Former Playmate and Baywatch star Pam Anderson is a big fan of Senator Harry Reid:
"I'm THRILLED to see ALL THE BUZZ about Senator Harry Reid's new book, "THE GOOD FIGHT." Of all the leaders I met in Washington last month with Dan Mathews of PETA, SENATOR REID was the MOST SINCERE, easygoing and obviously COMPASSIONATE. THANK GOD HE IS THE MAJORITY LEADER...MY BS-o-METER DIDN'T FLICKER ONCE around Harry Reid and it USUALLY GOES CRAZY AROUND POLITICIANS..."Harry Reid's spokesman's name in Jim Manley. All I'm saying.
May 29, 2008 12:28 PM
R. Neal floats it out there that a tough primary challenge for Congressman David Davis in the Tennessee's 1st District could possibly soften up the incumbent for a defeat by the Democratic nominee:
In 2006, Davis beat the Democratic challenger in the general, Morristown city councilman Rick Trent, 108,336 to 65,538, which is a respectable showing for the Democrat in a district that leans heavily Republican. But some estimates suggest there are more independents than Republicans and Democrats combined. Can Davis survive a primary challenge? If so, will he enter the general already weakened? Can a relatively unknown Democrat ride the wave of anti-Republican sentiment to a win? Should be interesting.Andrew Jackson represented the District in the late 1700s but after that the 1st has pretty much been a Republican stronghold. The GOP primary may be interesting but holding one's breath for interesting in the general may cause one to pass out due to lack of oxygen. UPDATE: From Joe Powell:
If a GOP challenger or if the Democrats would organize a smart campaign converging on how this section of the state has been allowed to dissipate into the far background instead of a priority for state attention and national concerns, I think that person could win by a landslide. But with precious few media outlets, local control also in the hands of a few party leaders and their crony-filled staff, new ideas and new directions are very hard to market.SEE ALSO: Joe Lance
May 29, 2008 12:12 PM
The Nashville Scene's Matt Pulle attends a going away party for Vandy's Flack-In Chief and in his report makes sure to cover his transparent name-dropping by "keeping it real" and insulting the looks of every male attendee:
The last two mayors, Karl Dean and Bill Purcell, were in attendance, although I missed Purcell and would have missed Dean had I not ventured into the tiny area of the ballroom that he occupied quietly. Also there were former Tennessean editor and publisher John Seigenthaler, USA Today editor Ken Paulson and Tennessean publisher Ellen Leifeld. Some of the top lawyers I spotted were Lee Barfield, Paul Ney, Keith Simmons, Byron Trauger and his wife U.S District Judge Aleta Trauger. Pith's own Bruce Barry was in attendance rocking a ratty pair of jeans and a gray sweatshirt—his standard uniform—as was former Scene hitman Jim Spragens, who now toils for Rep. Jim Cooper and probably was the best-looking guy in the room. (Which I don't say as a compliment to Spragens.) ACLU honcho Hedy Weinberg and Hillsboro Village activist and attorney Jayne Gordon rounded out the guest list. Incredibly, I didn't spy Lucius Carroll.
May 29, 2008 11:55 AM
Ken Whitehouse took a quick scan of the names on the Belmont Presidential Debate Host Committee and notes a few conspiciously missing names:
Among the three African-American community leaders on the list, missing is Merrill Lynch Vice President and chair of the Democratic Leadership Council Harold Ford, Jr. as well as community leader Bishop Joseph Walker, Tennessee State University President Melvin Johnson, and Fisk University President and former cabinet member of President Bill Clinton Hazel O'Leary. When asked why their list has so many obvious omissions, Belmont's debate organizers replied that the committee is "still in formation."
May 29, 2008 11:41 AM
Stacey Campfield makes a baseball analogy:
If the numbers in the senate go up for Republicans (as many expect they will) then the hope for things to remain the same will look even less likely then it does now. The odds of a compromise will deminish also as many Republican members want the commission dead no matter what. Next year will be quite interesting as the days of life for the selection committee wind down and the pressure goes up.SEE ALSO: Bill Hobbs
May 29, 2008 10:56 AM
In the first email sent out by the campaign in a month, Ron Paul announces a garage sale:
For a mere $25, Ron Paulians can order a grab bag of magnets, buttons, stickers, mouse pads, key chains, hats, wrist bands "and more!." The package will also include a single t-shirt. And if that's not enough to sway you, the $25 includes shipping. Paul's spokesman, Jesse Benton, said not to infer anything from the sale. "We're just trying to clear some stuff out because we're getting a little low on storage space," Benton said, pointing out there is less need for yard signs that say Ron Paul Iowa now that the Iowa primary is over.Considering that the campaign is, more or less, over and revelations have come to light about the amount of cash on hand the Paul campaign has and where that cash is going is it really smart to be doing this?
May 29, 2008 10:51 AM
Helen Rittelmeyer discusses the refreshing possibility of having an American President who smokes:
Cigarettes are about the camaraderie of a night out, the reverie of a night in, generosity—try asking a stranger for money, then try asking him for a light—and style. These are slipperier concepts than “health,” but it is still an accepted truth, at least in some circles, that they are more important. A cultural preoccupation with bodily health can result in some decent high comedy, but it also shortchanges spiritual health, flattens our ability to have real public discussion about when and where smoking should be legal, and robs us of the ability to enjoy small pleasures. In other words, can Barack please have a cigarette?
May 29, 2008 10:42 AM
Michael Silence reports on the go-along, get along neoconservative bias in the corporate press during the Iraq war:
"The press corps was under enormous pressure from corporate executives, frankly, to make sure that this was a war presented in way that was consistent with the patriotic fever in the nation and the president's high approval ratings. And my own experience at the White House was that the higher the president's approval ratings, the more pressure I had from news executives -- and I was not at this network [CNN] at the time ...They would turn down stories that were more critical, and try to put on pieces that were more positive."
May 29, 2008 10:37 AM
For anyone out there compiling a list of things that former Mayor Bill Purcell did not have to worry about (that Mayor Karl Dean now does), here’s one for the stack. A local twitterer says Dean broke out a dead fish of a handshake recently.
May 29, 2008 8:37 AM