The GOP and the randy elephant

Apparently, this is what Republicans consider outreach to women (from TPM):

A former intern for Mitt Romney‘s presidential campaign was arrested Tuesday and charged in federal court with cyber stalking and internet extortion for allegedly obtaining nude photographs of young women and using them to blackmail his victims into sending more nude pictures.

Adam Savader, 21, who is also a former intern of Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign, contacted 15 victims between May 2012 and February 2013, according to affidavit by FBI Special Agent Michael T. Garland. Savader would allegedly contact his victims via text message from a Google Voice number, telling them he had nude pictures and threatening to send them to their parents or post them online unless they sent him more.

Many of the victims, some of which have not been identified, either went to the same college as Savader or grew up in the same area as Savader, who is from Great Neck, New York.

On Twitter, Savader describes himself as “Formerly @PRyan’s sole intern on @MittRomney’s campaign and a @newtgingrich campaign staffer.” His Twitter avatar is a picture of him with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).

In exchanges with a woman identified in the affidavit as Victim 3, for example, Savader allegedly threatened to send nude pictures of her to the Republican National Committee as well as her parents, sorority, and internship. “Victim 3 estimated that on some days she would receive approximately eighty text messages,” the affidavit reads.

Several of the victims reported that their Gmail accounts had been compromised prior to receiving the threatening messages.

In another example, Victim 4 received the following text message from a Google Voice number on Oct. 30, 2012: “WAIT! Listen to me. If we don’t have a deal I will send the pictures to those people. Is that what u want? remember what’s at stake. do u want ur family and everyone in DC to see ur tits? Just agree to e-mail me a pic of u in a bra.”

No, wait. It gets better!


We already mentioned Adam Savader, the former intern to Newt and Mitt who hacked naked pictures of female college students and then tried to extort them to give him more nude pictures. Well, by Savader’s account he was frequently the guy in the Ellis the Elephant suit from the book written by Callista Gingrich!


(Is that your trunk, or are you just happy to see me?)


Mitt Romney: blowin’ in the wind


Well, Mitt Romney left a lasting impression with the Brits. Here’s Edward Luce at the Financial Times:

The fact that within 24 hours Mr Romney went from describing himself as “disconcerted” with London’s preparations to being “very delighted” also drew attention to his best known flaw – a tendency to say one thing then contradict it soon afterwards with the same robotic certainty.

All good politicians bend to the wind. With the exception of his hair, Mr Romney gets blown all over the place at the slightest gust.

Romney’s just finished up his Israel trip and is headed to Poland. Let’s hope he doesn’t tell any jokes to impress the Poles.


Who let the dogs out?

The presumptive GOP candidate for president, Mitt Romney, was hit during the campaign by his Republican opponents for driving on a cross-country trip with his dog in a cage on the roof. A once funny family story turned into a tale of sadistic treatment of animals.


Again, the Republicans and Romney brought this up first. Not the Democrats.

So now that the Mittster has the nomination in hand, how, dear voters, is the GOP going to get around Car-dog-gate?

So it was inevitable, really, that the conservatives would eventually jump on this passage of Obama’s memoir, “Dreams From My Father.”

“With Lolo, I learned how to eat small green chill peppers raw with dinner (plenty of rice), and, away from the dinner table, I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted grasshopper (crunchy). Like many Indonesians, Lolo followed a brand of Islam that could make room for the remnants of more ancient animist and Hindu faiths. He explained that a man took on the powers of whatever he ate: One day soon, he promised, he would bring home a piece of tiger meat for us to share.”

Look, everyone! They said. Obama eats dog!

Really? That’s their next line of attack? Obama’s stepfather in Indonesia fed him dog when he was 10 years old. A kid eating dog is the equivalent of an adult crating a crapping dog on the top of a car?


And our ever illustrious media falling over themselves with the “See, both sides do it” round of nonstop coverage. We really must be the dumbest people on the planet.

The Christian Science Monitor best sums up the issue.

Many of the people who are outraged about “Obama eats dog” are the same people who will pooh-pooh vegetarians as Leftist softies.