Yesterday I took a break from blogs, news and politics. I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t bring myself to care about Weinergate anymore, and I was sick of last night’s GOP debate before it even began.
This morning, I will admit to being amused by Andrew Sullivan’s description of Weinergate: “Texting while male.“ That about sums it up, doesn’t it? And that’s probably going to be about the last thing I have to say about it for awhile. I don’t care if he’s going to treatment, who thinks he should resign, or how completely hypocritical GOP politicians are being about this situation when they’ve defended much worse.
Sending a pic of your penis is one thing. But in the past, GOP politicians have defended (or remained silent about) conservative penises wearing both diapers and prostitutes, conservative penises physically engaged in adultery, and conservative penises acting gay when their owners are supposedly anti-gay. We all remember and are keeping score.
And the debate: did I watch? Hell, nyet! Everything you need to know about the Tea Party can be summed up by their ‘favorites’: Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin. As for the rest of them… wow.
Think Progress live-blogged this mess. Some highlights:
9:43: Romney says we should bring our troops home from Afghanistan when generals tell him we can hand the country off to the “Taliban military.” Then corrects himself, “Afghan military.”
9:40: Pawlenty finally shows some of the decisiveness that everyone has been waiting for. Unfortunately, it comes in response to the question “Coke or Pepsi?”
9:28: Ron Paul references the “border between Iraq and Afghanistan.” Which does not exist.
9:10: Cain stakes bold stand he would not have any Muslims who want to kill him in his administration.
8:58: Newt Gingrich explains that his description of the Ryan plan as “right-wing social engineering” was only in response to a very narrow question. Some good, some bad in it, he says.
8:58: Ron Paul says Americans need to be weaned off of Social Security and specifically says the elderly and children have become “so dependent on the government.”
8:55 (Think Progress notes): Medicare is fully solvent until 2024. After 2024, the hospital fund will still be able to meet “90 percent” of its commitments.
8:53: Ron Paul claims Medicare isn’t currently solvent. Pawlenty also asserts it’s not solvent.
8:41: Romney won’t admit that he was wrong when he wrote in 2008 that, if the American automakers were rescued by the government, you can “kiss the American automotive industry goodbye.”
8:36: Asked to choose between Johnny Cash and Elvis, Bachmann chooses “both.”
8:31: John King asks the hard-hitting question: “Leno or Conan?” Santorum responds, “Probably Leno…I don’t watch either.”
8:31: Pawlenty kisses up to hate radio, declares most of his family of “Reagan Democrats” listens to Rush Limbaugh.
8:30: Bachmann attacks the EPA and says it should be renamed the “job killing organization of America.”
8:30 Pawlenty calls a backpack a “back sack.”
8:26: Like Cain did earlier, Ron Paul endorses a tax holiday that would be a multi-billion dollar giveaway to multinational corporations.
8:17: John King is trying to out Pawlenty for using the term “Obamneycare.” Pawlenty sheepishly refuses to defend the term. Instead, he blames President Obama.
8:14: Bachmann claimed that the Congressional Budget Office said the Affordable Care Act will kill 800,000 jobs. That’s not what the CBO said.
8:11: Bachmann announced, “I filed today my paperwork” and will “very soon be making my formal announcement.” Isn’t that a formal announcement?
Read it all…