Larry Flynt Explains the Republican Candidates

  • Webster666

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    May 24, 2011 8:25 AM GMT
    The GOP presidential primary field is shaping up -- Indiana Guv Mitch Daniels out, former Minnesota Guv Tim Pawlenty in. And so for an, ahem, non-traditional take on the emerging GOP field, we turn to Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt.

    Settle down, we know what you're thinking: Why publicize the analysis of a pornographer? Isn't that a shameless pander to the search optimization gods? Yes, you're partially right. But it's mostly because Flynt has the power to rock any of these campaigns.

    In December, he will again offer $1 miiiiiiiiiilllllion for anyone giving him dirt on the sexual misbehavior of any presidential campaign. (He's done it in the past three prez elections.) And even though Larry's crew is currently pursuing investigations involving a few U.S. Senators, he said, he doesn't have any targeting the GOP field. Or President Obama for that matter.

    But...
    "If they're there, they will surface," Flynt told The Chronicle the other day over coffee.
    Here's Larry breaking down the field:

    On Newt Gingrich: "He's had almost as many (three)marriages as Larry King." And he's going to face major heat over discussing the details of his divorce with his first wife as she was recovering from cancer surgery. "In the debates, they're going to kill him with that....what's a woman voter going to think about that?

    But, Larry, Gingrich said he has repented for his past marital sins, including cheating on his second wife while trying to impeach former Prez Bill Clinton for lying under oath about his own infidelity. How far does repenting go?
    "His repentence and a dollar will get you a cup of coffee," Flynt said.

    How about Mitt Romney? You can't possibly have dirt on Mitt,the former Massachusetts guv, do you?
    No, Flynt said. But Romney's "Achilles heel" will be his Mormonism -- especially among evangelical Christians in the South and Midwest, said Flynt, a native of Kentucky.
    "The Northeast and the West, nobody really cares," Flynt said. "In the Bible Belt region, they will not vote for a Mormon. And that's something that the Republicans have always had is the Midwest and the South."

    Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman: "I like Huntsman," Flynt said. "He did a great job as governor of Utah for two terms. But he's got the same problem (as Romney -- he's Mormon.) No matter how nice he is, he's got the same problem."

    And Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann?
    "She's like everybody's first wife," Flynt says and laughs.
    So what's that mean? Said Flynt: "She's somebody you don't want to go back to."

    Flynt said Daniels didn't run because he would have a problem explaining why his wife left him and their four children.
    "Most Americans will have a problem dealing with that," Flynt said. "I can understand why it happens. I don't see why people get all that upset about it, but they do. They feel that there's more going on in that relationship than they know. And people don't like to feel that way. People like to know that they have the full story."

    And Flynt has a problem with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. "Whoever it is she's attacking, she never says, 'He's wrong, here's the way I should do it.' No time since Palin has been on the scene has she come out and offered solutions. And I think that's really very bad for a politician."

    Flynt has known wealthy New York businessman Donald Trump for 30 years -- and knew he would never run for president. Not because of a sexual scandal.
    "He's got to show his financial statements and he's not going to do it because he doesn't want to show how much he's worth," Flynt said.

    And what about President Obama? Any dirt on him? Flynt has heard plenty of rumors, but nothing he's investigated has panned out.
    "He's clean," Flynt said. "You ever see his wife? If he ever cheated, she'd kill his ass."

    He also offered a prediction, that he says he got from very senior GOP leaders: No matter who the Republicans nominate for president, Florida Gov. Marco Rubio will get the vice presidential slot.
    "They're doing that in an attempt to get the Latino vote," Flynt said. The problem, he said, is that Rubio is more conservative than most Latino voters "and they're not going to vote for him. If they make that mistake, it could be a fatal one for them."
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    May 24, 2011 12:42 PM GMT
    Larry Flynt makes millions exposing politicians who preach one set of sexual values...while practicing another.

    Of course, the republicans just hate him.
  • coolarmydude

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    May 24, 2011 4:34 PM GMT
    Two things:

    1) I'm very surprised that Schwarzenegger's affair from 10 years ago never came out until now. Consider that when he first ran for governor, there was a large protest from a women's group about his distant past womanizing. That should have been the lightning rod that brought out his love-child secret.

    2) About this comment:

    Flynt has known wealthy New York businessman Donald Trump for 30 years -- and knew he would never run for president. Not because of a sexual scandal.
    "He's got to show his financial statements and he's not going to do it because he doesn't want to show how much he's worth," Flynt said.


    I also didn't think that he was seriously running for President. When Obama re-released his birth certificate, Trump went on to ask about his college transcripts. At that moment, I lost all respect for Trump and deemed him a racist. What do college transcripts have to do with qualification as President? And I also wondered why he would ask about college transcripts when he wouldn't release his financial statements. You can't expect something of someone if you're not willing to do the same!
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    May 24, 2011 4:49 PM GMT
    coolarmydude saidTrump went on to ask about his college transcripts. At that moment, I lost all respect for Trump and deemed him a racist. What do college transcripts have to do with qualification as President?



    I don't think it was necessarily "racist" what Trump was doing in questioning Obama, but rather just Trump stirring the pot like he likes to do to get publicity for himself and his show. As for college transcripts having nothing to do with the qualifications as President, I beg to differ. I'm not saying that where some one goes or how someone does in college is necessarily indicative of what kind of President they will be, but I also don't find it terribly unreasonable for the college transcripts of any candidate to be up for review either. Obama's unwillingness to reveal such things has been just as much a reason for speculation and mystery surrounding them as those questioning such things.
  • coolarmydude

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    May 24, 2011 5:37 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said
    coolarmydude saidTrump went on to ask about his college transcripts. At that moment, I lost all respect for Trump and deemed him a racist. What do college transcripts have to do with qualification as President?



    I don't think it was necessarily "racist" what Trump was doing in questioning Obama, but rather just Trump stirring the pot like he likes to do to get publicity for himself and his show. As for college transcripts having nothing to do with the qualifications as President, I beg to differ. I'm not saying that where some one goes or how someone does in college is necessarily indicative of what kind of President they will be, but I also don't find it terribly unreasonable for the college transcripts of any candidate to be up for review either. Obama's unwillingness to reveal such things has been just as much a reason for speculation and mystery surrounding them as those questioning such things.



    Why did you ignore my last statements?

    And I also wondered why he would ask about college transcripts when he wouldn't release his financial statements. You can't expect something of someone if you're not willing to do the same!

    You removed the context of my point about racism when you did that. Those questioning his college transcripts were trying to demean his character and paint him as an "affirmative action beneficiary." No other President, especially Bush, was asked to show his college transcripts. This was never about transparency. This was character assassination, plain and simple!

    Abraham Lincoln was a self-educated man who became President. There is no collegiate requirement for President.

    And what about Dick Cheney refusing to reveal his medical records to the public as people were concerned about his ability to govern with a bad heart condition?
  • creature

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    May 25, 2011 12:14 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said
    coolarmydude saidTrump went on to ask about his college transcripts. At that moment, I lost all respect for Trump and deemed him a racist. What do college transcripts have to do with qualification as President?



    I don't think it was necessarily "racist" what Trump was doing in questioning Obama, but rather just Trump stirring the pot like he likes to do to get publicity for himself and his show. As for college transcripts having nothing to do with the qualifications as President, I beg to differ. I'm not saying that where some one goes or how someone does in college is necessarily indicative of what kind of President they will be, but I also don't find it terribly unreasonable for the college transcripts of any candidate to be up for review either. Obama's unwillingness to reveal such things has been just as much a reason for speculation and mystery surrounding them as those questioning such things.


    President Obama does not need to give in to conspiracy theories.