And you wonder why politicians have big egos. Clearly, it’s the only way they can survive.
On the eve of Newt Gingrich’s entrance into the 2012 race for the GOP presidential nomination, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner this morning declared the GOP field unfinished, spoke well of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and — unbidden — raised the name of Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana.
Donald Trump received a curt “maybe.”
From NBC’s “Today”:
Of his “good friend” Gingrich, Boehner said:
”He brings a lot to the debate. but there are a lot of candidates in the process of going through presidential primary.”
Of Christie, then Daniels:
”He does a great job and he speaks English, plain talk, which the American people like. I think Mitch Daniels is looking at this seriously — the governor of Indiana. Another person with a track record of reform in his state, the kind of reforms we need in Washington, D.C.”
Two Georgia state legislators – Kip Smith, R-Columbus, and Bubber Epps, R-Dry Branch – happened to be in Islamabad when U.S. Navy SEALS raided a compound 35 miles away last Sunday.
They were part of a U.S. State Department delegation. From Chuck Williams and the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer:
The group left May 1, the same day bin Laden was killed.
“We probably got out of there eight or nine hours after they took him out,” Smith said. “We were told to get to the airport early and go through customs. We kind of knew something was going on, but we had no idea what it was.”
On a related note, today’s AJC Politifact Georgia takes a look at the importance that former U.S. House speaker Nancy Pelosi placed on the capture of Osama bin Laden.
The state Democratic party has moved its Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner in Atlanta from May 21 to June 25, in order to accommodate the attendance of former President Jimmy Carter.
The people at Blog for Democracy are relieved, as some have declared the Rapture will occur on that May date. And with most Republicans vanished, the opportunity to retake state government will have Democrats particularly busy.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider