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For all the talk about Americans wanting the election to be over, Bill Maher says he doesn’t want it to end.
“New rule: Stop telling me you want this election to be over,” the host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” said on his program Friday. “This one has been like watching Donald Trump losing a hockey fight. I know it has to end, I just don’t want it to.”
And with just days to go until Tuesday, Maher said Mitt Romney has shifted so far to the center since the Republican primaries that he might end up an entirely different person.
“By Tuesday he’ll be insisting that he’s always been a staunchly pro-gay Unitarian, who hates corporations, is proud of his Latino heritage and doesn’t want old white men telling him what he can’t do with his vagina,” Maher joked.
That’s could be in part because Romney is not human, Maher explained.
“2012 might be the one election where one candidate was suspected of not being born in America and the other was suspected of not being born on Earth,” Maher said.
He concluded: “If it’s Obama, America wins. If it’s Romney, comedy wins.”
- Bill Maher Warns Romney Supporters: ‘Black People Know Who You Are and They Will Come After You’ (newsbusters.org)
- Maher: ‘If It’s Obama, America Wins. If It’s Romney, Comedy Wins.’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Outrageous!… Bill Maher to Romney Voters: “Black People Know Who You Are and They Will Come After You” (Video) (thegatewaypundit.com)
- Bill Maher: By Tuesday, Romney will be insisting he, ‘doesn’t want old white men telling him what he can’t do with his vagina.’ (politicususa.com)
- Bill Maher Warns Voters: If You Elect Romney, ‘You’re Electing Every Right Wing Nut He’s Pandered To’ (mediaite.com)
- Maher pans Fox News ‘bias alert’ (politico.com)
- Three Days Ahead Of Election, Candidates Tied Reuters Finds; Bill Maher Jokes (zerohedge.com)
- Maher: If ‘shameless weather vane’ Romney wins, ‘comedy wins’ (rawstory.com)
- Bill Maher Recaps The Highs, The Lows, And The Empty Chairs Of The 2012 Campaign (mediaite.com)
- Maher: Mitt would be a freakshow (politico.com)
Lisa Ann, Sarah Palin-Impersonating Porn Star, Talks Obama, Upcoming Show In Tampa For RNC
| By Nick Wing Posted: 08/23/2012
Lisa Ann, a porn star perhaps best known for her role as a Sarah Palin look-alike in an adult film series, is happy to be reprising her role as the former Alaska governor this weekend in Tampa, Fla., ahead of the Republican National Convention. That said, she’s quick to admit her performance won’t match Julianne Moore’s in HBO’s “Game Change.”
“But [my performance] is not like how amazing it was with HBO’s Game Change, where you really thought it was Palin half way through the movie, it was so good,” Ann told the Miami New Times‘ Cultist blog. “Porn stars don’t really prepare that way. I’m not really an actress. I’m just a mattress actress. I don’t have an acting coach or days to prepare for my role or anything like that.”
These days it seems like even “mattress actresses” — and actors, for that matter — can’t avoid stepping into politics. In May, former President Bill Clinton drew some attention after posing for a picture with porn stars at a fundraiser in Monaco. And earlier this month, porn mogul and one-time adult film star Jenna Jameson took a more involved route, endorsing GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, saying, “When you’re rich, you want a Republican in office.” Her decision came on the heels of comments by porn star Ron Jeremy, who praised Romney, but said President Barack Obama would get his vote.
Asked where she stood on the current presidential election, Lisa Ann expressed reluctance to give an outright endorsement, but she did provide some broader thoughts on politics.
“That’s the wonderful thing about our country: everybody is entitled to their own opinion,” she said. “With politics, it’s kinda like religion. You shouldn’t judge people on it. But it’s unfortunate that some people just look at taxes. That’s the one thing they ride on when it comes to politics. Sometimes you need to do a little more homework than that. I’m not going to knock anyone for their choices. I’m pro-Obama. And sure, we would like to pay less taxes, but the beautiful thing about wealth is that there is nothing wrong with sharing it and being able to provide a better country over all.”
All in all, Lisa Ann said she’d prefer to stick to the adult entertainment aspect of her involvement around this year’s RNC, even if it was simple.
“I don’t go out there and recite any dialogue,” she explained. “I don’t act anything out. I don’t have any major props. It’s a traveling gig so you’re pretty limited in what you can bring. You just kinda get naked. It’s a strip club! Why is a woman sitting up there and doing anything else?”
Lisa Ann will perform twice a night on Friday, Aug. 24 and Saturday, Aug. 25 at Thee Dollhouse in Tampa. She says she expects a packed house, including, but not limited to, Republicans in town for the convention. The real Sarah Palin was not offered a speaking role at the RNC.
- Lisa Ann, Sarah Palin-Impersonating Porn Star, Talks Obama, Upcoming Show In Tampa For RNC (huffingtonpost.com)
- Sarah Palin’s Porn Doppelganger To Perform At Tampa Strip Club During RNC (tampa.cbslocal.com)
- Sarah Palin’s Porn Double Will Be At The Republican National Convention (thesuperficial.com)
- Tampa strip clubs getting webcams, ‘Nailin’ Paylin’ Sarah Palin lookalike stripper for RNC (miamiherald.typepad.com)
- Sarah Palin’s Porn Double To Grace Republican National Convention (socialitelife.com)
- Florida Club Hires Sarah Palin Look-Alike for Republican National Convention (complex.com)
- Strip Club Hires Sarah Palin Lookalike Just in Time for Republican National Convention [Rogue Rules] (jezebel.com)
- Letting Sarah Speak (askmarion.wordpress.com)
- Mitt Romney Is Decadent & Depraved (seattleweekly.com)
- The Obama Campaign Declares Sarah Palin Mentally Incompetent (mbcalyn.com)
In an exclusive interview, Michael Dukakis reacts to a week of Poppy Bush puffery
On his way out of the White House nearly 20 years ago, George H.W. Bush expressed confidence that “history will be kind” to a presidency that 63 percent of voters wanted over after a single term. More than ever, it looks like he’ll get his wish.
The former president turned 88 this week, an occasion that was celebrated with a on Thursday night and a from Maureen Dowd in last Sunday’s New York Times. Soon there will be a biography from Jon Meacham, who told Dowd that the country is now in a period of “Poppy chic.”
This is the image of the first Bush presidency that seems to be taking hold: an uncommonly decent and principled man – “the last gentleman,” Meacham – who preferred doing the right thing to doing the politically expedient thing. And there’s a lot to be said for it.
Bush kept his cool while the Berlin Wall fell, minimizing the potential for a violent Soviet response, gently but insistently nudged Britain and France toward accepting a reunited Germany, and assembled a genuine international coalition to prosecute a war – and showed restraint when it was over. And on the domestic front, he signed the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Clean Air Act of 1990 and went to war with his own party to raise taxes in 1990 – a key step on the path to the budget surpluses of the late ‘90s.
But there’s also a risk that the other side of the Bush 41 story might get lost in this reassessment. And no one knows that other side better than the man who vied for the presidency with Bush 24 years ago.
“I wouldn’t say that that was a gentlemanly campaign,” Michael Dukakis told me this week.
Bush’s 1988 effort was masterminded by two notorious operatives. His media man, Roger Ailes, had channel the late-‘60s civil rights backlash among blue-collar whites into a winning strategy, while campaign manager Lee Atwater was an accomplished dirty trickster.
When Dukakis built a double-digit lead in the spring of 1988 – hard as it is to believe now, there was such a thing as Reagan fatigue – the Bush team unleashed an ugly, relentless and intensely personal assault on the Massachusetts governor. Aspersions on the patriotism of Dukakis — “card-carrying member of the ACLU” — were cast, and his reverence for the flag and the Pledge of Allegiance were challenged. Most infamous was the racially charged , which was aired by an “independent” group that took its marching orders from Atwater. At one point, Dukakis’ then-85-year-old mother, Euterpe, who had come to America from Greece as a child, stepped forward to accuse Bush of “trying to divide us people, presumably because [Dukakis] is a first generation American who probably, possibly, doesn’t love the flag quite so much.”
Bush was widely panned for running a gutter, substance-free campaign, but his bottom-line calculation was right and he won the November election with ease. Dukakis is philosophical about what happened.
“He’s the guy who hired those guys – Ailes and Atwater and that stuff,” he said. “You’ve got to live with that. But as far as I’m concerned, when it’s over, it’s over. The question is, OK, what kind of a president was he?”
On this front, Dukakis agrees that Bush deserves some recognition by historians, but stresses that the praise should be limited.
“Bush was an interesting guy,” he said. “Not a great president, but a thoughtful and responsible foreign policy president. I didn’t like what he did domestically, and I guess the country didn’t either. That’s why they didn’t reelect him.
“But I thought on the foreign policy side he was a guy with balance and good judgment, and what we normally expected from moderate Republicans when it came to foreign policy. He had some good people around him – guys like [James] Baker and [Brent] Scowcroft. And obviously, he played a major role in the end of the Cold War. Exercised what I thought was admirable restraint when a lot of right-wing yahoos were urging him to go to Baghdad and eliminate Saddam Hussein and take over there.”
The Bush 41 presidency coincided with a recession, which ruined the astronomical poll numbers that Bush racked up after the early 1991 Gulf War and led to his loss to Bill Clinton. As president, Bush blamed a global slowdown and inaction by a Democratic Congress for the downturn, but voters tuned him out – rightfully so, Dukakis says.
“I thought we needed a much stronger, more aggressive effort, and we just never got it.”
How might a Dukakis presidency have been different?
“Hey, I’m a guy that believes in activist government,” he said, noting some of the innovative work that he, Bill Clinton and other Democratic governors did in the 1980s.
“Clinton and I and a bunch of younger Democratic governors were doing all kinds of stuff on the economic front at the state level, because we thought that was an important thing to do. On the healthcare front, I mean I would have been pushing, pushing, pushing for decent, affordable healthcare to working people and their families. I mean, we never got that out of Bush. There were just a whole series of things that I would have attempted to do as part of a good, strong, activist agenda — not unlike the things Clinton did.”
A few weeks after the ’88 campaign ended, Bush and Dukakis met for a public show of unity and a brief private meeting. Beyond that Dukakis says he’s had no meaningful contact with his old foe since their campaign (although he did receive a friendly note after agreeing to be interviewed by Bush’s daughter Dorothy for a ). He also never heard from any of the Bush hatchet men who carved him up – except Atwater, who conveyed some words of contrition through an intermediary as he lay dying of a brain tumor in 1991.
Of the legacy Bush deserves, Dukakis said: “There were a number of things he did that his predecessor, Reagan, did not do. But on the domestic front, it was not an impressive administration.”
- “Not a great president” (salon.com)
- The George H.W. Bush Renaissance (washingtonian.com)
- Happy birthday, Poppy! Bush 41 turns 88 (khou.com)
- George H.W. Bush honored in ’41′; special HBO documentary screening in Maine (examiner.com)
- George H.W. Bush not a Bieber fan (politico.com)
- Former MA Gov. Michael Dukakis: Romney’s MA Gov. Tenure Was A ‘Disaster’ (mediaite.com)
- President George H.W. Bush on Life and Lasting Friendships (abcnews.go.com)
- Spiked Bush Head Appeared in Game of Thrones (newser.com)
- In New Documentary, A Usually Reticent George H.W. Bush Has Harsh Words For Ross Perot (mediaite.com)
- The other “I” (prairieweather.typepad.com)
Sarah Palin’s foolishness ruined U.S. politics
By Richard Cohen, Published: March 12
At some point while watching HBO’s absolutely smashing (and terrifying) movie “Game Change,” it occurred to me that Sarah Palin has ruined America. The movie has been scalloped out of the book by the same name and focuses on Palin, rather than on the entire 2008 presidential campaign. The decision to do so was absolutely correct. With her selection as John McCain’s running mate, American politics lost its way — and maybe its mind as well.
The movie portrays Palin as an ignoramus. She did not know that Queen Elizabeth II does not run the British government, and she did not know that North and South Korea are different countries. She seemed not to have heard of the Federal Reserve. She called Joe Biden “O’Biden” and she thought America went to war in Iraq because Saddam Hussein, not al-Qaeda, had attacked on Sept. 11, 2001. Not only did she know little, but she was determinately incurious and supremely smug in her ignorance.
At the same time, she was a liar. In the movie, she was called exactly that by McCain’s campaign chief, Steve Schmidt, who came to realize — a bit late in the game — that one of Palin’s great talents was to deny the truth. When confronted, she simply shuts down — petulant, child-like — and then sulks off.
Palin objects to this characterization — as does McCain — but the movie has been endorsed by too many of Palin’s top campaign aides to put its veracity in doubt. Some of them had come to revile the Alaska governor — enough to leak some awful facts but not quite enough to go public. Had the election been really close, I wonder if they would have run out into the street yelling that Palin — a heartbeat away from the possible presidency — was a monster. Everybody loves their country. Some people love their careers even more.
All this is now history, I want to say. But then I must instantly correct myself. ApresPalin has come a deluge of dysfunctional presidential candidates. They do not lie with quite the conviction of Palin, but they are sometimes her match in ignorance. As with Palin, it seemed hardly to matter. Herman Cain for a while was a front-runner. He had a nonsensical tax plan, zero knowledge of foreign affairs and had never held elective office. Yet, for a brief but terrifying moment, many Republicans were saying he should be the next president of the United States.
Michele Bachmann told a touching fib about vaccinations and Rick Perry did not know squat about who governs Turkey, a NATO ally and a vitally important Middle East power. He got wrong the number of justices on the Supreme Court — he said eight — and could not remember a Cabinet department he had vowed to eliminate.
Rick Santorum knows his stuff, but his stuff includes a wild denunciation of John F. Kennedy’s famous speech about the proper role of religion in public life and a characterization of President Obama as a snob for extolling the value of college. Newt Gingrich has the wattage to be president, but so does Hannibal Lecter, if you get my drift. As for Ron Paul, he appears to be running for president of some theme park.
I have excluded Mitt Romney from my list of fools and knaves. (He has other problems.) But there once was a time when Romney would not have stood out as the only candidate who knew something about the issues that confront a president. Since Palin, though, ignorance has become more than bliss. It’s now an attribute, an entire platform: Vote for me, I know nothing and hate the same things you do.
Palin is no longer an anomaly. McCain didn’t choose her for her intellectual or experiential qualities, nor because he was geographically or ideologically balancing the ticket. She was an antiabortion woman with a pulse: Enough! She, like the out-of-nowhere Obama, had the stuff of celebrity — the snap, the dazzle, the self-assurance, the sex appeal. She didn’t need to dance with a star. God told her she already was one.
So far, the Palin effect has been limited to the GOP. Surely, though, there lurks in the Democratic Party potential candidates who have seen Palin and taken note. Experience, knowledge, accomplishment — these no longer may matter. They will come roaring out of the left proclaiming a hatred of all things Washington, including compromise. The movie had it right. Sarah Palin changed the game.
- A Brutal Assessment of Sarah Palin (theroot.com)
- ‘Game Change’ tells core truth about Sarah Palin and US politics – Los Angeles Times (latimes.com)
- Steve Schmidt: Palin as President ‘Frightens Me’ (newser.com)
- Try Sarah Palin’s Hair! (Or Michelle’s, Or Cindy’s, Or Hillary’s) (bellasugar.com)
- Fmr. McCain Aide on ‘Game Change’: Palin Presidency ‘Frightens Me’ (crooksandliars.com)
- Is Sarah Palin Overpaying Her Makeup Artist? (bellasugar.com)
- Julianne Moore’s Portrayal Of Sarah Palin Is Award Worthy [Video] (inquisitr.com)
- Steve Schmidt: Palin as President ‘Frightens Me’ – Former McCain strategist calls ‘Game Change’ ‘very accurate’ (tribuneofthepeople.com)
- Ex-McCain Strategist: Palin Presidency ‘Frightens Me’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- How Can McCain “Game Change” the Palin Legacy? (prverdict.com)