And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...
State of Being
North Carolina Democratic Governor Beverly Perdue is trying to walk back what appears to be a controversial comment about something pretty fundamental to the American way of life.
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GOV. BEVERLY PERDUE, NORTH CAROLINA: You have to have more ability from Congress, I think, to work together and to get over the partisan bickering and focus on fixing things. I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won't hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that.
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Perdue's press secretary says the governor was quote -- "Obviously using hyperbole to highlight what we can all agree is a serious problem."
Joke, or a bad idea? We report, you decide.
Bailing on Bailout Ad?
A Detroit News columnist reports that Ford pulled its ad on bailouts after apparently ruffling feathers at the White House.
The ad was launched earlier this month. It shows a guy named Chris who says he -- quote -- "wasn't going to buy another car that was bailed out by our government."
The White House reportedly questioned whether the commercial was publicly denigrating the bailout policy that Ford itself supported and continues to support.
But Ford wrote on Facebook, it was not coerced into removing the ad, saying, four weeks is the typical lifecycle for a campaign. The Detroit columnist is sticking by his story.
And finally, Hallmark is now selling sympathy cards for unemployed friends and relatives.
Some stores have a specific section now for recession humor, offering words of support and encouragement and they are apparently selling well.
One card reads -- quote -- "Don't think of it as losing your job. Think of it as a time out between stupid bosses."
A Mediaite columnist quips -- quote -- "Because there's nothing unemployed people like more than knowing their friends still have enough money to spend $5.99 on a piece of paper."