Blagojevich for U.N. ambassador; Barton apology apologia; Rory Reid goes undercover
Ambassador Blago? It's (bleeping) golden!
Before the fallen Illinois governor began his alleged effort to sell President Obama's Senate seat, he had another plan: He would use it to "get a good gig" for himself, preferably in Obama's Cabinet.
"I'd like to get the [bleep]) out of here," Rod Blagojevich said in a conversation recorded on a wiretap the day after Obama was elected and released as part of the ex-governor's trial.
Blago, first toying with the idea of being secretary of health and human services, asks his chief of staff, John Harris: "What other Cabinet positions would be not stupid?" Blago then proposes: "U.N. ambassador?"
"I don't think that's realistic," Harris answered.
Pity. Blago could have been a key foreign policy asset for the Obama administration, showing the Castros, the Chavezes and the Ahmadinejads of the world that they have no monopoly on crazy.
Sorry if you've heard this already, but it's time for an update on the Joe Barton apologia.
First, the Republican congressman from Texas apologized to BP. Then he apologized for apologizing to BP. Then, in a tweet sent out by a staffer, he unapologized for his apology for apologizing to BP. Finally, his office rescinded the tweet, essentially apologizing for the unapology for the apology for apologizing to BP.
It is one sorry tale.
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The Washington Times has published a photo illustration depicting Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan wearing a turban. The Washington Examiner has a column arguing that William Howard Taft, Grover Cleveland and Zachary Taylor were great presidents, which apparently had something to do with them being fat.
Well, this is embarrassing. Rep. Henry Brown (R-S.C.), retiring after five terms in Congress, just lost an election -- to the county board of supervisors. Maybe try the PTA?
In Nevada, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's son, Rory, a gubernatorial candidate, has found a novel way to avoid to be dragged down by his dad's unpopularity: He dropped his surname from his first campaign ad. Shhh! Maybe nobody will figure it out.
-- Compiled by Matt DeLong, Dylan Matthews and Felicia Sonmez.
| June 23, 2010; 10:28 PM ET
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