- I want to start a little bit differently today with the heartwarming story of the first time Mitt Romney saw his future wife. He was a cub scout and she was on horseback and well, I'll let Romney speak for himself: "What do Cub Scouts do when they see a little girl on a horse? We picked up stones and threw them [at her]." Which is almost as heartwarming as this story of him bragging in college about dressing as a police officer in a stolen uniform and pulling people over on the highway. Which I guess nicely foreshadowed Romney getting arrested for disorderly conduct in 1981 when he refused to listen to a police officer telling him he couldn't launch his boat because of an invalid license.
- Speaking of young Republicans, the average age of the GOP's "Young Guns" (up and coming new Republicans running for Congress) is 52 years old. So, you know, that sounds like a Party with a future.
- In a less funny story about Republicans with guns, Hiram Lewis, a former Republican candidate for Senate in West Virginia, has been arrested for shooting a man despite invoking the Castle Doctrine. The catch? The man he shot was his roommate. While actual violence from Republicans is thankfully rare, violent rhetoric is still alive and well in the Republican Party. Case in point, after Ted Nugent was visited by the Secret Service last month for saying that he would "either be dead or in jail by this time next year" if Obama was reelected, he is now claiming that "the Romney campaign told him to 'stay the course' and not to tone it down." Because why on earth would Mitt Romney want to tone down violent eliminationist rhetoric against his opponent, he's running for office for Pete's sake. Which is why you haven't exactly heard any Republicans condemn Jonah Goldberg for saying that young people shouldn't be allowed to vote because: "The fact that young people think socialism is better than capitalism. That’s proof of what social scientists call their stupidity and their ignorance. And that’s something that conservatives have to beat out of them. Either literally or figuratively as far as I’m concerned." Violent rhetoric AND an attempt to strip people of their right to vote, we call that a twofer.
- Meanwhile the Greene County, Virginia Republican Party sent out a newsletter saying that if Obama is reelected, "we shall not have any coarse but armed revolution should we fail with the power of the vote in November ~ This Republic cannot survive for 4 more years underneath this political socialist ideologue." I can't decide if plotting a coup is better or worse than the Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Republican Party electing a self avowed Neo-Nazi to their board. Meanwhile, Romney and the national GOP have decided to completely abandon any attempt to work with the Nevada GOP because they've been co-opted by the Tea Party and Ron Paul fanatics, or as one Republican strategist put it, "the inmates are running the aslym."
- Congressman Allen West feels it's time to "talk about the President doing blow and smoking dope." Rush Limbaugh agrees saying that the fact that not "everyone knows that Obama did cocaine" proves "that Obama wasn't vetted." And it's true, not everyone knows that. Only people who read Obama's book where he talks about it, those who listen to talk radio or Fox News, and apparently members of Congress. Other than that, complete secret.
- Which might have something to do with why Mike Huckabee thinks that if people don't listen to talk radio or Fox News, they "will assume that Obama really is doing a great job." Mike Huckabee of course is a former Republican Presidential candidate and Governor, and has a show on Fox News. But according to his boss, Roger Ailes, he's not actually a conservative: "We have one conservative on Fox News, Sean Hannity. Quite open about it, that's what he is, that's what he does, that's his framework, that's where he comes from." So Roger Ailes is apparently out of his mind.
- While we're on the topic of crazy people associated with Fox News, Glenn Beck has declared he's going to single handedly destroy Glee by creating a conservative version, “We’ve spent a year now trying to put together a push-back with artists with music, but not the stereotypical conservative Lee Greenwood music.” Personally I'm just glad he has a hobby.
- Transitioning to the Religious Right, Republican Congressman Joe Barton has taken to making up Bible quotes to justify cutting funding for school lunches for needy children. Which is classy, but not as fun as Michele Bachmann's favorite candidate for Congress in her home state of Michigan, Allen Quist, saying that "people and stegosaurs were living at the same time."
And on that note, have a great weekend!