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Posted by on Jul 18, 2008 in Politics | 8 comments

Phil Gramm, Porn Mogul

Well, not quite. He was a small-time investor, not a mogul, but, if nothing else, as Max Blumenthal recounted at HuffPo the other day, Gramm’s forays into the porn industry in the ’70s were rather amusing.

Back in 1973, he tried to invest $15,000 in a soft-core movie called Truck Stop Women (“No Rig Was Too Big For Them To Handle”). With that oversold, he eventually put his money in Beauty Queens (about pageant judges and contestants). When that fell through, he “contributed at least $7,500 towards… a satire of the Nixon White House called White House Madness that featured the crazed president wandering around the White House in the nude.”

Gramm may or may not have known that his money ultimately went to help finance a soft-core anti-Nixon spoof — the director of Beauty Queens, Mark Lester, shelved that project in order to make White House Madness, a sequel to his Tricia’s Wedding (about drag queens) — but what is clear is that, from the outset, he eagerly wanted to invest in porn. Not that he had much success, however. White House Madness was a failure. “Like the rest of Gramm’s endeavors,” Blumenthal notes, “his soft-core porn career was a complete disaster.”

(And have I mentioned that Gramm is a conservative Republican who, until just recently, was a top McCain adviser? But surely you knew that already… Update: Actually, as Joe reported in a recent post, Gramm is staying on as McCain adviser and surrogate. Madness.)

(Cross-posted from The Reaction.)

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  • jwest

    Wow. That clinches it for me.

    How could anyone vote for a guy who knows a guy who at some point 30 years ago almost invested some money that almost ended up in soft core porn?

    On top of that, you just know those evil, limousine riding, private jet flying republicans are going to use the politics of personal destruction dredging up scandals on our beloved Obama.

    Don’t they have any shame?

  • Don’t worry. No one seriously thinks McCain is the candidate of family values. Ask his first wife and abandoned children about that one 🙂

  • Neocon

    Whats the big deal? Havent you learned by now that all Conservatives are closet gays or porn stars? Why is this a surprise? Im sure the farther we get into the season the more we will learn that John McCains VP will be Larry Craig.

    In fact I would dare say that the GOP is more supportive of Democrats views then democrats are. AFter all Obama is this born again, extremely religious, Zionist and McCain only started going to church for appearances sake and hangs around with a Porn star and probably is going to nominate Larry Craig for his running mate and bring Mark Foley back as Attorney General.

  • pacatrue

    Yeah, this is an innuendo hit piece.

  • Ricorun

    In fact I would dare say that the GOP is more supportive of Democrats views then democrats are. AFter all Obama is this born again, extremely religious, Zionist and McCain only started going to church for appearances sake and hangs around with a Porn star and probably is going to nominate Larry Craig for his running mate and bring Mark Foley back as Attorney General.

    I heard McCain is waiting for Bush to pardon Jack Abramoff, uber-lobbyist and gym afficionado, before nominating him for the VP slot. I think that covers all the day’s silliness, lol!

    But in fact, I would dare to say that the Democrats are more supportive of GOP’s views than the GOP is. Atter all, McCain is counting on a quick withdrawal from Iraq to balance the budget, wants comprehensive immigration reform, a carbon cap and trade system, significant health care reform, an enhanced presence in Afghanistan, and earmark reform while Obama is this born again, extremely religious Zionist.

  • Neocon

    There you go and see thats the kind of stuff Im talking about. How can anyone not say that John McCain is an equal opportunity employer.

  • kryon77

    Who the hell cares?

    In America, 95%+ of those who aren’t Independents are Democrats or Republicans. Because we have 2 parties representing around 100 million voters, these parties are both loose coalitions, and on the Republican side, we have so-called Family Values conservatives, libertarians, etc. Phil Gramm – a PhD. in Economics – is an economic libertarian, and he is publicly known as such (even if some liberal can dig up some obscure quote from decades ago which included the phrase “family values” so he can shriek “hypocrisy!”).

    Final question: Liberals are typically not over-concerned with a great many moral questions. And if you have no standards, then you’re in luck, because then you can never be accused of hypocrisy.

  • DLS

    Liberals are often anti-moral, not merely amoral, particularly the most radical. “I can do whatever I want!” shouts the toddler and too many a liberal. If you were consistent rather than commonly hypocritical, as you are here, you’d be calling Gramm a stud.

    Gramm-Paul 2008 — porn and white supremacy for America!

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