Dumbos, the Elephants

I wonder if they put loafers, sandals, and wingtops on the Senate cafeteria’s menu. How do they fit so many feet in their mouths?

Original DVD cover.

From the Cullman Times:

Comments Sen. Richard Shelby [R-AL] made in Cullman recently concerning a rumor that President Barack Obama is not a natural born United States citizen garnered national attention Monday.

During a community meeting at the All Steak Restaurant on Saturday, a local resident asked Shelby if there was any truth to the rumor, which appeared during the presidential campaign.

“Well his father was Kenyan and they said he was born in Hawaii, but I haven’t seen any birth certificate,” Shelby said. “You have to be born in America to be president.”


Shelby’s communications director, Jonathan Graffeo, issued a statement on the comments, stating The Cullman Times provided an incomplete account, and therefore a distortion, of the senator’s comments regarding Obama’s citizenship. The statement adds that at the meeting, Shelby laid out the Constitutional qualifications for the presidency and said that, while he hasn’t personally seen the president’s birth certificate, he is confident the matter has been thoroughly examined.


According to the Associated Press, Obama’s official birth certificate was presented last year during the presidential campaign.

The nonpartisan Web site Factcheck.org examined the original document and said it does have a raised seal and the usual evidence of a genuine document. In addition, Factcheck.org reproduced an announcement of Obama’s birth, including his parents’ address in Honolulu, that was published in the Honolulu Advertiser on Aug. 13, 1961.

The Supreme Court declined without comment last year to hear an emergency appeal from a man who claimed Obama was not qualified for the presidency because he is not a natural born citizen.

For the record, I have not seen any documentation that certifies that Shelby is a moron, yet I still believe wholeheartedly that he is one.

From The Washington Post:

Over the weekend, two news items about Sen. Jim Bunning emerged that appear to spell trouble for the Kentucky Republican’s reelection prospects in 2010.

Item 1: On Friday, Kentucky state Senate President David Williams met with officials at the National Republican Senatorial Committee to discuss his interest in running for the Senate.

Item 2: During a speech Saturday at the Hardin County (Ky.) Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner, Bunning said, according to the Louisville Courier Journal, that his support for conservative judges would be particularly important soon because Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has “bad cancer. The kind that you don’t get better from. … Even though she was operated on, usually, nine months is the longest that anybody would live after [being diagnosed] with pancreatic cancer.”

Why are those two news items related? Because some of Bunning’s fellow Republicans, both in Washington and Kentucky, would very much like him either to announce his retirement or lose the GOP primary in 2010. And it’s gaffes like that Ginsburg comment which make Bunning look more and more vulnerable to defeat if he resists that pressure and decides to run for another term.

After initially declining to comment when his remarks on Ginsburg were first reported, Bunning issued an apology today to the ailing justice, who is back at work today two weeks after undergoing cancer surgery.

And, by the way, kids, the original statement of apology from Bunning’s office misspelled Justice Ginsburg’s name. Classy!

As for that meeting with Williams at the NRSC Friday, NRSC Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) told Capitol Briefing today that it was just “a courtesy visit.”

“Just to clear up any potential confusion, the NRSC supports Sen. Bunning,” Cornyn said, adding that the committee would back Bunning in a contested primary, just as it does as a rule with all of its incumbents.


Cornyn’s position aside, it’s well-known that some of Bunning’s colleagues would be happy to see him ride off into the sunset next year. His fellow Kentuckian, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), has been less than enthusiastic about the idea of Bunning running again.

Bunning barely won his reelection race in 2004 over Dan Mongiardo (D), in a political environment much more favorable to the GOP than the current one. Since then, he has endured a stream of bad publicity running right up through this weekend’s comments about Ginsburg. Mongiardo, the lieutenant governor, is running again this year, and state Attorney General Jack Conway (D) may also run.

Hope both Shelby and Bunning choke on the tassels from their loafers.


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22 responses to “Dumbos, the Elephants

  1. jlms qkw/Jenn

    oh the r’s have no end of stoopid. it’s a bottomless pit.

  2. jlms qkw/Jenn

    oh, i used an alternate email so i could have an alien too!

  3. I wonder who the Whigs will nominate to run against Obama in 2012. Maybe the Libertarians?

    I don’t think it matters who the Republicans nominate. If they keep acting like this, the GOP will be completely irrelevant by then.

    • hi wickle! 😀

      sorry, but that rebuttal speech by the rising star, bobby jindal, coming right after these 2 jokers does not put the rethugs in a very good light. maybe this is the time for a third part to emerge?

      • Did you catch the “Oh, my G-d!” that escaped Booby J.’s lips as he stepped into the room to deliver the speech?

        • neon vincent,
          i don’t think it was booby j. were you watching msnbc? there is discussion as to whether it was keith o or tweety who delivered the “oh g-d!” i was wondering if anyone heard it on cnn or another station.

  4. nightowl724

    Just watched the rerun of O’s speech. He’s sounding more like the person I thought I elected. Yay!

    Watched Jindal’s rebuttal, too. He’s ripe for an exorcism. Maybe the R’s could get a group rate!

    I’m luvin the poster and the title even more, nons!

    • bobby jindal looked like he was picking up a girl for the prom. all he needed was to be holding a corsage. as for his speech, it sounded like an instructional video for elementary school or for the dharma initiative on lost. if i didn’t despise him, i would have felt sorry for him. it was pretty hilarious! it’s like the capt underpants campaign all over again. their rising star made them look like fools, just like capt u did. they are not going to be very happy if even faux news was dissing him! 😆

  5. jeb

    I would say Bunning took too many fastballs to the head but he was a pitcher. So, paraphrasing Kevin Costner’s character (Crash Davis) in Bull Durham, he had a million dollar arm and five cent head.

    • 😆 perfect! and we all know that 5¢ isn’t worth what it was back when bunning was pitching. (and what he’s pitching now tends to splatter! i wish justice ruthie had kicked him in the shins when she came into the chamber last night.)

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  7. Dusty

    There are whispers in KY that Bunning is in the beginning stages of dementia or Alzheimers. Even the media there alludes to it.

    I believe it now…and he won’t release his medical records.

    Fine graphic Nonnie! 😉

  8. Dusty

    Yeah, thats a goodie Nonnie and if he was suffering from dementia or Alzheimers then…think of how bad it is now.

    Rumors are flying that the Rethugs will not support his reelection either.

  9. Bobby Jindal and Sarah Palin in 2012!
    I LOVE IT!

    • i guess joe the plumber/war correspondent/motivational speaker will no longer be getting the veep spot. i guess he’ll have to settle for economic adviser or sec of state instead.