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Fear and Loathing at BWI

Posted on | December 26, 2011 | 19 Comments

They’ll call final boarding in less than an hour, so there’s no time now for a lot of fancy stuff. I’m scheduled for a three-hour flight to Detroit, a one-hour layover and then a 40-minute hop to Cedar Rapids.

The big headline on Memeorandum:

Mitt Romney’s secret money

What does it mean? Who knows? Maybe Mitt’s got more money than George Soros and has bought the GOP lock, stock and barrel. My mind isn’t on Mitt’s money, it’s on Iowa, where I just discovered that Rick Santorum’s schedule has him holding a press conference this afternoon:

4 p.m. CT — Senator Santorum and several prominent Iowa conservative leaders will hold a media availability following a pheasant hunt in Adel, IA.

Hmmm. Two hours from the airport in Cedar Rapids, where I’ll arrive about 1:15 p.m. A guy named Aaron has offered to pick me up at the airport, but would he be up for a 140-mile run to the other side of Des Moines? And then we’d have to turn around and drive back to be at a volunteer-training event in Cedar Rapids at 7.

But what the heck, huh?

If you’re gonna go gonzo, go all the way. This is the kind of situation where the only question is: What Would Hunter Thompson Do?

We know the answer, I think, and so my friend Aaron had best be prepared to do some high-speed driving across Iowa when I arrive, because my plans just changed in the time it took to drink a Bloody Mary in the airport lounge.

The National Affairs Desk, 8:10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 26, 2011

Drinking a Bloody Mary at 8 o’clock in the morning may seem strange, but this is purely medicinal: Three hours cooped up on a plane isn’t the kind of ordeal I can endure in an unmedicated condition, and tomato juice helps fortify my immune system as I prepare for this grueling expedition onto the campaign trail.

What I need is more sleep. I got up at 6 a.m., and if I can catch a couple hours sleep on this flight to Detroit, I’ll be rested and ready when I finally arrive in Iowa. Grab a large cup of coffee for the drive from Cedar Rapids to Adel, and I’ll arrive at that “media availability” as fresh as a daisy and as sober as a judge. No problem.

Well, one problem: Rich Lowry. But he’s a chronic problem, and I don’t have time to deal with it this morning, because I’ve got to get on that plane and fly the friendly skies. Wish me luck, and hit the freaking tip jar.


  • ThePaganTemple

    I’d laugh if you went to all that trouble only to get to his press conference just in time to here him announce his withdrawal from the race lol

  • ThePaganTemple

    Well, I shouldn’t say I’d laugh, that’s a little harsh. But it would be kind of funny seeing you suddenly jump on the Huntsman bandwagon and try to sell him as the only remaining viable conservative alternative.

  • D. Edwards

    rich lowry: david brooks with hair

  • richard mcenroe

    I actually don’t fault Romney for not releasing the names of his bundlers, when anyone who doesn’t write for the WAPO knows they would have swarms of Obama’s SEIU and @Occupy drones on their front lawns the next day.

  • Kitty Myers

    Why the separate keyboard? 

  • ThePaganTemple

    Or even worse, booger-eating Paultards.

  • Mortimer Snerd

    Bet it’s pretty cold in Iowa.  It’s mid-summer in Vanuatu, where the surf is rolling in and the trade winds are blowing gently through the cocoanut palms.

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  • Zilla of the Resistance

    Good luck and safe travels, Stacy! 

  • Charles G Hill

    Probably easier to type on the add-on; laptops generally are not known for having wonderful keyboard feel.

  • Anamika

    There’s still Crazy Bachmann for McCain to suck on if the supply of Santorum runs out.

  • ThePaganTemple

    Eat Me!

  • Adjoran

    At least we know he won’t be supporting any filthy, corrupt socialist like Obama.

  • Adjoran

    WaPo’s leftist Editorial Board has its panties wadded up?  Go Mitt!

    He is “hiding behind the law,” they say – IOW, he’s not going beyond the legal requirements, or not far enough beyond them to suit WaPo.

    Sorry, propagandists, but you forfeited any moral authority to demand extra-legal “disclosure” when you were complicit in covering up the truth about Obama, a crime against the public you continue to abet.

  • The Osprey

    Stacy should collect all his Rick Santorum columns together and call them the “SantoRUM Diary”.

  • richard mcenroe

    Don’t bring your day job to the board.

  • Patrick

    Detroit? I thought I smelled something funny outside! 😉

  • Icis Bokonon

    “…covering up the truth about Obama…”
    Great Gonzo scoop, that.  Obama’s a Christian, in the actual Letter to the Corinthians sense–good or bad for the nation as that might be–as opposed to a frothing, vicious fundamentalist who lives for the thrill of brown deportations, the vicarious uplifting joy of keeping fellow citizens in second-class status, the warm and sweaty mouth-spit buzz of watching firsthand footage of Hellfires incinerating possible enemies as well as their wives and children, and the musty but somehow erotic smell of the cast-off tunics of the fabulously wealthy tossed down as recompense for stooging one’s birthright as an American so the tax rate only falls, only falls.

    And you are proud of this.  We have fallen far.


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