D’ownfall

Looks like karma has caught up with 1% fluffer Dinesh D’Souza – AGAIN!:

Dinesh D’Souza, a conservative commentator and best-selling author, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for arranging excessive campaign contributions to a candidate for the U.S. Senate.

The candidate was Wendy Long, a Republican who sought to unseat Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand as New York’s junior senator in 2012, according to a person familiar with the case.

A lawyer for D’Souza said his actions were “at worst,” an act of misguided friendship.

D’Souza was charged in an indictment made public on Thursday with one count of making illegal contributions in the names of others and one count of causing false statements to be made.

The indictment said D’Souza directed individuals to contribute a total $20,000 to the campaign of an unnamed Senate candidate in 2012 and then reimbursed them for their contributions.

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Gillibrand, a 1988 Dartmouth graduate, ended up winning re-election to her first full term, collecting close to 72 percent of the vote.

In late 2012, D’Souza resigned his post as president of King’s College, a small Christian college in New York City, after admitting he had become engaged to a woman even though he was legally married, although separated from his wife. He has been an outspoken defender of traditional marriage.

This guy is like the Energizer bunny of stupid.  He just keeps going, and going, and going…and you have to love (and by love I mean despise) the lawyer’s attempt to pass this off:

Mr. D’Souza did not act with any corrupt or criminal intent whatsoever. He and the candidate have been friends since their college days, and at worst, this was an act of misguided friendship by D’Souza,” Brafman said.

So, he just happened, out of the goodness of his heart, to pay people to contribute to his candidate of choice, then repaid them for their contributions (thereby making himself the sole and illegal source of those contributions) in violation of campaign finance law, but he really didn’t mean it?  Besides the fact that “I didn’t mean it” stops working as an excuse for most sentient people in early childhood, this is just stupid.  I don’t think his pivot from “I didn’t mean it” to “I didn’t know it was against the law” is going to be particularly helpful.

#Hoekstroika Is Dead – UPDATED!

And here’s what killed it:

rucho

You can put our wingnuts up against anybody’s, anytime, anywhere.  On the other hand, if he was seeking attention (what, that guy?  Surely NOT!), he got it. Nice job, doofus.

UPDATE: The obligatory “Shut up you fool!” entreaty from on high is nigh:

N.C. Republican Party Chairman Claude Pope said Monday that Sen. Bob Rucho should apologize for a tweet that compared the Affordable Care Act with Nazis and terrorists.

“The tweet is highly offensive and he should apologize,” Pope said in a statement Monday.

On Sunday, Rucho tweeted, “Justice Robert’s pen & Obamacare has done more damage to the USA then the swords of the Nazis, Soviets & terrorists combined.”

The tweet created a firestorm online and in the Twitter-verse. Rucho, reached Monday, was unrepentant.

“I have no need to respond to Claude Pope because I don’t owe him and he doesn’t owe me,” said the Matthews Republican.

“What I stand on is the truth. The bottom line is I still believe fully that the negative impact on the finances of North Carolina and its people is going to be significantly impacted even in comparison to any of those wars that occurred. … People need to open their eyes. This is a serious problem.”

Rucho, who co-chairs the Senate Finance Committee, said the tweet was referring to the cost of American conflicts, but called the program known as Obamacare a “socialist” system like that of the old Soviet Union.

Is anyone really surprised that Rucho countered with the KFC maneuver (AKA the Double Down)? C’mon, it wouldn’t have been authentic wingnut gibberish if he hadn’t!  Rock on, blockhead…

Apparently, Elderly Pregnant Women Are A Thing

If Faux News didn’t have someone as earth-shatteringly dense as Elizabeth Hasselbeck, they’d have to create her:

Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck suggested on Monday that pregnant women 65-years-old and older were losing their doctors because of President Barack Obama health care reform law.

In a segment titled “Who’s Ruining the Economy Now?” Fox Business host Stuart Varney announced that the president was not going to be able to keep the promise that people could keep their doctors because “United Healthcare has just dropped — we don’t know exactly how many — but thousands of doctors have been dropped from United Heathcare’s Medicare Advantage program.”

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“That leaves hundreds of thousands of patients without the doctor that they’ve had for many many years,” Varney added. “We don’t know how many thousands have been dropped, but thousands have been dropped. What about their patients? What about the people who used to have this doctor who now no longer have this doctor? Broken promise.”

And many of those people are women who are expecting babies and who may just have a real relationship with their physician and want to see the same doctor deliver possibly their second child,” Hasselbeck opined. “And they are now left in the dark in a time that they feeling quite vulnerable.”

Most of them are elderly,” Varney pointed out.

Please proceed, con-servative media…

You’re Not Supposed To Show Your Hand

The Daily Show has performed yet another public service, this time by simply putting a mic in front of a fool and letting him step on his own junk:

An appearance on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” has cost Don Yelton, a member of the N.C. Republican Party, his position as Buncombe County precinct chair for the GOP.

A five-minute segment of the Comedy Central show Wednesday night about the state’s new election law, focused a good bit on Yelton’s racial views.

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Yelton said the law’s intent is not racial but designed to “kick the Democrats in the butt.”

He also criticized lazy college students and “lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything” because the state was issuing free IDs to ease compliance.

“I can’t believe we have that many stupid people in North Carolina. People who don’t know how to follow directions and go down there and get a photo ID for free at the DMV. Do we want those people picking your president?” Yelton asked.

Wow – refreshingly honest and open, wasn’t it? Well, the NCGOP wasn’t about to let THAT stand:

On Thursday, as the video went viral, Claude Pope, chairman of the N.C. Republican Party, called for Yelton’s resignation.

“The North Carolina Republican Party finds the comments made by Mr. Yelton to be completely inappropriate and highly offensive,” Pope said in a statement the state GOP released.

And in short order, the ax was handed to Yelton for some good old fashioned self-deposing:

Buncombe GOP Chairman Henry Mitchell told Dome this evening Yelton resigned at his request.

Before exiting (I presume stage right), Yelton played one last hit from the catalog:

Yelton announced his resignation on Asheville talk radio host Pete Kaliner’s program on WWNC. Kaliner told Dome that Yelton’s “black friend” –Yelton said in the interview he wasn’t a bigot, that “one of my best friends is black” – called the program to defend him.

Kaliner identified the Yelton’s supporter as Tim Johnson, the former state GOP vice chairman.

Just when you think they can’t get any worse, they manage somehow to raise their game.