This makes sense, in some galaxy far, far away. Do as I say and not as I do and do and do and do. It’s tough, ya know. So what’s a grifter to do? Seek suffrage? Compare notes? Watch movies? Go for a ride?
Former New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici told the Journal on Tuesday he fathered a son outside of his marriage over 30 years ago, revealing a secret kept for decades.
Statements given to the Journal by Domenici and the son’s mother, Michelle Laxalt of Alexandria, Va., identified the son as Adam Paul Laxalt, a Nevada lawyer. Michelle Laxalt formerly was a prominent government relations consultant and television political commentator in Washington, D.C. She is a daughter of former U.S. senator and Nevada Gov. Paul Laxalt.
“More than 30 years ago, I fathered a child outside of my marriage,” Domenici said in his statement.
“The mother of that child made me pledge that we would never reveal that parenthood, and I have tried to honor that pledge and so has she,” Domenici said.
I don’t have much respect for that pledge, given that he only told his wife ‘several months’ ago, and his eight other children were denied knowledge of a half brother. Also, Domenici made a rather big deal over Clinton’s dishonesty, which makes Domenici a first-class hypocrite.
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I’m trying to wrap my brain around Domenici and daughter of another gop senator. Translation: NOTHING surprises me anymore in politics
Representative Steven Palazzo (R-MS) really wants to help NJ/NY/CT the way MS and Biloxi were helped after Hurricane Katrina.
Of course, being a modern Republican, spending cuts come way before easing the misery of his fellow Americans.
The following is a message I left on Representative Palazzo’s Facebook page:
You know what, Congressman? When Mississippi needed help after Katrina, it was offered unconditionally. First and foremost it was about helping fellow Americans in their time of need. No strings attached.
But now when we need help in NJ, all of sudden, you and the 66 other heartless politicians in your miserable party are turning your backs on us. Because you’re more interested in accounting than you are relieving the misery of your fellow Americans.
We got hit. Badly. I know someone in OSHA who worked both Katrina and Sandy, and his view is Sandy was worse. Far worse.
You and the 66 wretches who refused to help us in the Northeast are Exhibit A in what’s wrong with the GOP. And, quite frankly, you’re a disgrace to the country and Constitution you supposedly have sworn to uphold.
At times, it’s people like you that make me ashamed to be an American.
Of course, I’m such a frigging idiot, I’d donate to any hurricane relief that Mississippi might need in the future, much like I did for Katrina.
No good deed goes unpunished, I guess.
We need a “Minnesota” category.
From the state that gave us Al Franken, Eugene McCarthy, and Jesse Ventura—who actually appears more statesmanlike every election compared to the current crop of bozos—we bring you State Representative Kerry Gauthier, who was caught in a rest stop hooking up with a 17-y.o. boy he met on Craigslist.
The age of consent in Minnesota is the national minimum of sixteen, so as it stands there was nothing particularly illegal about the incident, excepting perhaps a misdemeanor penalty for committing a public sex act. But it is doubtful that they intended it to be observed so it’s not like he was getting children drunk and waving his penis at them, leading to them having a disturbed and dysfunctional life. Police are investigating the possibility that money traded hands, as Minnesotans are rightfully outraged when the implied sexual contract is stated so obviously, but they might have a hard time proving it in the face of their mutual denial unless Gauthier paid in advance by credit card (insert facepalm here.) So what was so crazy about this incident? S.R. Kerry Gauthier is a Democrat!
That’s right, Kerry Gauthier is neither a conservative family values republican nor a keep-gay-marriage-from-destroying-mine conservative. I don’t know what to make of this, since there is no way he is going to be able to apologize to his constituency for being a hypocrite and performing abominations before God unless he changes political parties and gets help to pray away the gay.
Why, being a confirmed bachelor, he doesn’t even have wronged wife or wrecked family. How will Minnesota ever forgive him?
Divorced hypocrite doesn’t want gays to be able to marry.
“Obama has always liked the idea of two men getting married. He had to change, because he wanted to become president and he said he invoked his Christian moorings,” said the Catholic League President. “Now today he had to wiggle with that.”
Bill Donohue, who himself is divorced and the father of two now-grown children, told Piers Morgan, “I want the law to discriminate against all alternative lifestyles,” which, Donohue says, includes straight unmarried “co-habitating” couples, and, of course Donohue’s favorite target, gay couples.
Earlier yesterday, Donohue, after President Obama said he supports same-sex marriage, fear-mongered with the suggestion that polygamy will be Obama’s next marriage evolution step.
And last month, Donohue offered a “thought experiment” on abortion that focused on the “weeding out” of gay babies.
Donohue, whom the New York Times described in 2009 as “perennially indignant,” also trotted out a supposed case of a brother and sister who are trying to get married. “It’s in the courts,” Donohue screamed when Chad Griffin cooly characterized the entire issue — including Donohue’s bringing it up — as “ridiculous.”
Nearly 20 percent of Ms. Warren’s itemized donations (those over $200) in the last quarter of 2011 came from California, where a number of actors and others in the entertainment industry are fired up about her race against a first-term senator, Scott P. Brown, to reclaim for Democrats the seat long held by Edward M. Kennedy.
And Mr. Brown is seeking to use their enthusiasm against her.
Last Wednesday — the day before Skip Brittenham, an entertainment lawyer, and Heather Thomas, an actress, held a $500- to-$5,000-per-ticket fund-raiser for Ms. Warren at their home in Santa Monica — the Massachusetts Republican Party released a Web video in the style of an old movie trailer, with an announcer proclaiming, “Hollywood has a new ‘It Girl’ — Hollywood has fallen for Elizabeth Warren big-time.”
The black-and-white video, called “The Elitist,” labels Ms. Warren the “biggest hypocrite in a political campaign” for raising money from wealthy celebrities while supporting populist causes. Ms. Warren, a Harvard law professor, built a national reputation in recent years as a dogged consumer advocate, testifying before Congress on economic issues and setting up the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
The Brown campaign has mocked not only Ms. Warren’s Hollywood support, but the considerable amount of money she has raised outside Massachusetts in general, arguing that Mr. Brown is the more authentic, homegrown candidate.
Gee, I wonder if Scott Brown has received any donations from out of state? Let’s take a look.
As he gears up for what could be a long and costly re-election fight next year, freshman U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is reaching out to donors in all 50 states to bulk up his campaign coffers.
Of the more than $2.25 million in itemized individual contributions Brown raised during the first half of the year, about 53 percent came from donors outside of his home state of Massachusetts, according to an Associated Press review of Federal Election Commission campaign records.
Those out-of-state supporters also made much larger individual donations on average than Brown’s Bay State backers, according to the review.
Who is the hypocrite, Mr. Brown?
In accordance with the rhythm of the Republican contest so far, it’s time to ask when Newt Gingrich, the unlikely race car of the moment, will run out of gas.
Much of the emerging thinking goes like this: He’ll be spared the sputtering by dint of the calendar. The caucuses in Iowa, where the latest polls show him in the lead, are less than a month away. Between now and then there’s too much gift shopping, gift giving, eggnog and “Auld Lang Syne” for distracted voters to travel the whole attraction-to-repulsion arc with him. The attraction endures. Gingrich contends. Mitt Romney, uncharacteristically, sweats.
I buy the contention and perspiration parts. But if they happen, I don’t think the sole or even principal explanation will be the lucky timing of Gingrich’s velocity. There’s something else — something more potentially advantageous — at work.
In sharp contrast to the candidates who sped up (and then slowed down) before him, he isn’t a relatively unknown quantity, some sudden crush whose real personality has yet to be revealed and whose demons lie in wait.
Quite the opposite. His demons have been dancing across the national stage for nearly two decades, since he emerged on Capitol Hill as the tantrum-prone enfant terrible of the mid-1990s Republican revolution. They’ve done the jitterbug, tango and gavotte, and at this late date can’t have too many new moves left or much more leg to show.
The voters lining up behind him have already heard that he’s a hypocrite, so his ascent hasn’t been halted by all the fine reporting into his lucrative behind-the-scenes consulting for Freddie Mac, the mortgage company he later railed against. These voters know he’s imperious, so his scornful grimaces during debates and his self-aggrandizing soliloquies at all times aren’t the buzz kills they should be.
State Rep. Phil Hinkle admitted Tuesday that he paid a young man $80 to have a good time. But Hinkle insisted he isn’t gay and doesn’t know why he did it.
He said that he understands why he’s being stripped of his committee chairmanships and that he won’t seek re-election. But he said he will not resign, despite House Speaker Brian Bosma’s call Tuesday to do so.
And he said he did nothing illegal with — or to — the young man and that he himself was the victim of a crime. But he said he would not file a police report.
Hinkle also said Tuesday he’s not a homosexual.
“I say that emphatically,” he said. “I’m not gay.”
For now, he said, he’s focusing on talking to professionals “who understand that gray matter between your ears.” He wouldn’t be more specific about what kinds of professional help he is seeking or even why specifically he thinks he needs help.
Hat tip: Dangerous Minds