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Racists and Republicans May Have Low I.Q.

It’s a Yahoo! article, but the synopsis delivers.

Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice
LiveScience.com | By Stephanie Pappas

. . The research finds that children with low intelligence are more likely to hold prejudiced attitudes as adults. These findings point to a vicious cycle, according to lead researcher Gordon Hodson, a psychologist at Brock University in Ontario. Low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, the study found. Those ideologies, in turn, stress hierarchy and resistance to change, attitudes that can contribute to prejudice, Hodson wrote in an email to LiveScience.

Hello, Dad. Rest in peace.

As suspected, low intelligence in childhood corresponded with racism in adulthood. But the factor that explained the relationship between these two variables was political: When researchers included social conservatism in the analysis, those ideologies accounted for much of the link between brains and bias.

People with lower cognitive abilities also had less contact with people of other races.

“This finding is consistent with recent research demonstrating that intergroup contact is mentally challenging and cognitively draining, and consistent with findings that contact reduces prejudice,” said Hodson, who along with his colleagues published these results online Jan. 5 in the journal Psychological Science.

The “Definer of Civilization” never met civilization? This is a scandal.


Tales of the Great Recession: Mitt Romney Does His Own Laundry

The Rock n’ Roll rebel, takin’ it to the man:

When asked about Romney’s position on immigration, Gingrich said that deporting all undocumented immigrants is unrealistic.

“You have to live in a world of Swiss bank accounts and Cayman Island accounts and making $20 million for no work, to have some fantasy this far from reality,” Gingrich said.

What do island tax paradises have to do with Mexican immigrants? Newt Gingrich, that’s what. He’s winning, duh. He’s just burning, doing the Newtron dance.

As everybody’s noted lately, these attacks are working beautifully. Would Mitt care to fight back? Well, no. Why not? Because, in the very fancy parlance of the highest part of my guessing intellect, he’s a pussy. Gosh Newthro. Can’t play fair, can you? That’s on you, buddy.

Should Mittens grow some hair, there would be plenty of ways to skin a pest like Gingrich, one figures. This would not be one of them:

Look at that, will you. Can you imagine the luck? Turns out that Tagg . . wait, Tagg? [Tagg? Meet Track. Josh? Meet Willow. Welcome to Red Shoe Diaries cosplay. Mimosas up front, musk oil in the back.] Tagg Romney wandered past the liveried laundry workers to find Dad . . washing the Four Season’s sheets. Fates collide, or what? Good thing Tugger carries a decent iPhone/Nikon camera and tripod.

What a bold stroke from a zillion dollar campaign for the top job on the planet. Here Mitt stands in a starched white shirt, greying sideburns and all, pouring a tiny box of soap into a machine. This is a scene familiar to any of us stuck in $500 suites for weeks on end. Just a regular semi-billionaire, washing his wife’s bras. 23 shades of ecru.

My gob is smacked. What the hell is wrong with this man?

Romney happily explained the image to NBC News, “We do our laundry at least once a week, because we’ll be on the road for 30 straight days. Who else do you think is going to do our laundry?”

The laundry staff of the hotel? Or have we gone mad? Living in an eleven ampersand hotel, replete with the struggling working class cleaning filthy sheets, toilets and BVDs, he can’t allow them to touch a Mittens shirt? The Romney family tree could faint. Weasels could gnaw the Mexican roots.

The campaign may not have thought this through, I think. I’m sure the staff could manage doing Romney laundry without wiping their c*cks all over it. I’m also sure Mitt washes his own jeans because he’s a cheap bastard. The man’s as unlike the country he’d like to rule as perhaps a candidate can get.


“Now, the banks aren’t bad people. They’re just overwhelmed right now,” Romney said. “They’re overwhelmed with a lot of things.”

I don’t imagine anyone will take note of that sentiment.


Come In Here, Dear Newt, Have a Cigar

NRO’s John Derbyshire with more of his reader e-mail. Here we go again. More misogyny to spread around, huzzah, just less of it Derb’s.

I’ve been theorizing a bit about the psychological forces at play in the vast right-wing world turning away from Mitt Romney and toward the “definer of civilization,” Newt Gingrich. How about we now listen to the people themselves? The fresh fans of Newt? Why they have embraced him? Here we go. And thank you, kind reader, for not sending me crap like this:



I also think you hit on something in last week’s Radio Derb episode when you said that Newt has won the “bitter ex-husband” constituency. So the sanctimonious “marriage is sacred” crowd thinks Newt’s affairs are unacceptable. You have to wonder what world these people live in where they have never been in a relationship with a pain-in-the-butt female. Lots of things can happen after you commit to someone. They let themselves go, get fat, etc. These broads can drain you emotionally and physically with their endless demands and grievances. People change over time, and divorce is a messy business, especially when there’s money involved. Affairs are biologically natural, when one is separated from their mate for a significant period of time. They are even more natural for the male, whose biological goal in most respects is to impregnate as many females as possible, no?

So Newt the “broads” dumper is a feel-good candidate. His story’s the same as any regular guy in American life. We bang chicks until they start putting on pounds and begin griping about everything, and then what? We do what we gotta do. He’s classic.

One other reason I’m inclined to root for Newt is that he just makes for such a great villain. His narcissism, grandiosity and megalomania have all the makings of a bombastic antagonist, perhaps in the mold of someone like Drax from Moonraker. Even his name, “Newt” lends itself to this narrative (a salamander?) I could easily see him as one of the Alien leaders from V — the original miniseries (1983 version, not the crappy remake.)

There you have it: if you’re into sci-fi and misogyny, and think narcissism is underrated, you’ve gotta go with Gingrich.

. . though he’ll probably kill a few children in an attempt at world domination. Still, you gotta love a guy who parks his car under a volcano.

I wish I could be sillier about this, but I can’t. The takedown is sad: Barack Obama, seemingly normal person, has somehow run away with conservatives’ balls. They’ve tried to oppose him, hate him, belittle him, recast him, to call him a n*gger over and over, but how has he reacted? With a lotta nothing. He never notices. And just look at the pompous son of a bitch. He’s actually favored to win. It’s as if they, hellish racism and all, never existed.

But Gingrich? The disgusting mistress-juggling, ethics-breaking, black-baiting troll? Now there’s someone who would hump Obama’s goat. Hell, just look what he’s doing to Romney — it’s practically a crime. And it’s been easy. Newt will drive the snotty professor to epilepsy, they hope. Comments to follow:

One can’t help but be impressed by the bit of campaign pop culture Newt’s invented. He’s got a big hit on his hands: “Just A Guy” b/w “The Man Who’ll Shoot Uppity Menace.” It’s the sound of today, apparently. Mitt has no familiarity with either of these tunes, so he’s all squaresville.


Mitt Romney’s Ineffectual Campaign of Lying

I’m not in the habit of reading Andrew Sullivan. Many people are, and that’s fine. When I come across a post like this old one, it makes me less inclined to read him in the future. This new post, however, is spot on.

The Republican Establishment is Rush Limbaugh, Roger Ailes, Karl Rove, and their mainfold products, from Hannity to Levin. They rule on the talk radio airwaves and on the GOP’s own “news” channel, Fox. They have never quite reconciled themselves to Romney since he represents a gray blur in a stark Manichean universe they have created for more than a decade now. In this universe, there is only black and white. There is only them and us. Anyone who diverges an iota from this schematic is speaking without a microphone in front of a revving airplane engine.

Manichean is the word, and Sullivan’s right to use it. Politics to them is all fiery light and utter darkness, and the conservatives choose light. Those who won’t gravitate to Limbaugh and Rove’s sunshine are anti-American, anti-Jeffersonian and anti-Christian evil. Talk and act like Sean Hannity, or they’ll stomp you into the ground.

The government getting involved in healthcare isn’t a little socialist, it’s the Euro-cultist plague destroying the Western world. The media speaking of income inequality isn’t class consciousness, it’s exactly the class warfare Marx fashioned to destroy the United States. There’s little more that traditional intellectuals and historians can take before they pick up their rifles. Read their Constitution, ferchrissakes.

How’s a ‘moderate’ like Romney supposed to survive in this atmosphere?

This now is the party of Palin and Gingrich, animated primarily by hatred of elites, angry at the new shape and color of America, befuddled by a suddenly more complicated world, and dedicated primarily to emotion rather than reason. That party is simply not one that can rally behind a Mitt Romney. He too knows what he has to say – hence his ludicrous invocation of Obama as some kind of alien being. But it doesn’t work. He believes it – since he seems capable of genuinely believing in anything that will win him votes and power. But he doesn’t have the rage to make it work.

While Sullivan’s overall analysis is excellent, he misses the opportunity to nail Romney for what’s been an extraordinary display of his anger. Just because it’s been ineffectual in rallying the base to his cause doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. This is what passes for vote-winning ‘rage’ in the world of milquetoasts: lying. Absurd, silly in-your-face fictions. Teenage passive-aggression.

Mitt has prosecuted a campaign so notable for lying thoroughly and inartfully, it’s become historic. Steve Benen does the heavy lifting in this area, the bullshit river of Romney. Each Friday, Steve ranks the top ten fabrications of the candidate over the last week. Here’s part of the post from 11 days ago:

Let’s get started:

1. Romney told voters in New Hampshire, “I know what it’s like to worry whether you’re gonna get fired. There were a couple of times I wondered whether I was going to get a pink slip.”

That’s not true.

2. Romney argued in a debate, “[W]hat unfortunately happens is with all the multiplicity of federal programs, you have massive overhead, with government bureaucrats in Washington administering all these programs, very little of the money that’s actually needed by those that really need help, those that can’t care for themselves, actually reaches them.”

This is the exact opposite of the truth.

3. After winning the New Hampshire primary, Romney said of the president, “He lost our AAA credit rating.”

In reality, it was congressional Republicans who were responsible for the downgrade.

4. In the same speech, Romney said of Obama, “He apologizes for America”

Romney’s still lying .  .

This was last Friday:

1. “The president is planning on cutting $1 trillion out of military spending.”

That’s a Romney favorite, but it’s not at all accurate.

2. “This president has opened up no new markets for American goods around the world in his three years, even as European nations and China have opened up 44.”

That’s not even close to being true.

3. “We’ve got a president in office three years, and he does not have a jobs plan yet. I’ve got one out there already and I’m not even president, yet.”

This one actually includes multiple lies . .

Under great pressure to wreak murderous havoc upon the enemy, a decent man can falter. Mitt wants to be heroic, but he can’t manage the blind rage that attends Johnny Republican. This is the anger that piles up as your beliefs get mocked by intelligent, racism- and war-averse folks on the left. Mitt happens to be pretty intelligent and violence-avoiding himself. It’s a problem.

So this is his best rebellious response: reflexive lying. It amounts to barely propaganda dropped on the trenches. That’s not carrying war to the enemy, that’s just being lame. Gingrich will continue to kick his ass until he either starts the bloodletting or quits the race.

But, as you can see, Mitt is comfortable with desperation. That’s the mindset of someone who’d like to chop down a tree by hacking it with a spoon. The irony regarding liars is how quickly they can lie to themselves, so he’ll likely continue on as he’s done. He’ll tell himself he’s making progress, somehow. Don’t bet on him quitting the race until the very latest, probably at the convention.


It’s chaos: Newt Gingrich wins South Carolina primary

I love it. I’m going to get sooo drunk tonight. Newt Fucking Gingrich, borderline psycho, Zeus among poodles, has just won the primary that predestines Republicans for the presidential nomination.

Gingrich storms to SC victory, scrambling GOP race

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich stormed to an upset win in the South Carolina primary Saturday night, dealing a sharp setback to former front-runner Mitt Romney and suddenly scrambling the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

“Thank you, South Carolina!” a jubilant Gingrich swiftly tweeted to his supporters . .

Caviar in root beer smothered in meatloaf. Champagne from a glass simper. God damn.

Doubts creep in as an awkward Mitt Romney tries not to lose the GOP nod
By Niall Stanage | The Hill

What’s wrong with Mitt Romney?

In the early stages of this cycle’s Republican nominating process, the former Massachusetts governor seemed confident and sure-footed. Now he seems awkward and defensive . .

Romney seems to have gone into a defensive crouch, leaving many Republicans feeling like football fans who watch their team move to a ‘prevent defense’ to protect a fourth-quarter lead and dread losing all of it. Their nerves are being jangled even as they acknowledge that outright disaster has so far been averted.

The public’s relationship with Mitt Romney is in dire peril. He looks a sniveling little pussy, and Newt’s assholery courage by comparison. People will only tolerate a nerd-wimp for as long as he’s useful. Mitt Romney seemed useful as long as his riches and systemic insider status represented mystical potential to beat the president.

But Newt Gingrich now makes the case for a dick fight. Stupid sexual politics wins the day. He appeals to Republicans’ guts, which is where their brains reside, neighbor to their obsessed-over and underemployed groins.

Mitt’s a silk and brocade wallpaper version of themselves, and they won’t stand for that. They’ve got nothin’ to beat the black baller with, and Mitt the weak-kneed banker can’t do it either. Newt the Cockgob, OTOH, hater so thoroughly of black fellas he’d make their children clean America’s toilets, will punch Barack’s face. Game on.


Newt the Narcissist vs. Love

After the first two installments of the Newt and Narcissism series (one, two), I thought it might be time to post a timely addendum. There’s a great deal of interest in Newton’s behavior with women, specifically his spouses. So: How does a narcissist behave with his wife or lover?

Marianne Gingrich last night reminded us how Newt cheated on her for a great deal of time. At some point, he approached her with a proposal, probably to solve what he thought was a problem. I should be allowed to keep my mistress, right?

“I just stared at him,” Ms Gingrich, 60, told ABC News. “He said: ‘Callista doesn’t care what I do’. He wanted an open marriage, and I refused”. After she reminded him: “We’ve been married a long time,” he responded: “Yes, but you want me all to yourself,” Ms Gingrich said.

This is classic narcissistic behavior. A narcissist doesn’t see you, or me, or anyone else as a person. He see others as objects. People are meant to serve his purposes in the same way a car or a can opener might.

Yes, he gets caught up in romance and emotion and all the other intoxicating manifestations of intense human relationships. But he is different. Recall, even for healthy folks, that satisfaction presents a formidable hurdle when we’re in love. Sex is a great demonstration of that need. It would be difficult to carry on a romantic relationship without satisfaction of the that type.

A narcissist feels similarly needy for satisfaction, but of adulation. That’s the difference. In psychological terms, this can be objectified as ‘narcissistic supply.’ Guys like Newt are like drug addicts constantly searching for their next score. Who will adore him now? Where can he be worshiped next? This is a drive so taxing and punishing, it can destroy people.

The interview suggests Newt was once doing perfectly well with a wife. But maybe he could get love and romance from two women? That would be even better. He figures he can manage some double-dealing. And for years, he keeps the two separate. But after long having proven himself a stud, it’s time for the two of them to share. This was the gambit Newt tried.

It’s telling that one of his women was willing to tolerate the demand while the other wasn’t. One would continue to attend to him even when he was an openly disrespectful, thoughtless ass. The other wouldn’t. One supply was affirmed, the other was threatened. You can see where he ended up.


Limbaugh and Gingrich, victims of orgasm

Republican modesty prohibits, friends.

Limbaugh On Gingrich Cheating On His Ex-Wife: ‘Newt’s A Victim’
Rush Limbaugh | The Gasbag Treatment

“‘Newt’s a victim. We all are. Ours is the horniest generation. We were soldiers in the sex revolution. We were tempted by everything from Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice to Plato’s Retreat, Deep Throat to no-fault divorce. Many of us paid the ultimate price, AIDS, abortion, or alimony for the cultural marching orders we got. Hell, for all I know we should be getting disability from the government.’ That’s from a good friend of mine . .”

“. . a dear friend, who treats his wife like his right hand. Me? My wife in the Dominican Republic wishes I treated him that well. His father says “Be good to him.” And I remind you, sir, how good my money is. Anyway, you’d think a boy had seen escalators before, but no. Wha-? Yes, Snerdley, yes, next door to Haiti. You’re shocked, are you? In the elevator, the boy’s scared. By the time we get to the suite, he’s trembling like a leaf. I have to mix plenty of Tamarindo and rum just to get his pants off. What a chore, friends. Then it takes the entire return charter to pull bubble gum off my donk. See what I mean? This is what we’ve been reduced to: the anything-goes liberals forever throwing stupid Alberto, Tito and Juanito at us. And we should like the commute?”


Update: Mitt Romney did not win the Iowa caucus

I guess the pundits can put away all that talk of “No Republican has ever won the first three primaries before,” as if that meant something. As if Romney, with his numbers slipping in South Carolina, could win there and then take a nap for the next few months, the race for king wingnut being over.

Turns out Mitt Romney did not win in Iowa. Strangely, neither did Rick Santorum. The recount has the former Pennsylvania governor up on Mittens, but there are too many disappeared ‘ballots’ to ever get a proper accounting:

Iowa caucus count unresolved
By Jennifer Jacobs, Des Moines Register

There are too many holes in the certified totals from the Iowa caucuses to know for certain who won, but Rick Santorum wound up with a 34-vote advantage.

Results from eight precincts are missing — any of which could hold an advantage for Mitt Romney— and will never be recovered and certified, Republican Party of Iowa officials told The Des Moines Register on Wednesday.

Sorry, Willard. And Rick.

It’s not a surprise that the ultra-thin gap of eight votes on caucus night didn’t hold up, but it’s tough to swallow the fact that there will always be a question mark hanging over this race, politics insiders said.

Given that recent polls have Romney up by as little as three points in South Carolina, he could lose to Newton on Saturday. That would leave the juggernaut candidate with a grand total of one primary win in the season. Oops. Newthray will immediately call for anyone who calls himself Republican to withdraw from the race and to begin polishing his shoes. Great theater.

By the way, Iowa GOP: well handled. Nobody thinks you’re a bunch of morons.


Baked Carolina dog whistle, a la Gingrich, with a side of #2 spilled beans

Hark! Nanook of Tiara Borealis Klondike Parkaboobs:

“I want to see this thing continue because iron sharpens iron, steel sharpens steel,’’ Ms. Palin said . . “These guys are getting better in their debates, they’re getting more concise, they’re getting more grounded . .’’

. . they’re getting more deflected, denatured and disintegrated by the multi-thousand BTU Chinese forge of Republican politics. There are barely months to settle on a wingnut, but who will conquer tomorrow? Everybody has to know. Hail heavy metal Freedonia.

Newton’s latest strategy has been to eliminate anyone in sight still breathing. So he’s been taking it to the dead-white and blue capitalist, Chet Bainbot. He’s been taking it to the black children, destined to do no work. He’s been taking it to the gritty streets of South Carolina, where folks still (sshhh) prefer ‘others’ step off the sidewalk as they approach.

And whaddyaknow. It’s working:

Rasmussen Poll: Gingrich closes gap with Romney nationally
The State Column

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s relentless attacks against rival candidate Mitt Romney appear to be working, as a Rasmussen Reports poll released Wednesday indicates he is just three percentage points behind Mr. Romney nationwide. The poll finished with Mr. Romney garnering 30 percent of the votes, while Mr. Gingrich finished at 27 percent.

Now, that’s a Rasmussen poll. Meaning the numbers look spectacular and are surely wrong. But Newthor is definitely closing the gap. His campaign got so excited after Monday’s debate they put together this clip:

For context, let’s add . . uh, context. The get-up-and-stomp-your-jackboots ovation for Newtran (dubbed “The Moment” by his humble campaign) came as a result of moderator Juan Williams pressing Gingrich on his “black people” rhetoric. As in, “black people drive like this,” and “black people yell at movies,” and “I hate black people too.” Right-wing Newsmax reported the reverse-lynching this way:

Gingrich Slams Juan Williams in Racial Exchange
Maxi-News | ‘White Lady Fresh’

. . “Can’t you see this is viewed, at a minimum, as insulting to all Americans, but as particularly to black Americans?” Williams said.

“No, I don’t see that,” Gingrich answered, prompting cheers and applause from the audience. He also recalled the fact that his own daughter Jackie did janitorial work for her first job.

“Only the elites despise earning money,” he said.

DUDE! That’s what you get for being racist, Juaaan. Or Hwaaaan. Maybe I putee fyou bettah unnastann: chingchong linglong, bitch. Winning.

Meanwhile, demonstrating a steely capacity for institutional-thuggery, someone in the Romney campaign directed ABC to talk to Marianne Gingrich, Newtrul’s second wife. This is the only thing anyone in the solar system is talking about tonight. It’s the end of everything, politics-wise, forever. Plus it has consequences. Given Newchan’s self-centered approach to affection (he loves his prostate, where he lives in a Spanish Mediterranean jizzball), the interview tomorrow will be devastating. If there’s an audience or a god, he will be dead by Friday.

Not to be outdone: someone else. Next: Rick Santorum. He’s piggybacking the anti-Gingrich campaign. He’d like to point out the difference between himself and the in flagrante davenportia Georgian:

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum told a Spartanburg crowd Wednesday that the only woman he’s ever sat on a couch with is his wife, a not-so-subtle dig at former House speaker Newt Gingrich, who appeared seated next to Democrat Nancy Pelosi in a 2008 ad urging action on climate change.



I see the ghost of Mitt Romney, i.e. Mitt Romney

So many Republican presidential candidates, so many favorites. It’s like picking a particular virus. All the many, many things to consider. Do you just wanna die, or would you like to linger?

First the wingnuts think Michelle Bachmann is wonderful. She’s energetic and Christian and conservative right down to her Buckley® corset and stare. Isn’t she great?

The Minnesota congresswoman last month suggested that God was punishing Washington for excessive spending by sending an earthquake and a hurricane (Her campaign later said she was joking), noted the “rise of the Soviet Union” 20 years after that regime collapsed, confused Elvis Presley’s birthday with the anniversary of his death, erred on the location of John Wayne’s birthplace in Iowa, and claimed the famous Revolutionary War battle at Lexington and Concord had been fought in New Hampshire.

She’s also bright as a bag of midnight. Oh well, time to move on. How ’bout that Rick Perry? He’s friendly, got good hair and a drawl. What’s not to like?

“Let me tell you, there’s three agencies of government that are gone when I get there,” Perry said. “Commerce, education and the, um, uh, what’s the third one there . . Commerce, Education and the, um, EPA . . the third agency of government, I would do away with: Education, Commerce and let’s see . . the third one, I can’t. Oops.”

He’s clueless about his own campaign. And government. Boy, these people are . . interesting. How the hell did they ever get this far? How is it that they’re being taken seriously, even momentarily, as candidates for president?

It’s not like they’ve ever hidden these massive flaws. Bachmann’s been famously dumb and loopy as long as anyone can remember. She tried to amend the Minnesota constitution to outlaw gay marriage in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Her own marriage narrowly escaped.

When President Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act outlawing the future manufacture and sale of incandescent bulbs, she responded with the Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act. You can imagine what that’s supposed to do, as if energy-sucking 19th century technologies were somehow American as eagles. If Sir Humphry Davy is so heart-broken, he can sit down with Tom Edison and have a cry.

Governor Rick Perry executed an innocent man charged with the arson murder of his own children. Killing innocent people is a sport in Texas. The mere approximation of ‘murder’ and ‘children’ in a sentence is evidence enough to shoot a man on sight. But Rick happens to be the head of government, which is supposed to manage it through legal means.

When actual arson experts (what?) looked at the evidence after the execution (who knew?) they saw nothing to indicate anything other than an accident.

. . Dr. Craig Beyler, hired by the Texas Forensic Science Commission to review the case, found that “a finding of arson could not be sustained”. Beyler said that key testimony from a fire marshal at Willingham’s trial was “hardly consistent with a scientific mind-set and is more characteristic of mystics or psychics.”

When government officials were to re-convene to consider the report, Perry finally sprang into action:

The Texas Forensic Science Commission was scheduled to discuss the report by Beyler at a meeting on October 2, 2009, but two days before the meeting Texas Governor Rick Perry replaced the chair of the commission and two other members. The new chair canceled the meeting—sparking accusations that Perry was interfering with the investigation and using it for his own political advantage.

Rest in peace, Cameron Todd Willingham. Your death is still considered a ‘win’ in Texas. In the end, that was the only fact Rick Perry paid any attention to.

The point I’m making here is that these Republican presidential candidates are a scary bunch. It’s shocking that any one of these loons is this close to the presidency. It’s especially shocking when they carry suicidal baggage the way they do: publicly and proudly.

Voters should be horrified by the selection of grotesques. They should be screaming bloody murder for being forced even to consider a Rick Santorum:

“I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.”

Instead, they’re happy to pick one immoral, un-American fool after another. As if they were picking body sprays or Chinese food. Encouraged by the affirmation, a candidate cranks up the crazy and suddenly Mr. or Mrs. Average is dismayed. President Newt would do what to judges that annoyed him? Arrest them?

“Sure. If you had to. Or you’d instruct the Justice Department to send a U.S. Marshal.”

So much for the Constitution, checks and balances, judicial impartiality, blah blah. So many things stand between Newt and his liberty. It’s all pretty funny if your sense of humor shades to darkness.

It’s even funnier when you see where this is all going. The candidate to beat in this gnomic clusterfuck is Willard Romney. Mittens is a man so devoid of courage, color or personality he could be a cloud of carbon dioxide. People invite him to parties in case an electrical fire breaks out. He sits in the corner drinking fruit juice, no ice thanks, and talks to a candle.

Tomorrow, he will win easily in New Hampshire. That’ll put about 8 of his 10 slender, lady-lke fingers around the throat of the Republican nomination. He won’t take a firm grip for weeks. He won’t even think of squeezing for months probably, and the circus will go on. Meanwhile Ron Paul will surface to tell you that AIDS patients should pay not only for all their own healthcare, but for the carpentry and maintenance of slender coffins, their deaths being unusual and self-involved. Hooray.


Day after Iowa: Bachmann suspending campaign; Gingrich moves on; Santorum media watch. UPDATE: Bachmann out.

Wednesday morning coverage:

Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann will reportedly announce that she’s suspending her presidential campaign after a dismal showing in the Iowa caucuses.

A senior Republican official familiar with the congresswoman’s plans told CBS News partner National Journal that Bachmann came to the decision to effectively end her run, recognizing that “there was no viable way forward.”

Earlier, Bachmann canceled her campaign trip to South Carolina.

Gingrich never mentioned Romney by name as he spoke to supporters after an underwhelming fourth-place finish in the caucuses, but he did take a couple swipes at the Republican presidential race’s front-runner.

“Things that became obvious in the last few weeks in Iowa is that there will be a great debate in the Republican Party before we are prepared to have a great debate with [President] Barack Obama,” Gingrich told supporters with his wife Callista standing at his side . .

“And if the truth seems negative, that may be more a comment on his record than it is on politics,” he said. “So this is going to be a debate that begins tomorrow morning in New Hampshire, and will go on for a few months.”

Santorum’s best chance over the next several weeks is South Carolina. Like Iowa, it has many social conservatives, which are his core supporters. He has visited the Palmetto State 26 times and reportedly has a good ground game there.

Santorum has said he’s going to fight in New Hampshire, which votes Jan. 10. The goal would be to pare Romney’s big lead there and beat expectations again. Or he could focus his limited resources on South Carolina’s Jan. 21 primary.

Either way, South Carolina probably is a must-win for Santorum. He can’t afford to let Romney go 3-0, with victories in the Midwest, Northeast and South

So what does Santorum do now?

He needs to solidify his status as the anti-Romney, consensus conservative. The best way to do this is to show that he can consolidate that base in states other than Iowa.

But New Hampshire isn’t a natural fit for Santorum. In Iowa, 58 percent of Republican caucus-goers defined themselves as evangelicals. In New Hampshire, meanwhile, just 23 percent of 2008 Republican primary voters characterized themselves as such . .

So, why not go straight to South Carolina?

Sources close to the campaign say that Tuesday night’s strong showing in Iowa coupled with another one in New Hampshire could solidify the race as a Romney vs. Santorum contest. And more specifically, a battle between a candidate they will try to cast as a moderate (Romney) vs. the “true” conservative (Santorum). It was also evident from Santorum’s victory speech on Tuesday night that he is intent on framing the race as a contrast between his own blue collar roots and Romney’s far more privileged upbringing.

Santorum’ advisers argue that despite Romney’s lead in the polls in New Hampshire, they too have laid the groundwork to be competitive there. They add that although the former Pennsylvania senator has basically lived in Iowa for the past few months, he has managed to log almost as many days in New Hampshire as Romney.

Mitt Romney is counting on New Hampshire voters to resist their traditional contrarian practice of upsetting presidential front-runners and deliver him a victory so resounding that he’s set on the path to the Republican nomination.

Romney, who has held commanding leads in most statewide opinion polls during the almost three years he has been campaigning there, is looking to reinforce his claim to the party’s mantle after barely winning the Iowa caucuses. Anything less than a victory in New Hampshire (USUSNH) on Jan. 10 would hurt his chances even as it confirms the state’s reputation for keeping the candidates and the rest of the nation guessing . .

A Suffolk University/7NEWS tracking poll of likely New Hampshire Republican primary voters conducted Jan. 1-2 found Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, maintaining a significant advantage over his rivals, with backing from 43 percent. Paul was next with 16 percent, followed by former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr., with 10 percent; former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, with 9 percent; and Santorum, with 5 percent.

A group of movement conservatives [evangelicals — ed.] has called an emergency meeting in Texas next weekend to find a “consensus” Republican presidential hopeful, POLITICO has learned.

“You and your spouse are cordially invited to a private meeting with national conservative leaders of faith at the ranch of Paul and Nancy Pressler near Brenham, Texas, with the purpose of attempting to unite and to come to a consensus on which Republican Presidential candidate or candidates to support, or which not to support,” read an invitation that is making its way into in-boxes this morning.

The meeting is being hosted by such right-leaning figures as James Dobson, Don Wildmon and Gary Bauer. Many of the individuals on the host list attended a previous closed-door session with Rick Perry this summer.


U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota ended her campaign for the Republican presidential nomination after finishing sixth in yesterday’s Iowa caucuses.

“Last night, the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice and so I have decided to stand aside,” Bachmann said in a hotel ballroom in West Des Moines, Iowa. “We can leave this race knowing that we ran it with utmost integrity,” said Bachmann, who vowed to “continue fighting to defeat the president’s agenda of socialism” . .

The Minnesota lawmaker won support from about 5 percent of Republican Iowa caucus-goers. The leaders, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, each got about 25 percent of the votes.


Gingrich needed a hot young wife to become president

The Newt and his marriages. What happened with that first wife, Jackie Battley, incidentally? Was Gingrich acting like a self-centered horndog, looking to trade in for a younger model? Was he sick of being married to a woman actually older than him?

Well, he was already porking Marianne Ginther, a woman 11 years younger than he is. He later tossed Marianne aside for Callista, who’s 23 years younger.

So there appears to be a pattern. He’d love to pretend otherwise. The original story goes that he demanded a divorce from Jackie while she was in the hospital. He’s currently using his daughter to counter-spin that allegation on his campaign website:

Recently, Newt’s daughter, Jackie Gingrich Cushman, wrote a column to set the record straight about this smear. The column reveals that 1) It was her mother that requested the divorce, not Newt, and it was months before the hospital visit in question . .

CNN was interested in the facts surrounding his first divorce and dug up the court records. Turns out he’s lying:

Newt Gingrich filed a divorce complaint on July 14, 1980, in Carroll County, saying that “the marriage of the parties is irretriebably (sic) broken.”

Jackie Battley Gingrich, the congressman’s wife and the mother of Jackie Gingrich Cushman, responded by asking the judge to reject her husband’s filing.

“Defendant shows that she has adequate and ample grounds for divorce, but that she does not desire one at this time,” her petition said . .

In a brief interview in 1985, she told the Washington Post: “He can say that we had been talking about it for 10 years, but the truth is that it came as a complete surprise.”

Friends say the same:

Leonard H. “Kip” Carter, a former close Gingrich friend, backed the contention that it was Newt Gingrich who wanted the divorce.

“He (Gingrich) said, ‘You know and I know that she’s not young enough or pretty enough to be the wife of a president,’ ” Carter, who now lives in South Carolina, told CNN recently, relating the conversation he had with Gingrich the day Gingrich revealed he was filing for divorce. Carter served as treasurer of Gingrich’s first congressional campaigns.

Carter, who was a fellow history professor when Gingrich taught at West Georgia College in Carrollton, said he broke off his friendship with Newt Gingrich because of the congressman’s treatment of his wife during the divorce.

Anyway, it’s old news. He’s now got everything he needs to win the presidency:

Has he got your vote?

ARCHIVED: WaPo tells how it happened to wife #2:

Marianne Ginther Gingrich was visiting her childhood home in Ohio in early May to celebrate her mother’s 84th birthday when her husband phoned. After offering birthday wishes to his mother-in-law, Gingrich asked to speak to his wife. Virginia Ginther soon found her daughter in tears.

“I said, ‘Marianne, what’s wrong?’‚” Ginther recalled yesterday. She said Marianne replied: “He doesn’t want me as his wife anymore.”

Over the phone. Sad.

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