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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.
We're back! Thank you for your patience. And here's your Daily Polichicks for Tuesday.
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]
On a visit to the Butler University Bulldogs, Chelsea Clinton showed that she can be quite the bulldog herself. When a student asked Chelsea if she thinks the Monica Lewinsky scandal hurt her mother's credibility, she quipped, "...I do not think that's any of your business."
Do. Not. Mess. With. Chelesa.
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."
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.
Still 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.
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.
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.
Urbandictionary.com's word of the day:
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
Fred Thompson with wife Jeri and their two kids
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.
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.
AP Photo/Ada County Sheriff's Dept/ABC
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.
The 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.
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.