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So the guitarist in Rage Against the Machine,  Paul Ryan's favorite band, called Ryan an "extreme fringe right wing nut job." Sometimes love isn't mutual.

Read guitarist Tom Morello's op-ed on Paul Ryan in Rolling Stone over here.




The Candies Foundation announced Tuesday that Bristol Palin is their new ambassador.  Candies, a popular teen apparel company, started the foundation in 2001 to fight teen pregnancy.  Palin became preganant with her son Tripp when she was seventeen years old.

As ambassador, Bristol will promote abstinence as a means of teen pregnancy prevention, although she has said in the past that abstinence is "not realistic" for teens. "I am so happy to have this opportunity to work with The Candie's Foundation on spreading the message of teen pregnancy prevention. I feel that I could be a living example of the consequences of teen pregnancy," Palin said in a statement released by the foundation.  "If I can prevent even one girl from getting pregnant, I will feel a sense of accomplishment."

Last year, the Candies Foundation ran a public service announcement that warned about the teen pregancy "epidemic" and featured pictures of Palin and Jamie Lynn Spears, who is also a teen mother.   

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 Meghan McCain is still blogging.  Photo from GQ.

 Whatever happened to Meghan McCain, daughter of John and founder of McCainBloggette?  Well, if anybody would know, it would be your plucky, know-it-all friends at Polichicks, right?  Right!

Meghan is now a writer for The Daily Beast.  Her first assignment?  A post-campaign interview with her mom Cindy.  Read it over here.

 

Outgoing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice played the piano for Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace Monday.  Secretary Rice is in London on what is expected to be her final visit to Britain before President elect Barack Obama takes office on January 20, 2009.

Here's a bit of Condi's performance:

 

 

We haven't addressed John McCain on Polichicks since the election, because we felt that Barack Obama should have his day after his historic win.  But now we want to acknowledge Sen. John McCain, who fought a long and hard campaign for the presidency.

John McCain's concession speech was one of the most moving that we have ever heard.  He commended Obama's accomplishments, acknowledged what Obama's historic victory means to African Americans, expressed sympathy to the Obama family on their loss of Obama's grandmother and encouraged the country to unite behind our new president.

No doubt that had to be a tough speech to make, especially the part where he preaches unity and calls Barack Obama "my president." (We mean, imagine if you had to publicly praise your work frenemy and call her "my boss," moments after she got the promotion you wanted.) But as hard as it must have been, John McCain stepped up to the plate and did what was best for our country.

Now that's "country first." 

 

Elisabeth Hasselbeck introduced Sarah Palin at a rally in Tampa this weekend. 

"As you can see, Sarah Palin sure is a woman who knows how to dress," Hasselbeck said. "I'm actually personally most impressed, you know, by her accessories, like the flag pin that she wears...."

We noticed that Hasselbeck's speech style, intonation and mannerisms  are almost identical to Sarah Palin's.  Shared speech coach, perhaps? If we weren't watching Hasselbeck, we would think Palin was speaking.  Just an observation...


Anyway, Hasselbeck did well, looked great and got a warm reception from the crowd.  Here's a clip of her speech.


 


Amy Strozzi.jpgSarah Palin's emmy-nominated makup artist, Amy Strozzi (pictured on left) was the highest paid campaign consultant in the McCain camp during the month of October.  The McCain campaign paid her $22,800 for the first two weeks of the month. 

Zow!  That's more money than McCain's chief foreign policy advisor and senior communications aide made!

Our first thought on this is that we're not mad at Palin for going the extra mile to look her very best.  We don't even like to go to the grocery store without a little lip gloss, so we certainly wouldn't expect Palin to appear in front of millions without some color.  Besides, as girls who spent more than we should have at Laura Mercier in Neiman's last weekend, who are we to judge? 

Yet when we consider the negative PR effect of looking extravagant and wasteful to voters at a time when people are losing their homes and jobs, the makup artist expenditure doesn't seem like such a smart idea. Add that to the fact that Barack Obama has about 4 times the money in the bank that McCain has, and the makeup artist's salary seems even more wasteful.  

McCain can't afford to spend all that money on makeup instead of, say, advertising and get out the vote efforts. Because according to the polls, McCain's chances of winning this race don't look good.  If the McCain camp keeps prioritizing spending on beauty over voter outreach, Palin's next big speech about lipstick might go a little something like this:  "I may have lost this race, but I looked damn good doing it in Pink Truffle by Chanel."  

Photo above left of Amy Strozzi is from Amy Strozzi's Facebook page.

 

What a wack job...

 

Ashley Todd.jpgA McCain volunteer, Ashely Todd, reported to police that a 6'4' "black man" attacked her and carved a "B" for Barack in her face, because she is a McCain supporter.  The big "black man" (isn't it always a "black man" in these stories?) allegedly told her that he was going to make her a Barack Obama supporter.

Todd made up the story.  The tip off to police that she was lying?  The B on her face was backward, because she cut her own self while looking in the mirror. 

Who doesn't know that mirrors reflect letters backward? What a moron.

 

 

 

Sarah Palin Todd Palin.jpgWant to get Sarah Palin's look for less than the cost of a small house?  The girls at Glamour can show you how. 

They can tell you where to get the Palin look pictured above for just $58.28.  That price includes the blouse, skirt, belt, shoes and jewelry.  Zow! 

But that's not all.  The Glamour girls have the secret scoop on where to pick up serveral Palin looks for less.  

Our shopping budget has been slashed thanks to the shaky economy.  Yours too?  Well come on with us to check out Glamour's money saving tips over here.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck View site.jpgElisabeth Hasselbeck will join Sarah Palin on the campaign trail this weekend.  The McCain/Palin campaign hopes that Elisabeth will help attract more women to the ticket. 

We thought that's what Palin was for, but she hasn't been as effective as the campaign would like.  A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that 56% of women say they question McCain's judgement because he picked Palin as his running mate.

Elisabeth represents the lone conservative voice on The View.  She recently spoke against the media's focus on Sarah Palin's $150,000 new wardrobe with, "Are you looking into Joe Biden's supposed botox shots in his forehead?"  Ouch.

Photo from ABC.com.

Palin RNC speech.jpgThe RNC treated Sarah Palin to a $150,000 makeover that included hair styling, makeup and a shopping spree at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.  Oh to be Sarah for a day... a shopping day, not a Katie Couric interview day.

 

We've said before that we don't think it's such a big deal when candidates spend more money than the average person on clothing and shoes.  They're in the public eye and they need to look nice.  But $150,000?  As the stock market is crashing and people are losing their homes and jobs?  Hmmm... a bit much?  Yea or nay?

 

Share your vote in the comments. 

Meghan McCain and her McCain Blogettes are touring the country to promote her dad's campaign.  Meghan shares what she and her friends have been up to on the road:

 

Levi Johnston.jpgLevi Johnston, the 18 year old father of 17 year old Bristol Palin's expected baby, talked to the Associated Press recently.  He denied that he's being forced into a shot gun marriage with Bristol, hinted that their baby-to-be is a boy ("I'm going to take him hunting and fishing"), and shared that he has dropped out of high school to work as an electrician's apprentice.  Here's what else he had to say:

On his relationship with Bristol: "We both love each other. We both want to marry each other. And that's what we are going to do."

On Sarah Palin: "I just hope she wins.  She's my future mother-in-law.  She better win."

On Barack Obama: "He seems like a good guy.  I like him."

"You know who's not invited to my party?" Madonna asked fans at her October 6th concert in New York City.  "Sarah F*cking Palin!"

And she was just getting started. We're not going to get into detail, but uh, let's just say we don't think Madonna will invite Palin to a girl's night out anytime soon.

Watch and then we'll reconvene below. [Bonus track: Madonna cussed a fan out for not enjoying her show enough before she even got started with Palin.]

 


Flashback to high school. If Madonna and Sarah got in a fight in the school cafeteria, you're money would be on... ?

Seriously. What do you think about Madonna's attack on Sarah Palin? Appropriate or no?

Sooo.... Not a good day for Wall Street. Not a good day for the economy.  Not a good day for shoe shopping.  Just all around not a good day.

We need a little pick me up, so we're going to take the advice of reader Fatfighter and revisit the Saturday Night Live skits from this weekend.

First up, Tina Fey as Sarah Palin and Amy Poehler as Katie Couric.

 

Katie Couric interviewed Republican vice presidential candidate Sara Palin recently.  Here's the interview, in case you missed it.

 

Part 1:

Part 2:

Tina Fey returned to Saturday Night Live this past Saturday to play Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.  The message of the skit was that Palin is no Hillary Clinton when it comes to experience and capability to run a nation.

In the skit, Clinton (played by Amy Poehler) says that she doesn't agree with the Bush Doctrine. Fey's Palin pipes in, "I don't even know what that is!" The pun was a reference to Palin's recent interview with ABC News, during which she appeared to have never heard of the Bush Doctrine when asked about it by anchorman Charlie Gibson.

Sarah Palin's response? "She thought it was quite funny, particularly because she once dressed up as Tina Fey for Halloween," her spokesperson Tracey Schmitt told CBS News.

If you didn't catch the show, watch below.  It was hoo-larious!

 

There Will Be Mud

Lipstick on a pig.jpgWhen Sarah Palin spoke at the Republican National Convention, the highlights of her speech were not policy ideas, but jokes made at the expense of Barack Obama. 

 

Then came round two. Barack Obama used a phrase commonly used in politics ("You can put lipstick on a pig; it's still a pig") to describe John McCain's proposed plan for change.  The McCain camp squeeled sexism in response, claiming that Obama called Sarah Palin a pig.  (Never mind that John McCain himself used the "lipstick on a pig" comparison to attack Hillary Clinton's healthcare plan and on numerous other occasions.)

 

Barack Obama hasn't tossed mud back at McCain/Palin, but presumably he will.  Word is that he has lifted restraints on left wing groups who are chomping at the bit to attack McCain.  So it's on now.

 

Since Palin's attack on Obama at the Republican convention, mudslinging rather than policy discussions have dominated the news.  What do you think about this?  Are you over it?  Want the candidates to get back to the issues? Or do you wanna just oil 'em up, toss 'em in a mud pit and watch 'em go at it?

 

Mudwrestling for The White House. Nice.

 

So how 'bout them sled dogs? 

Before Sarah Palin was governor of Alaska and a candidate for Vice President, she was a sportscaster at KTUU in Alaska.  Watch her in action below.

 


So what do you think? She got game? Tell us in the comments.

Throughout the election season, John McCain has emphasized his "experience" while Barack Obama has focused on "change."  At the Republican convention, however, speeches made by McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin showed a move toward Obama's message of change:

Palin on McCain and change

In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.

McCain on change

We [Republicans] were elected to change Washington, and we let Washington change us.

and

I know some of you have been left behind in the changing economy and it often seems your government hasn't even noticed. Government assistance for unemployed workers was designed for the economy of the 1950s. That's going to change on my watch.

and

We need to change the way government does almost everything....

Why the change to change? 

Well, why not? The change message has certainly worked for Obama.  "Change" changed Obama from a relatively unknown senator to a cultural icon and political force to be reckoned with. Change is no longer just Obama's message; it's an American movement, the new cause of choice for millions of citizens. McCain wants a piece of that action (and some of those votes), and he's willing to copycat Obama to get it. 

And then there is the lesson that McCain learned from Hillary Clinton, who ran a campaign based on experience straight into the ground.   She beat voters over the heads with her experience, telling them over and over again that she was the candidate who would be "ready on day one" of her presidency. But her experience message didn't push her ahead of Obama. So she added change to her repertoire at the end of the democratic primary, but by then it was too late.  Now she wishes she could change that, and McCain doesn't want to make her mistake.

Do you think McCain's new change message (or old change message, when you consider that Obama has been preaching it for over a year now) will get him to The White House?  Tell us in the comments above.

Meghan McCain and little Piper Palin made a girlpower video together, behind the scenes of the McCain Palin campaign. Meghan posted the video on her blog at mccainblogette.com.

 

Sarah Palin's family matters are People's cover story of the week.  (Check out Halle Berry's cute little girl on the right.)

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Sarah Palin is just like us, except she's on the cover of US.

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The press has had a field day with this little tidbit:

Vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's daughter, Bristol, is an unwed, pregnant teenager. 

Meghan McCain, daughter of John of course, offered this support for Bristol on her blog:

It's a rough go being the son or daughter of a politician. I have not known Bristol Palin very long, but there is a certain kinship I feel to her as I do other political daughters such as Chelsea Clinton, Jenna and Barbara Bush and Mary Cheney. You can't fully understand it unless you have lived it. So I just wanted to let it be known that I support Bristol and the entire Palin family.

Que Sarah, Sera

 

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Gov. Sarah Palin and family in Juneau, Alaska.  Infant son Trig missing from photo, because he wasn't born yet.

 

When John McCain announced that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his veep pick, the cry heard round the nation was "Who's that?!"  Gov. Palin's response? "If you don't know, you better ask somebody!"  (Uhh.. that's not an exact quote.)

 

But you won't have to ask anybody anyway.  All you have to do is keep reading, 'cause you know we will tell it all, girl! 

 

  • Sarah Louise Heath Palin was born February 11, 1964 in Sandpoint, Idaho.  She is 44 years old.  She moved to Alaska wither her schoolteacher parents in 1964.

 

  • She is the second woman vice presidential nominee in the U.S. and the first woman vice presidential nominee to represent the Republican party.

 

  • She is the first woman governor of Alaska.  Elected in 2006, she has been in office almost two years. Prior to her election as governor, she served two terms on the Wasilla City Council and two terms as Wasilla's mayor/manager.

 

  • A bump in the road to the vice president's mansion:  Palin and her teenaged daughter Bristol attracted media attention when the McCain campaign announced that Bristol is 5 months pregnant and unwed.  Bristol's pregnancy is particularly controversial, because her mother is pro-life and against all sex education programs in the schools other than abstinence-only programs. 

 

  • Palin can ball.   As a point guard, she helped her high school basketball team win the Alaska small school championship in 1982, playing with an ankle stress fracture and hitting a free throw in the last seconds of the game.

 

  • She was once a sportscaster. 

 

  • She's not internationally known, but she's known to rock the microphone.  Her speech at the Republican National Convention was praised by pundits, despite previous criticism that she is not well-known or experienced enough to be a vice presidential nominee.

 

  • She is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and enjoys hunting and fishing.  As a child, she often went moose hunting with her dad.

 

  • She is a former beauty queen.  She was Miss Wasilla in 1984.

 

  • She is under investigation for allegedly firing a public safety commissioner in retaliation for his refusal to fire her former brother-in-law who is a state trooper.  Palin's former brother-in-law was involved in a child custody case with her sister at the time that Palin allegedly wanted him fired.

 

  • She received a Bachelor of Science degree in communications-journalism from the University of Idaho in 1983.  She minored in political science.

 

  • She and her husband, Todd, have 5 children.  Track, 19, Bristol, 17, Willow, 13, Piper, 7, and Trig who is an infant with down syndrome.  Husband Todd is a four-time champion of the Iron Dog, the world's longest snow machine race. Son Track is enlisted in the U.S. Army and scheduled for deployment to Iraq in September.

Oh, and to give credit where credit is due, we copycatted Maegan Carberry's title a little bit.  It fit and we liked it.

Known as Sarah Barracuda for her fierce competitiveness on the basketball court, Republican candidate for Vice President and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin introduced herself, introduced her family and attacked Barack Obama in her debut speech tonight before the Republican convention.  Is the lady a champ?  That we won't know until the polls close on November 4th.  But for now, it appears that she's got a pretty mean right hook:

I've noticed a pattern with [Barack Obama].

Maybe you have, too.

We've all heard his dramatic speeches before devoted followers.

And there is much to like and admire about our opponent.

But listening to him speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform - not even in the state senate.

This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word "victory" except when he's talking about his own campaign. But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed ... when the roar of the crowd fades away ... when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot - what exactly is our opponent's plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he's done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger ... take more of your money ... give you more orders from Washington ... and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world. America needs more energy ... our opponent is against producing it.

Victory in Iraq is finally in sight ... he wants to forfeit.

Terrorist states are seeking new-clear weapons without delay ... he wants to meet them without preconditions.

Al Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America ... he's worried that someone won't read them their rights? Government is too big ... he wants to grow it.

Congress spends too much ... he promises more.

Taxes are too high ... he wants to raise them. His tax increases are the fine print in his economic plan, and let me be specific.

The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes ... raise payroll taxes ... raise investment income taxes ... raise the death tax ... raise business taxes ... and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars....

[skipped text here]

And though both Senator Obama and Senator Biden have been going on lately about how they are always, quote, "fighting for you," let us face the matter squarely.

There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you ... in places where winning means survival and defeat means death ... and that man is John McCain.

 

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John McCain is a shoe slut, and he'll pay big money to get some.  The Senator has been spotted big pimpin' Ferragamo Pregiato Moccasins, which retail at Neiman Marcus for $520.

Some other media outlets have poked fun at McCain for his high fashion expenditure, but we won't go there.  We understand that like food, water, air and sex (uh... not the premarital kind, of course), fabulous shoes are a basic human need.  As Carrie Bradshaw, esteemed lobbyist for the right to Choos, once said, "Sometimes you need really special shoes!"

So to John McCain, we say, "Go 'head, sole brother!"

Shoe ho in Ferragamo.  Photo credit: The Huffington Post.

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Meghan McCain poses for the September issue of Glamour

The September issue of Glamour dishes all you need to know about Meghan McCain.  For starters, Meghan's not interested in dating a guy who wants to get closer to her dad than her:

I don't want to be an accessory to a guy's impending political career, and unfortunately I get that a lot. I'm not attracted to guys with political action committees, I'm sorry.... I'm attracted to men whose realities are different [from mine]. You'll get a lot further with me talking about art and music than you will talking about politics.... And I'd really hate myself if I dated a journalist.

Meghan has no interest in dudes who lack game, particularly the guy who tried to pick her up with this lameness: "Baby, I could totally give you a tour of the Capitol."  Imagine the deflation of that guy's ego if Meghan told him her dad is John McCain, so she can see the Capitol any ol' time.  And who uses pick up lines like that anyway?  Alas, as we know all too well from personal experience, every other guy....

If even a potential first daughter can't escape weak game, what hope is there for the rest of us?

 

 

BarackBook

 

 

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Today the RNC launched BarackBook, a new website that spoofs FaceBook and attacks Barack Obama.  (Naughty naughty, RNC!) So many Obama supporters clowned the site on its message boards that the RNC reportedly had to take them down.

 

At a fundraiser last week in Houston, President George W. Bush opined on the reason behind America's economic troubles:

Wall Street got drunk, it got drunk...it's one of the reasons I asked you to turn off your TV cameras. It got drunk and now it's got a hangover.  The question is how long will it sober up, and not try to do all these fancy financial instruments. 

Complete story and video are over here.

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Here's Meghan McCain, dressed to impress at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner back in April.  Will she wear a similar style to the Inaugural Balls in January or will the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner be the closest she ever comes to Inaugural Ball like festivities?  Stay tuned to find out on November 4th.

 

 

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Heidi Montag and Lauren Conrad at the White House Correspondent's Dinner in April 2008.  Getty Images photo from here.

And while we're on the topic of The Hills, turns out Lauren Conrad is a Republican just like her frenemy Heidi Montag. While at the White house Correspondent's dinner last April, Conrad clapped enthusiasticlly when a reporter from New York magazine asked her if he should vote for a Republican.  When he asked if he should vote for a Democrat, she wrinked her nose. 

Frenemy Heidi endorsed John McCain earlier this year, and the senator responded that he "never misses an episode of The Hills."

As we said before, Meghan McCain recently met Heidi Montag of The Hills for lunch at The Ivy in Santa Monica, CA.  Paparazzi extraordinaire, TMZ.com, captured the two on video in the restaurant's parking lot.  

Now this is funny: the paps didn't recognize Meghan and focused their attention on Heidi, often cutting Meghan out of the shot.  The joke was on them though, because they missed their money shot, a candid interview with the first daughter wannabe.

 

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Meghan McCain and Heidi Montag outside The Ivy on the Shore in Santa Monica, CA. Photo from US Weekly (uhh.. over here).

Meghan McCain and Heidi Montag did lunch recently at The Ivy on the Shore in Santa Monica, CA.

Polichicks reported earlier that Heidi Montag, LC's frenemy on The Hills, endorsed John McCain for President.  To that, McCain responded: "I'm honored to have Heidi's support, and I want to assure her that I never miss an episode of The Hills."

Meghan McCain and her mom Cindy went to Vietnam to support Operation Smile, a nonprofit organization that surgically repairs cleft palettes on children in impoverished countries.  (Meghan's younger sister, Bridget, was born with a cleft palette.)  In the video below, Meghan shares her experiences working with Operation Smile.

 

 

Thumbnail image for TV_retro brn wall paper_iStock_000005015948XSmall.jpgMTV's Emmy Award winning Choose or Lose campaign will take over MTV2 today to present programming that will engage its young adult audience in the plight of America's more than one million young troops who have served on the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

MTV News and the 51 MTV/Knight Foundation Street Team will air special reports on young veterans issues.  These reports will highlight stories of young veterans in their communities, focusing on the challenges of post traumatic stress disorder, lack of educational benefits, and the difficulties young veterans face as they struggle to acclimate back into civilian life.  In addition to these reports, MTV2 will broadcast the following specials: 

6:00 pm - Iraq Uploaded

6:30 pm - True Life: I Live in Iraq

8:30 pm - True Life: I'm Shipping Out

9:30 pm - True Life: I'm Coming to America

10:30 pm - True Life: I'm a Civilian Again

John McCain and Barack Obama have each prepared special July 4th video messages in honor of our young troops that will air exclusively on MTV2 today. Recent MTV research shows that 70% of young adults 18 to 29 personally know someone who has fought in Iraq.

John McCain and Barack Obama made July 4th public service announcements for MTV viewers.  Watch below.

John McCain's message:

 

Barack Obama's message:

 

 

Oregon Republican Sen. Gordon Smith expects a blue tide to roll accross his state this November, and he hopes to ride it all the way to Washington.  He's just released a new ad that implies that he and Barack Obama are total BFFs when it comes to developing better public policies.

"Who says Gordon Smith helped lead the fight for better gas mileage and a cleaner environment?" the ad asks. "Barack Obama."

Dude is seriously tripping, said the Obama campaign.  "Barack Obama has a long record of bipartisan accomplishment and we appreciate that it is respected by his Democratic and Republican colleagues in the Senate," said Obama spokesman Bill Burton. "But in this race, Oregonians should know that Barack Obama supports Jeff Merkley for Senate. Merkley will help Obama bring about the fundamental change we need in Washington."

 Hat Tip: Ben Smith at Politico

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Clint Eastwood got a makeover!  He's softened his Dirty Harry style to adopt a look that's more When Harry Met Sally. He is so not afraid of his feminine side!  Above, Clint models his pastel pink McCain cap in a photo with Cindy McCain at a campaign event. 

Check out John McCain's pimped out campaign tour bus, complete with 22 inch rims.

 

 

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Photo credit: Heather Brand for McCainBlogette.com

Meghan McCain and her pet Louie board a plane together. 

What do Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, Scrabble, panty hose and both of Barack Obama's parents have in common?  All are things younger than McCain.

Hat Tip: Glamocracy

Everybody knows about Glamour 's hotter than hot political blog, Glamocracy.  And if you don't know, you better ask somebody! Cuz you sure don't want to miss Glamocracy's daily news updates, opinion pieces and interviews with the wannabe presidents.

Speaking of Glamocracy's interviews with the wannabes, the latest was with Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain. Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive talked to the Senator just moments before his appearance on Saturday Night Live

So does Sen. McCain know how to please a woman?  Let's see...  Will make a woman laugh. Check. Will stand up for a woman, namely, his wife Cindy. Check. Can sing a pretty love song.  Well, no candidate is perfect.

Maybe he can still impress us with some good public policies? Read an interview clip here  to see.  The rest of the interview will appear in an upcoming issue of Glamour. To be sure you don't miss it, just go over here.

 

While we were surfing People's site, we found Ashton Kutcher's account of partying with the Bush twins.  Circa 2003.  It's over here.

Jenna Bush People Cover.jpgBlushing bride Jenna Bush is on the cover of the current issue of People.  Pick up a copy to view her wedding album and get the scoop on her nuptuals to recent UVA grad (Wahoowa! Go Hoos!) Henry Hager.

  

New ad by the Tennessee Republican Party targets Michelle Obama.  The ad takes a 5 second clip from one of Obama's speeches and plays it over and over again to critically characterize who she is and what she stands for.

Is this okay? Do you think Michelle Obama fair game?  Let us know in the comments.

By the way, we haven't seen a potential first lady attacked like this in an ad before (absent a simultaneous attack on her husband).  If you know of such an ad, give us the heads up in the comments, k?

 

A cool planet is hot. John McCain says he wants to end global warming and other bad things that affect our environment.

Jenna Bush and Henry Hager married on Saturday, May 10, 2008 at the Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas.

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See more wedding pictures here.

 

Barbara and Jenna Bush speak at the 2004 Republican National Convention.  Highlights:

  • Grandmother Barbara Bush thinks sex is "something married people do but never talk about." What a fool.
  • George and Laura Bush's pet name for each other is Bushy.
  • G.Dub and Laura know who Outkast is, and both have been known to "shake it like a Polaroid picture."

 

Yesterday on Today, First Lady Laura Bush and Anne Curry interviewed Barbara and Jenna Bush on what it's like to be a twin.

 

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According to The Washington PostLaura and Jenna Bush spilled the beans about Jenna's wedding details toVogue.

Jenna and fiance Henry Hager will tie the knot on May 10th at 7:30 p.m. on the Bush family's Crawford Ranch.  Jenna will wear an Oscar de la Renta gown made of organza with embroidery, matte beading and a small train. 

Jenna's not releasing pictures of her gown, of course, but sketches of her attendants' dresses, designed by Lela Rose, are above.  Twin Barbara will be Jenna's Maid of Honor.

This is hoo-larious.  Mitt Romney tells attendees at the Radio & Television Correspondents' Association dinner why he dropped his bid to be the next prez.

 

We're back!  Thank you for your patience. And here's your Daily Polichicks for Tuesday.

Campaign '08:

Superdelegates 101: Here's all you need to know about them. [NPR]

And more important, here's what to wear to the voting booth. [MTV News]

Cindy McCain's "McCain family recipies" from The Food Network and Rachael Ray.  How do you steal from Rachael Ray? [The Huffington Post]

Republican Congressman from Kentucky calls Barack Obama a "boy." WTF? [AP]

Pro-life Pennsylvania lawmakers endorse pro-choice Barack Obama. [The Washington Post]

Hillary Clinton's Top 3 Mistakes on the campaign trail. [Marie Claire]

John McCain is in luck. Hills star Heidi Montag, who endorsed the senator earlier this month, has promised to register to vote "this week."

 

Meghan and Jack McCain, two of John McCain's kids, at the U.S. Naval Academy where Jack is a MIdshipman.  Photo by Heather Brand for Meghan's blog, McCainBlogette.

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John McCain sat down with MTV News back in 2004.  He talked about the hot topics of the 2004 election, including the Vietnam War, Iraq and gay marriage. 

When asked to predict whether we'd see him as a presidential candidate in 2008, McCain said, "I doubt it.  I'm not getting any younger."


 

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The Hills star Heidi Montag and fiance Spencer Pratt give a shout out to John McCain.  Photo from Heidi's MySpace page.

The Hills star Heidi Montag told Us Magazine that she is so totally behind John McCain for president.  When her fiance, Spencer Pratt, warned her about making an endorsement, she replied, "I don't think anybody cares who Heidi Montag votes for."

See.  She is smart.

John McCain happily accepted Montag's endorsement saying, "I'm honored to have Heidi's support and I want to assure her that I never miss an episode of 'The Hills,' especially since the new season started."

Seriously.  This is not some kind of two days after April Fool's Day joke.

 

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Meghan McCain (right) with friend La-Toria Haven is not afraid of McDonalds.

In response to those who pressure women to be a size 0, Meghan McCain published this essay on her website:

Inner Beauty

by Meghan McCain

As you may have noticed, I seldom use the Blogette as a medium to discuss social or political issues unless I feel particularly compelled to do so. This is one of those times. One of the unintended consequences of my dad becoming the presumptive Republican nominee is the increased level of public scrutiny on him and our family. Of course I expected more than my fair share when I decided to put myself out there and write a blog on the campaign; however, I've been surprised by critical comments regarding my weight and body shape.  It recently reached a ridiculous level when someone handed me a business card for a plastic surgeon and suggested I needed liposuction. I am proud of my curves and have always loved my fuller figure, as should every woman who is not a size "0".  I want to be a positive role model for my little sister and all of the other young women who read my blog and help perpetuate a more positive image for women, regardless of their body size. I feel empowered to tell everyone that it's important to maintain a healthy weight that works for them - not everyone is going to be model thin, nor should they expect to be. To every young girl reading this blog, it is inner beauty and happiness that makes a person beautiful, not a number on a scale.

McCain Update

Meghan McCain recaps the most recent happenings in the McCain camp through February 22nd.

 

Mike Huckabee on Tyra

Thumbnail image for TV_retro brn wall paper_iStock_000005015948XSmall.jpgRepublican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will appear on the Tyra Show.  Watch this Friday at 12 pm EST.

 

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John McCain grinned ear to ear grin after learning that he won in New Hampshire.  Wife Cindy on left.  Photo credit: Meghan McCain at McCainBlogette.

After his campaign ran out of money this past summer and pundits wrote off his election chances, John McCain has seen a surge in support since winning the New Hampshire primary.  A recent CNN/Public Opinion poll has him leading the Republican pack with 34% of support from Republican registered voters.  This represents a 21 point jump for McCain since a similar poll was conducted last December.  Mike Huckabee is in second place (21%), followed by Rudy Giuliani (18%), Mitt Romney (14%), Fred Thompson (6%), Ron Paul (5%) and Duncan Hunter (1%).

On the Dems' side, Hillary Clinton leads with 49% of support from registered Democrats.  She jumped 9 points from last December.  Barack Obama is in second place (36%), followed by John Edwards (12%) and Dennis Kucinich (1%).

 

John Edwards. Photo credit: Politico.com.

Hillary Clinton's BFF is John Edwards. As long as he's in the race, he keeps the "change" vote from consolidating behind Barack Obama.  If that happens, uh oh for the Clinton campaign.

 

 

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Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican John McCain each address their supporters at victory rallies following wins in the New Hampshire primaries.  Photo credit: The Washington Post. 

John McCain and Hillary Clinton won the New Hampshire primaries yesterday. 

This is a redeeming victory for McCain, who faced serious troubles early in the campaign -including running out of money- and was written off by pundits as a lost cause way back in the summer.  It's nothing short of a miracle that he's back, and his ear to ear smile at his post election rally showed that he knows it.

And what a win for Hillary Clinton!  Faced with polls and pundits predicting a double digit loss to Obama, Clinton said that she always thought that she could win New Hampshire, even if no one else did.

Against all odds (and we can't emphasize all odds enough), McCain and Clinton belived in themselves when no one else would.  See what that can do? 

Go' head, John and Hillary!  Congratulations.

Click here for a musical celebration of John and Hillary's win. 

 

Final numbers in New Hampshire

Republicans: John McCain, 37; Mitt Romney, 32; Mike Huckabee, 11; Rudy Giuliani, 9; Ron Paul, 8; and Fred Thompson, 1.

Democrats: Hillary Clinton, 39; Barack Obama, 37; John Edwards, 17; Bill Richardson, 5; and Dennis Kucinich, 1.

 

 

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Barack Obama with daughters Sasha and Malia

We know what happened in Iowa: Mike Huckabee won for the Republicans, and Barack Obama kicked some you know what on the Dems' side.  Now we're eager to know what happens in New Hampshire.  John McCain is expected to win on the Republicans' side, but you never know.    On the Dems' side, Obama will crush his rivals like ants, winning by double digits.   That's what we know for sure, as Oprah would say.

Newsweek columnist Joe Klein on Mitt Romney, who has faced criticsm and skepticsm for flip-flopping on the issues:

"...I don't think Mitt Romney believes a word he says on any of the red-meat issues that he's been using to bludgeon his opponents.  Which is why he says those things only on television, where he doesn't have to look anyone in the eye."

Ouch!

Can the presidential candidates’ web traffic predict a caucus winner?  

Top Democrats: Barack Obama has the most traffic, followed by Hillary Clinton and John Edwards. At first we thought Obama led Clinton because people are less familiar with him than the former first lady. We thought that his high web traffic was less an indicator of interest or support, and more a reflection of people’s need to find out who he is. We nixed that notion when Edwards came in third, because he also has less name recognition than the first lady. So we think web traffic reflects people’s interest in and support of the candidates.

 

Top Republicans: Mike Huckabee leads, followed by Mitt Romney and John McCain. Note how Huckabee doesn’t even register on the graph until late October, when he shot up to the top. Rudy Giuliani isn’t in the graph because he’s not participating in the Iowa caucus.

There's been way too much drama about the fact that Republican candidate Mitt Romney is Mormon.  His rivals keep bringing it up, hoping that you won't vote for him because of it.  We know you're smarter than that.  But since so many folks are unfamiliar with Mormonism - hey, it's okay to be curious and informed -  we've provided a little Q&A below to bring you up to speed. 

Make no mistake, we're NOT endorsing Mitt Romney for president.  He might not know what the heck he's doing for all we know.  That's for you to decide in the voting booth. 

All we're saying is that he shouldn't get nixed just because of his religion.  Know what you need to know about his faith, check out where he stands on the issues, and then decide his presidential fate.

Is the Mormon Church a cult?

No.

Do Mormons believe in God?

Yes, but unlike those of other faiths, they believe that God has a body of flesh and blood like humans.

What about Jesus Christ?

They believe in Christ, but their views about Him differ from those of other Christians.  They believe that Jesus was married.  They also believe that he will return to Bethlehem and Missouri.

Missouri?!  Are they tripping?

No. Practicing Mormons don't take drugs.

Are Mormons social?  Will they kick it with us at Starbucks?

Come on now! Mormons are regular Joes (or Janes), just like the rest of us.  So yeah, they'll hang at Starbucks, but they won't order coffee, tea or any other caffeinated drinks.  Caffeine is a no no for practicing Mormons.

Will they talk to us at the water cooler at work?  (About.. uh... work, of course.  We'd nevah talk about our co-workers behind their backs.)

Sure! A thirsty Mormon would chill with you at the water cooler.  But they won't step out with you for a smoke.  Mormons are smart enough to lay off the nic.

Have you heard this one? So a Mormon walks into a bar...

Puh-leez. Practicing Mormons don't drink alcohol.

I heard Mormons run chicks.  Is this true?

Some do, some don't.  That has nothing to do with being Mormon.  Rudy Giuliani is known for running chicks, and he's not Mormon. 

Maybe you are thinking of the common belief that Mormon men have many wives.  The Mormon Church outlawed this practice in 1890.  The number of Mormons who still live in "plural families" is very small.

Is it true that the Mormon Church does not allow African American members?

That used to be true, but the church lifted it's ban on African American membership in 1978.

Are there any black Mormons?

Yes.

Yeah right! Name one.

Gladys Knight.

Name another.

Uhhh....  [crickets]

 

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Meghan McCain and dad John McCain on the campaign trail.  Photo credit: McCainBlogette.com.

Meghan McCain (John McCain's daughter) was on Fox News last week talking about her blog, McCainBlogette.com.  Watch it here.

 

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Jamie Lynn Spears.  Photo credit: Exposay.com.

Everybody knows by now that 16 year old Jamie Lynn Spears,star of Nickelodeon's Zoey 101 and kid sister of Britney Spears, is pregnant.  She plans to have the baby, and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is glad.

He told CBS News:

"It's a tragedy when a 16-year-old who is not really prepared for all the responsibilities of adult life is going to be now faced with all the responsibilities of honest-to-goodness adult life. I respect it."

"Apparently, she's going to have the child and I think that is the right decision, a good decision, and I respect that and appreciate it. I hope it is not an encouragement to other 16-year-olds who think that is the best course of action."

"But at the same time I'm not going to condem her. There'll be plenty of people in line to do that and I always look for the shortest lines. I just hope that she will make another right decision and that's to give that child all the love and kindness and care that she can."

 

 

bush_christmas_ap.jpgWhat did the Bushes score for Christmas?  G Dub gave Laura a purse and a silver tray.  (Can you imagine G Dub shopping for a purse?!) Laura gave  G Dub some gear for cold weather mountain biking.  The couple gave the twins, Jenna and Barbara, housewares for their apartments.

Watch Ron Paul's family deck the halls...

 

Tancredo quits

 

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Tom Tancredo at the Republican debate in Manchester, NH.  AP photo.

Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo has dropped out of the race and endorsed Mitt Romney.  Tancredo, a Congressman from Colorado, was at the bottom of the polls.

Here comes Huckabee, right down Santa Claus Lane and - he hopes - into the hearts of Christian voters.  Watch below.

 

The Des Moines Register and The Boston Globe have announced their endorsements for the presidential primary election:

Des Moines Register

Democrat: Hillary Clinton

Republican : John McCain

 

The Boston Globe

Democrat: Barack Obama

Republican: John McCain

 

Looks like McCain made out like a bandit. 

 

 

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"Being a Republican is important. Being a Democrat is important. But you know what's more important than that? The interest and well-being of the United States of America," Lieberman said when he announced his endorsement.  He also said that he is endorsing McCain because McCain is "the most capable to be Commander in Chief on day one of his administration."

Holy guacamole!  Mike Huckabee is 22 points ahead of Mitt Romney in the latest Newsweek poll of likely voters in Iowa.  Barack Obama is 6 points ahead of Hillary Clinton in Iowa among likely voters.

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) was on The View Tuesday morning to talk about abortion, the economy, immigration, China and his race for the White House.  The highlight of the interview?  When co-host Joy Behar said to him, "Now you're probably not going to win, and you know that, right?"  Yes- she went there.  Watch below in two parts (part 1 top, part 2 bottom).

 

Everybody knows by now that Rudy Giuliani was getting it on with then mistress and now 3rd wife Judith Nathan, while he was still married to 2nd wife Donna Hanover.  Giuliani made frequent trips Nathan's Southhampton condo to "do it."  That's the old news. 

The new news is that he billed the travel and security expenses to New York City taxpayers, and allegedly tried to hide it by charging the accounts of obscure city agencies.  "There is really no good reason to do this except to have nobody know about it," a former New York City budget director told Politico.

None of this is good news for Giuliani's presidential campaign.  "Using public money to carry on an affair, and do it in a way that is designed to conceal that fact from the public, people would think that reflects on his character," David Rohde, a political science professor at Duke University, told the AP. "And most especially social conservatives, who are dicey about him in the first place."

See also:

Giuliani biled obscure agencies for trips [Politico]

Security billing case for Rudy Giuliani for Rudy Giuliani's Hampton trysts with Judith Nathan raises questions [AP]

Iowa Caucus 101

 

  presidentialforum_NEW_01.jpg So with all the hoopla about the Iowa Caucus and the preceeding Heartland Presidential Forum, we had some questions. Like, what the heck is a caucus and who gives a hoot about Iowa anyway?  So we decided to do some sleuthing, and (after fighting over who got to be Nancy Drew) we solved the mystery.

A caucus is a meeting where members of a political party make policy decisions and select candidates.  Registered voters in Iowa select their Democratic and Republican presidential candidates by caucus instead of in a primary election.

The term "Iowa Caucus" really refers to the Iowa Caucuses, as there is a separate caucus held for each of Iowa's 1,784 precints. Democrats and Republicans caucus separately. 

At Republican caucuses, participants show their candidate preferences by voting by paper ballot, a show of hands or dividing themselves by into groups according to candidate prefernece. 

The Democratic process involves more drama. (As usual.) Democrats divide themselves into groups based on candidate preference.  A candidate must get 15% of caucus goers' support in order to be "viable." Those candidate groups that are not "viable" can get others to join their group to make it viable, join the group of another candidate, join an uncommitted group or join no group and not be counted. 

At the end ot the caucuses, each party tallies up voter preferences at the state level. The Democratic and Republican candidates with the most support are reported to the media as the "winner" of the Iowa Caucus for their party.

People make such a big deal out of the Iowa caucus because, as the first primary contest in the nation, it is the first opportunity to prove a candidate's strength.  Also, now that the New Hampshire primary is just 5 days after the Iowa Caucus,  a candidate might ride the momentum she/he gets from a win in Iowa to a win in New Hampshire (the other big deal in the presidential primary).  If a candidate wins both Iowa and New Hamphire, his/her rivals are expected to have a tough time catching up.

So that's the gist of the Iowa Caucus (just enough to get by at a cocktail party).

See also:

www.iowacaucus.org [State of Iowa]

www.iowacaucus.com [GazetteOnline]

www.iowagop.net [Republican Party of Iowa]

www.iowademocrats.org [Iowa Democratic Party]

   

Vintage humor: Watch President Bush bust a move a few months ago.

 

Don't forget to watch the catfight tonight on CNN at 8 pm EST. 

mitt_romney_ from mitt website.jpgVoters in Iowa and New Hampshire received phone calls from a mysterious source that questioned Mitt Romney's Mormon faith.  Such calls are known as "push polls" - "surveys" that are intended to spread negative information about a candidate, rather than collect information about a voter's opinion of a candidate.

Voters who received calls were asked questions that could give a negative impression of Romney based on his faith, such as, "Some people say the Mormon church is a cult, would that make you more or less likely to vote for Mitt Romney?" Conversely, the calls included questions that could lead to a positive impression of rival John McCain, such as, "If you knew [John McCain] was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, would that make you more or less likely to vote for him?"

New Hampshire is investigating the source of the calls, as New Hampshire law requires all campaign advertising to identify the candidate being supported.  John McCain and Rudy Giuliani have denied that their campaigns had anything to do with the calls. Whoever did it, this is so not cool.

See also:

Romney: Anti-Mormon phone calls 'un-American' [CNN]

Mitt Romney, Push Polls And McCain-Feingold [CBS News]

N.H. to probe negative calls tarbeting Romeny campaign [The Boston Globe]

 

 

The National Right to Life Committee announced that it will endorse Fred Thompson for president.  The endorsement is somewhat surprising, as Thompson has said in the past that he does not agree with all of the NRLC's views.

The NRLC's endorsement is a nice score for Thompson.  The Republican presidential candidates are competing for support from conservative organizations, such as evangelical and anti-abortion rights groups, in an effort to one up each other as the "real" conservative republican.

 

 

CNN reports that former New York City Police Chief, Bernard Kerik, has been indicted by a federal grand jury.  Details of the charges against him are not expected to be available until the indictment is unsealed on Friday.

Prosecutors had been investigating Kerik for bribery and tax evasion. He admitted to misdemeanor charges of financial  impropriety one year ago.

President Bush nominated Kerik to head the Department of Homeland Security in 2004.  Kerik withdrew his name from consideration after allegations that he hired a nanny with questionable immigration status surfaced.

Kerik is a longtime friend and protege of Republican presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.  Frenemy Giuliani has called his previous support of Kerik "a mistake."

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Fred: [in Urkel voice] "Did I do that?"

Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson is a total loser.  Don't get mad at us, Fredheads.  He said so himself.

Carl Cameron of Fox News was trying to hurry his staff's preparation for an interview with Thompson.  To prod his staff along, Cameron said, "The next President of the United States has a schedule to keep."  Thompson responded, "And so do I."

So after all that time on Law and Order, Thompson couldn't just act like he thinks he's going to win? 

When all this went down, Thompson's aides:

a) cringed

b) wanted to crawl under the nearest desk and die

c) wanted to punch him in his effing face for being so stupid (stupid!) and blowing his miniscule chance to win, after they have worked long hours campaigning on his behalf for a salary smaller than a six grader's allowance

d) all of the above

 

See also:

Thompson doesn't think he'll be president [AOL News]

Even Fred Thompson doubts he'll be president [Telegraph (UK publication)]

 

According to CBS News, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, is investigating 6 televangelist ministries for financial misconduct.  He reportedly wants to make sure that the ministries are spending their flock's money in compliance with the requirements of their IRS tax exempt status, rather than using it to pay for the evangelists' personal lavish lifestyles. The six ministries under investigation are led by Paula White, Joyce Meyer, Creflo Dollar, Eddie Long, Kenneth Copeland and Benny Hinn.

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Jenna Bush, 26, and BFF Mia Baxter, 25, talked to Glamour about their best friendship

The pair met 10 years ago in Madrid, when they participated in a high school overseas student exchange program.  They recently published the book Ana's Story together (Jenna wrote the text and Mia, a photographer, took the pictures). Ana's Story is about the difficulties faced by an HIV infected single mother living in Latin America.   

Not sure when Glamour posted the article about the girls' BFF-hood (probably within the past few weeks).  Just ran across it.

In photo on left, Jenna Bush and Mia Baxter pose for Glamour.

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.'"


 

 

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.

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.

Scary Craig

 

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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. 


 


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).


 

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]

 

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.

 

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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

 

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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.

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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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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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."

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.

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.

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.

 

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]

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The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (stopchildhoodobesity.org) has produced an ad that parodies Sen. Larry Craig's (R-ID) arrest for soliciting sex from a cop in a public restroom.  The ad takes place in a men's bathroom stall and involves a lot of foot tapping and reaching into neighboring stalls.

What the heck do Larry Craig's stall tactics have to do with childhood obesity?  Watch and see.

 

 

Giuliani Party, Just $9.11 To Attend

A party will be held soon in Palo Alto, CA to raise $10,000 in campaign donations for Republican presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.  According to the party invitation, the party theme is "$9.11 for Rudy," and party goers are asked to contribute $9.11 each "to show how many individual, everyday Americans support `America's Mayor.'"

We know what you're thinking: "This sounds like  the tackiest, most self-serving and insensitive exploitation of those who lost their lives in the 911 terrorist attacks.  No one, not even Rudy 'let's flaunt my mistress in front of the kids' Guiliani would be this insensitive, this stupid.  Is this some kind of sick joke?!"

Nope. No joke.  You can't make stuff like this up.

 

 

 

From Politico's The Crypt:

Minnesota prosecutor responds to Larry Craig

Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) knew what he was doing when he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from his arrest in a men's room sex sting, said the prosecuting attorney in papers filed Monday in Minnesota.

Craig's plea was "accurate, voluntary and intelligent," prosecutor Christopher Renz wrote in a motion opposing Craig's request to withdraw his guilty plea. "The real basis for the defendent's motion -- his displeasure with the outcome -- is not an appropriate basis for relief sought. The court should also deny the defendent's motion as untimely because it was sought only as a political reaction."

The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in Minnesota.

Check out the docs here and here.

Wendy Cortez, Sen. David Vitter's (R-LA) paid friend with benefits, tells all about her sexual encounters with him (he likes it missionary) in a video put out by Hustler magazine.  She says that Vitter told her (at the time of their relationship) that he came to her for sex because he knew he could trust her.  He's probably re-thinking that about now.

Wendy also said that she was on drugs during the time period that she was sexually involved with Vitter. Well, duh. We've seen the guy. You'd have to be.

By the way, don't confuse this Wendy with Vitter's wife who is also named Wendy. (Creepy!)  The man seems to have some kind of freaky Wendy fetish.

 

 

Jessica_Cutler_5.jpg Jessica Cutler, the infamous senate aide (to former Republican Senator Mike DeWine) who documented her sexual trysts with her colleagues in an online blog until she was outed by Wonkette, shared the latest goings on in her life in an interview with sexpert Susie Bright.  Jessica talks about her life as a senate aide, Washingtonienne (her "fictional" book about a senate aide who has sex with colleagues for money), her bankruptcy and, of course, sex.  Here's her take on what it's like to work for a conservative, Christian U.S. senator:

SB: You worked for some really famous so-called Christian conservatives. [Ed: Jessica worked for Senator Mike DeWine (R) - Ohio, who was defeated in the 2006 election.] And the way you describe D.C. political life, it's just as hypocritical and full of shit as everyone imagines it to be.

JC: Oh yeah. I mean, the platform the Senator I worked for had... he was a Christian conservative.

SB: And was he really? Do you think these people have a grain of sincerity?

JC: The way it is, each Senator is a figurehead. And you have the staffers doing the work. But you know, like... from hanging out with them and partying with them and stuff, like -- I wasn't the only girl in my office that had an abortion.

I went there not knowing anyone, you know? I'm not the daughter of any contributors and didn't know anyone who had anything to do with Capitol Hill. I just went in there for my interview. I would have worked for anybody, you know?

SB: You were a whore!

JC: Yes, I was! (Laughs) Ideologically, yes!

You can read the rest of Jessica's interview here.

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Tiny supporter at Fred Thompson's homecoming in Lawrenceville, TN

While we're on the subject of Fred Thompson, we just thought this picture was cute.

 

 

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 Fred Thompson with wife Jeri and their two kids

 

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Fred Thompson and wife Jeri at a rally in South Carolina on Monday

 

Rick Beltram, the GOP Chairman in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, called Republican presidential candidate and former Law & Order TV actor Fred Thompson's wife, Jeri, a "trophy wife."  Thompson is 25 years older than his wife, who also happens to be blonde and pretty.  The couple has two children together, and Thompson has children and grandchildren from a previous marriage. Read the about "trophy wife" comments and controversy here

 

The bathroom stall where Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) was arrested in an undercover sex sting is now a tourist attraction.  Tourists frequently visit the stall and some even take pictures.

After barely a week in the Republican primary race, Fred Thompson catches Rudy Giuiliani.  CNN reports that they are now neck and neck, according to a recent poll.

Wendy Chavez (real name Wendy Ellis) is a former prostitute who claims that she had a paid sexual relationship with Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) for 4 months.  In response to Vitter's denial (he claims that he only had sex with prostitutes in Washington DC), she has produced the results of a lie detector test that indicate that she is telling the truth.  She held a press conference with Hustler publisher Larry Flynt to discuss her relationship with Vitter and the test results.  Read more and watch the press conference here.

Double standard?  Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) committed a crime when he solicited an undercover cop for sex in a Minneapolis public restroom.  Republicans immediately distanced themselves from him and called for his resignation.  Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) also committed a crime when he solicited and engaged in sexual activity with prostitutes in Washington DC and Louisiana on multiple occasions.  Republicans have supported him and not called for his resignation.  Are Republicans supporting Vitter and denouncing Craig because Vitter's misconduct involved heterosexual activity and Craig's misconduct involved homosexual activity?  You decide.

Sen. Larry Craig filed papers Monday to withdraw his guilty plea in hennepin County, Minnesota.  He pled guilty to disorderly conduct after he allegedly solicited an undercover police officer for sex in a public restroom.  Craig had announced that he would resign from the U.S. Senate on September 30, but now he says that he will resign only if he is unable to withraw his guilty plea.

 

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Turns out that Sen Craig's "character witnesses," his children Michael Craig and Shea Howell, have a few character issues themselves.  Here's the rundown.

Sen. Craig was arrested in a public restroom for soliciting sex from a cop (he says it was a "misunderstanding"). Michael and Shea appeared on Good Morning America last week to clarify that "misunderstanding" on behalf of their father. 

At the time of their appearance, there was an arrest warrant out for Shea because she failed to make a criminal court appearance. The initial charges against her were "unlawful entry" and "malicius destruction of property".

Not to be outdone, Michael has a history of battery and sexual abuse of women. In 2003, he pled guilty to a charge of battering his wife and a restraining order was placed against him.  His wife sought shelter at St. Mark's Crisis Action Center in Boise, an intervention services center for families in crisis. In 1993, a Michael's girlfriend got a restraining order against him for battering her and breaking her nose. He pled guilty to the charge.   In 1988, Michael was charged with the felony statutory rape of a 16 year old girl.  The charges were later dropped.

With real life stories like this, who needs cable?

 

Sen. Craig wasn't the first "Tapping Tom" to tap dance for a tryst.  Word of men having anonymous sex with other men in restrooms and other public places is the oldest of old news. The Austin-American Statesman published an article about a 1970s study of the practice.

Back in the 1960s, "naughty" behavior in public restrooms was called the "Tearoom Trade."   A young graduate student from Washington University in St. Louis, Laud Humphreys, wanted to know what compelled men to have random, anonymous sexual encounters in public places. So he started hanging out in public restrooms to peep the behavior and find out.  The result of his voyeurism and 100 interviews with men involved in the "tearoom trade" was his doctoral dissertion: "Trearoom Trade: Impersonal Sex in Personal Places."

Humphreys observed that "the men [interested in bathroom sex] would use silent signals - call and response foot-tapping and finger-pointing - to seek willing partners.... 54 percent of the men were married and living with their wives; 38 percent considered themselves neither bisexual nor homosexual. The men wanted a sexual release that was quick and would not endanger their standing with their family or society. Just 14 percent of the men identified themselves as living-in-the-open homosexuals."

The results of the study - that men engaging in homosexual sex in the bathrooms were heterosexual (or at least living as such) and not gay - were very controversial at the time. So controversial, that Humphreys lost his job over the study.  Many people wanted to know why Humphreys, who was a married fether of two, was so interested watching other men get it on in the bathroom.  Years later, the truth came out, and so did he. He's gay.

 

 

 

Shea%20%20Howell-larry craigs daughter.jpgThe Boise Guardian reports that Sen. Larry Craig's "character witness," his daughter Suzanne Shae Howell who spoke out for him on Good Morning America yesterday, has an outstanding arrest warrant for missing a court appearance. According to the Boise Guardian, her original offenses were unlawful entry and malicious injury to property. 

If you've been under a rock (or, um, preoccupied in a bathroom stall) for the past few days, Craig is the U.S. Senator who was arrested in a public men's room for soliciting an undercover male cop for sex. Craig has not resigned, resigned, not resigned again and then resigned again in the past 5 days because of the controversy surrounding his frisky business. 

So Sen. Craig is resigning afterall. For real this time.  We think.

Read it here.

Presidential candidate Sen. John McCain sent out an email link to a video about his military service yesterday.  The video, Courageous Service, even includes old film footage of McCain during his navy days and time as a prisoner of war.  According to an earlier email sent out by the campaign, MCCain received the following honors during his military career: Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross.

Watch Courageous Service here.

Slate.com did a piece explaining the cruising signals that Sen. Craig used to solicit sex from an undercover cop in a Minneapolis-St. Paul airport restroom.  You can read it here.

The military mom is the new swing voter.  Traditionally, she would support the Republicans, but dissatisfaction with the way the war has been handled by Repblicans has got her eyeing the Dems.  Which way will she swing?  The Washington Post reports.

Well, it's about time.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will (finally) announce his resignation later today.  Word is that he gave his resignation to President Bush on Friday, but the White House held back on making an announcement until President Bush could meet Gonzales and his wife for lunch at the Crawford ranch.  Gonzales, a long-time friend of the Bush family, has been under fire for his role in the firing of nine U.S. attorneys for political purposes.  Lawmakers in both parties pushed for his resignation over the past several months.

 

Word is that former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL) will resign on November 6th of this year.  If that happens, he will be replaced in a special election.  This would slightly benefit Democrats who want a shot at his seat, since Barack Obama's (D-IL) participation in the presidential primary is expected to bring out a higher than usual number of Democratic voters.  The current Speaker of the House is California Democrat Nancy Pelosi, who was elected the first woman speaker shortly after Democrats gained the majority in Congress after the 2006 mid-term election.

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Love a good wedding! Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue... uh red?

Jenna Bush, 25, and Henry Hager, 29, got engaged yesterday in Maine. The White House released the following statement:

"President and Mrs. George W. Bush are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jenna Bush, to Mr. Henry Hager, son of the Honorable and Mrs. John H. Hager of Richmond, Virginia. Miss Bush and Mr. Hager became engaged Wednesday, August 15, 2007."

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain has a new book out called Hard Call.  Here is a video interview with him discussing the book.  The video was produced by his campaign.

 

 

 

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So when you least expect it, expect it.  Karl Rove announced this morning that he will leave the Bush administration. Who woulda guessed that?  Rove and Bush were thought inseparable like Frick and Frack,  Brad and Jen, Ben and Jerry, Dolce and Gabbana...

The Wall Street Journal reports that Rove will resign from his position as President Bush's Deputy Chief of Staff on August 31st and return to his home in Texas.  Known as "Bush's Brain" and "the Architect" of Bush's rise to power, Rove is credited with masterminding Bush's gubernatorial and presidential campaign strategies.  He says that he is leaving to write a book and spend more time with his family.

First Lady Laura Bush and her daughter Jenna Bush are collaborating on a children's book that will be published by HarperCollins in September 2008.  (Confidential to G Dub: yes, there will be lots of pictures...really big ones...with colors too.) The story will be based on Mrs. Bush's and Jenna's experiences as teachers.

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to partner with one of my favorite teachers, my daughter Jenna, to write a children's book -- and to have it illustrated by the wonderfully talented artist, Denise Brunkus," the Mrs. Bush said in a statement issued Thursday by HarperCollins. 

Jenna Bush is also happy about the collaboration.  "My mom has been my lifelong inspiration, sharing her love of reading and books with (my sister) Barbara and me since we were little girls," she said in a statement. "I've taken that passion into the classroom. I hope this book will help kids realize the importance and fun that reading can add to their daily lives."

Kids across the nation say they are excited to read the Book.  President Bush says he looks forward to sounding it out.

Daddy's girl Obama's girl, Caroline Guiliani who is the daughter of Republican presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, doesn't think daddy knows best when it comes to being president of that United States.  That job, she thinks, should go to Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama. 

Slate reports that Caroline's Facebook page says that her political views are "liberal" and had said, until yesterday morning, that she is a member of the Facebook Group "Barack Obama (One Million Strong for Barack)."  It's no secret that father of the year Rudy Giuliani and his two children are not on the best of terms now.  Caroline and her brother Andrew are upset because Rudy openly cheated on their mother, Donna Hanover, and left their family to marry his mistress, Judith Nathan.

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