Last night, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), admitted to feeling a bit guilty, as a woman, for her support of Barack Obama in the contest for the Democratic presidential nominee. Appearing on MSNBC's "Hardball", McCaskill conceded that Hillary Clinton would make "a terrific president," but that an Obama presidency would best suit the historical moment America faces right now.
Yesterday, as called by Brian Beutler, the House of Representatives voted to issue contempt of Congress citations to White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten, and former White House Counsel and Deputy Chief of Staff Harriet Miers for failing to comply with House subpoenas summoning their testimony regarding the controversial firing of eight U.S. Attorneys for allegedly political reasons. Yesterday's House vote prompted a highly staged walk-out by the House Republican leadership and a number of G.O.P.
I'll admit it: At first I was extremely annoyed at the refusal of Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush, to just go away. But now, the more Rove sticks around, the more interesting he becomes. On the outside, untethered to his prince, Rove could prove to be a walking, talking conundrum for he Republican compadres.
While early speculation is that today's endorsement of G.O.P. presidential contender Mike Huckabee by Focus on the Family founder James Dobson threatens to divide the Republican Party, I see it differently. Looks to me as if Dobson has fired off the warning shot to frontrunner John McCain for the only way in which McCain will win the votes of the G.O.P. base: put Huckabee on the ticket.
Having endorsed the Huckster, Dobson has positioned himself -- and others in the religious right -- to be able to endorse a McCain-Huckabee ticket come convention time.
WEST ORANGE, N.J.--In an earlier post, I reported the mayor of Jersey City complaining that he was having trouble "getting our votes counted." Apparently, there were problems statewide with voters gaining access to the polls, according to the New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU-NJ), which reported that Hudson County, of which Jersey City is the county seat, was a special case. Even Gov.