Weiner Insulted By Ryan’s Being Mistaken for Him

How much more can I bear?

— Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), who left office in scandal, tells Business Insider that having people mix him up with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is “the final insult.”

A “Look Back” at Chris Christie’s Very Bad Month, ala Facebook

Those one-minute Facebook “look back” videos probably held your interest for about 30 seconds. But this one, put out by the Democratic party about Gov. Chris Christie’s (R-NJ) past month, has a little longer shelf life.

That French Thing

François Hollande was France’s presidential winner,
But he’s gained a rep as an extramarital sinner.
There’s this actress he’s plumbing,
Which leaves the Obamas wondering —
Whom will he bring to next month’s White House state dinner?

Toronto Mayor Goes to Nightclub But Doesn’t Drink

No, I wasn’t drinking, I don’t drink.

— Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, quoted by the Toronto Sun, on his much-publicized visit to a nightclub over the weekend.

How and Why Do These Guys Come Back After Sex Scandals?

Another week and there goes another fallen officeholder trying to claw his way back from tabloid purgatory–another chance for some people to marvel about the power of forgiveness and redemption, and other people to marvel about the power of egomania and pure chutzpah. … It is one more occasion, in other words, for the vast majority of people who would stay crouched in a hole for years if they ever endured humiliation and disgrace of the sort Eliot Spitzer brought down on himself to wonder: What makes these guys tick?


Someone Finally Puts Issa’s Past in Play

And if I were Republicans, I would say to Issa, in the parlance of his old business, “Please step away from that car.”

– David Axelrod, Democratic strategist, asserting that Republicans are approaching overreach concerning the IRS. Axelrod was alluding to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who, prior to being in Congress, was charged with grand theft auto, investigated for arson, arrested on weapons charges, and convicted of carrying an unregistered and concealed firearm.

The Case for the IRS Targeting the Tea Party

It seemed to come as a great shock when it was recently revealed that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) examines some taxpayers more closely than others. Really? Because no one has ever objected to the IRS targeting some tax returns for audit. Among them: Millionaires (in fiscal 2011, the IRS audited 12.5% of them) People […]

Most House Lawmakers ‘Survive’ Their Scandals


Members of the House of Representatives have been involved in various scandals since Watergate and roughly 40% did not “survive” their scandal, according to Scott Bassenger, writing in Political Research Quarterly.

Florida’s Lt. Gov. Resigns After Questioning in Gambling Investigation
Probe by Oklahoma's Attorney General is Rocking Florida's GOP

Carroll, in a public service announcement for the sham Allied Veterans group. The ground is shifting under the feet of Florida Republicans, as Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigns after being questioned in a federal racketeering investigation. The surprise isn’t that Carroll is resigning, it’s that she’s resigning over this The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) […]

Or “Miami Ice Skater?”

News organizations have described Kelley as a “Tampa socialite,” a term heard about as often as “Boston alligator-wrestler.”

– Carl Hiaasen, in his column in the Miami Herald

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