Polichicks: October 2007 Archives

 

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Argentina's first lady and president-elect senator Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner celebrates at her campaign headquarters in Buenos Aires, October 28, 2007. (Andres Stapff/Reuters)

Argentina elected its first woman president on Sunday!

From Reuters:

First Lady Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will become Argentina's first elected female president after taking victory in Sunday's election.

A center-leftist senator, she is expected to continue the policies of her husband, President Nestor Kirchner, who has overseen an economic boom following a deep crisis in 2001-02.

See also:

First lady claims victory in Argentina [AP]

Argentina's first lady crusies to victory [Reuters]

FACTBOX: Policies of Argentina's President Elect [Reuters]

Argentina's first lady wins top job [Reuters]

Elizabeth Edwards often has made the excuse that her husband, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, doesn't get as much media attention as rivals Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton because he's not black or a woman.  "We can't make John black, we can't make him a woman," she said. [Mmm... no, but like Obama and Clinton, you could come up with better campaign strategies to get up in the polls, make your campaign more interesting and attract more media attention.]

The Washington Post examines whether John and Elizabeth Edwards are trying to appeal to people who may not want to vote for Barack Obama because he's African American or Hillary Clinton because she's a woman.

 

 

 

Barack Obama.jpgObama Girl left a special message of encouragement for Barack Obama on the event page for his upcoming MySpace/MTV.com forum. MySpace and MTV.com will present A Presidential Dialogue with Barack Obama on Monday, October 29th (that's today) at 1:30 PM EST/10:30 AM PST.  You can ask Obama questions and respond to his answers in real time.

When you visit the event page, scroll down (or just look below) to see Obama Girl's personal message for Barack.  Michelle Obama's gonna stomp that girl one of these days.

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Barack...the vote : )

 

Carla Babb, a journalism student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, wondered why John Edwards based his poverty focused presidential campaign in an affluent Chapel Hill neighborhood, rather than in a low income community that would better reflect his message about ending poverty.  She videotaped interviews with Chapel Hill residents about the issue (they were split), and the video was later posted on the University's website and YouTube. 


The video got few hits and went virtually unnoticed, until the Edwards campaign tried to get it taken off the web.    Babb said, "I was completely shocked to get a phone call from the Edwards campaign saying that the story was straight from the Republican Party and that we needed to take it down."  The campaign also threatened that leaving the video up would harm the Edwards' relationship with UNC (ie., no more alumni contributions from us, Tar Heels!).  Both John and Elizabeth Edwards attended law school at the University.

See also:

Edwards campaign tried to stop student's TV story, professor says [AP]

Edwards tussles with UNC j-school [The News and Observer]

 

 

In an interview with Newsweek, Richard Land, a leading evangelical who serves as president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, said that evangelicals will support a third party candidate if Rudy Giuliani is the Republican presidential nominee.  After putting George W. Bush in office twice, the Christian right refuses to support any candidate whose anticipated policies could diminish their power and influence in the Republican Party.  Land had this to say about the matter, "... I have been in too many discussions over the last 15 years where evangelical leaders have said, 'The one thing we will never allow to happen is for the Republican Party to take us for granted the way the Democratic Party too often takes the African-American community for granted.'"


 

Wonkette sized up the "chesticles" of America's past and future first ladies.  Usually the biggest boobs are their husbands, but here's the analysis of what each first lady is packing in the blouse department.

Hillary Clinton has earned the support of the majority of African American female voters, but she wants an even bigger piece of that pie.  She sat down with Isabel Wilkerson of Essence, a magazine that targets African American women, for an interview published in the current issue (November 2007).  Here are a few exerpts of what she had to say about her marriage and family:

On her marriage:
“I know the truth of my life and of my marriage, my relationship and partnership, my deep abiding friendship with my husband. It's been enormously supportive to me through most of my life. Now obviously we've had challenges as everybody in the world knows. “But I never doubted that it was a marriage worth investing in even in the midst of those challenges,” she says, “and I'm really happy that I made that decision. Again, not a decision for everybody. And I think it's so important for women to stand up for the right of women to make a decision that is best for them.”

On the most romantic thing her husband has done for her: She hesitates for longer than is comfortable, then she says, “Oh he's so romantic. He's always bringing me back things from his trips. He brought me a giant wooden giraffe from Africa. Oh, he bought me this watch,” she said, holding out her left wrist to show off a Chanel watch, its bracelet made of white cubes shaped like elegant dentures, if you can picture it. “I had dental surgery, and he said it reminded him of teeth.”

Outside of work, what her proudest moment is:
“Chelsea,” she says without hesitation.

Pick up Essence to read the entire interview.

 

womens_conference_barb.jpg(L-R) Ann Romney, Michelle Obama, Jeri Thompson, Elizabeth Edwards, Cindy McCain and Maria Shriver talk at the 2007 Women's Conference in Long Beach, CA.

California's First Lady Maria Shriver moderated a panel of potential presidential first ladies on Tuesday at the 2007 Women's Conference in Long Beach, CA.  Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Edwards, Jeri Thompson, Ann Romney and Cindy McCain participated.  They discussed their roles in developing policy and campaign strategy (basically, they went Stepford on us and denied they had any), as well as how they balance campaigning with managing a family. Judith Giuliani declined to participate, and potential First Laddie Bill Clinton was unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict.

See also:

First Ladies Unite: Quotes ffrom A Candid Conversation [GlamScene]

Maria Shriver moderates panel of five wives of presidential candidates [USA Today

'08 Wives talk candidly about their roles [CNN]

Wives of Candidates Compare Notes from Trail [The New York Times]

 

Laura Bush in UAE on cancer tour.jpgFirst Lady Laura Bush is touring the middle east to promote breast cancer awareness.  Breast cancer is the leading cause of death for women in the United States and the middle east. Mrs. Bush, who has a history of breast cancer in her family, is expected to promote awareness in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan this week.

Just FYI (and you probably already know this), October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month here in the United States.

In photo above left, First Lady Laura Bush arrives in the United Arab Emirates.  Photo from UAE photo agency.

Those who say African Americans base their voting decisions solely on race are totally wrong.

Hillary Clinton has widened her democratic primary lead over rival Barack Obama (who, we all know, happens to be African American), thanks to the support of African American registered democrats.  A recent CNN poll shows that African Americans support Clinton over Obama 57% to 33%.  Clinton takes a greater lead among African American women, who support her over Obama 68% to 25%.  African American men are split betwen the two candidates, with 42% favoring Clinton and 46% favoring Obama.

Clinton has also secured the endorsements of two prominent African American congressmen , Rep. Charles Rangel and Rep. John Lewis.

 

 

 

 

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Statement of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on New York Yankees Manager Joe Torre

"Joe Torre is a NY legend who will be missed by legions of Yankees fans. His legacy is not just the 4 World Series titles won during his tenure, but his classy leadership and charitable work as well."

Here is Torre's bio from Wikipedia:

Joseph Paul Torre (born July 18, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York) is a retired Major League Baseball player and former manager. He played for the Milwaukee Braves/Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, and New York Mets. He managed the Mets, Braves, Cardinals, and New York Yankees. It was as manager of the Yankees, however, that he achieved his greatest success. In the years that he led the team, from 1996 to 2007, the Yankees went to the playoffs each year and won ten Eastern Division titles, six American League pennants, and four World Series titles.


Senior Editor at The New Republic, Michelle Cottle, wrote an article profiling Jeri Thompson, wife of GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson.  Jeri gets a lot of attention in the press for being attractive, blonde, and 24 years younger than her husband.

Cottle portrays Jeri as a woman who always has a strategy (and the ability to execute it) to get what she wants, whether that be a man, a job, a hot handbag or a fly shoe.  Ain't nothing wrong with that. 

Cottle also offers a peek into the more "soap opera like" aspects of the Thompsons' life together, such as Fred's womanizing, Jeri's public battles with his other girlfriends in the gossip columns, Jeri's financial difficulties, and Jeri's past either living with or being married to (no one is sure) another man. 

Drama.

McCain Women.jpgOne woman isn't enough for Sen. John McCain!  Wife Cindy McCain, mom Roberta McCain and daughter Meghan McCain all have his back on the campaign trail. The New York Times reports.

And just FYI, Meghan and her girlfriends are keping a blog diary of their campaign adventures.

 

Scary Craig

 

larry-craig-mugshot.jpgStill pressed for a Halloween costume?  Why not be a U.S. Senator?  Download and wear the Sen. Larry Craig paper bag mask, and you are sure to be the scariest at any Holloween party.

 



 


The Draft Katherine Harris for president campaign is on!  Folks who want "a real Republican" to represent them, should check out the new website DraftKatherineHarris.com.


Harris best is known for her role in the Gore-Bush ballot dispute during the 2000 presidential election.  She is also known for calling potential voters and implying that her rival in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate might have killed one of his interns.  


So what are her chances of winning a presidential election, or any election for that matter?  Hmmm. She could beat Britney Spears in a "Biggest Trainwreck" contest.  But as for her being elected to political office again, we're more likely to hear of little devils snowboarding in hell. 

Sen. Barack Obama was on The Tonight Show on Wednesday to talk about his campaign and the news of the day.  When asked by Jay Leno about his cousin Dick Cheney, Barack said that he's "okay" with being Cheney's cousin but doesn't "want to get invited to the family hunting party." He also shared that his youngest daughter tried to give Cheney five "to get him accustomed to, you know, his peeps."  Those who missed the show, watch below.


 


We meant to post this a couple of days ago, but uh, we forgot.  Whatever. Here it is now.


A Norwegian "news" show managed piss off a New Yawker.  (Never a good idea.)


When Republican New York City Councilmember James Oddo sat down with a Norwegian news reporter comedienne posing as a Norwegian news reporter, he did not expect to be asked questions about topics such as Hillary Clinton's relationship with cigars. 


When asked the inappropriate questions, to put it mildly, he went off.  By off, we mean he said the F word 16 times in 47 seconds and threatened to "beat the f*cking sh*t" out of the "news" staff.


Do. Not. F*ck. With. James. Oddo. (unless you want to get the f*cking sh*t beat out of you).


 

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Democratic Presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. talks on a cell phone upon her arrival at a Presidential Health Care Forum, sponsored by Families USA and the Federation of American Hospitals, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Mark Penn, Hillary Clinton's pollster, said that 24% of Republican women could support Clinton over Barack Obama  because of "the emotional element of potentially having the first woman nominee."  The Obama camp disagrees.

See:

Pollster: GOP women will support Clinton [AP]

The Republican presidential candidates are divided over their beliefs about what should be done to combat global warming.  Global warming became a hot campaign issue after former Vice President Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to raise awareness about the issue.

See also:

Global Warming Starts to Divide G.O.P. Contenders [New York Times]

Dennis Hastert.jpgFormer Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert is expected to resign soon, rather than complete his 15 month term.  From the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert will resign soon rather than complete his term 15 months from now, ending a 21-year career in Congress, Republican aides said Thursday.

The Illinois Republican had announced in August he would not seek re-election in 2008, but said he planned to finish his current term, which ends in January 2009. Republican aides, speaking on background only because Hastert had not yet publicly announced his new plans, said he now intends to leave office late this year or early next year.

Hastert's resignation would trigger a special election, probably in early 2008, in his Chicago-area district that includes Aurora and Elgin. Republicans hope to hold the seat ahead of the November 2008 election, which some fear will draw large numbers of Democratic voters unhappy with President Bush and the Iraq war.

Hastert, 65, was the longest-serving Republican speaker in history. He took the post in January 1999 after two better-known party members were forced aside by scandals and intraparty rivalries.

When Republicans lost control of the House in the 2006 elections, Hastert lost the speakership, and his retirement plans did not surprise colleagues.

Hastert's office did not respond to press calls early Thursday.

 

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS)

According to USA Today, Sen. Sam Brownback (Who?) is expected to drop out of the presidential race tomorrow.  Brownback was running as a conservative Republican and tried unsuccessfully gain the support of the Christian right (Wait! Was he in a movie? Brownback Mountain or something?).  He is dropping out of the race, because he was unable to raise enough money (Well, duh.  Nobody knows who he is.). Brownback represents Kansas in the U.S. Senate.

In the Navy

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Hearing about all of the festivities celebrating the U.S. Navy's 232nd birthday led us to do a little navy inspired shopping.  Why not?  We like blue.

And oh!  Look what we found!  The Uptown Patent Bag by Yves Saint Laurent.  And by patent, we mean gorgeous navy patent! How cool is that? 

We love the polished look of the navy patent against the gold tone frame and hardware.  Do we love the $1,895.00 price tag?  Not so much... but we could be convinced. 

The Navy may be tough, but this bag is fierce!!

On a more serious note, we want to send a shoutout to all the polichicks in the Navy and other branches of our military.  They bust their humps, risk their lives and miss their families every single day for our national security.  And we can't thank them enough.

 

 

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Family portrait? Vice President Dick Cheney poses with his cousins, the Obamas.  Reuters Photo.

Lynne Cheney told MSNBC today that she discovered that her husband, Dick Cheney, and Barack Obama are 8th cousins

No more Mr. Nice Guy!

Barack Obama has pulled out the boxing gloves against rival Hillary Clinton.  Here's an excerpt from a fundraising letter that his campaign just emailed under the heading "Hillary's Money."

We continue to build the largest grassroots movement in history, but Washington lobbyists and special interests rallied to help Hillary Clinton out-raise us for the first time.

If we want real change in this country, then we need to prove that together we are stronger than the lobbyist-driven money machine that has dominated Washington for too long....

Hillary Clinton aggressively seeks money from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs. She's even said that these lobbyists represent real Americans.

She's wrong.

I think it's time to turn the page on that kind of politics, and that's why I have not accepted a dime from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs in this race. We rely on a network of more than 350,000 ordinary people to make us competitive -- more supporters than all the other Democratic candidates combined.

Washington lobbyists have chosen their candidate and are determined to provide her with an overwhelming advantage.

Randi Rhodes.jpgWe have some sad news, polichicks.  Air America Radio host Randi Rhodes was mugged Sunday in New York City while walking her dog Simon.  The assailants beat her up badly and knocked out several of her teeth. 

Randi was not wearing jewelry or carrying a purse at the time of the attack, so there is speculation that Randi was not mugged, but was the victim of a "hate crime" because of her liberal views.

We polichicks, red and blue, all wish Randi a full and speedy recovery.  Hang in there, girl!

 

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Sen. Larry Craig. AP Photo.

In an interview with Matt Lauer, Sen. Larry Craig called out frienemy Gov. Mitt Romney (MA) for not supporting him after he was arrested in a public men's room for soliciting sex from an undercover cop. Sen. Craig had served as Senate liason for Romney's presidential campaign, but he resigned when the news of his sex scandal broke.  At that time, Romney said that he was disappointed in Craig's "disgusting" behavior

"I was very proud of my association with Mitt Romney," Craig told Lauer. "... And he not only threw me under his campaign bus, he backed up and ran over me again."

Hmm.  We beg to differ.  We would say that Romney threw Craig under his campaign bus, backed up, ran over him again, hopped out of the bus to check to see if Craig was really dead, got in a few licks while Craig lay flattened on the ground, then backed up his bus again a few times just to make extra sure that Craig was super dead. 

Alas, Romney's efforts failed, and Craig lived to file an appeal today to overturn a judge's refusal to allow him to withdraw his guilty plea in the case. And, of course, bring about even more negative publicity to the Republican party by doing an interview with Matt Lauer about the scandal, which will air Tueday night on Matt Lauer Reports and Wednesday morning on Today

Acoording to Wonkette, Republican lawmakers have adopted a panty hose policy for female staffers.  Apparently, they want to reflect a more puritan image to combat their freaky reputation.  A reputation earned  thanks to Sen. David Vitter's hooker fetish, Sen. Larry Craig's habit of getting it on in public restrooms, Rep. Mark Foley's love letters to little boys...   Sheesh. We can't list them all.  So many sex scandals, so little time...

 

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BFFs La-Toria Haven and Meghan McCain campaign for Meghan's dad, Sen. John McCain. Photo from McCainBlogette.com.

Amidst all the hoopla about Al Gore's Noble Peace Prize win for his work to spread awareness about global warning, La-Toria Haven, BFF to Sen. John McCain's daughter Meghan, wants to make sure that Sen. McCain gets a piece of that action.  She highlights Sen. McCain's record on environmental advocacy and links to Republicans for Environmental Protection  in her blog entry today at McCainBlogette.  McCainBlogette follows the adventures of Meghan McCain and her friends on the campaign trail. Those of you polichicks who wear red dresses with your stilettos, check it out.

 

nobel_flag.jpgWith all the excitement about Al Gore winning the Nobel Peace Prize, wouldn't it be nice to catch up on some history about the Nobel Prize? Below is a biographical summary of Alfred Nobel, the wealthy Scandinavian inventor and entrepreneur for whom the prize is named.  The actual text of his will that established the then controversial prize follows his biography.  All text and photographs were taken from the official website for the Nobel Prize.

Alfred Nobel (1833-1896) was born in Stockholm, Sweden, on October 21, 1833. His family was descended from Olof Rudbeck, the best-known technical genius in Sweden in the 17th century, an era in which Sweden was a great power in northern Europe. Nobel was fluent in several languages, and wrote poetry and drama. Nobel was also very interested in social and peace-related issues, and held views that were considered radical during his time.

Nobel received his first patent at age 30. Ten years later, he would establish factories in several countries and was the first person in the world to create an international holding company. The inventor of dynamite held 355 patents in several countries. As an entrepreneur, Nobel was unbeatable in his time.

On November 27, 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his last will in Paris. When it was opened and read after his death, the will caused a lot of controversy both in Sweden and internationally, as Nobel had left much of his wealth for the establishment of a prize! His family opposed the establishment of the Nobel Prize, and the prize awarders he named refused to do what he had requested in his will. It was five years before the first Nobel Prize could be awarded in 1901.

 

 

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Photo from BarackObama.com

Barack Obama is Christian.  An untraceable email campaign, however, has sought to turn voters with anti-Muslim attitudes away from Obama by spreading the lie that he is Muslim. So not cool.

Politico published excerpts from the untruthful emails:

“Barack Hussein Obama has joined the United Church of Christ in an attempt to downplay his Muslim background,” warns an e-mail titled “Who Is Barack Obama,” that was circulating in South Carolina political circles this summer and sent to Politico by a South Carolina Democrat.

“The Muslims have said they plan on destroying the U.S. from the inside out; what better way to start than at the highest level?”

“Please forward to everyone you know,” it ended.

The other widely forwarded e-mail is titled “Can a good Muslim become a good American” and answers that question in the negative, before concluding: “And Barack Hussein Obama, a Muslim, wants to be our president!!!”

online at msnbc.com, for those at work

Former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize today for their efforts to spread awareness about global warming.  Some people just collect stamps, but Gore's hobby is his award collection which now includes a Nobel Peace Prize, an Emmy and an Oscar.  He hopes to score a SuperBowl Ring next. 

Gore's winning record already has supporters hoping that he'll ride his lucky streak straight to The White House.

See also:

Nobel Prize likely to increase pressure on Gore to run [CNN]

Al Gore's win sparks presidential calls [Telegraph (UK publication)]

We didn't think we dissed Jeri Thompson, but for some reason, the girl who sweats her did.    Whatever.

 

 

Hillary. Nekked. 

Barack. Butt nekked.

Fred Thompson. Red nekked.

Rudy. Not Nekked?! [Utter shock followed by a long, pensive pause.] Uh, okay.... Rudy. Wearing a hell of a lot more clothes than he usually does.

Here's the cover of Radar Magazine's new politics issue:

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Polichicks, no on likes to hear news like this...

From the Associated Press:

BAGHDAD - A U.S. attack killed 19 insurgents and 15 civilians, including nine children [and 6 women], northwest of the capital Thursday — one of the heaviest civilian death tolls in an American operation in recent months. The military said it was targeting senior leaders of al-Qaida in Iraq.

Read the whole article here.

 

Viva La Cure!  Sport this fun and foxy Juicy Couture tee to remind everyone you know that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

With more than 217,440 individuals diagnosed with breast cancer each year, it is extremely important that we continue to raise money and awareness.  So call a couple of friends and participate in some National Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities together.  And while you're at it, you might as well remind your congressional representatives to support efforts to find a cure.

Viva La Cure!

This entry was posted in memory of Rep. Jo Ann Davis and in support of Elizabeth Edwards.

 

Office Polichicks

 

Neimans handcuffs.jpgNothing says power chick quite like the prominent display of these silver-plated handcuffs encrusted with Swarovsky crystal on your desk.  They're just a paperweight, but if they were real, you wouldn't hesitate to use them on a worthy opponent. Political frienemy, don't sleep.

 

 

Hey Polichicks!

Forgive us for not posting pictures for the past day or so.  Our internet is working at a glacier's speed (as are the IT guys who are allegedly going to fix it), so posting photos is a little impossible now.  But we promise to do so as soon as we can.

In the meantime, there are plenty of photos in the archives. Enjoy!

xoxo

Politico.com has a great article today on why and how campaigns should court young voters.

Overheard at PolichicksOnline.com:

Kari: So who's hotter, Fred Thompson's wife or Dennis Kucinich's wife?

Jason: Fred Thompson's wife is hot for a politician, but you're gonna put her up against a six foot redhead with a tongue ring?  And an accent? Come on now.

 

 

 

A motorcyclist hit a van carrying Michelle Obama this morning.  Obama and staffers are okay, and it appears that the motorcyclist will also be okay.

See also:

Michelle Obama in Iowa Accident [The Washington Post]

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee thinks suicide is funny.  His comments are so not cool.

Yeah, we saw the Republican debate last night.  First we watched Romney and Giuliani have a few catfights, and then we watched paint dry Fred Thompson say a few words. 

 MSNBC's Maria Bartiromo (go girl!) and Chris Matthews moderated.

Pizza for Ron Paul

Here's a "commercial" for Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul that stars a dancing pizza.

 

Hat tip: Wonkette

 

2008dncccommitteelogo.jpgHere's the new DNC convention logo.  You can see the Republican logo here.

See also:

Best Convention Logo? Vote Below! [AOL News]

Now Check Out the New Dem Convention Logo [AOL News]

RNC Convention Logo Revealed [AOL News]

 

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Meghan Will, Cindy McCain, Meghan McCain and La-toria Haven atend a Young Professionals event for Sen. John McCain in Arizona.  Photo from mccainblogette.com.

John McCain's daughter Meghan has a blog called McCain Blogette. [Wonkette.com]

See also:

McCain's Daughter Aims To Be Next Wonkette [The Huffington Post]

$75 Million Woman

Julianna Smoot_Obama Finance Dir_Credit Ricky Carioti for Washington Post.jpgPolichicks, check out this Washington Post profile of a woman in politics doing her thingJulianna Smoot took Barack Obama's fundraising plan from just a hope and a prayer to a lean, mean money machine.

Julianna Smoot wearing her best accessory, a smile. Photo credit: Rick Carioti, The Washington Post.

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Rep. Jo Ann Davis poses with the American Cancer Society Action Network.

Polichicks, we have lost one of our own.

U.S. Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis (R-VA) died Saturday morning after battling breast cancer.  She became Virginia's first Republican woman elected to Congress in 2000, and she served on the House Armed Services Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee.

President Bush said in a statement, "Her determination to fight the disease is an inspiration to all of us."

Bill Clinton is hosting a book party for Chelsea's ex-boyfriend, Ian Klauss, who penned Elvis Is Titanic.  The move is unusual in that, at least, I hope my dad isn't throwing any festivas for any of my exes. 

Chelsea and her friends are expected to attend the book party, and Ian has dedicated the book to Chelsea.

Apparently, Chelsea and Ian really meant it when they said "let's still be friends" at the end of their break up talk. (We all say that, but who ever really means it?) 

 

Brad Pitt_Parade_Robert Ascroft for Parade.jpgParade Magazine recently suggested to Brad Pitt that he run for president.  The response?

"Oh, my God!" Pitt says in surprise. "I never thought about it. I have no desire at this point. Maybe I serve better by not going through that door." He laughs. "George should do it!" he says, offering up pal Clooney. "He'd be quite good. I think Ben Affleck should run."

Just as long as Brad doesn't endorse John Edwards.... That would cause a problem at home with girlfriend Angelina Jolie.

 

 

 

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Britney Spears walks her dog on the red carpet at the Billboard Music Awards in 2004. Credit Eric Jamison/AP

PETA wants Britney Spears to lose custody of her dogs, because the organization fears for the animals' safety.  PETA contacted Britney's ex-husband, Kevin Federline, and begged him to take custody of her pups.  Brit Brit recently lost custody of her two children to K-Fed.

Wonder if Alicia Silverstone will get naked in a PETA video again to support of Brit Brit's pooches...

(We'd post the link to the naked Alicia video, but for some reason our blog software is not working so well today.  So just search for Alicia Silverstone at the top of this blog and the video will come up.  You know you want to see it. And yes, your butt is bigger than hers.)

See also:

PETA pleads with K-Fed to take custody of Britney's pooches too [Yahoo! News]

PETA wants Britney Spears to lose custody of her dogs as well as her kids [AP]

Via Elizabeth Edwards, the Edwards campaign called Rush Limbaugh a draft dodger,because he used a b.s. medical excuse to avoid serving in Vietnam. An angry Limbaugh retorted, "And I would have gotten away with it, if it wasn't for you meddling kids!" 

Uh, wait.  We might have mixed our stories up... Yes, that quote is actually from the "ghost" on Scooby Doo and not Limbaugh, as Limbaugh has not yet commented.  Well, whatever. 

In an interview with the Guardian (UK publication), Bill Clinton says that, when elected president, Hillary plans to ask him "and former Republican presidents" to work on repairing America's image overseas. You can listen to parts of the interview here.

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Academy Award winning actress and activist Emma Thompson is speaking out against sex trafficking by promoting the London exhibit "Journey in Trafalgar Square," which traces the life of an Eastern European sex worker.  Watch the video (about 2 min long) here.  It's appalling to hear what sex workers slaves go through.

In addition to her political activism, Emma Thompson is known for her roles in the films Howard's End, The Remains of the Day and Sense and Sensibility.

USA Today ran a story today about Jeri Thompson's "debut" as a potential first lady.  Thompson gave her first interview to Sean Hannity on the Fox News Channel last night.  She appeared with her husband (who did most of the talking) and their two children.  Watch below.

 

 

GOP 2008 convention logo.jpgThis is the GOP's new logo for the 2008 Republican National Convention.  Note that the elephant with the wide stance is also kicking it in Minneapolis.  Please roll.

 

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Sen. Larry Craig has announced that he has no plans to resign, because he still has some very important work to finish in the senate.  He's probably redecorating the senate men's room right now.

Jenna Bush talks about her new book (Ana's Story), her recent engagement and life as a first daughter in this week's People magazine (October 8, 2007).  She says that her dad is "so funny and so goofy; he keeps me laughing."  She also says that as president, her dad "has done a really great job." 
A judge has rejected Sen. Larry Craig's motion to withraw his guilty plea, and he just may have to resign as he said he would.  Sen. Craig (R-ID) was arrested for soliciting sex from an undercover police officer in a Minneapolis public restroom stall and pled guilty to disorderly conduct for the infraction.  Initially, he said that he would resign from the U.S.Senate because of the controversy, but he later changed his mind and said that he would resign only if he was unable to withdraw his guilty plea.
Independent voters are growing in number and influence and could sway the primaries toward unexpected results. So the candidates are tailoring their messages to sweat them.  The New York Times reports.

When Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was on The View this morning, the show's hosts got a little naughty.  Barabara Walters gushed that Nancy's husband, Paul Pelosi, is shmokin' hot.  Then Barbara told Nancy that she thinks Whoopi Goldberg wants to "do" her husband.  Whoopi piped in that she'd like to do Nancy's husband and Nancy too (what?!), but that they better wait until Nancy's out of office to avoid any political controversy.

Yeah, we knew you wouldn't believe us (uh, who would?), so roll the tape...

 

USA Today gave the rundown on our potential First Ladies.  Though they left out our possible First Laddie, Bill Clinton.  Check it out here.

President Carter got in a shouting match with Sudanese security officials who tried to block him from visiting ethnic African refugees in Darfur. "You betta check yo' self before you wreck yo' self," Carter shouted at security officers standing in his way.  Okay, so we're paraphrasing and that's not exactly what he said, but it's close enough.  Here's a word for word account from AOL News:

"You can't go. It's not on the program!" the local national security chief, who only gave his first name as Omar, yelled at Carter, who is in Darfur as part of a delegation of respected international figures known as "The Elders."

"We're going to anyway!" an angry Carter retorted, telling security officers they didn't have the authority to stop him.

This morning, President Bush vetoed legislation, supported by both parties, that would have provided health insurance for children from low income families.

"Today the president showed the nation his true priorities: $700 billion for a war in Iraq, but no health care for low-income kids; $50 billion in subsidies for huge oil companies; but no health care for low-income kids; $8 billion lost to waste, fraud, abuse, and no-bid contracts in Iraq, but no health care for low-income kids," said Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill.

"Millions of American children and their families won't forget that they are on the bottom of the president's priority list," Emanuel said.

 

 

When Hardball host Chris Matthews appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to plug his new book, Life's  a Campaign, Jon Stewart totally trashed his book for the entire segment.  And Matthews didn't like it (although, strangely enough, he laughed through all of the insults).

Good for ratings? Yep.  Good for book sales? Not so much.

 

 

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Hillary Clinton attends a rally with Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums and his wife, Cynthia Dellums. Photo credit: Paul Sakuma/AP

 

Hillary Clinton whupped some you-know-what in fundraising this past quarter.  She raised $27 million, and for the first time, beat Barack Obama in number of new donors and amount of primary election money raised.

See also:

Clinton Outpaces Obama in Fundraising in Third Quearter [CNN]

Clinton Leads the Field in Campaign Fundraising [The Los Angeles Times]

 

 

 

The New York Times published an op-ed entitled The Smear This Time by Anita Hill today.  Hill defends herself against accusations Clarence Thomas made against her in his new book, My Grandfather's Son.

From The Hotline:

October 01, 2007

Quote Of The Day

From today's Hotline:

"The choice was pretty easy for me, obviously. Not like Giuliani's daughter."

-- Cate Edwards, NBC/National Journal, 9/29.

[Cate is making reference to Caroline's preference for Barack Obama over her own father, presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani.]

Jenna's Ring

 

Jenna ring AP.jpgThe AP captured this shot of Jenna Bush's saphire and diamond engagement ring as she got off of Air Force One on Wednesday, September 26th.  Jenna is engaged to Henry Hager.

James Denton, who plays hearthrop Mike Delfino on Desperate Housewives, says that he is "desperate" for "the kind of change that John Edwards is offering - the kind of change that America deperately needs."  He also says that Edwards is desperate for cash and asks for contributions.  If you are desperate to see for yourself, the video is below.

 

 

 

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Anita Hill talks to Robin Roberts on Good Morning America.

Anita Hill was on Good Morning America today to respond to Clarence Thomas's attack on her in his new book.

So if your senator or congressperson takes the wrong position on an issue, or worse, actually decides to vote like they don't have a lick of sense, the usual course of action is to write them a nice letter and politely voice your opinion about their performance.  About.com offers some tips to make your letter more effective:

 

1.       Be courteous and respectful without "gushing."

2.       Clearly and simply state the purpose of your letter. If it's about a certain bill, identify it correctly. If you need help in finding the number of a bill, use the Thomas Legislative Information System.

3.       Say who you are. Anonymous letters go nowhere. Even in email, include your correct name, address, phone number and email address. If you don't include at least your name and address, you will not get a response.

4.       State any professional credentials or personal experience you may have, especially those pertaining to the subject of your letter.

5.       Keep your letter short -- one page is best.

6.       Use specific examples or evidence to support your position.

7.       State what it is you want done or recommend a course of action.

8.       Thank the member for taking the time to read your letter.

 

Yeah, you could do all that... but we say that when your so-called public servant screws up, it's a whole lot faster and more to the point to just send them this:

 

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Nothing says "don't make me send you back to your district for good" like a Hallmark card (or a card from whimsypress.com).

Now, of course, we're kidding.  Write the nice letter.

 

Urbandictionary.com's word of the day:

Wide Stance October 1
A euphemism for a homosexual, especially one who is closeted.

This is coined from the transparent defense of Senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho), to charges of disorderly conduct, stemming from his apparent solicitation of an undercover officer, underneath the partition of a restroom stall.

Prior to pleading guilty, Sen. Craig attempted to explain his behavior by claiming that his shoe touched the officer's underneath the partition because he had a "wide stance", when going to the bathroom.
 
Genevieve is really crushing hard on the varsity QB. Someone should tell her that the dude has a wide stance.
 
Read Urban Dictionary's other definistions of "wide stance" here.

 

 

Pelosi at Bayview from Pelosi site.jpgSpeaker Nancy Pelosi speaks with Dr. Nadine Burke about expanding coverage for children under the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Photo credit: Pelosi's official website at www.house.gov/pelosi.

Everybody's sweating the polichicks!  Politicians are doing all they can to book appearances on daytime talk shows to reach us.

So on that note, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will appear on The View tomorrow to discuss her role as the first woman Speaker of the House, children's health insurance (she's fighting for it!), Iraq, and the news of the day.  The interview will air live, and the Speaker will appear as the first guest on the third segment of the show.  The View airs at 11 a.m. EST on ABC.

Be sure to watch!

Tyra asked Barack to send a message to her brother and his fellow troops who are stationed in Afghanistan.  The clip below aired today on the Tyra Show.

When asked who would play him in a movie, Barack Obama said that he would like Denzel Washington to play him but admitted that Will Smith would be better because of the ears.

The clip below aired today on the Tyra Show.

Looking for his future in a crystal ball, Barack Obama exclaimed, "I see the White House right there!" The clip below aired today on the Tyra Show.

 

Jenna Bush Book Tour -Bill O'leary - Wash Post.jpgJenna Bush has penned Ana's Story, a book about a young, single mother she met in Latin America who is HIV positive.  Her book tour kicked off on Saturday in Washington, D.C. and will take her to 25 cities.

She told The Washington Post that "UNICEF is doing incredible work,"  and "the Clinton Foundation is doing amazing work in Africa and Latin America." She also joked that she and her fiance, Henry Hager, are thinking about a Las Vegas wedding.

See Jenna's Story: A New Author Steps Forth [The Washington Post]

Photo by Bill O'leary, The Washington Post

 

Fran Drescher Wikipedia.jpgFran Drescher, best known for her TV role on The Nanny, would rather watch politics than other people's kids.  Word is that she has her eye on the senate seat that Hillary Clinton will vacate if elected president.  A cancer survivor, Drescher entered the political scene as a cancer advocate and has worked with both Democrats and Republicans to pass legislation that will help educate women and health care professionals about early cancer detetection. 

They're sweating us, polichicks!  We've talked a lot about how the presidential candidates are all hitting the daytime talk shows that target female audiences.  They've been on Ellen, The View, Oprah, Rachel Ray, and others.

Well, Barack Obama is no different.  He wants us too!  Watch him on the Tyra Show today at noon.  Tyra Banks says that this is "the most important interview that I have ever done" and has dedicated the entire hour to Barack.

 

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