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March 7, 2006
By: Kevin Drum

NOT SO HARD OUT HERE FOR A PIMP, AFTER ALL....This comes from Jason Zengerle, but I figure a picture is worth a thousand words, so here's the picture. That CNN headline pretty much tells you all you need to know about DeLay, doesn't it? Here's the cover charge:

Entry to the fundraiser costs $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000 for political action committees and $500, $1,000 and $2,100 for individuals, according to an event invitation.

I also like this picture because of the way the books in the background merge with DeLay's ear to make him look like a bitty little elf. Or is it a troll? I always get those mixed up.

Kevin Drum 5:28 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (57)

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Elves are supposed to be immortal beings of stunning beauty, grace, and generally good moral character.

Much more likely he's an orc, made from corrupted, tortured elves, in envy and mockery.

Posted by: Heldon Malf on March 7, 2006 at 5:39 PM | PERMALINK

No, it's troll. Trolls live under bridges and eat the Three Billy Goats Gruff. Or try to.

Posted by: craigie on March 7, 2006 at 5:42 PM | PERMALINK

Very nice delivery Kevin - bitty little elf!! That got a guffaw out of me. I noticed the same vulcan ear effect but like your characterization better.

Posted by: Conjo on March 7, 2006 at 5:42 PM | PERMALINK

Cheney go fuck yourself.

Posted by: koreyel on March 7, 2006 at 5:43 PM | PERMALINK

"Elf" I think.

Amazing. Wrong about absolutely everything. We must get your stock picks.

Posted by: craigie on March 7, 2006 at 5:43 PM | PERMALINK

Entry to the fundraiser costs $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000 for political action committees and $500, $1,000 and $2,100 for individuals, according to an event invitation.

This is no different than George Soros giving money to Democrats and MoveOn.org to spread liberal propaganda.

Posted by: Al on March 7, 2006 at 5:46 PM | PERMALINK

Amazing. Wrong about absolutely everything. We must get your stock picks. Posted by: craigie on March 7, 2006 at 5:43 PM

I think he does the 'grab a handfull of darts and throw it at a stock listing' method...Or maybe he uses a shotgun.

Posted by: Dr. Morpheus on March 7, 2006 at 5:47 PM | PERMALINK

Hmm - not sure which caption is best:

Delay to cnn: "Et tu Brute?"

USA to Delay: "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"

Posted by: cdj on March 7, 2006 at 5:49 PM | PERMALINK

Klingon:

http://www.ex-astris-scientia.org/inconsistencies/klingons/klingon-koloth-flat-thetroublewithtribbles.jpg

http://flareupload.pleh.net/uploads/646/kor_teeth.jpg

Posted by: jerry on March 7, 2006 at 6:00 PM | PERMALINK

This is the funniest headline on your blog. Funny, succinct, and apropos!

Posted by: lib on March 7, 2006 at 6:06 PM | PERMALINK

Whoa, it's batboy!

Posted by: MJ Memphis on March 7, 2006 at 6:17 PM | PERMALINK

Neither elf, nor troll, but a Ferengi-Cardassian bastard.

Posted by: Advocate for God on March 7, 2006 at 6:17 PM | PERMALINK

You never saw that "Elf" movie with Will Ferill?

I watched it last night (seriously) - the offspring think it's the greatest thing ever. I've probably seen it a zillion times, more or less.

The Elf character is helpful and nice and likes people. I see no similarity to Tom DeLoony at all.

Oh, and it's Will Ferrell.

Posted by: craigie on March 7, 2006 at 6:18 PM | PERMALINK


AL: This is no different than George Soros giving money to Democrats and MoveOn.org to spread liberal propaganda.

Al, man, you be pimpin' the truth. You know it's different. When Soros gives money it's an example of corrupted special interests, but when lobbyists shower Delay with cash it's just his constituency supporting a champion of the people, right? He am the government, after all.


Posted by: jayarbee on March 7, 2006 at 6:20 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin! It's "little bitty," not "bitty little."

If I were from the other side, I might think you were not a native English speaker.

Posted by: Vicki Meagher on March 7, 2006 at 6:22 PM | PERMALINK

Hi guys,
Take a moment to visit www.cupclub.co.uk
for some good fun.
How bored are you?

Posted by: dave on March 7, 2006 at 6:26 PM | PERMALINK

I would rather have lobbyists fund the politicians' campaigns than my dollars.

Posted by: tbrosz on March 7, 2006 at 6:27 PM | PERMALINK

From the all the wish lists mailed to him by lobbyists, donors, and abortion-forcing pimps in the Northern Marianas -- I think he must be some sort of lesser elf. Similar to Santa Claus but sleazier.

Posted by: B on March 7, 2006 at 6:28 PM | PERMALINK


CHENEY: Perhaps you missed the part . . .

Huh? Perhaps you missing the part where your skull is supposed to be filled with something.


Posted by: jayarbee on March 7, 2006 at 6:28 PM | PERMALINK

It's "little bitty," not "bitty little."

You're both wrong, it's "itty bitty".

And whatever the creature is that lives under a bridge, that's definitely Delay. I think it's a troll, and they have pointy ears too.

Posted by: Ringo on March 7, 2006 at 6:29 PM | PERMALINK

DeLay is NOT a "troll" - I should know ; )Posted by: Cheney on March 7, 2006 at 6:30 PM

Oh my god, he likes it.

Posted by: Dr. Morpheus on March 7, 2006 at 6:33 PM | PERMALINK

Al,

You recently observed that the announced drawdown of British tropps in Iraq is in fact an elaborate ruse to make liberals look foolish. I concur wholeheartedly.

Likewise, your logic was undeniable when you pointed out that the "big bang" is a very shaky, very liberal theory, much like "gravity" and the laws of thermodynamics.

Clearly, though, one cannot compare Tom Delay's upstanding donors to that un-Christian drug dealing Holocaust-dodger Soros. You must withdraw your latest comment immediately.

Posted by: HeavyJ on March 7, 2006 at 6:49 PM | PERMALINK

Holocaust-dodger

Now, there's something nobody thought to accuse anyone of - yet. "And I maintain that my opponent deliberately avoided being rounded up and killed in the Holocaust, as was his duty as a Jew/Gypsy/Homosexual/Atheist. Does he deny that he is still alive?"

Posted by: craigie on March 7, 2006 at 6:54 PM | PERMALINK

This is no different than George Soros giving money to Democrats and MoveOn.org to spread liberal propaganda.

What a fucking moron tool you are, AL.

George Soros has never written a bill. Yet Repukeliscum assholes let lobbyists write bills all the time. ALL THE TIME.

George Soros has never paid off legislators and their wives. Yet Repukeliscum take bribes from lobbyists all the time. Duke Cunningham had a fucking price list.

Repukeliscum are selling our country down the river to the arabs, chinese, and corporations.

Posted by: POed Liberal on March 7, 2006 at 6:57 PM | PERMALINK

"Holocaust-dodger" --some Republicans actually do say things like that about Soros, and Roman Polanski.

Posted by: cld on March 7, 2006 at 6:59 PM | PERMALINK

craigie:

Clearly you are unfamiliar with the Wise and Good proclamations of Saint Tony Blankley:

http://mediamatters.org/items/200406040004

wherein he points out that Soros is "a Jew who figured out a way to survive the Holocaust."

Posted by: HeavyJ on March 7, 2006 at 7:13 PM | PERMALINK

Elf? No.

Troll? No.

Evil Leprechaun? Yes, yes, and yes...

Posted by: grape_crush on March 7, 2006 at 7:30 PM | PERMALINK

As predicted yesterday, the Senate Intelligence Committee today confirmed its status as a rubber stamp for the White House. The Committee, led by staunch Bush ally Pat Roberts (R-KS), rejected vice-chairman Jay Rockefeller's call for an investigation of the President's illegal NSA domestic spying program.

For the full story, see:
"Senate Intel Committee Caves on NSA Inquiry."

Posted by: AvengingAngel on March 7, 2006 at 7:45 PM | PERMALINK

You hate him because he's effective!

Posted by: trolletarian on March 7, 2006 at 7:48 PM | PERMALINK

You hate him because he's effective!

Effective like a thief. Yup. He is effective alright.

Posted by: lib on March 7, 2006 at 7:55 PM | PERMALINK

I would rather have lobbyists fund the politicians' campaigns than my dollars.

Translation: I'd rather politicians be responsive to lobbyists' needs than my own.

Best government [other people's] money can buy.

Posted by: Thumb on March 7, 2006 at 8:19 PM | PERMALINK


AVENGINGANGEL: As predicted yesterday, the Senate Intelligence Committee today confirmed its status as a rubber stamp for the White House. The Committee, led by staunch Bush ally Pat Roberts (R-KS), rejected vice-chairman Jay Rockefeller's call for an investigation of the President's illegal NSA domestic spying program.

Yes, CNN had this story from Ed Henry, a Republican stooge who masquerades as a reporter. Henry said that the committee had reached a "breakthrough" in their "deal" with the Whitehouse. Apparently the committee gets to give their okay to Bush's impeachable offenses every so often, with a "full review" coming again in five years. Vice-chairman, Jay Rockefeller, isn't happy, calling it, in essence, bullshit. I'll say. Roberts making a deal with Bush is no different from Bush making a deal with himself. It'd be like me making a deal with my heart to eat a full-time diet of high cholesterol foods and once every five years I'd have a bowl of bran flakes. Come to think of it, that would be a "breakthrough" -- for a heart attack waiting to happen.

It sure has been a lot easier for Bush since he became a dictator, hasn't it?


Posted by: jayarbee on March 7, 2006 at 8:23 PM | PERMALINK

I thought we busted that guy for bribery? Or was it shooting lawyers?

By the way, did anybody hear the news? Old dead eye Dick is threatening to shoot some Iranian lawyers.

Posted by: Matt on March 7, 2006 at 8:24 PM | PERMALINK


TBROSZ: I would rather have lobbyists fund the politicians' campaigns than my dollars.

Hah! You're still trying to equate lobbyists with Soros, as if they are digging in their own pockets to pay off politicians. It's not their money; it's straight from a very special corporate investment fund. And where do you suppose the corporations got it? Your dollars and mine and everyone's are paying those bribes to politicians in order to get them to vote for corporate interests. Okay, maybe yours too, but never mine.


Posted by: jayarbee on March 7, 2006 at 8:37 PM | PERMALINK

DeLay.
De Lay.

Sounds French to me.

Posted by: osama_been_forgotten on March 7, 2006 at 8:39 PM | PERMALINK

DeLay will win his primary race with ease. (And I predict he'll get reelected in November, as well.)

The interesting race will be Rodriguez v. Cuellar. The early voting is leaning Rodriguez's way -- but that shouldn't surprising since there was a large effort to get his vote out early. We'll see where things end up.

Posted by: Dicksknee on March 7, 2006 at 8:58 PM | PERMALINK

I take back what I wrote about the early vote -- not that it is wrong, but too few precinct have tallied their early vote. In fact, as of right now it's about 50-50 -- not a good thing for Rodriguez. But it is early -- only three precincts have tallied those early votes yet.

Posted by: Dicksknee on March 7, 2006 at 9:03 PM | PERMALINK

Naw hes ah REPIGLICAN

[[What party is the Pig Party?]]
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A criminal justice professor at Grand Rapids Community College has resigned after showing a video in class of a man having sex with a pig, students and a faculty representative said.

A school administrator confirmed that Samuel Naves, 47, resigned Feb. 17, but would not comment on why he left.

However, students and a faculty leader said the resignation had to do with the video. They said Naves was teaching an introductory criminal justice class earlier this year when he was going through video files on his computer.

The video appeared on a projection screen and students begged Naves to show the 10-second footage, according to the accounts.

Faculty association president Fred vanHartesveldt said the incident occurred this year. He said Naves was known for a blunt teaching style.

"His pedagogy was to teach real life," vanHartesveldt told The Grand Rapids Press. "His classes were very earthy. Some students took to that very well, and some students didn't."

Naves, who had worked at the college since 1997, declined to comment to the newspaper. Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, http://www.mlive.com/grpress

Professor Repiglican

Posted by: one eye buck tooth [X^B on March 7, 2006 at 9:22 PM | PERMALINK

Cercopes

Posted by: one eye buck tooth [X^B on March 7, 2006 at 9:26 PM | PERMALINK

How to be a curmudgeon on the internet,

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/18/technology/circuits/19POGUE-EMAIL.html?ex=1141880400&en=f4968813f97f749e&ei=5070


as if we need lessons.

Posted by: cld on March 7, 2006 at 9:27 PM | PERMALINK

Cercopes are malicious, evil gnomes. They are the off-spring of Thea. Pillage and theft is what they live by. One day they are so impertinent that they ...
Cercopes Link

Posted by: mr ho on March 7, 2006 at 9:28 PM | PERMALINK

"..man having sex with a pig.."

OK, so was the pig good looking?

Posted by: Matt on March 7, 2006 at 9:30 PM | PERMALINK

hells bells boyz dunt ya kno ennythang?
its all good from tha rooter to tha tooter
break eet down like a shottgun
and screw it like a Hog
pretty as heaven
or ugly az ah dogg
sex is sex
and salt is salt
if'n yew dunt git none
eets yer own damm fawlt
WooOooO!!
As Is going to ah Pig Farm een Krawford Texxas!
KablaamMmMmm!


Posted by: one eye buck tooth [X^B on March 7, 2006 at 9:43 PM | PERMALINK

Niether elf nor troll, the shape of that ear combined with his tiny piggish eyes reminds me of depictions of Lucifer.

Posted by: joe on March 7, 2006 at 10:22 PM | PERMALINK

Last time I checked, DeLay had 64 percent of the votes...

Posted by: tbrosz on March 8, 2006 at 1:24 AM | PERMALINK

"DeLay is NOT a "troll" - I should know ;" )Posted by: Cheney on March 7, 2006 at 6:30 PM

DeLay might not be a troll-but he does look like one. I think the caption should be "Pimp my Congressman."

Posted by: Susan on March 8, 2006 at 7:02 AM | PERMALINK

Elves are the immortal human-like beings of JRR Tolken. Elfs are the little guys who bake cookies in kitchens inside of trees. I think a Vulcan is closer to the mark.
Can you imagine a politician at a fundraiser, whodda thought that. Do you think the Democrats raise money differently?

Posted by: berlins on March 8, 2006 at 7:03 AM | PERMALINK

KD: I also like this picture because of the way the books in the background merge with DeLay's ear to make him look like a bitty little elf. Or is it a troll? I always get those mixed up.

Elves? Trolls? Elves, trolls, my ass! Delay is clearly a munchkin in this photo. Gives new meaning to follow the yellow brick road.

Posted by: tripoley on March 8, 2006 at 8:19 AM | PERMALINK

Neither elf, nor troll, but a Ferengi-Cardassian bastard.
Posted by: Advocate for God

Cracking me up over here.

Actually Ferengi-Cardassian is a very good description of GOP governing philosophy, or lack of same, of our current administration. The amoral profit seeking by any means/authoritarian military dictatorship.

Posted by: CFShep on March 8, 2006 at 9:03 AM | PERMALINK

Perhaps you missed the part where Al said "This is no different than George Soros giving money to Democrats and MoveOn.org . . ."?
Posted by: Cheney

And, of course, that should be 'different from' rather than 'different than' in any case. Follows that the analogy will likewise be faulty.

Posted by: CFShep on March 8, 2006 at 9:08 AM | PERMALINK

Despite this, a majority of the Republicans that voted turned out in favor of DeLay, despite the fact that he did not-as far as I know-spend a single night at any of their houses.

Posted by: Alexander Wolfe on March 8, 2006 at 9:26 AM | PERMALINK

I would rather have lobbyists fund the politicians' campaigns than my dollars.

Translation: I'd rather politicians be responsive to lobbyists' needs than my own.

Best government [other people's] money can buy.
Posted by: Thumb

Our form of democracy is bribery, on the highest scale. - Gore Vidal

Posted by: CFShep on March 8, 2006 at 9:39 AM | PERMALINK

You know what DeLay looks like? He looks like a winner.

Posted by: Tom on March 8, 2006 at 10:41 AM | PERMALINK

There is a marvelous display of a troll under the Aurora Bridge in the Fremont district of Seattle - DeLie, DeLay, Have DeLain, DeLayed looks a hell of a lot more like the front end of a cotton mouth. He would also fit right in with his pal Rep Jerry Lewis and be a sidewinder to boot.

Posted by: thethirdPaul on March 8, 2006 at 10:54 AM | PERMALINK

"..man having sex with a pig.."

I believe the proper term for that is, ahem, "porking."

Speaking of which Delay won the primary. Oh joy.

Posted by: Tripp on March 8, 2006 at 11:04 AM | PERMALINK

Last time I checked, DeLay had 64 percent of the votes...

I just have one question. How the hell can Republicans merrily continue to vote for nasty, sleazy, slimy, incompetent, corrupt, feckless, lying bastard incumbent failures like Tom Delay, Rick Perry and David Dewhurst?

Just curious.

Posted by: ckelly on March 8, 2006 at 3:47 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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