Washington is no different from Hollywood — it's full of famous names, ruthless backstabbers, and gossip bloggers willing to grossly exaggerate any anecdote to boost their readership. As former United States Senate Pages, Dylan and Ethan Ris were privy to backroom dealings, power grabs, and scandals that would make even Eliot Spitzer blush. Join the Pages as they get the dish on not just the presidential race but all the exciting triumphs and disgraces inside, outside, and below the Beltway!
Item! Presidential nominee-to-be Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) turned even redder than usual this weekend when it was revealed that his appointed GOP convention chairman Doug Goodyear once lobbied for the firm representing the Myanmar military junta!
And just when we Pages had begun to fear that Monk-beating, cyclone-victim-neglecting dictators no longer had a voice in Washington! Embarrassing as this news may be, it still beats the plan proposed by former candidate Mitt Romney (R-MA), which was to outsource the entire convention to Myanmar. Nonetheless, look for this awkward snafu to be cleared up long before the Rev. John Hagee delivers the convention’s opening prayer on September 1st!
Who's the Boss? Speaking of John McCain, certain Nosey Nellies in Washington have questioned his choice of “No Surrender” as his presidential campaign theme, given that Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) had used Bruce Springsteen’s song of the same name in his bumbling attempt at the presidency in 2004.
Although McCain is not using the Boss as his personal soundtrack, tempers are rising on both sides of the aisle. Still, we Pages have it on good word that Sen. Kerry will defuse the situation with class by retroactively changing his campaign song to "Surrender" by Cheap Trick!
Tags: Bruce Springsteen, Congressional Confidential, John Hagee, John Kerry, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Myanmar, RNC
What is it with John McCain and shady guys named Doug who have ties to Myanmar's oppressive, person-killing military regime? I don't know, but I think this scandal merits a catchy nickname: MyanmarJuntaDougGate. (Trust me, it'll catch on.)
McCain recently hired Doug #1, Doug Goodyear, to manage the Republican convention in St. Paul. This weekend Goodyear resigned from his new job when Newsweek revealed that Goodyear's consulting firm, DCI Group, had done $348,000 of PR and lobbying work for Myanmar's junta in 2002…
[DCI Group] led a PR campaign to burnish the junta's image, drafting releases praising Burma's efforts to curb the drug trade and denouncing "falsehoods" by the Bush administration that the regime engaged in rape and other abuses.
Instead of spinning this into a press release about how he has a demonstrated record of taking on tough assignments, Goodyear quit his GOP gig. The very next day he was joined by Doug Davenport, aka Doug #2, aka McCain's regional campaign director for the Mid-Atlantic states. Now why on earth would a second Doug abandon the McCain campaign?
Both Davenport and Goodyear worked at DCI Group, a consulting firm in Washington and Arizona. Davenport headed the firm's lobbying operations.
People really have it out for this Myanmar junta thing all of a sudden. Weird, considering that most Americans still forget and call it Burma. Oh, right…
[Myanmar's] military junta forged ahead on Saturday with a constitutional referendum that would legitimize its grip on power, and it continued to limit shipments of foreign aid to survivors of last weekend's powerful cyclone.
The junta is refusing to grant entry to foreign aid workers who relief officials say are crucial to preventing more deaths from disease among an estimated 1.5 million victims.
Ouch. You know what those Myanmar guys need? A good PR firm. I hear a couple of experts named Doug are looking for work these days.
Tags: John McCain, Myanmar
Though staggeringly tragic natural disasters are generally not covered by Indecision 2008, we figure that some candidate will find some way to turn the tragedy in Myanmar (or Burma, like Matt over at the CC Insider, we don't know what to call it) into an election issue, so why not get ahead of the story. After all, the other major news outlets know that it's the big news of the day.
CNN for instance has one of those sweeping disaster shots meant to give you an overview of the extent of the devastation:
MSNBC went the opposite route, choosing to show the disaster from the human perspective. In this image, you can see relief workers handing out water to survivors:
And Fox News, God bless 'em, recognized that 22,000+ dead at least ranks as one of the top three stories of the day, though not quite as important as the conviction of Uma Thurman's stalker, but more important than the global hunt for a "severe" pedophile.
Tags: Fox, Myanmar