Specter Boasts of Disloyalty
On Meet the Press, Sen. Arlen Specter denies a report in The Wall Street Journal that he vowed loyalty to the Democratic Party, and then awkwardly points out that one time he noticed a mistake in a newspaper but choose not to elaborate… at all.
Question of the Day: Is Biden a Crackpot?
Newly appointed Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius politely refutes the vice president’s mea culpa this week on Fox News Sunday. You’ll recall Biden said he would personally avoid all confined spaces, a course of action not exactly supported by science.
Orrin Hatch Deciphers the Obama Code
On This Week, Sen. Orrin Hatch argues that President Obama has taken to speaking in code, in using the word “empathy” (Hatch translation: “liberal activist”) to describe the ideal candidate to succeed Justice David Souter.
Kurtz to Newspapers: Drop Dead—If That’s What the Market Decides
Howard Kurtz is no enemy of newspapers—he writes for one, and has always been a champion of great reporting. But he’s not pleased with Sen. John Kerry and other Massachusetts politicians maneuvering to support the foundering Boston Globe, a paper, he believes, whose fate should be decided by market forces, not political ones.
Specter Redux: Don't Worry About the Obama Code
On Face the Nation, Bob Schieffer asks Senator Specter about Orrin Hatch’s concern that President Obama has used of “code words” to describe his ideal new Supreme Court justice. Note in Specter’s answer the simultaneous push for a woman or minority (are your ears ringing, Sonia Sotomayor?), and someone whose charge will be “not to make law, but to interpret the law.” Sounds like a guy who's trying to please both Democrats and a Republicans. Hmmm....
Clift and Buchanan in a Rare Agreement Over the State of the GOP
Remember all that talk about Karl Rove’s genius and a permanent majority for the Republican Party? No one in Washington does, apparently, as Eleanor Clift and Pat Buchanan of The McLaughlin Group, who never agree on anything, reach similarly dire conclusions about the apparent permanent political minority.
Romney's Insight: GOP Needs a Makeover
Speaking of the sorry state of affairs for Republicans—a state about as sorry as the one Democrats were in about five years ago—both Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh made Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people. GOP re-branding pioneers Eric Cantor and Mitt Romney dance lightly around news of this on State of the Union, and even throw out a few jokes on the subject. Influential? Yes. Beautiful? Not so much.
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