Republican Representative Thaddeus McCotter “will launch his presidential campaign on July 2, making him the third sitting member of the House to run for the White House in 2012,” USA Today reports.
“McCotter will make his bid official in his home state of Michigan.”
“I didn’t say that things are worse.”
– Mitt Romney, quoted by NBC News, backtracking from a comment about President Obama that he’s made repeatedly over the last month: “He did not cause this recession, but he made it worse.”
A new study from Northeastern University finds that the current economic recovery in the United States “has been unusually skewed in favor of corporate profits and against increased wages for workers,” the New York Times reports.
Since the recovery began in June 2009, “corporate profits captured 88 percent of the growth in real national income while aggregate wages and salaries accounted for only slightly more than 1 percent” of that growth.
It’s probably just a coincidence, but Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain will campaign this weekend in Winterset, Iowa, the birthplace of actor John Wayne, the Des Moines Register reports.
Representative Michele Bachmann made headlines earlier this week when her own reference to the actor was confused with serial killer John Wayne Gacy.
On Good Morning America, host George Stephanopoulos pointed out to Michele Bachmann — who earlier told CNN she wishes she “could be perfect every time I say something” but can’t — that she makes more false statements than any other GOP presidential race contender according to PolitiFact.
He then gave her an opportunity to clarify her statement concerning the founding fathers’ tireless efforts to end slavery.
Bachmann took advantage of opportunity… to dig a deeper hole for herself by claiming her statement is correct since “founding father” John Quincy Adams (nine years old in 1776), who was “most certainly was a part of the Revolutionary War era… worked throughout his life to make sure that we did in fact one day eradicate slavery.”
Don’t believe it?
Mazie Hirono is beating her drum over an endorsement.
You’d think it was something special.
It might have been – if she weren’t the only woman running for Dan Akaka’s senate seat.
Here’s a part of it:
I wanted you to be among the first to know today’s big news:
We just earned the official endorsement of EMILY’S List, the influential organization representing nearly 1 million Democrats — including thousands in Hawaii — dedicated to electing progressive, pro-choice, pro-working families women to Congress!
The EMILY’s List endorsement was pivotal in my 2006 race to represent the 2nd Congressional District of Hawaii, so I am honored that once again, EMILY’s List has endorsed my run for the U.S. Senate.
Receiving important endorsements from EMILY’s List as well as the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) and Laborers’ Local 386 so early on in a contested primary gives us a huge momentum boost on the eve of our first quarterly fundraising deadline.
No way we wrote this – it was too much work.
From the New York Times.
We edited the hell out of it because it was soooo long.
When his top campaign staff abandoned him not long ago, Newt Gingrich didn’t seem terribly surprised.
“Philosophically, I am very different from normal politicians,” he said.
“We have big ideas.”
The “we,” as Gingrich uses it here, is akin to the royal we — it’s what might be called the professorial we, employed when the intellectual and the ideas he generates merge to create an entity too large for a singular personal pronoun.
“Over my years in public life,” he writes in his latest book about how to save America, “I have become known as an ‘ideas man.’ ”
And we shouldn’t doubt it.
As I write, a stack of books tilts Pisa-like on my desk, each volume written by Gingrich and various co-authors.
I got out my tape measure the other day and discovered that the stack is precisely 15¼ inches high — a figure that does not include the various revised and expanded editions that I have had Whispernetted into my Kindle, along with the historical novels that Gingrich has published with a co-writer named William R. Forstchen: three fat books on the Civil War, three on World War II and a pair on the Revolutionary War. If I added these to my stack, it would be taller than the mayor of Munchkinland and much heavier.
“Did you see that video where a crying baby is handed to President Obama? As soon as the president holds the baby it stops crying. Do you know how rare that is these days, that a politician is handed a baby from a crowd and it’s not his?”
– Jay Leno
“That’s pretty amazing. The baby stopped crying as soon as the president held it. Obama should try that with John Boehner.”
– Jay Leno
“President Obama will be in New York tomorrow night for a fundraiser at the Broadway musical ‘Sister Act.’ Meanwhile, Sarah Palin will be in town to do some hunting at “The Lion King.’”
– Jimmy Fallon
“Earlier tonight President Obama gave his speech about Afghanistan. He’s starting a new phase in the military campaign called operation reelection.”
– Jay Leno
“President Obama announced this week that he is going to start sending out his own messages personally on Twitter. And today Anthony Weiner said, ‘It’s a trap, don’t do it!’ But President Obama’s tweets are a little different than Anthony Weiner’s. When Obama sends out pictures of something obscene, it’s the unemployment numbers.”
– Jay Leno