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  • Newt Gingrich Just Ignoring the Press Now

    Newt GingrichLet's say you're a miserable failure of a presidential candidate and the press keeps reporting on how much of a miserable failure you are. How should you respond? Reshuffle your staff? Roll out some new ads? Go on a media blitz?

    Nope, just ban the press

    Newt Gingrich's campaign held a press availability after an appearance at Big Al's Seafood Restaurant in Houma. But national press weren't allowed in, only local media — a practice that the has become more common lately in Gingrichland.

    Campaign press secretary R.C. Hammond barred the national press corps from entering the avail, standing in front of the room where it was to be held. When reporters asked him why they weren't allowed in and local media were, Hammond responded, "Because you ask the same questions every day" and called them "complainers"…

    His objections, however, may be more to his own candidate's lack of discipline than to the press. Gingrich has been unable to avoid engaging in self-defeating monologues about obscure matters of process and personal grievance, and engaging in extended colloquies with television figures on the campaign trail.

    Newt's old beat reporters were always nagging him to announce where he was going everyday, to comment on controversial statements and explain why he wouldn't just drop out of the race. But these fresh new local reporters don't care about Newt's flaws. They just want to know how he likes it down there at the annual county gumbo cook-off.

    Given Newt's history of infidelity, the national press probably should have assumed he'd eventually start cheating on them with local reporters like this.

    Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Louisiana, Newt Gingrich, Politico, Primaries, Republicans
  • Does No One Care That Rick Santorum Leads in Louisiana?

    Rick Santorum

    Nope

    Rick Santorum is leading Mitt Romney with double digits in Louisiana, according to a new Rasmussen poll out of the state… Still, 73 percent of Lousiana Republicans have already resigned themselves to the idea that Mitt Romney will be the GOP nominee.

    Boy, you've got to hand it to Santorum for even staying in this thing. It's like he's in a boxing match, only his punches are mathematically worthless and the fight's already over and come on, Rick, what are you doing in that empty boxing ring?

    Or maybe a better analogy is that he's mountain climbing. And the summit represents the GOP nomination, and the people at base camp represent the GOP electorate, and they're all cheering him on and he's looking fresh and strong and, oh hell, Romney's already up there.

    Okay, one more. Santorum is a radically conservative politician who wants to strip women and LGBT people of all their rights and micromanage every facet of Americans' sex lives and turn the country into a theocracy in which his rigid moral compass is the only law. And lots of conservatives think that sounds just fine but, oh, thank God, Romney's already up there.

    Photo by Patrick Smith-Stringer/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Louisiana, Mitt Romney, Polls, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Santorum
  • Stephen Colbert on Rick Santorum's Wild Southern Night

    This sure must be an exciting time in the Santorum campaign HQ. I doubt anybody seriously thought he could pick up wins in states with ideologies so much more progressive than their candidate!

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    Coverage continues with chief swampland political analyst Kermit the Frog after the jump.

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    Tags: Alabama, American Samoa, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Mitt Romney, Muppets, Newt Gingrich, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report, Video
  • Buddy Roemer Quits GOP to be Ignored by Independents

    Buddy RoemerJust when you thought the Republican primary couldn't get any more exciting, Buddy Roemer has decided to run for president as an independent. So many questions come to mind. Like, who on earth is Buddy Roemer?

    He's the former one-term Louisiana governor whose quixotic bid to get invited to the GOP debates made him a political punch line. Well he's fed up being ignored as a Republican and is now determined to be ignored as an independent.

    Roemer made his big announcement in a statement released today

    As the GOP and the networks host debate number twenty-something this evening, they have once again turned their backs on the democratic process by choosing to exclude a former Governor and Congressman. I have decided to take my campaign directly to the American people by declaring my candidacy for Americans Elect.

    Also, after many discussions with The Reform Party, I am excited to announce my intentions of seeking their nomination. It is time to heal our nation and build a coalition of Americans who are fed up with the status quo and the partisan gridlock that infects Washington. Together, we will take on the special-interests that control our leaders and end the corruptive influence of money in politics so we can focus on America’s top priority — jobs.

    Unlike the other candidates, Buddy Roemer just wants to focus on jobs. Specifically, how he can get one. Because he really, really needs a job, or a hobby. Or just anything to distract him from this hopeless presidential bid.

    With his Republican credentials and support for the Occupy Wall Street movement, it's hard to predict whether Roemer will draw more votes from the right or left. But he's definitely got the support of that one annoying college friend who fills your Facebook feed with incoherent political rants and Bukowski quotes.

    Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Americans Elect, Buddy Roemer, Independent, Louisiana, Primaries, Republicans
  • House Republicans Solve Non-Existent Strip Club Problem

    Everyone knows that people on government assistance are just big welfare queens who go around having babies for fun and spending their taxpayer-funded income on gambling, booze and sex.

    Oh, wait. That's just a racist, classist myth perpetuated by conservatives to deny the working poor a minimum standard of living? Well, I guess nobody told GOP Rep. Charles Boustany Jr. of Louisiana

    A bill that GOP leaders are bringing to the House floor Wednesday would require states to prevent welfare recipients from accessing or spending their benefits at strip clubs, casinos and liquor stores.

    Republicans included the proposal in the payroll tax bill the House passed in December, and they are bringing it back up for a vote separately as part of a package of bills they want included in a final agreement extending the payroll tax cut and other measures through 2012.

    Rep. Charles Boustany Jr. (R-La.), the chief sponsor of the strip club loophole bill, said in an interview that the legislation was a response to press reports that recipients of benefits under the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program were using state-issued debit cards containing the funds for gambling, alcohol and adult entertainment.

    Tax dollars shouldn't be going to strip clubs—that's what Republican donor money is for. As most politicians know, it's only acceptable for a poor single mother to be at a strip club if she's onstage in a thong.

    To be fair, most wealthy Republican congressmen know nothing about the lives of struggling families. When declaring that they spend all their money on blackjack and strippers, Rep. Boustany just based the assumption on his own life. Perhaps the leaders of the Republican National Committee saw a poor family at one of their famous "Eyes Wide Shut" fundraising parties.

    Photo by Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call Group/Getty Images


    Tags: Economy, Gambling, House of Representatives, Louisiana, Poverty, Republicans, Sex, Taxes, Welfare