MTV throwing a "non-partisan" event

Then-Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama speaks with students at Coe College during an MTV/MySpace presidential forum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Monday, Oct. 29, 2007. | AP Photo

This should work well.

Apparently MTV, CMT, and BET are airing an hour-long promo informative session about politics and educating the youth. Or indoctrinating.


“The hour-long, commercial free event, to be broadcast simultaneously on MTV, BET, CMT and a handful of their sister channels, is causing a bit of a stir on the right, which sees the event as an hour of free airtime for a Democrat three weeks before the midterm elections. And not just any Democrat, but the one who energized a generation to vote in unprecedented numbers in 2008, and who Democrats are clearly hoping can do the trick again, even if he’s not the one running.

But Sway Calloway, the MTV News reporter and producer who will be co-moderating Thursday’s event with BET’s April Woodard and CMT’s Katie Cook, insists that the event is not political.

“We are non-partisan,” he said. “We reach out to everyone. Senator McCain did this forum for us. Then Senator Clinton did it for us. We put out the ask saying ‘we have this political platform for you.’ It’s not what party you represent.”

Stephen Friedman, the general manager of MTV, said the network put in a standing request to do something with Obama a year ago, just as it did, unsuccessfully, with President George W. Bush.”

Oh really? Was it perhaps because G Dubbs was too busy actually being President and not getting ready for his media blitz every other day while squeezing in a round of golf and a taxpayer-funded vacation? Just wondering.

Obama hates on Boehner…Oh Snap!

In a recent speech given by Obama in Cleveland, he tells voters that the upcoming Republican agenda is one of “fear versus hope.” **Eye Roll** Let’s take a moment to examine where all this “hope” and “change we can believe in” has taken us. Two years ago, unemployment rates were around 6.1%. They are now at 9.6%. Additionally, the national deficit was at $10 trillion. It is now at $13 trillion. Time to stop hoping and actually start doing something? Perchance….Obama even called out my not-so-secret lover in his speech saying that House Republican leader John Boehner has offered, “no new policies and no new ideas.” Obama has been denounced for endorsing only a limited extension of the Bush tax cuts, to which Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell responded, “If the president wanted to have an immediate impact on hiring, he could begin by changing his mind and announcing today his opposition to the job-killing tax hikes on small businesses,”

While I am disappointed that Obama is hating on one of my favs, I can understand that he is rather bogged down by his stellar approval ratings and fear that Dems will lose control of pretty much everything once elections hit; so naturally, it makes sense to blame Boehner. And he’s also probably super jealous of Boehner’s year-round tan and Don Draper worthy voice. Swoon.

Ann Coulter and Condi Rice were asked to Dance with the Stars?

Do the people on DWTS only like Republicans? Last year they had DeLay, and this year they’ll have Bristol Palin. On top of that, political pundit Ann Coulter and former Bushie Condoleezza Rice were both asked to be on the show.

I don’t have cable, thus I use a galactic antenna thingy to watch three channels, but I would pay good money to watch Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid dance with various professionals. That way, when they have a stress fracture or sprained ankle, they can test out that awesome health care they’ve been talking about.

Ann Coulter and Condoleezza Rice are seen in a composite image of AP images.

Sarah Palin still a kingmaker

Joe Miller and Lisa Murkowski are shown in a photo composite. | AP Photos

This certainly won’t thaw the icy relationship between Palin and the former senator.


Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski conceded the GOP nomination to attorney Joe Miller on Tuesday evening, becoming the third senator to lose renomination this cycle.

After a day of tallying outstanding ballots left her with a 1,630-vote deficit, Murkowski told reporters at a press conference outside her Anchorage campaign headquarters that she was dropping her reelection bid.

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“I don’t see a scenario where the primary will turn out in my favor. And that is a reality that is before me at this point in time,” Murkowski told reporters.

Miller, who had the backing of former Gov. Sarah Palin, defeated Murkowski in what will likely be remembered as one of the biggest upsets in Alaska’s political history and one of the most stunning defeats of the entire cycle. Not long before the primary, polls showed Murkowski coasting to victory over Miller.

Jewel and Sarah Palin Alaskan BFFLs?


During the glamour and glitz of Sunday’s Emmys, singer Jewel made time for a little light political chatter. She spoke backstage with CNN about fellow Alaskan Sarah Palin and described the former V.P. candidate as “a kind of normal everyday person.” According to Jewel, it’s the normalcy that makes Palin “so riveting.”

In 2008, the singer told the New York Daily News that she admired Palin’s attitude, saying “Alaskan women are very can-do women.” She repeated her sentiments at the Emmys: “I think a lot of Alaskan women are very can-do women. They do it for themselves. They get things done, and I really recognize that in her a lot.” So will Jewel be tuning into the reality show Palin is making for TLC? “Oh, I totally would check it out,” said the singer. “Yeah, you betcha!”

No one ever said they weren't a little crazy…

I’ll admit it. I absolutely love Tea Party Rallies. I don’t necessarily consider myself a Tea Partyer, but I am a partyer in general, and I do like a good tailgate. I enjoy getting hammered and watching people running around in everything from Paul Revere to Frankenstein costumes, all in the name of Amurrcah. Thus, I present some of the most outrageous T-shirts concocted by people who can’t stand the idea of taking down a tyrannical government:

Worship Jesus t-shirt from I'm Voting Tea PartyBorn in Mordor t-shirt from I'm Voting Tea PartyHunt the Homeless tshirt from I'm Voting Tea PartyRight Handed t-shirt from I'm Voting Tea PartyFire Departments tee shirt from I'm Voting Tea PartyGays Vote tee shirt from I'm Voting Tea Party

Bush's Campaign Chief comes out

Via The Atlantic:

Ken Mehlman, President Bush’s campaign manager in 2004 and a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, has told family and associates that he is gay.
Mehlman arrived at this conclusion about his identity fairly recently, he said in an interview. He agreed to answer a reporter’s questions, he said, because, now in private life, he wants to become an advocate for gay marriage and anticipated that questions would arise about his participation in a late-September fundraiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the group that supported the legal challenge to California’s ballot initiative against gay marriage, Proposition 8.