Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
THE girl in Hillary Clinton’s 3 a.m. advert is an Obama supporter.
The first girl in the ad is young Casey Knowles. It’s stock footage from eight years ago when she worked as a TV extra – footage owned now by Getty Images and used by the Clinton campaign.
But they couldn’t have picked a more unwilling star.
“It’s really sort of ironic that my image would be used to advocate for Hillary when I myself do not,” said Casey.
She may only be 17, but Casey has some very strong political opinions. She turns 18 – legal voting age – in April, in plenty of time before the general election.
“It’s perfect timing because I have a candidate that I really identify with,” she said.
“I’ve been campaigning for Barack Obama for a few months now,” she said. “I was actually a precinct captain at the caucuses a few months ago. I attended his rally a few months ago and I’m a very, very avid supporter.”
Says Obama’s campaign manager David Plouffe: “We think that the young actress in that stock footage who’s now supporting us has got sound judgment as to who the strongest commander in chief would be.”
As Jamie Wearing asks: “Now with the clocks moving ahead tonight, does this mean a fully made-up Hillary will be getting calls at 4 a.m.?”
Vince Cable says: “Just as binge drinking has become one of Britain’s main recreational activities, binge lending has now become a mainstay of the economy.”
No, not cronies. (Wipes tear from eye). Cojones.
And – he-he- the Liberal Democrats have promised to increase taxes on strong booze in a bid to tackle binge drinking.
CLIVE DAVIS on Samantha Power: “It’s ironic that an academic who made her name by writing about genocide can’t tell the difference between Hillary and a real monster. Andrew Sullivan thinks Samantha Power was just speaking the truth. Really? Alex Massie insists the Scotsman was right to publish.”
When Power was discussing Hillary Clinton with the Scotsman and said “she is a monster… she is stooping to anything”, she added a hasty “that’s off the record”.
Says Kevin Connolly:
But there are one or two interesting questions in the whole issue too.
First, and most obvious, is the issue of whether that unguarded remark gives us a clue as to the view of Mrs Clinton held inside the Obama camp, and perhaps even by the Illinois senator himself.
The second is the extent to which the strong language is an indication that the Democrats are going to find it impossible to keep up the generally mannerly tone of their race as it goes right down to the wire.
“Obama aide quits over Scotsman interview,” says the Scotsman on its front page.”
The piece features Power’s less-than-convincing apology:
“With deep regret, I am resigning from my role as an adviser to the Obama campaign. I made inexcusable remarks that are at marked variance from my oft-stated admiration for Senator Clinton and from the spirit, tenor and purpose of the Obama campaign. And I extend my deepest apologies to Senator Clinton, Senator Obama and the remarkable team I have worked with over these long 14 months.”
Indeed. It makes you wonder – is she secretly working for John McCain? (Samantha Power is blonde.)
JACQUI Smith on ID cards:
Even the most hard-bitten student activist would recognise its not an abrogation of his radicalism to get an ID card if it helps him to provide an assurance of his identity to those who provide services to him.
MARK Hemmingway on the Cult of Barack Obama. No, not the death cult:
If anyone doubts that Obama’s supporters engage in cult-like behavior, try pointing out that they engage in cult-like behavior. Apparently fealty so permeates Obama’s hardcore base that not only are they glad to produce creepy, propagandistic tributes, but they’re also more than happy to delve into insane justifications of same.
After I first expressed my distaste for the videos, I was contacted by a number of outraged supporters of the Illinois Senator. In particular, I had criticized actor Ryan Phillippe for claiming he was voting for Obama because he wanted a “better future” for his children when the only thing I know about Ryan Phillipe, private citizen, is that not that long ago he emerged from a messy divorce from his Academy Award-winning wife surrounded by tabloid rumors of an affair.
The only good celebrity supporter was Kenny Everett. As he once told the Conservative Party conference: “Let’s nuke Russia!”
The Obama DipDive video is after the jump.
Oh-bummer! Oh-bummer! Oh-bummer! (Repeat until we are all zombified…)
Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Young People and Families today announced the detail of a Government parenting programme to help parents get extra help with issues such as bullying, school exclusions and dealing with the impact of divorce.
A “Government parenting programme”, eh? No, not like the one in China; the Parent Know-How Programme is something edgier and more challenging?
Says Ed Balls: “I want to make Britain the best place in [the?] world for our children and young people to grow up… Government doesn’t bring up children, parents do, but I want to do as much as I can to back parents and families and strengthen the support for all families.”
Forget the nanny state. These are YOUR kids. In YOUR home. In YOUR Government–sponsored parenting scheme.
Says Children’s Minister Kevin Brennan: “Kids don’t come with instructions so we all need a little help sometimes.”
See the Government pamphlet free with all kidzzzzzzz…
Minister’s friends tell hair-raising tales
A friend of Housing Minister Caroline Flint claims that when she was a Students’ Union leader at University of East Anglia she did the popular lefty women’s thing at the time and kept her pubic hair au natural. Such was the density of her lower thatch, which can be imagined from the luxuriant black barnet on her head, and given the location of her choice of tertiary education, she was known as “Thetford Forest”.
Prescott’s clearners still around?
WITH John Prescott wielding his Peacemaker in Armenia, the cleaners move into his former grace-and-favour apartment, or “love nest”, as the Express has it.
It is “Prez’s dirty secret”, says the Star. The place needs a “deep clean”. The Sun sees the cleaning bill come in at £3,500.
A picture of Prescott with aide Tracey Temple sat on his knee appears.
The picture suggests that the cleaners may have been a bargain.
A new office chair does not come cheap, neither a new desk, a new carpet, a new door, a new work surface in the kitchen, a new bath, a new set of kitchen tiles, a new bed and a new croquet mallet.
Someone open the window. And fetch the mop and bucket. Quick!
Pic: The Spine
Says he: “Nick is experimenting with some sort of low-carbon moped for getting around London, so I’m sure there is photograph coming out of that.”
And one that should be reproduced for years and years and years to come…
Don’t worry if it’s a bit late. You see Venezuela has its own time zone.
DIZZY thinks Jacqui Smith said on the Today prgramme this morning, in an interview on ID cards, that “the database cannot be hacked”.
But can it be put on a disc and lost?
ARE the Democrats campaigning for the Republicans?
As he says: “Hillary will spend the seven weeks prior to Pennsylvania telling us Barack is awful. Barack will spend the seven weeks prior to Pennsylvania telling us Hillary is awful. And John McCain, the unity candidate, will spend the next seven weeks agreeing with both of them.”
Susan Rice, a foreign policy adviser to Senator Barack Obama, is discussing the foreign policy credentials of Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Clinton has issued her 3 a.m. phone call ad, in which she invites voters to worry about who is best equipped to answer the red phone at 3am when an international crisis breaks.
Says Rice: Clinton hasn’t had to answer the phone at three o’clock in the morning and yet she attacked Barack Obama for not being ready. They’re both not ready to have that 3 a.m. phone call.”
You may suppose that if anyone is ready to receive an unpleasant phone call at 3am it is Hillary, possibly from a intern asking if Bill is home.
Yes, we know, Slicky Willy has moved on. But it keeps coming up.
Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson says: “When Sen. Obama was confronted with questions over whether he was ready to be commander in chief and steward of the economy, he chose not to address those questions, but to attack Sen. Clinton. I for one do not believe that imitating Ken Starr is the way to win a Democratic primary election for president.”
The phone is ringing. Hello. Hello. That you Linda? A click on the line…
“Peacemaker Prescott heads for Armenia,” says the Guardian.
“Prescott leads Armenia peace trip,” trills the BBC.
The Council of Europe is sending the former deputy-PM to Armenia because: “John Prescott will assess the post-electoral situation and explore possibilities for defusing the current political crisis and promoting dialogue.”
Picture: John Prescott using his peacemaker.
Noah Greenwald, of the Center for Biological Diversity in “Conservation Groups File Suit to Obtain Protection for Rare Three-Foot Long Spitting Earthworm”
Denial of protection for the earthworm is all too typical of the Bush administration …
JOHN Howard says we’re winning:
Perhaps the most convincing sign of all that some progress has been made is the significant decline in media coverage of Iraq – noticeable both in the United States and Australia. The dominant left-liberal elements in the media in both our countries apparently cannot bring themselves to acknowledge good news stories coming out of Baghdad.
TO hell with the peacemakers
VIA: Willilam Buckley “famously smoked marijuana — after sailing his boat outside the U.S. territorial limits, where it would no longer be illegal. Finally at the age of 78, Buckley wrote an editorial for the National Review decrying the war on pot.”
“Legal practices should be informed by realities,” Buckley argued, citing 700,000 pot arrests each year, 87% of which involved only possession of small amounts. “This exercise in scrupulosity costs us $10-15 billion per year in direct expenditures alone.”
But would America ever rise up and demand a change in marijuana laws?
It is happening, but ever so gradually. Two of every five Americans, according to a 2003 Zogby poll cited by Dr. Nadelmann, believe “the government should treat marijuana more or less the same way it treats alcohol: It should regulate it, control it, tax it, and make it illegal only for children”. The Dutch do odd things, but here they teach us a lesson.
Buckley’s position was unexpected, but it offered an honorable example of his real commitment to intellectualism. He began his essay by writing that “Conservatives pride themselves on resisting change, which is as it should be. But intelligent deference to tradition and stability can evolve into intellectual sloth and moral fanaticism, as when conservatives simply decline to look up from dogma because the effort to raise their heads and reconsider is too great.”
His son said Buckley died “with his boots on,” according to BBC News — writing at his desk. “If he had been given a choice on how to depart this world,” the National Review wrote, “I suspect that would have been exactly it. At home, still devoted to the war of ideas.”
WHEN Alan Duncan MP announced that he was to marry James Dunseath, we wondered what they would say in Cheltenham.
Now a “senior conservative” in Duncan’s Rutland Melton constituency offers the Mail: “This is too much for many people here who thought they were getting a straight bachelor.
“He used to receive invitations from the strait-laced Duke of Rutland to stay at Belvoir Castle!”
The Duke offers no recorded comment…
HILLARY Clinton and Barack Obama fight it out in the TV gameshow Fix That Issue.
Do not adjust your set…
Bugs and Daffy represent polar opposites in how to deal with the world. Bugs is at ease, laid back, secure, confident. His lidded eyes and sly smile suggest a sense that he knows the way things work…
Bugs and Daffy. One is a compliment…
Daffy Duck, by contrast, is ever at war with a hostile world. He fumes, he clenches his fists, his eyes bulge, and his entire body tenses with fury. His response to bad news is a sibilant sneer (”Thanks for the sour persimmons, cousin!”). Daffy is constantly frustrated, sometimes by outside forces, sometimes by his own overwrought response to them. In one classic duel with Bugs, the two try to persuade Elmer Fudd to shoot the other—until Daffy, tricked by Bugs’ wordplay, screams, “Shoot me now!”
Shooting Hillary… (It is Hillary, right?)
RON Paul: “DALLAS—Republican Ron Paul didn’t get many votes for president in his home state, but he easily won the primary night nomination for his congressional seat.”
BOB KRUMM notes: “I’ve noticed over just the last couple days that Barack Obama is falling under media scrutiny for the first time–and he isn’t bearing well under the pressure.”
First there was his campaign’s leaked conversation with the Canadians: “Don’t worry, I’m only anti-NAFTA so that I can get the votes of the rubes.” Then his Rezko dealings got some long overdue notice. Now he is actually getting fact checked on the things he is claiming. And guess what? The facts don’t check. And it’s being reported. In San Francisco of all places.
Blame the journalists for not checking things from the off…
DEPUTY DUP leader Peter Robinson is red hot favourite to lead the party at 1/20, over Nigel Dodds priced at 10/1.
Lots bluestockings can bid on include, in no particular order, although…
1. Dinner for two with Michael Portillo
2. A chauffeur driven in the latest Rolls-Royce for shopping, high tea at Brown’s Hotel, VIP seats at Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Sound of Music and a deluxe double room at Brown’s Hotel
3. Opera, personalised and performed just for you
4. A charcoal nude drawing by Chloe Cloherty. 32” wide x 42” high
A souvenir of Michael to take home
5. A house painting commission 24” x 30” in oil, by William Eyre
Redecorate the bedroom
6. A week of luxury on the Isle of Wight
Is it possible..?