Kelley also hired crisis-management guru Judy Smith — of Monica Lewinsky and BP (the oil-spill company) fame — to handle any media fallout.
But it appears Broadwell has yet to set up a team, though she has hired veteran Washington criminal defense lawyer Robert Muse.
And although she’s known for months about potential trouble via the FBI investigation, she had planned a birthday dinner last week at the superb — and very, very expensive — Inn at Little Washington.
Worst of all, she never bothered to even tweak her bio on the Web site of the Institute for Defense & Business, which, while probably factual, could have some discreet scrubbing.
Broadwell, on the board of directors at the educational and training institute, had “unprecedented access to one of America’s most acclaimed leaders,” the bio says, referring to Petraeus, and she was “at his elbow in a war zone.”
And then: “Broadwell embedded with the general, his headquarters staff, and his soldiers.” Oh, dear.
Please. Just changing a few words would help.
On the other hand, Broadwell’s book is apparently faring well on Amazon’s best-seller list. On Saturday afternoon, it was No. 93 for all books, No. 1 for books on the military and the Middle East, and No. 5 for biographies, though by Monday evening it had settled down to No. 137 for all books.
Naked and the reelected
Could it be that the Sea of Galilee has mystical electoral properties?
Ask the members of Congress who splashed in its waters during a fact-finding mission to the Holy Land. The congressmen-gone-wild revelry, which was revealed in August, caused plenty of embarassment all around. And yet none of the swimmers suffered any ill effects from the scandal during the election — so we can only credit those waters.
Every member of the group who faced an election on Nov. 6 bested his opponent. Even Rep. Kevin Yoder
, the Kansas Republican who went the full Monty and skinny-dipped, was reelected.
(Fla.) will also be returning to Congress, though Southerland had to survive a hard-fought race.
Only Rep. Ben Quayle
(R-Ariz.) lost his primary after taking the plunge — but he claimed to have only been in the water “for 30 seconds at most,” so the magic clearly didn’t have a chance to take.
Perhaps incumbents facing tough races might think about taking a swim?
Various supporters of President Obama — the ones who pulled out their wallets and turned out their constituencies for his reelection — will soon be coming to call at the White House.