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It can be difficult to run for Senate. Your Wonkette knows; we haven’t done it many times because of how difficult it is. Michael Baumgartner, though, is running for Senate against Maria Cantwell, and was righteously pissed off because a reporter asked him questions that weren’t on his agenda, and so responded thoughtfully about the issues of the day. By telling the reporter to go fuck himself.

Feit published the e-mail Tuesday on his politics blog, PubliCola. He said he interviewed Baumgartner,  a state senator running against Democrat Sen. Maria Cantwell, Monday to get his take on the political news of the day: comments made by U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Missouri, about rape and pregnancy. During the interview, Baumgartner expressed frustration that social issues were getting so much attention, while his biggest issue, ending the war in Afghanistan, was not.

Then, at 10:45 p.m. Monday, Baumgartner e-mailed Feit a photo of himself and a Navy SEAL, Pat Feeks, who died recently in Afghanistan. “Take a good look and then go (expletive)  yourself,” Baumgartner wrote.

In an interview Tuesday, Baumgartner confirmed he sent the e-mail and said it was part of a larger conversation, which he would not describe. “It was sent from my personal e-mail. It was a personal comment to Josh,” he said.

Who doesn’t e-mail “personal” comments berating reporters following interviews? And what sort of traitor commie libtard reporter would reveal the very private and personal fuck yous of important candidates who think about the issues and love the troops like their own children?

Speaking of loving children, Baumgartner, who would like to talk about the issues in his race, did this:

Baumgartner apologized several months ago for going after Cantwell for being unmarried, saying she ”frequently voted to undermine the role of parents in child-rearing.”

Presumably, he sent her a picture of a baby and told her to go fuck herself until she could have one, because he is a Republican running for office and unaware of how vaginas work.

[Seattle Times]

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  • Callyson

    a Navy SEAL, Pat Feeks, who died recently in Afghanistan

    And the reporter is responsible for this tragic death because…?


  • Pragmatist2

    If the reporter goes and "fucks himself" would he be unable to become pregnant because his "body has ways to shut down the whole thing"?

    • Oblios_Cap

      Not if it was consensual.

    • MinAgain

      More importantly, if the reporter goes and "fucks himself", would that be considered gay sex?

      • Geminisunmars

        That would make him a unisexual.

        • littlebigdaddy

          I had one of those once but it was too hard to keep my balance.

          • Geminisunmars

            It does do something to one's inner ears.

          • Weallscream

            What goes around, comes around!

      • Pragmatist2

        It worse than that – It is incestual, gay, anal sex and quite possibly masturbation. That is a Conservative's worst nightmare.

        • What if he, or she, depending on how he self-identifies, was a hermaphrodite? Hanh? HANH?

          • Pragmatist2

            That would clearly be heterosexual and thus permissible IF he was married to himself.

          • So you're saying he should wait until marriage before he fucks himself?

            What about a handjob?

          • Pragmatist2

            Absofuckinglutely she should be married before fucking himself. A handjob is fine so long as there is no "Happy Ending."

          • MinAgain

            Does a handjob even count as fucking?

          • Pragmatist2

            Depends on who is doing the counting.

          • CindynEncinitas

            President Bill didn't think it was.

          • You guys could have promising careers as Medieval Theologians.

          • bobbert

            How many angels can dance on the head of a dick?

        • emmelemm

          You mean a Conservative's hottest fantasy?

      • Fox E. Puppet

        Republicans promoting gay sex… again?

    • Callyson

      Only if he does so illegitimately.

    • If he fucks himself, I think that would have to be consensual so he would be able to impregnate himself.

      • I've fucked myself several times against my will, usually at a wedding chapel.

        • widestanceromance

          Wow, that's pretty bold. Did anyone see you?

          • Sadly, there were witnesses so I couldn't get an annulment.

        • mavenmaven

          ftw, been there, done that, still paying

        • I hope it at least felt good at the time!

          • See, that's my problem. If they could ever make sex unpleasant, half my troubles would be gone

          • MacRaith

            Imagine having sex with Orly Taitz.

            See? There goes that half of your troubles.

          • Yes, but how do I explain the vomit on the sheets?

          • CindynEncinitas

            According to my ex, I was able to accomplish making sex unpleasant.

          • I've never been the recipient of bad sex.

            Given it a few times, but never gotten any.

    • Pragmatist2

      I greatly fear that this entire string will show up verbatim and as fact in an authorized Sex Education text book in Texas.

      • His mom is a teacher.

        • Steverino247

          "I don't feel 'tardy."

    • riverside68

      Is the reporter a young man from Nantucket?

    • If the reporter could do that he probably wouldn't leave the house.

      "So…what do you call your act?"
      "The Aristocrat!"

  • I'm not saying all wingnuts are sociopaths, but it would explain a lot of the things they've said lately.

    • Only disagree with your diagnosis. Sociopaths are often charming in public. There are better words for what they are.

  • hagajim

    Michael Baumgartner is just another example of the idiots who now control the GOP. If you're a woman of any stripe, just take a look at what these dickwads think of you and your gender. Generally, they are self-pretentious pricks who feel they have been picked on for too long by the wimmins, messicans, muslins, and pretty much everyone else who isn't them. Asswipes.

    • Terry

      Recall that Karl Rove says he became a conservative when he was a kid because a girl with a Kennedy bumper sticker on the basket of her bicycle was mean to him.

      • littlebigdaddy

        And everyone called him Turd Blossom.

  • Fuck himself in a good way or a bad way?

    • calliecallie

      In a legitimate way.

      • Or illegitimate way, if he did want to get preggers, and didn't have time to fill out all the paperwork to make it legitimate.

        • An_Outhouse

          some people just like visiting the Abortionplex.

  • James Michael Curley

    What statement is he making with that pink tie?

    • widestanceromance

      Not the one he thought he was making.

  • To be fair, fucking yourself prevents abortions.

    • widestanceromance

      Tried that, but I ended up just laying back and enjoying it.

    • Tundra Grifter

      To steal a bit from Woody Allen, at least it's sex with someone you love.

      • widestanceromance

        And nobody cares if you pick your nose in the afterglow.

      • Also by Woody: "I'm such a good lover because I practice a lot on my own."

    • I still like to demand a government paid abortion all the same. Why should I miss out on all the fun because I'm a man and don't have a partner? That's sexist!

  • IncenseDebate

    The GOP is fucking itself. Hard and legitimately.

  • widestanceromance

    Was it a shirtless photo? I only ask because he sends me those all the time. Nothing to see here, folks.

  • Major Thom

    "Go **** yourself"
    Further proof that republicans have no idea how their junk works.

  • If you hate Publicola and getting caught in the rain
    If you're into Todd Akin, if you don't have a brain
    If you like sending Fuck Yous at midnight to blogs from the Cape
    Then I'm the candidate you've looked to vote for on 'forcible rape'

    • ThundercatHo

      Oh my, wish I had a basketful of upfists for that.

  • Oblios_Cap

    A Republican that wants to end a war? RINO!

  • I am thinking that Michael Baumgartner is a man of his word. He tells someone to go fuck himself and in the process fucks himself and his own candidacy.

    • In fairness, his candidacy was fucked as soon as he put an (R) next to his name.

    • emmelemm

      Up until this moment, I (a Washington state resident) had NO IDEA who was running against Maria Cantwell.

      Now I do. And I feel comfortable telling him to go fuck himself.

  • Callyson

    He went on to say he sent the message out of frustration that more media attention hasn’t been given to his campaign platform to end the war in Afghanistan. “The problem is that many media outlets, including PubliCola, do not want to talk about why these men and women continue to be killed."

    Yeah, because Obama wants to keep hundreds of thousands of troops in Afghanistan indefinitely. Doesn't he?

  • RadioBowels

    Josh Feit is the Linda Tripp of 2012.

  • OneYieldRegular

    If there's one thing I learned from doing time in the Human Resources mines, it's that bad behavior is a superbly accurate predictor of more bad behavior. If this guy wins, he'll have a career worth watching for the entertainment value.

    • zumpie

      Cantwell would need to be documented taking 13 year olds from the swings, bringing them to Portland, Boise or Vancouver, BC, somehow fathering the babies they need to abort (which this moron probably thinks she's capable of), etc before she'd lose this election.

      WA is a blue state and she's popular. However, I suspect this guy going on the RNC Offical No $$$ From Us List….

  • Hera Sent Me

    I thought "go fuck yourself" was the motto of the upcoming GOP convention.

    After all, it's the personal motto of most Republicans I know.

    • Callyson

      It's certainly the first response I have to most Republicans in office…

  • Oblios_Cap

    Baumgartner apologized several months ago for going after Cantwell for being unmarried, saying she ”frequently voted to undermine the role of parents in child-rearing.”

    All these womyns are making the Baby Jesus cry, what with their wanton, lustful ways.

  • MinAgain

    Did he marry a kindergartener, or is that his daughter in the picture?

    • Ruhe

      No, silly. That's his beard.

      • MinAgain

        My bad. I should have noticed the pink tie.

    • Native_of_SL_UT

      And what's with the old ladies waving goodbye to someone else besides the bride and groom? Are they going on the honeymoon too?

      • Probably the INS agents to make sure he really married his mail-order bride.

  • no_gravity

    Fuck me? Fuck you!

    • widestanceromance


      • bobbert

        Austin Powers Libel!!!

  • At least he didn't say "go fuck yourself, this is a Holy site!"

  • If the reporter could fuck himself, would he even bother working?

    • CindynEncinitas

      Dudes at my college used to sing:
      "If I could cook, I wouldn't need a spouse
      if I could blow myself, I wouldn't leave the house."
      to the tune of Word Up.

  • MissTaken

    Then, at 10:45 p.m. Monday, Baumgartner e-mailed Feit a photo of himself and a Navy SEAL, Pat Feeks, who died recently in Afghanistan. “Take a good look and then go (expletive) yourself,” Baumgartner wrote.

    It's 10:45 at night, do you know what kind of pictures your husband is masturbating to?

  • gullywompr

    Rape? Go fuck yourself!

    • "See this guy? He DIED so he could be my political prop, so FUUUUCCKKKK YYYOOOUUUU!!!!1!"

  • ProgressiveInga

    What, "Kiss my ass! This is a HOLY PLACE!" was already taken?

  • elviouslyqueer

    During the interview, Baumgartner expressed frustration that social issues were getting so much attention, while his biggest issue, ending the war in Afghanistan, was not.

    Just a guess here, Mikey, but I'm thinking it's because your GOP buds keep saying stupid shit about social issues that have almost zero to do with them personally.

    DEIT: Oh, and these same GOP buds also don't have, or refuse to sign on to, a coherent plan for winding down the war in Afghanistan. Maybe you wanna talk to them about this, eh?

    • Native_of_SL_UT

      I can think of about 300 of colleagues should get this Email. Also.

  • comrad_darkness

    But its the democrats who bring down the level of discourse, people. Come on, stay on message.

  • Serolf_Divad

    Fucketty, fuck, fuck fuck.

    Because Jesus, that's why.

  • SorosBot

    He refuses to discuss important domestic issues like a woman's right to choose, but says "fuck you" because there are still troops in Afghanistan – he sounds like a liberal purity troll from a place like Daily Kos; next he'll be saying "Obama is JUST LIKE Bush!" because there are still some troops in Afghanistan and he didn't give us a full socialized medicine plan that would never have passed Congress but instead compromised and gave us the ACA we have that actually passed.

  • Wilcoxyz

    Ohh, there's semen on the photo, next to a Navy Seal.

    • Navy SEALs are seamen, after all.

    • widestanceromance

      Not even so much as a peen print, sadly.

    • Oblios_Cap

      Basketball? But white guys can't jump!

    • elviouslyqueer

      He looks like the Heath Ledger version of the Joker. Only pastier.

    • widestanceromance

      Oh, I'm sure he's used it alright. . .

  • comrad_darkness

    So, he's upset about his friend dying in Afghanistan. Fine and good, but his anger isn't at the Republican Bush's diverting sufficient resources from there to his Oedipus complex, lied to get into war in Iraq? Seriously?? His friend would have a much better chance of being alive if Bush hadn't screwed up so royally. Sorry, no sympathy for fucking morons.

  • MissTaken

    Baumgartner apologized several months ago for going after Cantwell for being unmarried, saying she ”frequently voted to undermine the role of parents in child-rearing.

    I would frequently vote against rearing a child, too.

  • mr bojangles

    skoal rebel for senator!!!! 'fuck y all!'

  • mavenmaven

    What would Kurt Cobain say?

    • Nevermind?

    • widestanceromance

      Rape me–in a legitimate way?

    • ProgressiveInga

      Smells like douchebag?

    • Bang! Thud.

      • emmelemm

        Too soon!

    • Fox E. Puppet

      Something about territorial pissings?

    • anniegetyerfun

      Offer a recipe for Cajun-seasoned, blackened tumors? Good eats!

  • Beowoof

    Oh my a republican who doesn't want to answer questions about his views. Why you would think he doesn't want his stupid, ignorant, asshole thoughts made public. However, as is often true with the truly ignorant, his words betrayed him.

  • Tundra Grifter

    While "Afghanistan, damn it!" is a change from the standard GNoP "9/11, stupid!" if one member of the Senate or House could really make a difference regarding the US being in a war, Barbara Lee would have kept us out of Iraq.

  • LibertyLover

    This has got to be made up. No self-respecting Navy Seal would be called Baumgartner.

    • Isn't that usually the name of the guy who gets blown up in the first reel?

      • LibertyLover

        AKA the unknown character in the landing party in a Star Trek episode.

        • MinAgain

          A red shirt. How appropriate.

    • Native_of_SL_UT

      I have a buddy who was in the Marines whose last name is Dick. He says that was a little rough.

  • It's ok local bloggers have a way of shutting that whole thing down.

  • The Washington State Republican Party has decided to take on Sarah Palin as their spiritual and intellectual guide. And they continue to wonder why the Republican party continues to wither in this state. In the 60s, moderate Republicans threw out the Birchers that controlled the party, and manage to do well in elections. Since the 80s and Reagan, they started a downhill slide into a mess of radical, paranoid fools. Heck, in 1988, Pat Robertson won the caucuses here. Anyone who doesn't tow the Rush Limbaugh/Koch brothers line is declared a RINO, and debate mostly comes down to believing that everyone is dumb since they refuse to support the far right. I weep for them, I truly shed a tear.

    • Dammit, now there'll be chaos at your borders due to the flood of refugees screaming for asylum and Washington State drivers licenses!!

  • Baumgartner apologized several months ago for going after Cantwell for being unmarried, saying she ”frequently voted to undermine the role of parents in child-rearing.”

    Sure, because everyone knows only married people can become parents. That's why Republicans never go on jags about how single parents are unfit to raise kids.

    • Of course only married people can become pregnant. It has long been shown that if a women doesn't have a ring on her finger, her body will clamp down and prevent her from being pregnant. Don't you know any science?

      • emmelemm

        If only that were true. (We'd all save a lot of money on birth control!)

  • BZ1

    What a crazy ghoulish smile…

  • An_Outhouse

    Someone's been gartnering too much bum.

  • rickmaci

    "I don't see a problem, after all, it's a good Anglo-Saxon word." Mitt Romoney.

    • Part of that special relationship

      • rickmaci

        Yes, verrrry special.

  • Steverino247

    Let me explain this for you, Mr. Baumgartner.

    Bush invaded Afghanistan as a feint so he could invade his real target, Iraq. For years, the troops there were literally on a shoestring and did not have enough reinforcements, logistical support, etc., to get the job done. So, when Obama became President, he got us out of Iraq and reinforced Afghanistan in order to at least try to get Al Qaeda's leadership. Also, he couldn't just pull out the troops and go home because assholes like you would have hollered "cut and run" at him. Plus, it would have been dangerous to do that precipitously. Now that Osama bin Laden is dead, Obama thinks he can do the same thing in Afghanistan that he did in Iraq, and he will. It just won't be as fast as anyone wants it to be.

    Oh, and go fuck yourself because you should have already known this.

  • anniegetyerfun

    Oh, those of you outside of Washington State might not know this, but "go fuck yourself" is a local way to express affection. I know, because as I drive into the city every day, I express love and affection for all of my fellow commuters, loudly, with the windows rolled down.

    • emmelemm

      "Go fuck yourself" is what we call "Seattle nice".

  • bobbert

    Update: Baumgartner retracts his nonpology:

    State Senator and U.S. Senate candidate Michael Baumgartner issued an apology Tuesday, then retracted it after apparently sending a profane email to a reporter for the political blog Publicola.
    "Let me just say, Josh had it coming in this email, and I don't apologize," Baumgartner told KIRO 7's Graham Johnson on Tuesday afternoon. "Look, it's a naughty word. It doesn't amount to a whole lot."

    • Negropolis

      Stay classy, Baumy.

  • tessiee

    Knowing absolutely nothing about Baumgartner, and having read not one word of the article (yet), my first thought upon glancing at that picture for one second?

    That man is *pissed to shit* that his wife made him wear a pink satin tie on their wedding day.

  • mbobier

    Who does Baumgartner think he is? Rahm Emanuel?

  • owhatever

    Big Baum condemned the Akins' comment because “There is no place for these kinds of statements in politics." Apparently, "Fuck you" is acceptable for this good Christian.

  • Allen West: (slow clap)

  • In the same way that Clark Gable broke new ground in "Gone With The Wind" with "I don't give a damn," Dick Cheney opened new vistas of Republican discourse with "go fuck yourself."

  • Zombie_Reagan

    True story: one of Mrs. Zombie Reagan's cousins is an active Navy SEAL, currently in Afghanistan. Can I start sending pictures of me and her cousin to wingnuts, with the caption "QED motherfucker"?

  • spareme

    Do Republicans know how to fuck? Or they only know how to say it?

  • C_R_Trogloraptor

    I believe that "Go Fuck Yourself" is known in Game Theory as "The Cheney Gambit".

  • ttommyunger

    Now there's a man's man for you: an email put-down.

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