Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The Tuesday ‘BushWhack’ing

It’s Tuesday; and because the media has been quiet about it (sarcasm alert!), we wanted to remind you that there are four primaries/caucuses today in Ohio, Vermont, Rhode Island and Texas...

  • Sen. Obama can wrap up the Democratic nod, Sen. McCain can nail a lobbyist down the gop nomination, and this is Sen. Clinton’s last stand… again… so stay tuned.
  • Not necessarily political, but a nice story as Army Master Sgt. Woodrow “Woody” Keeble, almost 26 years after his death, has been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his efforts during the Korean War. In doing so, Keeble becomes the first full-blooded Sioux Indian to receive the honor. Congratulations Sgt. Keeble, we at TBWA salute you…
  • Sen. Obama and Sen. Clinton are still sniping at each other over NAFTA. The spat comes on the heels of an AP report that Obama told a Canadian diplomat that he’s open to renegotiating the controversial trade pact… which was pushed and endorsed by President Clinton… amazing that everyone is conveniently forgetting that point…
  • Seemingly remembering, finally, that Bush is a lame-duck, House Democrats are saying that a civil lawsuit could be filed as early as this month that would challenge the administration’s claims of executive privilege aimed at not allowing aides from testifying on Capitol Hill. What brought this on? Well, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) decided to purse civil litigation after AG Michael “Gonzales Lite” Mukasey refused to enforce contempt citations against Harriet Miers and Josh Bolten. (While I like this show of balls, I wonder if it’s purely lip service or if they intend to follow through on it…stay tuned)
  • Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice is in the Middle East this week trying to further damage our standing in the world get peace talks back on track. (The problem I have with this is that the US, and specifically the Bush(whacked) Administration, is in no position to do this. Bush has largely ignored the reagion for over 7 years and now, with less than a year left in office (yay!) he’s trying to make up for lost time… but I don’t think they’re interested in what Rice, and Bush, are peddling. And with our enormous loss of standing in the world, who is going to listen to anyone from this administration?)
  • And have we mentioned? That Sen. McCain has hired John Green to coordinate his “message and travel schedule with congressional Republicans?” It’s true… but have we mentioned yet that Green is a GOP lobbyist and founding partner of Ogilvy Government Relations, and that with this hiring McCain has 59 lobbyists raising money for his campaign? Which is the most of ANY of the candidates… (Um… am I missing something? Isn't McCain fond of presenting himself as an enemy of the D.C. lobbying culture? Constantly claiming that he’s the only presidential candidate that “special interests don’t give any money to"... I think you're doing it wrong John. If you're against something, you don't utilize that something... though maybe I'm using too much common sense...)

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