Open Thread: Comic Relief

The Washington Press Club Foundation’s annual Congressional Dinner has been politely described as “two hours worth of politicians who don’t know how to joke trying to make jokes.” Sen. Jeanne Shaheen was an exception to that rule when she cracked wise at the event this week.

New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen told the crowd of lawmakers and reporters that the white birch tree was the state tree of New Hampshire. She even offered a PowerPoint slide of said tree.

Then this: “What you didn’t know – this tree beat Rick Perry in New Hampshire. It also beat him in a debate.”

But Shaheen’s best one-liner was at Newt Gingrich’s expense. The senator explained that New Hampshire’s state amphibian shares a name with the Republican presidential candidate, but – unlike Gingrich – the spotted newt “actually mates for life.”

This is an open thread.
h/t: Pindell

4 Responses to Open Thread: Comic Relief

  1. tesha February 11, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    Go Jeanne!

  2. Dave O'Brien February 11, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    I just read this article by Josh Israel published on the Think Progress website…

    Indoor Tanning Industry Backs Boehner

    The Indoor Tanning Industry’s political action committee has contributed $5,000 House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) campaign account and another $5,000 to the National Republican Congressional Campaign’s Boehner for Speaker Committee.

    The trade association “actively lobbies against legislation that would place unfair restrictions on salon businesses.” Boehner no doubt earned the group’s gratitude with his staunch opposition to inclusion of tanning salon taxes in the Affordable Care Act.

    Ironically, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who famously tweeted to Jersey Shore star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi that he would not tax her tanning bed received no contributions from the PAC this cycle or last.

    Who would of ever thunk it?

  3. Tully Fitzsimmons February 12, 2012 at 2:07 am #
  4. mevansnh February 12, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    Romney sweeps Maine with 39% percent of the vote.  Ron Paul gets 36%.  With over 258,000 registered Republicans in Maine, those voting in the caucus was less than 6,000.  Way to go Mitt.

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