News Roundup for 5/23/11

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-Headline of the day-
"Cantor nudges Rep. Ryan to jump into 2012 White House race."

Shorter headline: "Cantor is Stupid."

At the same time that a Politico story reports that House GOP leadership ignored warnings that Paul Ryan's Medicare-slaying was politically suicidal, one of that leadership -- House Majority Leader Eric Cantor -- thinks that Ryan would be the perfect guy to run for president.

"Paul's about real leadership," Cantor told reporter. "I think that that's what this public so desperately wants to do right now. They don't want to see individuals that just dismiss problems that we can just sweep under the rug."

Except that polling shows that the public "so desperately wants" something that's not the Ryan plan. In fact, we want pretty much the opposite of the Ryan plan. You've got to wonder where Cantor gets his information from...

Oh, wait. He's a Republican. He pulls it from out of his ass. (The Hill)

-Educate yourselves!-
The Great Patriot Herman Cain is running for president. He used to be a pizza delivery guy or something, I guess, but no the nation calls to him, begging him to run. In his formal announcement that he would answer the call and run for president, Herman told people they need to "reread the Constitution," because no one gets it anymore.

Specifically, the Hermanator wants us to read "a little section in there that talks about 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness'" and another that "says 'when any form of government becomes destructive of those ideals, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it.'"

Of course, that's all completely wrong. Both are from the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution, but so what? Details are what are dragging this country down! We've become slaves to reality and, when reality gets in your way, you just run it right over and make shit up.

It's the American way. Don't believe me? Look it up. It's right there in the Constitution. (ThinkProgress, with video)

-Headline of the day-
"Fox News executive disputes claim Roger Ailes thinks Sarah Palin 'is an idiot'."

Maybe he doesn't "think" it, but he knows it. (Raw Story)

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