Sunday, January 21, 2007

Hillary In State Next Week

Hillary In State Next Week

The Underrated One has the story. No event details; I'm predicting a quick flight in and out of Des Moines for the first event. Hillary's also announced: no matching funds for primary OR general.

Register looks at congressional voting scores: Harkin lads the Senate in opposition to Bush. Jim Leach came in #2 among House Republicans in Bush opposition but that couldn't save him. Latham is the leading Bush clone, while Krazy King scored lower in Bush support by going to W's right.

George Smathers, Former Senator from Florida, is dead. This speech from The Red Pepper campaign of 1950, when Smathers red-baited and slimed Claude Pepper out of the Senate, is perhaps apocryphal. But the story is just too good:

“Do you know that Claude Pepper is known all over Washington as a shameless extrovert?” Mr. Smathers was quoted as saying. “Not only that, but this man is reliably reported to practice nepotism with his sister-in-law and he has a sister who was once a thespian in wicked New York. Worst of all, it is an established fact that Mr. Pepper, before his marriage, habitually practiced celibacy.”

The definitive negative speech of all time, even if it was never actually delivered.

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