INSIDER BELTWAY GOSSIP  2:58 pm March 4, 2009

Should Barack Obama Criticize Tonya Harding, In A Recession?

by Jim Newell

That Barack Obama is a real piece of work, forcing America to pay money for Tonya Harding and all. [Andrew Sullivan]

 
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Serolf Divad March 4, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Tonya Harding and Rush Limbaugh… if half the battle is choosing your enemies wisely, then Obama is the fucking Sun Tzu of contemporary American politics.

burton judson March 4, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Yay! Newell’s not dead!

pondscum March 4, 2009 at 3:08 pm

[re=257750]Serolf Divad[/re]: That’s it. You’re officially going on the list of men I would leave my husband for.

WadISay March 4, 2009 at 3:09 pm

The Clenis still secretly has the hots for Tonya Harding.

The Station Manager March 4, 2009 at 3:09 pm

I’m sorry, I think I’ll have to watch that again. I couldn’t have possibly seen the real thing due to all the crazy that was obscuring the image.

Incredulicious March 4, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Seasons change, people are born and people die, empires rise and fall, but Tonya Harding’s hair style remains unchanged. Her curling-iron bangs are the only true stalwart in my otherwise chaotic life. Godspeed, Tonya. Godspeed.

badmuthagoose March 4, 2009 at 3:09 pm

a) No Tanya, I won’t pay money to come see you. Never have, never will.

b) He wasn’t talking about YOU, he was using what you DID as a metaphor.

Gah. She’s so stupid it must hurt. Also, she’s on pills or hootch or something in this video. She sounds like I do after a Vicodin and a cranberry-vodka cocktail of an evening.

voyetra8 March 4, 2009 at 3:10 pm

God, she’s so hot. I don’t know if it’s her meticulously curled bangs, or my suspicion that she has smoker’s breath or what… but the fact is, I’d hit it.

With a lead pipe.

ManchuCandidate March 4, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Yes because until Obama said it in a campaign speech, I thought Tonya Harding stood for sportsmanship, good will towards men, and well done sex videos.

For shame, NoBama. For SHAME!

badmuthagoose March 4, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Just to clarify: I don’t start yelling that I’M TANYA HARDING AND I DON’T CARE after a vicodin/cran-vod evening. I just get that happy slurry sound in my speech.

lennixlewis March 4, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Hahaha they dragged Tonya from her trailer in Tacoma (hey! also a meth lab, weird!) to do an interview with some dude?

And where do we go see her, doing what now?

badmuthagoose March 4, 2009 at 3:12 pm

lennixlewis: a while back I thought I read something about her wrestling nowdays. She’s definitely got the upper body for it. Or something.

BillyClubb March 4, 2009 at 3:13 pm

“People forget who Tonya Harding is.” No, sadly, they don’t. And it doesn’t help that Tonya still has that godawful “claw” hairstyle.

hockeymom March 4, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Palin/Harding 2012 !1!1

Mr Blifil March 4, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Michael Steele, meet your replacement.

Neilist March 4, 2009 at 3:17 pm

That is so wrong, it’s gotta be right.

FunkyPalmettoBug March 4, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Has she been eating nothing but sticks of butter since that Olympics?

Colander March 4, 2009 at 3:18 pm

I feel like my job’s firewall is really taking something special away from me this time.

friendlynerd March 4, 2009 at 3:19 pm

I’d like to see her strap on some figure skates and slur around a rink right now.

Spunion March 4, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Worst. Pron. Ever.

policonoclast March 4, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Nooooooooo! Gah. To be from Oregon is to be forever embarrassed by Tonya. Could easily be my parents neighbor.

btw, she has a fan site, http://www.tonyaharding.com/, with FAN SUBMITTED FANTASY PORN.

Mustang March 4, 2009 at 3:19 pm

What a proud old angry ice whore! She’s mean and ugly and she’s tenth generation white trash!

One Yield Regular March 4, 2009 at 3:20 pm

I will gladly take Tonya Harding up on that bet, unless, uh, paying money to come see her involves seeing her whack Rush Whatshisname in the knee-cap with a bat.

lennixlewis March 4, 2009 at 3:20 pm

[re=257771]badmuthagoose[/re]: Ahhh. That makes more sense, especially because we’ve been talking a lot about drug use vs. body weight like in the case of Rush. She was an inconsistency!

Mustang March 4, 2009 at 3:20 pm

I think Joe the Plumber can cancel his contract with eharmony, because … have I got a gal for him!

Bruno March 4, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Jeebus, how could someone have a better hairstyle 15(?) years ago than they do today? Even if you’re going bald, you’ve got to be better looking than you were back then, especially if you go with the Mr. Clean look (personal favorite).

Custerwolf March 4, 2009 at 3:21 pm

[re=257762]Incredulicious[/re]: My god! I was thinking the same thing. Do you think she just takes that sheet of chopped hair covering her forehead and roll it up all in one go – or to you think she does it piecemeal?

AxmxZ March 4, 2009 at 3:22 pm

[re=257789]Mustang[/re]: Palin/Harding 2012!!

Bruno March 4, 2009 at 3:23 pm

I think she realized how Joe the Plumber ‘got famous’ and wants a piece of the action. WHATEVER IT TAKES

SayItWithWookies March 4, 2009 at 3:23 pm

How indignant she is that people only remember her for cheating at an Olympic sport. It’s regrettable that that happened on her watch.

CorkPopper March 4, 2009 at 3:23 pm

[re=257762]Incredulicious[/re]: Oh God, those bangs! Don’t people who come from trailer parks read celebrity tabloids? And don’t you think they would notice that nobody famous anywhere wears their hair like that any more?

chascates March 4, 2009 at 3:24 pm

And the photos of her from the wedding night video are burned into my mind and no amount of liquor can remove them.

comradepaulson March 4, 2009 at 3:24 pm

I want to hear what Wendy the Snapple Lady thinks of Obama’s plans before I form an opinion.

MarSF March 4, 2009 at 3:25 pm

She is the ultimate PUMA! Another innocent woman victimized by Barry on his path to power!

hobgoblin of little minds March 4, 2009 at 3:26 pm

She must have a series of hot curling iron burns on her forehead.

c-sick March 4, 2009 at 3:27 pm

i kept waitin for ashton kucher to come out and tell us we’ve been punked, but im glad he didnt, the douche chills i was gettin from her were already too much to bare.

Custerwolf March 4, 2009 at 3:27 pm

[re=257784]FunkyPalmettoBug[/re]: And all this time her local McDonalds thought she wanted the leftover fryer grease to manufacture biodiesel.

ushutyurmouthwhenurtalkintome March 4, 2009 at 3:29 pm

I think I just threw up in my mouth a little. Did she say people pay money to come see her? I wanna know who is paying to see this garbage can. I have a trash can in my kitchen. $5; I’ll show it to anyone who pays to see T. Harding ANYWHERE! I’ll even paint a pair of tits and a big HUGE ASS on it if you like that sort of thing.

Schadenfried March 4, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Isn’t Tanya Harding the Miley Cyrus of ice skating?

El Pinche March 4, 2009 at 3:31 pm

I got a call! 1987 wants her bangs back.

Jim Newell March 4, 2009 at 3:36 pm

[re=257757]burton judson[/re]: I was sick. What is happening in politics?

Hooray For Anything March 4, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Goldberg’s on O’Reilly a lot whining about left-wing media bias and how the press coddled Obama during the election. Good to see Goldberg is out there, putting his money where is mouth is, and taking on issues that the press has been too scared to address.

ushutyurmouthwhenurtalkintome March 4, 2009 at 3:41 pm

[re=257788]policonoclast[/re]: I think I just threw up in my mouth a little. Did she say people pay money to come see her? I wanna know who is paying to see this garbage can. I have a trash can in my kitchen. $5; I’ll show it to anyone who pays to see T. Harding ANYWHERE! I’ll even paint a pair of tits and a big HUGE ASS on it if you like that sort of thing.

BTW: you should read some of the messages left on the “fan site”. They are hilarious!

WikipediaBrown March 4, 2009 at 3:43 pm

LOL. Rush sure does one funny Tonya Harding impression.

stew March 4, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Time has not been kind to old Tonya. Stay away from bathtub meth, kids!

Fivetree March 4, 2009 at 3:50 pm

I am not sure I would even pay money to see her get knee-capped. Also, times have obviously been hard on Tonya as the apparent absence of any stylist can attest. I really don’t like her – okay, I’ll admitt I did like seeing her beat the crap out of Paula Jones. Other than that, she’s a total waste of human flesh and a souless pile of trash.

AnnieGetYourFun March 4, 2009 at 3:52 pm

The amazing thing to me is when white trash actually KNOWS that they are white trash and actually have some sort of pride in the title. That’s right, Tonya, go grease up your leather jacket with the ‘Taz’ patches all over it, and take your mulleted kids down to the corner store for a carton of cigarettes. I’m only assuming that you have kids, which would explain why you are now so fat.

AnnieGetYourFun March 4, 2009 at 3:55 pm

I also really like the mix of outrage and smugness. “HOW COULD HE NOT BE THINKING OF THE COUNTRY AT A TIME LIKE THIS???!?!” as though Obama actually sits around and THINKS about Harding, and wasn’t making an offhanded comment about political tactics. “I’M GLAD HE TALKED ABOUT ME AT A TIME LIKE THIS BECAUSE PEOPLE GIVE ME MONEY WHEN HE TALKS ABOUT ME WHEN HE SHOULD BE THINKING ABOUT THE WAR AND THE ECONOMIES AND OUR FREEDUMBS.”

Spunion March 4, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Yes, Tonya’s secret wedding night pron video burnt my retinas to a crisp, and yet I would pay a king’s wages to watch her and Joe the PlungeMiester make sick, dirty love.

DeLand DeLakes March 4, 2009 at 4:03 pm

[re=257803]CorkPopper[/re]: When did celebrities actually wear their hair like this? And no, DJ from Full House doesn’t count as a famous person.

american mutt March 4, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Wow. First Obama gets me laid (i’m even dating the girl) and now Obama finds work for Tanya Harding.

Is there anything this man can’t do?

sezme March 4, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Truly, how dare Nobama attempt to diminish the incandescent glow of America’s Sweetheart?

sezme March 4, 2009 at 4:08 pm

[re=257788]policonoclast[/re]: Actually her site isn’t nearly as porny as http://www.nancykerrigan.com (which it must be said, isn’t official, in fact it’s probably run by Tonya Harding).

shellyboo98 March 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm

LOL, oh, Tanya. To quote my much beloved, deceased grandmother:
B@#$h, ain’t nobody worried about your tired ass!

Fox n Fiends March 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm

WHHHHYYYYYY??????

Fivetree March 4, 2009 at 4:17 pm

To call her a publicity whore is an insult to decent hard-working whores everywhere.

assistant/atlas March 4, 2009 at 4:31 pm

[re=257806]comradepaulson[/re]: LULZ! Also, is that “Where’s the Beef?” lady still alive? And what about Crazy Gideon? Won’t someone think of Crazy Gideon?

Unindicted Co-Conspirator March 4, 2009 at 4:31 pm

[re=257875]sezme[/re]:
That Kerrigan site is awful!
But what can she do, her sire was Trigger & her dam was Buttermilk!

Gallowglass March 4, 2009 at 4:44 pm

When I saw “Tonya Harding Slams Obama…” in the title to that video, all I could think was “…in the kneecaps with a baton,” Kicking it old school.

Scarab March 4, 2009 at 4:44 pm

You know what the worst part of getting old is?
Seeing recent video of people you used to masturbate to.
BTW, how’s Natalie from The Facts of Life looking these days?

ShamWow March 4, 2009 at 4:56 pm

[re=257788]policonoclast[/re]: Those “fan site” messages are hilarious and creepy all at the same time. I sure hope she sends Jethro some used panties for him to play with

PsycGirl March 4, 2009 at 4:59 pm

[re=257798]AxmxZ[/re]: Ice Ice Baby!

Gallowglass March 4, 2009 at 5:15 pm

I really enjoyed that video. Blind self-obsession mixed with aggressive white-trash mentality and the slightest tincture of twenty-years-ago fame. The guy interviewing her was awesome too. Its rare to see such open disgust, embarrassment and contempt displayed by an interviewer.

TexasSecessionist March 4, 2009 at 5:21 pm

My name is Rush and I’m a backwoods hicks girl too.

Tommmcatt March 4, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Perhaps the best way not to have your name become synonymous with the term “terrible fucking cheat” is not to, you know, have your boys try and break the knees of your number one rival at an event televised worldwide.

Red Zeppelin March 4, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Yeah, but I bet Marion Jones is pro-Obama. He probs is ahead overall in the discgraced athelete demographic. Where does Floyd Landis stand on this?

S.Luggo March 4, 2009 at 5:25 pm

Tonya wants to know if she can start over.

S.Luggo March 4, 2009 at 5:32 pm

[re=257763]badmuthagoose[/re]: I’d pay to see Tonya and Rush in a face-off involving a 20 pounds of ribs. However, the ribs would have to be removed from the cow first.
No cheating, guys. (You especially, Ton.)

badmuthagoose March 4, 2009 at 5:49 pm

I know this is way too easy, but here goes:

1. HEY HOW DARE OBAMA MENTION MY NAME!

2. That’s ok, everytime he mentions my name, I get JOBS, so SUCK IT AMERICA!

Isn’t that pretty much her argument? So Hopey can just start mentioning her again and she’d be…happy? Hopey? Dopey?

Texas2Step March 4, 2009 at 5:55 pm

[re=257784]FunkyPalmettoBug[/re]: Sticks of butter with a side order of Crisco.

Count Snarkula March 4, 2009 at 6:10 pm

That is some crispy looking bangs she is sportin’ there. Yeah, mighty crispy looking.

revhatchell March 4, 2009 at 6:13 pm

marsha! marsha! marsha!

Custerwolf March 4, 2009 at 6:39 pm

[re=257946]PsycGirl[/re]: Hey that’s not fair – at least he’s already apologized for his career.

Custerwolf March 4, 2009 at 6:40 pm

[re=258055]Count Snarkula[/re]: Dear god thanks for the memories – I actually fried mine off once (true story) trying to acheive that same coy look.

Judas Peckerwood March 4, 2009 at 6:50 pm

[re=257784]FunkyPalmettoBug[/re]: “Has she been eating nothing but sticks of butter since that Olympics?”

Tonya Harding = the new Butterstick?

Red Zeppelin March 4, 2009 at 6:54 pm

[re=257784]FunkyPalmettoBug[/re]: Yeah, except it’s that trans-fat laden margarine that the poors prefer (Bluebonnet or somesuch). I think she’s also using it on her hair.

glamourdammerung March 4, 2009 at 7:02 pm

I had always thought Tonya Harding was a female before today.

AnnieGetYourFun March 4, 2009 at 7:21 pm

She wasn’t even a very good skater. Yeah. I said it.

Custerwolf March 4, 2009 at 7:22 pm

[re=258089]Red Zeppelin[/re]: Wasn’t she named the honorary mascot for Country Crock?

Monsieur Grumpe March 4, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Where’s her husband Cletus? I’d like to hear what he thinks of this.

problemwithcaring March 4, 2009 at 7:55 pm

[re=257827]Jim Newell[/re]: Shouldn’t you be asking qualified political expert, Joe the Plumber, instead of snarky women bloggers?

Custerwolf March 4, 2009 at 8:04 pm

[re=258111]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]: What he thinks of all this? Isn’t it written all over her bangs?

windupbird March 4, 2009 at 8:22 pm

She actually looked worse a few years ago when she took up boxing. Also, the act should be referred o by its proper name, GILOOLY. Also.

OffTheRecord March 4, 2009 at 9:00 pm

It really is the 90′s again, isn’t it?

Red Zeppelin March 4, 2009 at 10:19 pm

I didn’t realize that she was the mom in That 70′s Show and perforce Lois on Family Guy. She’s made some interesting career moves since attacking Nancy Kerrigan (who was like a jillion times hotter, if also much icier colder as well).

Red Zeppelin March 4, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Is it Tonja with a “j”, Tonya with a “y”, Tonia with an “ia” or just “Twat”?

slinkimalinki March 4, 2009 at 11:00 pm

people who use the formulation “but guess what?” are invariably assholes.

Gayer Than Thou March 4, 2009 at 11:28 pm

[re=257926]Scarab[/re]: God, nothing kills a boner faster. Not that I ever, ahem, pleasured myself to Tonya Harding.

sailingthestyx March 4, 2009 at 11:34 pm

[re=257767]badmuthagoose[/re]: thank you, thank you, thank you…I had abdominal surgery this week and I almost laughed my stitches out…

S.Luggo March 4, 2009 at 11:48 pm

[re=257827]Jim Newell[/re]: We have always taken that for granted.

El Pinche March 4, 2009 at 11:49 pm

Tonya = Juice Box
Mystery solved!

davesnothere March 5, 2009 at 12:02 am

Oh. My.

Keram2 March 5, 2009 at 2:37 am

Riverdaughter?

risqueclay March 5, 2009 at 3:47 pm

I’ve loved Tonya ever since she beat the shit outta Bill Clinton’s secretary. You go girl!

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