Melissa Harris-Perry Apologizes For Mitt Romney Grandchild Jokes, Uses Absurd Hashtag

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry is in hot water for making jokes about Mitt Romney’s adopted, African-American grandchild on the air last weekend.

The comments came during a segment in which a roster of comedians were riffing on notable photos from the past year, and things went off the rails.

A photo of the Romney family with Mitt’s latest grandchild, Kieran Romney, who is adopted and African-American, on Mitt’s knee, sparked laughter.

“One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn’t the same,” sang out Pia Glenn, one of Harris-Perry’s guests on the show.

Harris-Perry herself said she would like to see the “gorgeous” child and North West, daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, get married some day.

“Can you imagine Mitt Romney and Kanye West as in-laws?” she said.

This apparently incongruous sight had everybody on-screen giggling, but the capper was provided by comedian Dean Obeidallah, who quipped:

“It sums up the diversity of the Republican Party and the [Republican National Committee], where they have the whole convention and they find the one black person.”

While the imagery of Mitt and ‘Ye as in-laws is pretty hilarious, using a child of a public figure in a political jab (pertaining to race no less) is in pretty bad taste.

Conservative blogger Caleb Howe wrote, “He’s not a child adopted by loving parents prepared to provide him with a better life in keeping with the family’s values.”

“Nope. He’s just a token. A punchline, not a person.”

Sarah Palin was more pointed, writing, “Holy unbelievable. The hypocritical leftist lamestream media should be shamed by every caring, child-loving American.”

Incredibly, this wasn’t just an off-the-cuff remark. The segment was pre-planned, leaving conservatives outraged that someone thought this was a good idea.

With Phil Robertson returning to Duck Dynasty, the media seized on this latest left-right controversy and the umbrage rising against the MSNBC host.

Harris-Perry apologized this morning, Tweeting, “I am sorry. Without reservation or qualification. I apologize to the Romney family #MHPapology”

Yes … she appears to have added a touch of self-promotion in the form of that ridiculous hashtag to an apology that otherwise would’ve sounded sincere.

Compared to her guests, though, she was downright contrite. Pia Glenn apologized to families with adoptive children but defended herself vociferously.

Dean Obeidallah, meanwhile, apologized to the baby if the baby was offended, then went on the offensive, noting that the right is just as insensitive.

“I’ll apologize to the Romneys but not the wing nuts,” Obeidallah writes in a Daily Beast column Tuesday titled “Confessions of a Romney Baby Bully.”

And the 24/7 political/media wars raged on into 2014 …

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Whites-Only Scholarship Causes Outrage, Spurs Debate at BU

The Boston University College Republicans’ news whites-only scholarship has sparked national attention, debate, and in some cases outrage.

The group’s president admits his goal in establishing a $250 Caucasian Achievement and Recognition Scholarship was to kick the proverbial hornets’ nest.

Mission accomplished, and then some.

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“To tell you the truth, we didn’t see this coming,” Joe Mroszczyk said. “The Drudge Report picked it up yesterday, and today I just finished a round of national interviews.”

“It’s kind of overwhelming.”

Applicants for the group’s award must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher; must write two essays; and must be at least one-quarter Caucasian.

The application offers an explanation: “We believe that racial preferences in all their forms are perhaps the worst form of bigotry confronting America today.”

According to Mroszczyk, his group is offering the scholarship merely to point out “how ridiculous it is to have any sort of racially based scholarship.”

At BU, for example, he notes that students who are at least one-quarter Hispanic can apply for a National Hispanic Recognition Scholarship.

“There are poor, white, academically gifted students who need that money just as much,” Mroszczyk said, noting that he got the idea from a nearby college.

Two years ago a chapter of the College Republicans at Roger Williams University also offered a $250 whites-only scholarship, he points out.

“We are not doing this as any kind of white supremacy thing. Not at all. I just want to have a dialogue about racial preference,” Mroszczyk said.

It seems as if Mroszczyk has gotten his wish.

People from across the country are now weighing in on the idea through e-mail and the radio – and his fellow BU students are having their say too.

“It’s a poor way to talk about affirmative action,” said David Coreas, the 21-year-old senior who is president of the Latino fraternity Phi Iota Alpha at BU.

“If they want to have a scholarship, then let them have a scholarship, but they’re stirring up controversy in the wrong way. We have to look at the situation honestly.”

“Caucasians tend to have a higher per capita income than Latinos and other minorities,” Coreas notes. “We have to have scholarships to survive.”

Coreas said he would welcome an honest dialogue about race and affirmative action, while Mroszczyk admits even some of his friends are at a loss.

“They said I can’t believe you’re doing this,” he said.

And for all the talk, there are still no takers for the scholarship. The application has been available since November 7, and so far not one student has filled it out.

Coreas, for one, says he would try to apply for it, if only he were eligible.

“I wish I could: That $250 could help me pay for textbooks,” he said.

Should any scholarships be decided based on race?

 

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AP, IRS and Benghazi Scandals: Will They Torpedo Obama Administration Agenda?

President Barack Obama finds himself dealing with three separate scandals in a confluence of events that could threaten his second-term agenda.

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He was already in damage control mode and trying to dismiss GOP criticism of his administration’s handling of September’s deadly Benghazi attacks.

Now, the Internal Revenue Service has been under scrutiny for targeting conservative groups – a surprising admission that Obama vocally criticized.

And meanwhile, a third scandal erupted after the Associated Press revealed that the Justice Department had secretly obtained its phone records.

Even the most ardent liberals can’t ignore the impact of three potential scandals at once, as Obama’s plans for his second term might be in real trouble.

Obama’s attempt to quiet his critics on Monday won’t be enough to lift his already tenuous second-term fortunes, some political analysts predict.

The administration’s failure to get out information on Benghazi quickly allowed Republicans to turn the inquiry into a “sideshow,” as Obama calls it.

His promise to hold people accountable “if” the allegations against the IRS are true will only hand his critics the opportunity to blame him for that too.

No one believes Obama ordered the IRS to do this, and his outrage is appropriate, but it also didn’t position him as being on top of the matter at all.

Rather than taking quick action, such as firing those involved or opening a full White House investigation, he may be at the mercy of the details.

And we haven’t even gotten to the AP scandal yet.

In moderate and liberal circles, the phone-records scandal, because it involves the AP and raises anew the specter of Big Brother, may be the worst yet.

At least when it comes to Obama’s reputation.

Of all people to be tied to an alleged trampling of the First Amendment, Obama has the most to lose. The question is whether he can bounce back.

If he can identify where his administration went wrong in all three cases, acknowledge it and show concrete and decisive action in each case, maybe.

If Obama falls short, he’s going to have a very ugly second term.

All the right-wing impeach-Obama groups will no longer seem like the fringe of the GOP if his stature, credibility and reasonableness take a hit.

The uneven responses to Benghazi, followed by revelations about “the deliberate targeting of conservative groups by the IRS,” and now the AP mess?

All together, it may simply make it impossible, or at least much more difficult, for Obama to paint himself as the voice of reason, or above the fray, ever again.

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Ann Romney on Husband’s Presidential Loss: Blame the Media!

In his first extensive interview since losing the Presidential election to Barack Obama, Mitt Romney told Chris Matthews this morning that he only has himself to blame for not taking the White House.

“I lost my election because of my campaign,” Romney said on Fox News Sunday. “Not because of what anyone else did.”

Romney cited his failure to win over African-American and Hispanic voters, while also zeroing in on his “47 percent” comments as being detrimental to his bid.

Admitting that it “kills” him not to be President, Romney also had a few choice words for the man who is:

“He didn’t think the sequester would happen,” he said. “It is happening. To date, what we’ve seen is the president out campaigning to the American people, doing rallies around the country, flying around the country and berating Republicans and blaming and pointing.

“Now, what does that do? That causes the Republicans to retrench and to put up a wall and to fight back.”

Ann Romney, meanwhile, was not as deferential about the basis for her husband’s defeat. She squarely pointed a finger at the fourth estate.

“It was not just the campaign’s fault,” Ann told Fox News. “I believe it was the media’s fault as well, in that he was not being given a fair shake, that people weren’t allowed to really see him for who he was. I’m happy to blame the media.”

She then concluded by focusing on the same current issue plaguing the government:

“I totally believe at this moment, if Mitt were there in the office, that we would not be facing sequestration right now.”

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Romney Final Vote Total: 47 Percent!

Mitt Romney’s final vote total in the 2012 presidential election has been tallied, and the Republican challenger received – wait for it – 47 percent of the vote.

Yes, it took this entire time to finalize it (you just didn’t hear about it because it wasn’t close), and Romney came in almost exactly at the 47 percent figure.

47.2 percent to be exact.

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Many will find the number appropriate and ironic, as Romney made waves when a secret video of him talking with donors surfaced late in the campaign season.

In the 47 percent video, he said that segment of the country would never vote for him, because they’ve become dependent upon government programs.

That Romney final vote is based on the percentage of all presidential votes he garnered in November, and it works out to 47.2 percent of all Americans.

Looks like his calculation was quite wrong, or at least backwards. On the plus side for Romney … 47.2 percent is more than 59,000,000 people.

Also, if you excluded all third party candidates and looked at only Romney and President Barack Obama, the GOP challenger reached 48 percent.

Not a terrible showing; John McCain won just 45.7 percent of the vote four years earlier. Still, don’t expect a third run from Mitt in the 2016 election.

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Romney Adviser Brags About Terrible Performance Among Minority Voters



Mitt Romney can still enjoy a nice silver lining following his loss in the 2012 presidential election, brags adviser Stuart Stevens, who feels the Republican won where it counts.

Seriously, this isn’t an Onion article … these are real quotes.

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Stevens penned an op-ed in the Washington Post today arguing that by winning wealthier and whiter voters, Romney secured a huge moral victory over Obama.

“On November 6, Mitt Romney carried the majority of every economic group except those with less than $50,000 a year in household income,” Stevens wrote.

“He carried the majority of middle-class voters. While John McCain lost white voters under 30 by 10 points, Romney won those voters by seven points, a 17-point shift.”

“The Republican Party has problems, but as we go forward, let’s remember that any party that captures the majority of the middle class must be doing something right.”

As a result, “Republican ideals – Mitt Romney – carried the day.”

The implied argument – at least how some interpreted it – that poorer votes are inferior seems to undercut the campaign’s central message over the last two years.

Then again, so did Romney’s own 47 percent comment.

Mitt’s top concern in 2012 was providing jobs for the jobless, he said again and again and again, with unemployed Americans highlighted in ads, speeches and photo-ops.

Those individuals make under $50,000 a year almost by definition.

Stevens notably never mentioned jobs and unemployment, instead focusing on how Romney championed “the moral case for free enterprise and conservative economics.”

Unfortunately for Romney, poor and minority votes counted just the same as the allegedly superior votes Stevens favored, and they went for the other guy.

The 2012 election results were not even all that close: a margin of 3.5 points, over four million overall votes cast and an electoral college blowout for Barack Obama.

Powered by strong turnout and margins among young voters, Latinos, African Americans, and women, he won a second term despite a struggling economy.

Why? Stevens had an explanation for that, too, of course.

Obama was “a charismatic African American president with a billion dollars, no primary and a media that often felt morally conflicted about being critical. How easy is that to replicate?”

We imagine his supporters will have a rebuttal or 20. Wonder if the Prez himself will bring this up during lunch with Romney at the White House tomorrow.

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PETA to Obama: Stop Pardoning Turkeys!



Since the days of George H.W. Bush, Presidents have spared the lives of a couple fortunate turkeys every year around Thanksgiving.

This year, for example, President Obama will pardon two birds named Cobbler and Gobbler.

But PETA is actually against this act, as chairman Ingrid Newkirk addressed the Leader of the Free World today and said:

“It makes light of the mass slaughter of some 46 million gentle, intelligent birds and portrays the United States’ president as being in some sort of business partnership with the turkey-killing industry/ Turkeys do not need to be ‘pardoned’-they are not guilty of anything other than being born into a world of prejudice. They are innocents who should be respected for who they are: good mothers, smart birds, and interesting animals.

“You understand so well that African-Americans, women, and members of the LGBT community have been poorly served throughout history and now I am asking you to consider other living beings who are ridiculed, belittled, and treated as if their sentience, feelings, and very natures count for nothing.”

Yes, she just compared the plight of turkeys to minority human beings.

Are you on the side of PETA? Should President stop pardoning them?

 

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Sarah Palin or Julianne Moore: Who Would You Rather …



Julianne Moore won an Emmy for portraying Sarah Palin in HBO’s Game Change.

That did not sit well with the former V.P. candidate’s daughter Bristol Palin. Why?

“I don’t think she’s a good interpreter of my mom. I think my mom is way hotter than that,” she said. “I think she doesn’t have that accent. It’s kind of silly, but my mom’s awesome.”

Sure she is. Do you agree with Bristol (who’s been receiving white powder and death threats in the mail) that Sarah’s hotter than Julianne? Tell us below, who’d you rather …

 

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Photo Of The Day: Snooki Meets Newt Gingrich

I mean, really: who in this country doesn’t love Snooki? The celebrity mama-to-be posed for this picture with Newt Gingrich and his wife Cally behind the scenes at a taping of the Jay Leno show on Wednesday afternoon.

Is it just me, or does it look like both Snooki and Cally dressed almost the same for the show? See, I always said that Snooks had good taste! She’s an excellent ambassador for the Garden State. And considering the fact that she’s traveling, I’m taking it that she has another two months or so before she gives birth to her first baby. We can’t wait to finally meet him and see Snooks as a MOM!

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Ron Paul Wins Maine Caucuses at Party Convention



Ron Paul supporters took control of the Maine Republican Convention and elected a majority slate supporting him to the GOP national convention.

The results gave the Texas congressman a late state victory.

In votes leading to the close of the two-day Maine GOP convention, Paul supporters were elected to 21 of 24 delegate spots from the state to the Republican national convention in Tampa, Fla., giving him a demonstrative win in the state.

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Paul, the last challenger to Mitt Romney to remain in the contest, finished a close second behind Romney in Maine’s GOP caucuses in February.

Those results were nonbinding, however, and not everyone had a chance to cast a ballot before the results were announced, as a snowstorm forced the cancellation of some caucuses, including one in a Paul stronghold.

Romney won the February election with 39 percent of the vote to Paul’s 36 percent. Rick Santorum‘s 18 percent and Newt Gingrich’s 6 percent.

Nevertheless, the caucuses merely selected the delegates to the state’s party convention, and at that event, 21 of 24 voted to nominate Paul.

Romney’s aides say they don’t view Paul as a threat to winning the nomination, but are mindful not to do or say anything to anger his supporters.

“I think he’s being very careful because he knows how important the Ron Paul voters are – they obviously represent a very different dynamic,” said Mike Dennehy, a former top aide to Republican John McCain’s 2008 campaign.

“They are the most passionate and the most frustrated of any voters heading to the polls. And many of them are actually independents.”

In any case, the weekend’s turn of events would indicate the GOP has not yet united behind the man many call the presumptive nominee, and there are indications the infighting may last through the national convention this summer.

If nothing else, it’s a testament to the staying power of the movement started by Paul and his supporters, who are peerless in their devotion.

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