Rep. Helen Miller, an assistant majority leader in the Iowa House of Representatives, is simmering on low. On Saturday, I reached her on her cell phone in the lobby of the Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she was meeting several other women state legislators who were in town for the annual conference of the National Caucus of Black Legislators.
As Brian Beutler reports today at TAP Online, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted yesterday to put before the full Senate the matter of contempt citations for White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten and former Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove for their refusal to comply with subpoenas for information on the controversial firings of eight U.S. attorneys.
In Big Media, this is playing as no big deal, perhaps because President Bush has said that should any such citations head for the courts, he will not permit the Justice Department to prosecute them. Presto-change-o, just like that -- instant coup! No biggie, apparently.
For what it's worth, Clinton campaign spokesperson Kathleen Strand says that Hillary Clinton personally apologized to Barack Obama for comments by Clinton advisor Bill Shaheen that Obama's past drug use impeded his electability.
No further word on Shaheen's future with the Clinton campaign.
Okay, so I'm no neophyte, thinking everybody should play nice with each other until we get this primary thing done with. But yesterday's comments by Billy Shaheen, a national co-chair of Hillary Clinton's New Hampshire campaign (and husband of former New Hampshire Gov. Jeanne Shaheen), on the past drug use of Clinton rival Barack Obama are really shameful.
Last week, TAP columnist Sarah Posnerexplained why GOP honchos have so far refused to get behind the surging candidacy of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: he's soft on immigration and believes in taxes.