November 10, 2010


  1. …He shed tears after Republicans won control of the House Representatives on election night. "I spent my whole life chasing the American dream," he said. "I poured my heart and soul into running a small business," he sobbed, recalling his early days
  2. …You could see it coming. His eyes watered up and he broke down. (He's only human.)
  3. …He admits he's emotional. "Children, soldiers, his own upbringing" all make him choke up, wrote New York Times reporter Jennifer Steinhauer.
  4. JUST ASKING. Does that make him more likable and appealing? They say women like men who show a vulnerable side.
  5. …Those eyes. They really are his stand-out feature, besides the tan, which he's backed off a bit on lately.
  6. …It seems like he's wearing eyeliner, especially on the upper lid. Is he? He seems, in a way, metrosexual-ish.
  7. …Wonder if Nancy Pelosi, whose job, Speaker of the House, Boehner will take away, thinks of him that way. Did her heart melt when she saw him in emotional tatters on election night?
  8. …And the media labeled President Obama "humbled" the next day when he had a press conference and took questions about the Democrats' defeat. When asked by ABC's Jake Tapper how it felt, the president said, "It feels bad."
  9. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) was so happy he won that he turned cartwheels on election night on stage in front of supporters. I about flipped when I saw that.
  10. …Isn't politics a circus.
  11. Christine O'Donnell (R-Del.) (she looks like Rachael Ray, if you ask me) told supporters in the crowd that "we have won" when she lost to Democrat Chris Coons. When she said that it was enough to confuse her "joking big brother" who was standing behind her. You could see him and asking a woman standing next to him whether it was true.
  12. O'Donnell had to explain what she meant, i.e., "we were victorious because the Delaware political system will never be the same ... that's a great thing and we're not gonna stop fighting either."
  13. …These politicians can take anything and make it work for them. They never admit defeat.
  14. OBSERVANCE. All those tea party-ish women candidates seem to look and dress similarly to the queen of it all, Sarah Palin. O'Donnell, Michele Bachmann, Sharron Angle ... more. It's a professional woman's look that seems a bit retro, harkening back to the qualities of dressing that the women of 50s TV shows exhibited, i.e., Mrs. Cleaver (Barbara Billingsley) in Leave It To Beaver.
  15. Newt Gingrich looked pretty good and fit on Fox News. He was all silver-haired and looked like he lost weight. Seemed like a shadow of his former self.
  16. …Is he running in 2010? How often are people wondering that every election cycle?
  17. …If he does will that stop him from pundit-ing? UNSOLICITED ADVICE: Do one thing or the other for a change.
  18. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) looked like a funeral director with all that rouge on his cheeks on election night and the morning after. He looked like he was ready for one of those olde tyme photographs taken with an explosive flash.
  19. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a tea party favorite, had a sing-song-y way of speechifying about his win on election night. "I have a m-e-s-s-a-g-e (WORD DRAWN OUT, INDEX FINGER IN AIR) ... a m-e-s-s-a-g-e from the people of Kentucky ... a m-e-s-s-a-g-e that is loud and clear and does not mince words: We've come to take our country back."
  20. WONDERING. I'm suspicious of Paul's rug mop. It's never neatly combed and it looks like some of those transplant heads on the Hair Club for Men infomercials.
  21. …As I watched NBC's coverage I wondered how proud Tom Brokaw must be, sitting on the same set with his hand-chosen anchor successor Brian Wilson, er ... Williams. For those who don't remember, that job was practically given to Williams back in 2004. He was the undisputed successor to the NBC anchor throne.
  22. …How smart was it for MSNBC to have on a totally liberal panel (Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, Lawrence O'Donnell and Eugene Robinson) on election night with no conservatives? How fair is that? Have partisan news and opinion makers taken over the airwaves so much that the networks no longer care about balancing and fairness?
  23. Fox News Channel had Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier anchoring, with Juan Williams, Joe Trippi, Sarah Palin, Karl Rove and others. At least they had a mix.
  24. CNN had on everybody conceivable in the pundit world - two tables-ful of talking heads. I guess they were balanced; it was hard to tell; there were too many to watch and it was distracting.
  25. …It was like too many relatives at Thanksgiving dinner.
  26. …But they are the "best political team on television," aren't they? Ask Wolf Blitzer.
  27. …Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo gives me the creeps. It's those eyes that scare me. Or something, not sure.
  28. In other politics, George W. Bush is out promoting his new book, Decision Points, and gave his first interviews to Matt Lauer of NBC and Oprah Winfrey.
  29. …He seems crabby and cantankerous a lot of the time when he answers questions and explains things. Seems disagreeable.
  30. …He's enjoying not being president anymore; he had his time in the sun(?)/ barrel (?) and he's glad it's over.
  31. ADVICE. Can we do away with the breathless announcer on those awe-inspiring NBC promos for Lauer's interview with Bush? They're a bit much.
  32. Washington's Channel 7 traffic reporter Lisa Baden's head looked as big as Will Ferrell's alien-looking Megamind supervillain/superhero the other morning. In fact, it's looked like that on several mornings.
  33. …Somebody oughta cut off the electricity in her bathroom; she's blow-drying it too much.
  34. The next time I get on or off an escalator in D.C. I'm gonna have to watch my step. This past week an escalator at the L'Enfant Plaza station sped up at the bottom and people were hurled off and injured.
  35. …Apparently faulty brakes on the escalators (I didn't know they had brakes) were the cause.
  36. …It's always something at every station. The system cannot handle the traffic. Ask anyone who lives in "the nation's capital," for crissakes.
  37. Actor Charlie Sheen has hired a live-in sober coach (not the first time, apparently). This, after his latest alcohol and drug binge incident, according to celebrity mags and Web sites.
  38. …I coulda used one of them back in the 70s.
  39. …Some guest on The Joy Behar Show said Sheen was like a "train wreck that won't crash."
  40. JUST ASKING 2. Is it really necessary for director James Cameron to make an Avatar 2 and 3? I mean, come on.
  41. I wanna see that Great Migrations series on the National Geographic Channel. Walruses (walri?), zebras, sperm whales, red crabs, elephants, wildebeests, ants. It looks pretty good.
  42. Pee-wee Herman, 58, is now on Broadway with his Pee-wee Herman Show, which runs from Nov. 11 through Jan. 2.
  43. …It's been described as a reworking of his 80s stage show that played in L.A. Miss Yvonne, Jambi the Genie, Cowboy Curtis and other familiar characters return. It's directed by Alex Timbers (described as "edgy"), who directed the L.A. show and currently has Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson also on Broadway.
  44. MOVIE: Fair Game. Naomi Watts portrays Valerie Plame, a CIA agent and Sean Penn her husband, former diplomat Joe Wilson. Plame's identity is revealed by White House officials allegedly out to discredit Wilson after he wrote at 2003 New York Times article saying that the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq.
  45. …Film would appeal to in-the-know news and political junkies.
  46. Watts and Penn were good. The guy (Adam LeFevre) who plays Karl Rove got laughs from the audience when he appeared on camera, looking a lot like the Bush presidential adviser. Also depicted: Scooter Libby (David Andrews), former assistant to the president for National Security Affairs, plus lots of video clips of President Bush and Dick Cheney and others in the saga at the time that appear on TVs in the movie.
  47. …There's a lot of hand-held camera action in the film. I've had it with that technique. Just hold the camera steady. I don't need the director making me feel queasy in every scene just to make it seem more real. Get over it.
  48. Larry King had Janet Jackson on this past week to talk all about her career, being a Jackson and her new new movie, For Colored Girls (directed by Tyler Perry).
  49. …She's got a new look with shorter hair and she's happy about it and it's been "liberating" for her.
  50. …She needs to talk louder when she speaks. She doesn't project much and reminds me of her brother Michael Jackson, who always whisper-spoke in public. (Some reports say that was all a put-on and that he had a normal, more deep sounding voice but did the low volume thing for effect).
  51. ... UH ... Scream - Michael Jackson Featuring Janet Jackson, on Epic Records, 1995. Remember that one?


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