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Sunday, May 2, 2004

Hot Corner: Nipping at the
heels of the newsmakers



Musical chairs is a contact sport

House Speaker Larry Householder is taking lumps over a staff strategy memo about how to "dismantle" Ohio Treasurer Ken Blackwell, a fellow Republican. Blackwell plans to run for governor in 2006. So do Republicans Betty Montgomery, the state auditor, and Attorney General Jim Petro, a Householder ally. Householder wants Montgomery's job. The 109-page memo detailed ideas about improving Householder's chances by driving Blackwell onto the rocks. In the process it described "friend" Petro as "lacking fire in the belly," and said Gov. Bob Taft was "politically weak." Householder and company have issued apologies all around for the memo, which showed up in the Cleveland Plain Dealer last week, but so far his targets don't seem assuaged. The governor was quoted calling the memo "garbage." Petro called it "reckless," and Blackwell used the term "political racketeering." Who needs Democrats when you can watch Ohio's Republican leaders knock each other to the floor in the scramble to see who gets the next career move?

'Baghdad Jim' takes the Pledge

Seeing that Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., is a psychiatrist by trade, it's little wonder he's so good at driving folks crazy. Recall how he flew to Baghdad in 2002 and said President Bush was a liar but Saddam Hussein could be trusted. On Tuesday, taking his turn leading the House in the Pledge of Allegiance, McDermott fell silent during the words "under God," stunning his colleagues. His spokesman lamely explained that McDermott, 67, learned the pledge as a child without "under God," which was added in 1954, and was unsure whether he should say it. Where has he been for the past 50 years? In Baghdad?




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