Friday, July 10, 2009

Wingnut Implosion: SHRAPNEL!!! Edition

QOTD, Harpers Bazaar contributing editor Jeff Sharlet in the second Maddow video on the C-Street RW secret "christian society:
You're Chosen by God for leadership, and the normal rules don't apply.
Josh Marshall: GOP Senator: Obama the New Hitler
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) says the US under Obama is like Germany under the Nazis.
Josh Marshall: Anatomical Controversy?

Now that Sen. Coburn (R-OK) has said he will not answer any questions about his conversations with Sen. Ensign (R-NV) because he was acting as his physician (and spiritual counselor), TPM Reader DE reminds us that Dr. Coburn is an OB/Gyn.

A deeper scandal than we'd ever imagined?

Josh Marshall: Wow, This May Rival Sanford
We've known for a while that Sen. Ensign (R-NV) gave a 'severance' payment of at least $25,000 to his ex-mistress and her husband. Now it turns out it was $96,000. But it gets better. Ensign's lawyer is pointing out that he didn't pay any money -- his parents paid them off.

Ensign scandal snowballs July 9: Sen. John Ensign, R-NV, admitted today that his parents gave his mistress, Cindy Hampton, and her family $96,000, before the affair became public. Was Ensign trying use campaign funds for hush money? Rachel Maddow is joined by Las Vegas Sun columnist John Ralston, who interviewed Cindy Hampton's husband Doug.
Josh Marshall: Demolition Derby

From TPM Reader TO ...

I had a quick thought about the new Ensign revelations that I found amusing.

So first there was John Ensign with his affair. Shortly thereafter, Mark Sanford steps up to take the spotlight with his affair (and did he ever take the spotlight, with comments about true love and tragic love stories) Now John Ensign counters with some extra added financial impropriety to spice up his indiscretion.

I can't wait to see what Sanford does next to one up Ensign.

sgwhiteinfla says this about the following video:
You have GOT to watch this clip from the Rachel Maddow show about this creepy group known as "The Family" which several of the big time religous right, Republican Congressmen (including recently exposed adulterers John Ensign and Mark Sanford)are members of. I think calling it a cult would be an insult to cults.

If this is true then what they believe in has absolutely NOTHING to do with Christianity. What kind of sick bastard thinks that even if one of those pricks were a pedophile rapist that they were still good people because they were "chosen". This just screams for an investigation or at the very least for the story to go viral. People need to know just what kind of reprehensible perverters of religion they are voting for. I swear I don't know if I was more dismayed or sickened by this story. Please pass it on!

Kurtz (TPM): Coburn: Philandering Senators Don't Tear Families Apart--Media Do

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) lashed out at reporters on Capitol Hill who were asking him questions about his role in the Ensign affair:

You've got two families that are back together and you guys are going to help tear them apart. What do you think their kids think about what you're writing right now? You're helping tear two families apart that are back together. You need to quit. It's all manipulation.

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