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Henry Waxman to Retire

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:29 pm

Good riddance to him and his ridiculously oversized nostrils.

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Above: Henry Waxman’s Nostrils

To be replaced by Wendy Gruel?


51 Responses to “Henry Waxman to Retire”

  1. He’s leaving Congress to return to his Fortress of Balditude.

    Jay (9f44d2)

  2. That’s a cartoon, right?

    AZ Bob (ade845)


    happyfeet (8ce051)

  4. A political trifecta–Dem senator’s son, hyphenated name, glassy eyed mug shot following arrest on criminal trespass and drug charges.,0,5680896.story

    elissa (0f541f)

  5. all that’s missing is the neck tattoo and I suspect photoshop

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  6. Those nostrils look as if they could hoover up a hefty amount of weasel dust.

    mg (31009b)

  7. And those ears, wow!!!

    mg (31009b)

  8. Mr. Waxman, 74, joins the growing list of House members who are calling it quits, many in disappointment over the partisanship and ineffectiveness of a Congress that may end up as the least productive in history.

    “It’s been frustrating because of the extremism of Tea Party Republicans,” Mr. Waxman said in an interview on Wednesday. “Nothing seems to be happening.”

    I consider that a resounding endorcement.

    You’re welcome America!

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  9. To be replaced by Wendy Gruel?

    if that skank is going to replace him, she’ll have to move, because his current district foot print barely makes it to Mulholland Drive, and everyone knows Wendy teh Tool Gruel is a like *totally* a Valley Girl, for sure.

    in fact she is like such a total Val that she like, fer sure, couldn’t figure out why we, the other Vals, didn’t vote her in as mayor last year.

    it was *SO* bitchen when that happened… like totally, i’m sure. 😉

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  10. I think someone was playing with his nose on that picture.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  11. hard to believe, but it gets even better than the Tool carpet bagging herself over to Left LA, because it appears that there is a Localvore Moonbat vying for the spot, named Marriane Williamson.

    i’ll leave the shiny nuggets and brilliant gems for your individual discovery, but rest assured: there’s Grade A-#1 moonbat gold in them there ravings.

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  12. Personally, I hope the new age guru wins, because Hollywood would finally have representation to match their actual importance.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  13. The others headed out the door are Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) — a classmate of Waxman’s in the post-Watergate election of 1974 who announced his retirement earlier this month — and Mike Michaud (D-Maine) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.). Michaud is running for governor, while Markey won a special election for Senate in June.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  14. in fact she is like such a total Val that she like, fer sure, couldn’t figure out why we, the other Vals, didn’t vote her in as mayor last year.

    Well, after her disastrous mayoral run last year, if I were advising Wendy Gruel the first thing I would say to her is, “OK, this time let’s not whore ourselves out to the public employee unions right out of the gate, ‘m kay?”

    JVW (709bc7)

  15. papertiger, don’t forget the awful Jim Moran, another Dem hack who is reading the writing on the wall. I think you may start to see some others (looking at you, John Dingell!) who may decide enough is enough, especially since we officially have no more money to toss around for midnight basketball and community centers named after the long-serving congressmen.

    JVW (709bc7)

  16. Well, after her disastrous mayoral run last year, if I were advising Wendy Gruel the first thing I would say to her is, “OK, this time let’s not whore ourselves out to the public employee unions right out of the gate, ‘m kay?”

    she has another option/strategery available to her?

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  17. I’m pretty sure our host lives in Waxman’s district. Draft Patterico!

    And, actually, the district isn’t a slam dunk for Democrats. Waxman had a close race in 2012, his first time since the redistricting, beating an independent 55-45, rather than the 80-20 races he had in his old district.

    California has jungle primaries, with the top 2 candidates in an all-candidates primary going on to the general election. If there are a lot of Dems in the mix, a Republican or independent can get in. It is even possible for there to be so many Dems in a Dem-favorable district that no Dem makes it to the general election.

    Marianne Williamson was running to Waxman’s left (or maybe as his inner communist). There’s a Hollywood director running as an independent, whose only stated positions are social-liberal.

    Kevin M (536c5d)

  18. Before the 2012
    , most House seats in California were gerrymandered to the point where most members stayed in their seats indefinitely. (Before the last election, the average tenure among California members of Congress in 2012 was just under 16 years.) Many of the more senior members developed close ties with Pelosi, and sought to move up the congressional leadership chain instead of pursuing statewide political office.

    Indeed, it’s striking that the list of prospective 2016 candidates is filled with politicos from the other Democratic stronghold of New York—Hillary Clinton, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand—but there’s no one from California on the list. Promising California Democratic members of Congress, such as House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra, preferred to move up the ranks than think bigger.

    Use to be the California Democrat congressional caucus was filled with fat, lazy, lifers.

    nonpartisan redistricting – Who knew it would work so well?

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  19. Well, it’s my congressional district, and unlike running in the city of Los Angeles you can actually be successful running as a moderate. I didn’t think Gruel was horrible when she was the city comptroller or on the city council, so I was puzzled why she cozied up to the unions in her mayoral candidacy. She really must have thought it was her only shot against Garcetti, but as you pointed out, it really cost her credibility with the conservatives and moderates in the Valley.

    The real question is how can Gruel stake a claim as a moderate after her union pandering last year. I assume she is suddenly going to discover a keen interest in the aerospace and defense contracting industries, she’ll go for garden variety environmental protections, and she’ll act sympathetic to small businesses. Hell, depending on the prevailing winds, she might even criticize ObamaCare.

    But I doubt that I’ll be voting for her. This is actually a pretty good opportunity for a good GOP candidate to slip in there. I’m kind of hoping my former mayor Mike Gin makes a run. It would be interesting having a gay Republican as a candidate, and it would be the first time since 2000 that my Congressman came from outside the boundaries of the city of Los Angeles.

    JVW (709bc7)

  20. Someone get Doris Matsui on the phone.

    I consider her an extention of Bob Matsui’s 14 terms.

    As welcome as Randy Quaid and family sleeping on the couch at Christmas.

    Time to get, Doris.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  21. the bimbo didn’t even carry the precincts in and around where she lived the whole time she was their Councilwoman…

    that whole corner of the Valley hates her with a passion only equaled by that reserved for Jack Weiss.

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  22. Good riddance to him and his ridiculously oversized nostrils.

    It is currently 1AM and I might have just laughed hard enough to wake up my housemates when I saw that “adjusted” picture…

    Blacque Jacques Shellacque (bff3f0)

  23. Beedabeedabeedabeedabeedabeedabee….Thaaaaaaat’s all folks!

    Yoda (557254)


    The end of Henry.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  25. Those ears could use a couple of tampons hanging from them.

    mg (31009b)

  26. In his youth, Henry was the bane of Coke Alley. He was known to begin striding at one end of the alley and his prodigious beak would Hoover all the weasel dust before his fellow denizens could rathole their respective stashes.

    Colonel Haiku (c97978)

  27. To be replaced by Sandra Fluke>

    JD (b4e6c6)

  28. From the photo, can we assume that he has thick fingers?

    The obvious? Dana (3e4784)

  29. Well, if Sandra Fluke does win the congressional seat, at least she should make enough money to pay for her own birth control pills.

    Would it be wrong of me to suggest that, from her picture, I still can’t see why she’d need them? 😆

    The appreciative Dana (3e4784)

  30. The Dana that is overlooking something – If she could not figure out how to budget for $9/month birth control, then Allah help us all if she gets involved in budgeting for the US.

    JD (b4e6c6)

  31. #30… the makers of Kleenex are fans of Henry… and, goddam!… Nolan Ryan is 67 years old today.

    Colonel Haiku (03222e)

  32. Little known fact: Waxman was lead singer of 60’s SoCal band Henry and teh Mole People.

    Colonel Haiku (03222e)

  33. JD wrote:

    The Dana that is overlooking something – If she could not figure out how to budget for $9/month birth control, then Allah help us all if she gets involved in budgeting for the US.

    And that would make her different from any other Democrat, and not a few Republicans, how?

    The Dana who overlooked nothing (3e4784)

  34. Good point, but rarely do they display their ineptitude so clearly before taking office.

    JD (2bd35e)

  35. I cannot believe that Waxman portrait was not photoshopped.

    Leonhard Euler (b308a4)

  36. It was photoshopped.
    Usually there is a broon of nostril hair poking out, this photoshopped one took out all the fur and makes it seem you could look up his nose and see a brain

    steveg (794291)

  37. broom of nosrtril hair

    in case you wanted to get the visual twice

    you are welcome

    steveg (794291)

  38. steveg, even if you had a powerful enough flashlight to look up his nose, you might be able to see the inside of the top of his skull, but you’d never see a brain.

    You were fishing for that comment, weren’t you? :)

    The realistic Dana (3e4784)

  39. Man cannot help it if he’s ugly.

    Andy (b63f79)

  40. Man cannot help it if he’s ugly.

    Comment by Andy (b63f79) — 1/31/2014 @ 9:38 am

    Sure. So does he get disability for his handicap?

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  41. To be replaced by Sandra Fluke>

    Comment by JD (b4e6c6) — 1/31/2014 @ 5:22 am

    “I’m flattered that I’m being discussed as a potential candidate, especially for Rep. Waxman’s seat, considering his incredible legacy,” Fluke said in a statement emailed to TIME. ” A number of folks I respect very deeply have reached out today and encouraged me to run. I am strongly considering running. I’ll be making my decision soon.”

    Number of folks. Unnamed folks.

    New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney wholeheartedly endorsed a rumored congressional campaign by birth control advocate Sandra Fluke, saying she’d make a “terrific” candidate and urging her to “run, Sandra, run!”

    Maloney made the comments during an appearance on MSNBC Friday, after the anchor asked her thoughts on the announced retirement of twenty-term New York Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman. The lawmaker noted that Waxman’s retirement is part of a broader trend in Congress, where many legislators are leaving in frustration over Capitol gridlock.

    “There’s a frustration of inability to work together to get things done,” she explained.

    A Rumour? Started by an MSNBC anchor?

    The least trusted name in news media is picking who gets to run in California?

    I submit that real people could give a fluke. It’s just the media manipulators doing that thing they do. You know.
    It’s how we end up with their pick for GOP candidate for President. Centrist Romney. Rhino McCain. Chris Crispy as the early front runner of an election that’s three years away.
    Meg Whitman and her ‘secret’ army of Mexican nationals, keeping the lawn mowed at the McMansion.

    I have an idea. Let’s find out who this nameless MSNBC anchor is, picking candidates in an election that is none of their business.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  42. I remember an old SNL skit where Chevy Chase proposes we stop discriminating on the basis of race and start discriminating on the basis of nostril width.
    Maybe just start with discriminating against partisan hacks..

    Hey: Wendy Davis for Governor. Fluke for Congress
    Maybe they could put together a ticket for 2016

    Maybe Fluke would be better as ambassador to the Vatican

    steveg (794291)

  43. JVW–

    If Kevin James lives in the district, and runs, there could be two gay Republicans in the contest. Be funny if the Dems all fratricided and only the two gay Republicans were on the general election ballot.

    Kevin M (536c5d)

  44. I’ve been faithfully voting against Waxman since 1992 until last year when he got redistricted out of West Valley. I opted not to vote for either one of the Democrats that ended up on the final ballot.

    BigFire (faed93)

  45. The Wall Street Journal’s Political Diary, citing The Hill, says it is possible that Henry Waxman could be succeeded by a Republican. (for 2 years anyway)

    …But thanks to California’s new primary system, which was approved by voters in 2010 and allows the top two finishers, regardless of their party affiliation, to advance to the general election, Republicans have an outside chance.

    The Hill newspaper says Democratic strategists are concerned that too many Democratic candidates could split the vote and allow two GOP candidates to prevail with small pluralities. In 2012, Rep. Gary Miller, a Republican, ran in California’s newly drawn 31st congressional district, which covers Democratic-leaning San Bernardino County. The three Democrats in the primary split the vote, allowing Mr. Miller to win with just 26 percent support. The runner-up was another Republican, and Mr. Miller went on to beat him in the general election.

    “There’s a real possibility that if there are two Republicans and eight or nine Democrats, it’s not impossible to have a similar situation like the 31st,” Democratic strategist Achim Bergmann told the Hill.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  46. Wendy “The Tool” Greuel sent out an e-mail today, announcing her candidacy…

    the upside to this is that she has to move her carpetbagging a55 out of the Valley and over to Left LA.

    they deserve each other, and i wish her the worst.

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  47. The least trusted name in news media is picking who gets to run in California?

    Henry’s district is probably one of PMSNBC’s high viewer areas.
    So, at this time, what difference will it make.

    askeptic (2bb434)

  48. Professor Jacobson:
    Fluke is the perfect congressional candidate. An obsessive whiner and professional victim who expects government to subsidize everyday expenses, and who is willing to grossly exaggerate to make a political point.
    Should be fun.

    He also asks if she could be worse than Waxman. Do any of our Cali commenters have thoughts about this?

    elissa (ad3799)

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