THE SAME THING HAPPENED TO GEORGE COSTANZA…. A regular reader forwarded me the latest fundraising email from the National Republican Senatorial Committee, promoting the committee’s annual Republican Senate-House Dinner. The event is on Monday night, and the solicitation encourages GOP donors to be “part of the action.” It reads:

The nation’s top conservative luminaries and elected officials will be the highlight of this year’s program. Those scheduled to appear include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader John Boehner, Chairman of the NRSC Senator John Cornyn, Chairman of the NRCC Representative Pete Sessions, and actor John Voight. […]

There is only one gathering per year with this much conservative star power — you don’t want to miss it.

So, what’s the problem? It’s a few things, actually. First, if Gingrich, McConnell, Boehner, Cornyn, and Voight represent the pinnacle of “conservative star power,” the Republican Party is in even worse shape than I realized.

Second, given Gingrich’s insulting crusade against Sonia Sotomayor, having the NRSC describe him as a “luminary” seems like a very bad idea. Indeed, being associated with the disgraced former Speaker is completely misguided.

And third, the NRSC’s fundraising letter, in addition to including an actor on its list of “conservative luminaries,” spells Voight’s name wrong.

Don’t feel too bad, NRSC. George Costanza once made the exact same mistake.

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