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The show is back in Washington, D.C., tonight after a quick trip to New York City. I went to New York because two of my guests were there: former Vice President Dan Quayle and Sharon Rocha. We taped the interview with the V.P. about 6 p.m. ET and hope to show you the rest of it tonight. Last night we aired what the former V.P. thinks of the Senate confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court nominee (Judge Samuel Alito.) Tonight, if all goes as planned, we will air the part of the interview where the former vice president discusses Iran and its nuclear program, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Iraq, and the guilty plea of lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Because I am racing to the airport to catch my flight back to D.C., I have not had a chance to go through all the e-mails after last night's show. I am curious what viewers thought of our interview with Sharon Rocha. Her new book, "For Laci," is selling like hotcakes and I am not surprised. The book really does take you behind the scenes and give you a very different idea of the investigation, the pain, the trial and much more. Sharon and I talked off camera — including about the role of the media in all these big criminal cases. The media can be both a help and a curse to the family depending on the circumstances.
I also ran into Court TV's Catherine Crier last night. She was a guest on "Hannity & Colmes" and was in their green room as I walked through before our show. Catherine and I both worked at CNN but at different times so, while we did not work together, we know many people in common. We briefly discussed the Senate confirmation hearings, CNN and mutual friends and then she went into one studio to do "Hannity & Colmes" and I hustled down to the studio we use when I am in New York (it is the studio for Bill O'Reilly and "FOX & Friends.") Incidentally, we borrowed "DaySide's" and Neil Cavuto's studio to tape the interview of former V.P. Dan Quayle.
I made another walk through a green room and ran into former New Jersey Governor/EPA Director Christie Todd Whitman. We talked briefly about the environment and "green" buildings. We both lamented that more can and should be done in the area of alternative energy supplies. We don't have to be so dependent upon oil.
Now for some e-mails:
E-mail No. 1
I don't find the confirmation hearings dry. I find them a bit frustrating, though. Why don't we just come out and ask the guy what we really want to know, in plain English. And, he should be required to answer them — in plain English. I don't care if Ruth Bader Ginsburg dodged the questions — I wasn't onboard then or I would have had the same opinion. Strange, if I am on a job interview, I know I'm going to have to answer all the questions thrown at me as honestly and thoroughly as possible IF I WANT THE JOB. A Supreme Court Justice is arguable THE most important job in the United States, yet we allow the nominees to skirt the issues and hide behind the notion that to answer would prejudice future cases. Horse hockey! I want to KNOW, for the record, what this man thinks. The senators can tiptoe through the tulips all they want with Tiny Tim, but Alito needs to have his feet held to the fire if he wants this esteemed position. And then, hold all future nominees to the same intense scrutiny.
E-mail No. 2
The senators are spending more time talking about themselves than asking questions of the nominee!
E-mail No. 3
I found your comment interesting regarding the current Senate hearings on Judge Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court. You indicated that you feared most of your viewers would not be watching. I for one am watching as much of the hearings as I can. I find it quite fascinating as well as very entertaining. It is amazing that most of the senators seem to think that they are the smartest person in the room and that what they have to say is of extreme importance to everyone. I also think that Samuel Alito would be a very good addition to the Supreme Court and am hopeful that, in spite of much Democratic opposition, he will be confirmed.
E-mail No. 4
After reading about your "encounter" with Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, I thought I would write to you about Judge Alito — really his wife Martha.
In the 1980s, I worked with Martha Alito for 6 or 7 years at Congressional Quarterly in D.C. She was our librarian and a great person, interested in everything and full of fun. She was dating Judge Alito (who wasn't a judge yet) at the time and they married and then moved to N.J. when he was named U.S. attorney. I only met him in passing at company Christmas parties and haven't kept up with them over the years. But I'm going with my gut on this one and supporting Judge Alito (even though I am definitely not a conservative) because I believe he is a good, decent man who tries to do the right thing and is not an ideologue.
Anyway, I will be watching the hearings to see what Judge Alito has to say. (I've got to admit that I probably wouldn't be paying as close attention if I didn't have this "six degrees of separation" connection with Judge Alito.)
Tampa Bay, FL
E-mail No. 5
There is something terribly wrong with the picture the bride/widow is presenting. To begin with, she just doesn't look as if she fits into the Smith family. Her overall behavior seems way out of line with the nature of the incident. Her husband of several days is missing and she goes for a massage and then flies 3,000 miles away from the problem.
Considering the several times I have seen her on TV with her perfect makeup and hair, she never once appeared to be upset, distraught, grieving, etc. Something is amiss with this flirty party prone widow and you, Ms. Susteren, are certainly the one to ask her the specific questions needed to bring some light as to her agenda.
E-mail No. 6
I have been watching the Alito confirmation hearings. So far, I find it very interesting! What I want to comment on is that Mrs. Alito looks like she is so not interested in what is going on. She continues to look all over the place, then she will look directly at the camera and smile, as if it's a show for her! She is so not like Mrs. John Roberts, who always appeared to be totally interested in what was being said.
Once, I owned a cat that was black and white and her name was SP, for salt and pepper. But, I prefer my dogs!
Grand Rapids, MI
ANSWER: Maybe Mrs. Roberts found the questioning more interesting because she is a lawyer. Maybe the camera just catches Mrs. Alito unfairly or maybe she thinks the Senators are dull in their questioning. The bottom line is that the wives are not the ones who need to pay attention — they are not the nominees.
E-mail No. 7
Is your husband Wolf Blitzer? I've heard that he is a few times, but you never refer to your husband by name.
ANSWER: Nope, but Wolf and his wife Lynne are friends of mine. I have known them for years since Wolf and I worked together at CNN and were colleagues.
E-mail No. 8
Now you just have to tell the story on how you met Roy Rogers and Dale Evans! With all the horrible things going on right now we need to be enlightened! Tell us please...
P.S. Please keep us informed on the Natalee Holloway case! Some of us want to know!
ANSWER: I have received many e-mails about my chance encounter with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. In mentioning it Tuesday in the blog, I guess I created a bit of a mystery about a rather short encounter many years ago. But here goes: It was in either 1971 or 1972 in my hometown of Appleton, Wisconsin. About 11 p.m. I had gone to the local Big Boy Restaurant with some friends to get some dessert. As we were seated in our booth by the waitress, we noticed the couple — Roy Rogers and Dale Evans — in the adjacent booth. They were in Appleton because they were the headline act at a local county fair and they were staying in the motel next to the Big Boy. They were very, very, very nice to us. And yes, we were excited to meet them.
E-mail No. 9
I would love to hear your story about meeting two of my greatest childhood heroes. When we played "cowboys," there was always a fight about who would get to play these stars, along with Gene Autrey, Lass LaRue and Gabby Hayes. And girls and boys could be any of these heroes. The boys hated it when they had to play Dale Evans. They often chose not to be her, but play the fat guy, Andy Devine, instead!
E-mail No. 10
I see I have a great following as I knew I would, no one can escape the greatness that is me. My human(?) was going to send you the reasoning for the name he gave me, (I of course would have preferred "King of all cats") but seeing how he is in bed holding his jaw and moaning like dog and cursing the Dentist, I thought I would enlighten you all. I was living inside of a dumpster behind a Chinese restaurant, I was very young at the time when I spotted a perfect little girl, red hair just like mine, so without a second thought I ran to her and lept into her arms. Now being as handsome as I am she just had to take me home, unfortunately home also involved him, he asks them, and I quote, "Where'd ya get the flea factory at?" Luckily, it only took the kid a few minutes and a half of a dozen tears and I had a home. So he looks at me and says, "Behind a Chinese restaurant, eh? I'm guessing you're an escapee, so your name is Stir Fry." And there you have it. Actually it beats his second choice, which was "Lunch Special." The man is a pig beyond belief.
A thank you to all my fans,
From the desk of Smitty, Anna Marie and Stir Fry, the idiot cat. Ride safe.
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