And now, the first known use of the Heimlich maneuver in political advertising. This photo was included in an e-mail a Loop Fan and undoubtedly countless Clinton contributors received on Wednesday.
The former president has written a campaign solicitation for his wife with his usual impeccable timing: It's a week when tensions between Sen. Barack Obama's and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaigns have exploded over unkind comments about the Clintons from Hollywood producer and former Clinton -- now Obama -- contributor David Geffen.
It was exceptionally hard to find Bill Clintoncampaigning for Al Gorein 2000, but now, he writes, "I can't wait to join Hillary on the campaign trail and talk to people about what a great president she's going to be."
"During eight years in the White House," he writes, "Hillary and I faced a constant barrage of attacks from Washington Republicans. No insult was off-limits. No tactic was too low." And the GOP never had David Geffen on its side.
Meanwhile, Bill Clinton wants to raise $1 million in a week for his candidate spouse.
So contribute -- or, in this case, cough it up!
No Guns in Cheney's Photo ShootStill haven't found the perfect calendar for 2007? How about the Republican National Committee's splendid offering? Eleven beautiful shots of President Bushas leader of the free world. Several show him with kids, babies, sharing a laugh with the troops, with Laura Bushat the White House and so on. The August photo, however, features a fine shot of Vice President Cheneyat his ranch in Wyoming, taken by White House photographer David Bohrer.
So why August? No, stop it. Not for the Pulitzer Prize-winning book "The Guns of August." And anyway, he shot his friend in the face in February -- a year ago. The picture was taken in August 2003.
Hurry, the calendar's on sale for $25.
You Say 'Extraordinary Rendition,' They Say 'Vacation'Tired of snorkeling in the Caribbean? Skiiing in the Alps? Safaris in Africa? Then perhaps it's time for a truly different vacation. This just in from Agence France-Presse:
"A Polish travel firm said Thursday it was giving tourists a chance to follow in the footsteps of CIA agents and terror suspects near an alleged US detention centre in Poland's lakeland -- which the authorities deny exists.
"Visitors will be able to cycle and canoe near the Polish intelligence service's training centre . . . in the northern Mazuria region, and the nearby Szymany airport, Joanna Sobieskaof Szarpie Travel was quoted as saying by the PAP news agency."
Just a seamless transition from stifling communism to creative capitalism.
Iran Sending In a New U.N. Ambassador In the midst of building tensions between the United States and Iran, Tehran is withdrawing its long-serving ambassador to the United Nations, Javad Zarif. Iranian sources say Zarif, who has been a central figure in the negotiations over Iran's nuclear program, will be replaced by Mohammad Khazai, the deputy minister of economics. Khazai is no stranger to politics in the United States, having worked at the World Bank. Zarif, who was sent to the United Nations when Mohammad Khatami was Iran's president, is due to leave in April. (There has been no Iranian ambassador to the United States since 1980, though there is a large interests section on Wisconsin Avenue NW staffed by dozens of Iranians, run under the auspices of the embassy of Pakistan. The United States uses Swiss diplomats to do its business in Tehran.)
Balanced Reading for Political Book ClubsAn update on John R. Bolton's book on his days at the State Department and the United Nations: The former U.S. ambassador's book, "Surrender Is Not an Option: Defending America at the United Nations and Abroad," is to be published by Threshold Editions, which is the conservative publishing subsidiary of Simon & Schuster. (They've published Mary Cheney, Ed Gillespie, Al Regnery, Glenn Beckand other conservatives.) Bolton's book will be on sale Nov. 6 -- he'll be typing fast and aided by a daily diary -- and will naturally feature "no holds barred candor," take you "behind the scenes" and be "revealing," the publishing blurb says, all in 336 pages.
Also on the book front, this time from the left, a new one just out by Washington author Andrew Cockburnon former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld. This one, we are told, is "drawn from sources deep inside Washington, D.C." -- meaning folks who ride the Metro? -- and promises to be a "startling" exposé.
In a week in which Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Rumsfeld "will go down as one of the worst secretaries of defense in history" -- presumably this ranking includes even Robert McNamara -- it seems Cockburn agrees. The book title offers a hint: "Rumsfeld: His Rise, Fall, and Catastrophic Legacy." Sounds a bit negative.
New Committee Chairman, New Horse for PAC to BackBandwagon alert! The Maersk Inc. Good Government Fund, the federal PAC of the shipping giant, gave $2,500 to Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) on Jan. 29. It marked the first time that the company has given to the new chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.