Aspiring lawmaker Tareq Salahi didn’t seem to get much traction out of the pro-business, anti-regulatory positions he built his failed gubernatorial bid around. For this next act, he’s going to the dogs.
(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)
Salahi, who has tossed his hat into the ring to replace retiring Rep. Frank R. Wolf, R-Va., now wants to be the animal lover’s candidate of choice.
“When I am elected to Congress, I plan on introducing a bill to create a national animal abuser registry,” the former reality TV personality announced Tuesday.
The corresponding news release suggests the sudden policy shift was at least partially predicated on the impending arrival of Love Your Pet Day (Feb. 20) — though Salahi certainly appears to have strong feelings about the issue.
“Study after study shows that violent criminals often begin their downward spiral by abusing animals and eventually escalating to abusing humans,” the House hopeful charged.
How best to institute the pet project remains a work in progress.
“Once Mr. Salahi becomes Congressman, he would like to work with a nationally recognized animal welfare nonprofit, like HSUS or the ASPCA, to ask their input,” a campaign aide told HOH, referring to the Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Team Salahi might be better off hooking up with the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Full story
Her irreverent “State of the Uterus” address may be in the rearview, but satirist Lizz Winstead is already looking forward to stirring the electoral pot this fall. And she’s got a posse of high profile pals coming along for the ride.
The co-creator of the “Daily Show” most recently yukked it up by having a felt replica of the female reproductive system give conservative lawmakers a thorough tongue lashing for attempting to impose their religious views on women. Her twist on the president’s annual State of the Union speech was the opening salvo in a battle that’s meant to rage on through the upcoming midterm elections.
Having laid the initial groundwork for the “V to Shining V” campaign, Winstead said she intends to turn the Lady Parts Justice portal into an interactive map of places where women’s rights are being threatened by spotlighting eyebrow-raising rulemaking happening in statehouses across the country. Full story
Updated 1:55 p.m. | 2012 presidential hopeful Rick Santorum will be back in Washington on Wednesday to rally the faithful — including assorted members of the ever-expanding Duggar clan — during the 41st annual March for Life.
Jim Bob Duggar, the most procreatingest patriarch on TLC, is expected to join Team Santorum for a meet-and-greet with Patriot Voices, the political action group founded by the former Republican senator from Pennsylvania. The pre-march confab, now in its second year, is scheduled to take place from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill (400 New Jersey Ave. NW).
Josh Duggar, the Arkansas ex-pat who relocated to the D.C. area last year to become executive director of the Family Research Council’s Action arm, is also expected to participate in the event at the Hyatt. Full story
It’s rare that a public figure can poke fun at himself. Rarer still to do so as a means of political fundraising. But former Vermont Gov. and Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean did just that, using the 10th anniversary of his full bull-goose looney “Yeeaarrgghh” speech after falling short in the Iowa caucuses to plug Democracy for America, the successor of his Dean for America organization.
(Courtesy Democracy for America)
The ask, in emailed form, even provides the text of the Dean Scream:
“It’s hard to believe it was ten years ago tonight. On this day a decade ago — January 19, 2004 — I gave one of the most famous speeches in the history of American politics. Or perhaps “infamous” would be more accurate.
I’m guessing you might remember the climactic moment of that night, as I enthusiastically rallied my presidential campaign supporters in the aftermath of a disappointing finish in the Iowa Caucus:
‘Not only are we going to New Hampshire, Tom Harkin, we’re going to South Carolina and Oklahoma and Arizona and North Dakota and New Mexico! And we’re going to California and Texas and New York! And we’re going to South Dakota and Oregon and Washington and Michigan, and then we’re going to Washington, D.C., to take back the White House!
While the ‘Dean Scream’ became fodder for late night comedians, including a hilarious version by Dave Chappelle I still laugh about, I also feel very proud of the state-by-state preamble to my unforgettable rallying cry. Because, when I said we were heading to New Hampshire and South Carolina and Oklahoma… and to Washington, DC to take back the White House… it turns out I wasn’t kidding.”
Dean goes on to say this was kinda sorta the start of the 50-state strategy he hung his hat on as DNC chairman, a position he was elected to in 2005. The next year, Democrats retook the House and Senate, and in 2008, the White House.
But let’s give it to Dean. Most solicitations for political money are either painfully earnest or a bit of a snoozer. He had the moxie to take one of the most cringe-worthy moments in American politics and OWN it.
And, for what it’s worth, here’s the Chappelle skit:
Not only are House and Senate Republicans still busily loading up the congressional hopper with all kinds of delaying tactics against the polarizing Affordable Care Act, now President Barack Obama’s signature health care law has become the centerpiece of campy political spots on both sides of the aisle.
The Colorado Consumer Health Insurance Initiative and ProgressNow Colorado Tuesday rolled out a series of “Got Insurance?” plugs modeled after the dairy industry’s iconic ads.
Several images feature the same set of dudes doing potentially life-threatening things (guzzling beer while doing a keg stand, recovering from a purportedly jarring bike wreck). Full story
If the video of the stripping senator didn’t make you lose your lunch, the new “feeding frenzy” spot from Represent.Us most certainly will.
In its latest assault against conventional politics, the nearly year-old public advocacy project depicts an encounter between an unscrupulous lobbyist and morally suspect lawmakers, all of whom take turns shoving food and drink in each other’s increasingly messy faces at a fictional dinner meeting.
The gross-out negotiations, which include discussion of sneaking a publicly opposed provision into a must-pass bill, come to an abrupt halt when an activist attempts to inject herself into the conversation — an invasion of privacy that scatters the political insiders to the four winds, leaving the petition-waving interloper stuck with the tab for the garish feast.
The nightmare scenario is just the latest wake-up call Represent.Us has shared with the voting class. The grass-roots organization is continuing to build support for its Anti-Corruption Act (386,000-plus signatories and counting), a comprehensive plan designed to purge politics of dirty money. Full story
The furry-lipped folks behind the American Mustache Institute are so certain that those with facial hair lead fuller and more productive lives that they’re hitting the road to chronicle the state of the ‘stache in the modern workplace.
As part of their fact-finding mission, the group — which first popped up on our radar after an aide to cookie-duster sporting former Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., got drawn into a procedural firestorm — has launched an online poll seeking to discern whether the general public assumes that the mustachioed amongst us are otherwise gifted (exhibiting, for example, exceptional professionalism, athleticism or a really impressive grip):
Thank god the ridiculousness of the ill-fated government shutdown is finally behind us, so that Congress can get back to business as usual.
(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)
Like the “sunny bunny” dance party scheduled to take place Monday morning.
PurgeDay.org promoter Patricia Taylor can’t take the negativity constantly being spewed by lawmakers. So she’s dispatching her mascot, the “Positive Bunny” — whom we last encountered over by the White House — to strut his stuff outside the Capitol from 10 a.m to noon on Oct. 21.
“He’ll be doing the ‘sunny bunny’ dance. America needs to get its sunny disposition back!” she told HOH of her plan to lighten things up.
Taylor’s proposed annual venting holiday is pretty much straight from Frank Costanza’s Festivus playbook:
The difference being, she’d like to bring lawmakers into the fold.
“The whole concept of being open and positive … it would change Congress to ‘bring the bunny to the table,’” Taylor said of her vision.
“My political goals are not about me, not about publicity, but about serving the hard-working people of Virginia who deserve a representative who actually represents them, their values, their concerns and their needs,” reality TV personality Tareq Salahi assured voters in a campaign blast urging them to write him in — the “not so bad after all” alternative — for the upcoming governor’s race in Virginia.
Failing that, the infamous White House party crasher appears inclined to run for Congress next fall.
Revolution Messaging is enabling angry — and potentially plowed — constituents to reach out and browbeat someone via their shutdown-inspired engagement portal, DrunkDialCongress.org.
Keegan Goudiss, a partner at the mobile media firm, said the idea for the rabble-rousing project, which went live early Thursday, bubbled up to the surface amid the trickle of reports that House lawmakers showed up to vote on defunding the government with liquor on their breath and the flood of shutdown-related booze fests that have cropped up all over town. Full story
As the country continues suffering through the ideologically motivated government shutdown, advocates hoping for a swift resolution have reached their wit’s end. Many are done mincing words.
Cultivated Wit creative director Brian Janosch is helping the frustrated masses communicate extreme displeasure with the state of affairs via an expletive-fueled advocacy effort that rhymes with Yuck Fou Congress.
The undiplomatic portal that launched Tuesday provides a conduit for the mounting disgust with Congress, logging about 42,000 visits and 220,000 page views from fiercely disillusioned citizens so far. Janosch said they’ve already gone bicoastal, collecting online supporters from New York City to Los Angeles and from those across the pond (London’s in the mix).
In addition to vociferously savaging those whom Team FYC holds personally responsible for derailing our democracy — a burgeoning Republican roster featuring Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, and Reps. John Culberson and Rep. Randy Neugebauer of Texas — the site urges visitors to join the fight however they can.
“We wanted three good examples of organizations looking out for public interests to get the ball rolling and to communicate that message that we’re not as powerless as we sometimes think we are,” Janosch said. Full story