- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 3, 2007

While the rest of the world waits with bated breath to hear of Rosie O’Donnell’s career plans, the ABC network has to find a replacement. Miss O’Donnell’s stint on “The View” was contentious, controversial — and ratings catnip. What ABC needs is a woman with as big a mouth, as ill-informed an intellect and as belligerent a personality as Rosie’s. No problem.

Cynthia McKinney — With Miss O’Donnell gone, “The View” will sorely lack for September 11 conspiracy theory. The former Georgia congresswoman, who claimed that President Bush possibly had foreknowledge of the September 11 attacks and let them proceed so his contractor friends could profit from subsequent military campaigns, could easily fill those shoes. Even more tantalizing, the gal can deliver a knuckle sandwich.

Heather Mills — A social activist with practical street smarts: Miss Mills convinced one of the most famous and wealthiest men in the world, Paul McCartney, to marry her without a prenuptial agreement. Now she’s taking him to the cleaners. This is someone from whom America’s women could learn a thing or two.

Nancy Grace — Never one to let the facts of a case get in the way of opinions of guilt or innocence, Miss Grace, the CNN “Headline News” criminal justice grandstander, is a font of snap judgment and knee-jerk passion. Sound like anyone we know?

Natalie Maines — If this Texan motormouth could elicit, at least once a month, as much indignation as her “I’m ashamed President Bush is from Texas” humdinger did in 2003, then “View” execs could rest easy about a post-Rosie ratings dip.

Courtney Love — Dubbed “the most controversial woman in the history of rock” by Rolling Stone, Kurt Cobain’s widow already has TV experience — including, in her younger days, preparing a Sylvia Plath poem for a Mickey Mouse Club audition (she didn’t get the part) and, more recently, baring her breasts on the “Late Show with David Letterman.” And just imagine the wise child-rearing advice this model mother could impart to the yakfest’s grateful viewers.

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