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Upper Montgomery, Md.: Seriously, even Dan Patrick (ESPN national radio talking head) is calling for Clinton to just stop it. If McGovern's slap wasn't enough, who is going to take this woman out to the back of the house and smack her? If it were me, my husband would hold me close and tell me it's time to let it go. As that won't happen with Hillary and Bill, who has to tell her? Will she listen to anyone? Just stop the madness!

Dana Milbank: I think Tim Russert has already held her close and told her it's time to let go. But it's not working. And I think the McGovern thing probably won't do it; I believe a large percentage of the populace did not know he was still alive.


West Chester, Penn.: The campaign staffs and the press apparently don't have the stamina for a 50-state nomination process. Given the near unanimous call of the establishment (media, political leaders) to prematurely end the primaries by pushing Clinton out, is it any wonder states like Michigan and Florida fell all over themselves to move up on the primary calendar? If the Beltway crowd had their way, the upcoming Kentucky, West Virginia and Oregon voters just wouldn't matter. Just When You Think They Might Be Out, They Get Pulled Back In (Post, April 23)

Dana Milbank: Yes, but I don't hear anybody in the press saying we shouldn't hold the Puerto Rico primary on June 1. I already asked by editor to send me to Puerto Rico for the month, to get a good sense of the place and which way the vote may go, but he refused (more of that nickel and dime stuff mentioned above). Indeed, you can do your part to extend the Democratic nominating contest by sending an email to my editor, Bill Hamilton (, with the subject line "Send Dana to Puerto Rico."

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.


Savannah, Ga.: Do you think those nuns will head to court to rechallenge Indiana's law (now that they can show actual harm)? I want to see if Scalia and Alito have the guts to smack down some sisters. The nuns should bring rulers to court and tap their palms with them occasionally, to remind our good Catholic jurists just what kind of penance they will have to do. Indiana nuns lacking ID denied at poll by fellow sister (AP, May 6)

Dana Milbank:

I had that very thought Tuesday night when I heard about the 98-year-old nun who was turned away. Indeed, it would have been the story of the night if Gary, Indiana didn't later captivate the nation. Somehow I think that's not the demographic the Roberts court had in mind when they upheld the voter ID law.


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By Dana Milbank  | May 8, 2008; 2:58 PM ET
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I'm from Indiana and while I loved being "important" this year I find it very odd that everyone is making such a fuss about the "We gotta make sure the last states count!" stuff... No one ever said a word in 2004 when Kerry had wrapped things up early. No one ever said a word in 2000 when Gore wrapped things up early. Everyone knew Clinton had won in 1992 by the time Indiana's primary rolled around... no one complained then...

What's the big deal???

Posted by: Rob, Indianapolis | May 8, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse


I have a question. I see that you have some things in the transcript that if a right-winger said, there'd be lots of screams from the PC police.

How do you reconcile this hypocrisy? And do you and the rest of Big Media EVER plan to address a substantive issue in this campaign?

I assume the answers are (1) I don't have to and (2) no, but I thought I'd ask.

Posted by: Wenalway | May 8, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse


Perhaps the IG involving Admiral Stufflebeam has more to do with sending a message than actually rooting out false official statements. Who profits by taking Stufflebeam down? After all, Admiral Mullen abruptly reassigned Admiral Sestak and he is now a Member of the House. He also is a Naval Academy classmate of Stufflebeam's. Odd that someone would lay and wait 18 years for their pound of flesh. It just appears to be akin to the Sicilian message noted in the Godfather. Good hunting.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 11, 2008 1:43 AM | Report abuse

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