If there is an afterlife for Beltway power players, it looks a lot like Washington Speakers Bureau. Jason Horowitz explores the speakers circuit that helps former VIPs stay in the game. Bill Clinton jokes that the only reason James Carville “likes to act crazy because it helps him get speaking gigs.” Who makes $15,000 per speech and who’s making $40,000? Hard to say, because everyone lies.
(Read earlier: We tried to document typical speaking fees for D.C. eminences like Jim Larranaga, Scott McClellan, Bill Bradley and, you know, Morton Kondracke. Keynoters: They can turn a phrase on a dime, 7/1/07)
In other news: Democrats are marketing Eric Cantor as their GOP villain, reports Paul Kane. Seems that John Boehner and Paul Ryan were just too darn likeable to play boogeyman. But Cantor might be too obscure and too bland; he’s no late-’90s Newt.