CRAZY OLD MEN  8:03 pm July 17, 2012

Romney Surrogate John Sununu Regrets Using ‘The Words That Were There’

by Kris E. Benson

Be an American, With John SununuWell it has been quite a rollercoaster of a week for non-apology apologies, has it not? Like the foreign policy aide who ONLY TWEETS ABOUT CHINAMEN OUT OF FRUSTRATION and THEN that unfortunate “satirical” reference to fried chicken on the Vermont GOP Facebook page that “saddened” everyone involved, and NOW it’s time for our favorite fat, pot-smoking southerner John Sununu to issue HIS non-apology for his own ill-advised commentary. (Don’t worry, Rush, you’re still our favorite fat, oxycontin-guzzling southerner and DON’T YOU CHANGE, man!)

See, Sununu (who you may remember as the Chief of Staff that HW fired due to Sununu’s penchant for using $3,945-per-hour military jets to wing to two dental appointments in Boston, at least one ski resort in Colorado, a football game in New Jersey, and his parents’ house in Florida) insulted our Kenyan president this morning while on a conference call with reporters. Nothing says “AMERICA” like taking a half a million dollars in government money to go to the dentist (twice), so Sununu felt totally free to call President Obama a foreign pot-smoking socialist (FOR REALZ). Now, he’s issued a helluva non-apology to none other than Wolf Blitzer:

Via CNN:

Mitt Romney’s national campaign co-chair John Sununu apologized Tuesday afternoon for questioning President Barack Obama patriotism earlier in the day.

Appearing on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” Sununu said he regrets using those words.

“I’m apologizing for using those words,” said Sununu. “I did say those words that were there and, frankly, I made a mistake.”

Sununu harshly criticized Obama’s leadership in a conference call with reporters and saying he wished “this president would learn how to be an American.”

The conference call came on the heals of the Obama campaign’s continued attacks on presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s business record and reluctance to release more tax returns.

First: yes. It says “heals” instead of “heels” on CNN, which is fun in its own way. And how dare those words be THERE, tempting Sununu to use them in this way?? Also: sadly, this would have been my favorite non-apology of the day if only it hadn’t had so much competition. Better luck next time, John!

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johnnymeatworth July 17, 2012 at 8:07 pm

So wait, he's retroactively a Harold and Kumar fan now?

fuflans July 17, 2012 at 9:02 pm

neil patrick harris. yum.

WhatTheHeck July 17, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Gideon checked out
leaving no doubt
as to Romney’s revival…

Barb July 17, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Speaking of our favorite fat, oxycontin-guzzling southerner…
Rush has learned that the villain in the new Batman movie, due to be released on Friday, was named Bane as an attempted political attack on Mitt Romney. The character Bane was first introduced in January 1993. Looks like Obama needs to apologize for this next.

Generation[redacted] July 17, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Sounds like Romney needs to apologize to Batman now!

Barb July 17, 2012 at 8:15 pm

I'd like to see less apologizing and more job creation.

johnnymeatworth July 17, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Bruce Wayne creates jobs! Granted, it's mostly due to the massive property damage he incurs….

WhatTheHeck July 17, 2012 at 8:22 pm

These cast of characters need their own DC comics now, but I think Cat woman (above) can take care of them with her whip. Whip ’em good.

sullivanst July 17, 2012 at 8:33 pm

♪♫When a problem comes along
You must whip it.♪♫

Dr. Nick Riviera July 17, 2012 at 11:12 pm

And as we all remember, Batman is really GWB

Jus_Wonderin July 18, 2012 at 8:50 am

It's code. GWB backwards is….Bruce Wayne, Gazzillonaire.

Fukui-sanRadioBarb July 17, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Yeah, Obama retroactively insulted Rmoney.

Biel_ze_Bubba July 17, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Well, there was Obama, back there in time, and along came Mitt looking to go back and retroactively quit that job-killing job of his, and I guess Obama just couldn't help getting in a retroactive dig. I mean, since he was back there and all, why not?

Doktor Zoom July 17, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Given how the Secret Overlords who actually control the Kenyan Usurper managed to travel in time back to 1961 so they place fake birth announcements in Honolulu newspapers, a trip to the offices of DC Comics in 1993 would have been a cinch.

mavenmaven July 17, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Oh, those darned time traveling Eternals again.

Biel_ze_Bubba July 17, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Dr. Whathisname …

Dashboard Buddha July 17, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Who do you mean?

bobbert July 17, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Time kettle libel!

mavenmaven July 17, 2012 at 9:50 pm

I loved that book… who knew it was non-fiction?

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 9:12 pm

People seem to have forgotten about those two FBI (?) agents who swear they saw a young Barack Obama on a DARPA-managed trip to Mars, yaknow.

bobbert July 17, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Random yahoos, I b'lieve.

Chet Kincaid July 17, 2012 at 8:35 pm

As I said to Negropolis earlier, the rightwing spin on that movie is going to be that Bane and his mobs in the street are Occupy, and Bruce Wayne is the Noble 1%. I will bet you $10,000 that some Republican reviewer is going to describe the movie from that POV in masturbatory detail.

Biel_ze_Bubba July 17, 2012 at 8:47 pm

But does Batman bitch about his taxes, and run around Gotham creating jerbs?

AbandonHope July 17, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Given the collateral damage he typically does, I think he's creating a ton of jobs in the construction, demolition, and mortuary industries.

glasspusher July 17, 2012 at 9:41 pm

*ahem* urban renewal…

Jason_inthe_Peg July 17, 2012 at 8:49 pm

You mean rugged entrepreneur and individualist Bruce Wayne will smite the 99% rather than go Galt?

There will be much fapping for sure.

GeorgiaBurning July 17, 2012 at 9:07 pm

The Dark Knight graphic novel is pretty political, and very much anti-Reagan.

Chet Kincaid July 17, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Really? Frank Miller is well-known as a right winger.

BerkeleyBear July 18, 2012 at 12:30 am

I always get the feeling that the arc is very anti-government (mainly because of corruption and inefficiency) but somehow it isn't Randian. The uber wealthy who hoard wealth and use government at the expense of the poor get slammed, too, and Wayne at least feels conflicted about being born into money and supposedly has a goal of getting the city back to a functioning level. So I don't think Miller would have much use for either party these days.

fuflans July 17, 2012 at 9:12 pm

no question they will.

also: i don't know where christopher nolan comes down on the political divide (though i have a guess and i'm guessing it's not with the rushpig), but i do remember seeing that trailer – what? six months ago? and i remember thinking: christopher nolan is a lucky lucky man and has so tapped into the zeitgeist.

also, in my fantasy world, ows IS bane and his minions. at least in terms of their heft.

Chet Kincaid July 17, 2012 at 11:03 pm

I don't remember who it was specifically, but they thought the second Nolan Batman was about W. and terrorists, so it's a no-brainer.

I thought it was remarkable that the Nolans made a gritty, '70s style serious crime drama out of a comic I hated as a kid, also.

BerkeleyBear July 18, 2012 at 12:36 am

That tone, at least, does borrow from the Dark Knight graphic novels. That was the first superhero comic I ever saw that was drawn super dark and scary. Part of why at a time when face price for most comics was a buck or less, those books were 3 on their face and10 bucks and up in stores when they came out (and that was for second printing).

horsedreamer_1 July 17, 2012 at 9:28 pm

You just wrote Douthat's review for the upcoming NR newsstand issue.

bobbert July 17, 2012 at 9:46 pm

That'll work about as well as last month's beisbal analogy.

Dr. Nick Riviera July 17, 2012 at 11:13 pm

too late. Because one thing Bane does is kick some rich people out of their homes, it already has begun. Plus as I mentiond, last movie they said Batman was Bush.

ASHLEIGH_Joe July 17, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Well, duh. Christopher Nolan* retroactively created the character to make fun of Romney, as of 1993.

*No relation to actual Bane co-creator Graham Nolan, as far as I can tell

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Everybody knows *that.*

Gads, the whining that's going on! It pleaseth my heart and riseth as incense to the nostrils of the Gods, of burnt offerings and sacrifice.

Sununu is now making apology #2 on national teevz.

Designer_Rants July 17, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Heehee! These republipig pussies are on an Apology Tour. What's Mittens' book titled again?

Butch_Wagstaff July 17, 2012 at 9:42 pm

So many "apologies" and it's only Tuesday!

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 10:32 pm

What Butch said.

Over on the RWNJ blogs there are mutterings of "He isn't even *trying* to win this thing," and on the WashEx, some RW shill/hack is pointing out that Mitt's fabled "Death Star" campaign machine *utterly crushed* some fine, fine Republicans. I b'leev he's referring to a certain fat serial adulterer, an aphasia sufferer, a Muslim-and-Ghey-obsessed nutbag with a Queen for a wife, and a frothy mix of lube and shit.

sati_demise July 17, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Fiction is stranger than truth!

comptoneffect July 17, 2012 at 9:18 pm

True but racist-based psychotic episodes are still pretty fucked up.

AbandonHope July 17, 2012 at 9:02 pm

That man's stupidity truly knows no bounds. I had no idea oxycontin abuse could lead to such tragic brain damage.

docterry6973 July 17, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Hey, Romney ain't the only one with a time machine. We all know that Barry planted those birth announcements in the Hawaii papers.

Jennyjen798 July 17, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Dang, just 1993? It seemed like it was a lot longer than that. Then again, I guess American youths wouldn't have been ready for a half caribeño villain any sooner.

ASHLEIGH_Joe July 17, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Can I just say how inordinately excited I am that Nolan is, by all appearances, playing up the caribeño and self-taught supergenius elements of Bane? It's sort of a welcome change from most of the recent treatments of the character.

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Yes, you CAN!

You know you're just making me wanna go see this thing, right?

Guppy July 17, 2012 at 10:14 pm

And Bane, much like Romney, is Hispanic.

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 10:34 pm

O.o

Guppy July 17, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Romney's Mexican heritage has been well documented, and as for Bane…

HogeyeGrex July 17, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Hardly surprising to hear that sack of shit whinge about Bain's fee-fees being hurt. Bain Capital actually owns him. Yep, Bain owns Clear Channel, which owns PRN, which owns Limpnads. Oh, the irony!

kingofmeh July 17, 2012 at 11:44 pm

this is a surprisingly fitting descriptor for rush: http://quizilla.teennick.com/user_images/B/BrawdY

anniegetyerfun July 18, 2012 at 12:54 am

This is exactly how like in Battlestar Galactica, the leader is named Adama, and it rhymes with Obama and it was obviously planned to make Obama look good. You know, just because the dates don't line up doesn't mean that this tinfoil hat doesn't fit real tight!

Callyson July 18, 2012 at 1:40 am

First he went back 50 years to invent his birth certificate, then he went back 19 years to invent a character to insult his challenger. Is there no limit to what Obama will do? Chicago politics! Socialism!

archikvetch July 17, 2012 at 8:08 pm

He was sorry before he was sorry

iburl July 17, 2012 at 8:09 pm

I sincerely reget that I cannot come up with a funny nickname for this douche that is better than "Sununu".

ProgressiveInga July 17, 2012 at 8:17 pm

SunuNUT?

valgal2342 July 17, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Sumoomoo?

miss_grundy July 17, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Sonono????

Dudleydidwrong July 17, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Shamumu?

Spurning Beer July 17, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Su-nunu-nunu-stan-stan-stan?

BaldarTFlagass July 18, 2012 at 8:10 am

Nanu-nanu?

ChewyNugent July 18, 2012 at 10:53 am

How's about Banaynays?

sullivanst July 17, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Whose job was it to hide those words from John Sununu? That lackey should be fired, which is good news for Mitt Romney.

starfanglednut July 17, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Those words were just sitting around!

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Prepositioning him!

va_real July 17, 2012 at 10:42 pm

That's preposterous!

Madam Killjoy July 17, 2012 at 10:55 pm

*golf clap*

sullivanst July 18, 2012 at 9:40 am

Well played, sir. Well played!

Fukui-sanRadioBarb July 17, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Unfortunately, I heard this bouffant toad-impersonator on CNN today.

After that apology, Wolf "what day is it?" Blitzer let the fucker ramble for about ten minutes on the subject of "That Kenyan bastard has destroyed the economy", including this (paraphrased) gem

Blitzer: If the prez is so bad at economying, then why the Dow Jones done do good? Eh?

Toad: That's businessmen who are excellent and bootstraps and stuff and the President has nothing to do with it.

Taking a leaf from the "everything good has nothing to do with hopey, but everything bad is his fault including when you cut yourself while drunkenly trying to open a can of nuts" playbook

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 9:15 pm

I'm *really* liking "bouffant toad-impersonator," Fukui. Just had to tell you that.

fuflans July 17, 2012 at 9:16 pm

ahem. you do not cut yourself while drunkenky opening a can of nuts. you cut yourself while opening the second bottle of WINE.

at least, this is what people who like moscato tell me.

Fukui-sanRadioBarb July 17, 2012 at 9:27 pm

I was going to put "accidently krazy-glue yourself to a gin bottle" but figured that I was probably the only person to have done that.

bobbert July 17, 2012 at 9:49 pm

I knew I left too early.

fuflans July 17, 2012 at 10:19 pm

i have krazy-glued myself to the bottle of crazy glue, but that's not anywhere near as funny.

(my delightful godfather – may he rest in peace – was a heart surgeon and my father's (dartmouth) frat brother. as you can imagine, he never stood on ceremony or medical nicety. i remember several years ago, he remarked on the dreadful state of my hands (i believe at the time i was in a fight show and probably building a set and also repainting my living room for the 12th time). he said: you know, crazy glue is a great solution for stinging cuts.

i said: i did not know that and i will try it out.

not only have i never looked back, i actually TRAVEL with it… i feel about crazy glue like i feel about red wine.)

so, yeah, krazy-glued myself to a bottle of crazy glue.

Dashboard Buddha July 17, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Super Glue is the shit. Back when I flew model airplanes a lot, I would frequently get bitten by a prop or whatnot. I would then spray a bit of the alcohol based fuel on the cut jump about/watch the pretty birdies, and then hit it with some superglue. Bam, back to flying.

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Now you're just tormenting us.

Details or GTFO.

Fukui-sanRadioBarb July 18, 2012 at 12:49 am

Ah, well. After a couple of said gin and tonics I broke the cork thing on the bottle. It was Hendrick's, which I heartily recommend, and has a cork with a kinda plastic thing on the top. In my enthusiasm for continued gin imbibing I'd snapped the plastic bit off and couldn't get the cork out.

Fast forward to having the ace idea of gluing the plastic bit back on the cork (which worked), and overjoyed at the idea of another g&t, I forgot that my fingers were still covered in glue and managed to glue myself to the bottle.

Could still pour it though, so it wasn't all bad.

BoroPrimorac July 17, 2012 at 9:59 pm

The only way you can cut yourself opening the second bottle of wine is if you've got Hulk hands.

fuflans July 17, 2012 at 10:06 pm

you have never seen my bottles of wine. obv.

Biel_ze_Bubba July 18, 2012 at 3:20 am

Moscato? You'd have to be on your third bottle, and flying solo.

Callyson July 18, 2012 at 1:42 am

If there were any justice in this world, Christiane Amanpour would have Bitzer's spot on CNN, while he would be a local anchor in Fairbanks. If he were lucky…

C_R_Eature July 18, 2012 at 6:30 am

bouffant toad-impersonator

WIN.

We would also have accepted "Blustering Blow-Toad".

cheaphits July 17, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Sununu's about as up to date as a Betamax…what a fat, white blast from the past.

smokefilledroommate July 18, 2012 at 4:59 am

I actually remember my high school American Government teacher babbling about Sununu.. I thought he said something about 'sinew'; 'John 'Sinew woo?' I wrote to myself thinking 'why in the fuck do I have to remember this'? (It turns out I didn't, but for some reason I can recall this trivial shit 25 years later–maybe because I went to a Republican high school).

Biel_ze_Bubba July 18, 2012 at 8:49 am

Like the Old Man of the Mountain, he's a NH fixture that crashed to the ground years ago. Efforts to restore either one are futile.

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 17, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Yes, there is a lot of competition, but think about just how useful Sununu's version is:

Rapist: “I’m apologizing for using my penis,” said Sununu. “I did use my penis that was there and, frankly, I made a mistake.”

Drug users: “I’m apologizing for using those drugs,” said Limbaugh. “I did use those drugs that were there and, frankly, I made a mistake.”

War Criminals: “I’m apologizing for using those bullets,” said Rep. Allen West. “I did use those bullets that were there and, frankly, I made a mistake.”

Fukui-sanRadioBarb July 17, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Rmoney: "I'm apologizing for outsourcing those jobs. I did outsource those jobs that were there, and, frankly, I made a mistake and a metric shit-ton of cash. Wait, ignore that last bit."

Biel_ze_Bubba July 17, 2012 at 8:50 pm

No worries – he'll clean up the comments before the press is allowed to print them.

Sparky McGruff July 17, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Sounds like advice Daniel Tosh should be listening to.

Generation[redacted] July 17, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Those words were there, and they were just asking to be used. Did you see those skimpy little prepositions they were wearing?

Boojum July 17, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Libel is the new rape.

OneYieldRegular July 17, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Talking – it's just like riding bumper cars blindfolded! Those darn things just get in the way. Nothing to do but collide with them.

AddHomonym July 17, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Appositively!

Barrelhse July 17, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Dangling participles~ there, I've said it.

HogeyeGrex July 17, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Wagging its apostrophe, acting sexy.

Vecchiojohn July 18, 2012 at 8:09 am

Flaunting a colon.

Chichikovovich July 18, 2012 at 8:10 am

clothed in those indefinite articles.

va_real July 17, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Sununu is a sorry southerner? I'm so confused?

Beowoof July 17, 2012 at 8:29 pm

I don't know about southerner, but he is a real Arab. And considering the number of republicans included in that group maybe Arabs are really out to destroy us.

va_real July 17, 2012 at 10:48 pm

And Limbaugh is from MO, so he's not a southerner either, nor is he an Ay-rab. But perhaps they both belong to the southernmost regions of Hades? That works- yes, that works nicely.

OneDollarJuana July 17, 2012 at 10:57 pm

If he's an A-rab, how come he's not on the no-fly list?

Or is he?

imissopus July 17, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Maybe that's why he had to take those government jets to get to the dentist!

DeathOfIrony July 18, 2012 at 7:51 am

I thought he was a Cuban, the cute little pudgy Che'-lovin marxist revo that he is inside…

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 17, 2012 at 8:16 pm

How is it that the Romney campaign defeated the likes of T-Paw, Gingrich, Bachmann, Perry, Caine, and Santorum?

Wait, I just answered my own question.

sullivanst July 17, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Did you miss Josh Marshall's aphasia tweet, or did you just forget the words?

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Nice!

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 8:16 pm

The Republicans are starting to look like The Keystone Kops, at this point.

Negropolis, wherever you are, weren't you the one that said that RWNJs were going to lose their minds about the new villain in the Dark Knight/Batman series, named Bane?

You were right, buddy. Too damn right.

sullivanst July 17, 2012 at 8:29 pm

First comment over there is perfection, so I'mma copy it right over here:

Chuck Dixon who first created the Bane character almost 20 years ago must've had one of those time machines that Mitt Romney used to retire
retroactively from Bain.

– Michael MacKay

PS., surely Negropolis was just the right right?

Biel_ze_Bubba July 17, 2012 at 8:54 pm

"A lot of people are going to see the movie. And it's a lot of brain-dead people — entertainment, the pop culture crowd — and they're going to hear Bane in the movie and they're going to associate Bain."

Gotta hand it to Rush — he knows his audience.

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Oh, brilliant, thanks ever so much for that share! I love it. That phrase will live forever, it's the latest meme.

Negropolis is totally righteous, in my book. Other than that, he is the righteousest of Left. I think that all adds up to "Yeah, totes."

Butch_Wagstaff July 17, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Just wait until Rush finds out the newest member of Batman's rogue gallery is named Oxie Cotton who shoves pills down the throats of their victim. Rush will think it's a personal attack on him written by Obama using a pseudonym.

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 9:18 pm

You *accepted* the gig writing for them?

Butch_Wagstaff July 17, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Shh! No, I didn't! I was just throwing out an idea *wink*. I was just using some words that were there to be used.

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Retroactively writing your Great American Novel, I get it.

fuflans July 17, 2012 at 9:22 pm

has there been a batman / avengers / dr who / spiderman / jules verne / disney (i'm looking at you 'lady and the tramp') movie that HASN'T gotten their XXLL panty's in a wad?

i mean really. the only thing they like is that execrable ayn rand thingee.

bobbert July 17, 2012 at 9:54 pm

And stuff with war hero* John Wayne.

* Not an actual veteran, much less hero

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 10:15 pm

None of their "war heroes" are actual heroes. Their "war heroes" are usually referred to as *war criminals* by everyone else. Chickenhawks who never served. Because people who have seen war firsthand know that it is not something to desire or support.

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 10:14 pm

True. They're not even anime fans, by and large.

Chow Yun Flat July 17, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Sununu felt totally free to call President Obama a foreign pot-smoking socialist

If he was a true patriot, the President would have smoked good old American grown pot when he was in high school.

Beowoof July 17, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Hey he is from Hawaii, so maybe there was some Maui Wowee smoked back in college. You know just trying to be a localvore.

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 8:57 pm

That Maui Wowie is some outrageous shit, dude. I have fond memories.

Beowoof July 17, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Oh yeah, it was awesome, although I had to give up weed, I find that I don't need to do something that makes me both paranoid and hungry.

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 10:17 pm

That was in the old days. These days, they grow it as a medicine and it is just bloody amazing shit. It's also way stronger than anything we ever smoked in the old days, and has to be used *very* sparingly.

FlownOver July 17, 2012 at 10:36 pm

"Paranoid and hungry…"

We may have stumbled upon the origins of the Tea Party!

BerkeleyBear July 18, 2012 at 2:33 am

Well, I'm sure the choom gang at Ponahu wasn't buying imported TJ ditch weed. Although when he was still smoking in college (at Occidental) it might have been, if he wasn't hooked up with some of Humboldt's finest.

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Oh, see, now, I never even thought of that. There's some fine Achinese bud in Sumatra. Red.

gurukalehuru July 18, 2012 at 5:10 am

Maui Wowee, Kona Gold, Pakololo, the Hawaiian islands are a vertitable Garden of Eden for potheads. The strongest stuff I ever, ever smoked was something we called cano weed, with a long a, (short for volcano), there's something about the soil around volcanoes (the north coast of the big island is the Humboldt County of the Pacific) that makes that stuff explosively potent.

ttommyunger July 17, 2012 at 8:19 pm

I regret his daddy not using a rubber. The rubbers were there, he should have used one, or two, just to be safe.

kittensdontlie July 17, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Why he was just using the words that were there, written all over his face, so what can you say…

BarackMyWorld July 17, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Sununu…wished “this president would learn how to be an American.”

And John Sununu needs to learn how to be a human.

ManchuCandidate July 17, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Too late. Can't teach an old fat asshole new tricks.

Barrelhse July 17, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Well, he sure LOOKS like a pig…

emmelemm July 17, 2012 at 8:20 pm

He could have avoided those words that were there by keeping his mouth shut. Sometimes words appear in our heads, and we keep them there.

BigSkullF*ckingDog July 17, 2012 at 8:44 pm

You mean I don't have to blurt out everything that enters my brain? Hmmmmmm …

emmelemm July 17, 2012 at 8:48 pm

This changes everything!

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Yaknow — that is just perfect. You're right. We all think horrible thoughts from time to time. Civilized people keep such thoughts to themselves.

bobbert July 17, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Or, occasionally, post them on teh wonket. (BUT NOT ANY MORE)

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Oh, we're just required to work a little harder at posting the same vile things in creative, clever ways.

alzronnie July 17, 2012 at 8:24 pm

They should do a makeover of Mount Rushmore with the mugs of Sununu, Rush, and Christie–if there is room enough.

Chow Yun Flat July 17, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Would need a bigger mountain.

emmelemm July 17, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Better start searching for a bigger planet.

Designer_Rants July 17, 2012 at 9:42 pm

You know, it was a "Christie-sized" rock that killed off the dinosaurs. Paleontologists call the sedimentary rock layer that is essentially a 65-million year-old tombstone, the "Fat Of The Land", due to it's illogically-high lipid content.

starfanglednut July 17, 2012 at 9:58 pm

I did not know that.

bobbert July 17, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Very nice.

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 10:18 pm

So you're a paleontologist, when you're not designing and ranting. (tips hat)

flamingpdog July 17, 2012 at 11:01 pm

I still think it was Limbaugh-like volcanic ashhole eruptions that blotted out the sun.

Vecchiojohn July 18, 2012 at 8:29 am

A Christie might make a useful unit of measure. For example: "When Galileo discovered the four largest moons of Jupiter, he estimated their combined weight at over 500 Christies."

OneDollarJuana July 17, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Ironically, the biggest mountain in the world is in Hawaii. Mauna Kea stands 33,500 ft above its base, and is more than 4,000 ft higher than Mt. Everest. So Obama's is waaaay bigger than Sununu's, no matter what you're measuring.

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 8:59 pm

That would just be begging for all kinds of people to come desecrate it.

But, on the PLUS side, TOURIST DOLLARS! Yay!

Butch_Wagstaff July 17, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Think of the graffiti, too! I know some folks who would be all too willing to improve these guys' facial features with a spray can or two.

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 10:19 pm

(Hides spray paint cans)

Really? Wow, amazing.

comptoneffect July 17, 2012 at 9:26 pm

You'd need a second mountain for the double (treble?) chins in triplicate.

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Be real. Christie's got more chins than the Hongkong phone book. We'd need fucking *dunes.* On another *planet.*

gurukalehuru July 18, 2012 at 5:14 am

…ain't no mountain hiiiigh enough….

ManchuCandidate July 17, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Sununu SnuSnued himself.

Monsieur_Grumpe July 17, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Good news everyone!

HistoriCat July 17, 2012 at 9:30 pm

But was he sentenced to death (eek!) – by snusnu (yay?)?

rickmaci July 17, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Breaking story…Romoney surrogate describes Romoney tax return policy as "Don't pay, don't tell."

Film at 11.

bobbert July 17, 2012 at 10:05 pm

This must be more widely distributed. Needz Wonkers with many Twitter followers.

Mommm!!!

Extemporanus July 18, 2012 at 3:42 am

He was just hedging his $10,000 bets on the repeal of "Don't Tax, Don't Tell".

mavenmaven July 17, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Those guys from Rutland Vermont sounded so much more sincere.

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm

You mean when they said the Republican equivalent of "Go fuck yourselves, you whining pussy libtards"?

stopthemovie July 17, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life Son. Well at least not fat and stupid.

rickmaci July 17, 2012 at 10:18 pm

I claim rights to fat and drunk.

Negropolis July 17, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Well, fat and stupid isn't a crime unless you round it off with being mean or proud of being fat and ignorant. That's what changes the equation.

DrunkIrishman July 17, 2012 at 8:34 pm

I bet his mom regrets not going through with that abortion.

chascates July 17, 2012 at 8:35 pm

"And when I said 'what a bastard' I of course meant 'what a bastardization of the American language he uses!"

Self-Uploader July 17, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Maybe the Republicans should declare Hawaii no longer a state (retroactively). Although Obama would still be a US citizen through his mother. UNLESS…. Maybe they should take away her citizenship retroactively to before she gave birth. That would do it. Or they should just deny Barack Obama Sr a student-visa retroactively. That's it. Problem solved.

Biel_ze_Bubba July 17, 2012 at 8:59 pm

If they retroactively re-outlaw miscegenation, then she wasn't legally married — would that help? Because you know they want to do it.

ifthethunderdontgetya July 17, 2012 at 8:43 pm

From wiki:

Sununu was born in Havana, Cuba, the son of Victoria (née Dada) and John Saleh Sununu, an international film distributor. He is of Palestinian Christian and Greek descent. His father grew up in Jerusalem and his mother was born in San Salvador, El Salvador. He is a Maronite Catholic.
=================

We're gonna need to see your long-form birther certificate, John.
~

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Pretty damn cheeky, huh?

horsedreamer_1 July 17, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Send him back to Gitmo.

rickmaci July 17, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Think he is just a wee bit jelly 'cause he can never be the POTUS of VPOTUS. Still, maybe he is good for First Lady.

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 10:23 pm

He's *never* gonna get Obama to *marry* him, dood.

Seems to be that's all these Repuglytrads want.

flamingpdog July 17, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Waitaminute, nee Dada? Sununu is Idi Amin's nephew? That would 'splain a few thingies.

the_giggleloop July 17, 2012 at 8:43 pm

He does know that Hawaii is an American state, right?

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 9:01 pm

How would HE know? He's a Palestinian born and raised in Cuba!

OneYieldRegular July 17, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Way to go for the Hawai'ian vote, Romney campaign.

iburl July 17, 2012 at 10:56 pm

You are WRONG! Because there is fringe on the flag and we have a national income tax, Hawaii is a Communist Dictatorship! Cuba, however, is our 50th state. Now you know.

flamingpdog July 17, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Cuba coulda been our 45th or so state, but, too many blahs. True fax.

Negropolis July 17, 2012 at 11:19 pm

But, it ain't Real America. Hell, if you can't drive to it, it doesn't even exist. Hawaii is like Shambhala, or Valhalla, or Brownsville, Texas.

not that Dewey July 18, 2012 at 9:47 am

Try telling that to Cokie Roberts.

horsedreamer_1 July 18, 2012 at 11:18 pm

I hope she never lives that down, then has it lead her obituary.

DemmeFatale July 17, 2012 at 8:49 pm

You mean he's not dead yet?

Oops! (Did I say that out loud?)

DrunkIrishman July 17, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Not yet…

*shifty eyes*

starfanglednut July 17, 2012 at 10:00 pm

It's not your fault. The words were right there.

Texan_Bulldog July 17, 2012 at 8:49 pm

This is all Barry's fault. If he wasn't president, people wouldn't have to keep making these racist jokes to apologize for. Problem solved!

emmelemm July 17, 2012 at 9:28 pm

That really, really is the way they think. It's quite extraordinary.

FlownOver July 17, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Besides, he was right there. Formerly he had only been near.

flamingpdog July 17, 2012 at 11:12 pm

I see what you did there.

fuflans July 17, 2012 at 8:54 pm

there's been no experience in his life where he earned a private sector paycheck that meant anything

hahhahahahahahaha john sununu how do you explain:

1. scott walker
2. joe walsh
3. shrub
4. most of the middle class

sati_demise July 17, 2012 at 8:59 pm

oh no!, he has the Snowbilly Grifter virus. !

All downhill from here on for 'nunu

BlueStateLibel July 17, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Slightly OT: This Bloomberg Business writer speculates that Mitt Rmoney won't release his tax returns because, get ready – he may not have not paid any taxes in 2009. http://tinyurl.com/cd5v8ws

Fukui-sanRadioBarb July 17, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Oooh, that makes an awful lot of sense. Perfectly legal, of course, but that would not play well. The multi-multi-millionaire paying no taxes as the economy goes into the shitter.

Spurning Beer July 17, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Oh, also, as the DailyKos post details, Mitt invested in Iranian oil production, and got rid of the evidence before the 2010 tax year just to play it safe.

flamingpdog July 17, 2012 at 11:20 pm

SB, I hope you won't mind me posting a reply to BlueStateLibel here because IntenseDebate won't let me respond directly to him/her/both, but I still have a hard time believing that McCain passed on Mittens because of Palin's puppies. I mean, someone even pointed out here yesterday that Mitty has himself some moobs.

Spurning Beer July 17, 2012 at 10:32 pm

I guess that might be a shade worse than the $77,000 tax deduction for dressage horse expenses: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/06/18/1100947/

Biel_ze_Bubba July 18, 2012 at 3:38 am

Horses are corporations too, my friend.

Seriously, how the fuck do you deduct the cost of feeding a goddam dancing horse?

Vecchiojohn July 18, 2012 at 8:43 am

Probably not that hard. I used to work for a law firm where the associates were put to work on things like justifying expenditures for fat cats' hobby farms as deductible business expenses.

Dudleydidwrong July 17, 2012 at 10:40 pm

If that is the case, and it sounds plausible, then we should feel sorry for the poor little rich man who lost maybe 25% of his multi-million dollar stash and approached the mean old IRS (Maine's governor just called them "The Gestapo") with his pockets hanging out, just like the character on the Monopoly card for the "Poor Tax." Except Romney paid no tax. The poor, poor bastard. I'll set up a can to collect spare change at my local 7-11. Fuck him.

BlueStateLibel July 18, 2012 at 8:07 am

Well, it's possible that Daddy Warbucks with his offshore accounts not only didn't pay taxes in 2009 because of investment losses, but actually got a tax refund. Imagine how well that would go down if it came out.

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 9:06 pm

(Hides vape)

Yeah, I heard that too! I'm sure Sununu's family were among the gusanos who fled because they had thrown in their lot with the corrupt swine who were ousted by the people.

rickmaci July 17, 2012 at 10:21 pm

We'd be glad to oblige him with another quick exit.

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 10:24 pm

I'll grab his right side, you grab his left. We'll give him the old heave-ho into the ocean and clock his swim time back to Cuba.

rickmaci July 17, 2012 at 10:28 pm

I promise not to interfere with the circling Great Whites.

MittBorg July 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Thank you. It would be *cruel* to deprive them of a well-earned dinner.

johnnyzhivago July 17, 2012 at 9:34 pm

"The conference call came on the heals of the Obama campaign's continued attacks on presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney's business record and reluctance to release more tax returns."

Can CNN get a fucking spell checker????

Designer_Rants July 17, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Yeah, but they got their story out FIRTS! FIRSTIES!!!!!!! Just like the Obamacare SCOOTUS desizun, BITCHEZ

Biel_ze_Bubba July 18, 2012 at 3:41 am

"Heals" is a perfectly good word, and it's spelt rite.

ASHLEIGH_Joe July 17, 2012 at 9:36 pm

So, yeah, remember when the Romney campaign attacked the incipient "Mitt Romney is weird" thing as some sort of stealth anti-Mormonism? And now they're out-and-out calling Obama a foreigner.

The ironic thing is, Obama is, frankly, authentically American in a way that Romney will never be. You can see it in the different ways they talk about their backgrounds: both of them are well traveled, and have relocated numerous times, but of the two of them, only Obama seems to have genuinely bonded with some of the the locales of his upbringing.

When Romney talks about Michigan, he talks about how the trees are the right height, and how there's all these lakes, and how many cars he owns. He grasps at something to connect with his impression of what Michiganders like.

For Obama, the fact that he's especially connected to, say, Kansas, and Chicago, and Hawaii, come through in other ways. In the fact that he likes Superman. In the fact virtually every vacation he takes is "home" to Hawaii. The fact that he talks trash to Bostonians about the latest baseball trades. He doesn't need to prove it, he lives it, and in a way that's far more authentic and genuine of someone who's lived in multiple places -and loved some of them- than anything Romney's displayed about anywhere, ever.

rickmaci July 17, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Interesting observation. BHO reminds me of the military kids I've known, the way they seem to have a knack for digging in to a new place and trying to become a part of that place.

ASHLEIGH_Joe July 18, 2012 at 4:04 am

Not to say that he's fallen in love with every place he's lived, though- he talks about New York fondly/diplomatically enough, but you can tell it really didn't steal his heart the way Chicago did. Which is fine, really- there's no accounting for taste.

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 10:26 pm

You don't often make such lengthy comments, but when you do, they're well worth reading. Very nicely done.

johnnyzhivago July 17, 2012 at 10:49 pm

But Mitt Romney has friends who own a number of different cities, states and countries.

Biel_ze_Bubba July 18, 2012 at 3:43 am

And baseball teams, too. Mitt relates to baseball.

Vecchiojohn July 18, 2012 at 8:57 am

I'd like to have a beer with Mitt.

What? Oh.

Negropolis July 17, 2012 at 11:38 pm

It was so weird to see Romney talk about Michigan during the primary, because he talked about the place as if he'd never lived here. His daddy was the fuckin' governor of Michigan, and he talked about the state like a three-year-old would. He's not even comparable to the rich folks that make up the county in which he grew up in in suburban Detroit.

BerkeleyBear July 18, 2012 at 12:50 am

It is an interesting contrast. Both had reasons to feel isolated and different (father issues and mixed racial heritage for BO, Mormonism and just plain awkwardness for Mittens), yet their divergent paths are telling. Obama seems to have tried to swim with the flow of his changing environment, demonstrating an openness and genuineness that helped him in organizing, law school and building political alliances, yet also engaging in significant introspection about his place in the world. Romney seems to have been sheltered almost his whole life (even in France he was living with the Mormons, not the common people) and always sought to fit in with the popular crowd without ever examining why.

Extemporanus July 18, 2012 at 3:16 am

Wonderfully said, Miner Joe.

Come here a minute July 17, 2012 at 9:38 pm

…frankly, I made a mistake.

But seriously, where's the BERF CERTIFICUT????!?!?/1/?!/1/1/1?????!?!?

bobbert July 17, 2012 at 10:24 pm

In Sununununu's case, a blurt certificate.

Blueb4sunrise July 17, 2012 at 9:50 pm

The words that were there? Like floating in mid-air? Maybe projected on a transparent screen?

Ya know, it was fun for a while there changing a sig-line everytime one of these wankers said something stupid. Just can't keep up since about the Puke Primary times.

DCNole July 17, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Uhhh Sununu was Gov. of New Hampshire. Southerner?

bobbert July 17, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Born in Cuba. Close enuff.

anniegetyerfun July 18, 2012 at 2:05 am

You had to be there. And by "there", I mean Wonket's earlier post about Snusnu.

randcoolcatdaddy July 17, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Romney should seriously consider cuddling up to his Swiss bank accounts and spending his summers in the Cayman Islands. Then he can call people foreigners all he wants to.

AddHomonym July 17, 2012 at 10:10 pm

I am pioneering the pre-apology:

"I prospectively apologize for any hurtful or offensive words that may or may not be used by me at some future time. Please retain this statement for your records."

Good?

bobbert July 17, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Needs more EULA verbiage. "By reading these words that are out here, you acknowledge that you will not hold me responsible for any future words I may emit>"

anniegetyerfun July 18, 2012 at 2:05 am

Too soon!

Guppy July 17, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Those words should have held aspirins between their knees.

Negropolis July 17, 2012 at 10:28 pm

You know, someone has yet to convince me that a "Sununu" is not an antagonist in a Dr. Seuss book and/or the most devious sex act known to humanity.

johnnyzhivago July 17, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Thought it was something the National Weather Service sent a warning about.

Negropolis July 17, 2012 at 11:34 pm

A Sununu is a Nor'easter with racism coming in a high-pressure system from the South.

not that Dewey July 18, 2012 at 12:10 am

I don't know about that, but I think "Sununu backpedals" was a line from It's a Wonderful Life

gurukalehuru July 18, 2012 at 5:23 am

It makes me think of "Naughty Nunu," the out of control vacuum cleaner from the Teletubbies, who snarfed up their balloon with his "trunk" (hose) and they chased him round and round the circular corridor of their little dome home, which probably made the writers of Dr. Who sick with whydidn'twethinkofthatitis, shouting "naughty nunu, naughty nunu" and giggling like Florida Lieutenant Governors.

BoroPrimorac July 17, 2012 at 10:30 pm

This makes Romney look like an even bigger pussy.

johnnyzhivago July 17, 2012 at 10:50 pm

People should me-ow when they see him.

flamingpdog July 17, 2012 at 11:23 pm

Or cough up a hairball.

not that Dewey July 18, 2012 at 9:46 am

How is that even possible?

Negropolis July 18, 2012 at 11:23 pm

Pussy libel!

Negropolis July 17, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Me haz confused. New Hampshire isn't in the South. What just went over my head.

bobbert July 17, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Born in Havana, maybe?

flamingpdog July 17, 2012 at 11:27 pm

I think you have to read this to get the reference.

I know, that's what I hate about the new regime's 15 blog posts a day – it used to be so much easier to keep up with the memes and the sly references to earlier posts, when you actually could read all of 'em.

Negropolis July 17, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Thanks for that.

Though, to pick at another point about Rush, while Missouri may be culturally Southern in some regards, it's not technically, geographically Southern.

flamingpdog July 17, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Honestly, I think "Southern" is just the gentile way of saying "historically one of the traitorous, secessionist, dumbfuck Scots-Irish 'state's (=whites only) rights' states". Maryland is culturally a southern state, but because arms were twisted to keep it in the Union so Warshington D. C. wouldn't have to be evacuated, most people don't think of it that way.

BerkeleyBear July 18, 2012 at 12:21 am

See Indiana, Illinois (other than Chicago, maybe), Kentucky, Ohio (at least south of Columbus), West Virginia, Missouri, Nebraska, etc. ad nauseum. Hell, the people who actually wanted full rights for the dusky people were a minority of Northerners, and that pretty much carried over to the present or at most the recent past.

Dr. Nick Riviera July 17, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Yeech, New Hampshire. What happened?

Negropolis July 17, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Sununu is straight out of the past. It's not what just happened; I think the question is why was he resurrected, at all?

flamingpdog July 17, 2012 at 11:54 pm

The next time you see him, check for holes in his wrists.

iburl July 18, 2012 at 12:01 am

Seriously, Schmoyoho should sample Sununu sometime

RadioSlut July 18, 2012 at 12:13 am

Dredging up this fossil certainly is scandalous. And wherever this Surro place is it must be worse than Water or Whitewater.

Isyaignert July 18, 2012 at 12:44 am

Muthafukka, moi?

Callyson July 18, 2012 at 1:37 am

“I’m apologizing for using those words,” said Sununu. “I did say those words that were there and, frankly, I made a mistake.”

That's an apology? Not "I'm sorry I implied that President Obama does not know how to be an American," but "I'm apologizing for using those words"? As in, some other word choice would somehow have improved the substance–not just the phrasing–of what this asshole said?

Though, if this is how Republicans apologize, I guess I can see why Mittens is so shocked that Obama won't apologize to him. "Honestly, all Barack has to do is say that he is sorry if anyone was offended by my aide's choice of words…WTH is the problem with that?" Poor Mittens haz a confused…

bobbert July 18, 2012 at 2:33 am

It's the same thing Rushbo did about Sandra Fluke. "Sorry that those words offended you, you oversensitive commie".

anniegetyerfun July 18, 2012 at 2:17 am

Well, despite having access to all of my browsing data (mostly Wonkette and tranny porn, if you must know), Facebook has decided to start showing me "Stand with Mitt" ads. I don't understand why Facebook hates me so much.

bobbert July 18, 2012 at 2:47 am

Mitt probably just wants to propose a Mutually Mormonly Beneficial Arrangement.

Biel_ze_Bubba July 18, 2012 at 8:47 am

Stand with him where? On the deck of his boat? The front porch of his home in NH/MA/CA? The lobby of the Post Office in the Cayman Islands?

Negropolis July 18, 2012 at 2:17 am

The Republican Party is finished. Not finished in the sense that they can't and won't keep winning elections, but through in the sense that they have nothing left of any value to offer America as a whole. It's not even a real party, anymore. It's a narrow, joyless, depraved, hateful, careless, nihilistic cult. It's a party that has steadily gone from "I got mine, now go get your own" to the economic realization even among the rubes of "If I can't get mine, no one will get any." Now, they've resulted to openly rigging the game. It's not reven a conservative party, anymore; it's an authoritarian, right-wing organization.

They are the honey bagers of American politics; they don't give a shit, and that's the scariest thing of all. It's funny because I never considered myself very partisan, but I can not find anything of any redeeming value in the national GOP.

Sorry, I'm all out of snark for the moment.

C_R_Eature July 18, 2012 at 6:28 am

This.

I can't wait for the time when the current Republican party become the New Whigs and a saner, more responsible opposition comes up to actually help us run our civilization.

Negropolis July 18, 2012 at 8:25 am

It's sad, because it's not like we can't have responsible conservative parties. In Europe, there are quite a few free market parties that are also culturally/socially liberal, and who recognize the welfare state as necessary, if even something they want to keep in check. The GOP, on the other hand, is the worst of all worlds. It's kind of the mirror image of the old-time, inflexible communist parties that eventually ran their nations into the ground.

Oblios_Cap July 18, 2012 at 8:45 am

I remember a time when there were GOPers that had at least half a brain and could actually articulate fairly decent policy positions. Can't think of any now that can hold a candle to any of those, though.

DerrickWildcat July 18, 2012 at 2:20 am

Welcome to Fox. The mic is live so let the stupid flow.

MittBorg July 18, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Derrick! I've been wondering where you were hiding. Any new birdie pix?

va_real July 18, 2012 at 2:23 am

OT: Auggghhh! Ralph Nader strikes again! We had a special election today with 1 Repug, 1 Dem & 1 Green. Greenie got just over 50 votes & so Repug may have won by 14 votes, but there will be an automatic recount & I'm not sure I trust our elections board not to pull a good many more R votes outta their asses. This is just to fill a state senate seat until Nov election but still…

ETA: Post #1000, FSM help me…

bobbert July 18, 2012 at 3:13 am

On the one hand, municipal and state offices are the right places for third parties to try to establish themselves. On the other hand, I do wish the leftie third-partiers (e.g., Greens) would at least consider passing up tight races where they know they're only gonna get a few per cent.

There is some merit to the argument that many of their votes may come from folks who would not otherwise vote for either the D or the R. But some of their votes would otherwise have gone to a major party candidate, and it is extremely likely that the loss from the D side is greater than the loss from the R.

I'm always a bit amazed at how many third party voters insist that there is no difference between the major parties. It's almost like they have to believe that in order to justify their third-party affiliation.

Congrats on your first kilocomment.

Negropolis July 18, 2012 at 8:16 am

I'm in agreement. I think really think third parties are absolutely appropriate at the local and state levels, and maybe even a few congressional districts. What I really want to see is more coordination, like you say, where either third parties or the major parties agree to not run in tight districts. I also have this idea of where a major party's brand name is shot, that the major party should bow out fielding a candidate and let the third party candidate take their place. I'd like to see the Green's get a few seats in Congress and caucus with the Dems, of course. Same with the libertarians on the right.

Chet Kincaid July 18, 2012 at 8:27 am

Their spoiler crap is idiotic. Why don't they just stay tightly organized, but as a bloc with an agenda within the Democratic Party? Everybody on the left thinks a parliamentary system is so superior — that is the only way to get anywhere near that in our system.

Vecchiojohn July 18, 2012 at 9:18 am

We could start acting that rationally, but you'd miss the circular firing squad when it was gone.

va_real July 18, 2012 at 10:55 am

I agree. I'm not sure that the Parliamentary system* is oh-so-fine, but those who say they like it should learn how it's supposed to work.

*except where George Clinton is involved

Negropolis July 18, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Like I said, I don't at all think that a third party must formally stay within the legal boundaries of the two major parties. So long as each election the parties sit down and hammer out a mutually beneficial agreement, I'm okay with third parties.

What people don't realize is that we already have a parliamentary system, of sorts. We have independent senators who choose who they caucus with. These senators don't need to be Democrats, they just need to caucus with them.

va_real July 18, 2012 at 10:50 am

Yes, if you want to be a viable 3rd party, you need to learn how to coordinate with the other parties in order to achieve some sort of coalition. Otherwise, someone like me- who is naturally sympathetic to Green politics- ends up pissed off at their handing elections to the R's.

We certainly have plenty of races in SC where the R's are uncontested- I don't know why the Greens can't put up candidates for those races & leave the close elections alone.

va_real July 18, 2012 at 10:43 am

"Congrats on your first kilocomment."

Thanks!

As for the election, the automatic recount shouldn't take long since we have no paper trail to slow things down- the election should be certified on Friday with the 22 challenge ballots possibly changing the outcome of a 14-vote "win". http://exm.nr/Oa7VTL

The interesting wrinkle here is that this seat will be contested again in Nov, but with a different Repug on the ballot… Strom's son, Paul Thurmond. The same Dem will be on the ballot, and presumably the same Green?

Biel_ze_Bubba July 18, 2012 at 3:09 am

He used the words that were there in his head — and he's oblivious to the problem presented by the fact that they were there at all.

Extemporanus July 18, 2012 at 4:28 am

"Regrets? I've had a few. But then again, too few to mention. I did what I had to do, and saw it through without exemption. For what is a man? What has he got? If not himself, then he has naught. To say the things he truly feels–and not the words of one who kneals–the record shows, I took the blows, and said it my way."

- John Sununu, in a Frank exchange with CNN's Wolf Blitzer

Dildeaux July 18, 2012 at 7:48 am

"The words that were there." Hmmm…

Dild thinks Sunununununu is telling us something we arent supposed to know. Like he was given a script to repeat on national television, which he did verbatim.

Now Sununununu is pissed because he is forced to apologize for doing what he was told to do.

Biel_ze_Bubba July 18, 2012 at 8:44 am

"I would not have used the words that were there."

–MItt Romney

Estproph July 18, 2012 at 9:04 am

20 YEARS AGO he was on the national scene, and now he's back OVER THIS?!?

el_donaldo July 18, 2012 at 9:25 am

Left in disgrace 20 years ago after racking up considerable perks on the public dime, and now he's back over this.

SBarry July 18, 2012 at 9:34 am

Sununu was born in Havana, Cuba. He is Palestinian and Greek. He shouldn't be lecturing anyone about how to be an American. What a pompous aXX

not that Dewey July 18, 2012 at 9:42 am

This guy is almost as irritating as that other John Sununu.

Jus_Wonderin July 18, 2012 at 9:52 am

Okay, wake up lil Wonkette. It's time to get ready for school.

thatsitfortheother1 July 18, 2012 at 9:56 am

We're tired of this grifter. We need fresh new grifters to belittle.

Billmatic July 18, 2012 at 10:51 am

Favorite nonpology of all time was Phil Jackson, after making a pretty solid joke about Brokeback Mountain relating to the game they just played ("A lot of penetration and kickout") apologized to any "Homosexuals, Texans, or horses that I may have offended."

PubOption July 18, 2012 at 11:22 am

Wasn't Sununu the vacuum cleaner in 'Teletubbies'?

frequency_one July 18, 2012 at 11:45 am

To quote a for realz attack ad that ran here in NH several years ago:

Who knew? Sununu.

Nostrildamus July 18, 2012 at 11:53 am

I just Googled "Kenyan president" and got a whole different guy and OMG he's black too!!! This conspiracy runs deep.

Fluffy_Kitties July 18, 2012 at 2:32 pm

This year's summer blockbuster: Barackman vs. Bain. If these guys were truly patriotic, popcorn would be tax deductable.

Designer_Rants July 17, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Yeeee-ep.

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 10:22 pm

I totally stole that, dude. May I use it?

Designer_Rants July 17, 2012 at 10:29 pm

No, I just stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night. And I've literally watched this documentary 500 times (granted about 450 of those times were just hitting "play" on the DVR as I drift off to sleep).

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Methinks the urbans are gettin' mighty tired of all that renewal, gp.

glasspusher July 17, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Didn't the sarcasm come across? How's this: Hiroshima = urban renewalI knew a man who's brother was one of the three American POWs in the Hiroshima jail, too…but I digress…

Designer_Rants July 17, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Of course, as I stole it also too.

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 10:46 pm

(Hugs D_R) No wonder you're being so generous, you scamp!

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Thank you.

MittBorg July 17, 2012 at 10:52 pm

No, go ahead. That sounds fascinating. You seem so young to have known someone who must surely be in their 90s by now?

va_real July 17, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Incidentally, there is an interesting book by Michael Pollan called 'The Botany of Desire' & he examines 4 different plants- potatoes, tulips, marijuana & apples- and their relationships with people. If you haven't read it, you might enjoy it. http://www.nytimes.com/books/01/06/03/reviews/010

Chet Kincaid July 17, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Well said.

Negropolis July 18, 2012 at 12:33 am

Kansas-Nebraska Act libel, yo!

anniegetyerfun July 18, 2012 at 12:57 am

God, that book. I swear it was just food porn erotica.

gurukalehuru July 18, 2012 at 5:04 am

Loved that book. And, yeah, what you said about Johnny Appleseed -that was definitely the most memorable part.

MittBorg July 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Thank you for the recommendation, my friend.

va_real July 18, 2012 at 1:52 am

He did a good job of stripping away the whitewashing of Johnny Appleseed- perhaps soon he can do something about the Tea Baggers' whitewashing of our Founding Fathers?

BerkeleyBear July 18, 2012 at 2:40 am

Not allowing slaves and letting darker folks be full citizens was, sadly, two very different discussions.

Biel_ze_Bubba July 18, 2012 at 3:11 am

That's right.

Vecchiojohn July 18, 2012 at 8:04 am

It's this kind of dedication to drinking that makes America great.

LesBontemps July 18, 2012 at 10:04 am

I see where you went wrong here; you could have avoided the whole mess had you been drinking vodka & tonic instead.

MittBorg July 18, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Just FYI, warm tea through the nose is just as bad as HOT tea, and splatters up your 'puter something horrible.

Negropolis July 18, 2012 at 8:10 am

Most civil rights issues happen in increments; I'm not bitter, so long as the movement is forward and relentless. It took women many decades later just to get the franchise.

Chet Kincaid July 18, 2012 at 8:39 am

Which "Dark Knight" are you talking about? Frank Miller's original, 4-part "The Dark Knight Returns" in the comics? The other stuff DC slaps "Dark Knight" on? Or the Nolan movie trilogy?

Chet Kincaid July 18, 2012 at 8:45 am

I bought the first issue of Miller's "Dark Knight". I don't think I ever read it all the way through. His drawing style is ugly, and apparently so is his personal philosophy. Perhaps the Burton movies borrowed some of the dread and gnarly, grotesque atmosphere from Miller's stuff, but I don't see the Nolan movies as very closely related to Miller's work. Nolan's first two films portray Gotham City as a very real and shiny place that is corrupt, despite the modern high-tech surfaces.

All of this is tempered, of course, by the fact that I stopped seriously reading comics in 1980, for the most part, and I have never liked DC comics, although I have enjoyed Burton's and Nolan's take on Batman.

GeorgiaBurning July 18, 2012 at 10:14 am

The original four part series. Gotham is depicted as an ungovernable morass, with useless politicians unable to stop a crime wave. The President is a thinly-disguised Reagan, living as an invalid except when he is juiced up for TV spots. The US is involved in wars in odd spots around the globe. The ending is Galtian, but there is hope.

glasspusher July 18, 2012 at 10:29 am

He was one of my mom's suitors after her second husband died. My mom tends to attract widowers who were married 50 years or so, then has to beat them off with a stick. Maybe that's where I get my propensity for being abused by women. He died a few years back himself. I'm in my late 40s, or at least my body is…my dad served in the Pacific, and had kids on the late side, so half of me is a baby boomer…

MittBorg July 18, 2012 at 1:53 pm

My dad saw action in WW II, and he just died two years ago, in his 90s. I'm about two decades older than you, though. He was in the Pacific, also, and had his first kid when he was close to 40.

When you say "being abused by women," you do mean role-playing, right? Innocent (and sexxxay) fun? If not, then I hope that stops happening, my dear.

Thanks for the interesting story.

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