• Montana GOP Convention Features "Obama Outhouse," Newt Gingrich

    Since losing the Republican nomination to Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich has become a loyal campaign surrogate, requiring only that the "Romney campaign fund Gingrich's travel and lodging in Montana" in exchange for the former speaker's participation at a fundraising breakfast and a keynote speech delivered at the Montana Republican Convention.

    Gingrich hit on the usual themes — executive overreach by the Obama administration in exercising discretion over the deportation of undocumented youth, the tyranny of federal environmental regulation and the need for the United States to adopt a "21st century model," presumably so that Gingrich could sleep with it.

    But what made the Montana GOP convention different from all the other GOP conventions?  An outhouse labeled "Obama Presidential Library" parked outside Missoula's Hilton Garden Inn, where the gathering took place

    Nothing on the outhouse indicated who was responsible for it, although it made an appearance in the Memorial Day parade in Corvallis in Ravalli County.

    The outhouse was painted to look as though it had been riddled by bullets.

    Inside, a fake birth certificate for Barack Hussein Obama made reference to the disproven controversy over the president's origins. It was stamped "Bull– ." A graffito advised "For a Good Time call 800-Michelle (crossed out), Hillary (crossed out) and Pelosi (circled in red.)"

    State GOP Chairman Will Deschamps of Missoula said he didn't know who'd brought the outhouse, but dismissed it as "a sideshow."

    In other words, this convention had the distinction of hosting a large gas-filled thing AND an outhouse. Even for a state whose economy is geared toward resource-extraction, that many noxious fume-spewing things in one location amounts to overkill. No wonder the EPA is on Montana's back.

    Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Birthers, Montana, Newt Gingrich, Republicans


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