Disgraced Former Speaker and Long-Time Washington Insider Now Leading Presidential Candidate of the Tea Party

In case anyone had any remaining doubts that the Teabaggers aren’t simply rebranded Bush/Cheney Republicans, this should put an end to them.

That’s right, a guy who pocketed $300,000 to shill for Freddie & Fannie, ran up a six-figure tab at Tiffany, and who’s been part of the Washington establishment for 32 years — this is the guy Teabaggers want to put in the White House.

Newt Gingrich Lied about That $300,000 He Took from Freddie & Fannie

by Gage Skidmore

At last night’s GOP presidential debate, after the candidates all took turns blaming the Bush Administration big gubmint for the financial crisis, John Harwood asked Newt what he did to earn $300,000 from Freddie & Fannie in 2006.

I have never done any lobbying, every contract that was written during the period when I was out of the office specifically said I would do no lobbying, and I offered advice. And my advice as a historian, when they walked in and said to me, we are now making loans to people who have no credit history and have no record of paying back anything, but that’s what the government wants us to do, is I said — I said to them at the time: This is a bubble. This insane. This is impossible.

Liar, liar.

Internal Freddie Mac budget records show $11.7 million was paid to 52 outside lobbyists and consultants in 2006. Power brokers such as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich were recruited with six-figure contracts. Freddie Mac paid the following amounts to the firms of former Republican lawmakers or ex-GOP staffers in 2006…

Pushing back, Freddie Mac enlisted prominent conservatives, including Gingrich and former Justice Department official Viet Dinh, paying each $300,000 in 2006, according to internal records.

Gingrich talked and wrote about what he saw as the benefits of the Freddie Mac business model.

Newt wasn’t paid over a quarter of a million dollars as a “historian.” But to be fair, he needed the money — that Tiffany bling ain’t cheap.

Right-Wingers Running “Little Bit Nutty, Little Bit Slutty” Playbook on Cain Accusers

Pictured: Herman Cain's accusers, reimagined by wingnuts. (by RodBegbie)

Knowing that wingnuts are experts at running the attack-the-messenger playbook, I was looking around this morning for how they’re reacting to the latest Pizza Guy accuser — and they didn’t disappoint.

NY Post:

Gold diggers — unite!

Sharon Bialek is 50, out of work and, according to one who knows her, she’s a smooth operator living way above her means.

Faux News:

[Pater] Doocy stated that Kraushaar had “a history of problems at work.” Doocy then described an Associated Press article that reported that Kraushaar had also made a complaint about unfair treatment at a subsequent job, three years after her complaint against Cain. Running underneath the report, on-screen text stated “A Serial Complainer?”

MacsMind:

I remember her as a time-waster, and rabble-rouser. If she didn’t get her way she cried about sexual harassment”.

Glenn Reynolds (quoting the Chicago-Sun Times):

“They hugged each other backstage in a full embrace like old friends. She grabbed his arm and whispered in his left ear. . . . ‘It looked sort of flirtatious.’”

Dick Morris:

“This woman is in search of money. … This woman has been unemployed for 13 years, and this is apparently payday. … I look forward to her spread in Playboy.

El Rushbo:

Gloria Allred says her name is Buy-A-Lick, as in [slurp, slurp] Buy-A-Lick…There’s no ‘R’ in the name so you can’t say it’s Rent-A-Lick.”

Yep, it’s Anita Hill all over again.

The Eternal Sunshine of Erick Erickson’s Mind

A man of few facts and many chins. (by Gage Skidmore)

Here’s CNN’s Erick Erickson, expertly handicapping the 2012 Republican presidential nominees’ chances against the president.

I do not really know, but have always liked Newt Gingrich. I think Newt Gingrich could beat Barack Obama.

(Latest Real Clear Politics poll average: Newt trails Obama by 10.7%.)

I know and like Rick Perry tremendously and I think that not only could he beat Barack Obama, but that he would beat Obama and be an excellent President conservatives would not feel the need to fight against every step of the way.

(Latest RCP average: the Secessionist trails Obama by 9.2%.)

I know and like Herman Cain tremendously and I think that should he survive this latest problem with his campaign, he would come out of it much, much stronger and could beat Barack Obama and be an excellent President.

(Latest RCP average: the Pizza Guy trails Obama by 7.4%.)

I really do believe that MItt [sic] Romney cannot beat Barack Obama.

(Latest RCP average: Willard trails Obama by…wait for it…1.7%. And Obama and Romney are currently tied in the swing states.)

Wingnuts: gleefully rejecting facts and empirical evidence since 1342.

Liz Cheney: Barack Obama Inherited a “Victory in Iraq”

Pictured: the Teabaggers' dream ticket (by JBrazito)

On Sunday, Liz Cheney got very snippy with Bob Schieffer for reporting on the Pizza Guy’s harassment scandal — and then dropped this whopper:

You know, Barack Obama likes to talk about what he inherited. He inherited a victory in Iraq. He inherited a triple-A bond rating. And right now you have got a situation where, frankly, he is going down the wrong path on all of these issues.

This is what Liz Cheney’s “victory” looks like: since Obama took office in 2009, 262 Americans have been killed in Iraq. And with regards to the other war her father screwed up, we’ve lost another 1,201 men and women.

And to this day, none of the bile-spewing, privileged spawn of Dick Cheney were actually doing any of the actual fighting and dying in either country.

As for the triple-A bond rating, that’s a bit like Hooverites bragging about how little debt FDR inherited in 1933.

John Boehner Thinks Saying Republicans Favor the Rich is “Very Unfair”

Pictured: John Boehner, looking out for the working man. (by Keith Allison)

Gosh, where would anyone get that idea?

House Speaker John Boehner disputes the notion that Republicans are “servants of the rich.”

“That’s very unfair,” Boehner said in an interview aired Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “Listen, I come from a family of 12. My dad owned a bar. I’ve got brothers and sisters on every rung of the economic ladder.”

I swept floors! I put myself through college! My grandfather was a sharecropper! I have lots of friends who are poor!

All those non sequiturs aren’t fooling anyone, Tan Man.

Two in three Americans say they believe Republicans in Congress favor the rich. Nine percent say they favor the middle class, while 2 percent say they favor the poor. Fifteen percent say Republicans in Congress treat all classes equally.

Obviously, two-thirds of the country doesn’t realize that Tan Man’s daddy once owned a bar.