As Mitt Romney gears up for the general election, he's bulking up his staff. One of his new hires is Richard Grenell, the Bush administration's spokesperson at the UN. While his new position is, ostensibly, "foreign affairs spokesperson," his Twitter feed tells a different story.
Grenell's main area expertise appears not to be international relations, but good ol' fashioned insult comedy…
Since the start of the year, Grenell has mocked the Gingriches over Newt's extramarital affairs, Callista's appearance and her demeanor on the campaign trail. Most recently, he cracked on March 13: "do you think callista's hair snaps on?"
His tweets on the Gingrich marriage(s) go back at least to January, when he tweeted during a Jan. 26 debate: "let’s have Newt rate all his wives…." And later in the same debate: "Newt: My 1st Lady knows what it's like to be 2nd and 3rd…." And then later: "Newt compliments all the wives proving he can’t pick just one 1st lady."
And his attacks weren't just limited to the Gingriches. Here are a few more (sexist) gems…
Forced to watch #msnbc on gym tv. The Rachel Maddow commercials can't possibly attract any viewers, aside from Bieber fans #DeadRinger
Hillary is starting to look liek Madeline Albright
if only air-brushing was permanent @viewofadam MT Jessica Simpson naked & pregnant requires too many words to write: bit.ly/zefpho
Republican PR guys — they're just like us! They insult Callista's hair! They call Jessica Simpson fat! They think Justin Bieber looks like a lesbian!
And, to be fair, making fun of the Gingriches is pretty much a national pastime at this point. With Grenell on staff, Mitt Romney won't have to wait for the White House Correspondents Dinner to get roasted. A lot of his tweets are actually pretty funny. Almost as funny as Newt Gingrich thinking he can still be president.
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Tags: Callista Gingrich, Comedians, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Primaries, Republicans, Richard Grenell, Science & Technology, Twitter
A clown, a comedian and a mind reader walk into a Las Vegas bar. The bartender says, "This joke is going to be really funny when the General Services Administration Inspector General's report is released…"
The chief of the General Services Administration resigned, two of her top deputies were fired and four managers were placed on leave Monday amid reports of lavish spending at a conference off the Las Vegas Strip that featured a clown, a mind reader and a $31,208 reception.
Among the "excessive, wasteful and in some cases impermissable" spending the inspector general documented: $5,600 for three semi-private catered in-room parties and $44 per person daily breakfasts; $75,000 for a "team-building" exercise — the goal was to build a bicycle; $146,000 on catered food and drinks; and $6,325 on commemorative coins in velvet boxes to reward all participants for their work on stimulus projects. The $31,208 "networking" reception featured a $19-per-person artisanal cheese display and $7,000 of sushi. At the conference's closing-night dinner, employees received "yearbooks" with their pictures, at a cost of $8,130.
I think the real problem here is that they only spent $3,200 on the mind reader. The government is always penny-wise and pound-foolish. For a slightly larger appropriation, they could have gotten a clairvoyant that would have foreseen this whole fiasco.
As for Administrator Martha Johnson, who is the official taking the fall for this, she had only arrived at the GSA in April 2010, while the conference took place in October. So in all seriousness, Johnson probably had little opportunity to put a stop to the affair, given how long in advance such events are planned.
Given the integrity she has shown in tendering her resignation, the best solution may be to put her in charge of the war in Afghanistan. If she only wastes $823,000 — the full cost of the Las Vegas conference — that would constitute just .27% of what the United States spends every single day on the Afghan war.
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Tags: Barack Obama, Comedians, Las Vegas, Money, Nevada
Rush Limbaugh and comedian Bill Maher are pretty far apart on the political spectrum. So, it was surprising to see Maher come to the defense of the right-wing radio demagogue for his offensive remarks about birth-control advocate Sandra Fluke.
Maher tweeted yesterday…
Hate to defend #RushLimbaugh but he apologized, liberals looking bad not accepting. Also hate intimidation by sponsor pullout
Listen, I like Bill Maher. He's a great political satirist. But it's hard not to cringe when when he drops a c-bomb or calls female politicians like Sarah Palin a "dumb twat" and a "bimbo." (Although, to be fair, Palin is totally a bimbo.)
Is this some kind of liberal double standard? Not at all. I'd rather have someone call me a bitch than treat me like one. And I'd much rather have someone call me a slut than deny me affordable health care.
Let's take the misogyny out of political commentary and keep it where it belongs — almost everywhere else in politics.
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Tags: Bill Maher, Comedians, Health Care, Men and Women, Rush Limbaugh, Sandra Fluke, Women's Rights
So many adorable little moments we've had poking fun at our capitalist overlords, and the middle-class white kids who are no doubt hours away from fundamentally altering American politics and economics for the better.
Here, the kids of South Park get a first-hand lesson in the tyranny of the dreaded 1%.
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South Park airs Wednesdays at 10:00/9:00c.
Tags: Colbert Super PAC, Comedians, Dick Armey, Eric Cantor, Halloween, Jon Stewart, Occupy Wall Street, Protesters, South Park, Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, Video, Workaholics
* Comedian Lee Camp's live stand-up performance at Occupy Wall Street.
* The official NSFW Anthony Weiner porn parody is finally here.
* Second City: Michele Bachmann's Make-Up Tutorial
* Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal: The White House acknowledges that mistakes were made in regards to SponchGate.
Tags: Anthony Weiner, Anthony Weiner's Penis, Comedians, Daily Links, Food, Michele Bachmann, Occupy Wall Street, Scott Brown, SMBC, The Onion, Transportation