Erick Erickson over at Macon-based Redstate.com says he’s obtained a leaked contact list kept by Bertha Lewis, CEO of ACORN.
Writes Erickson, in a summary:
–Bertha Lewis has the office, cell phone, home number, and private personal email address of Patrick Gaspard.
–Patrick Gaspard holds Karl Rove’s position in the White House and was Obama’s Political Director during the campaign.
–In addition to Patrick, Bertha has Patrick’s brother Michael in her rolodex. She lists Michael as working at the Advance Group.
–The Advance Group is ACORN’s lobbying organization.
–In other words, besides having Obama’s political director’s contact info, the political director’s brother works for ACORN via its lobbying shop.
While most have been focused on Jimmy Carter’s comments on the role of race in criticism of Barack Obama, the former president has pressed on to other issues:
This from AFP, via the Jamaica Observer:
BOGOTA — The United States knew about an abortive coup against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in 2002, and may even have taken part, former US president Jimmy Carter has told a Colombian newspaper.
“I think there is no doubt that in 2002, the United States had at the very least full knowledge about the coup, and could even have been directly involved,” Carter said in an interview with El Tiempo published Sunday.
The former US leader said it is understandable that Chavez continues to blame the United States for the failed overthrow attempt.
The Venezuelan president, considered a bulwark of leftism in Latin America, was overthrown by a civilian-military junta for about 48 hours in April 2002, before returning to power.
Then-president George W. Bush denied any US involvement in the abortive coup and called on Chavez, a fierce US critic, to “learn a lesson” from the attempted overthrow.
Former U.S. House majority leader Tom “the Hammer” DeLay made his debut on “Dancing With the Stars” last night. While the rain had you floating at home, he was floating with you.
To heck with Obama and David Letterman.
“One thing I wasn’t prepared for was getting in touch with my feminine side,” DeLay said in the run-up. Of his performance, which included a cha-cha to “Wild Thing” _ well, one judge used the word “surreal.”
While you reach for your feminine side, consider these items found while perusing this morning’s ajc.com:
Lake Lanier rises a foot over weekend. Nearly 1 in 4 Georgians of working age is without health insurance. Atlanta Council adopts fix-it plan for finances. And another plan to allow older cabs on streets.
Jay Bookman says rail will come ‘when Georgia gets its act together.’ U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson on the ‘fringe element’ that could easily upend America’s racial progress. Pro & Con: Should liability damage caps be a part of health care reform?
From elsewhere in Georgia:
NYT: White House is taking a more aggressive role in state races. WP: As military backs call for more troops in Afghanistan, civilian advisers balk. WSJ: When speech writers kiss and tell.
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