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  • The Return of Christine O'Donnell

    Could you even ask for a better pick-me-up on a kind of drab Monday afternoon?

    Christine O'Donnell, the tea party favorite whose unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate in 2010 was punctuated by a television ad proclaiming "I am not a witch," says she's considering another run to represent Delaware in 2014.

    "I think I owe that to my supporters, to at least consider a run," O'Donnell told Delaware Online. "People sacrificed. Not only came out of their comfort zone – sacrificed to work hard in order to win the primary. And I think that I owe it to them to give it every consideration."

    You do! You totally owe it to them. And what's more, you owe it to people like me. People who rely on politicians like O'Donnell to pay their rent and put food on their families.

    The way I see it, the day that she went on television and opened up her mouth and started decrying the evil of masturbation and sunbathing, she made an implicit promise to America that she would never take her very special brand of crazy away from us. And where has she been for the past two years? What are we all to do with this Christine O'Donnell-shaped hole in our hearts?

    I demand that Christine O'Donnell run for office of some sort every year, from now until we get tired of her. Or until it looks like she might win.

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    Tags: Christine O'Donnell, Delaware, Senate, Tea Party
  • From the Pork Barrel: The Joy of Tithing

    * Ann Romney says she loves giving tithing 10 percent of the family income to the Mormon Church so much that she cries. Her husband responded, "So do I, but for a different reason." Now that is an actual joke. I think.

    * Todd Akin has promised the people of Missouri that he will hang himself limply from Mitt Romney's neck like an albatross all the way till November!

    * A Tea Party state legislator who was warned the people of Maryland of how homosexuals will hurt our children got drunk and crashed his boat into another boat full of kids. Is this his way of coming out?

    * Download our free iPhone and iPad app Indecision Election Companion and jump up into the the Peanut Gallery — our liveblog/instant reaction arena — to watch and respond with us as Jeb Bush and John McCain sit down with David Gregory to discuss probably a bunch of Republican stuff on NBC's Meet the Press.

    Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: ann, Jeb Bush, John McCain, LGBT, Maryland, Meet the Press, Mitt Romney, Mormon, Pork Barrel, State Legislature, Tea Party, Todd Akin
  • Quote Unquote: The Rightening of the Right

    GOP congressperson Richard Hanna on the current state of the Republican Party


    "I have to say that I'm frustrated by how much we — I mean the Republican Party — are willing to give deferential treatment to our extremes in this moment in history… We render ourselves incapable of governing when all we do is take severe sides."


    That's just the sort of thing I'd expect to hear from a traitor to the cause.

    Tags: House of Representatives, Quote Unquote, Republicans, Richard Hanna, Tea Party
  • Debt Ceiling Battle for Fiscal Conservatism Cost About $1.3 Billion

    Capitol dome, Washington DCAs the country careens headlong into its second great debt ceiling talking point throwdown in as many years, it's worth a moment's pause to look back and reflect upon the stunning success which was last summer's debt ceiling fight

    The last-minute drama of August's debt-limit fight cost the federal government at least $1.3 billion in increased borrowing costs, according to a new study from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

    The government watchdog reported Monday that as markets watched the debt-limit fight, the spread between government debt and private securities narrowed, indicating Treasury debt was being viewed as a riskier investment as the ceiling approached.

    And the ultimate cost of the fight could be higher, as the GAO's analysis did not account for the multiyear costs associated with Treasury bonds that will remain in the market beyond fiscal 2011.

    What, you think this is a problem? This isn't a problem. There is a very easy, fiscally conservative solution to this monetary discrepancy that I'm certain the members of the congressional Tea Party caucus can get behind: Promise not to pay this either. Just go on television and make a bunch of loud sounds in front of flapping flags. And then refuse to cast a vote for anything that could be construed as repayment of that $1.3 billion.

    It worked last time, didn't it?

    Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Debt, Economy, House of Representatives, Money, Tea Party
  • GOP Governor Not Nearly Bigoted Enough for Tennessee GOP Groups

    By most lights, Tennessee's conservative Republican Governor Bill Haslam should be a popular figure among the Tea Party right.

    He signed HB 3621, also known as the Granting Pornographers a Monopoly on Sex Education Act, which forbid schools from discussing "gateway" sexual activities during abstinence-only sex-ed courses. He allowed the adoption of a "Monkey Bill," exciting thousands of Tennessee schoolchildren with the possibility that Biology classes will be spent watching nature documentaries like The Flintstones.

    But not all conservative are happy with the governor. Has he raised taxes? Praised Obamacare? Did he fail to be sufficiently enthusiastic when asked, "How awesome is Ronald Reagan?"

    No. He did hire Samar Ali — a Tennessee native, Vanderbilt law graduate and recent White House Fellow — to serve in the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development as part of  a focus on expanding the state’s overseas exports. Creeping Sharia, cried several county GOP groups, who passed resolutions condemning the hire…

    WHEREAS, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has elevated and/or afford preferential political status to Sharia adherents in Tennessee, thereby aiding and abetting the advancement of an ideology and doctrine which is wholly incompatible with the Constitution of the United States and the Tennessee Constitution.

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Williamson County Republican Party hereby opposes Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's formation of and partnership with the Tennessee American Muslim Advisory Council; and therefore be it further

    RESOLVED that the Williamson County Republican Party hereby opposes Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s recent appointment of a Shariah compliant finance expert to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development…

    How come Creeping Sharia never makes an appearance in my yard? It must be a very fickle vine, needing constant fertilization with bullshit and being kept out of direct exposure to reality.

    Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

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    Tags: Bill Haslam, Islam, Religion, Republicans, Tea Party, Tennessee