Tuesday's Sketchiest Moments
He's not quite Dick Cheney, but President Obama is getting into the questionable language game. Big time.
In an interview scheduled to be broadcast Tuesday morning on NBC's "Today" show, the commander says of his oil-spill strategy: "I don't sit around talking to experts because this is a college seminar. We talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick."
Unfortunately, the person whose bottom the president would probably most like to kick will not be available. People magazine reports that Rush Limbaugh took his bride aboard his Gulfstream jet for a honeymoon in Mexico, Africa "and a couple other spots."
The new Mrs. Limbaugh, Rush's fourth wife, is Kathryn Rogers, who at 33 is 26 years Rush's junior. They were wed at the Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., where entertainment was provided, for $1 million, by Sir Elton John. No word on whether he performed "Madman Across the Water" for Limbaugh at the oceanside resort.
Seems the "Backbone Express" needs a chiropractor. Andrew Romanoff, challenging Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo) in a primary, has a painted van called the "Backbone Express" that he plans to drive around the state.
But five days after its first trip, the Backbone Express was spotted at Butch's Automotive Service. Apparently it wasn't firing on all cylinders.
Blago has a new bleeping valuable thing: a Twitter account. The disgraced former Illinois governor tweets about his trial, in which opening statements are due to begin Tuesday: "looking forward to opening statements because that will unlock the truth. . . stay tuned." Blagojevich's profile page says he's "innocent of all charges," so that must be true.
In other innocence news, South Carolina GOP gubernatorial candidate Andre Bauer provides the latest nugget in what might be the most sordid election campaign in the history of politics. He released the results of a lie detector test which, he says, prove that he was not behind the accusations that rival Nikki Haley had an affair. There's no explanation about what the test results mean, so we'll have to take Bauer's word for it.
Whoever loses the South Carolina race can take comfort in the example of Eliot Spitzer, who has demonstrated that scandal can be good for business. He may be out of politics but he's now a "hot commodity" in cable news, sought by both CNN and MSNBC.
Still, he's not entirely in the clear. Kristin Davis, who supplied Spitzer with escorts and is now running for his old job, New York governor, as a Libertarian, wrote a piece for the Daily Caller telling the cable executives to "say no to Spitzer."
Nobody, however, can say no to Orly Taitz, star of the anti-Obama "birther" movement. Politico reports that "there's a chance" Taitz could win the Republican primary Tuesday for California Secretary of State. This would make it difficult for the GOP to give the birthers a wide berth.
Further complicating that effort is the report that Taitz was a "special guest" at a Jewish Republican event in Beverly Hills with Karl Rove, Norm Coleman and Carly Fiorina.
But not everybody has as exciting a story to tell as California. Things are so quiet in New Jersey, for example, that a new poll finds that the vast majority of voters have no idea there is a primary in their state on Tuesday.
Also showing great calm is Texas Gov. Rick Perry who, according to his official work calendar requested by his Democratic opponent, performed no scheduled state work on 24 of 72 business days this year. This raises the possibility of a grand bargain: Because Perry has such a light schedule, and Limbaugh is busy overseas, perhaps Perry could offer up his bottom for a presidential kicking.
With Matt DeLong and Felicia Sonmez.
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