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Mouthpiece Theater: The Macker's Eternal Campaign, Palin's Economy and Grassley's Twitter

It's volume two of Mouthpiece Theater featuring two of the biggest maws -- Dana Milbank and the Fix -- in Washington.

Missed the first episode or the promo? Watch them immediately or risk being dangerously out of the loop.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 9, 2009; 11:45 AM ET
Categories:  Mouthpiece Theater  
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Great job Chris!!!! wish this was on MSNBCTV.

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | June 10, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

"... tell [Palin] to come out when the Rapture arrives."

She can see the Rapture from her house.

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | June 9, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Chris & Dana,

You two are the best team around! I can't wait for the next installment of Mouthpiece Theater!
Palin continues to be good for a laugh! You have to wonder about the IQ's of people who think that she has a clue???!!!

Posted by: gbruner1 | June 9, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Too bad the propagandists of the insurance industry are determined to keep americans from getting the decent healthcare they deserve, instead of a backhanded slap and an insult to our intelligence.

Posted by: drindl | June 9, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

The most hilarious thing about the Democrats’ attempt to engulf the health care industry in the inky blackness of the federal government is their primary selling point: that a government takeover will actually lead to reduced costs. How's that plan working out with Medicare so far? Oh yeah, it's on track to bankrupt the entire country. So let's expand that -- what could go wrong? Well, besides all the features that usually come along with socialized medicine: reduced quality of care, long wait times for operations, and allowing old people to die in order to cut costs. Obamacare would lead to health care with the compassion of the IRS, the competence of FEMA, and the well staffed work force of our border patrol at a much higher cost, but on the upside, you won't live as long, so you'll have less time to complain about it.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 9, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Newtie is #3.

A little bio:

'Newt Gingrich was born Newton Leroy McPherson on June 17, 1943, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to nineteen-year-old Newton Searles McPherson and sixteen-year-old Kathleen Daugherty."

Gingrich has been married three times. He married Jackie Battley, his former high school geometry teacher, when he was 19 years old (she was seven years his senior at 26 years old).[7][8] They had two daughters and divorced in 1981. Jackie Battley Gingrich had two daughters with Newt Gingrich; supported him through graduate school and two unsuccessful congressional campaigns. She had undergone uterine cancer surgery during the successful 1978 campaign, which Gingrich was not averse to mentioning in his speeches. Eighteen months later, they separated. While recovering from another uterine surgery in the hospital, according to his friend Lee Howell, “"Newt came up there with his yellow legal pad, and he had a list of things on how the divorce was going to be handled. He wanted her to sign it. She was still recovering from surgery, still sort of out of it, and he comes in with a yellow sheet of paper, handwritten, and wants her to sign it.” According to Howell, friends in her church had to raise money for the separated wife of the congressman and her daughters.

Gingrich wed Marianne Ginther] He remained married to Ginther until 2000, when they divorced. Shortly thereafter, Gingrich married Callista Bisek, with whom he was conducting an extra-marital affair at approximately the same time he was leading the Congressional investigation of Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky."


I beleive Callista was 18 when he met her.

Posted by: drindl | June 9, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Chris & Dana--

Who knew (until that unfortunate series of Tweets) that Senator Grassley spoke Japanese! He sounds just like he studied the text from Woody Allen's 'What's Up, Tiger Lily', AND that he was so extraordinarily tech-savvy! Although I wasn't exactly rolling on the floor (at least not due to the senator or his tweets), I was indeed laughing my ar*e off! As for Sarah Palin, she's no laughing matter--not from any orifice!

You both make excellent Mouthpieces, incidentally--can't wait until you play the lawyer (back-to-back) in 'Chicago' ('Roxie's simple, barefoot mouthpiece'), but I expect, short of that theatrical watershed, I'll have to settle for the Friday installment! Can't wait for that (low calorie) guilty pleasure!

Posted by: sverigegrabb | June 9, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

If the GOP had any hope of getting any votes outside the Base they would stuff Sarah down a manhole somewhere and tell her to come out when the Rapture arrives.

But they're still playing to the nineteen percent.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 9, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

chrisfox8 speculates
"I heard that Palin didn't speak at the fundraiser. I wonder if someone saw her speech and did a quick ixnay on letting her go to the podium."

The more likely story is that the Gingrich faction negotiated with the Palin faction to have her attend, not have a speaking role, but join a choreographed walk across stage with The Newt & Mrs Newt III (or is it IV?).

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 9, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

hahahaha, if you keep digging that hole in Washington, you may eventually reach Alaska and see Putin rear his head.


Sarah is probably on the beach with her plastic pail and shovel diligently digging her way to China

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 9, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

hahahaha, if you keep digging that hole in Washington, you may eventually reach Alaska and see Putin rear his head.

Ah, Milbank. A national treasure.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 9, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I heard that Palin didn't speak at the fundraiser. I wonder if someone saw her speech and did a quick ixnay on letting her go to the podium.

Heard a few excerpts from the Hannity thing .. move over, Condoleeza, the GOP has a new Worst Speaker. She sounded like she was reading in a language she doesn't speak.

Yeah, the Great White Hope of the GOP.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 9, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Since I refuse to watch CC's childish spectacle, i can only comment that Newt Gingrich gets more obnoxious by the day -- and that's quite a feat.

Posted by: drindl | June 9, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

"Surprised she's heard of China. Can she see it from "an island in Alaska?""

No, but you can see it from Russia which you can see from Alaska, so she's keeping tabs on China that way. Someone should build her an outpost on that island and give her some binoculars. Like an arctic Minuteman.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 9, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Palin just discovered we've been borrowing money from China. She told Hannity about it, just in case he didn't know.

Surprised she's heard of China. Can she see it from "an island in Alaska?"

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 9, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

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