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….