Maybe enlist James Earl Jones to embue it with some gravitas?
Former senator Olympia Snowe’s new book is a call for the civility she says is missing from modern politics. No wonder, then, that she doesn’t follow the usual Washington template of using a memoir as an opportunity to dish on what you really thought of all those chumps who wronged you.
The Maine Republican’s “Fighting for Common Ground”offers little in the way of the kind of slights we relish reading in Beltway tell-alls. But this anecdote about the bruising business of being a moderate Republican (particularly in the lead-up to the Obamacare vote) is an exception: Snowe describes how during one of the markups of the bill, she tripped over a staffer’s leg and fell — hard.
She was “bruised and sore” but unharmed (as was the cup of coffee she was holding), she writes. “The fall was so hard, however, that it prompted Chairman [Max] Baucus and also Senators Jay Rockefeller and Blanche Lincoln to follow me back to the anteroom to ask if I was all right.”
Weeks later, prompted by a reporter’s question, she recalled that not one Republican in the room had bothered to ask whether she was okay.
Politics is a contact sport, after all.
More personnel notes
Two more senior State Department officials are preparing to leave the already hollowed-out top ranks at Foggy Bottom.
Robert Hormats, undersecretary for economic growth, energy and the environment, is said to be moving on around mid-June after four years on the job.
Hormats has held numerous senior economic and trade positions, starting with Richard Nixon’s National Security Council. He was also deputy U.S. trade rep in the Jimmy Carter administration and an assistant secretary of state in the Ronald Reagan administration before joining Goldman Sachs as vice chairman (international).
We hear he’s taking some time off before deciding what to do next, either here or in New York.
The undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs, Tara Sonenshine, is leaving in July after 15 months in the job, probably for an academic or media gig.The Emmy Award-winning former editorial producer of ABC News’s “Nightline” also worked on Bill Clinton’s National Security Council and was more recently executive vice president at the U.S. Institute of Peace.
With Emily Heil
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