The good news keeps coming

Now he’s taking questions for himself

It’s a good week for opponents of the Bush Administration’s closed-door cronyism. Yesterday Scott McClellan, President Bush’s former Press Secretary, released a new book chronicling the ugly side of his experience in the Bush White house, reflecting in particular on Mr. Bush’s propaganda campaign in the run-up to the Iraq War and the Valerie Plame identity leak. And in an interview today he told Wolf Blitzer that he would be “glad to share [his] views” if asked to testify before Congress on the Administration’s pre-war intelligence on Iraq.

Mr. McClellan predicted the President would not be reading his book anytime soon. He also doesn’t plan to apologize to the President. Your writer is smiling as he writes all this.

McClellan: ‘I’d be glad’ to testify about the Bush White House – [CNN Political Ticker

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Oh, Prez!

I apologize for not being at all newsworthy with this post, but I couldn’t resist having as many people see these pictures as possible. President Bush recently spoke at the Air Force Academy graduation, and showed off his “tough guy” side to these military men and women. Here’s a preview–follow the link for more. Please enjoy as much as I did.

Bush, Air Force Graduates Get Rowdy During Graduation Ceremony – [Huffington Post]

Reid: We’re going to make a decision next week

Less than a week until this is all decided? Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, pictured above totally kicking your ass in a staring contest, seems to think so.

Uncommitted superdelegate and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., visiting San Francisco, told KGO Radio today that he spoke this morning with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and last night to DNC Chairman Howard Dean. “We agree there won’t be a fight at the convention,” he said, later adding that “simple math indicates” Barack Obama is likely to become the Democratic nominee.

In April, Reid had suggested that he, Pelosi and Dean would convene after the last Democratic primary and decide on a course of action to make superdelegates take sides long before the convention. Today, he told KGO Radio’s Ronn Owens of the superdelegates, “They’ve already made their decision. That’s why we’re going to make a decision next week. It’s the same group of people. No one else is going to be involved. So they either make the decision now or they make it in August. I believe they should make it now rather than in August.”

He suggested the Democratic primary “will be ended a couple days after June 3rd.”

About time. Remember how long ago Iowa was?

Democratic Leaders Pushing to Avoid Convention Fight – [ABC News]

Why Computers can Kill

Here’s a fun little PSA about the hazards of E-waste. This is a huge environmental and human health problem, and exporters of electronics from the United States need to be held accountable.

E-Waste PSA – [Good Magazine]

New York Goes Halfway

New York Governor David Paterson is beginning the process of revising state documents to recognize the validity of same-sex marriages performed in other states, giving the same rights to straight and gay couples. Massachusetts, and most recently California, currently allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. With this start from Gov. Paterson, a full movement toward gay marriage or civil unions may come in the future, though the Republican-led Senate prevented former Governor Spitzer’s bill to allow these changes from passing.

“Basically we’ve done everything we can do on marriage legislatively at this point,” said Sean Patrick Maloney, a senior adviser to Gov. Paterson. “But there are tools in our tool kit on the executive side, and this is one.”

It’s a step in the right direction, and hopefully after both California and New York, more states will begin following suit.

New York to Back Same-Sex Unions From Elsewhere – [NY Times]

McCain’s Phony Environmentalism

In order to be perceived more “maverick-y”, John McCain recently embarked on a “Climate Change Tour” in which he visited such earthy places as Portland to speak on the environment and his plans to slow climate change including challenging China and India to reduce their emissions, introducing a cap and trade system, reducing US carbon emissions. He made sure to mention that he would differ from the Bush Administration and fellow Republicans on this issue. However, a recent development may show that all his huff and puff over the environment was all bark and no bite. The Senate next week will look at what is being called a “landmark” bill regarding mandatory limits on greenhouse gases, a vote McCain intends to miss. What is more, two of his bffs are sponsoring the bill, traitor Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Sen. John Warner (R-Va.). McCain’s reasoning is that it doesn’t include enough aid for the nuclear industry…so….the limits aren’t worth it at all? McCain’s way or the highway it is I guess (what recent President has done this for eight years?). It would suck to make some progress on limiting greenhouse gases regardless of nuclear power wouldn’t it?

“I have not been there for a number of votes. The same thing happened in the campaign of 2000,” he said. “The people of Arizona understand I’m running for president.”

Spoken like a true “maverick”.

McCain to Miss Climate Vote – [Washington Post]

Bill Clinton has some crazy conspiracy theories! Let him tell them to you!

As much as I’ve disapproved of, well, most of the Clinton campaign’s tactics over the past several months, the things Bill says make Hillary look like a saint. Here’s a funny story about his craaaaazy conspiracy theories that he’s now circulating in South Dakota. Here are a few choice (read: craaaaaazy) quotes from the story.

Clinton also suggested that some were trying to “cover up” Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning in key states that Democrats will have to win in the general election.

” ‘Oh, this is so terrible: The people they want her. Oh, this is so terrible: She is winning the general election, and he is not. Oh, my goodness, we have to cover this up.’ ”

Clinton did not expound on who he was accusing.

“She is winning the general election today, and he is not, according to all the evidence,” Clinton said. “And I have never seen anything like it. I have never seen a candidate treated so disrespectfully just for running.

“If you notice, there hasn’t been a lot of publicity on these polls I just told you about,” he said. “It is the first time you’ve heard it? Why do you think that is? Why do you think? Don’t you think if the polls were the reverse and he was winning the Electoral College against Sen. McCain and Hillary was losing it, it would be blasted on every television station?”

He added, “You would know it, wouldn’t you? It wouldn’t be a little secret. And there is another Electoral College poll that I saw yesterday had her over 300 electoral votes. … She will win the general election if you nominate her. They’re just trying to make sure you don’t.”

I mean, I can understand and perhaps even agree that the mainstream media has been easier on Obama during the primaries, but this kind of talk goes beyond merely insulting the press to sounding out and out crazy. It’s such a shame that Bill Clinton has continued to drag his name through the mud for nothing over the past few months. After all of his recent comments, I don’t even want him back in the White House.

Bill Clinton: ‘Coverup’ hiding Hillary Clinton’s chances – [CNN]