Published April 13, 2010
Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Opponents of the Tea Party movement say they want to bring down the group from the inside out by making members appear to be racist, homophobic and moronic. The Web site crashtheteaparty.org describes the mission as: "whenever possible, we will act on behalf of the Tea Party in ways which exaggerate their least appealing qualities — misspelled protest signs, wild claims in TV interviews — to further distance them from mainstream America and damage the public's opinion of them."
A coordinator for the New York State Tea Party sees the attacks as a good sign that the Tea Party message is gaining ground.
Up, Up and Away
The price to get American astronauts to the International Space Station is going up. With NASA's shuttle program ending later this year, the U.S. will soon have to rely on Russia for a ride. The space agency has signed a contract to pay nearly $56 million per astronaut for flights through 2014.
The Washington Times Editorial Board writes: "The day this nation cedes the conquest of space to others is the day we admit that we have forfeited our competitive exceptionalism."
It Happened Again. Or Did It?
Here you see President Obama greeting Chinese President Hu Jintao Monday during the nuclear summit. Is this the latest bow by the American president to a foreign leader? You decide. This would be the fifth such incident preceded by apparent bows to the Saudi king, the Japanese emperor, the Chinese premier, and the mayor of Tampa.
And finally, Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Barney Frank got some high-altitude attitude from two female doctors who were critical of the health care reform law during a Sunday flight to Boston.
Frank told the Boston Globe: "They wanted to talk to me but I apologized and said I like to read and watch on planes. They began to talk louder and that's when Jimmy [Ready] (Frank's partner) said, 'If you're trying to be bitchy — you're doing a good job.'"
The Globe says things then got heated. A witness said Ready upset another passenger, calling that man Santa Claus. But eventually everyone calmed down for the remainder of the flight.
— Fox News Channel's Lanna Britt contributed to this report.