TheDC Morning: The president’s pornographer

Jamie Weinstein Senior Writer
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1.) The president’s pornographerPresident Obama has decided that it’s a smart approach to go after Mitt Romney’s supporters for being, well, successful business people. It’s a pretty shocking strategy for the President of the United States to take, but what do they say about people in glass houses? TheDC’s Steven Nelson reports on the latest person to come out in favor of Obama-Biden 2012:

“Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt, who once ran for governor of California with the slogan ‘the smut peddler who cares,’ told The Daily Caller that he will vote to re-elect President Barack Obama in November … Asked if he was dissatisfied with Obama’s performance as president, Flynt said Obama ‘has fallen far short in many ways,’ mentioning the extension of the Patriot Act and ‘the way he’s dealt with Congress.’ ‘But Flynt said it’s important “to consider the lesser of two evils.’ ‘I don’t think anyone would prefer Romney,’ he explained.”

Maybe Flynt could start a smut peddlers super PAC for Obama?

2.) Does Newt Gingrich have a Secret Service addiction? — Newt Gingrich says he’s in the process of dropping out of the race, reports TheDC’s Nicholas Ballasy:

“Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told The Daily Caller in a video interview that he is dropping out of the Republican presidential race ‘probably about Wednesday’ May 2 and endorsing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.”

Yea, I’ll get out probably Wednesday. Maybe Thursday. At least by the summer. Look, Newt. You got to cut it cold turkey. Sure, once you get Secret Service protection you never want to give it up, feeling like a big shot wherever you go. If you forget for a moment you are losing to Ron Paul in certain primaries, you can even imagine you are president as you thought destiny had promised you, with all the big security fellas surrounding you and guarding you from the masses. But it’s over, buddy. It’s just over. You might say it’s time to get out now, but yesterday would have been more appropriate and three weeks ago even more so.

3.) The Democrats are sooo much more responsible than Republicans — That’s what the media tells us. And Sunday marked an anniversary that helped confirm it. So responsible are the Democrats in the United States Senate that they haven’t passed a proper budget in three years. TheDC’s Caroline May reports:

“April 29, 2009 was the last time the Senate passed a budget — three years ago … Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, told The Daily Caller that Senate Democrats’ obfuscation is to blame. ‘This is a deliberate plan that the Democratic majority has executed for three years to avoid the responsibility of laying out a financial plan for America,’ he said in an interview. The Democratic majority in the Senate, Sessions said, ‘cannot lead.'”

It really depends on how you define “lead,” doesn’t it? Did the Democrats lead in passing a budget? No. Did they lead in not passing a budget because they don’t want to go on the record cutting goodies from their supporters? Yes. In fact, if that’s how we are defining lead, they have been absolutely Churchillian.

4.) Gary Johnson taps the guy who will not be the next VP of the United States — But even so, he seems like a pretty decent fella. TheDC’s Will Rahn reports:

“Libertarian presidential candidate and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson has picked California Judge Jim Gray, a prominent pro-marijuana legalization advocate, to be his running mate … Gray was a conservative Republican who later became a Libertarian after deciding that the nation’s drug laws did more harm than good. He is the author of several books about law, politics and the drug war, and helped spearhead Proposition 19 in California, which would have decriminalized marijuana in the Golden State had it passed.”

5.) Poll of the Day: The case for Marco Rubio RealClearPolitics of general election presidential race in Florida: President Obama 47.3% vs. Mitt Romney 44%.

6.) Tweet of Yesterday — rob delaneyYes. Yes it is, Professor Comedy. RT @KeithOlbermann: Funny that Jimmy Kimmel ripped me after his people wanted me be on his show Wednesday

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