Tags: John Cornyn, Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, Sonia Sotomayor
Cornyn’s recent slamming of Rush (and Newt’s) comments on Sotomayor as “terrible” is both remarkable and revealing. Remarkable because, historically, only a few have dared to go up against the GOP godfather. Like clockwork, prodigal repubs grovel at his feet just hours after transgressing. But more importantly, I think Cornyn’s comments are revealing because they tip off the beginning of a power shift inside the Rep. party. With many anxiously awaiting the dethroning of Rush and Cheney, Cornyn could be positioning himself for a takeover. I hightly doubt he would have come out against Rush, just to take it back 24 hours later. And, I’m guessing Cornyn wants to keep the pair he just grew.
Tags: Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post, John Cornyn, Michelle Cottle, Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh
John Cornyn rips Newt and Rush a new one over attacks on Sotomayor
Update: TNR’s Michelle Cottle reports Cornyn has finally “grown a pair”
Tags: Financial Times, Liberal Democrat, Robert Gates, The Guardian, The Telegraph
The best of the British papers for Friday, May 29th, 2009:
The Telegraph pulls together a video montage of the best excuses from British MPs under fire for using Parliamentary allowances to subsidize their lifestyles and second homes.
Heading into elections next week, the Guardian Editorial page explains why now is a good time to be a Liberal Democrat
Today’s Op-Ed in the Financial Times says Obama must respect the choice of Lebanon’s voters
Also at FT, a review of U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ commitment to reshaping spending at the Pentagon:
When President Barack Obama opted to retain Mr Gates in his job – the first time a Pentagon chief from the opposing party had been kept on – it was clear that change was coming to the five-sided building that spends more than $20,000 (£12,520, €14,320) a second.
BBC News reports that a mother has been reunited with her ‘kidnapped son’ after finding him on Facebook
And Britain’s Got Talent says Susan Boyle’s show will go on, according to the Daily Mail. Boyle says she will stay in the competition, despite threats that she has packed her bags over the pressure of instant stardom.
Tags: KCMO Radio, Pat Roberts, Sonia Sotomayor
Republican Senator Pat Roberts says on KCMO Talk Radio he’s not voting for Sotomayor:
“Well, I’m a Marine and nothing much scares me… I do not plan to vote for her.”
Audio link here.
Tags: Chuck Schumer, karl rove, Miguel Estrada, Wall Street Journal
Rove has a great rebuttal to my latest video post (like, he’s watching, ha). It’s true Democrats did not face the same kind of potential backlash when practically demonizing Miguel Estrada during his confirmation process for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals back in 2001.
The media has also quickly adopted the story line that Republicans will damage themselves with Hispanics if they oppose Ms. Sotomayor. But what damage did Democrats suffer when they viciously attacked Miguel Estrada’s nomination by President George W. Bush to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the nation’s second-highest court? New York Sen. Chuck Schumer was particularly ugly, labeling Mr. Estrada a right-wing “stealth missile” who was “way out of the mainstream” and openly questioning Mr. Estrada’s truthfulness.
My guess is that besides the fact that the Solicitor’s Office wouldn’t release some of Estrada’s judicial writings, Senate hearings on judges to any bench other than the Supreme Court don’t garner the same kind of press attention.
Tags: LA Times, Martin Krall, Shaw Pittman Potts Trowbridge, Sonia Sotomayor, Yale
Sotomayor won an apology from white-shoe law firm, Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge, when she accused them of bias during her interview process back in 1978. From the LA Times:
The complaint resulted from a dinner conversation between Sotomayor and a Shaw Pittman partner, Martin Krall. According to news reports at the time, Krall asked her whether she would have been admitted to law school if she were not Puerto Rican and whether law firms did a disservice by hiring minority students with inferior credentials and then firing them a few years later….Sotomayor’s complaint caused a campus furor. A student-faculty panel found the complaint warranted and ordered Shaw Pittman to write her a letter of apology
A new Quinnipiac Poll out now shows Specter’s lead over rival Pat Toomey slipping, down from a 20 point lead to only 9 points: 46 to 37. Does this mean the gap would be smaller or larger if Specter hadn’t switched to the Dems?
Tags: Ali Wentworth, Bethenny Frankel, Bravo, Debbie Dingell, Donna Brazile, Mary Matalin, Real Housewives of DC, Real Housewives of New York, Valerie Plame
Since the Real Housewives of NYC has been a secret obsession of mine for the past couple months and Bravo is now casting for a version in DC, I thought it only necessary to come up with my own Ultimate (and almost slightly realistic) Real Housewives of DC List. Now, most of these women who made my list would never sign on to a reality show, avoiding the fate of reality roadkill like Bravo’s latest victim Kelly Bensimon. But, if we’re casting the truly better halves of DC sizzle power couples, (excluding our reaches like Michelle, Hillary and Pelosi) I think these women fit the list.
1. Ali Wentworth
Actress, comedienne, Oprah regular and current star in Head Case on Starz, Ali is the wife of Clinton WH vet and “This Week” host, George Stephanopolous. She’s no stranger to the DC social scene, descending from a line of DC royalty. Her mother, Mabel Cabot was Nancy Reagan’s White House social secretary, her father, Eric Wentworth, a reporter for the Washington Post.
2. Mary Matalin
The Republican strategist cut her teeth on the 1992 Presidential campaign trail, as deputy campaign manager for George H.W. Bush, spinning against Democratic counter-part and future hubby, James Carville. Matalin worked inside the WH under W, in Cheney’s office before resigning in 2002. She’s a regular on Meet the Press, CNN and no stranger to television series, starring in HBO’s 2003 series K Street.
3. Donna Brazile
The self-proclaimed diva may be DC’s answer to houswive fan favorite, Bethanny Frankel. Back in 2000, the AP said Brazile, “who can curse like a sailor before quoting the 27th Psalm, is just as likely to greet you at her office pushing a vacuum or holding a pot of homemade gumbo as with a phone to her ear.” After working as the first black presidential campaign manager for Gore in 2000, Brazile’s a staple of Sunday morning talk, providing punchy analysis on DC politics on CNN, ABC and NPR.
4. Abigail Perlman Blunt
Lobbyist for Altria and wife of former House Majority Whip, Rep. Roy Blunt, Abigail Perlman Blunt was featured in a 2006 New Republic piece: Arm Candy, Beltway-Style: The Second Wives Club, where she and her husband were described as “the most notable –and notorious power union of recent times.” “Since his 1996 election, Blunt’s swift rise in the House has been credited to his close ties to K Street–ties undoubtedly strengthened by his friendly relations with the go-to gal for Altria, which just so happens to be one of Blunt’s top campaign con-tributors. Perlman, meanwhile, could not have asked for a more energetic champion of her employer’s interests than her congressional beau. In 2002, within hours of being named majority whip, Blunt quietly inserted a provision benefit-ing Altria-owned Philip Morris into the Homeland Security Act. Unfortunately for the couple, the measure was pulled as soon as colleagues discovered it, and when Blunt ran unsuccessfully to replace Tom DeLay as majority leader earlier this year, the boondoggle provided his opponents with much ammunition–highlighting the complications that can arise from having a power wife.”
5. Debbie Dingell
A Vice Chair of the Barbara Karmanos Cancer Center, Dingell is a player in Michigan politics and married to Congressman John Dingell (D-MI), the longest serving House member. Also a top lobbyist for General Motors, the biggest contributor to her husband’s 2006 re-election campaign. In a 2007 blog on Huffington Post, Dingell defended her husband’s commitment to campaign ethics and wrote “I deeply resent those that take cheap shots at my husband,” and defended CAFE legislation of which her husband was an original author.
6. Valerie Plame
She’s still smiling, despite being living proof of how dirty DC politics can get. Plame took centerstage during the CIA leak investigation, when the former CIA operative, was outed in a 2003 column by Robert Novak. The outing led to an investigation which found the leak came from inside the WH and led all the way to the Vice President’ office. In 2007, with a cushy 2.5 mil book deal with Simon and Shuster, Plame chronicled her experience in “Fair Game: My Life As A Spy, My Betrayal by the White House.” Her husband, Joe Wilson, who rivals RHNYC Simon’s love of the spotlight and fervent defense of his wronged wife, co-signed a deal along with Valerie to consult on an upcoming Hollywood movie based on Plamegate.
Tags: Beverly Hilton, CBS, Democratic National Committee, Mark Knoller, twitter
from mark knoller’s twitter feed:
markknollerObama was fundraiser-in-chief last night at the Beverly Hilton, doing two events that raised between $3-mil and $4-mil for the Dem Natl Cmte