Published May 30, 2008
Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
On the Warpath
Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan's book is sparking all kinds of responses, none more forceful than an e-mail from former Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole.
Dole sent a biting e-mail to McClellan, Thursday, over the release of the book that slams the president and his advisers.
The e-mail reads: "There are miserable creatures like you in every administration who don't have the guts to speak up or quit if there are disagreements with the boss or colleagues. No, your type soaks up the benefits of power, revels in the limelight for years, then quits and, spurred on by greed, cashes in with a scathing critique."
In the e-mail, Dole promises he won't read the book because if McClellan felt the way his book reads he "should have spoken up publicly like a man."
He signed the e-mail simply, "Bob Dole." A spokesperson confirms the e-mail was in fact from the former presidential candidate and senator from Kansas.
Less Is More
Party members and the media attending the Democratic National Convention this August in Denver may have some of their festivities downsized. The Denver Post reports the DNC is $15 million short of the $40 million it is contractually obligated to raise by mid-June, prompting the host committee to consider spending cuts.
The cuts would be made to the numerous parties the host committee is obligated to throw for the delegations and news media, as well as other hospitality functions not associated with the convention hall itself.
Portland, Oregon, police officers are asking for an apology after organizers of a Barack Obama rally placed portable toilets on a memorial honoring fallen officers. Seventy-five thousand people gathered in downtown Portland to see the Illinois senator the Sunday before Oregon's primary.
Seven-year police veteran Thomas Brennan helped with crowd control. He tells a local TV station he saw several Porta-Potties set up nearby in the middle of the Portland police memorial, even though alternate locations were available: "Someone used some really poor decision making, whoever elected to put them there. I mean, it's somewhat hallowed ground."
Brennan contacted the Obama campaign after the event requesting an apology to the families of his fallen comrades, though he does not believe that Senator Obama is to blame. A representative with the Obama campaign responded, Wednesday, saying the Porta-Potties were placed at the memorial because of a safety issue for wheelchair access and they intended no disrespect.
Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon says "anywhere but here" if Republican John McCain wins November's election. She says she will "be checking out a move to Italy. Maybe Canada, I don't know. We're at an abyss."
However, celebrities in the past do not have a stellar track record of making good on threats to flee if their candidate loses. Numerous stars vowed to pack up if George W. Bush won the 2000 election, including Barbara Streisand, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin and even Sarandon's long-time boyfriend Tim Robbins.
All still currently reside here in the U.S.
— FOX News Channel's Martin Hill contributed to this report.