Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Randi Rhodes: No White Knight

Chris Christie had a big, fat opportunity to announce he was running for president, but he didn’t bite, leaving Republicans hungry. Hey, this can’t go on much longer—I’m going to use the fat jokes while I still can. I’ll give him this—unlike Mitt Romney or Rick Perry, Chris Christie is not just an empty suit. He is a very full suit. There’s your campaign slogan! Chris Christie: not just an empty XXXXL suit.

During a Q&A after his speech, a woman literally begged Christie to run. “I really implore you, I really do... I mean this will all my heart … I really implore you, as a citizen of this country, to please sir, reconsider ... We need you.” More bad news for Rick Perry—I think that woman was his wife.

Dylan Ratigan is launching a campaign to get money out of politics. Just how much would that cost? Ratigan is collecting signatures. He can’t very well collect money. It’s for a petition supporting a Constitutional amendment. We need to have a Constitutional amendment because the Supreme Court has interpreted corporations as people, and money as free speech. And that tells you just what kind of Supreme Court money can buy.

HOUR 3 GUEST: MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan on his Get Money Out campaign

Rush Limbaugh says that President Obama “talks honky around white people.” Wow. I believe the last recorded use of the word “honky” was in an episode of “The Jeffersons” in 1979. And it sounded outdated then. Rush’s racial vocabulary comes from the 1960’s. And his racial attitudes come from the 1860’s.

Finally, Sarah Palin says the fuss over Chris Christie was part of a media “flavor of the week” mentality. Yes, Sarah, we’re all familiar with the concept of “flavor of the week.” Say, weren’t you the first week of September, 2008? The problem with Sarah is that she’s taken her “flavor of the week” status and tried to parlay it into a “flavor of the decade.” Sorry, Sarah. Your flavor week is long, long over. But you left a bad taste in our mouth, if that’s any consolation.

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Just for fun: The folks at Bad Lip Reading spent a little time with some Rick Perry videos...

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