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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

News Roundup for 9/21/10

Palin wrapped in flag
Palin: "Flag Jeebus patriot moose snowmachine!"

-Headline of the Day-
"Who will win the 2012 Tea Party presidential primary?"

Oh man, I don't even want to think about November 2010, let alone 2012. But what the hell, let's speculate on which bubbling bowl of crazy teabaggers will push two years from now. Greg Sargent asks the question, but thankfully has the good sense not to answer it. Instead he posts a video from Sarah Palin, which seems to suggest that the person the baggers will like in 2012 will be the candidate who brings the most flags.

Once again, I'm struck by how much Sarah Palin's voice sounds like a chalkboard thrown into a meatgrinder. But hey, the Tea Party is "the future of politics" -- at least, according to Sarah. I have my doubts. Before we start worrying about the TP in 2012, let's consider that they have to get there first. Some of their candidates are going to get into Washington this year and they're going to say and do some seriously insane shit. Will they survive their own insanity? And there are already signs that the whole thing's running out of steam anyway.

A better question might be whether there'll actually be a Tea Party in 2012. But as long as the question's out there, let me take a cautious stab at it. Video aside, it won't be Sarah Palin. There's just no money in it and, even if she got the nomination, she'd quit halfway to election day. (Plum Line)

-How could you even survive it?-
At the Values Voters Summit this weekend, Shelly Bachmann really hit her stride with a speech delivered mostly in gibberish. I'm guessing she does this so she can avoid collecting one of these awards from PolitiFact:

Pants on Fire

see, if no one knows what the hell you're talking about, then no one can call you a liar. Pretty clever, huh?

Well, not clever enough, because Shelly apparently screwed up and said something in English. She accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of being "busy sticking the taxpayer with her $100,000 bar tab for alcohol on the military jets that she's flying."

Wow. A $100k bar tab. I don't care how long the flight is and how expensive the booze might be, that'll kill ya dead. PolitiFact actually bothered to check this one -- I guess they found out that Nancy's still alive -- and granted Shelly her much deserved award.

Here's my question: is Michele Bachmann so freakin' insane that she believes this or is she so freakin' insane that she thinks anyone else would? Either way, that's pretty freakin' insane. (PolitiFact)

-Bonus HotD-
"Republicans Filibuster Defense Bill."

GOP blocks a must-pass defense bill, leaving our troops unfunded in the field -- all because they're a'scared of the gay people. Why do Republicans hate the troops? (Washington Independent)

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