Mitt Romney’s biggest fan lands on Comedy Central

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Oscar Poole, owner of Col. Poole's Bar-B-Q in Ellijay, stands outside his Ellijay eatery where at the moment its famous 'Pig Hill of Fame' in this 2003 AJC file photo.

In constant phone calls and late-night/early-morning voice mail messages, and on every radio and TV talk show he can dial up, Joe McCutchen of Ellijay, Ga., constantly advertises himself as Mitt Romney’s biggest fan.

Comedy Central is apparently taking him at his word.

McCutchen, who has a cable TV talk show that covers much of north Georgia, said he and Oscar Poole will be entertaining a TV crew from “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” today. Poole owns a north Georgia barbecue joint – and is famous for wearing a bright yellow suit, with a red-white-and-blue top hat, to state GOP functions.

Doug Richard of 11Alive, who can sport a fine deadpan when he wants to, is somehow involved. Probably as the straight man.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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29 comments Add your comment

Centrist

January 13th, 2012
12:25 pm

I don’t suppose there are any weirdos who support Mr. Jim Galloway’s preferred candidates – otherwise he’d showcase them – right?

Shine

January 13th, 2012
12:32 pm

Td is a kook. If corps dont pay taxes they just pass the cost along to higher prices, then individuals dont pay taxes they just pass the cost along to higher wage demands.

Danny O

January 13th, 2012
12:48 pm

Mr. Poole is not a weirdo. Eccentric perhaps, but he is normal enough to have served tons of delicious barbeque to folks in, around, or traveling through Ellijay.

Spintrist, anytime the Daily Show sends a crew to Georgia it is news fit for political blog.

Centrist

January 13th, 2012
12:53 pm

Like the Daily Show or any other Democrat media outlet would ever laugh at a Democrat eccentric – which was my point.

MrLiberty

January 13th, 2012
12:59 pm

The bigger take home message is that Bain Capital (Mitt Romney’s company) just bought Clear Channel. So now they own the stations that host Hannity, Limbaugh, Beck, Savage, and Levin. Expect the pandering to this liberal to get even more disgusting. Best “free press” money can buy. But of course Ron Paul and his supporters CANNOT be bought, Mitt’s days are numbered, no matter how many so-called conservative talk show hosts carry water for his liberal message.

Peadawg

January 13th, 2012
1:05 pm

Geeze this crazy old man gives Georgians a bad way.

Anyone ever notice how the news always interviews the most ignorant/illiterate redneck or n-word for a story here in Ga?

missing the point

January 13th, 2012
1:12 pm

I hear ya Danny O. My family and I were in Ellijay once and went to the place after a few people recommended it. The hill adjacent to the place is adorned with pig cut outs and people put their names on them as a way of letting people know they were there. As soon as you go in you are quickly put on notice that it is republican owned to the extreme. Fox News blaring at you from the TV in the waiting area and all the republican memorabilia hanging on the wall. I might add it took a minute or two to get used to the picture of old Ronnie baby looking at me while I polished off some brunswick stew. But hey, it’s America so I feel like everyone has a right to express themselves politically. My family ate decent BBQ at a fair price and my wife and I just winked at each other and laughed on the way out thinking, there is no way in hell we could have eaten up in a place like this back in the 60s.

Centrist

January 13th, 2012
1:12 pm

MrLiberty posted: “Mitt’s days are numbered, no matter how many so-called conservative talk show hosts carry water for his liberal message.”

This liberal message? -

* Tackle the annual deficit and long term debt.

* Downsize and impose far greater productivity and efficiency inside the federal government.

* Eliminate and cut programs return numerous federal programs to the states.

* Revamp the tax, Social Security and Medicare systems.

* Repeal/revamp Obamacare.

* Expand energy exploration.

* Confront Iranian nuclear acquisition.

* Restrict Illegal immigration.

* Appoint constitutional conservatives to the Supreme Court.

Peadawg posted “Anyone ever notice how the news always interviews the most ignorant/illiterate redneck or n-word for a story here in Ga?”

ONLY if they are Republicans.

Danny O

January 13th, 2012
1:13 pm

The Daily Show definitely picks on conservatives more than liberals, but they’re don’t shut the camera off for anyone who can be laughed at, regardless of that person’s agenda.

Your critical analysis capability is crippled by your paranoia.

Ward

January 13th, 2012
1:22 pm

I used to watch Stewart and Colbert years ago, until I finally just overdosed on the snark. Sometimes snark coated with snark. And it isn’t even a left/right thing as it is an unrelenting Manhattanite smugness. This would seem to fit that template perfectly.

Next time I’m in Ellijay, I’ll leave a couple extra bucks in the tip jar for their trouble.

td

January 13th, 2012
1:30 pm

Shine

January 13th, 2012
12:32 pm

Let me see if I can explain this to you.

If it cost a company (raw materials, labor, utilities and taxes) $100 to produce a product and the company is going to make a 5% profit for their investors then how much do you think they charge for the product? Yes, $105. Now, who is paying the taxes?

I know this is a little simplistic but it is an example of how it works.

td

January 13th, 2012
1:32 pm

Why should McCutchen, care. This is nothing but free advertising for him.

DannyX

January 13th, 2012
1:41 pm

Joe McCutchen eccentric?????

Compared to Cain, Perry, Gingrich, Santorum, Bachmann, Paul and Romneycare this guy seems outright normal! Romneycare would wear a pink suit if it got him a few votes. Perry would wear a dress. Newt would wear a bedazzled suit.

Joe McCutchen for Preisdent!

McCutchen/Colbert….2012!

fed up

January 13th, 2012
2:14 pm

Iran is nowhere near having ICBMs. We are being mislead AGAIN by the power elite and their willing accomplices in the media.

We’re sending troops to Israel and Kuwait as I type this, ostensibly to attack Iran. WHY???

Bring ‘em home NOW.

RON PAUL 2012

Mitt Romney Is The Face of the 1%

January 13th, 2012
3:30 pm

@Peadawg January 13th, 2012 1:05 pm – Geeze this crazy old man gives Georgians a bad way.

Anyone ever notice how the news always interviews the most ignorant/illiterate redneck or n-word for a story here in Ga?
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Watch your mouth boy!

Mitchell

January 13th, 2012
5:15 pm

Centrist

January 13th, 2012
12:53 pm

Like the Daily Show or any other Democrat media outlet would ever laugh at a Democrat eccentric – which was my point.

You obviously have never watched the Daily Show.

findog

January 13th, 2012
6:12 pm

td,
Name a corporation that does not use any government supplied services: police, fire, roads, regulated banking system, the full faith and credit of the United States
Name any corporation that every American tax payer purchases something from that would justify every American tax payer picking up their share of the tab for our great country.
Reduce corporate taxes to a reasonable level while eliminating all the special exemptions that are known as welfare.

mark

January 13th, 2012
6:21 pm

That is great!! This past week has been fantastic on stewart and corbert. Cobert turned his SuperPac over to Jon Stewart for the South Carolina primary. Cobert is on the republican ballot so Stewart can use the Super Pac money to put ads on blasting the others. I vote this country!!

By the way td, you pay taxes on earnings not what it cost to make the item. Companies write off billions in earnings/profits through deductions, losses, tax incentives from state and local communities, free interstate exits, ect…. Up unitl the 50’s coporations paid the majority of our federal taxes, now we the people do. Also, according to rommney and supreme court, coporations are people too. But they don’t get to vote. they only BRIBE our elected officals that run our country via the two party system. both parties are at fault and all you people you vote for them. Vote 3rd party!!!

findog

January 13th, 2012
6:25 pm

Stewart will be running mock negative ads against Colbert

Adamweishaupt

January 13th, 2012
7:04 pm

Mitt can be a conservative – or a centrist – or a liberal. It depends on what he thinks people want to hear. For South Carolina, it will be “Wonder Twins, shape of a conservative!” I sure hope Ron Paul runs as a third party candidate when Romney buys this thing.

td

January 13th, 2012
7:29 pm

Adamweishaupt

January 13th, 2012
7:04 pm

Why, so Obama can get re elected? Romney may be a flip flopper but he is ten times better then Obama.

Bootnewt

January 13th, 2012
8:34 pm

Republican or Democrat, you’ll enjoy Col. Poole’s BBQ! Look for the “Pig Hill of Fame” out back.

landover

January 14th, 2012
8:19 am

Jack Welsh said on CNBC recently Romney is the most talented CEO in the country. He turned around a state, the olympics, Bain. Hopefully Romney will use Welsh’s testimonial video in an ad.

Oscar Poole

January 14th, 2012
8:21 am

That’s my picture clowning around on the hill! Behind all the chicanery is a patriotic, conservative, hard-working, loving, and successful “dreamer ” and achiever of the American dream…me! I am that “crazy old man” one writer mentioned but I remind him that he is, at least, headed to the “old” part! As far as the “illiterate” part I have two bachelors, two masters, and one doctorate…all from accredited universities and graduate schools. Finally Joe McCutchen has been a “God-send” to me!

Baby

January 14th, 2012
8:56 am

Mr. Poole seems like a good man, should be a funny show. I like his conviction, but of you want a real game-changer, consider Ron Paul. Romney is a flip-floppin business as usual, type of politician. Unfortunately for Republicans, he’s probably the only person who could beat Obama. Newt is liar and habitual philanderer, and scum really isn’t harsh enough to describe his character.

DannyX

January 14th, 2012
9:54 am

That restaurant would be the perfect location for a Republican debate. Maybe Donald Trump could be the moderator.

James

January 14th, 2012
11:16 am

Way to go Oscar! Good Bar-B-Que and Good political coverage!

Auntie Christ

January 14th, 2012
1:58 pm

The comment section here is almost as funny as Stewart & Colbert. All these god-fearing, intrepid conservatives touting their bravado and self reliance in one sentence, and in the next whining and crying about mean ole Mr.Galloway and the rest of the media picking on the poor, defenseless, victimized republicans/conservatives/christians. Hey we get your message, no need for every other comment here to be a reprise of your weeny-whiney pouts and complaints about the media. Maybe instead of wasting your time everyday posting these tired little rants, why don’t you reflect for a moment on why nobody likes you.

Jacob Wood

January 14th, 2012
2:59 pm

I ate at Col. Poole’s Barbeque once several years ago. After taking stock of all the Republican memorabilia on dsiplay throughout the restaurant (Mr. Poole, to his credit, has been active in politics for over 40 years and has countless pictures of himself with several notable politicians), I asked the waitress, who must’ve been a teenager, if I was allowed to write anything I wanted on the pig sign I was about to buy to display with the hundreds of others on the hill behind the restaurant. She told me that anything clean was fine, so I promptly handed her my pig sign with ‘Obama ‘08′ written in bold print. She got a worried look on her face, and gave the sign to Mr. Poole for his approval. He came right out to my table, shook my hand, and told me that of course he’d put up my sign, and that I should come back to his restaurant again, after the election, no matter who won. I’ll definitely drop in again next time I’m passing through Ellijay!