Sandra Day O’Connor At The Alfalfa Club Dinner

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor apparently got in a real zinger at last weekend’s Alfalfa Club dinner:

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor made a joke about the GOP candidates Saturday that reportedly drew much laughter.

At the black-tie steak-and-lobster Alfalfa Club dinner Saturday among political and business elites in Washington, she said that of two GOP presidential candidates, “one is a practicing polygamist, and he’s not even the Mormon,” according to an Associated Press report. The remark appeared to be a comparison between Romney’s Mormon faith (which no longer allows polygamy) and thrice-married Newt Gingrich. The dinner is closed to the press.



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  1. zzyzxroad says:

    Shows how stupid she is. Polygamy is the practice of having multiple wives at the same time.

  2. merl says:

    @zzyzxroad: shows how stupid you are. you can’t even recognize a joke.

  3. Herb says:

    @zzyzxroad: What Merl said about the joke….

    Don’t forget that there was overlap with all 3 of Newt’s wives. So polygamy might be a stretch. Polyamory? Adultery? Would all of those be more preferable?

  4. Gold Star for Robot Boy says:

    Over at the WaPo, they’re saying Tony Kornheiser made this joke.

    Whatevs – still funny.

  5. KansasGirl says:

    Nothing compares to a sitting President getting a BJ in the oval office.

  6. EddieInCA says:


    Nothing compares to a sitting President getting a BJ in the oval office.

    Which is why Clinton will forever be my favorite President.

  7. OzaerkHillbilly says:


  8. zzyzxroad says:

    @merl: No joke. It wasn’t funny.

  9. Davebo says:

    Am I seeing a little guilt in zzyzxroad’s comments? Seriously, adultery is now accepted by the wingnuts?

    Should I blame Reagan? Or would that be sacrilegious?

  10. HankP says:

    @KansasGirl: Are you sure he was sitting? He may have been standing up.

  11. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @zzyzxroad: Only because you have absolutely zero sense of humor.

    @HankP: Of course she is sure. She saw the video at her favorite porn shop.

  12. John D'Geek says:

    What Newt practices is what some people (including myself) call “Serial Polygamy”.

    Personally, I think the joke was hilarious.

  13. jjj says:

    No matter about the joke attempts, dems are desperate and obama will be out of office next jan.