Of course, Obama and all House members are up next year.
A nomination gets through
The administration and Senate Democrats were able Monday evening to muster 70 votes to break a GOP filibuster of the nomination of former White House aide
who had received a recess appointment, to be ambassador to the Czech Republic. The Senate then approved him on a voice vote, so Eisen can stay on in Prague.
Maraniss on Obama
There’s one book that’s certain to be on the president’s (or first lady’s) reading list next summer. It’s the latest from our colleague and best-selling author
: “Barack Obama: The Story.”
A Pulitzer Prize winner and author of acclaimed biographies of baseball legend
and football coach
, Maraniss co-authored a book on the 1994 Republican takeover of the House titled “Tell Newt to Shut Up.” And there’s his outstanding biography of the pre-Oval Office life of Bill Clinton, “First in His Class.”
We’re hearing that, in the same way Maraniss went several layers deep to get the real story of Clinton during his Georgetown and Oxford years, he found some particularly good stuff about Obama’s years at Occidental College and in New York.
The Obama book won’t be out until June 19. Hmmm. Just a couple of months before the 2012 Democratic convention.
The cold snap got you thinking about escaping to a warmer clime? How about a weekend at the end of January hanging out at the fabulous Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla.?
It’s the “2012 Freshmen Family & Fishing Weekend” fundraiser for 12 House Republican newbies with “special guests” Reps. Spencer Bachus (Ala.) and Pete Sessions (Tex.), our invite says.
The event goes to help reelection efforts of a long list of lawmakers: Reps. Sandy Adams (Fla.), Quico Canseco (Tex.), Rick Crawford (Ark.), Bob Dold (Ill.), Sean Duffy (Wis.), Steve Fincher (Tenn.), Mike Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Michael Grimm (N.Y.), Nan Hayworth (N.Y.), Jim Renacci (Ohio) and Daniel Webster (Fla.).
The 4,000-member club, “an exclusive community of like-minded people,” features pretty much everything, according to its Web site. It has not one but two “championship 18-hole golf courses” and fishing opportunities of every sort, from deep-sea and reef fishing to bonefishing in the shallow flats only 10 minutes away.
You won’t be bothered by the Occupy Wall Street riffraff, thanks to the club’s crack private security team. And getting there couldn’t be more convenient — just land whenever you want at the club’s private airport, which is “always ready when members and their guests’ personal schedules require their presence off-island.”
Taking the yacht instead? No problem. There’s room for 175 boats at the club’s beautiful marina.
The fundraiser runs $20,000 per PAC ($10,000 for an individual) if you want to be on the host committee. Half that if you’re just buying a ticket. The 12 freshmen include some tea party members and others elected with strong tea party support, but the club doesn’t seem to be the place where members toss tea over the docks to protest their high taxes. Perhaps a little Earl Grey over the bow on occasion.
With Emily Heil
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