The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Monday, September 29, 2003  

Together With Miscellany

White House spokesman Scott McClellan says Karl Rove wasn’t the source of the leak to Robert Novak . . . Speaking of Novak, the columnist says the Republicans are starting to worry about the election . . . Remember when you were a kid and you saw Arnold Schwarzenegger posing in a thong or a Speedo or something and it really creeped you out? Enter the strange mind and bizarre world of the former bodybuilder running for governor of California . . . Vice President Dick Cheney continues to peddle the lie linking Saddam Hussein and the September 11 terrorist attacks. . . Have a job for a diplomat? Send a former librarian . . . File under: “Big Surprise.” New Criterion theater critic Mark Steyn didn’t much care for Professor Edward Said . . . Charles Krauthammer thinks Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) is “unhinged.” Well he ought to know (“Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there?” -- Jeremiah 8:22) . . . Wonder who thought it was a good idea for Walter Cronkite to write a regular column. Although Rittenhouse agrees with the premise of Cronkite’s latest piece, the former anchorman’s “don’t mind me, I’m just a wizened old geezer” shtick is really lame . . . Radio hostess Laura Ingraham’s new book, Shut Up & Sing, hit the New York Times bestsellers list, with, of course, as the paper notes, a little help from the requisite “bulk purchases.” How long before Ingraham complains bookstore owners and managers are hiding her little tome from eager buyers? Hey, any footnotes in that thing?

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