Late Night Reads and Open Thread: That’s all folks!

If you could see me right now, I would be in a similar pose as this painting that sold for 119.9 Miiiiiilllllllion Dollars:  Sotheby’s sale of Edward Munch’s ‘The Scream’ brings $119.9 million

Edvard Munch's 1895 pastel 'The Scream'

Sotheby’s sells Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ for $119.9 million on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 (Carl Court / AFP /Getty Images / April 29, 2012 / May 2, 2012)

Wow, those guys look like a couple of bouncers!

Today, Newt finally said goodbye. Here is Shep Smith take on this and politics in general: Shep Smith: “Politics is Weird. And Creepy.”

After a rambling and nearly-incoherent speech, Newt Gingrich finally dropped his bid for the Republican nomination and Mitt Romney’s campaign issued a predictably benign and “hugs all around” statement about it, saying:

“Newt Gingrich has brought creativity and intellectual vitality to American political life. During the course of this campaign, Newt demonstrated both eloquence and fearlessness in advancing conservative ideas. Although he long ago created an enduring place for himself in American history, I am confident that he will continue to make important contributions to our party and to the life of the nation. Ann and I are proud to call Newt and Callista friends and we look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead as we fight to restore America’s promise.”

This would not be news except that Shepard Smith’s reaction to that statement was just classic and delicious. I think he should not be working for a channel who is almost always “weird and creepy,” but since he is, I’ve got to say that this should go down in the annals of classic news anchor reactions:

Politics is weird. And creepy. And now, I know, lacks even the loosest attachment to anything like reality.

The facial expressions are as wonderful as the words.

Video at the link…

Of course, comedians all over will be sighing big tonight…because they will be bidding fair well to the wealth of jokes that Newt is capable of inspiring. 5/3 Mike Luckovich cartoon: Newt Gingrich exits | Mike Luckovich

This is an open thread….

15 Comments on “Late Night Reads and Open Thread: That’s all folks!”

  1. I don’t know about y’all, but it is getting hot here in Banjoville…ooof!

    • Seems that Shep is getting attention from a lot of people:

      Shep Smith: ‘Politics Is Weird. And Creepy.’ – Conor Friedersdorf – Politics – The Atlantic

      Every so often, a news anchor has all he can take of the absurdity around him and calls it out for what it is. It happened to Anderson Cooper while covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Chris Matthews had his “I can’t believe what I’m observing” moment when Kevin James came on his show to talk about appeasement without understanding what the word meant.

      And Shep Smith?

      He had that kind of moment in the video above. Said Smith:

      Mitt Romney has released a statement on the departure of Newt Gingrich from the campaign. It reads in part, “Ann and I are glad to call Newt and Callista friends. We look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.” That from Mitt Romney. Politics is weird. And creepy. And now I know lacks even the loosest attachment to anything like reality.

      This is a healthy reaction.

  2. I saw this headline and thought it was terrible thing to do, but then I saw what the mother looks like, and this is one sick woman:

    Caught…Uh…Bronze Handed?: NJ Mom Arrested For Tanning Daughter In Horrifying News Segment | Mediaite

  3. ecocatwoman says:

    I met Shepherd Smith on several occasions when he was a reporter on one of our local stations. I was spokesperson, at the time, for our animal rights demonstrations. He was the only reporter that actually conversed with me & provided our side of the issue with seriousness. Imagine how saddened I was when I saw he was on Fox. And Trace Gallagher worked with him as a reporter on the same station.

  4. HT says:

    While I think Munch’s work is amazing. It is so evocative of despair. The latest estimate I heard was that it would go for over 80 million dollars, and we have despair aplenty these days. How many people would that feed and clothe? It’s bizarre.

    • janicen says:

      …and the pastel will disappear into a private collection, and people will remember the price but not be able to appreciate the brilliant work. It’s wrong in so many ways.

      • bostonboomer says:

        That’s what bothers me. These classic paintings should be in museums so everyone can see them–not in private collections. Munch did several versions of The Scream, and a couple of them have even been stolen from museums.

    • ecocatwoman says:

      Apparently, with fees included it went for nearly 120 million. But then again, possessing an iconic work of art is much more important than “creating jobs”.

  5. northwestrain says:

    0bama’s imaginary girlfriends. His “autobiography” was largely fiction — from his friends in Hawaii to his girlfriends. Seems like his old girlfriends are coming out of the woodwork and saying that the women portrayed in his book doesn’t resemble them.

    Are all politicians full of BS?? Yes I think they are.

    • quixote says:

      Of course his autobiography was fiction. He carries on about his father and his Kenyan family, whom he didn’t actually know, but practically covers up his actual grandmother who actually raised him. And then it turns out the fondly remembered aunt is barely scraping by on disability (?) in Boston and he doesn’t even know she still exists.

      What worries me more is his coming lies on the campaign trail, and his consequent re-election, and the next four years when he’ll have an even freer hand as he explained to Medvedev. Social Security is done for. Be prepared to have your parents living in the attic. (Oh, wait, the kids are only getting by because they’re living in the parents’ basement. Interesting times.)