No, Eric Cantor and Marsha Blackburn! Rusty the red panda isn’t a prop for lame political jokes.
He’s an excuse for making Edward Snowden jokes:

In huge diplomatic affront, Adams Morgan ANC Commissioner has facilitated Rusty’s permanent escape to Roosevelt Island.
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler)
June 24, 2013


I’d like to announce I’d offer asylum to Rusty the Red Panda. I have bamboo trees. #DC
— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert)
June 24, 2013

Or Paula Deen jokes:

Paula Deen loses National Zoo endorsement contract after discovery of blackened red panda recipe.
— gregflynn (@gregflynn)
June 24, 2013

Or, what the-hell-has-this-day-turned-into jokes:

Knock Knock. Who’s there? Red panda. Red panda who? Red panda Ecuador Berlusconi. #ThreadClosed
— Daniel Radosh (@danielradosh)
June 24, 2013

No, Eric Cantor and Marsha Blackburn! Rusty the red panda isn’t a prop for lame political jokes.

He’s an excuse for making Edward Snowden jokes:

Or Paula Deen jokes:

Or, what the-hell-has-this-day-turned-into jokes:

Al Gore cat iz in ur car, warnin u about ur carbon emissions.

Butler County, Ohio prosecutor Michael Gmoser has had it up to here with Punxutawney Phil and his weather lies natural behaviors that people interpret as weather forecasting. So he’s filed a (fake) indictment charging Phil with an “Unclassified Felony,” which calls for the death penalty.
No groundhogs will be harmed in the making of this publicity stunt, but threatening Phil with death is going too far. Besides, a few more weeks of winter is a reasonable punishment for humans who rely on a damn rodent for their long-range weather forecasts.

Butler County, Ohio prosecutor Michael Gmoser has had it up to here with Punxutawney Phil and his weather lies natural behaviors that people interpret as weather forecasting. So he’s filed a (fake) indictment charging Phil with an “Unclassified Felony,” which calls for the death penalty.

No groundhogs will be harmed in the making of this publicity stunt, but threatening Phil with death is going too far. Besides, a few more weeks of winter is a reasonable punishment for humans who rely on a damn rodent for their long-range weather forecasts.

motherjones:

brooklynmutt:

“In some of our (budget) negotiations, colleagues would call and ask if I could bring Dakota,” Conrad said. “He calmed everyone down.” - Former Sen. Conrad mourns death of dog Dakota (Grand Forks Herald)

R.I.P., Dakota.

Awww.
More photos of politicians with animals, if you’re interested.

motherjones:

brooklynmutt:

“In some of our (budget) negotiations, colleagues would call and ask if I could bring Dakota,” Conrad said. “He calmed everyone down.” - Former Sen. Conrad mourns death of dog Dakota (Grand Forks Herald)

R.I.P., Dakota.

Awww.

More photos of politicians with animals, if you’re interested.

A baby panda was born at the National Zoo last night! Celebrate with our photo roundup of politicians with animals.

A baby panda was born at the National Zoo last night! Celebrate with our photo roundup of politicians with animals.

Politicians with cute animals: file under ‘this is why the internet was invented.’
See the full gallery.

Politicians with cute animals: file under ‘this is why the internet was invented.’

See the full gallery.