- The Washington Times - Friday, May 23, 2008

Well, sort of. The news that had again been subpoenaed to appear before lawmakers regarding the matter of nine fired U.S. attorneys has rankled a few of his fans.

“I hope he pulls an on them. He is smart enough and they are all as dumb as rocks,” said one visitor to an online analysis site presided over by .

“The White House should fight this as a separation of powers issue. If not, Rove should waltz up to Capitol Hill and invoke the 5th to every single question,” offered another observer.

The press is already disagreeing about the future of Sen. ‘s seat in the U.S. Senate, which has been in his family for all but two years since 1953.

” is the focus of intense speculation in Massachusetts following Ted’s cancer diagnosis, which could lead to a special election if the 76-year-old Democrat dies or resigns,” said the New York Post yesterday.

“For 12 years, Joe, the son of , held a Boston-area House seat which was formerly held by his uncle, , and later by Speaker . Joe had been expected to run for the Bay State governorship in 2002 but abandoned his campaign amid family troubles.”

Ted Kennedy’s son , a seven-term Rhode Island congressman, has also been raised as a possible candidate, though “he must deal with [his] own past problems, including a stint in drug rehab.”

The New York Daily News has a different take.

Ted Kennedy has made clear to confidants that when his time is up, he wants his Senate seat to stay in the family with his wife, . Multiple sources in Massachusetts with close ties to the liberal lion say his wife of 16 years has long been his choice to continue carrying the family flame in the Senate.

“She’s smart, and smart politically,” one source told the paper.

The 50-something spouse, a former “hotshot Washington lawyer,” is a Louisiana native and the daughter of a politically active judge who held the family together when was killed in a plane crash in 1999.

“Recount,” the HBO movie based on, yes, the Florida recount of the 2000 election, will air Sunday night. It has received decent applause from several film critics - though one Bloomberg News review says the movie portrays “the Bush camp as a bunch of goons and loons” and “Republicans as dragons and drones.”

, in full liberal plumage, made the talk show rounds yesterday talking up his role as , then ‘s chief of staff, and virtuously advising Americans “to draw their own conclusion” about the election and whether it was wrested from good Democrats by bad Republicans.

“Maybe it’s little bit like somebody who was at Pearl Harbor watching a movie about Pearl Harbor,” said , an adviser to then Florida Secretary of State , according to the Canadian Press.

“Republicans won the recount. Democrats won the movie. This should not surprise us,” commented in U.S. News & World Report. He was national counsel to the Bush/Cheney campaign in 2000 and 2004.

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