Quote of the Day

[Content Note: Violence; assassination.]

"There are a lot of things that haven't been hammered out because Rick and Mitt have been going at each other. Now that they have trained their barrels on President Obama, I hope his teleprompters are bullet-proof."—Former Rick Santorum supporter and super-donor and current Mitt Romney supporter and super-donor Foster Friess, using profoundly inappropriate violent imagery to talk about how the candidates will ally themselves to unseat the president. "Friess told ABC News that he regretted the statement immediately after making it." I'll bet.

Of course, let us be honest for a moment that this is a well-constructed "joke" not likely to have just tumbled out of his head fully-formed, given its reference to conservatives' favorite gag about President Obama's reliance on teleprompters. "I hope his teleprompters are bullet-proof" sounds every bit like a line that goes around his circle, the sort of shit with which email forwards from conservative relatives are peppered. I'll bet that same line has been used a thousand times at closed-door Republican fundraisers over the last four years.

Friess isn't sorry for saying it. He's sorry for saying it in front of people with recording devices.

As you may recall, Friess was also the genius behind the suggestion that women could put aspirin between their knees as low-cost contraception.

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