The 12 weirdest political moments of 2012

The following is a list of what the Houston Chronicle calls ‘The 12 weirdest political moments of 2012.’ I agree, some of this is very weird, but once you’ve read it, see my number 13, what I consider to be THE weirdest political moment of ALL time! Also, these stories have videos as reference, you can see them on the original story.

The 12 weirdest political moments of 2012

1. Clint Eastwood and his chair.

It was the most bizarre moment at a political convention in this century. A rambling, unkempt Clint Eastwood looked more like a confused old man than an Academy Award winning director. Yes, he talked to a chair. You truly have to see it to believe it.

2. Barack Obama doesn’t show up for first presidential debate.

Was he on pain killers? Did he eat a rancid turkey sandwich? Did he get really, really bad advice? Whatever the reason, President Obama sleepwalked through the first presidential debate, allowing Republican rival Mitt Romney to (temporarily) tighten the White House race.

3. The Mitt Romney secret video (plus the sequel).

It was the viral video that changed the presidential election. That grainy secret recording of Mitt Romney complaining about 47 percent of Americans who are dependent on government. It was months old, but it was as timely as can be. It reinforced the image of Romney as an out-of-touch rich guy. Then there was the not-as-secret, post-election recording of Romney blaming his loss on votes “bought” by President Obama. Say good-bye, Mitt!

4. Karl Rove loses it on Election Night.

The Republican political strategist strongly disagreed with his employers at Fox News when they joined other networks in projecting on Election Night that Barack Obama would carry the pivotal state of Ohio. “I think that’s premature,” Rove said on the air. He tried to get the conservative news network to retract its prediction. “That’s awkward,” said Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, who consulted on live TV with Fox’s official prognosticators. Rove’s Fox colleagues rejected the GOP guru’s reasoning. Unconvinced, Rove continued to accuse Fox of making “a very early call … It looks a little odd for us to be making a call.” As it turns out, the Fox predictions desk was right on target. The Rove-Fox drama may have been the best television moment of the night.

5. Vermin Supreme gets higher percentage in New Hampshire than Rick Perry.

It’s one thing to lose to Mitt Romney. And Newt Gingrich. And Rick Santorum. And Herman Cain. And Michele Bachmann. But Rick Perry got a smaller percentage of the primary vote in New Hampshire than Democratic protest candidate Vermin Supreme. Yes, that Vermin Supreme! The guy who walks around with a boot on his head. Can’t get much weirder than that.

6. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer goes missing.

It’s one thing for public officials to take vacations. It’s OK to take an out-of-state or international trip. (After all, didn’t Rick Perry go on that business development outing to Italy?)

But Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer pulled her own version of the Appalachian Trail routine when she left the state and refused to tell anybody where she was. The press tried to find out but was met with official stonewalling and massive confusion. “Where is she?” Sen. Jon Kyl asked The Hill. “I don’t know.” As it turns out, the mysterious governor was in Afghanistan.

7. Jesus endorses Texas congressional candidate.

We all know that God is officially nonpartisan. But Jesus — well, that could be a different story. Texas Republican Rep. Francisco “Quico” Canseco used the Christ’s face in a mailer highlighting the two candidates’ differences on social issues. The tactic led Canseco’s Democratic (and Catholic) opponent, Pete Gallego, to declare at a press conference, “I doubt very much that Jesus would have been pleased.” The mail ad the face of a baby and two men kissing each other. Canseco wouldn’t back down, telling the Texas Tribune, “Pete Gallego can have all the press conferences that he wants.” With or without Jesus’ blessing, Gallego unseated the unrepentant incumbent in November.

8. Michigan candidate runs racist TV ad during Super Bowl.

Republican Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra got off to a bad start in his 2012 Senate race when he aired a very strange TV ad on Super Bowl Sunday. In the commercial, an Asian-American actress biked alongside rice paddies and then, in broken English, thanked Michigan’s Democratic senator, Debbie Stabenow, whom she called “Debbie Spend It Now,” for borrowing money from “us” (China) to finance the U.S. national debt. After a national backlash, actress Lisa Chan apologized. Hoekstra did not. Guess what? He lost. Big.

9. Jennifer Granholm’s gesticulation.

In the Democratic National Convention hall in Charlotte, Jennifer Granholm worked the crowd into a lather with a tub-thumping speech reminiscent of William Jennings Bryan. But the former Michigan governor’s wild gesticulations did not translate well on TV, and the consensus of the Pundit Elite was that she looked like she had consumed a six pack before bounding onto the stage.

10. Dick Armey’s golden parachute.

How many politicians get $8 million to leave their job? (Don’t voters do it to them for free?) Well, Dick Armey, the former Texas congressman and House Majority Leader, received a massive, 20-year severance package for leaving the Tea Party group he had made famous, FreedomWorks. Armey thought there was some funny business going on at FreedomWorks and came into the office accompanied by an gun-toting aide. But the big money backers backed Armey’s enemies, and the blunt-spoken Texan took a golden parachute when it was offered.

11. Jim DeMint’s golden parachute.

While Armey was pushed, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint jumped. The leader of Tea Party forces in the U.S. Senate quit suddenly after the 2012 election to become the next boss of the Heritage Foundation. Unlike Armey, DeMint didn’t get a parting gift. But he will be getting a salary speculated to be at least $1 million, a rather large step up from his $174,000 Senate paycheck.

12. Donald Trump’s earth-shaking pile of manure.

“Donald Trump” and “weird” have never been used in the same sentence, right? The King of Weird managed to pull another weird gimmick out of his combed-over hair. Two weeks before the election, the billionaire builder and reality TV host announced on Fox News that he planned a “very, very big” announcement. “Will it change the election?” asked Fox personality Gretchen Carlson. “Possibly,” Trump responded. “It’s very big—bigger than anybody would know.” Bah-low-knee! Turns out he offered to donate $5 million to the charity of the president’s choice if Obama promptly released college documents and “passport information.” More weird conspiracy gossip from the King of the Birthers. SOURCE

And MY weirdest political happening of 2012:

13. The fact that the American people were so damned STUPID that they re-elected Barack Obama to a 2nd term in office.

Granted, Mitt Romney was NOT the perfect candidate, but once again I reference *The Shaved Monkey* and the idea that I would vote for said monkey over Barack Obama and his anti-American, anti-Second Amendment and Pro-Socialist agenda.

To all of my family, friends and readers, I wish you a Happy New Year. I hope we ALL have a great 2013, I am not optimistic, but I am hopeful. Keep your powder dry folks, we may need it!


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19 Responses to The 12 weirdest political moments of 2012

  1. mrchuck says:

    Also, Keep your ammo warm! HNY!!!

  2. Bloviating Zeppelin says:

    Instead of Happy New Year, I’ve been wishing people a “Crappy New Year.”

    Some stare at me open-mouthed. Most taxpaying zombies don’t even notice.


    • TexasFred says:

      I have a friend that was a salesman for many years, and he was GOOD I tell ya… And slick too…

      He would make a big corporate sale and collect the check, look at the guy, grin big and say *F**k you very much*…

      They never heard him apparently, they always said “Glad to do business with you, come back soon with a new product” or the like…

      It’s ALL in the delivery.. :twisted:

    • Patrick Sperry says:

      The coming total collapse of the economy will match your crappy new year BZ. Planet of the Zombies..? Happy New Year friend!

  3. LD Jackson says:

    I would tend to agree with you, Fred. The fact that the majority of Americans were stupid enough to give Obama another four years has to be the weirdest political moment of 2013.


    • TexasFred says:

      If there are that many STUPID Americans this nation is screwed… And it’s either that OR the election was a sham and FIXED right from the start…

      HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours too Larry!

  4. Hgpsurf says:

    #13 is precisely what I was thinking. Unfortunately, I think there are that many stupid Americans and I suspect the election was also fixed. Every time I see an Obama sticker on a car I think the owner is a complete fool and has done his or her part to ruin this country.
    Regardless, Happy New Year!

  5. Bunkerville says:

    A very happy new year to you and your family.

  6. Katie says:

    Happy Change the Calendar Day.

    You forgot one. Herman Cain and the bevy of Bimbos. Add in Gloria Allred and you know that Obama was scared of facing a truly angry black man.

    • TexasFred says:

      I didn’t forget anything.. I posted the Chron’s story and made the one addition I wanted to make.. If you want to add something, start at #14 and go for it…

  7. NativeSon says:

    #14: Texas Fred’s Blog was hijacked by Paultards for days at a time…

    Oh, wrong holiday-I thought you were talking April FOOLS when you reminded me that over 50% of America supposedly voted for Hussein!

    Happy New Year Fred! :)

  8. Patrick Sperry says:

    Well..? We all new what thirteen would be, and no, Fred didn’t have to do the swami routine for that one. All that I can say is that the election proved one of two things. Either that the people of these not so United States of America are the dumbest, stupidest, and uneducated people of all time, or the election was stolen.

    In 1968 I took the oath for the first time. I am an oath keeper, and when it comes to my nation, and some twits want to take it?

    Molan Labe!

  9. BobF says:

    #13 weirdest political moment. That moment and number made me think of this:

    And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

    Interesting read Revelation 13.

  10. jtintx says:

    Fred, please, let’s find someone to replace Pete Sessions. At one time I could call and talk to any one of his legislative aids. Now, nobody knows anything about anything and refuses to talk.

    • TexasFred says:

      I think you meant to comment on the thread above this one, but that’s OK, I will answer you here…

      JT, I have had those same issues with Sam Johnson, I have never had him respond to a call or an email… I have to be very fair and honest, I have had great response from the Sessions staff and I received a call from Pete Sessions himself earlier today.. Pete wanted to explain to me exactly WHY he voted YEA on this debacle but he just didn’t convince me…

      I asked him WHY did some of the most Conservative Congressmen in Texas vote NAY? Men have actually met, talked with and have great respect for, and Sessions response caused me to question WHY I voted for Sessions in this last election…

      Mr. Sessions told me that those other Congressmen had “taken the easy way out.”

      Mr. Sessions lost ALL of my support, and apparently that of some of my friends that are his constituents, with that remark..

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