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Monday, June 20, 2005  

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June 20, 2005

More On Ed Klein
Anyone laboring under the impression that former gossip columnist Edward Klein was working alone while preparing his hatchet job against Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), The Truth About Hillary, should read Dick Polman’s latest piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer (“A New Mission for Sen. Clinton’s Antagonists,” June 20), in which the reporter, a full-time political analyst for the paper, provides the background information on Klein’s close ties with full-time Hillary hater John LeBoutillier. A brief excerpt:

Over the phone [LeBoutiller] said: “She’s a damn good candidate, and a lot of Republicans are underestimating her. What I intend to say a lot is that she’s a hard-core hard-left-winger, a Jane Fonda in the Senate.”

He paused for a moment.

“I don’t know if that argument works anymore,” he said. “We may have used it up.”

No stuff, Sherlock.

George Allen Flies the Flag
Here’s a quick footnote to the controversy over Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s outrageous handling of the U.S. Senate’s recent resolution on lynching that deserves more attention than it has received thus far. Stacey Burling of the Philadelphia Inquirer today reports (“Apologies Come Fast and Furious”):

Larry J. Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s . . . saw the resolution, in part, as a way for one of its sponsors, Sen. George Allen (R., Va.), to buff his image before running for president. Allen, a former Virginia governor, has a “very mixed record on race,” Sabato said, that includes declaring April Confederate History and Heritage Month in Virginia and displaying a Confederate flag at his home.

Fearing the Intern
Read “Quick Summer Job at the White House,” by Steve Goldstein (Philadelphia Inquirer, June 20) to learn just how threatening the Bush White House found one summer intern, in this case Jessica Smyth of the University of Pennsylvania, a young woman who was allowed to work for no remuneration in the Office of Presidential Correspondence -- for all of one day.

[* Note: Additional items may be posted to “Political Notes” after initial publication but only on the day of publication, excluding post-publication addenda. Such items, when posted, are designated by an asterisk.]

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