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May
11

muppet show update

Steve Benen: Gallup has a new poll this morning, asking Republicans who they prefer among their GOP presidential hopefuls. It’s the first national poll taken after several prominent figures – Huckabee, Daniels, Trump, etc.  withdrew from consideration. I found the results rather interesting:

1. Mitt Romney — 17%
2. Sarah Palin — 15%
3. Rand Paul — 10%
4. Newt Gingrich — 9%
5. Herman Cain — 8%
6. Tim Pawlenty — 6%
7. Michele Bachmann — 5%
8. Jon Huntsman — 2%
8. Gary Johnson — 2%
8. Rick Santorum — 2%

…Herman Cain, for example, has a lot more support than I would have expected…Campaign reporters are closely following Pawlenty and Huntsman, but Gallup shows Cain’s support matching Pawlenty’s and Huntsman’s totals combined.

Also note Palin’s second-place showing, nearly matching Romney … after all of this time as a national laughingstock, the former half-term governor is still one of the top GOP presidential candidates at the national level … Palin still has a following, ridiculous though it may be.

Full post here

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Great stuff over at Balloon Juice where they’re suggesting names for the half termer’s movie (see here) – here are a few of them:

From Here to Inanity – Citizen Vain – Mentl – From Within Sight of Russia With Love – Not-Hur – The Devil Wears Mukluks – Driving Miss Crazy – Inarticulate Proposal – Chariots of Bile – The Woman Who Knew Too Little – Clueless – 12 Million Angry White Men – Legends of the Fail

Thank you Suzanne 😉


61 Responses to “muppet show update”


  1. 1 Anonymous
    May 26, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    What a joke they all are. It is scaring to me to think anyone of them could be president. Its how stupid people in this country can be. Thanks Chips for all the updates.

  2. 2 sherijr
    May 26, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I like “the Devil wears mukluks”.. for some reason that just cracks me up.

    and I’m with anonymous above comments: The fact that anyone still votes republican amazes me, I do not understand it.

  3. 3 Doris
    May 26, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Herman Cain is #5, the pizza man. Can’t wait to see what this evening’s pundits will say about that. Mark Halperin and the rest of the bunch are crowing about Tim Pawlenty, Jon Huntsman and Michelle Bachman. Lawd, this is sad, sad I tell ya! Poor Pawlenty, this has gotta hurt! Ricky Santorum not even on the map.

    • 4 Chi
      May 26, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      They’re simply humoring Cain, he’s not going anywhere fast…

      And Mark Mckinnon former Bush jr. adviser and McCain campaign adviser who has managed to infilterate the ‘progressive’ circles has been doing a phenomenal con job selling Huntsman…

      The plan is play up the crazy candidates then begin to sell the seemingly ‘sane’, ‘moderate’, one amongst them to the relief of the so-called independents – never mind that he is still a right winger at the core who hapened to do a few sane things…

      Huntsman who’s already thrown out any decency he ever possessed by distancing himself from most of the few ‘moderate’/’sane’ stances he ever held…

      Climate change, the Ryan kill Medicare plan etc out the window…So much for integrity…

      He sticks with civil unions and only because for many single issue racist gays like Dan Savage, Dan Choi and many of the gayKlan who hate President Obama, he is their candidate…

      • 5 Dorothy Rissman
        May 26, 2011 at 3:01 pm

        Chi, Huntsman at this point is trying to walk back some of his former stances. Like the fence–he thinks it is terrible, but “it maybe necessary”. The problem is that if you get elected as a loony toon, then it is impossible to completely walk back what you have said you would do.

        He scares me bit.

  4. 6 StR
    May 26, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    I really hope Palin gets in, really-really-really hope. Only two candidates that worry me are Huntsman and Pawlenty. Pawlenty has the biography that will sell, and Huntsman will have mass appeal to indies and moderates.

    • 7 nintendowii10
      May 26, 2011 at 1:25 pm

      I disagree. Huntsman has ZERO name recognition, and his stances on climate change will not appeal to the base of the Republican party, making it impossible for him to win the nomination.

      Even if he by chance won the nomination, he has ZERO charisma. There’s a speech of him on YouTube at a Sarah Palin rally in 2008, the man is a HORRIBLE speaker.

      As for TPaw, his own state hates him for leaving them in so much debt, and the man is boring. Not interesting AT ALL, that’s why he has more music in his ads than his own self.

      • 8 UT Austin Liberal
        May 26, 2011 at 1:39 pm

        OT: I gotta say your screen name cracked me up. Good choice: Nintendowii10 🙂

      • 9 StR
        May 26, 2011 at 1:43 pm

        That RNC speech was absolutely brutal, but he’s not nearly as bad as that. There are other vids of him speaking publicly and he’s solid, if completely unspectacular. I don’t buy tha he’s running for 2016 already, because he’s basing his campaign out of Florida – and Jeb Bush and/or Marco Rubio will have that state locked down in 2016.

        He’s taking the Rick Snyder approach – run as really moderate and a likable guy and hope the far right split the vote 3-4 ways while he is alone as the only moderate. Also without a Dem primary, many indies and Dem moderates might vote in the GOP primary and would vote for Huntsman.

        • 10 hopefruit2
          May 26, 2011 at 1:56 pm

          I just cannot imagine Huntsman whipping up a crowd and inspiring them – not even Independents/Moderates. The fact that he’s floundering at 2% despite having done interviews, and beginning his campaign suggests that he’s a non-starter. Secondly, his being white would be the only reason that he is more appealing to indies and moderates than Obama. Because in order to appeal to them policy-wise, he would be pretty much in approximation with Obama on many issues. What about the Latino vote? What is his stance on immigration, etc?

        • 11 lisalovesobama
          May 26, 2011 at 2:03 pm

          I’m annoyed by Hunstman too. But he jumped on the kill Medicare bandwagon and I’m hoping the far right will smear him so much, he won’t be able to come out of the debates without looking like the fool he is. The only real candidates now are: Paw Paw, Huntsman, the Flipster and the Grinch if he can get his lies together. But if you really think about it, the only viable candidates are the first three and Flip is barely a contender since we keep catching him lying outright ie: the auto-industry loan which he is now laying claim to even though he went on every show and even wrote an op-ed about why we shouldn’t save Detroit. Dirty maggot. That man should not ever be in power. Deceitful bastard.

          here is the actual ad:

          • 12 fig8jam
            May 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm

            I am loving these new ads. I get a real hoot out of granny in wheelchair!!

            The only thing I would add to the Detroit bankrupt ad..is Obama’s logo…visuals are important…folks do not read.

            It should be Obama said NO. His logo.

            Keep it short and sweet.

            I trust all these midwest states and particularly those who depend on the auto industry will not forget this. They know why they have jobs now.

            • 13 lisalovesobama
              May 26, 2011 at 5:46 pm

              So true. I’m loving how aggressive the DNC and other liberal/progressive groups have been attacking the repugs.

    • 14 Theo67
      May 26, 2011 at 2:41 pm

      The problem is that we can’t underestimate two things: the stupidity or willfull ignorance of many voters, and the evil media and Republican machinery. They will be the two weapons that will propel any candidate to a place of “credibility” – including Palin.

      • 15 UT Austin Liberal
        May 26, 2011 at 2:52 pm

        These were my thoughts Theo67 as I was watching Morning Joe and other news shows (I like to know the lies and misinformation out there so I can counter them with truths) An ignorant voter or one who doesn’t have the time to search for credible news will sit down and watch these pundits spew lies about the good guys and elevate the wrong ones and then that’s how their judgement is formed. It infuriates me; b/c if one would just take the time and effort to search for the truth, then incompetent leaders would not have access to power. If one has the PRIVILEGE to vote, then one as a CITIZEN should take that responsibility with the utmost seriousness it deserves.

        • 16 Theo67
          May 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm

          Perfectly stated.

        • 17 VC prezOfan2
          May 26, 2011 at 6:32 pm

          ‘If one has the PRIVILEGE to vote, then one as a CITIZEN should take that responsibility with the utmost seriousness it deserves.’

          One drawback which I mentioned yesterday, is that one can take the responsibility seriously and religiously listen to the news, ON DIFFERENT STATIONS, and read the newspapers , AND still be led astray.

  5. May 26, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    His Girl Payday

    Call of the Spotlight

    From Here To Fox News

  6. 19 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 26, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Herman Cain 2012 = Alan Keyes 2004

    • 20 UT Austin Liberal
      May 26, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      Exactly. PJ you hit the nail on the head. I was watching Joe Biden this morning at 6am on C-span giving a speech yesterday to the New Hampshire Democratic Organization. He basically said that the repugs are running the same kind of candidates, race and lame rhetoric they have run in the past. He was sooo brilliant, compelling and engaging that at 6am I found myself whooping with delight and ready for 2012.

      OT: A Wisconsin judge has ruled that Gov. Scott Walker’s law that strips unions of collective bargaining rights is illegal and unconstitutional. The judge ruled that the State Republicans violated the open meetings law which states that you have to give a noticeable length of notification to all members of the legislature before a vote can go through. This is a victory for now. This looks like it’s going to go to the Supreme Court. I really hope Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and other states who have repug governors and legislators don’t forget this mess and come out in fighting force for PBO and the Dems in 2012.

      • 21 fig8jam
        May 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm

        About time!!

        That mess in WI was flagrant and blatant violations of constitution…and those bullies ramming that stuff threw without open meetings was straight up gangSTA!!!

        Made me think these folks been watching DrDre.

      • 22 VC prezOfan2
        May 26, 2011 at 6:34 pm

        Yeah! Really good news to my ears. Now if three of four of those recalls work in the Dems favour I’ll be dancing!

  7. 23 nintendowii10
    May 26, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Just looking at this list convinces me that the Republicans that are running are running solely for the money. They all have way too many flaws that won’t appeal to the demographics of Obama voters.

    It’s looking like 2008 redux. None of these clowns has a prayer in defeating President Obama, especially with Republicans faltering in the polls over the RyanScare Road To Ruin. And the fact that they are unwilling to admit responsibility for losing NY26 to Kathy Hochul continues to show how out of touch and desperate they truly are.

  8. 24 Hachikō
    May 26, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    More proof Snow Snooki’s gonna run: Details on Palin nationwide bus tour: http://bit.ly/jtXNCF

    • 25 COS
      May 26, 2011 at 1:57 pm

      This will probably be just another Obama bashing tour. At some point she will have to offer solutons. As a matter of fact this is true for all of the losers running. SP longs for attention. Her girlfriend Bachmann was controlling the spotlight. No matter what SP says in that documentary, most people already know the real Sarah Palin. You can definitely count on the MSM making her the subject of the airwaves.

  9. 32 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 26, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    IF PALIN IS MOVING TO ARIZONA…AM WONDERING IF SHE IS PLANNING TO RUN AS VICE WITH A SPECIAL SURPRISE FROM THE GOP! SOMETHING STINKS HERE…THERE ARE TOO MANY POOR GOP CANDIDATES…THEY ARE COOKING SOMETHING IN THE POLITICAL KITCHEN!

    • 33 lisalovesobama
      May 26, 2011 at 2:07 pm

      Yup, I can smell the stench of pure, diabolical evil.

    • 34 Theo67
      May 26, 2011 at 2:52 pm

      I think she wants to take over McCain’s senate job.

      • 35 UT Austin Liberal
        May 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm

        I thought that for a second… but I’d have to look at Arizona’s residential rules and regulations that make one qualified to be a candidate for Senatorial elections.

      • 36 lisalovesobama
        May 26, 2011 at 6:01 pm

        that’s the only place she’d ever gonna get a Senate seat! My god, can you imagine her in congress? It’s bad enough we have Madam Bats*tcrazy.

  10. 37 hopefruit2
    May 26, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    There is no clear front runner…and the numbers change from one week to the next, suggesting that either the poll is manipulated or the Republican voters are simply not invested and say whatever comes to mind based on whose name is mentioned most in the media in a given week.

  11. 38 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 26, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    PUT IT THIS WAY…PLAIN AND SIMPLE…THE GOP KNOWS ‘MITTENS’ CAN’T WIN…THEY’VE GOT SOMEONE IN STORAGE!

  12. 39 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 26, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I’M ALSO WILLING TO BET THE ‘KOCH’ BOYS KNOW WHO IT IS!

    • 40 hopefruit2
      May 26, 2011 at 2:11 pm

      I agree. These polls are just nonsensical distractions, and the Kockroaches have something up their sleeve. It’s not going to be any of the above. It might even be a Democrat in congress who decides to be an “Independent” and run against the President.

      Having said this, I take comfort in knowing that from what we’ve seen so far, weapons formed against this President will not prevail. So to those cunning folks I say this: in case you’re planning a stealth move, watch your back…President Obama knows it and has your number, he’s the most cunning of all.

  13. 42 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 26, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    THEY KNOW PALIN CAN’T WIN AS PRESIDENT…BUT SHE IS A DRAW! THEY JUST MIGHT USE HER AS A DRAW TO THEIR SURPRISE!

  14. 43 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 26, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    THEY WANT SOMEONE WHO CAN MESMERIZE AND COMPETE WITH OUR PRESIDENT’S CHARM AND HIS INTELLIGENCE. PAWLENTY IS NOT IT!

  15. 44 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 26, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    NONE OF THESE CANDIDATES MEASURE UP…THAT’S WHY I THINK THIS IS A PLANNED DISTRACTION…THERE HAS TO BE SOMEONE WAITING IN THE WINGS!

  16. 45 EDP4BHO
    May 26, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    This story bores me. Back to POTUS.

  17. 47 Fred
    May 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    we should be very careful and not underestimate the GOP.Palin in fact will run according to TPM 😮

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/05/its-true-sarah-palin-is-back-national-bus-tour-starts-sunday.php

    • 48 hopefruit2
      May 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      I’m not underestimating the Citizens United ruling and Koch brothers. Without them the GOP is NOTHING.

      • 49 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        May 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm

        ABSOLUTELY…YOU’D BETTER BELIEVE THEY HAVE A HAND IN THE PICKENS! IF THEY AREN’T SATISFIED WITH THE CANDIDATE…THEY WON’T PASS OUT THE $$$$$$$$$$$$$…AND THAT MY FRIENDS WOULD LEAVE THE GOP HUNGRY!!!!!

  18. 50 anniebella
    May 26, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Look like Miss Piggy Palin may be in the race.I don’t know who the President will run against, but I do know he will be ready to fight. To change the subject for a minute, I sent Sen. Harry Reid an email and I askd him to watch the May 25 episode of The Last Word of Lawrence O’Donnell. I told him to please watch the portion entitle “Re-write”.

    • 51 UT Austin Liberal
      May 26, 2011 at 2:55 pm

      OMG!!!! I saw that episode. The Re-write was fantastic. Lawrence has been holding the powers that be feet to the fire.

  19. 52 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 26, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    THEY WILL ALSO MAKE ‘MORE THAN CERTAIN’ THAT THIS CANDIDATE CAN HANDLE THE MEDIA BLITZ! THEY LEARNED THESE LESSONS FROM THE LAST TIME. THEY WON’T PUT PALIN OUT IN THE LEAD…THEY’LL USE HER TO ATTRACT WOMEN AND THE TEABAGGERS!

  20. 53 Me4obama
    May 26, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I really feel like my intelligence is challenged everytime I hear or read about Palin the “Inarticulate proposal” is going to run for president. She is going on a bus tour to sell books. She has a long way to master Rosetta English in it’s entirety.

    • 54 UT Austin Liberal
      May 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm

      Hahahahahahahaha…. “She has a long way to master Rosetta English in it’s entirety.” Boom! Right in the kisser. Me4obama you are too funny.

      • 55 Me4obama
        May 26, 2011 at 3:11 pm

        And that crazy woman is the leading story on Nartin Bashir. What is wrong with these tv people to treat this reality show ,con woman seriously! That’s how they took chump the clown and had rotten eggs thrown on their faces. I loathe the fake media.

        • 56 UT Austin Liberal
          May 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm

          I normally watch Martin Bashir on MSNBC but when his lead in story was Palin… I immediately switched to Disney and watched Wizards of Waverly Place… and after that I watched The Office on TBS. I prefer that my humor not make me up-chuck my lunch.

          • 57 Theo67
            May 26, 2011 at 4:28 pm

            Especially when the President is on a six day tour of Europe, conducting serious business. Why not just watch TMZ – you get more news value from that channel than the so-called “news media”. And since they’ve now hired Michael Steele, a joke of a man, I am done with MSNBC.

          • 58 hopefruit2
            May 26, 2011 at 5:00 pm

            Oh, so MSNBC is no longer interested in the Tornadoes?

  21. 59 fig8jam
    May 26, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Now what in the name of Job, did Edwards do to Obama, for Holder to be pursuing him this doggedly? Does everyone recall how Obama dodged this bullet? When Edwards tried to negotiate being VP on the ticket to throw his support behind Obama following the NH primary loss. He must’ve really left stench behind cause this is gettting very nasty!!

    According to Political Wire:

    “A statement from former White House Counsel Greg Craig, the lawyer for John Edwards currently negotiating a plea deal with prosecutors, sounds like his client is going to fight a likely indictment:

    “John Edwards has done wrong in his life – and he knows it better than anyone — but he did not break the law. The government’s theory is wrong on the facts and wrong on the law. It is novel and untested. There is no civil or criminal precedent for such a prosecution. The government originally investigated allegations that Senator Edwards’ campaign’s funds were misused but continued its pursuit even after finding that not one penny from the Edwards campaign was involved. The Justice Department has wasted millions of dollars and thousands of hours on a matter more appropriately a topic for the Federal Election Commission to consider, not a criminal court.”

    • 60 StR
      May 26, 2011 at 9:50 pm

      Donors gave hush money to Rielle Hunter in order to help the Edwards campaign – Justice Department sees that as politically motivated donations in a round about way. Edwards and Craig disagree. I think there is a definite grey area that the courts should decide. However this stance by the Justice Department could be a slippery slope. Key would be Edwards knowledge of the donor hush money.

  22. 61 Carolyn
    May 26, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Sarah Palin doesn’t want to work. Reember she only spent two months in a whirlwind courtship in 08, and when she returned to Alaska, she was desperately nonproductive and unhappy. She has a habit of quitting jobs. She won’t work hard for 18 months. She wants a vacation paid for by SarahPac…she prefers the lower 48…more bright lights, more malls. She is a quitter. When she visited India the only place she visited was the mall attached to her hotel. This bus tour will remind people why they dislike her. Yes, she’ll ‘stir up’ the right wing. They vote in Republican primaries, but they are not the majority of people in the U.S.
    I don’t believe that the Koch brothers have someone up their sleeve….I think they don’t, and that’s why they’re so desperate. Jeb Bush is too smart to run now. He knows that George destroyed the Bush name, at least for a while. If Sarah runs, she’ll take up all the oxygen, and she won’t help anybody else. I think Michele Bachmann will get in the race, then we can see the fight between Sarah and Michelle!


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