Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Who's responsible for that terror plot to blow up planes over the Atlantic? Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid says the plot "demonstrates the need for the Bush administration... to change course in Iraq."
Reid says: "The Iraq war has diverted our focus and more than $300 billion in resources from the war on terrorism and has created a rallying cry for international terrorists."
Meanwhile, some Democratic bloggers are blaming Tony Blair's alliance with President Bush for fostering terror in the U.K. And one blogger called the elevated alert level in the U.S. a Republican ploy to divert attention from Joe Lieberman's loss in Connecticut.
Sen. Maria Cantwell: the Next Lieberman?
Anti-war liberals in Washington State are calling Maria Cantwell the next Lieberman, citing widespread opposition to the Democratic senator's vote for the war in Iraq.
But Washington's Democratic party says Cantwell has called for the administration to withdraw troops starting next year, and — referring to Lieberman's infamous moment with the president — points out: "Maria Cantwell never kissed George Bush on the floor of Congress."
Better Late Than Never?
Controversial Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney has finally called her Democratic primary opponent Hank Johnson to concede — 12 hours after Johnson declared victory.
But the drama of the race is far from over.
The Anti-Defamation League has condemned McKinney's entourage for anti-Semitic remarks during a scuffle with the media on Tuesday night, including blaming Zionists for the loss and telling a FOX News producer — who happens to be Jewish — to "put on your yarmulke and celebrate."
Meanwhile, the Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling on Johnson to account for his claim that McKinney could be accused of being under the influence of terrorists because of the large number of donors to her campaign with Arab surnames.
—FOX News Channel's Aaron Bruns contributed to this report.
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