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Newt Gingrich, Godzilla-size hypocrite

My goodness, is this right? Newt Gingrich melted his self down on Megyn Kelly’s Fox News show last night. Kelly dared mention Donald Trump’s numerous assaults on women – what? he’s running for president! – and the sheer impudence turned Newt into a geezer scoldnato:

Gingrich, an open supporter of Trump’s candidacy, blasted Kelly for focusing too much on Trump’s sexual misconduct and not enough on issues like those raised by the speeches given by Hillary Clinton to bankers in 2013…

“You want to go back to the tapes of your show recently?” he said. “You are fascinated with sex and you don’t care about public policy.”

Eh, you know who’d be someone “…fascinated with sex and you don’t care about public policy”? A flaxen-haired sex criminal who doesn’t know fuckall about government (or anything else). Seriously.

Kelly quickly refuted him, saying she had covered the hacked emails and that Trump’s behavior towards women was an important topic to cover.

“Listen, Mr. Speaker, I’m not fascinated by sex,” she said, “but I am fascinated by the protection of women and understanding what we’re getting in the Oval Office.”

You know who else had this common Republican problem? Newt Gingrich. He was Speaker of the House during Bill Clinton’s impeachment.

As Clinton insisted that he had not had sexual relations with that woman, Monica Lewinsky, and evidence mounted that he had, Gingrich drummed up support for impeachment. He declared he would “never again, as long as I am speaker, make a speech without commenting on this topic.” No one knew at the time that Gingrich was carrying on an extramarital affair with Callista Bisek, a staffer on the House payroll 23 years his junior, but that did not deter him.

The Republicans were widely expected to win the 1998 midterm elections as Gingrich orchestrated a final-week advertising blitz about the Lewinsky mess. But a burgeoning backlash against Gingrich and his party for pushing the sex-and-lies scandal cost them five House seats on Election Day. Walker conceded they had overplayed their hand: “We became the impeachment party instead of the party of the balanced budget.”

Gingrich’s GOP focused on the president’s sex scandal at the expense of everything else, and the nation rejected the strategy. We’d all had enough: “You are fascinated with sex and you don’t care about public policy.”

The upshot?

Gingrich tried to shift the blame to the media: “I don’t think we are nearly as obsessed as the press corps,” he said, although it was his drive to oust Clinton that had kept the scandal in the forefront of the news.

Still, there was no disguising that the midterm results were a personal repudiation of Gingrich’s brand of confrontational politics. Three days after the election, Gingrich addressed his caucus. “I’ll never forget it,” says Ehrlich. “He said he thought that his continued presence might cost us the majority and he didn’t want to be there and did not want to be the cause of our losing the majority.” Gingrich was ending his revolution, his congressional career in ashes.

Gingrich, the politician, had become obsessed with destroying the president for having an affair…while he was having an affair. It cost him everything. His career was in ruins, as were his dreams of someday becoming president himself.

Now here he is in 2016 – without a trace of irony on his face – accusing a Fox News talking head of being a scandal-obsessed loser. As if he had no recollection at all of why it was America had grown to hate him, or what particular thing it was they fired him over. Amazing.


Assrocket: Leave the billionaires alooone!

. . and fresh Fox News superstar Megyn Kelly reassures your children that Santa Claus (D – Candyland) and Jesus Christ (I – Red Sea Adjacent) are, in fact, white people. So you wonder if anybody in the greater politisphere could be any dumber, and right up then shoots Assrocket’s waving hand:

The Center for American Progress is a left-wing organization that is closely associated with the Obama administration. Its principal product is a web site called Think Progress. Think Progress is part of the internet cesspool that modern liberalism has become . .

CAP says that individuals and foundations account for more than 90% of its funding, and corporations only around 6% . . But what corporations fund Think Progress’s anti-free enterprise propaganda? The full list is here;

[25 or so companies like Bank of America, Microsoft, etc. –ed.]

I doubt that there is any conservative organization that can boast a remotely comparable list of corporate supporters.

Cup your ear and you can just hear Jonah Goldberg – They also smell bad, chief! *FARRT* I mean, golly:

Through the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, global corporations and state politicians vote behind closed doors to try to rewrite state laws that govern your rights. These so-called “model bills” reach into almost every area of American life and often directly benefit huge corporations.

In ALEC’s own words, corporations have “a VOICE and a VOTE” on specific changes to the law that are then proposed in your state.

A list of members of and benefactors to the Conservative Caucus of State Legislators – excuse me, ALEC, look it up droogies – runs to the hundreds. You name the Fortune 500 company, odds are that it’s a supporter; ExxonMobil has given them at least 1.4 million dollars. But ThinkProgress is a pretty dangerous group, too. Hell they have an actual website, chock-full of politics, but though sadly they’ve yet failed to make George Zimmerman’s life any easier.

CAP’s disclosure is a timely reminder that large corporations are not, in general, supporters of free enterprise. Many of them love to partner with government to suppress innovation and competition.

Partner with government, to suppress innovation and competition you said?

Details of Alec’s strategy to block clean energy development at every stage – from the individual rooftop to the White House – are revealed as the group gathers for its policy summit in Washington this week . .

Further details of Alec’s strategy were provided by John Eick, the legislative analyst for Alec’s energy, environment and agriculture program . .

He said Alec wanted to lower the rate electricity companies pay homeowners for direct power generation – and maybe even charge homeowners for feeding power into the grid.

“As it stands now, those direct generation customers are essentially freeriders on the system. They are not paying for the infrastructure they are using. In effect, all the other non direct generation customers are being penalised,” he said.

It’s a free country, chief! *FARRT*

Koch Industries stands alone, as far as I know, as a relatively large company that actually supports free enterprise as a matter of principle. Which is why corporatist America, through disreputable organizations like the Center for American Progress, have waged unremitting warfare against Koch.

Dry your eyes, Assrake. All that Koch-sponsored ALEC legislation, like the free-fire Stand Your Ground laws now in effect in more than half the states, isn’t likely to be repealed overnight. And I do admire your blazing chutzpah, for the whole ‘black is really white’ thing.


Sen. John Ensign and the Hamptons, anatomy of a disgusting affair: the overview, the sordid people and the money

That would include Senator John Ensign, Cindy Hampton, Doug Hampton, Senator Tom Coburn, the Christians of ‘C Street’ and at least 9 payments totaling $121,000. This is really an obscene ‘affair’, putting on display the worst of people’s characters: selfishness, lust, greed, jealousy, convenient self-righteousness, political gamesmanship and payoffs, extortion, and clambering for fame and attention. And absolutely nobody, to this minute, has come close to telling the whole truth.

Here’s the big overview of what’s (perhaps) known as of now:

John Ensign is a Republican Senator from Nevada (Dem. Majority Leader Harry Reid is the other). Doug and Cindy Hampton work for Ensign (both in Nevada and in Washington D.C., apparently, but that’s not entirely clear).

At Christmas recess at the end of 2007, back in Nevada, burglar(s) breaks into the Hampton house. And away we go…

–Ensigns tell Hamptons they can move in with them, and they do.
–Affair between John Ensign and Cindy Hampton begins (see how dirty this is already?).
–Dec. 23rd, while picking up his son at the airport (with the Ensigns perhaps nearby? unclear-), Doug Hampton intercepts a (‘dirty’?) text message between the adulterers that makes it clear they’re lovers, or cheaters.
–Hampton confronts one or both, and the truth’s admitted.
–Next day, the 24th, a giant ‘meeting’ or ‘confessional’ is convened inside the Ensign house with all the members of both families present. Ensign apologizes. It is not clear what Cindy does or says. Merry Christmas everyone.
–The Hamptons press forward, continuing to work for Ensign.
–Doug Hampton comes to believe Ensign is not contrite for his behavior. Believes he is, in fact, still pursuing Cindy.
–Hampton contacts members of devout Christian D.C. organization ‘C Street’ (aka ‘The Prayer House’) to prevail upon affiliated Senator Ensign to leave his wife alone.
–Some time in February 2008, a group of C Street members, including ultra-conservative Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, confront Ensign. Hampton alleges that during the meeting, C Streeters implore Ensign to make good for his transgressions, including arranging for money to be paid to the Hamptons so that they may move away from Ensign, to go to Colorado.
–During this meeting, Ensign writes (in probably insulting language) a letter (see here) to Cindy apologizing for his behavior:

“What I did with you was wrong. I was completely self-centered + only thinking of myself. I used you for my own pleasure, not letting thoughts of you, Doug, [childrens’ names] come into my mind…I betrayed everything I believed in and lied to myself over + over. I justified my actions because I blamed my wife.

Doug Hampton

Doug Hampton

Doug has been a great friend to me through the years + I threw all of that away over wanting to feel good.

I take 100 % responsibility for my actions, plain + simple it was wrong; it was sin. God never intended for me to do this. I walked away from Him and my relationship with Him has suffered terribly. I know He loves me and He loves you. He wants to restore Doug and you.”

–Ensign then almost immediately disavows the letter.
–The affair (probably) continues to run through August of 2008.
–Fast forward to June 15th of this year: an obviously still unsatisfied Hampton, having written and copied his own letter about the affair, sends it in an e-mail to Fox News’ Megyn Kelly.

“The actions of Senator Ensign have ruined our lives and careers and left my family in shambles”…”I need justice, help and restitution for what Senator Ensign has done to me and my family”.

–Fox contacts Hampton but does not find him credible. They do not break the story.
–The next day, June 16th, Ensign calls a press conference and admits the affair. Typical D.C. pandemonium ensues.
–June 19th, Ensign’s office releases a statement:

“Within the past month, Doug Hampton’s legal counsel made exorbitant demands for cash and other financial benefits on behalf of his client.”

–Yesterday, July 8th, KLAS TV and Jon Ralston aired the first part of a sit-down interview (see it here) with Doug Hampton in which he spells out his version of the whole dirty business, including some money transaction(s).

Hampton said Ensign paid the woman more than $25,000 in severance when she stopped working for the senator…

Knowingly and willfully failing to report a contribution of more than $25,000 is a criminal violation subject to five years in prison, according to complaints filed last month by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

–Today, Sen. Tom Coburn blasted Doug Hampton for linking him to the scandal:

Senator Tom Coburn

Senator Tom Coburn

“John Ensign hasn’t put me in a tough position at all,” said Coburn, a housemate of Ensign’s at a Capitol Hill home owned by a Christian fellowship. “The person that’s deceiving now is Doug. And you all need to go do the investigation now on that side of it and quit asking us and ask what’s the motivation here.”

Coburn was responding to a televised interview Doug Hampton gave to a Nevada television station in which he went into detail about the Ensign’s affair with his wife, which reportedly started in December 2007 and ended in August 2008. Hampton, a former close friend of Ensign’s and chief of staff to the senator, said that Coburn and other peers were involved in talks to urge Ensign to pay Hampton for the damage he caused his family – including potentially giving him “millions” of dollars.

–Also today, Coburn nonsensically claimed he was protected from ever telling anybody anything about his part in the scandal:

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) on Thursday said he would not testify in court or before the Ethics Committee about any advice he gave Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) on how to handle his affair with a former staffer, citing constitutional protections for communications during religious counseling, as well as the patient confidentiality privilege.

“I was counseling him as a physician and as an ordained deacon. … That is privileged communication that I will never reveal to anybody. Not to the Ethics Committee, not to a court of law, not to anybody,” Coburn said.

Coburn, incidentally, is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist.

–Also today, finally, Roll Call (‘The Newspaper of Capitol Hill’) reported that the parents of Senator Ensign paid the Hamptons eight sums of $12,000.

Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) Thursday acknowledged that his family made nearly $100,000 in payments to family members of his former mistress after her husband, a longtime aide and personal friend, discovered the relationship.

Since Ensign admitted his affair with former campaign staffer Cynthia Hampton, he has repeatedly declined to comment about whether he made any payments to her, her husband, Doug, or other members of the family.

Ensigns, left, Hamptons, right

Ensigns, left, Hamptons, right

But in a statement released by his attorney Thursday afternoon, Ensign for the first time acknowledged that in April 2008, his family — backed by his father’s casino and land development empire — made a series of payments to both Hamptons and their children, totaling $96,000.

“In April 2008, Senator John Ensign’s parents each made gifts to Doug Hampton, Cindy Hampton, and two of their children in the form of a check totaling $96,000. Each gift was limited to $12,000. The payments were made as gifts, accepted as gifts and complied with tax rules governing gifts. After the Senator told his parents about the affair, his parents decided to make the gifts out of concern for the well-being of long-time family friends during a difficult time. The gifts are consistent with a pattern of generosity by the Ensign family to the Hamptons and others,” Ensign’s lawyer Paul Coggins said in a statement.

Your public servants, in action. Unbelievable. I need a shower.