Jay Carney knows three Hilary Rosens

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Yesterday the White House press corps had a few questions for Jay Carney about Hilary Rosen’s relationship with the White House. The Romney camp made a claim that Rosen had visited the White House thirty-five times; surely the White House Press Secretary would have been aware of this and ready to answer questions on Rosen’s ties to the Obama Administration …right?

Eh …not so much. Here is what Jay Carney had to say when asked about Rosen’s visits to the White House and relationship with the Obama Campaign:

“First of all, I have not spoken with the President about this, so I don’t have anything to report to you on that.”

So after “filibustering for twenty-five minutes,” as Glenn put it, the best answer Jay Carney has for the press is that he hasn’t spoken to the President?

“In other words, it’s true,” Stu said. “You don't get in middle of one of these controversies, and this answer is not on the tip of his tongue if there's an answer.”

“He goes back to that all the time,” Pat added.

“Does this guy ever speak to the President?” Glenn asked. “The only time you – the only time you listen to Jay Kearney, and it's an important question.  He always answers the same.  I haven't spoken to the President about this.”

Here’s more of what Carney had to say:

"Secondly, I think we can all agree, Democrats and Republicans, that raising children is an extremely difficult job. That is true for all mothers, as well as fathers. But, we should focus on where we disagree. It is not coincidental that the very first piece of legislation that this President signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Free Pay Act. It had passed the Congress, and the President signed it into law. Why did it take President Obama coming into office, being sworn into office to have the fair pay act? Because Republicans overwhelming opposed it."

In other words, we all agree – also, Republicans are evil and hate women. “They hate women and that’s just the way it is,” Glenn joked.

“The first thing he did was pass the Lilly Ledbetter Law, and then he proceeded to pay women 18 percent less in the White House than men,” Pat pointed out. “Isn’t that fascinating?”

It’s likely that almost all of the women who are standing with the President on “women’s rights” would be fascinated by this information. However, it’s likely this is one of the very few issues, outside of his desire to redistribute wealth, that President Obama is fairly consistent on.

“Before he got into office he paid women 87 cents on the dollar,” Pat pointed out. “That's 13 percent less.”

So, Carney can’t confirm the White House visits, Republicans hate women, but what about Rosen’s relationship to the administration? Here is what he had to say:

“First of all I haven't seen the records.  I don't know that Hilary Rosen.  I know three personally. So I’m not sure that those records represent the person we’re talking about …necessarily.”

This is the only group of people that know more than one Bill Ayers, more than one Jeremiah Wright, and now three Hilary Rosens?

“That’s the thing though,” Stu said, “When it was Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright, they said these were not the same people. This time they’re like ‘hmmm, I’m not sure, it could have…we know so many’.”

Glenn joked that the only thing Jay Carney hasn’t done to try and avoid answering questions about this administration is yelling, “LOOK!” and running away from the press corps.

“If this were Canada I had be laughing so hard,” Glenn said.

Unfortunately, it’s not.

Would Glenn make a better bounty hunter or a Jedi? You'll have to find out in a new episode of the Beltway Banthas Podcast, where Glenn goes deep on Star Wars with host Stephen Kent. In this 45 minute discussion, Stephen and Glenn explore the political themes of the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader's redemption from Return of the Jedi, Glenn's earliest memories of seeing the films and even debate elements of the latest Star Wars films.

If you enjoy the pop culture and nerdy discussions that Glenn, Pat and Stu get into on the radio show, you'll love this! After you're through, you can also check out Stu Burguiere's appearance on Beltway Banthas to talk Star Wars. You can find that here.

It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…


Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...


Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…


And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…


When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…




Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…


This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…


It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.