- As you probably know, Texas is currently on fire. But that's not the only fire Rick Perry is dealing with, his campaign staff say his fundraising is "going like wildfire." So well in fact that he didn't feel the need to show up at a scheduled press conference on the Texas fires. Maybe if he raises enough money he'll reverse his decision requiring firefighters to buy their own gear.
- By now everyone has heard how offended Rick Perry is by the implication that Pharmaceutical giant Merck bought him off on the HPV vaccine for only $5,000. And he should be offended, especially since he sent out a letter to lobbyists telling them his price was $25,000. Luckily for Merck Perry was lying when he said they only gave him $5,000. They did give $5,000 the day he signed the executive order, but they gave his campaign $28,5000 (which would be more than Perry's $25,000 pricetag). Oh, they also gave the Republican Governors Association $377,500 when Perry was in charge of their fundraising. And their chief lobbyist co-hosted his Presidential Kickoff Fundraiser. Think that's closer to a price Perry wouldn't be offended by? Oh, and if you want to buy him off indirectly, you could donate to his wife's non-profit, who's donations have increased 20x since she was hired, 70% coming from businesses and people who have business with the Governor. Expect more ads like this one to hit Perry anytime now.
- Just so I'm not implying that only Rick Perry is corrupt, Mitt Romney's campaign is trying to convince reporters that his attacks on the National Labor Relations Board have nothing to do with his large Boeing stock holdings, while the company is currently in a dispute with the NLRB.
- Paul Ryan had a 71 year old protestor shoved to the ground and handcuffed, because he cares about senior citizens.
- In other old man news, while gay marriage would forever tarnish the holy bonds of sacred matrimony, Pat Robertson says if your wife gets Alzheimer's you should divorce her because "she's kind of dead" already. Then again Ron Paul probably out-evil-old-man'ed him by explaining that the reason Africa has famines is that they're not capitalist enough, not that whole ravaged by colonialism and the slave trade thing. But he also gave us this ad attacking Perry and Romney, so I'm conflicted.
- Pennsylvania Republicans want to change the way the states Electoral College votes are assigned so that it's by congressional district rather than winner take all. Since they also control redistricting, this could lead to the very real possibility of Obama winning the state, but only getting a minority of it's delegates. Ironically, the only Republicans opposed to this undemocratic plan are the Congressional Republicans themselves, because they're afraid it may increase Democratic turnout efforts in their districts. And just in case you think Republicans really do simply prefer district voting, in Nebraska, one of only two states that currently have it, the Republicans are trying to get rid of it, because Obama won one electoral college vote there last time. Whats a democratic progressive alternative to these kinds of games? Support the National Popular Vote Compact, so that everyone's votes count the same.
- In other bizarre attacks on President Obama news, Fox News mocked him for using a paperclip. Which even for Fox is kind of scraping the bottom of the barrel. Which is why it's good that Darrell Issa is refusing to investigate News Corps' hacking of 9/11 victims cellphones, because that would be "picking on the media." Because I'd hate for them to be distracted from their super fair and balanced coverage for even a second.
- Which is why it's nice if Congressional Republicans won't do their job and "pick on the media", we have Jon Stewart to do it for us.
Have a great weekend everybody, and don't forget to come back tomorrow for the Leftovers!