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Boehner: ‘Bye-Bye. Sniff.’

September 26, 2015

Boehner: 'Bye-Bye. Sniff.'
After speaking with Pope Francis this week, House Speaker John Boehner (R, OH – 8) resigned. His Holiness only needs one more miracle to become a saint.

Seriously, Mr. Boehner gets major props for the pontiff’s visit to Congress, and he’ll go out on that high note. And there’s an understanding that his resignation means Congress won’t shut down the Federal Government on October 1st over … something-or-other.

John Boehner leaves the Speakership  — and Congress — at the end of October. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R, CA-23) seems a shoo-in to replace him; expect a Republican roughhouse brawl to replace McCarthy as Majority Leader. Ohio Governor John Kasich will decide on the date of a special election to fill Mr. Boehner’s 8th District congressional seat.


Another Temp Job for Sarah Palin?

September 13, 2015

Another Temp Jpb for Sarah Palin?

Sarah Palin, former Miss Wasilla, once part-time Temp-Governor of Alaska, losing GOP Vice Presidential candidate and failed Fox News commentator, told CNN’s Jake Tapper she’d like to be Secretary of Energy in President Trump’s cabinet so she could dismantle the agency. Mrs. Palin is pretty good at demolishing things — look at what she did to John McCain’s presidential campaign.

Despite lack of evidence, Senator McCain thought Mrs. Palin knew lots about energy. The “Energy Secretary Palin” idea was first mentioned by Newt Gingrich during his 2011 quest for the GOP presidential nomination, probably to quash talk of putting her in the VP slot. And while Mrs. Palin has occasionally opined about abolishing the agency, John McCain suggested it as far back as 1994.

Sarah Palin is, quite literally, in bed with Big Oil — her husband Todd worked for BP in the North Slope oil fields of Alaska for 18 years and only resigned after his wife left the governorship. And back in the days of high-priced oil, royalty payments from Alaska oil and gas producers kept her state’s government running despite Governor Palin’s budget disasters.

But perhaps Mrs. Palin wants to abolish an agency she heads simply due to her proclivity for short-term jobs. She was appointed to her first state job on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in 2003 and quit after 11 months; elected Governor of Alaska, she assumed office in December 2006 and resigned in July 2009 after serving 20 months, much of that time spent on her failed vice presidential campaign. Sarah Palin was hired as a Fox News Commentator in 2010, dropped in 2012re-hired, and dropped again in 2015, and had reality TV shows on TLC  and the Sportsman Channel, both cancelled after one season.

What Mrs. Palin really knows about energy policy would fit on a “Drill-Baby-Drill” bumper sticker. She has no idea what the job involves and confuses it with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). But Sarah Palin does have one prerequisite to be Secretary of Energy: Good Hair.


Donald Trump, Promise Keeper

September 6, 2015

Donald Trump, Promise Keeper

GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump signed a loyalty pledge that he will support the official Republican Party presidential candidate and, if it’s not himself, he won’t run as a third-party candidate. Party loyalty means a lot to former long-time Democrat Trump, and a signed contract like that is surely sacred and binding to a man with three marriages and four bankruptcies.

And don’t worry, he’ll really get around to learning about foreign policy after his inauguration. It’s a promise.


“Donald Trump’s empty loyalty vow: Man with three marriages, four bankruptcies reportedly pledging fidelity to GOP,” Joan Walsh, Salon

“Is Trump’s Republican Loyalty Oath Legally Enforceable?” Jacob Gershman, Wall Street Journal Law Blog

“Will the real Donald Trump please stand up?” Timothy Noah, Politico


Scott Walker: Wall Off the Border with Canada

September 1, 2015

Scott: Wall Off the Border With Canada

On Sunday college dropout Scott Walker, Wisconsin governor and low-ranking GOP presidential candidate, told Chuck Todd that building a wall along the Canadian border is “a legitimate issue.” It certainly would be an issue to build a wall along the world’s longest international border, since the 5,525-mile-long structure would cost unknown trillions of dollars.

“Of course we would vigorously oppose any thickening of the border,” said Canadian Defence Minister Jason Kenny. Reaction from the Great White North has been fairly muted, since Canada has a big election of its own on October 19th.


Must-Wince TV: Palin + Trump

August 29, 2015

Must-Wince TV: Palin + Trump

Sarah Palin, former Miss Wasilla, once part-time Temp-Governor of Alaska, losing GOP Vice Presidential candidate and failed Fox News commentator, interviewed GOP front-runner Donald J. Trump on the mighty One America News Network on Friday. Outtakes:

Palin: “This is a movement of Trumpeters or Trumpservatives or whatever these folks are called. He’s avant garde, and crushing it in the polls. … he wants to connect with you, to those who are going to show up at the polls and elect the next leader of the free world.”

Trump: “If you look at what’s happening with this country, it’s so sad. You’ve pointed it out for years.” “I have to tell you, you’re a terrific person.”

On another occasion The Donald said that, even though she’s no longer a 10, he would welcome Mrs. Palin into a Trump Administration, something Hockey Mom hasn’t ruled out.


Sarah Palin” Back on TV News … Kinda

August 19, 2015

Sarah Palin Back on TV News ... Kinda

Sarah Palin, former Miss Wasilla, once part-time Temp-Governor of Alaska, losing GOP Vice Presidential candidate, and failed Fox News commentator, is back on TV again, in a way. She will helm the show On Point with Guest Host Sarah Palin on the mighty One America News Network for 5 whole nights on the week of August 24th. They’d offer her a longer contract, but she’d probably quit halfway through, like she did as Governor of Alaska.

Mrs. Palin has a long history in broadcasting. studying media at five colleges in six years (one of them twice) before graduating, then working as a TV sportscaster on an Alaska station for months.


Trump’s Temperament: Temper-Bent

August 14, 2015

Trump's Temperament: Temper-Bent

“In the second grade…I punched my music teacher because I didn’t think he knew anything about music….I’m not proud of that, but it’s clear evidence that even early on I had a tendency to stand up and make my opinions known in a very forceful way.”

— Donald Trump, in Trump: The Art of the Deal (1987), quoted in “8 Skeletons in Donald Trump’s Closet That Reveal a Life-Long Dedication to Being the Biggest Jerk Possible,” Zaid Jilani, AlterNet

 By age 13 young Donny Trump had screwed up so often that his millionaire Dad pulled him out of Kew-Forest prep school and sent him away to New York Military Academy, a boarding school upstate. The way he’s been cutting up on the campaign trail, seems like it’s time for him to return for a refresher course.


GOP TV Game Show on Fox

August 8, 2015

GOP TV Game Show on Fox

On Thursday night Fox News premiered its new game show, Last Clown Standing, with GOP celebrity contestants Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, and John Kasich performing for a record audience. So who won? Probably Megyn Kelly. Certainly not the Republican Party.

Only 9 more exhausting exciting episodes before Election Day, November 8, 2016. Stay tuned for the next show, on September 16, 2015.


Bernie Surges!

July 17, 2015

Bernie Surges!
Vermont’s Democratic Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders is drawing bigger crowds than any other 2016 presidential candidate, 2,500 in Iowa, 10,000 in one Wisconsin event alone. While some think his positions are too radical for America, others think they have more in common with Teddy Roosevelt than Eugene Debs.

Right now Senator Sanders’ grassroots effort is gaining on Hillary Clinton in the polls. All he needs now is some kind of campaign song ….


He’s Number One: Trump Leads GOP Field in New Poll

July 15, 2015

He's Number One: Donald Trump Leads GOP Field in New Poll

Donald Trump is first in a new Suffolk University/USA Today nationwide poll of Republican primary voters, leading the field with 17 percent. Jeb Bush is second with 14 percent; the other 14 Republican presidential contenders are in single digits. 29% of GOP voters responded “Huh?”


“Poll: Trump leads the GOP field but falters against Clinton,” Susan Page and Erin Raftery, USA Today

“Trump’s popularity spikes among Republicans,” Peyton M. Craighill and Scott Clement, Washington Post


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