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Steve Forbes celebrates Byrd's death; Blago flirted with Oprah; Charlie Crist's flack attacks

Steve Forbes, the publisher and one-time presidential candidate, demonstrated the perils of writing a eulogy in 140 characters or less.

"Good news," he Tweeted on Monday, about 10 hours after Robert Byrd, the longest-serving member of the Senate in history, was pronounced dead. "Financial reform bill may still fail b/c of loss of Byrd vote & 2nd thoughts from Sen Brown."

That one definitely put the "twit" in Twitter.

If Forbes wishes to apologize to Byrd, he might wish to get in touch with Alabama congressional candidate Rick Barber, who, according to a new campaign video, has the ability to speak to the dead. He communicated with Abraham Lincoln in the video, getting Honest Abe to label the Obama agenda "slavery." For good measure, Barber tossed in images from Auschwitz.


When last we checked in on the Rod Blagojevich trial, our hero was attempting to get himself named ambassador to the United Nations. But even this high title would not do justice to the creative genius that is Blago.

In Monday's installment of wiretap tapes, Blago is heard suggesting that the Illinois Senate seat be given to Oprah Winfrey. "That's crazy," aide John Harris -- not our friend from Politico -- tells him.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Blago also suggests California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, but Harris informs him that "picking somebody outside of Illinois has a whole host of problems."

Blago, dropping F-bombs and apparently lifting weights during the conversation, suggests Harris find him some African-American candidates, "maybe a black Albert Einstein."


Conservatives hate lawsuits and the trial lawyers who file them -- until, that is, they want to sue somebody.

In Florida, two donors to Gov. Charlie Crist's Senate campaign have sued Crist to get their money back now that Crist has quit the Republican Party and is running as an independent. Tort reform -- and conservative demands for the end of frivolous lawsuits -- can wait until these aggrieved parties get back the $5,300 combined that they gave Crist.

Crist can't be surprised that his former supporters are angry enough to sue. His former mouthpiece is now using her mouth against him. Amanda Henneberg, Crist's former campaign spokeswoman, now has a job with the Republican National Committee, and her duties include bashing Crist. Henneberg, who once sang the praises of Crist, accuses Crist of "singing the praises of the Obama administration."

-- Sketchy moments compiled by Matt DeLong, Dylan Matthews and Felicia Sonmez.

By Dana Milbank  | June 29, 2010; 4:10 AM ET
Categories:  Dana Milbank, Sketchiest moments  
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Posted by: smithley29 | June 29, 2010 4:24 AM | Report abuse

I bet Steve Forbes would've been mightily displeased if anyone had declared his dad's death "Good news."

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 29, 2010 6:39 AM | Report abuse

There is nothing more repulsive than a republican! Say anything, do nothing never think people. It stands to reason that they are all white, dumb and racist.

Posted by: moemongo | June 29, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Steve Forbes should be ashamed of himself. His mother certainly did a poor job of instilling decency in him.
And smithley29, cut with the cheezey ads.Plan your vacation to the oily State of Florida? I don't think so.

Posted by: pjohn2 | June 29, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

I checked Smithley's link to Florida deals. Not much there. Free breakfast doesn't do it for me.

Posted by: westcan | June 29, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Is it any wonder that Rick Barber is a candidate from the Tea Party? Wackos and loons! Alabama, the eyes of the United States are watching. Vote wisely.

Posted by: Lefty_ | June 29, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

BC Forbe's grandchildren are just a bunch of spoiled silly little pigs.

Posted by: Marcaurelius | June 29, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

That is one awe-inspiring campaign video. It brought a tear to my eye.

Posted by: oxhead1 | June 29, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Will Barber win in Alabama? I'd say it's a toss-up. After all, it's NOT South Carolina.

Posted by: leftcoastblue | June 29, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

That video is a brilliant cheese ball of an ad.

I'm sure it will persuade exactly who it was designed to persuade... of course that particular voter was already voting for whatsizname and didn't need persuading, but it sure gave the rest of us a laugh.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 29, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Rough Sketch, why can't I "like" you?

Please add a Facebook button; the world should not be deprived of the opportunity to see Rick Barber's stellar PR choices go viral.

Posted by: Parkster | June 29, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

It is a small comfort that at least one Alabama Cracker has apparently forgiven Lincoln for Abolition.

When I look at the South, I still wish we had Greece instead.

Posted by: OldUncleTom | June 29, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Wasn't Steve Forbes' father a queer???????????????

Posted by: juanchin | June 29, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

If he intends any part of this for broadcast, he needs to fix his approval disclaimer. It needs to last longer, and include a textual version of his approval and a photo of him during the approval.

a statement that identifies the candidate and states that the candidate has approved the communication. Such statement--
(i) shall be conveyed by--
(I) an unobscured, full-screen view of the candidate making the statement, or
(II) the candidate in voice-over, accompanied by a clearly identifiable photographic or similar image of the candidate; and

(ii) shall also appear in writing at the end of the communication in a clearly readable manner with a reasonable degree of color contrast between the background and the printed statement, for a period of at least 4 seconds.

Posted by: Left_of_the_Pyle | June 29, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Rick Barber is a MORON.

Steve Forbes isn't man enough to be a patch on the ass of the pants his father wore.

Blago is certifiable.

How is so many "defectives" in our nation end up in politics.

Charley Crist is the only one remotely sane, fighting for his state and his people and not fighting just against the other party.

Posted by: 809212876 | June 29, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

The downward spiral of conservative intelligence just picked up speed.

Posted by: Attucks | June 29, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Wow. Just wow. The sad thing is Rick Barber will attract constituents with drivel like that. And they won't realize what hypocrites they're being. White Alabamans invoking the evils of slavery.

Posted by: SW6Blues | June 29, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Is there some kind of contest for money for those wackos who compare everything Obama does to Hitler or the Holocaust.
if you use those themes does the GOP pay you money? or are you all that plain stupid.

Posted by: racerdoc | June 29, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Well, the hyperbole is no greater than the ad hominem "arguments" in previous responses or the dem's use constant slandering of every conservative as "right wing bigot who clings to God and guns." Really, though, he makes a good point. This health care mandate is an unconstitutional seizure of property.
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the
government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them...The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson

Posted by: jefferis | June 29, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Looks like an army of zombies walking toward us at the end of that first commercial. In a sense, I guess it is. How can anyone take seriously such hyperbole? Talk about a contrived definition of slavery. By Forbes's definition, any tax at all is slavery. He would have to consider me a slave for having to pay taxes that support a war of which I disapprove. By his definition we must de-fund government entirely. What do you call someone who doesn't believe in any kind of government? Anarchist. What is the oath we make people swear to when they become naturalized citizens? Hint? It's not the Pledge of Allegiance. Answer: They must disavow any allegiance to other countries, and they must swear they are not opponents of organized government.

Posted by: luckymud | June 29, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

All comments invoking "Nazi" or "Hitler" are offensive no matter what your political slant ( other than Nazi, perhaps). Anyone invoking the comparison is doing a grave disservice to those who died and suffered. To question policy is uniquely American... to merely demonize is purely ignorant and to insinuate that those who promote an agenda you're in disagreement with are "Nazi-esque"
is an abomination. Talk radio in particular has been the igniter in
its lack of accountability and interest in ONE thing ONLY- confrontation.

Posted by: heard1 | June 29, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Jefferson's constitutional arguments carry a little less weight since he didn't have a much of a hand in it. Still, it's true the "necessary and proper" clause has accumulated a lot of power. Times change. Jefferson himself said each generation had to redesign government to suit their needs. We ain't a frontier of rugged pioneers any more. We're a society, and we have to act like one.

Posted by: luckymud | June 29, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." --That's especially ironic coming from a slave-owner. A good choice of someone to quote! Jefferson's "democracy" isn't quite as enlightened as ours today. He contributed a lot... but he wasn't the be-all and end-all of democracy. Explain what's unconstitutional about the health care reform bill.

Posted by: luckymud | June 29, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Repubs get more crazy every day - and I'm glad they are reported in the news so we can see them for what they truly are. Any sane person would never vote for these idiots. Sadly 1 out of every 25 Americans is a sociopath--so apparently they are the repub following? Other nations are looking at us as complete nuts--we do everything we can to help the corporations, rich cronies, and their bottom line, while doing nothing to little for the regular folks. Eisenhower was the last real republican...and he said "beware the military-industrial complex" and the repubs claimed he was a communist!!

Posted by: Sherry91 | June 29, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

I almost pity the GOP, how many nutjobs and lunchboxes can they be cursed with. Is this guy who has "talks" with Abe Lincoln the new face of the GOP?

This is just silly! Huckabee just may be right, and he's the best they've got!

Posted by: free-donny | June 29, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the
government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them...The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson ...

I'm afraid this resounds less when one remembers it was written by a person who owned other humans compelled to do his work for him, whether willing or not. As is often the case, the "bootstraps" argument for social darwinism rings hollow again.

Posted by: Rerb | June 30, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

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