Trump’s Back and that Cow Pie of Distortion is still hilarious [Shorter Question Everything]

Cow Pie Of Distortion

The Trump case study: I suspect most fair-minded people would consider Trump’s comments idiotic. So, why should anyone care? Because Trump is an official surrogate and fundraiser for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. During the Republican primaries, Romney even had Trump record robocalls for his campaign, and next week, the two will appear together in Las Vegas. As Greg Sargent noted today, when Hilary Rosen noted Ann Romney may not be qualified to serve as her husband’s economic advisor, it was national news for weeks, despite the fact that Rosen (a) was correct, (b) had no formal role whatsoever in President Obama’s campaign; and (c) was immediately denounced by high-profile members of the Obama team. And yet, here’s Trump, spewing obvious garbage, which won’t diminish his role on Team Romney and won’t stop the Republican candidate from fundraising with Trump. [maddowblog/Steve Benen/25 May 2012]

• The fact that Romney continues to cling to Trump without making any statement about Trump’s idiotic embrace of the Birther conspiracy says a great deal about Romney’s character (or lack thereof) and his desperation for latching onto whatever support he can scrape off the barrel’s slimy bottom.

Uh, Can We Move The Democratic Convention?: I’m wondering if it is too late to move the Democratic National Convention. The Statesville Record & Landmark, a North Carolina newspaper, greeted readers this morning with the news of a KKK rally being held in the North Iredell County area this weekend. [Juanita Jean/25 May 2012]

Republicans Decide President Obama Is Our New Guilty Pleasure: After the whole War on Women business erupted and Romney repeatedly proved himself to have no idea what women want—except for his wife, Ann, of course, on whom he is the world’s foremost expert—the Republicans decided to buckle down and try to appeal to women on economic issues; since even women understand they need money to buy food and stuff. However, Karl Rove and friends have taken the bizarre approach of back-handedly shaming women for falling for the “guilty pleasure” of Obama’s smooth talking ways and then trying to lure us into the safe arms of a Republican man. Oh, yes, that ought to work wonderfully. [jezebel/Cassie Murdoch/25 May 2012]

Birther Congressman Admits That He Only Walked Back His Comments ‘For Political Reasons’: A Colorado congressman who was forced to apologize after he was caught on tape saying President Obama is “not an American” now claiming that the apology was largely made “for political reasons.” Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) appeared on the Caplis and Silverman radio show in Denver to discuss the birther flap. The hosts told Coffman that a gaffe in Washington “is when somebody tells the truth” before asking the Colorado Republican, “Were you just at that moment speaking what was in your heart and are you now feeling you need to walk it back for political reasons?” Coffman conceded that this was the case — “to some extent that’s true” — and explained that his main regret was talking about the issue because birtherism is a “horrible issue” for Republicans [thinkprogress/Scott Keyes/25 May 2012]

Romney Admits Budget Cuts Would Throw Economy Into ‘Recession Or Depression’: During an interview with Time Magazine’s Mark Halperin, 2012 presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney admitted that drastic spending cuts will hurt the economy, creating a “recession or depression[thinkprogress/Pat Garofalo/25 May 2012]

Mitt Romney May Place Top Oil Lobbyist In Charge Of His White House: When oil companies need help in Washington, they call Jack Gerard. But in January of next year, assuming he wins the presidency, Mitt Romney may be dialing Gerard for political support. According to media reports in his native Idaho, Gerard is on the shortlist to become Romney’s White House chief of staff. Gerard is the president of the American Petroleum Institute, the largest oil lobbying associations in the country. Using a budget that is rumored to be in the hundreds of millions (funded by all of the major oil companies, including Chevron, ExxonMobil, etc.), Gerard finances pro-oil propaganda on network television, academic studies to promote his policy positions, front groups to hold rallies in pivotal swing states, and of course a large team of lobbyists from D.C. to over a dozen state capitals across the country. For his work, he’s one of the highest paid lobbyists in the Beltway, making $6.4 million in 2010 alone. Rumors are against circulating that Gerard, a prominent Mormon and close ally to the Romney campaign, may be selected to take the top slot in a Romney administration. And there’s other evidence that Gerard has already ingratiated himself with the Romney campaign [republicreport/Lee Fang/25 May 2012]

Is it possible that at least some members of the Republican party are stepping away from the edge? We can only hope…

Dozens Of GOP Congressional Candidates Refuse To Sign Anti-Tax Pledge: At least 27 Republican candidates promoted by the National Republican Congressional Committee have refused to sign the anti-tax pledge circulated by Americans for Tax Reform and its President, Grover Norquist, according to the Washington Post. 25 of those candidates are promoted by the NRCC as “‘Young Guns’ and ‘Contenders’ — the top rungs of a program highlighting promising candidates challenging Democrats or running in open seats.” The pledge asks Republican candidates to promise never to raise taxes for any reason, but Congressional Republicans have been wavering on it in increasing numbers over the last several months. [thinkprogress/Pat Garofalo/25 May 2012]

Former GOP Congresswoman Blasts New GOP Women’s Caucus: ‘They’re Not Voting In Best Interest Of All Women’: Former Rep. Claudine Schneider (R) was the first — and only — woman to represent Rhode Island in Congress. Over five terms in the House (from 1981 to 1991), she helped pass key environmental, health, and gender-equity laws, including the Economic Equity and the Pension Equity Acts. Like former Sen. John Danforth (R-MO) and former Rep. Connie Morella (R-MD), Schneider told ThinkProgress there is no longer a place for centrists like herself in the modern Republican Party: The have drunk the Kool-Aid that makes them think it is more important to win, than to do what is right by ending discrimination [thinkprogress/Josh Israel/26 May 2012]

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