promoted her own advocacy for her developmentally disabled sister in campaign ads, media pieces and slickly-produced profiles of her. 'Retard' as a descriptor of people like her sister has long since been considered inappropriate." How's that GOP outreach workin' for ya, Sue?

Mother Jones posted a whopper of a story about a side of Susana Martinez we haven't seen. And by whopper I mean, ouch! Apparently the private Susana Martinez differs from the public Susana Martinez. And as you may recall, public Susana Martinez has been the darling of many a Republican, not to mention a possible 2016 contender.

That may change:

No wonder, then, that many see Martinez, who turns 55 in July, as the party's future. Fox News host Greta Van Susteren touts her "great resume": America's first Latina governor. Former district attorney of a border county. Guardian of her mentally disabled sister. Tax cutter, gun owner, daughter of a sheriff's deputy. The Koch brothers invited her to speak at one of their secretive donor enclaves. Karl Rove singled her out in Time's list of last year's 100 most influential people as a "reform-minded conservative Republican." The Washington Post put her at the top of a list of likely 2016 vice presidential candidates; Romney has boosted her as a presidential contender.... In the media, Martinez is often compared to Sarah Palin [...]

Internal campaign records and interviews with former aides suggest that she didn't dig too deeply into the details of her own proposals: "Aren't we the ONLY state in the US that provides a NM drivers license to illegal aliens?" she asked in a November 24, 2009, email. (At the time, seven other states had similar policies.) [...]

Listening to recordings of Martinez talking with her aides is like watching an episode of HBO's Veep, with over-the-top backroom banter full of pique, self-regard, and vindictiveness. As Martinez and her campaign staff rewatched a recent televised debate, Martinez referred to Denish, her opponent, as "that little bitch." After Denish noted that the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce had given her an award, McCleskey snapped, "That's why we're not meeting with those fuckers." [...]

A major postelection interview with Latina magazine became a punch line after Martinez asked her interviewer to "remind me" what the DREAM Act was.

As ProgressNow notes, Susana Martinez has no problem with references to Democrats as “Little Bitches” and “Little Retards.” There is more audio at that link.

If this is the real Susana Martinez, if this represents what she really thinks about teachers, women, the mentally disabled, and Hispanic business, she's going to have a lot of explaining to do.

There's a lot more where that came from.

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Rick Perry lawyers up for criminal investigation of bribery, coercion, abuse of authority (VIDEO)

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Texas Governor Rick Perry, that quick thinker who couldn't remember his third talking point during the 2012 presidential debates, is lawyering up. There is a criminal investigation underway into whether he illegally withheld money from the Travis County district attorney's office.

Oops.

And now he's hired high-powered lawyer David Botsford to prove that Rick Perry, who swearstogod he broke no laws, broke no laws. The real nail-biter? Watching to see if Rick Perry can come up with three reasons why he's innocent.

Via KLBJ news radio:

Governor Rick Perry has hired a high powered attorney to represent him in an upcoming trial where he will defend himself against accusations he illegally withheld money from the Public Integrity Unit, a part of the Travis County D-A's office.  Perry cut funding to the unit during the last legislative session when Rosemary Lehmberg refused to step down from office after being convicted of drunk driving.

Rick Perry vetoed a budget item after the District Attorney was arrested for a DUI and then refused to resign. So yes, he may have "illegally withheld money," $7.5 million, from the Travis County District Attorney's office.

Oops.

Via KVUE, an ABC affiliate:

The hiring comes as a special Travis County grand jury is set to be seated Monday to hear evidence into whether Perry broke state laws concerning bribery, coercion and abuse of authority.

It's grand jury time in Texas! So GOP, how's that family values, reinvention thing working out? And your insistence that Republican governors are awesome? *coughChrisChristiecough*

Oops.

Get out the popcorn.

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Oops! Fox News [sic] misspells "Spelling Bee": VIDEO

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Fox News [sic] is even lamer and more inept than we thought, and that's saying something. We owe Politico big time for this one:

Psst! Fox News (Did I say "news"? I didn't mean to. That gives them way too much legitimacy.)! If you're going to make a typo, it's probably a good idea to avoid making one during a segment on a spelling bee, don'tcha think?

clusterfoxThen again, attention to detail and accuracy has never been their strong suit.

Or should that have been "deetale and akyurassy"?

Added: As @Xaron4 just tweeted to me, "Their viewers never noticed." Perfect.

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WTF Moment: Republican staffer reportedly left loaded gun in Missouri state Capitol public restroom

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Psst! Republicans! Check out this "good guy with a gun" boo-boo. Hint: His negligence potentially endangered lives.

Via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

According to a Capitol Police incident report, a Kahr CM9 9mm pistol – later claimed by [Republican] House Speaker Tim Jones’ legislative assistant Dave Evans – was found on top of the toilet paper dispenser in a men's restroom in the Capitol basement Friday. The incident report states that the gun “was fully loaded with one round in the chamber and six rounds in the magazine.”

yikes!

Pleaseohplease, don't squeeze the Charmin the trigger!! Ouch.

Inquiring minds would like to know why Dave Evans (who is legally allowed to carry a concealed weapon) wasn't more careful with a gun that was loaded and set to discharge.

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Sources: Ted Nugent's wife arrested for having gun at airport

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Ted Nugent's wife was allegedly arrested at a Dallas airport for allegedly bringing an alleged gun into the airport terminal.

Allegedly.

Bullseye.

Via TMZ, according to "sources":

The arrest took place at Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport. It's unclear if Ted was with Shemane at the time of the arrest.

All together now:

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CNN misspells host's name on promo for their new "Crossfire" show

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cnn misspells Stephanie Cutter's name on Crossfire promo

Stephanie "Cupper"? Oops.

Maybe CNN should have misspelled S.E. Cupp's name as S.E. "Cutt" just to compensate.

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Come on, CNN, if you're going to push a new show, at least proofread your copy. We all make mistakes, sure, but promoting a new series means putting your best foot forward, not putting it in your mouth.

At least they got it right a couple of weeks ago, here. Ironically, a year ago, CNN caught the Romney campaign making a spelling error and wrote it up: Romney iPhone app misspells 'America' to Web's delight.

And of course, there was this memorable Jon Huntsman Moment: Huntsman Campaign Begins with Misspelling His Own Name.

Okay, fun time over. No I couldn't resist, yes I'm mentally twelve years old (so are CNN's editors, apparently). Now back to more important stories.

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Young voters: GOP “closed-minded, racist, rigid, old-fashioned,” NOT "open-minded, caring, co-operative”

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Seems that that widely publicized Republican "reinvention" is a big, fat, epic fail. At least it is to young voters, who have been, and will be, a major factor in elections.

First Read:

To young voters, the Republican Party can appear “closed-minded, racist, rigid, and old-fashioned,” according to a newly-released post-election report probing the party’s failures to capture more of the young electorate in last year’s presidential election.

The 95-page report from the College Republican National Committee, the latest post-mortem from party leadership, paints a grim picture of the GOP’s image with voters under 29, citing a series of surveys and focus groups conducted before and after the 2012 presidential election. The report found that younger voters – even those considered “winnable” for Republicans-- tended to associate the party with words like “rich” and “religious” while stating that adjectives like “open-minded,” “caring,” and “co-operative” were traits that least describe the GOP.

Let's recap: Republicans are being described as wealthy, self-serving, bigoted, stodgy, narrow-minded, detached, uncompassionate, uncompromising white Christians. check mark smaller

The "big tent" party also didn't fare too well when it came to marriage equality and Latinos, and were none too happy with "outrageous statements made by errant Republican voices."

oops rick perry smallerApparently, they need a redo of their redo. Time to reinvent that outreachy, rebrandy makeover.

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