Whether you watched or not, you probably woke up to hear that Mitt Romney eeked out a victory in Iowa by the skin of his teeth, which translates roughly into eight votes.
EIGHT VOTES. This is not a real outcome. Certainly not the outcome of a national PRESIDENTIAL primary state. This was the outcome of a 7th grade student council election. I weep for this nation.
BUT it wasn’t all lame, boring punditry. If you were lucky enough to tough it out with us strange, non-showering political freaks (think button-down shirt-clad meth addicts) you were in for a real treat from the 376 people who happened to cram on-set at CNN’s ‘Election Center’.
Best Moment(s) of the Evening - CNN AFTER DARK: At about 1:30am with coffee running low, delirium set in on CNN. Normally composed men and women became slaphappy and bumbled around the set aimlessly, unable to use their touch screens and hologram projectors. Anderson Cooper appropriately asks, “Have we all just given up?”.
If only you knew Anderson…it was just the beginning.
And then…deep into the 2am hour, the #iacaucus tweets began to slow. We personally considered going to bed between 2 and 4 times, but CNN’s crafty method of lying to it’s viewers, kept me awake and tuned in:
…So glad I did. Because THIS happened: Edith and Carolyn, officials from the ‘last county’ to report results got on the phone with Wolf Blitzer and John King…
At that point things devolved into complete and total madness. I began ingesting psychotropic drugs just to keep up. It was no use.
Then this happened:
With the universe quickly collapsing on itself, I decided the best course of action had to be to head to sleep…but CNN was STILL on. Must. Soldier. On.
Again, it was worth it since this happened. And the Eurythmics began to play. Cannot make this up.
And lastly, Anderson Cooper with the porn grooves.
Satisfied and unsure of my consciousness, I went to bed…I think. Or maybe I didn’t…IS THIS INCEPTION?!!
Ron Paul is finally getting the media attention his supporters complained for and yet he’s now being as cantankerous as ever.
This summer, Jon Stewart noticed what Paul supporters have complained about for years, referring to the Texas Representative as, “the 13th floor of a hotel” when it comes to media coverage. Fox News really seems to dislike the guy, most likely because he refuses to pander to the network like the other fringe candidates (Bachmann, Perry, Santorum) and a cursory “Ron Paul + Media” YouTube search while simultaneously peculiar, offensive, and hilarious illustrates a common theme: the dude is, for the most part, passed over by the media. That is, until now.
With less than a week until the bizarre kabuki we know as the Iowa Caucuses, Paul is (gasp!) leading the well-coiffed Mitt Romney in new polls. This is a reality that most saw coming, as Paul has ardent support among Iowa tea partiers and cat ladies.
Whether both the media and American people like it or not, the media is pretty much forced to give Paul some time in the spotlight and so far, it’s not all free markets and soaring freedom eagles.
Last week, Paul made headlines in the media for an old newsletter he used to publish that made numerous unsavory remarks toward minorities of all kinds. At least we think calling Martin Luther King, Jr. a “world class philanderer” is unsavory, right? (pauses) Yes, I believe we have confirmation on that one.
Paul is frustrated that the media has latched onto this silly snail-mailer from the early ’90s and for good reason. Paul is 76 years old and like most curmudgeons before him would like to be left the hell alone. And to make matters more outrageous, he didn’t even write the damn thing—he was too busy delivering thousands of innocent, god-fearing children. So he did what any enterprising man would do: hired a random collection of extremists to write it and attach his name to the letterhead.
Paul’s frustration has manifest itself most prominently in a CNN interview with Gloria Borger (note the wildly ignorant title!) where it appeared Paul walked out when confronted with tough questions about the newsletter. We have since learned that the interview was edited and that Paul did seem to address the issue before then leaving the interview frustrated. More on that here.
And just moments ago, Politico’s Roger Simon noted that Paul would rather not take questions from the hoard of hungry journos.