GOP’s Latest Embarrassments: Freshman Fundraiser and Sarah Palin

The Michael Steele trainwreck is a thing of the near past, and his misdeeds are now eclipsed by a double  wallop: An expensive fundraiser for GOP freshmen Congress people, and what at least is being speculated on as being a warming towards the LGBT community.

The GOP fundraiser designed to feather the nests of  GOP freshmen for the 2012 elections was conceived by incoming Rep. Jeff Denham of California, a two-time State Senator,  and features House Speaker-elect John Boehner on the invite– though the dandy-but-manly Orange Crush will not be attending the $2,500 per person ticket affair to be held at the W Hotel reports Politico. However lobbyists will be attending, along with political action committee members and other GOP supporters who will be gobbling the canapes. And some may even shell out for the $500K package that includes tickets for eight and a VIP suite at the W (was that hotel chosen to make the location easy to remeber or as a tribute to the two former presidents/POTUSES/POTI?).

Denham of course will benefit from the fundraiser since it helps fill his reelection coffers as well as those of the 86 other wet-behind-the-ears Congresspeople.  Denham has been working with the National Republican Congressional Committee to help raise dough for the newcomers and created a leadership PAC which funneled $100K to the NRCC. Only eleven newbies have joined the committee, and a number have declined the offer.

Wait, $2,500 aticket? That’s 2.5x higher than Nancy Pelosi’s 2008 freshman prom where tickets were $1000. Okay, yeah there’s the increased cost of living,  but seriously I didn’t think things were that out of control!  And aren’t the Republicans supposed to be all about austerity and stuff like government spending?  Oh, but it’s okay to spend a lot to get into government. I see…and granted  the GOP has proposed $35 million spending cuts in the Congressional budget, which will reduce staff size and office supplies, but still that

Well, what do you get for that ticket? A performance by that anti-GOP-envisioned family values singer LeAnn Rimes who recently performed a number of songs (including one in a sexy Santa outfit) with the Gay Mens Chorus of Los Angeles and earlier this year confessed to an extra-marital affair. Hey, maybe it’s the GOP’s way to lure more free thinkers and libertines into the Grand Old Party.

Several news sources (including my own local teevee channel KTLA which  has great coverage of car chases) have speculated that Sarah Palin may becoming more free thinking in her views of the LGBT community.  She retweeted the following message from openly lesbian NRA member and conservative commentator Tammy Bruce:

Bruce says she was not commenting on DADT, but rather tweeted this remark in response to the recently publicized videos shown aboard the USS Enterprise several years ago, made by now-recently-relieved-of-command Navy Capt. Owen Honors when he was aircraft carrier’s second-in-command. The videos included gay slurs, homoerotic shower scenes,  and really dumb bad acting by creepy Capt Honors himself.

(Side note: if the diversity-dishonoring Honors was second-in-command, how did the first-in-command feel about the videos? Why did he allow Honors to continue to make them? Isn’t that giving tacit okay on that attitude, and what has happened to him?).

Conservatives4Palin are making the case that Bruce’s tweet is more a comment on society and psychology than of stance on DADT, DOMA, ENDA and other LGBTQ issues.

The people Bruce is mocking are those on the right and the left who spend every waking hour of their day thinking about homosexuality. In the same way that someone is not necessarily anti-gay if he or she opposes repeal of DADT and civil unions, someone isn’t necessarily endorsing homosexuality if he or she supports repeal of DADT and civil unions.

Speaking of psychology, here’s a  clue for Conservatives4Palin: “Complaining about” is very different than “thinking about.”

45 Responses to "GOP’s Latest Embarrassments: Freshman Fundraiser and Sarah Palin"
Lisa Derrick | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:04 pm 1

Happy New Years, welcome to Congress!


Margaret | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:07 pm 2

Lisa! Welcome Congress. Go home now.


DrDick | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:08 pm 3

Happy New Year, Lisa!

You presume that the Goopers are even capable of embarrassment, which the available evidence suggests is not possible.


EvilDrPuma | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:11 pm 4

Note that we haven’t heard any of the Tea Party Dumbos actually criticize this $2,500-a-head fundraising shit. Guess we know now how long it takes to corrupt a Congressperson…namely, no time at all.


Margaret | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:13 pm 5
In response to EvilDrPuma @ 4

They start off corrupt. Especially the Republicans. Though they certainly don’t hold the monopoly on it.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:15 pm 6

Yet Pelosi’s rubbed people the wrong way (tho those people might have just been fox news and assorted conmedia who complaints are broadcast loudly across the land.

I guess the spin is kinda, why is this okay whne one party does, and not when another does, and BTW, LeeAnn, what you thinking? Like pay check? Or maybe she is hoping to change their hearts and minds which would be rad!


hackworth1 | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:16 pm 7

Looking under beds. Homos? WTF?

Why do Conservatives consider looking under beds to be a solution for anything?

Looking and tapping toes under bathroom stalls, looking under beds, sneak and peek in sock and underwear drawers, checking for birth control pills and condoms. Forced births for rape and incest.

Bombing the life out of brown-skinned-furrin-non-Christians.

And no goddamn social support.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:18 pm 8
In response to EvilDrPuma @ 4

While the TP isn’t saying much, the politico article linked above does speak with several conservative who think the fund raiser in bad form. And Boehner isn’t going..hmmm


jayt | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:20 pm 9
In response to Margaret @ 5

Though they certainly don’t hold the monopoly on it.

Yeah, my mom has been saying that for years.

Frosted my ass when, just today, I had to concede her point.

dammit.


hackworth1 | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:24 pm 10
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 6

The Media called attention to the Pelosi Party and Pelosi jet setting.

The Media will not call attention to the Rethug party.

The Media is salivating over the potential for JEB to run. Will he or won’t he gift us with his magnificence? Now or 2016? The smart Bush is such a tease. Please JEB. Lead us from the wilderness.

Gag me with a spoon.


CTuttle | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:25 pm 11
In response to Margaret @ 2

Go home now.

Well, that’s not being very neighborly, Peg…! ;-)


FreeRepublik | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:27 pm 12

There’s no reason or coherent logic behind Palin’s thoughts and tweets. This RT was not a wise tactical move or a mistake–it was just another dumb thing she did without thinking. Mavericks don’t think, damnit!


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:28 pm 13
In response to hackworth1 @ 10

So, wait the media isn’t controlled by the liburuls after all? A liburul media should be praisin’ Pelosi and dissin’ the GOP! I am all turned aroudn like Alice down the wabbit hole.


EvilDrPuma | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:31 pm 14
In response to CTuttle @ 11

And she’s in Texas. Imagine how people in Washington feel about it.


OldFatGuy | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:35 pm 15

Getting an error on the link about “sexy Santa Claus outfit.”

Very disappointing. :)


DrDick | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:36 pm 16
In response to EvilDrPuma @ 14

Yes, but if they all go home, she will have to deal with half of them there.


Margaret | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:37 pm 17
In response to jayt @ 9

Frosted my ass when, just today, I had to concede her point.

Just today? Well, welcome aboard. :)


Suzanne | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:38 pm 18

the sexy santa link is fixed


Margaret | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:38 pm 19
In response to CTuttle @ 11

I figure being neighborly isn’t necessary with lizards.


DrDick | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:40 pm 20
In response to Margaret @ 19

Please do not insult lizards like that. They are naturally cold blooded. Goopers work at it.


Margaret | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:41 pm 21
In response to DrDick @ 20

Hmmm good point. At least lizards have an excuse.


jayt | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:42 pm 22
In response to Margaret @ 17

Just today? Well, welcome aboard. :)

yeah…. well I’m a hard-ass.

and possibly delusional.


jo6pac | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:42 pm 23

I’m sorry but why is this news? This just the new normal for repugs. F%#K the little people because the new ones in congress (the best money could buy) are no longer the teaparty of the white masses. This goes for demodogs also, nothing new here please move along.

Time for bed, for me.


Margaret | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:44 pm 24
In response to jayt @ 22

Nah…I figure you’re just a good soul who wants to believe. I used to be just like that.


Margaret | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:45 pm 25
In response to jo6pac @ 23

Well considering it’s a blog post rather than a news item, I figure that the way you categorize it is irrelevant. have a good night though. :)


CTuttle | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:45 pm 26
In response to DrDick @ 20

*heh* Not when they’re ogling the likes of LeAnne Rimes… Shoot, if I had $50k to blow, she’d be tops on my list…! ;-)


OldFatGuy | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:47 pm 27
In response to jayt @ 22

That could define me to a T. If you just changed the second “h” to an “l”.


jo6pac | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:50 pm 28
In response to Margaret @ 25

To me this is the news and thank you for the good night;)


Margaret | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:50 pm 29
In response to OldFatGuy @ 27

LMAO!


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:52 pm 30

Thabks Suzanne!


Suzanne | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:53 pm 31
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 30

i fixed the retweeted link to show palin’s twitter feed too


DrDick | Tuesday January 4, 2011 08:59 pm 32

Think I will toddle off. That cold still has me down and I think I will curl up under the covers and try to sleep it off. Take care all.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday January 4, 2011 09:00 pm 33
In response to DrDick @ 32

Night Dr Dick!


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday January 4, 2011 09:12 pm 34

The Palin/Bruce tweets are very odd.


onitgoes | Tuesday January 4, 2011 09:29 pm 35

Nothing to see here. Move along now. Please don’t call attention to the fact of GOPer hypocrisy … Yet again. If I only had nickle for every time my conservative friends & family bitched about Pelosi. Sheesh. IOKIYAR.


EdwardTeller | Tuesday January 4, 2011 09:37 pm 36
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 34

And the way they handle Tammy at the Sea of Pee is remarkable. They fetishize her, and always embed Bruce videos that mention Palin favorably. Yet, having looked at a number of these over the past 18 months or so, the commenters don’t have any clues as to what Tammy Bruce really stands for.

I must say, Lisa, something about your early writings on Palin put me off. I’m not sure what it was, but probably it had to do with my being defensive from living in Wasilla. However, I’ve come to appreciate your essays on her, and thank you for doing such a fine job.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday January 4, 2011 09:47 pm 37
In response to EdwardTeller @ 36

Thank you. Very, very much.


EdwardTeller | Tuesday January 4, 2011 09:55 pm 38
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 37

ET bows toward Lisa.

I really, really hope the clan moves to Arizona. I can’t bring myself to be more serious about Palin than things like this.


tanbark | Tuesday January 4, 2011 09:56 pm 39

LeAnn’s a sweetheart, for laying it out there.

She’s “broadened” her fan base and doing less country, but it’s still courageous.

And now, can we spare a thought for Earl Scruggs, the great bluegrass banjo player, nearly 40 YEARS AGO when he put his career and his popularity with a decidedly conservative fan-base, on the line, to speak out against the war in Vietnam, with Joan Baez and other musicians and celebrities.

I cried, too, LeAnn. :o)


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday January 4, 2011 10:00 pm 40
In response to tanbark @ 39

Gods bless Scruggs!


tanbark | Tuesday January 4, 2011 10:02 pm 41

I trust Palin’s “awakening” about as far as I can throw a dumpster full of moose shit.

She knows damn well that her bible-zombie/flat-earth chin-drool scares the hell out of way too many people to ever have a chance at becoming preznint, or probably, getting the GOP nomination to run.

That Youtube clip of her when she was running for Governor of Alaska in 2006, saying that she would support a change in Alaskan law to force women who are pregnant from rape or incest to carry to term, is still up. It’s like a mine-canary for when and if she decides to run. For her to do that, it’s got to come down, and she’s got to eat that craziness. Let’s watch, shall we? :o)


tanbark | Tuesday January 4, 2011 10:05 pm 42

Thanks, Lisa. :o)

Boy, do I love it when people get courageous and do the right thing, even at some personal risk.

Would to God that the guy we put into the White House two years ago, would take a hint. :o(


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday January 4, 2011 10:07 pm 43
In response to tanbark @ 41

That’s a lovely goodnight thought. Good night to all, all good knights!


tanbark | Tuesday January 4, 2011 10:13 pm 44

Buenos nachos! :o)


thirdpartyplease | Wednesday January 5, 2011 04:37 am 45
In response to DrDick @ 3

Ill add to that the Democrats are also incapable of embarassment. Its been astonishing to watch how many democrats are falling all over themselves to demonstrate just how wonderful their bipartisanship is. Which is really just capitulation. Our country is currently being run by psychotic sociopaths and for some reason so one seems to give a shit.


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