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GOP Candidates Skipping St. Paul, Don’t Want To Be Seen With Bush Or McCain

Huggz!Say you’re a Republican incumbent, or maybe you’re the GOP candidate trying to take over a lucrative Senate or House seat for a retiring Republican. You would want to go to the big Republican Convention and bask in the successful glow of the GOP candidate for president, not to mention the outgoing Republican president who served two exciting terms, right? Wrong. You stay home, to avoid the stench of loserdom.

A bunch of high-profile GOP senators and Senate candidates either aren’t going to the RNC or refuse to say if they’re going. This is kind of incredible. The convention is a four-day commercial for the party and its presidential campaign. There are speeches from the party leaders and the candidate and even George W. Bush.

So of course you want nothing to do with that Failure Festival. And you sure as hell don’t want to arm your opponents with fresh pictures and video of you hugging Walnuts or kissing on George W.

Nine of 12 targeted Republicans running in the most competitive Senate races this fall are either skipping the Republican convention in St. Paul, Minn., or have not decided whether to attend.

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One of the senators who won’t be in St. Paul is Ted Stevens, as he’ll be in the “rape ward” of Rat Islands Federal Prison.

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51 comments

  1. Thegreatbacon

    They’re all coming, but they’re going to the Ron Paul extravaganza at the Target center instead.

  2. MoodProcessor

    Boosch – “There, there now Wally….don’t crahh….we’ll find ya some new frends for yer party….”

    McWeep – “I just..(sob)…(sob)…feel so…(sob)…dirty….(sob!)”

    Boosch – “Those are called feelins…they’ll go away….just like your memry And yer first wife. ‘Member her…?”

    McWeep – “Who?”

    Boosch – “Wanna nucklebump?….s’awryyt….”

  3. WadISay

    For sure, they could still come to Minnesota just to eat the hot dish, hear people talk like dorks and enjoy our many scenic bridges.

  4. TGY

    The Republican nightmare is for John McCain to win the presidency. Four more years of loserness! And he’s only a pseudo-Republican! How small will their minority be in the end, eh? Might be down to a Republican commemorative urinal for the senate with the inscription ‘Republicans Peed Here’.

  5. ReverendGreen

    In Minneapolis, Larry Craig might be the first Senator to not make a convention because he got detained at the airport he ARRIVED at.

  6. WhatTheHeck

    [re=47017]TGY[/re]:
    This evil empire will not go down without a fight, even if it means taking out 1/2 of the planet.
    Bastards just don’t see how despised they are.

  7. freakishlystrong

    [re=46998]MoodProcessor[/re]: Rocks!..and shit, now I can’t stop tawlkin’ lahk that..damn you!

  8. freakishlystrong

    Do these jerks realize, that even if they’re not at the convention the (R) taint is still with them?

  9. Gopherit v2.0

    Aww, all this does is focus the Paultardian rage on the few who will show.

    What’s to become of the hookers who were being brought in for the Convention? Some of them were hoping to make enough to retire in Boca.

  10. BillyClubb

    Ha ha, you wrote “Failure Festival” and “hugging Walnuts.” Anyway, Republicans have been doing way too much “hugging [Wal]nuts” lately, and many of them are probably staying away because they’re convinced that the highlight of the RNC will be a vice sting.

  11. SayItWithWookies

    I can’t wait to see the camera pan the seats and it looks like a Nationals game.

  12. Larry McAwful

    I want to fly to St. Paul in September to watch the Republican delegates arrive. Specifically, I want to watch them to see who goes into the men’s room. That could be important information!

    I’ll send $5.00—cash—to whoever can install a plaque on a St. Paul airport men’s room that reads “GOP delegates welcome.” I want pictures.

  13. NotUrEvryDayWEzl

    [re=47036]freakishlystrong[/re]: They’re counting upon the illiteracy of the masses to be unable to distinguish between R&D

  14. masterdebater

    Among other things that are somehow understood by republicans, is the wierd concept of not being seen with the people you support that are fucking everything up, thereby obsolving you from any blame (and permitting you to be elected to carry right on with the same policies). If you ever needed proof that conservatives are stupid, there you go.

  15. Scooter

    Not to worry, the white-hot charisma of Norm Coleman will chase away those convention blues.

  16. Monsieur Grumpe

    The local legislators passed a bill that would allow St Paul bars to stay open an extra 2 hours while the Republican party animals are in town. Apparently, none of the local pubs want to put out the $2500 fee. Something about cheap ass tippers I hear.

  17. Doglessliberal

    [re=46986]donner_froh[/re]: goddamn selfish Republicans–the boy hookers were counting on this income!

  18. Larry McAwful

    [re=47057]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]: Well, this year’s Republican prospects are indeed something to drink about. But it’s not the toast-the-future-with-your-friends kind of drinking. It’s more like the stay-in-your-room-alone-with-a-bottle-of-cheap-vodka kind of drinking.

  19. SayItWithWookies

    You mean even Republicans don’t wanna hear a Joe Lieberman speech? I’m — not surprised, actually.

  20. kudzu

    I find the likes of Monica Goodling’s husband, the dude from Redstate.com so fucking pathetic. They’re about the only ones–along with Townhall.com, that insist in beating W’s drum and in praising WALNUTS! as a triumph of integrity and competence. What a bunch of losers (all of them).

  21. masterdebater

    *absolving*…I’m such a tard, I might have to switch my vote to McCranky just to be consistent.

  22. BadNewsJack

    Its kinda like a guy in a women’s locker room, covering his eyes and thinking “Nobody’ll see me. Im so smart.”

  23. thefrontpage

    The conventions are some of the biggest piles of stinking crap and, along with inaugurations, among the biggest wastes of time, money, resources, effort and common sense and intelligence in politics. There is literally no need for these stinking piles of crap. There should be a video or telephone conference call, with law enforcement oversight to assure legality, of the presidential nomination–and that’s it!!! Really. No joke. No stupid speeches, no stupid people in stupid hats, not stupidity all around. No one cares about them except journalists enjoying an expense account and a chance to travel somewhere in August on someone else’s dime, eat free food, have free drinks, and maybe file a rote news report on a boring speech. Conventions are dumb, a waste of time and money, and outdated by about 60 years. They should be cancelled, and the money used to help people who need it. What a disgrace!


  24. Post author
    Ken Layne

    [re=47111]thefrontpage[/re]: You can hate America all you want, but *Wonkette* is going to both conventions. I mean, all *three* conventions. (We already have our Ron Paul concert ticketmasters, bitches!)

  25. Cape Clod

    [re=47130]Ken Layne[/re]: Wow, here I am stuck at the beach in the summer and you get to go to Minneapolis. Your just taunting me, Ken, aren’t you, you sick bastard.

  26. Thanatopsis

    [re=47111]thefrontpage[/re]: What else is stupid? Dumb? I’m sorry, did you say “common sense” and “intelligence” in the same sentence as “politics?” Now who’s dumb?

  27. AxmxZ

    I can’t wait for the coverage of the Repub convention. It’ll be like watching an ancient flea-ridden elephant slowly wheeze its last on the dusty trail of an Indian village, eaten alive by flies as it struggles to draw breath.

  28. Monsieur Grumpe

    [re=47130]Ken Layne[/re]:
    I’ll be trolling the St Paul bars taking pictures of vomiting Republicans. Look me up. I’ll be the guy with a camera around my neck, a beer in one hand and a flag pin on my lapel.

  29. Scarab

    Is it too late for the RNC to get their deposit back on the big arena?
    Perhaps the St. Paul Skate-O-Rama is still available.

  30. edgydrifter

    [re=47156]AxmxZ[/re]: Yes, a decrepit, wheezing elephant that will still somehow manage to stomp our young, virile donkeycorn. America runs on stupid, so stupid will always run America.

  31. hrhkingfriday

    [re=47130]Ken Layne[/re]: Sweet, will you come to my convention as well? The HRHKingfridayican party wants youuuuu!

  32. anabellum

    [re=47200]Scarab[/re]: my theory is that the Skate-O-Rama HAS been booked…and that the true location of the convention is a secret designed to fool W…..

    its either that, or lock him in a broom closet at the hotel…

  33. Studge

    [re=47130]Ken Layne[/re]: Yeah, real tough, but do you have the balls to show up at whatever the fuck convention is held for Nader-
    Gonzalez? They have a 30-State strategy, you know. Suck on that, Howard Dean!

  34. regisgoat

    One received idea I’ve heard is that its actually the Democratic conventions that are washouts for the hookers and bartenders, because Democrats love (or fear, maybe) their wives and don’t have any discretionary money for hotel bars. I got free booze at the ’84 convention and later saw the Dead Kennedys play for free. I’m totally for all political conventions.

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