Like a pro.Unfortunately for Gabrielle Giffords’ 2010 midterm opponent, Teabagger Jesse Kelly, just as he was about to announce another run against her in the next election, Giffords was shot through the head at point-blank range when she was out serving her constituents. Fiddlesticks! What bad luck! Kelly canceled the announcement. But say Jesse Kelly had this friend, right? And this friend was wondering what would happen to Giffords’ seat in Congress. She’s not, uh, she’s not using it right now, right? Whoops: “Yesterday’s item about Jesse Kelly exploring a special election for the CD8 seat in the wake of Giffords’ shooting created waves in Tucson political circles.”

This is how Kelly canceled his campaign:

“Everything’s been cancelled. Everything’s on hold. We just don’t want to discuss politics at a time like this,” Kelly’s campaign spokesman, John Ellinwood, said.

And this is how he went about seeing, uh, a new, you know — if she can’t — what’s the, you know, uh:

Attorney Lee Miller, who serves as legal counsel for the Arizona Republican Party, told our reporter Kelly’s campaign contacted him earlier this week to find out how the seat would be filled if Giffords couldn’t serve.

Enough of this silly little tiptoeing. If a member of Congress gets shot during his or her term, the seat should go to the next-closest vote-getter from the previous election. This was Sharron Angle’s strategy, after all, and now she’s just sitting around at home in her sweats watching The Price Is Right and crappy 80’s movies all day. Let’s cheer her up. [Ben Smith]

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  • JadedDissonance

    I'm not sure what stimulated me more about this article, the actual events discussed within it, or Jack's incredible stenography work.

  • Jesse Kelly is 100% pure asshole; round, red, and stained about the edges

    • GOPCrusher

      If they had a special election to fill her seat, would he actually have the cajones to run for it, after his previous campaign hijinks?

      • DoktorZoom

        He'd be gunning for that seat! He'd have it in his sights! He'd take his best shot, and blow the competition away! Anyone foolish enough to run against him would be cut down ruthlessly and left a bullet-riddled corpse, bleeding on the ground from thousands of…uh…votes.

        • sati_demise

          oh yea….
          I see another 'shoot the machine' gun fund raising event!

        • DustBowlBlues

          I'm shocked, shocked, that you failed to mention that after his humiliating defeat, he didn't retreat; he reloaded and is ready to exercise his second amendment rights to protect the whitest people in Arizona.

      • Jukesgrrl

        Are you kidding me? Talk around Tucson was, he fully expected to be appointed by the governor when he happily assumed Gabby wouldn't recover sufficiently to continue.

        She won by fewer than 4,000 votes and he had a 3-to-1 lead in some of the suburbs. He didn't even concede until days after the election. And when he did, he thanked "the thousands of warriors who fought with me in this campaign" and declared his near-win to be a victory for America. Unlike Gabby he never campaigned on a platform of representing Tucson, but rather representing the tea party nationwide. Much like Miller in Alaska, the voters he was campaigning to represent were the last thing on his mind.

        Jesse Kelly is an insufferable jerk, but many Tucsonans love their guns more than they love intelligence or job qualifications. They saw no hypocrisy in Kelly campaigning against Federal stimulus projects while his family business makes a fortune off them. Gabby better get well, or he has a good chance of taking her seat. His babbling about the Constitution, Second Amendment "rights," and hatred of our president is still a popular song around these parts.

        • sati_demise

          ack, gacugh I am choking……..air, I need air!

          smelling salts
          shot of whiskey

          god this is a fucked up place

        • Joey_Ratz

          I thought Brewer would just appoint him as Giffords' successor as well. By pushing the issue and contacting Miller, Kelly has shown himself to be even stupider than I thought (which is saying a lot).

          My pet theory is that he lost because of his staggering lack of charisma. With a face and voice like his, anything is an uphill struggle. If the repugs can find a guy who doesn't sound and look like he got whacked hard and often in the back of the head as a baby, I think they'll win the next election here, no matter if Giffords recovers.

          • Negropolis

            He looks like a giant baby.

        • I actually agree with the part about "his near-win" sorry but you lost douche being a victory for America.

      • Terry

        Especially his wee facination with guns, or rather photos of himself with guns.

    • Radiotherapy

      Red asshole, with white splatter, and a blue thrombosed hemorrhoid.

    • Walkinwiddaking

      Sounds like the perfect candidate.

    • Dimitrios_M

      I believe the only seat Jesse Kelly is intellectually qualified to fill is a commode..

  • Looks like he's announcing his run in an Olive Garden. Bet he showed up at 3:30 so he could court the early bird Tea Party vote.

    • Radiotherapy

      I was thinking nursing home cafe.

    • Terry

      He was probably passing out coupons to curry favor.

    • OC_Surf_Serf

      a Waffle House would have the just the Right ambiance

      • Negropolis

        I love, love, love Waffle House when I'm in the South, and their ancient, pack-an-hour, gravely-voiced waitresses with their Southern Hospitality who compliment me on my Northern 'accent'. I also like that the kitchen is right there out in the open, so you can see if the overweight cook spits in your eggs. As a minority, the open kitchen is important to me.

        Y'all come back now, ya' hear? Don't worry, Flo, I'll always be back. Always.

  • RedneckMuslin

    If we knew what Sarah thought would make this story funny.

  • SorosBot

    Jesse, what you just did has probably made sure that you will never win an election in that district again.

    • DoktorZoom

      One might even say that, with this move, Kelly has shot himself in the foot.

      With an M-16, even.

      • DustBowlBlues

        Or Arizonians (is that even a word?) are as stupid as Oklahomans, who love the Teabag rhetoric which is very much like Timothy McVeigh's philosophy. They're stupid, and, as stupid people are, tone deaf to simple things like, well, like common human decency.

        • DoktorZoom

          "Arizonan" is the preferred nomenclature, Dude.

          • WriteyWriterton

            The preferred-to-preferred-nomenclature is Teh Stupid. I don't want them moving north and east when they run out of water in 10 years, either. I vote they stay there.

            Who's with me?!

          • ShaveTheWhales

            Perhaps for Arizonans. (Arizonans? Really?)

            But for the rest of us, I believe "Zonies" works pretty well.

  • Arizona wingnuts.

    Not gonna let themselves be shown up by Texass or Alasska in the no-class department.

    • sati_demise

      You can't spell crazy without AZ.

      State motto

      • OC_Surf_Serf

        along with "it's a dry heat"

        • Negropolis

          I hear Hell also has a very dry heat.

          • WriteyWriterton

            If only. It's wet heat, and everyone's wearing wool. Ask Roy Cohn.

    • DustBowlBlues

      I feel obligated to mention Oklahoma again, since any discussion of no-class states is lacking if we don't get one in there. By the way (I'm not sure you kids realized it, but that's what BTW means) what happened to that sweet okie who chimed in on, what was it, I believe the Flaming Lips and state rock song fiasco, claiming that there were lots of very good people in OK, and we aren't all as bad as the wonkeratti were saying and that everyone was being very unfair.

      I replied that this person should just go ahead and admit that the vast majority of our population have had their heads so far up their asses for so long that their faces are pimply from lack of sunshine and quit defending the indefensible. Evidently, my common sense approach to the nonsensical didn't work so hot because that person seems to have disappeared, unless s/he/it cane back as meta-negative pees guy. Except I doubt you could get that funny that fast.

      Whatever–Arizona might as well be in the Bible belt they're so stoopid, except they seem to have as many Catholics as they do evangelitards, and I don't know what that says about them. Other than lots of browns, of course.

      • Don't get too down Dusty, in beautiful North Idaho today the idiot neo-nazis were protesting the taco wagon across the street from my work, that is until a car sped by and splashed slush on them and they had to go home. Evidently protecting the white homeland can only be done with dry clothes.

  • V572625694

    Sharron Angle just "sitting around at home in her sweats watching The Price Is Right and crappy 80′s movies all day"? I don't think so! She's out on the pistol range sharpening up her 2nd Amendment skills. And with those big, big magazines, she spends a lot less time re-loading.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    Since when does a vulture care that he looks like a vulture? Run, Jesse, run!


  • SayItWithWookies

    Shame on the lamestream media for portraying Kelly's legitimate concern for our Constitution as though it were just petty, ghoulish grabbiness. But while we're on the subject, does her office have a window, and is it reasonably close to the cafeteria?

    • jus_wonderin

      Hope she has one of those Herman Miller Aeron Chairs. Please, let it be True Black.

      • bitchincamaro2

        True Black? Wouldn't that be a Herman Cain Chair?

    • problemwithcaring

      Measure the drapes! Measure the drapes!

      • PsycWench

        Make sure the air conditioning works. I hear that D.C. has this thing called "humidity" and it will stale your crackers before your eyes.

    • BZ1

      Again, if it's snark, use "lamestream", if not, then shame on you.

  • Pragmatist2

    If they had to hold a special election, they would just have to hold another one the next day because Mr. Kelly is obviously brain dead.

    • NorthStarSpanx

      Even with brain matter missing from her skull that now looks like puzzle pieces, and given that her mental and physical abilities are still to be determined – the Congresswoman is still preferable to this douche-bag.

      • WriteyWriterton

        She's still smarter, too.

    • DustBowlBlues

      But he's a Republithug. Brain dead is an asset.

    • Boojum_Reborn

      Seriously, I don't get why he thinks he would be more capable than she is. I mean, at least she once had a fully functioning brain.

  • Even the Az. Repubs must think this guy is a douchebag. If the legal counsel for the party lets this slip they must want to see him self-immolate.

    douche bag –noun

    1. The bag forming part of a douche (A small syringe having detachable nozzles for fluid injections, used chiefly for vaginal lavage and for enemas).

    2. Slang a contemptible person. See Jesse Kelly.

  • widestanceroman

    Not so much an exit wound as an opportunity to explore candidacy viability going forward, right?

    • SudsMcKenzie

      Exit Wound strategy?

    • genxr

      When God closes a door, he opens an exit wound

    • Silversmith

      You're in the PR biz, right? Well done.

    • Gunner Asch

      Not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church door; but 'tis enough, will do.

      • DoktorZoom

        A plague o' both thy legislative houses!

        • DustBowlBlues

          Great. English majors at it again.

          • Sophist/Glock Palin

            Well, what else are their degrees good for?

  • undeterredbyreality

    And that iPad she's using–I bet it's government issue. I want it right now!

  • KochFembot

    Will someone please write "TOO SOON?" on his forehead with a Sharpie?

    • transfatz

      Will someone please write "TOO SOON?" on his forehead with a Sharpie Glock.

      • sati_demise

        oh snap.
        or whatever the sound a gun makes when the safety is clicked off

      • guangho

        Too soon.

    • JustPixelz

      Perhaps a surveyor's mark on his forehead would be easier for him to understand. It would remind him of all the "voters" in Arizona.

      • DustBowlBlues

        Is that meant to be sarcasatic, or are you Sarah Palin?

        • ChessieNefercat

          Couldn't be the shrieking weasel. Multi-syllabic words and reasonable (earth-based) grammar. Second sentence logically follows first.

          • WriteyWriterton

            Correct punctuation, Also. (But not here, no.)

  • DeeJayKitteh

    He puts the "special" in "special election."

    • nounverb911

      and "special" education.

      • twaingirl

        hey now, lumping him in with those special needs students is a downright insult to them.

    • DustBowlBlues

      Okay, okay, I'm now following you because you're window wouldn't go away.

      PLUS–note to the no-profile wonkeratti–your profile was a funny one.

      • ChessieNefercat

        Is that why those windows won't go away? It means we should follow the window-won't -go-away person? Well, okay. I'm generally pretty docile. I can get on board with this.

  • Extemporanus

    Hey dude, it's worth a shot, right?

    • hollywooddood

      Oh no you didn't.

      • guangho

        Trust me Jesse is gunning for Gabby.

  • Tough to make yourself look like the biggest Republican douche bag in a state that boasts John McCain and Ben Quayle in its congressional delegation. And Jon Kyl. And Jan Brewer in the governor's mansion. In fact, the more I type, the more I'm impressed by his taking the douche bag crown.

    • GOPCrusher

      Even J.D. Hayworth has be seeing this and thinking "DAYUM!".

    • neiltheblaze

      You gotta admit, as a state delegation, it's an impressive list of truly first class loonies. They're going for the Gold in that particular special olympics. Look out Kentucky.

    • DoktorZoom

      "I thought I was the Douchebag King
      But I just handed my Ass Hat crown to him!"

    • sati_demise

      I hate Kyl with the heat of a thousand suns.

      • Which, ironically, is how hot Arizona feels on a normal day.

      • DustBowlBlues

        That's how I feel about our new guv, No-Neck Betty Boop Mattress Mary Fallin. Too bad those of us who live in states as retarded as ours can't have a special wonkette convention where we would hold a contest on who can come up with the most vitriolic epithets for our politicians.

        • BerkeleyBear

          As near as I can tell, every state has its moron quotient, some are just higher than others. California has douche nozzles like Duncan "let the Marines decide policy" Hunter, Darryl Issa and Dana Rohrabacher – not to mention being the spawning point for Ronnie Raygun's political career. Illinois has doofuses like Shimkus and now Kirk (last seen trying to claim he disarmed the shooter with his mind). Even NY has the dickhead Peter King. So we can all play.

          • Agreed every state has their quotient but look poor Dusty has really got it bad, Boren is about the only bright spot and that is cold comfort to say the least.

        • ChessieNefercat

          Oh, let's! One of those new-fangled virtual things! And, ooh, we can make it invitation only and password protected and all that stuff.

          Every now and again, someone can step out to take a break from laughing so hard, and drive the teatards nuts when we shake our heads and tell them they just wouldn't get it, and then go back in.

          Why, no, I've never been one of the party-going/having cool kids, why do you ask?

        • ShaveTheWhales

          Can you give those of us who haven't been paying close enough attention a quick review of how come "Mattress Mary"? I'm old enough to comprehend Betty Boop.

    • Lost_Teabaggers

      Yeah I dunno, Brewer's got hoop dreams in terms of douchebaggery. She is the one who wants to cut state funding to 4,500 severe mental patients within a month of Gabby Giffords getting shot by a maniac. The timing alone of this decision along with her refusal to do anything to address Arizona's laughable gun laws to me..makes her the one asshole in the state…plus she loves the prison lobby longtime.

  • jus_wonderin

    Guys don't be so hard on him. I am sure if he got into her office he'd make a shrine of the jagged piece of skull they removed from Gabby's head so he could remember her sacrifice…daily.

    • Rotundo_

      He'd use it as a back scratcher.

    • Tommmcatt

      he could remember her sacrifice…daily…

      …with hand creme….and kleenex….

    • the_problem_child

      Hey, she's going to need that shard back, for sunblock purposes!

  • awesome_dude

    Fuck you, Jesse Kelly. By your definition of masculinity (not mine, because I'm not an insecure shit) Gabby Giffords is more of a man than you.

  • Hopefully Giffords recovers enough to run against this slob in the next election cycle. The cheap shots Jessie Kelly will be taking will surely be entertaining and disgusting.

  • genxr

    I see a path for Republicans taking the Senate.

    • ChessieNefercat

      Isn't this why if a congressperson (of any party) cannot complete their term in office, someone from the same party should either be specially elected or appointed?

      Otherwise we will indeed have "2nd amendment remedies" overturning elections. All that would be needed is a fanatic ready to sacrifice him/herself so that his/her party could get in.

      And I am not suggesting that it would be Democrats trying this horsepucky.

      Wouldn't we just be the kind of country we smugly read about in days of old where so-called "elections" were just for show, and the people with the guns actually decided who "won"?

      • DustBowlBlues

        Very serious for a Friday night. And a pretty grim scenario.

        • ChessieNefercat

          But please tell me I'm just being silly, right?

          My Friday night has been an evening of stardust and magic; how else to describe running up the electric and water bills trying to thaw my frozen water pipes.

      • DoktorZoom

        Happily, despite the best efforts of Libertarians to turn us into Somalia, we're nowhere near that far gone yet. But it would make a good hook for a paperback…

  • dr_giraud

    This Jesse "person" calls to mind some words Randy Newman put in God's mouth:

    "I recoil in horror/at the foulness of thee"

    • DoktorZoom

      "We're rednecks, we're rednecks,
      Don't know our ass from a hole in the ground"

      • bumfug

        "We're rednecks, we're rednecks,
        We're keepin' the NRGs down."

    • Beowoof

      Well if you're singing Randy Newman I am sure jared is being serranaded with you have a friend in me, from Jesse Kelley.

      • bumfug

        If he doesn't have a friend in him yet he will soon.

  • __kth__

    Dude's really taking creepy past the Cheney/Yoo line and into the Gary Glitter/John Phillips zone.

  • Worthly Wokette Skum

    Run, Bristol, Run!

    • sati_demise

      no please, anything but that. she would probably win and then your life would suck TOO.

    • ChessieNefercat

      Nah, I have had it with the Peyton Place Hillbillies of Melrose Place and Housewives on the Jersey Shore.

      I would have added Married with Children but Peggy and Al were about 50 bazillion times classier than ol' Ice Crusted HooHaw and her Tawwwdy.

      • WriteyWriterton

        "…ol' Ice Crusted HooHaw…" says it all.

  • Rotundo_

    Every time I think that the world o' politics has sunk to its lowest ebb, some enterprising guy like Jesse Kelly comes out of the woodwork (out from under the rocks?) and digs in a little deeper to prove that there isn't a depth too low for a politician to sink. While this pile of shit upholstered in skin seems like the current winner in the bottom feeder derby, we all know someone, somewhere, somehow will trump even this skeezy little act. More than likely with a (R) after their name when they win the race.

  • bitchincamaro2

    Jesse, please. Even with half-a-brain, Gabbie's got you beat by something like 75%. Sit the fuck down.

    • sati_demise

      truer words were never spoken

    • ChessieNefercat

      "Sit the fuck down."
      And shut up.

  • MissTaken

    And I'm sure he would love for her to be removed from Congress so her medical bills won't fall under the Federal health plan anymore. I do believe bullet through brain = preexisting condition.

    This guy is just looking to save some taxpayer $$.

    • ChessieNefercat

      Heartwarming, isn't he?

  • edgydrifter

    From the looks of him, I'm surprised he didn't sidle on over to Gifford's hospital room to see if he could score a little action.
    "Whoa, brah, check your hostile–she's already in bed! I'm just giving her some comfort, is all."

    • ChessieNefercat

      "Nurse, that's five times I've found this jerk holding a mirror to my wife's nose."

      Hmm, I'll bet someone could get good old Jesse a ride on the last shuttle flight…

      "I must stay with my wife, so with no regrets I will step down from the shuttle flight. However, I have found a replacement for our external experiments on free-breathing in space."

    • Beowoof

      If that were the case, then I would hope Gabby would give him some of that Kill Bill style action.


    Time for The Sarah to upload the crosshairs map once again.

    • Beowoof

      She has to wait for her dad to come over and point the gun for her.

  • Ducksworthy

    There are many many slime molds with more character than Jesse Kelley.

    • ChessieNefercat

      Slime molds are beautiful, complex, and fascinating to look at and study (really). Bryology is but a step away from mycology.

      Jesse, not so much.

  • glamourdammerung

    As I stated before, I thought that was the whole point of the shooting.

    • Sassomatic

      No no no. The point of the shooting was to score political points against the Right by trying to make them look bad for waving guns around and putting crosshairs on Congress people. And also to persecute Sarah Palin for drinking the blood of Christian babies.

  • transfatz

    Vultures in Arizona? Who knew?

    • ChessieNefercat

      Now we need a talented cartoonist to draw the circling Republican vultures…

  • PeaceWithHonor


  • smokefilledroommate

    Have you no fucking shame? Honestly.

    • LionelHutzEsq

      He's a Republican. So, No.

  • Come here a minute

    This is why every U.S. Representative should be armed with a gay Mexican intern.

  • fuflans


  • randomsausage

    You've got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the New West. You know – morons.

    • Morons, eh? Is that the same as the Church of Latter Day Shmendricks?

    • WhatTheHolyHeck

      I'm so tired*.

      *Of these narcissistic cunts on the right thinking we all owe them a favor.

  • DoktorZoom

    One might even say that, with this move, Kelly has shot himself in the foot.

    With an M-16, even.

  • Sassomatic

    She's able to serve, I'm sure. I mean, if she can walk surely she can sit around doing balls all except symbolic shit that means nothing.

  • Beanball

    I don't supposed that it ever occurred to this colostomy pump that he could learn the state senator replacement procedure by reading the Arizona state constitution, wadya think?

    Arizona constitution, Article 7, Section 17.

    I just Googled it. Took less than 60 seconds.

    On the other hand, I know how to read.

    • DoktorZoom

      Well, ain't you just a reg'lar Charles Baker "Dill" Harris?

      (Insert "bustin' up an old chiffarobe" joke here)

    • problemwithcaring

      "On the other hand, I know how to read."

      Fucking Wonkett elitist.

    • sati_demise

      It does not give any time frame. So theres that!
      I guess Brewer and her minions could make it anything they want.
      If Jesse K. paid them enough cold hard cash under the table.

      Hey, that is ALWAYS how AZ politics works.

    • ChessieNefercat

      Oh please. Invoking the constitution doesn't (obviously) have anything to do with reading it, much less comprehending it.



    Hey, Jesse, why not schedule another teabagger campaign event where paunchy teabaggers shoot an assault rifle? Who can forget your pimp-release?

    "Get on Target for Victory in November Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office Shot a fully automatic M15 with Jesse Kelly."

    Which goes to show you don't know your weapons… or your spelling… or your punctuation.

    • DoktorZoom

      How do I shot web AR-15?

  • Radiotherapy

    Too soon?

  • OT – WSJ says Giuliani is eying 2012 iffin' Sarah Palin runs.

    What this shit? Does he want someone else prone to wearing a dress up on the dais in Iowa? With Bachmann jumping in, will the GOP have a twitter twating hat trick with Alaskunt, Minnecunt, and 9-11cunt?

    • If it's to be a twitter contest i vote Grampa Cornpants early and often.

  • FlipOffResearch

    With the whole country rooting for Giffords heroic recovery, we have this teabagger/Republican showing exactly what he's made of. Stay classy GOP.

  • Not_So_Much

    Well, he has tremendous political sense. I suppose he'll do another fund-raiser at the gun range so people can fire an M-15?

    Fade away douchenozzle. Soon.

  • DoktorZoom

    Predicted Talking Point: Well, after all, the minute she was released from the hospital in Tucson, Giffords abandoned her district to "go to rehab" in Texas, flying there on the government dime. Don't we want a representative who doesn't think he's too good for Arizona?

    • WriteyWriterton

      Anyone with a moral code and IQ above room temperature is too good for Arizona.

  • Radiotherapy

    Jesse Kelly is just what the Tucson Teabaggers have been praying for.

  • joobajooba

    No sweat. Gabby will vaporize him with her iPad.

  • Guppy06

    Just hold a special election for someone to warm Giffords' seat "for the duration of the crisis."

    • ChessieNefercat

      Hold a special election for a Democrat to keep Gabby's seat warm for the duration of the crisis.

  • LionelHutzEsq

    Missed it by that much.

  • LionelHutzEsq

    Actually, by Republican standards, that was rather sweet.

    • smellyal8tr

      No kiddin'. I'm surprised he didn't show up in front of his teevee to get sworn in by John Boehner and start serving the AZ-8.

  • problemwithcaring

    This is just typical liberal bias. If the Democrats are looking into filling the seat, why can't Republicans do the same? Furthermore, to ensure absolute fairness, NASA should be required to consider a good conservative as a replacement for husband's mission this April.

    Trig — your country needs you.

    • x111e7thst

      There you go again, raping St Sarah of the Snows precious tard with your mouth. Have you no shame sir/madam ?

    • JustPixelz

      It's hard to decide which conservative astronaut would be the best choice. Sarah "Ursa Minor" Palin, Michele "Overdrive" Bachmann, Glenn "Space Cadet" Beck, James "Flat Earth" Inhoff, Ann "AC180" Coulter. Oh hell, send 'em all up there. I'm sure they can figure out how to back on their own. If not … my bad.

  • sati_demise

    You forget, Jan 'beheaded bodies Brewer is in charge.

    Any fucking thing can happen.

  • rocktonsam

    Jesse has a much a bigger hole in his head, since birth, also.

  • But let's remember, people: liberals are horrible sacks of shit for in any way POLITICIZING this shooting.

  • MistaEko

    9th level of hell for the 8th state district's boy who should have rested on the 7th day but instead hoped Giffords was near her 6th foot under then took the 5th after putting forth campaign literature and getting the 3rd degree for seeking a 2nd amendment remedy to being 1st runner up.

    • DoktorZoom

      That is ironic, considering tonight's cancellation of "Countdown."

      • MistaEko


        …all of this….has been my fault

    • comrad_darkness

      Huh, is there a name for this genre? numeradiscourse or something?

  • DustBowlBlues

    WTF? Why didn't I know Keith O was leaving? Was this voluntary?

  • DashboardBuddha

    Are you gonna jump in my grave that fast?

  • Limeylizzie

    OT but just read this

    Breaking News Alert: MSNBC, Olbermann parting ways
    January 21, 2011 9:09:16 PM

    MSNBC announced Friday night that it and provocative liberal talk-show host Keith Olbermann "have ended their contract." Olbermann announced at the end of his "Countdown" that it would be his final appearance. No reason for the split was given by either party.

    • Beetagger

      What the what? That was sudden… I guess he's not Comcastic enough.

      • DustBowlBlues

        Since you have a bee avatar and I keep bees (or watch them disappear, which happens more often than not) I'm following you. You're welcome.

        • Beetagger

          My father was a beekeeper when I was a kid. Had a hive in my bedroomwith a glass face. I'll try not to disappoint.

    • DustBowlBlues

      They're leaning forward without him? Or did Keith do something arrogant and they just said no. I wonder what they'll do with his time slot–just bump up everyone and give 9:00 to the Nation? What bothers me the most is how gleefully that dickwad O'Reilly et. al. will gloat. On the bright side, maybe David Schuster has an audition tape ready to go.

      This was truly sudden. I googled and couldn't find a damn thing except being cancelled in 2007. In that case, it makes this a very long, tortured process.

      • jim89048

        According to HuffPo, Lawrence O'Donnel will move to Shouty Keith's slot. Lawrence can do a pretty good slow boil, too.

      • Radiotherapy

        Good point DBB, not only has the political discourse lurched farther Right, but I can only imagine the celebration over at Breitfart right now. Fucking, fuckin', fuck and fuck.
        But I do like that Chris Hayes fellow.

      • SudsMcKenzie

        David, "your welcome", Schuster ?

    • Radiotherapy

      I know KO gets mixed reviews here lizzie, but there can be little good about this. He's the only one with any significant forum that stood up to the Alaskunt, Billo, Innanity, Limbnuts etc. The fucking country, and any reasonable, articulate discourse, just winched a little farther Right.

      • Limeylizzie

        I am a fan of Keith, mainly for the reasons you stated, I think he is a necessary voice, but if they give it to O'Donnell I will be fine with that, but we will feel the loss. I wonder what he wil do.

        • Negropolis

          I don't know. People tended to think Keith was overbearing, and he could be, but he did have a sense of humor when he wanted to. I can't find anything redeeming about Larry. He's ALWAYS in serious mode, and his whole brow-beating the base with such vitriol and arrogance that he had to apologize to a few of this guests, one time, did it for me during the tax cut debate in the lame-duck.

    • DoktorZoom

      Gosh, thanks, Comcast.

      Wait, I mean, fuck Comcast.

    • DustBowlBlues

      What happened to your avatar? Is this like fb, where you change your profile picture periodically?

      • Limeylizzie

        Just a change for the New Year!

        • user-of-owls

          I love it, but am rather surprised you didn't go for Agent Rose, aka Andree Peel. More Gaulloisie than BBC-ie, as befits your underground identity, you subversive vamp.

          • Radiotherapy

            The system is definitely Rigged.

    • DustBowlBlues

      Fuck comcast indeed. Was he is contract negotiations? He can get a little self-righteous, but we liberals need that once in a while. We're always trying to be so fair, always seeing the other side, always giving the Rs a second chance and meanwhile they're just waiting until we're down so they can kick us again.

      Keith got that.

    • AddHomonym

      So who takes his place as the supposed EXACT polar opposite of Hanniglenn O'Rushbeck?

      • SudsMcKenzie


    • SudsMcKenzie

      Forget it Keith
      This is Kabletown

      • MistaEko

        Middle of a Democratic Presidency
        the biggest liberal voice gets shitcanned
        only in cable news

        • DustBowlBlues

          As I said on my fb page just the other day, (in my continuing campaign to persuade any high school friends who mistakenly "friended" and are Republithugs to "unfriend me") Multinational corporations are the problem. They're the only real problem we've got. If not for them, the other problems would be easier to solve. I said that wrong. If not for the power they have to buy our politicians, then the other problems would be easier to solve.

          They came for Keith today. Will it be "our" the wonket tomorrow? And to think: I've never worked up the courage to use buttsecks on the wonket. Oops, I did it. Guess they can take us down now.

          ed note: I only check fb once a week, in an attempt to keep up with my much-traveled daughter the union organizer. And I have been zealous in never, ever, buying anything nor even linking to anything advertised on fb. The mind games they play trying to sell me shit really piss me off.

          • ChessieNefercat

            Your daughter's a union organizer? That is fantastic! I try to use facebook to put up pictures of the grandkids, and to keep track of what far-flung friends and family are up to, but every time I try, I have to hide whatever the latest 50 games are everyone's playing.

          • DustBowlBlues

            Your response showed up in my inbox. I glanced at the subject line, since I'd commented on more than one story. Our back and forth regarding children and grandchildren came under the heading, "AZ Shooting Opens 8 D For Some Dude" or something like that. Only on the wonket.

            Go to one of the menu thingies and block anyone who sends you game shit. (ON fb, that is).

      • ChessieNefercat

        Sure explains the last couple 30 Rock episodes.

  • Troubledog

    I don't trust motherfuckers with two first names.

  • Negropolis

    Where did Bristol move to, again…?

  • CogitoErgoBibo

    Anderson Cooper is already spinning conspiracy theories. To paraphrase: "Zucker AND KO out in the same week the Comcast/NBC deal is approved? Things that make you go 'Hmmmm'."

  • Terry

    Perhaps Jesse is trying to make She Who Will Remain Nameless look better by comparison.

    • Negropolis

      Tara Faleen?

  • user-of-owls

    Fill Holes! Not Seats!

  • Cheer up Jesse, you're the new frontrunner for the 8 PM slot on MSNBC.

  • DustBowlBlues

    I wonder if there will be any liberal outrage at this or if we'll all just go on about our business and thinking how nice it is that Republithugs and Democrats are going to mix and mingle at the SOTU.

    A note before I said nitey: Bill Maher was good tonight, except for having that shouty dickwad Steve Moore on it. But next week he has two conservatives, at least, by my count and his show is never funny when he tries for "balance" because, as we all know, they're not as smart as we are and only smart people are actually funny. Conservatards are either too earnest or too angry or too shouty or a combination of the three. But never, ever funny. The closest they come is mean, like Ann Coulter. Maybe that's why Huckabee seems human from time to time, because he can laugh, at least somewhat.

    • ChessieNefercat

      That shouty turd ruined the show for me. Go ahead and have the opposition on for some great, challenging discussion but he did nothing but yap moronic bumperstickers.

      His "facts" all sounded as though his idea of research is carefully collecting, collating, distilling, cutting, pasting, and puking back every whitehair teatard chain email that's been circulating since the Kenyan usurper stole the election.

  • Barbara_i

    I'd call him the worst person in the world if I weren't so bummed about Olbermann getting fired tonight. That phrase has lost its luster.

    • I would be very surprised if Keith gets successfully muzzled.

      In the meanwhile, Sister Rachel will be keeping the faith. She's like Keith with more finesse and leaner prose.

      • V572625694

        True enough but I kind of liked Keith's H.V. Kaltenborn (Google it, Youngs!) stentorian style, which he would do with some self-mocking sense of how phony it was. Won't miss the Thurber readings, though.

      • ChessieNefercat

        Yes, Keith and muzzle aren't two words you would expect to see in the same sentence.

    • Negropolis

      I want him to show up at CNN and turn that arrogant bitch upside down, but I suspect he'll do a Conan and go all basic cable on our asses. Either way, he's not gone for long.

  • ChessieNefercat

    Wonderful idea, and he could take Joe Miller, the Alaskan crab queen, and anyone else wearing guns, cowboy boots and hats that would run screaming from an actual horsie with him. Fuck y'all and the horsies you ran from.

  • Country First!

  • larrymcawful

    Help me out here. Is this a case of buzzards circling potential carrion in the desert, or is it vultures?

  • Jesse just got confused, carry on and carrion. Then again, I bet he is confused a lot of the time.

  • MinAgain

    You can lead a teabagger to water, but you cannot make him think.

  • mourningnmerica

    Everyone should relax. All he said was "I'd like to fill her seat." Gosh,

  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    Remember the MSNBC suspension?

    On October 28, 2010, days before the 2010 U.S. elections, Keith Olbermann donated $2,400 each to three Democratic candidates for Congress.

    One of them was Gabrielle Giffords.

  • bringmeanaxe

    In the annals (anals?) of douchebaggery, this one is right up there.

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