BREAKING: Shadegg Out

Right-wing darling and GOP leadership also-ran John Shadegg (AZ) just announced that he is retiring from the House of Representatives.

Rep. Shadegg ran for Majority Leader and Minority Whip back in 2006; despite being the favored candidate of the far right, Shadegg lost both elections.

He previously tried to retire during the 2008 election cycle but the Republican leadership talked him out of it, leading to a somewhat-embarrassing flip-flop.

Rep. Shadegg becomes the 15th House Republican to retire this cycle.

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BREAKING: Sarah Palin, Fox News Contributor

America’s favorite quitbull with lipstick has found a new–and fitting–home: the Fox News network.

The New York Times reports:

Former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska has signed on as a contributor to the Fox News Channel.

The network confirmed that Ms. Palin will appear on the network’s programming on a regular basis as part of a multi-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ms. Palin will not have her own regular program, one person familiar with the deal said, though she will host an occasional series that will run on the network from time to time.

[Emphasis mine]

So, for the record, Sarah Palin abandoned the people of Alaska–the people who elected her to represent and serve them–in order to become a talking head on America’s shoddiest news network.

I guess being Governor was too hard for Palin–perhaps she’s hoping that being a talking head will be easier (and more lucrative).

And isn’t it funny how Palin attacked Barack Obama for being a political celebrity, yet she ended up quitting her political job to become an actual celebrity.

UPDATE: An interesting to note–Mike Huckabee got his own show; Sarah Palin didn’t. I wonder why that is.

Sarah Palin: Birther

Has this woman jumped the shark yet?

“Would you make the birth certificate an issue if you ran?” she was asked…

I think the public rightfully is still making it an issue. I don’t have a problem with that. I don’t know if I would have to bother to make it an issue, because I think that members of the electorate still want answers,” she replied.

“Do you think it’s a fair question to be looking at?” Humphries persisted.

I think it’s a fair question, just like I think past association and past voting records — all of that is fair game,” Palin said. “The McCain-Palin campaign didn’t do a good enough job in that area.”

[Emphasis mine]

Now Palin’s trying to walk this back:

Voters have every right to ask candidates for information if they so choose.

Yes, they do. Of course, only crazy people would use that right to ask about Obama’s birth certificate.

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McHypocrisy

Hey everyone, John McCain’s back! And lithate his GOP brethren, he’s grasping at straws to oppose the Democratic health care reform bill:

This afternoon, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) introduced the first Republican amendment to the Senate’s health care reform bill. The so-called ‘motion to commit’ would send the legislation back to the Senate Finance Committee and instruct that committee to remove the $491 billion in proposed reductions from Medicare and Medicaid program

Keep that $491 bn number in your head, it’s important.

Here’s an excerpt from McCain’s floor speech:

I will eagerly look forward to hearing from the authors of this legislation as to how they can possibly achieve a half a trillion dollars in cuts without impacting existing Medicare programs negatively and eventually lead to rationing of health care in this country. That is what this motion is all about. This motion is to eliminate those unwarranted cuts.

And here’s the kicker:

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2012: Huckabee Out?

It looks like the former Arkansas Governor/Fox News personality is leaning against another run for President in 2012:

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says he’s leaning slightly against running for president in 2012 but says it’s far too early to say what he will do.

Huckabee says how the 2010 congressional elections turn out will affect his decision. He also will be looking at whether the Republican Party is willing to unite behind him as a candidate.

Another consideration, Huckabee says, is the status of his weekly TV show on Fox News.

Given those factors, Huckabee says mounting another presidential bid is “less likely rather than more likely” at the moment.

[Emphasis mine]

Despite Huckabee’s popularity among evangelical Republicans, it’s highly unlikely he could beat someone of Sarah Palin’s caliber. In addition, his failed 2008 campaign would probably cast a shadow over any potential candidacy.

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Right-Wing Insanity

This is just crazy:

The new national poll from Public Policy Polling (D) has an astonishing number about paranoia among the GOP base: Republicans do not think President Obama actually won the 2008 election — instead, ACORN stole it.

[…]

The poll asked this question: “Do you think that Barack Obama legitimately won the Presidential election last year, or do you think that ACORN stole it for him?” The overall top-line is legitimately won 62%, ACORN stole it 26%.

Among Republicans, however, only 27% say Obama actually won the race, with 52% — an outright majority — saying that ACORN stole it, and 21% are undecided. Among McCain voters, the breakdown is 31%-49%-20%. By comparison, independents weigh in at 72%-18%-10%, and Democrats are 86%-9%-4%.

[Emphasis mine]

You read that right–a majority of Republicans believe Barack Obama did not legitimately win the 2008 election. They believe that, instead, the community organizing group ACORN stole it for him. Nearly twice as many Republicans believe the election was stolen than believe Obama legitimately won.

Remember, Obama won 2008 in a landslide–he won 53% to 46%, 365 electoral votes to McCain’s 173. For ACORN to have stolen the election, they would have had to manufacture more than 9.5 million votes–Obama’s national margin of victory. ACORN would have had to flip FL, OH, IN, NC, VA, NM, and IA from Republican to Democratic (those being the closest blue states which, combined, gave Obama an electoral vote majority).

I know the right is trying to make ACORN out into some kind of all-powerful left-wing boogeyman, but they’re just a community organizing group, and not a particularly well-funded one at that.

ACORN has received slightly more than $50 million in federal funds in the past 15 years, which averages out to slightly more than $66,000 per state per year–certainly not enough to build a national apparatus capable of stealing 9.5 million votes and 7 swing states.

Maybe this poll is horribly inaccurate, but if it isn’t than the GOP has gone off the deep end. Perhaps this kind of unhinged, off-the-wall craziness is why only 20% of Americans identify themselves as Republican.

NY-23 And The Slow Death Of The Republican Party

We have some more updates from the special election in NY’s 23rd Congressional district.

First, there’s another poll out showing Democrat Bill Owens beating both Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava and Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman:

If the election for Congress were held today, would you vote for Bill Owens, the Democrat, Dede Scozzafava, the Republican, or Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate?

Owens: 35%
Scozzafava: 30%
Hoffman: 23%
Undecided: 12%

Second…

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