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What are the PUMAs up to, and why? It is the impossible question. Have they uncovered new evidence of Obama campaign voter suppression (sexism) in some early caucus state? Maybe they’ll do that next week. For now, they’re at the forefront of the “Anti-David Letterman Movement,” which you may have suspected after watching that funny protest video yesterday. One of their blogs, “HillBuzz,” — hint: it’s not named after Barack Obama! — made the comical photoshop above along with many others, each one for companies that advertise with the David Letterman show. If these companies don’t cancel their contracts with CBS, the logic goes, then they will be considered Willow-rapers too. And it appeared earlier in the day as though the PUMAs succeeded in persuading the Olive Garden to cancel, but… no.

America’s top news source The Politico reported earlier in the day, from an “Olive Garden insider” or something that the company would cancel all of its Letterman ad buys for the remainder of the year. A victory for the PUMA Movement! Next stop: getting Harold Ickes to convince the DNC Rules & Bylaws Committee to retroactively reinstate Florida and Michigan’s delegates in full, getting Lanny Davis on the morning talk show circuit to convince a few more superdelegates, and winning the nomination for Hillary.

But the Olive Garden company spokesman issued a statement today condemning Politico, which the New York Times happily reported:

Rich Jeffers, the spokesman, said Olive Garden was attempting to counter what he called “erroneous information out there,” which he said came from the website Politico. The site posted a report by Andy Barr on Thursday saying that the restaurant was “cancelling all its scheduled ads” on Mr. Letterman’s show for the rest of the year.

Mr. Jeffers said in a telephone interview that no such cancellation decision had been made and that the company’s schedule of commercials in the show had simply expired “earlier this month.”

Child rapists, all.

One final thing: Balloon Juice’s DougJ writes in his post about this nonsense, “I can’t quite wrap my head around the whole PUMA thing, so maybe John or Wonkette or someone with a better understanding of the PUMAsphere can explain all of this.”

It’s not too complicated, Doug, and can be explained in one crisp sentence: “The PUMA movement was thought of as a bunch of disgruntled voters when, in reality, it was the Taj Mahal of consciousness reforming political mathematics.”


Olive Garden Says It Did Not Cancel Ads on Letterman Show [NYT]

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