Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
The Other Mike Rogers
A group of protesters organized by MoveOn.org has gone to the office of Michigan Republican Congressman Mike Rogers (search) in Lansing to denounce his ties to embattled House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. According to the Lansing City Pulse newspaper, the 20 or so protesters carried documents detailing financial contributions between the two Republicans — including a $20,000 campaign donation from DeLay to Rogers — and a petition signed by more than a thousand voters in Rogers' Michigan district, demanding he cut ties with DeLay.
But they had the wrong man. MoveOn meant to target Republican Congressman Mike Rogers of Alabama, not Republican Congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan. Oops.
New York Democratic Congressman Charlie Rangel (search) has compared the world's reaction to the war in Iraq to that of the Holocaust, telling a New York radio station that the U.S.-led campaign in Iraq is "the biggest fraud ever committed on the people of this country. ... This is just as bad as the 6 million Jews being killed. ... The whole world knew and they were quiet about it because it wasn't their ox being gored."
The Anti-Defamation League (search) calls that comparison "outrageous," insisting, "he owes an apology ... to the families of the victims of the [Holocaust]."
Harrison in Hotseat
Public TV advocacy groups are upset that State Department official Patricia de Stacy Harrison is being considered as the next president of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (search). Harrison is now assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs and earlier was acting under secretary of state for public diplomacy. Prior to that she was co-chair of the Republican National Committee.
The Iowa Public Broadcasting board, quoted by The Washington Post, has said hiring a "partisan political activist ... would call into question the motivations of everything we do." And the Association of Public Television Stations says, "it's not in the best interest of public broadcasting to put someone in that position who has a history of activism." The group insists, it would have the same reaction if Harrison were a Democrat.
Brian Wilson, 'A Big Moose'?
Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin (search) complained about the aggressive questions from reporters at today's Capitol Hill event with DNC Chairman Howard Dean and Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid (search). He singled out FOX's Brian Wilson especially, telling other reporters later that Wilson "owned that press conference. He owned it. YOU should be ashamed."
He also called Wilson "a big moose." Wilson, who stands 6 feet 4 inches and weighs over 250 pounds, denied being a moose, insisting he is much more of a gazelle.
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report