Friday, October 14, 2005

Random Notes

  • From the New York Times:

    The White House said on Thursday that Harriet E. Miers would not contemplate withdrawing as President Bush’s nominee for the Supreme Court seat being vacated by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, despite suggestions from some conservative commentators that she do just that.

    You know you’re in trouble when they start putting out stories like that. You also know you’re in trouble when Pat Buchanan calls you a sexist.

  • Drama teacher nightmare memories from the Times:

    In a videoconference linking him by satellite to a group of soldiers in Iraq, President Bush sought and won their assurances on Thursday that Iraqi forces are up to the job of helping American troops provide security for the voting there this weekend.

    The event, stage-managed for television, came across as carefully scripted and a bit awkward, despite attempts to prepare the soldiers for what they would be asked and to give them time to think through their answers.

    “Okay, everybody on stage to rehearse the spontaneous number!”

  • Tom DeLay finds out that Ronnie Earle can play rough, too.

    Travis County prosecutors want to know how U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Sugar Land, purchased a 2004 Toyota Sienna minivan, subpoenaing all records surrounding the transaction, as well as telephone records from DeLay, his campaign and his daughter.

    Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle subpoenaed records from Toyota Motor Credit Corp., including purchase agreements, credit documents, receipts, copies of checks and any information on a possible trade-in and down payment.

    The subpoenas raised questions about whether prosecutors are expanding a three-year investigation into whether DeLay and his political committee, Texans for a Republican Majority, illegally laundered corporate money into campaign donations during the 2002 election. DeLay and two of his associates have been indicted on charges of conspiring to violate the state election code and money laundering.

    The subpoenas caught DeLay’s camp off-guard.

    They should just put this whole administration on Pay-Per-View; it’s getting to be like WWF. Or more like a bad Vegas act where the president is channeling the late Rodney Dangerfield: “Last night I had an argument with the dog. My wife said the dog was right.” [rimshot]