TN Rep Who Pressured Mistress to Have Abortion Votes for Abortion Ban

Congressman Scott DesJarlais, the pro-life, all-family values Tennessee Republican who cheated on his wife and then pressured his mistress to have an abortion, voted this week in favor of a federal 2o-week abortion ban. DesJarlais’ spokesperson said the congressman has “always supported pro-life values”—except, of… » 5/15/15 8:00pm 5/15/15 8:00pm

Julia Sweeney On SNL's 'White-Male Energy' and the Story of Pat

Beloved SNL alum Julia Sweeney was interviewed by Salon recently, and now I really miss Pat. During the conversation, Sweeney (a cast member from 1990-1994) had had plenty to say about Lorne Michaels, the show’s “white-male energy,” and whether or not Victoria Jackson is messing with all of us. » 5/06/15 7:20pm 5/06/15 7:20pm

Rand Paul Is Running for President, Selling Some Awesomely Weird Shit 

Senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky man who seems markedly less crazy than his crazy old dad, is set to announce his run for the President of the United States today. Paul, who is anti-abortion, anti-birth control, somewhat anti-vaccination, and a quiet fan of frothing conspiracy theorist radio host Alex Jones, is still… » 4/07/15 9:50am 4/07/15 9:50am

Politician Accused of 'Giving Away' Adopted Child to Sexual Abuser

An intense and disturbing investigative piece published by the Arkansas Times alleges that State Representative Justin Harris, a devout Christian who also owns a religious preschool, gave away two little girls he and his wife had adopted six months before. The little girls were "re-homed" with a former teacher at the… » 3/05/15 6:45pm 3/05/15 6:45pm

The Plaintiffs Behind the Obamacare Lawsuit Are Your Embarrassing Aunt

Imagine if a right-wing think-tank funded by the Koch bothers approached your weirdo aunt—the one who constantly updates her Facebook with funny pictures about our Kenyan Socialist President, the Democraps, and the insistence that heaven really is for real—and asked her to put her name on a convoluted,… » 2/10/15 11:30am 2/10/15 11:30am

GOP SOTU Response Brings Up Immigration in Spanish, But Not in English

Last night, Iowa Senator Joni Ernst put us all firmly to sleep with a gentle fairytale about our glorious new life in Tea Party America. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, a Florida Republican, was set to deliver an almost identical Spanish-language version of Ernst's speech (minus the stuff about being a humble farm girl).… » 1/21/15 9:50am 1/21/15 9:50am

Congressman: Welfare Is a 'Bribe to Not Work That Hard' or Get Married

Newest Wisconsin congressman Glenn Grothman hasn't even taken his seat yet, but the 59-year-old Tea Party enthusiast has already set his sights on the Badger State's greatest scourge: low-income people who receive modest state and federal benefits. Grothman recently told a local news host that aid programs are "a… » 12/02/14 4:00pm 12/02/14 4:00pm

Four of the 80 Tea Party Candidates up for Election Are Women

In news that comes as a shock to absolutely no one, it turns out the Tea Party is having some trouble supporting women. In this year's election, 80 candidates have been endorsed by various national Tea Party groups like Tea Party Patriots and Club for Growth. Only four of them are women: Katrina Pierson (Texas,… » 5/31/14 12:00pm 5/31/14 12:00pm

Actress Booted from Vagina Monologues After Ad for Tea Party Candidate

A truly unfortunate political ad for the California gubernatorial race featuring a semi-famous Latina actress, her shivering old Chihuahua, and a state assemblyman who looks like he could be have had a small arc as a bumbling villain on Weeds has really, really pissed off San Francisco's Latino community. The… » 1/19/14 1:30pm 1/19/14 1:30pm

Michele Bachmann Outcrazies Herself In Bizarre 'End Times' Interview

Minnesota Congresswoman and firebrand head of the Congressional Whackadoodle Caucus went on the radio this weekend to talk about, I don't know, what she normally talks about I guess? Word barf that reads like Tea Party Magnetic poetry in a blender? But what she ended up talking about — in an excited, unsettlingly… » 10/08/13 12:40pm 10/08/13 12:40pm

Body Snarking Hillary Buttons a Lowlight at California GOP Convention

It’s time to consider the possibility that the GOP is the giant panda of political parties. That is, in much the same way that pandas simply refuse to fuck even to save their species, Republicans seem to be trying to will themselves out of existence one convention/gaffe/election cycle at a time. Case in point: at… » 10/06/13 1:00pm 10/06/13 1:00pm

Republican Tells Little Girl He'd Deport Her Dad, Crowd Cheers Wildly

What do you get when you take one well-known philandering Tea Partying Congressman who— let's face it — looks a lot like a penis, a little girl whose father is an undocumented immigrant who would get deported if aforementioned penis-pol had his way, and a room full of Tea Party voters? FUN TIMES galore! » 8/19/13 6:15pm 8/19/13 6:15pm

Get Your Tri-Cornered Hat: It's the Tea Party Guide to the 4th of July

What is the best way to celebrate Independence Day? If you're like most people I know, you probably agree that the optimal way to honor our country is to gorge yourself on beer and meat products and then fall asleep in a hot tub, stewing in your own filth. For the Tea Party, though, it's the ideal time to reflect… » 7/04/13 4:15pm 7/04/13 4:15pm

Most Depressing Raffle Ever: Asheville Tea Party Wants You to Win a…

Well, this is incredibly fucked. An Asheville chapter of the Tea Party is offering North Carolina residents a chance to win a DPMS Panther Oracle AR-15, a very similar rifle to the one reportedly used in the Sandy Hook shooting. Even scarier, they posted the raffle on Monday, so they were fully aware that there had… » 12/18/12 11:00pm 12/18/12 11:00pm

Women Responsible for Turning Susan G. Komen Into a Joke Might Run for…

Earlier this year, Susan G. Komen For the Cure did the public relations equivalent of pulling down its pants and taking a giant dump all over its shiny pink reputation by cutting off grants to Planned Parenthood for political reasons, and then lying and saying they were doing it because of new rules. The new-ish,… » 11/21/12 7:00pm 11/21/12 7:00pm

Senator Ron Johnson Sure Hopes Tammy Baldwin Can Understand Math

Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin was among the most progressive members of the US House of Representatives during her tenure as a Wisconsin Congresswoman. Wisconsin's senior Senator Ron Johnson is a Tea Party idiot. But so far, everything is hunky dory! Baldwin is confident that the two can work together in Washington, and… » 11/08/12 6:30pm 11/08/12 6:30pm