Grapevine: Obama nominee bungles confirmation hearing

President's pick for ambassador to Norway flubs facts about Norway


And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

No Way

President Obama's nominee to be the next U.S. ambassador to Norway -- should have done some more homework for his confirmation hearing.

George Tsunis -- who raised nearly $850,000 for the President's re-election campaign --  was asked by Senator John McCain about the Progress Party.


Tsunis: You get some fringe elements that have a microphone that spew their hatred

Tsunis: Norway has been very quick to denounce them

McCain: The government has denounced them? They are part of the coalition government?

Tsunis: I stand corrected, and would like to leave my answer that it's a very, very open society,


Tsunis praised the openness of the government -- but mis-stepped when criticizing the Progress Party.

The party has third most members of parliament -- and one member is the finance minister.

Tsunis also mistakenly said Norway had a president -- which it does not.

Friday Follow-up

A Friday follow up -- it appears you will have to pay for the sex change operation -- of a convicted murderer in Massachusetts.

A federal court has ruled that the prisoner born Robert Kosilek-- has a constitutional right to necessary medical treatment -- even if it strikes some as unorthodox.

The inmate has already received publicly funded hormone treatments and laser hair removal.

Planet Hillary

Finally -- when the New York Times Magazine published a glowing article on Hillary Clinton -- it expected it to create some buzz.

But a picture is worth a thousand words -- and the cover photo has gone viral -- and not in a flattering way.

Even a Twitter account called Hillary in 2016 -- called the picture strange.

A Buzzfeed contributor put planet Hillary into the Star Wars universe -- replacing the death star.

One of our own All-star panelists -- Jonah Goldberg -- says it looks like a conehead.

The picture even made its way into children's literature with this clever creation -- a political rendition of “Good Night Moon.”

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