Letterman: Say, Obama’s kind of lying about this GM bankruptcy thing, huh?

posted at 1:21 pm on October 24, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Alternate headline: Even Late Night Comedy Shows Must Interview Obama Off the RecordNoel Sheppard picks up David Letterman’s belated realization that Barack Obama — one of his favorite guests — has misrepresented Mitt Romney’s position on GM and the auto bailout for months.  Letterman tells MSNBCs Rachel Maddow that he finds it disappointing when a challenger proves to be more honest than an incumbent President:

DAVID LETTERMAN, HOST: Here’s what upset me last night, this playing fast and loose with facts. And the President Obama cites the op-ed piece that Romney wrote about Detroit, “Let them go bankrupt, let them go bankrupt,” and last night he brings it up again. “Oh, no, Governor, you said let them go bankrupt, blah blah blah, let them go bankrupt.” And Mitt said, “No, no, check the thing, check the thing, check the thing.”

Now, I don’t care whether you’re Republican or Democrat, you want your president to be telling the truth; you want the contender to be lying. And so what we found out today or soon thereafter that, in fact, the President Obama was not telling the truth about what was excerpted from that op-ed piece. I felt discouraged.

RACHEL MADDOW: Because the “Let Detroit go bankrupt” headline you feel like was inappropriate?

LETTERMAN: Well, the fact the President is invoking it and swearing that he was right and that Romney was wrong and I thought, well, he’s the president of course he’s right. Well, it turned out no, he was taking liberties with that.

If you want your President to be telling the truth, then it’s time for a new President.  And when a Democrat has lost David Letterman, and when Letterman tells people that the Republican was more honest than the Democrat, that is going to leave a big mark on Obama’s efforts to woo low-information voters, the very people Obama is trying to woo with his appearances on Entertainment Tonight, the late-night comedy shows, and MTV.

Who knows?  Maybe Jay Leno will ask Obama a couple of tough questions tonight about his misrepresentations in the debates, and his personal attacks on Mitt Romney for the last several months.  Pretty soon, the only safe interview for Obama will be on Sesame Street with Big Bird … and he’ll still insist on quote approval first.

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Guess what, the Feds are just going to end up bailing out gm again in another 15-20 years – perhaps even earlier.

Simonsez on October 24, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Less than 5.

Midas on October 24, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Even considering the source this is good.

Schadenfreude on October 24, 2012 at 1:53 PM

That was good. Why do you say, “considering the source?” Is this guy unreliable or something? Never heard of him.

UltimateBob on October 24, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Not only is Pantload a chronic liar, Dave…

… but if you listen carefully, he means the exact opposite of what he says.


“… and the suggestion, that anybody on my team, be it the Secretary of State, our UN Ambassador, anybody on my team would play politics or mislead when we have lost four of our own, Governor, is offensive.”

Seven Percent Solution on October 24, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Leno has been taking some funny jabs at The Won lately. It is a welcome change.

Cindy Munford on October 24, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Maybe Jay will ask about Benghazi again tonight since sooooooo much truth has come out. Remember when the Won claimed to be offended at Mitt’s suggestion that anyone in his regime would try to cover up the truth during the 2nd debate? He didn’t deny a cover up just that he would be offended at the suggestion of one.

Kissmygrits on October 24, 2012 at 2:07 PM

..but if Pappy still insists on viewing the traffic accident, then he should be aware that that Obama will have to face an increasing amount of scrutiny on the Benghazi turmoil now coming to full boil — especially with the recent memos — while Romney wisely stayed out of that. It’s now between the MSM and their beloved who is attempting to stall out the clock. And the MSM, if nothing else, smells the red meat.

This may very well suck a lot of oxygen out of these last two weeks for Obama.

The War Planner on October 24, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Big yepper to ‘romney wisely stayed out of it’…he just handed bammie and the msm the rope, they can do whatever they think fit with it :)…

jimver on October 24, 2012 at 2:08 PM

.but if Pappy still insists on viewing the traffic accident, then he should be aware that that Obama will have to face an increasing amount of scrutiny on the Benghazi turmoil now coming to full boil — especially with the recent memos — while Romney wisely stayed out of that. It’s now between the MSM and their beloved who is attempting to stall out the clock. And the MSM, if nothing else, smells the red meat.

This may very well suck a lot of oxygen out of these last two weeks for Obama.

The War Planner on October 24, 2012 at 1:56 PM

The media ignored Fast and Furious.

The media ignored the Apology tour.

The media didn’t investigate him in 2007/08 (transcripts/etc.)

The media ignored his sellout of Poland to the Russians over missile defense.

and on and on…

And as for chillaxing about the polls or how the Romney campaign is running it’s show? Having been witness to decades of inept so called “leadership” by the gop, I have to ask?

How can they be behind to the worst President in American History?

They should have destroyed him politically months ago.

Here we have “I’ll have more flexibility, after the election” and he’s EVEN IN THE POLLS?

One slip up by Romney and Obama wins and we’re screwed for AT LEAST 4 more years. And what kind of flexibility is he going to give the Russians after the election? Nuclear missiles but what else?

Until January 21st at 12:01 when he is no longer CIC we have reason to be very worried.

And that’s ONLY if he is defeated. Otherwise…….shudder to think.

PappyD61 on October 24, 2012 at 2:08 PM

What say you?

kcd on October 24, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Right now hill-dog is dazed…..she’s in heavy duty protection mode.

Benghazi’s getting bigger than she ever dreamed.

Obama has pissed away more political capital in 4 years than anyone in my lifetime…and has already pushed this mess into hill-dogs lap.

Can’t wait to hear how she spins this once daylight is spilled all over it.

You have, however, outlined one very real possibility.

Tim_CA on October 24, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Reading between the lines I’d say that Letterman realizes he’s backed a losing horse and is bleeding out viewership because of it. It’s one thing for this tool to openly shill for his guy when he’s pulling the wool over the public, it’s quite another when the idiot you’ve backed is losing the race. Letterman is dead to me and has been since 2000. He’s so dead he’s a zombie! Hey, Dave you’re supposed to go down with the ship. He’s has no honor, but then that’s true of most libs.

neyney on October 24, 2012 at 2:08 PM

I haven’t watched Letterman since the vile remarks about Palin’s kid. If he thinks it’s funny to joke about a 14 year old girl being sexually violated by an adult ballplayer, why doesn’t he make pedophile jokes about his son Harry? The guy would blow a top if anyone did, and a phony apology under pressure wouldn’t change that, nor should it.

A guy who’s paid out millions in hush money to employees and interns to keep quiet his own record of sexual aggression and intimidation doesn’t deserve any of my time, nor would I find him entertaining.

Letterman or Leno (who isn’t a bad guy) aren’t Carson. They aren’t funny into their 60s. It’s over, give it up. Not that Fallon or Kimmel or Ferguson have the stature to take over. Conan O’Brien is the only one close to funny enough for late-night talk, and he isn’t exactly Joey Bishop, either.

Adjoran on October 24, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Speaking of low-information, most of you know very little about Letterman.

You say you don’t watch him, but you somehow know all about him. i have watched him for 30 years. His biggest problem these days isn’t being a liberal, he isn’t a liberal. He spent more than one Christmas in Iraq with the troops.

Letterman’s biggest problem these days is what it has often been. Laziness. Doing the same joke over and over and over. If it gets an audience reaction he will do this with a joke. It’s not his fault Palin’s name is a punchline. But he will use that. BTW, anyone that actually believed Letterman told his staff to write a child rape joke is too stupid to be on a computer.

Letterman did a Clinton intern joke in every monologue for over a decade. I don’t remember there being any problem with that from Republicans. Letterman didn’t do any GWB jokes until 2005. Then, he beat the crap out of it for three years.

Letterman also tries hard for the Jon Stewart audience these days just like Leno does. His guest list, which has a lefty mouthpiece a least once a week, is very telling.

Moesart on October 24, 2012 at 2:10 PM

So the gap-toothed jackass suddenly finds religion regarding truth and politics after driving away onetime fans like myself after becoming a flaming left-wing shill,huh? Too late all the way around. Although I bet it shocked that dude Maddow when those words came out of Zippy’s mouth.

Rockshine on October 24, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Speaking of low-information, most of you know very little about Letterman.

His biggest problem these days isn’t being a liberal, he isn’t a liberal.

Moesart on October 24, 2012 at 2:10 PM

LMFAO.

Tim_CA on October 24, 2012 at 2:12 PM

I also find it strange that this is what bothers Letterman. I would think Obama lying about Benghazi and the resultant deaths of 4 Americans would be much more important.

Letterman ESAD!

neyney on October 24, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Leno has been taking some funny jabs at The Won lately. It is a welcome change.

Cindy Munford on October 24, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Now and then something funny and true about little Bammie, but always accompanied by something nasty and untrue about Governor Romney.

All the late-night douches do that.

slickwillie2001 on October 24, 2012 at 2:15 PM

BTW, anyone that actually believed Letterman told his staff to write a child rape joke is too stupid to be on a computer.

Moesart on October 24, 2012 at 2:10 PM

So then, either:

A) Letterman wrote it himself, or

B) they wrote it for him without being asked, and he still delivered the joke on his show.

Either way he is a loser and a lowlife.

And – believe it or not – no, I don’t watch Letterman. Haven’t watched him since I’ve been old enough to hold down a steady day job – mainly because he’s on way past my bedtime. But even if I was up that late on a regular basis, I wouldn’t watch his show.

UltimateBob on October 24, 2012 at 2:15 PM

You can tell Maddow is in pain listening to this…which is nice.

Also, you have to know that Hillary knows the only chance she will ever have at being president is if she runs against Romney in 2016. If (God help us) Obama gets a second term… and assuming he hasn’t changed the term limit laws by then… there is no way another Dem is getting the White House. The GOP could run one of the Bush twins in 2016 and win it.

Sugar Land on October 24, 2012 at 2:16 PM

He’s not going to find three percent he’s searching for at gop rallies.

PappyD61 on October 24, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Gotta take those meds every day, Pops. Every day.

Jaibones on October 24, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Meh, the non-funny moron Letterman will vote for “The One” regardless!

Liberty or Death on October 24, 2012 at 2:25 PM

I’m a little confused about this. “Hey, Obama lied! Mitt Romney totally wanted to bail out Detroit! Romney 2012!” Weren’t the bailouts a bad thing and shouldn’t we be annoyed that Mitt Romney supported govt-guaranteed loans and a “controlled bankruptcy”?

I think that they were both fibbing a bit here. Romney was clearly calling for government guarantees *after* bankruptcy whereas Obama gave those guarantees *before* bankruptcy.

Hal_10000 on October 24, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Although I bet it shocked that dude Maddow when those words came out of Zippy’s mouth.

Rockshine on October 24, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Of course it shocked Mad-cow, it shocks all the lefties when one of their own goes off the reservation! They’re all on the phone to their overlords right now wondering when Letterman will be hauled off to the re-education camp for his blasphemy!

Liberty or Death on October 24, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Wish I had 50 tv’s, where I could watch ALL their heads explode at the same time on Nov 6th. Madcow, Letterman, The Spew cast, and especially Chris “spittle” matthews!

kcd on October 24, 2012 at 2:33 PM

I wonder which lucky intern gets to wear the Palin wig and glasses up in Letterboy’s ‘lovenest’?

In a right world, Gloria Allred would be all over that.

slickwillie2001 on October 24, 2012 at 2:36 PM

GM will go bankrupt again in the not too distant future. It’s Opel subsiderary in Europe is losing money faster than our US Treasury can print monopoly money to put a happy face mask on an economy in danger of failing.

The GM Chinese arm is doing well and making a profit, but accourding to business reports, GM US can’t use those profits to shore up its declining US sales–even though it does so in its public relations statements and ads.

According to Rasmussen, 57% of Americans polled would not buy a GM product and Ford popularity is at an all time high because so many previous GM owners have traded in for Fords (as I did).

GM hired a telecommuications expert to run GM. That’s like asking me to manage the maintenance for the space shuttle. I’m an intelligent individual. I’ve led Marines in combat. I have excellent leadership and people skills. I have a lot of common sense and I’m pragmatic. But I don’t know beans about maintaining the space shuttle and should never be allowed to do so.

GM has allowed the unions too much say in business decisions when their motive is enrichment of the union instead of GM investors.

GM stiffed its investors in the bailout and therefore will find it difficult to find investors anxious to invest when it’s the unions who will benefit over those who take the finanicial risks.

GM will not be able to find quality low cost labor because it cheated the non-union employees at Delphi out of their pensions.

And GM allowed the government to dictate production based on a political agenda instead of a profit motive.

When you sum it all up, GM’s future looks bleak.

And if GM fails again under an Obama second term, taxpayers will lose tens of billions of dollars more while the unions reap the benefits.

Vote for Romney and buy Fords.

BMF on October 24, 2012 at 2:37 PM

How can they be behind to the worst President in American History?

PappyD61 on October 24, 2012 at 2:08 PM

You contradict yourself in your post,first you say that the media is un-cooperative and they don’t report on anything that makes bama looks bad, then you lay the blame at Romney’s feet as it’s his fault somehow because he doesn’t control the msm and their narrative…so, try at least to be consistent…secondly, if you ask that question above seriously (and it’s not somehow rhetorical) maybe you should start looking somehwere else for answers, precisely at the immense political illiteracy and lack of interest in informing themselves on issues, that half ofthis country is plagued by (if not more)…sure, a lot of them are partisan dems who refuse to listen to anything else other than the party talking points, but this is also a form of ignorance, mind you…others are simply gullible, naive, uninformed indivduals who don ‘t pay attention and who believe kinda like Letterman does, that if the president says it, it must be true :), others are minorities with entitlements at stake and whon won’t give that up easily,and then there are the unions…so therein, my friend, lies the answer to your question, these categories I just enumerated represent half the country if not more, so excuse me if I ask this, but how do yo get through to them?? any ideas?? So yeah, that should answer you question as to why the election is so close, nothing to do with romney campaign and how he ran it…he can only chip at the margins, winning some indies here, some disgruntled individuals there, which would put him at roughly 2, 3 percentages ahead of obama, kinda where he is right now in the polls…hopefully this will be enough to winthe WH?…oh, and btw, if you ae so critical and have so many ideas, why don’t you try to do somehting about it yourself, maybe like in educating some young politically illiterate people on issues, don’t know, anything might help…other than sitting there like Statler and Waldorf of Muppets show fame and making nasty comments from the height of your intangible ‘balcony’, or shall i say ivory tower :)..

jimver on October 24, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Moesart on October 24, 2012 at 2:10 PM

It’s not his fault Palin’s name is a punchline. But he will use that. BTW, anyone that actually believed Letterman told his staff to write a child rape joke is too stupid to be on a computer.

Defending Sarah Again

I guess I am “just too dumb” to be on a computer. (The “just..dumb” is an old Letterman chant.)

Letterman certainly had no problem from conservatives in his routines running former Alaska Governor Palin down. Fine. I can see that his attitude about her being a bimbo is somewhat symmetrical with knocking President Bill Clinton for his sex problems. Except, of course, for the fact that Bill’s problems were real and a potential threat to an ethical performance in the jobs he held.

Now, I read it twice but I don’t know what your defense is of his joke about Palin’s daughter. Letterman’s only deflection was that the joke was to be aimed at Palin’s older daughter and not the fourteen year old. What a gent! An eighteen year old having sex with A Rod of the Yankees during a break in the game the Gov attended with her daughter isn’t in poor taste or defamatory. Unfortunately, the Governor took the 14 year old.

I am not a Palin fan but the overall treatment she got was totally grotesque and Letterman was a very large part of the piranha frenzy.

Chelsea Clinton was left out of it (and rightly so) despite the white trash and corruption aspect of her family….There are twisted conservatives who could tear the Clinton’s far worse than the slings they actually suffered.

There is no defense for the pop culture in this case at all.

IlikedAUH2O on October 24, 2012 at 2:40 PM

I think that they were both fibbing a bit here. Romney was clearly calling for government guarantees *after* bankruptcy whereas Obama gave those guarantees *before* bankruptcy.

Hal_10000 on October 24, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Romneys plan would not have the US owning $50B of worthless stock in a company handed over to unions to shore up the labor vote and keep the campaign cash coming.

Obama didn’t guarantee anything. He friggin’ bought the company, threw out any debt or obligations to non-union entities (and violated the US Constitution, US Bankruptcy law, and judicial precedent to do it), and then required GM to build a car that 1) doesn’t work, 2) nobody wants, and 3) costs the US taxpayer about $40,000 per car sold.

The only thing Obama has guaranteed is that the additional $6 trillion in debt he’s responsible for in 3.5 years will have to be dealt with by somebody else.

BobMbx on October 24, 2012 at 2:41 PM

PappyD61 on October 24, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Reality is that the polls are too close for your comfort. You need to find a way to deal with that or you will implode.

Mitsouko on October 24, 2012 at 2:41 PM

I thought, well, he’s the president of course he’s right

I wonder if he thinks that of all presidents or just the D variety.

Robin Banks on October 24, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Sugar Land on October 24, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Chelsea Clinton. They need to get her some credentials first, but, that won’t be hard. Look at her mom.

a capella on October 24, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Hal, Obama practically gave GMa blank check and did not require restructuring GM’s uncompetitive internal costs when he rushed them through bankruptcy and gave ownership to the UAW and also used taxpayer money to fully fund the union pensions while screwing the white collar workers out of their pensions. Romney’s plan would have required GM to fully restructure their internal costs. Uncompetitive union contracts would have been voided all pension plans would have been treated equally. Then post BK have the gubmint ” guarantee” private funds to help GM, which is different than a direct blank check from the taxpayers.

karenhasfreedom on October 24, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Romney’s plan would have saved general motors. It would NOT have saved the UAW

gerrym51 on October 24, 2012 at 2:48 PM

I always lose interest in an article shortly after I read the words “David Letterman said…”

CrustyB on October 24, 2012 at 2:48 PM

PappyD61 on October 24, 2012 at 2:08 PM

I have not yet figured out if you are an Obama supporter troll or a misguided conservative.

Romney is not perfect-but he’s far better than OBAMA.

gerrym51 on October 24, 2012 at 2:50 PM

When you have finally lost Letterman, perhaps you have lost the election, too. My guess is that Obama won’t be on Letterman between now and the election, because of this statement. If Obama does get on Letterman perhaps he can ask about his more recent lies, the GM bailout and Benghazi.

SC.Charlie on October 24, 2012 at 2:52 PM

The thing is, both candidates lie. Lying is a part of politics. The difference is Barack Obama is lying about Romneys record, and Romney is lying about his own record. Obviously the record in question is therefore Romneys record, because the president doesn’t have to lie about his own like Romney does.

This is why nobody with a concience can support Mitt “Mitt Romney” Romney.

akaniku on October 24, 2012 at 1:51 PM

You need to try harder. Oh, and learn to spell.

Night Owl on October 24, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Who is this Letterman, anyway?

claudius on October 24, 2012 at 3:01 PM

akaniku on October 24, 2012 at 1:51 PM

You need to try harder. Oh, and learn to spell.

Night Owl on October 24, 2012 at 2:54 PM

A wannabe bishop…or something :)…

jimver on October 24, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Hopefully Leno actually acts some tough questions…

The leftist wannabe hipsters already hate him anyways, he’s got nothing to lose.

jaygatz33 on October 24, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Wow…

deedtrader on October 24, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Well, it turned out no, he was taking liberties with that.

Dave, that was not the only thing Obama took liberties with……

redguy on October 24, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Feels like many celebs are walking away from Obama to clear the fallout of the one…..

redguy on October 24, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Now, I don’t care whether you’re Republican or Democrat, you want your president to be telling the truth; you want the contender to be lying. And so what we found out today or soon thereafter that, in fact, the President Obama was not telling the truth about what was excerpted from that op-ed piece. I felt discouraged.

NSS!

When did you realize that the bottom of the tank you were sucking was a sewage tank, and not one filled with fairy water sent to you by unicorns? That is what you get when you go so partisan that you can’t tell where your nose is because it is so deep in the bottom of the tank that your entire sense of smell has gone out on you and you are dying of hypoxia.

Time to come up for air and just play it straight and down the line if you hope to survive in the brave, new world that is post-network. That day is nearly here and I can start seeing it from my Roku box and my PC. And you aren’t on it, Davey, because you aren’t funny and just vile when you aren’t just plain stupid. Time to stop being SOS – Stuck On Stupid.

ajacksonian on October 24, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Obviously the record in question is therefore Romneys record, because the president doesn’t have to lie about his own like Romney does.

akaniku on October 24, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Whether he has to lie or not, he does. Frequently. For example, “We created 4 million jobs” measures only since the bottom of the recession and not the actual beginning of his administration. Opps.

alwaysfiredup on October 24, 2012 at 3:15 PM

BobMbx on October 24, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Very good call.

Cleombrotus on October 24, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Who knows? Maybe Jay Leno will ask Obama a couple of tough questions tonight about his misrepresentations in the debates, and his personal attacks on Mitt Romney for the last several months. Pretty soon, the only safe interview for Obama will be on Sesame Street with Big Bird … and he’ll still insist on quote approval first.

Maybe Leno will ask him about those emails…I doubt it..but maybe.

Terrye on October 24, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Letterman is an entertainer, albiet not a very good one. I am old enough to remember when he actually was funny. Occasionally Like an old broken clock, He gets it right once in awhile.

Maddysdaddy on October 24, 2012 at 3:22 PM

David Letterman called Obama a liar? I’m pretty sure I just saw a pig go right by my office window on the 15th floor.

KateNE on October 24, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Moesart on October 24, 2012 at 2:10 PM

No, his biggest problem is he’s a middle-aged man who still thinks the best humor can be found at college sophomore frat parties.

Cleombrotus on October 24, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Letterman is an entertainer, albiet not a very good one. I am old enough to remember when he actually was funny. Occasionally Like an old broken clock, He gets it right once in awhile.

Maddysdaddy on October 24, 2012 at 3:22 PM

It’s his huge staff of jokewriters that occasionally get it right. Dave couldn’t write a joke if his life depended on it. He’s like Jon Stewar in that way.

slickwillie2001 on October 24, 2012 at 3:27 PM

he isn’t a liberal. He spent more than one Christmas in Iraq with the troops.

Yeah?! And the devil can quote the scriptures, but that doesn’t mean he is not evil. So, Letterman getting a photo-op with the troops(kind of like American military-hating Obama does) automatically makes him a “not a liberal”?!

Letterman did a Clinton intern joke in every monologue for over a decade. I don’t remember there being any problem with that from Republicans.
Moesart on October 24, 2012 at 2:10 PM

For one thing, Clinton the womanizing pig getting it from an opportunistic pig hardly compares to “jokes” about Palin’s daughter being raped, wouldn’t you say?!
Two, since republicans haven’t watched Letterman for decades, how would they know he was doing jokes about Clinton?

Three, these freaking auto-ads are really beginning to piss me off! Get rid of them already!

Sterling Holobyte on October 24, 2012 at 3:31 PM

I thought, well, he’s the president of course he’s right except for when republicans are in the WH.

BobMbx on October 24, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Speaking of low-information, most of you know very little about Letterman…

Moesart on October 24, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Ever see Letterman attack O’Reilly, Limbaugh, Rand Paul, or other conservative guests? He doesn’t assault libs in the same way… quite the opposite, Dave gladly provides a sympathetic platform for liberals.

In the end, does it matter if Letterman is a lib hack or astonishingly ignorant but useful idiot..?

shinty on October 24, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Letterman did a Clinton intern joke in every monologue for over a decade. I don’t remember there being any problem with that from Republicans.
Moesart on October 24, 2012 at 2:10 PM

1) Monica Lewinsky was a lot older than 14. In fact, she was an adult woman at the time.

2) Bill Clinton did, in fact, have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky.

What Letterman said about the minor daughter of Sarah Palin was nothing less than equal to what Jerry Sandusky has been thinking for most of his life….fantasizing about having sex with minors.

Do you see any difference?

Here’s a question for calibration: Is Roman Polansky guilty of raping a minor female? Should Polansky serve his entire jail sentence?

BobMbx on October 24, 2012 at 3:39 PM

You have, however, outlined one very real possibility.

Tim_CA on October 24, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Shillary is done. DONE.

There is absolutely nothing she can say in her defense when HER EMPLOYEE asked HER for protection and received none. Not Hussein’s decision on this one, as much as I hate the idiot, but HER DEPARTMENT decision, people under her. And she can’t escape that.

riddick on October 24, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Is this guy unreliable or something? Never heard of him.

UltimateBob on October 24, 2012 at 2:05 PM

He declared it ridiculous to think that the US is a target of terrorism only months ahead of 9/11/2001.

Schadenfreude on October 24, 2012 at 3:44 PM

…when a Democrat has lost David Letterman…

If by “lost”, you mean “lost his vote”, then you’re assuming too much.

Who knows? Maybe Jay Leno will ask Obama a couple of tough questions tonight…

Oh, yeah, I’m sure that’ll happen.

KS Rex on October 24, 2012 at 3:46 PM

I think that they were both fibbing a bit here. Romney was clearly calling for government guarantees *after* bankruptcy whereas Obama gave those guarantees *before* bankruptcy.

Hal_10000 on October 24, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Romneys plan would not have the US owning $50B of worthless stock in a company handed over to unions to shore up the labor vote and keep the campaign cash coming.

Obama didn’t guarantee anything. He friggin’ bought the company, threw out any debt or obligations to non-union entities (and violated the US Constitution, US Bankruptcy law, and judicial precedent to do it

BobMbx on October 24, 2012 at 2:41 PM

You beat be me to it.

I’ll add that Romney wanted GM to go through a normal Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. He wanted private sector financing coming out of reorganization with the government providing debt guarantees as necessary. However, existing union contracts could have been tossed by the courts during this process and ownership would have been placed in the hands of secured debt holders and new private investors.

Obama bought GM using taxpayer dollars, to save the union jobs and contracts. Coming out of the deal the US government held over 50% ownership in GM. Obama also handed a hugely disproportionate share of GM ownership to the unions, screwing other secured debt holders in defiance of centuries of bankruptcy law.

Romney wanted a free market reorganization of GM. Obama wanted a socialist solution with government and union ownership. Obama essentially nationalized Government Motors.

farsighted on October 24, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Letterman did a Clinton intern joke in every monologue for over a decade. I don’t remember there being any problem with that from Republicans.

it was still funny a decade later. Bill is Bill

gerrym51 on October 24, 2012 at 3:47 PM

It’s just Letterman’s way of telling Obama he’s not happy he’s going on Leno’s show.

jnelchef on October 24, 2012 at 4:01 PM

His biggest problem these days isn’t being a liberal, he isn’t a liberal. He spent more than one Christmas in Iraq with the troops.Moesart on October 24, 2012 at 2:10 PM

And Jane Fonda was in Vietnam for Christmas in 1972. What’s your point?

Ronnie on October 24, 2012 at 4:36 PM

It’s just Letterman’s way of telling Obama he’s not happy he’s going on Leno’s show.

jnelchef on October 24, 2012 at 4:01 PM

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Thats what I think….a cry for ratings help…..

OR…..He’s reading the Nov. 6 Tea Leaves, and is Triangulating……

FlaMurph on October 24, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Letterman did a Clinton intern joke in every monologue for over a decade. I don’t remember there being any problem with that from Republicans.

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Most of Letterman’s Clinton jokes were of the light-natured “Horny hail fellow well met” variety.
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You know, “Don’t take this seriously it’s a just a fun,randy guy having sex in the White House”
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His genuinely critical,ugly “jokes” ,complete with insulting asides, were reserved for Kenneth Starr and judiciary committee Republicans during the impeachment process.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on October 24, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Letterman disagreeing with Obama can only mean one thing–Letterman is a racist.

txhsmom on October 24, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Maddow goes on to explain that Mittens’ idea was to fill the gap with private financing… when there was no private financing available. Even Bain Capital wouldn’t put up any cash. Hence, there would have been no recovery from the bankruptcy and no auto industry.

Make sure you don’t comment on that part, because it craps on your point.

Constantine on October 24, 2012 at 5:16 PM

The thing is, both candidates lie. Lying is a part of politics. The difference is Barack Obama is lying about Romneys record, and Romney is lying about his own record. Obviously the record in question is therefore Romneys record, because the president doesn’t have to lie about his own like Romney does.

This is why nobody with a concience can support Mitt “Mitt Romney” Romney.

akaniku on October 24, 2012 at 1:51 PM

You’re lying.

tom on October 24, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Make sure you don’t comment on that part, because it craps on your point.

Constantine

We don’t comment on it because, no matter how many times you and bayam and Maddow repeat this nonsense, it still isn’t true.

xblade on October 24, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Letterman’s biggest problem these days is what it has often been. Laziness. Doing the same joke over and over and over. If it gets an audience reaction he will do this with a joke. It’s not his fault Palin’s name is a punchline. But he will use that. BTW, anyone that actually believed Letterman told his staff to write a child rape joke is too stupid to be on a computer.

Letterman did a Clinton intern joke in every monologue for over a decade. I don’t remember there being any problem with that from Republicans. Letterman didn’t do any GWB jokes until 2005. Then, he beat the crap out of it for three years.

Moesart on October 24, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Clinton wasn’t an underage girl. Neither was Monica Lewinsky. Plus, both of them were public figures at that point and known not to be innocent.

IOW, Clinton has absolutely no one else to blame for his life becoming a long-running joke, and Willow Palin was absolutely blameless. The only thing she was guilty of was being the daughter of someone the left hates.

I’ll grant you the basic point though. Letterman is lazy. More than that, most of his jokes fall pretty flat, so every time he finds a gimmick that works, he wears it out.

That’s why he didn’t get the Tonight Show gig. Sometimes he’s hilarious, but rarely for more than one or two jokes in an entire show. Leno at least is funny. Conan O’Brian falls flat a lot, but he’s still a lot funnier than Letterman, and a better interviewer.

tom on October 24, 2012 at 5:45 PM

i love rachel maddow she so smart

Glenn Jericho on October 24, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Maddow goes on to explain that Mittens’ idea was to fill the gap with private financing… when there was no private financing available. Even Bain Capital wouldn’t put up any cash. Hence, there would have been no recovery from the bankruptcy and no auto industry.

Make sure you don’t comment on that part, because it craps on your point.

Constantine on October 24, 2012 at 5:16 PM

How does one company out of a whole industry with multiple companies filing for bankruptcy effectively end that industry? Especially when it doesn’t even end the one company itself. Thanks in advance for your explanation.

anuts on October 24, 2012 at 6:44 PM

For the record, I’ve been to the “Late Show With David Letterman” in Manhattan a few times. When the show ends you would think he would take a few seconds to thank the studio audience aka “unwashed” for coming and to have a good day. No, the house lights go on, and he runs off stage and that’s it.
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Draw your own conclusions.

diogenes on October 24, 2012 at 7:10 PM

I’m pretty sure Letterman’s “Willow Palin” joke was intended to be about Bristol Palin. The joke referred to Sarah Palin and “her daughter” without specifying which daughter, albeit the daughter who attended the baseball game in real life was Willow. That doesn’t make it a good or tasteful joke, but it’s somewhat less distasteful than some have suggested.

But regarding this:

His biggest problem these days isn’t being a liberal, he isn’t a liberal. He spent more than one Christmas in Iraq with the troops.

Moesart on October 24, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Are you saying that liberals don’t support the troops and anyone who visits the troops must not be a liberal? I disagree with that. Some liberals do support the troops and some have gone to visit them.

J.S.K. on October 24, 2012 at 7:54 PM

diogenes on October 24, 2012 at 7:10 PM

You’d run too if there was a fresh intern waiting for you upstairs.

slickwillie2001 on October 24, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Davey, I’ve got news for you…

elifino on October 24, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Who is that gentleman being interviewed by the “gap-toothed wonder”

cableguy615 on October 24, 2012 at 9:10 PM

When Letterman points out Barry BAMSTAHHHHHHH!!!!! YOU DA MANNNNNNNNNNN BAMMMMMMMY BABYYYY!!! LOVE YA BARRY OL BUDDY OL PALLLLLLL!!!!!! YAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IWoman at 1: PM

cableguy615 on October 24, 2012 at 9:13 PM

and when Letterman tells people that the Republican was more honest than the Democrat, that is going to leave a big mark on Obama’s efforts to woo low-information voters, the very people Obama is trying to woo with his appearances on Entertainment Tonight, the late-night comedy shows, and MTV.

C’mon Ed, really? Last I checked Maddow’s ratings were in the crapper. A non-critical number of people potentially even saw this exchange.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on October 24, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Maddow goes on to explain that Mittens’ idea was to fill the gap with private financing… when there was no private financing available. Even Bain Capital wouldn’t put up any cash. Hence, there would have been no recovery from the bankruptcy and no auto industry.

Make sure you don’t comment on that part, because it craps on your point.

Constantine on October 24, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Give this moron some room so that he can demonstrate his ignorance for all to see!

tom daschle concerned on October 24, 2012 at 10:01 PM

when a Democrat has lost David Letterman, and when Letterman tells people that the Republican was more honest than the Democrat, that is going to leave a big mark

I’m sure this will be all over the evening news. /s

Alternate headline: Letterman briefly comes out of his liberal coma

IrishEyes on October 24, 2012 at 10:08 PM

You’d run too if there was a fresh intern waiting for you upstairs.

slickwillie2001 on October 24, 2012 at 7:59 PM

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I don’t see him on the air for too much longer. Low ratings, age or a spurned woman will eventually do him in.

diogenes on October 24, 2012 at 11:12 PM

I’ve been seeing more and more of this in the press and media. Our liberal elites are waking up to the prospect that Romney might actually win this thing, and their individual survival instincts — which at the end of the day are what really govern them — are starting to kick in
JeremiahJohnson on October 24, 2012 at 1:26 PM

I get the distinct impression someone has sounded the “abandon ship” on the SSS Liberalism. maddow, matthews and the rest of the crew are going down with the ship, but there appear to be a lot of rats already jumping overboard.
Lost in Jersey on October 24, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Both of the above

Drudge has been working the Obama train over with a rubber hose tonight. He nailed Libya. Allred tried a surprise, but Trump counter punched. Voter scams surfacing. And Hillary already made sure to fall on the sword fast, before it hurt. The NYT is eulogizing tonight by blaming Clinton, Bill for anything bad that might happen later, and setting up the Clintons to look like innocent victims. Nothing like a sympathy vote for a lady who fell on her very own rubber sword

The real destroyer is Bengahzi. Romney was smart enough to not go for the kill in the last debate. Many thanks to Candy who fanned the fires. It aint over yet but there are some ghosts from Benghzai who may see justice of a sort

entagor on October 24, 2012 at 11:58 PM

Low information voters

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You mean stupid people who don’t know anything?

Sherman1864 on October 25, 2012 at 1:49 AM

You know, Letterman asked him how much exactly the debt is. That was the last question Obama wanted to hear. If he says the amount, the audience goes “ewwwwww”, and Obama can’t give them the “I’m with ya” smirk and head nod, so he had to pretend he didn’t know the figure. Romney should have asked him that question at the debate.

Maybe Letterman is a secret Republican.

Buddahpundit on October 25, 2012 at 5:01 AM

If you want your President to be telling the truth, then it’s time for a new President.

Except for the fact that – there’s not a single candidate on the ballot this year who doesn’t lie routinely.

Here’s a whopper that Conservative Slaves have bought for 50 years …

“We are the Republican Party and we WILL cut government!”

LMFAO.

GOP has done NOTHING – NOTHING but grow government. To their credit, slightly less than the Dims grow it but, at this point, any growth is too much growth.

Conservatives will still vote for the GOP establishment this year. Four years from now, if the government hasn’t gone bust then it will be even larger than it is today – all under GOP control.

And in 2016 the Ayatollahs will say … “WE ARE THE GOP AND WE WILL CUT GOVERNMENT”

And again – conservative slaves will believe it and march lock step to the polls like a wave of zombies to pull the letter for these big government ba$tards.

HondaV65 on October 25, 2012 at 8:01 AM

He should change the name of his program to:

The Duhhhh-vid Letterman Show

NoPain on October 25, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Wow, if Letterman’s seen the light, maybe there’s hope for other liberals before the election. It’s no small matter that he more or less called Obama a liar on national TV. I never would have expected him to say anything negative about Obama.

cajunpatriot on October 25, 2012 at 9:04 AM

“…the President Obama…”

-David Letterman

Racist.

labrat on October 25, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Poor Rachel, Letterman made her think.

arand on October 25, 2012 at 10:15 AM

“Romney Makes Headway With Moron Vote!”

stillings on October 25, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Here it is:

When talking to a democrat…. it’s like when you are potty training a toddler…. After having them take a dump in the potty and you show the crap in the bowl to them, they still cannot believe it came out of their own arse!

Letterman is a tool for the democrat party, a biased unscrupulous perverted old 1%er geezer.

61% of an American company now owned by an Italian car mfg? We don’t even have any record of what kind of deal was ever made or with who? It should have been an Open bid! BILLIONS in additional debt for failing green energy companies, little to ZERO job growth in any type of jobs anyone could pay rent on, and foreign policies that have gotten more people killed in 3 1/2 years NOT AT WAR than any other president. You have to hold your nose real tight while voting for Obama.

ActinUpinTexas on October 25, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Simonsez on October 24, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Let me help you out a bit…

GovernmentGeneral Motors is comprised of the following automaking divisions:

Cadillac
Buick
Chevrolet
GMC
*Pontiac
*Oldsmobile
(*Dissolved)

Ford Motor Company is comprised of the following automaking divisions:

Ford
Mercury
Lincoln

Chrysler Group, a division of Fiat Motors, is comprised of the following automaking divisions:

Chrysler
Plymouth
Dodge
Jeep

So there’s your Big Three of U.S. automakers. Now you’ll not have to look silly for saying buy a Chevy instead of a GM…

Freelancer on October 25, 2012 at 9:10 PM

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