Have you heard the story about the president who got a blowjob from a lady who wasn't his wife? Sure you did. Because that blowjob would be old enough to drive a car by now, and lots of hack "journalists" cut their teeth typing out the scintillating details of semen stains and cigars. Which is why they are the one subspecies on this planet, and probably any other in the universe, that can never forget. The world marches on, a president leaves office, another one steals his seat, then another takes his place -- but the Very Serious Journalists will never let go of The Blowjob.

We are not going to make all the jokes about Andrea Mitchell's typo. Yes, it is awkward that she misspelled "awkward," but we imagine even she knows how the word is correctly spelled. We all make typos on Twitter, and usually, they're in otherwise brilliant tweets (not in this case, of course), and it makes you want to hit your head against something hard because WHY OH WHY did you have to spoil your own wit with a typo? It happens, right? Bqhatevwr.

What is terrible about Andrea Mitchell's tweet, and this is her fault, is what it says about her and her entire insidious industry of supposed Very Serious Journalists who can't let go of The Blowjob. From the last century. They are addicted, and all it takes is the tiniest whiff of the good stuff, or even just the off-brand clearance sale stuff, for them to fall off the wagon.

What exactly is Andrea Mitchell trying to accomplish? Perhaps the former first lady and senator and secretary of state and potentially future president will be baited into some sort of Twitter fight? Or perhaps she'll simply be so overwhelmed by the mere existence of Monica Lewinsky -- ON THE INTERNET -- that she'll go into permanent seclusion, abandon any plans she might have had about running for office again, and eat all the Häagen-Dazs while she tearfully sings "I Will Survive"? This, finally, Monica Lewinsky's presence on Twitter, will be her undoing?

When Lewinsky decided earlier this year to emerge (again) from her relative silence (again) to put The Blowjob behind her (again), another long-time member of the Very Serious Journalist club, Diane Sawyer, couldn't wait to ask Hillary Clinton alllllll about it. Showing far more grace than the breathless Sawyer, Clinton calmly tried to move on to another subject, one that was not about a 16-year-old blowjob. But Sawyer was like a rabid dog, even asking the former first lady/senator/secretary of state, "Is there anything you would say to her about her life?"

Really? REALLY? All these years, Hillary Clinton's kept a pretty tight lip about the woman who blew her husband in 1998, but now that she's been asked, there are probably a million things she's dying to say on national television. If only some stalwart reporter like Diane Sawyer had thought to ask before.

We are well aware that as Hillary Clinton decides whether she will keep her high approval ratings, thank you very much, or throw herself again at the mercy of the Democratic Party and hope for a better outcome than in 2008, we will have to relive The Blowjob again. And again. And again. Sure, we might occasionally be distracted by the Fox News-generated conspiracy theories that she personally planned the Benghazi attacks. That she's lesbian lovers with her Muslim terrorist aide. That her ankles are too fat; her laugh is too abrasive; she cries too much and not enough; she's a leftwing radical trained by Saul Alinsky; she's a bloodthirsty hawk slightly to the right of Dick Cheney; her headbands were ugly; her pantsuits are still ugly; her daughter was once ugly; she refused to change her last name because she was a radical feminist; she ultimately changed her last name because she's an opportunist; she's a traitor to feminism; she's an extreme feminist; she's a bad wife; she's a bad mother; she's a bad human being.

Whatever one thinks of her politics, her past, her present, her presidential plans -- we can be pretty damned certain that she's said all she has to say on the subject of The Blowjob, and no one is going to make her crack. She can take it. She lived through congressional investigations into her husband's infidelities. She survived the headlines about his erections, about just where he inserted cigars, about how his semen stained the world's most infamous blue dress. She has heard every single sordid detail that Very Serious Journalists like Andrea Mitchell and Diane Sawyer churned out 24 hours a day at the time and still -- still! -- cannot let go.

She's never going to go on a Twitter rant about Monica Lewinsky. She's never going to look into the camera with her steely gaze and say, "Actually, yes, I'd love to tell you what a I really think about the woman who blew my husband." She's never going to satisfy the insatiable hunger of the media that will never forget the golden era of the tabloid internet, when Matt Drudge still ruled their world, when they got to feign shock that such things happened between adults, that they asked and polled and worried about how we'd tell the children, about how we'd ever be the same, about how our republic would ever recover.

We recovered. Hillary Clinton recovered. The smug self-righteous members of Congress who could not get enough details about The Blowjob didn't recover. They've all divorced their wives by now to marry their mistresses. Even the vomit-inducing love story Al Gore tried to make a part of his 2000 presidential campaign -- SMOOCHIE FACE!!!! -- is in ruins.

The Clintons are still married. Whatever it is, it works for them. It's none of our business. It never was. They have moved on. Most of us have. Sure, there are some Republicans who are crossing their fingers that somehow, some way, they can use The Blowjob as a weapon against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race. It won't work for them. It never has. If they go there, they will lose. But hell, they're going to lose anyway.

The Very Serious Journalists, though, are worse. They like to pretend they are engaging in something noble, that they are somehow honoring that great fourth estate by informing the citizenry, by asking, by implicating, by reminding us that once upon a time, a president got a hummer from a lady who wasn't his wife.


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Great GOP wordsmith Frank Luntz, the guy who gave us the "death tax" and who urged the George W. Bush administration to talk about "climate change" since it was less politically motivating than "global warming," did some more of his characteristic word magic today! While staying at the Hotel Imperial in Vienna, Austria, Luntz offered this cautionary tale about the evils of socialism, as illustrated by the shoddy conditions in a 5-star luxury hotel owned by Dubai's "Al Habtoor" conglomerate and operated by Marriott:

Talk about your grim hellholes! Apparently, there's only one elevator in the entire building, and it's been broken for three days, proving that European-style socialism is a failure that should never be imported to the USA, where -- damn it! -- all buildings work!

As some smartass pointed out, now Luntz may have to take the STAIRS, like a common Bolshevik!

We're still trying to get our heads around how a delay in getting an elevator fixed in a luxury hotel owned by the United Arab Emirati proprietors of Dubai's

  • Habtoor Grand Resort
  • Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
  • Habtoor Palace, LXR Hotels & Resorts
  • V Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
  • Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City
  • Metropolitan Hotel Dubai
  • Al Habtoor Polo Resort

as well as

  • Imperial Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna (Austria)
  • Hilton London Wembley (United Kingdom)
  • Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand (Lebanon)
  • Hilton Beirut Metropolitan Palace (Lebanon)
  • President Abraham Lincoln Springfield – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (United States)
  • InterContinental Budapest (Hungary)
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest (Hungary)

is an example of the horrors of socialism, but then, we don't earn the big bucks like Luntz does. Austria is among the 14 richest countries in the world, so we're fairly certain it's not a commie hellhole. Then again, there is a very strong social safety net, so maybe people in subsidized housing stole all the elevator parts. Or perhaps the elevator would have been fixed sooner if only Austria didn't have such strong unions. It's a mystery.

Or maybe it's that NATIONAL socialism that's the problem, seeing as it has socialism RIGHT IN THE NAME!

Adolf Hitler, once a day labourer outside the Hotel Imperial Vienna, returned as the Führer and "delivered a speech to a rapturous crowd from [the hotel] suite's balcony, on 14 March 1938", according to

We suppose it's worth noting that the Imperial is decidedly not owned or operated by the Austrian government, where a far-Right coalition has recently imploded -- although maybe Luntz is confused about that, since official state guests are traditionally housed there. In any case, the elevator's busted, it's in Europe, Europe is socialist, and Frank Luntz is homesick for America, where no elevator ever goes unrepaired for an entire weekend. It simply has never happened because of our efficient free market!

Still, Luntz's tweet inspired some valuable reflections on how economic theory shapes the reality of everyday life. This is the kind of Austrian economics we can support.

In conclusion, capitalism always allocates resources efficiently and fairly, although that still doesn't explain why Frank Luntz has a job. And now it would be your DOKTOR ZOOM'S BIRTHDAY PARTY OPEN THREAD, if only the socialists would fix the elevator, the end.

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