So far, the voters — and God — have awarded [Mark] Sanford at least five or six do-overs, what with the adultery, his decision to go to Argentina for an assignation without leaving his gubernatorial staff a phone number where he could be reached, that inclination to discuss embarrassing details of his sex life during press conferences, the ethics fine, the trespassing accusation, and so on. But talk about the availability of eight chances seems to suggest the newly elected congressman is leaving daylight for additional forgiveness opportunities in the future.
Politically, we’ve always had eccentric/loony billionaires that occasionally get involved in big campaigns, but this year we’ve spawned herds of them, marching across the landscape, lowing about socialism and leaving behind vast dumps of TV ads and old Newt Gingrich buttons. Dozens and dozens of little Congressional candidates are attached to their hides, waiting to jump off and start new Tea Party epidemics in the azaleas.
I’m not concerned about the very poor.
– Mitt Romney, yesterday morning, during a CNN interview. To be fair, he followed up the above comment with the following: “We have a safety net there. If it needs a repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich; they’re doing just fine.”
I would like to ask Romney about his detailed plans to repair the “safety net” and whether limiting unemployment insurance if a part of that terrific plan.
More from Gail Collins here:
… Rest assured that Mitt Romney is not going to be spending a single second fretting about the problems of really, really poor people. His supporters can breathe a sigh of relief. Now all they’re going to have to worry about is the fact that he’s going to keep talking like this for the next nine months.
Whatever happened to the “war on Christmas”? It has barely been heard of this year. But Gail Collins turns her eye to the importance of the war.
Well, here’s some good news for a change. The Holiday Parade of Lights in Tulsa, Okla., has been saved!
I know you’ve been worried.
The Tulsa City Council has voted to allow the parade to go forward Saturday night, despite protests against the disappearance of the word “Christmas” from its name.
It’s not entirely clear that the council actually could have stopped it, or even whether the parade ever officially had Christmas in its name. But Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma is outraged.
Inhofe was away from home last December, stuck in Washington trying to kill off health care reform. Now he’s back, and he’s noted a dwindling in the parade’s religious angle. “I just don’t like what’s going on in America today, all over the country, with the aversion some people seem to have toward Christ,” he said in one of his many interviews explaining that he will no longer ride his horse in any holiday event that isn’t named for Christmas.
Go to it, Senator Inhofe! I love this controversy, and only in part because it diverts Oklahoma’s senior senator from his normal day job of trying to convince the world that global warming doesn’t exist.
- ‘Christmas’ Loses Out To ‘Holiday’ in Tulsa (liveshots.blogs.foxnews.com)
- Jim Inhofe Is Latest Casualty In ‘War On Christmas’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Oklahoma ain’t Christian enough for Jim Inhofe (scienceblogs.com)