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March 31, 2006
By: Kevin Drum

YOUNG REPUBLICANS IN LOVE....Today the Wall Street Journal tells the story of Emily Miller and Michael Scanlon, two aides to Tom DeLay who were engaged to be married until, "with the wedding a few months away, he called off the engagement and started dating a 24-year-old waitress." After the breakup, Miller began pondering the events of the preceding few months:

People who have spoken to Ms. Miller say that after her breakup she began questioning how Mr. Scanlon could afford a lavish lifestyle while working summers as a beach lifeguard and doing seemingly little work at his public-relations firm. She talked about the beach house he had presented to her, the private jet he flew around in and the $17,000-a-month apartment he rented at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington.

Indeed. That does seem a trifle extravagant, doesn't it? Shortly thereafter, Miller had a chat with federal prosecutors and helped them build a case against Scanlon, and Scanlon in turn helped build a case against his buddy Jack Abramoff. Miller kept her engagement ring.

Read the whole thing. It's fun for the whole family.

UPDATE: Apparently Jason Leopold at Raw Story broke many of the details of this story back in January. His piece is here.

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You too have joined the anti-Christian crowd? Singling Scanlon out for a lavish life style just because he is a Christian!

Posted by: lib on March 31, 2006 at 12:57 AM | PERMALINK

The big difference between libs and conservatives is that this story was published in the Wall Street Journal. When I see Keven or Washington Monthly writing about East St. Louis, or Alcee Hastings, or 300 other stories on your side of the isle that are just as worthy of exposure I'll start to worry about Republican control of the govt. But you won't so I dont, and the swing voters know it.

Posted by: minion of rove on March 31, 2006 at 1:03 AM | PERMALINK

These guys ARE incompetent.

Posted by: pebird on March 31, 2006 at 1:06 AM | PERMALINK

Nothing like a woman scorned. The questions is, why was she alright with this when they were engaged.

Extravagent is an understatemnt.

Incompentent is right. The democrats are much better at taking payoffs discretely.

Posted by: aaron on March 31, 2006 at 1:16 AM | PERMALINK

Swing voters know that minion of rove doesn't worry about Republican control of the gvmt?

Posted by: jhkljhklj on March 31, 2006 at 1:23 AM | PERMALINK

It's okay because they are heterosexuals. White is a bonus.

Posted by: Kenji on March 31, 2006 at 1:24 AM | PERMALINK

After the breakup, Miller began pondering the events of the preceding few months:

Sounds to me like a jilted, disgruntled ex-girlfriend who has decided to take revenge on her ex-boyfriend by lying about him to the police. Just goes to show you you can't trust women not think emotionally.

Posted by: Al on March 31, 2006 at 1:24 AM | PERMALINK

Not only do you kick him -- you kick him until he passes out -- then beat him over the head with a baseball bat -- then roll him up in an old rug -- and throw him off a cliff into the pound surf below!!!!!"

Just makes ya feel warm and fuzzy all over, doesn't it?

Posted by: E. Henry Thripshaw on March 31, 2006 at 1:25 AM | PERMALINK

A hearty thanks to minion of rove for confirming my expectations of a true Pavlovian response. I read Kevin's entry and thought, "If I'm a troll, what is my patented response to this one going to be? Let's see, Republican caught flat-footed, can't throw doubt on the facts this time -- going to have to say that Democrats do the same or worse while ignoring the story and diminishing the importance of the scandal."

Ring ring, little troll, ring ring!

Posted by: trex on March 31, 2006 at 1:35 AM | PERMALINK

It's people like Emily Miller who can't keep their damned mouths shut who are causing us to lose Iraq!

(Thought I'd try to beat Al to it...)

Posted by: dr sardonicus on March 31, 2006 at 1:37 AM | PERMALINK

A very agreeable young lady, it seems.

Posted by: ogmb on March 31, 2006 at 1:39 AM | PERMALINK

Hey, Al, what's even more insidious is that the woman lied about stuff that turned out to be true! Damn, it's enough to make even a troll cry.

Posted by: Bobarino on March 31, 2006 at 1:42 AM | PERMALINK

Anybody got any whores-at-a-republican-convention jokes?

Posted by: Jesus the Capitalist on March 31, 2006 at 1:51 AM | PERMALINK

My sympathy for Ms. Miller is tempered by the fact that she apparently began the affair with Mr. Scanlon while he was still legally married to his first wife.

I mean, if he's gonna cheat on her, why wouldn't he cheat on you? Where's your common sense, lady?

Posted by: Linkmeister on March 31, 2006 at 1:59 AM | PERMALINK


I mean, if he's gonna cheat on her, why wouldn't he cheat on you? Where's your common sense, lady?

I was grimly amused by the fact that the second Mrs. Gingrich -- that would be the one for whom Newt served the first Mrs. Gingrich with divorce papers whilst she lay in a hospital bed dreadfully ill with cancer -- was later herself unceremoniously dumped and traded in for a new model.

And apparently completely failed to see it coming. Sheesh.

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Posted by: marquer on March 31, 2006 at 3:01 AM | PERMALINK

I blame the dames.

Posted by: Tilli (Mojave Desert) on March 31, 2006 at 3:29 AM | PERMALINK

Justice often works in unusual ways. Does it matter if Miller is a scorned-fool lover of a cheating husband of another woman? Her motive doesn't matter if what she alleged was shown to be true by the facts when independently investigated.

The Rethugs, nationally and here, want to focus on Miller, not on Scanlon - who appears to be a law breaker. The courts will decide.

Scanlon was on the take illegally, got caught and probably will go to jail. Justice.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR on March 31, 2006 at 3:33 AM | PERMALINK

The jokes, they make themselves. I am hurting, with laughter, for the silly american politicians. When I think of my old country, I m sad. That is because, they in the Russia cannout laugh at the politicians. At least here, we can still laugh.

Posted by: fishbane on March 31, 2006 at 3:34 AM | PERMALINK

You too have joined the anti-Christian crowd? Singling Scanlon out for a lavish life style just because he is a Christian!

Posted by: lib on March 31, 2006 at 12:57 AM | PERMALINK

Oh, what was the point of this comment.
You guys have something against Christians or something.

I think Liberals are nuts:

-You see conservative do something
-You see a liberal do something like Clinton did then "its a private matter"

Ignoring the fact that they are both (as far as I can tell) Christians .


Posted by: McA on March 31, 2006 at 4:37 AM | PERMALINK


OGMB: A very agreeable young lady, it seems.

Bittersweet, I'd say. Notice in the photo how she clasps the candy can while flipping everyone off.


Posted by: jayarbee on March 31, 2006 at 4:57 AM | PERMALINK

This is an old story. A year or so a go this was pened about; but it is still nice to see that people are still kicking this thing around. Thanks Kev.

Posted by: DaveA on March 31, 2006 at 5:13 AM | PERMALINK

This is an old story.


It was in Raw Story, no? I don't think it was a year ago, but it was a while back.

Is this yet another case of another major media outlet jumping on a blog-generated story without giving credit?

Posted by: bokonon on March 31, 2006 at 6:16 AM | PERMALINK

What I really love about the story is the descriptions of the "pugnacious" style of Scanlon, Rudy, Miller...

...reminds me of all the cocky, kick-ass-and-take-names young Republicans I've met over the years.

All of whom wouldn't be caught within thousands of miles of, say, Iraq.

Posted by: Wonderin on March 31, 2006 at 6:18 AM | PERMALINK

"This whole thing about not kicking someone when they are down is B.S.," Mr. Scanlon once wrote to Mr. Rudy in an email published in "The Breach," a book by Peter Baker about the impeachment. "Not only do you kick him -- you kick him until he passes out -- then beat him over the head with a baseball bat -- then roll him up in an old rug -- and throw him off a cliff into the pound surf below!!!!!"

Works for me.

Posted by: BroD on March 31, 2006 at 6:36 AM | PERMALINK

bokonon, I too was about to point out the Raw Story article about Miller and Scanlon from a few months ago.

Posted by: ArC on March 31, 2006 at 6:37 AM | PERMALINK

My sympathy for Ms. Miller...

Oh, now, that's just misplaced energy.

This story is a riot.

Posted by: shortstop on March 31, 2006 at 7:16 AM | PERMALINK

The funniest part is Miller screaming "You are dead to us!" to a reporter without the least bit of irony or humor. Where do they get these people? Grow them on the Nastyidiot Tree?

Posted by: shortstop on March 31, 2006 at 7:31 AM | PERMALINK

All this ham-fisted, incompetent, amateur hour theft and thuggery going on right out in the open, and it takes a jilted bride to crack the story.

Then there's all the corruption and bungling in Iraq. And Katrina. And on and on.

America's shining faade is GONE; blown away by a Texas Tempest.

Posted by: ferd on March 31, 2006 at 8:13 AM | PERMALINK

shortstop on March 31, 2006 at 7:31 AM:

...the Nastyidiot Tree?

Yet another name for today's College Republicans.

Which is more funny than the 'Backstabbing Evil Bastards' nickname I was using to describe them...I nearly did a spit take with my coffee, shorty...

Posted by: grape_crush on March 31, 2006 at 8:27 AM | PERMALINK

1) Sorry for the late night mispellings above, my son's name is Kevin, I don't know how my fingers managed that one.

2) At least consider me a friendly troll, guys. I think I bring good issues to the comments, and I try not to endulge in too many ad hominums. As far as Abramoff goes, I hope he's treated at least 100 times worse by the G-men than Sandy Berger or that woman who organized that travel office scam. When Repubs screw up, I'd like to think I'm willing to be honest about it, and not a party line goosestepper like so many Dems.

Posted by: mininon of rove on March 31, 2006 at 8:41 AM | PERMALINK

I nearly did a spit take with my coffee, shorty...

High compliment coming from the guy who's sent countless beverages cascading across my monitor, grape. Gosh, I'm demure.

Posted by: shortstop on March 31, 2006 at 8:50 AM | PERMALINK

The big difference between libs and conservatives is that this story was published in the Wall Street Journal.

The news pages of the Wall Street Journal. The WSJ's news reporting is not "liberal" or "conservative," it's just good objective reporting like you get in any legitimate paper. It's the editorial pages (which are completely separate from the news) that are nothing but GOP propaganda.

I've always thought that was an interesting look into the mindset of the big businessman: he wants propaganda when it comes to opinion pieces, but when it comes to the news, he wants actual reality-based facts because you can't run a business without paying attention to the facts on the ground. If only our CEO president knew that.

Posted by: M.A. on March 31, 2006 at 8:57 AM | PERMALINK

Hey mininon of rove, just for the record, I've been in countless bitch sessions with fellow lefty Dems, where we complained about how terrific Clinton and his legacy could've been, if only he'd been able to keep his pants zipped. Many on the left fell out with Clinton over that, even though they recognize that he was a damn competent leader.

It's the Repubs who are the party line goosesteppers. It's one of the main reasons that Bush was able to get reelected in 2004, after so much obvious incompetence and so many phenomenally stupid decisions. Bush can destroy the Constitution, kill thousands upon thousands of people and spend zillions of dollars doing so, and you guys will always sing his praises.

Posted by: Wonderin on March 31, 2006 at 9:19 AM | PERMALINK

Personally, I'd like to hear more about his summer work as a lifeguard. This is one avenue (or dead end) that is just waiting for an intrepid journalist.

Posted by: shingles on March 31, 2006 at 9:30 AM | PERMALINK

Ugh, what a sleazy, sleazy bunch. All of 'em.

Maybe these bozos should have paid a little more attention to their bible studies. Specifically, "as you sow..."

Posted by: theorajones on March 31, 2006 at 9:33 AM | PERMALINK

Punkinhead's show last Sunday kept pounding on how it all revolves around Iraq. Well, that is a mess, but see how they evade the other prime issue of the culture of corruption? Don't let them turn everything into a f oreign policy referendum, bad for Bush as that *may* be by Nov. '06. We must keep reminding voters of the total domestic and administrative failure the Bush/Republicans have been. Culture of corruption! The rubber stamp Congress? Are you better off...

Posted by: Neil' on March 31, 2006 at 9:49 AM | PERMALINK

Hey minion of rove: Kevin, like most bloggers, posts from a viewpoint. Do the conservative bloggers put out trash about Bush/Repiglicans? No, but the MSM are happy to put out plenty of trash about Clinton for example, and just look at Media Matters for American to see how they don't do a very good job of tilting to Democrats/Liberals.

Posted by: Neil' on March 31, 2006 at 9:52 AM | PERMALINK

Come on McA,

Can you really compare the Scanlon issue to Clinton's sexcapades? That's quite some moral yardstick you have. As soon as Clinton lied under oath about this it was no longer private. That is because at that point he broke the law. Up until that point is was in fact a private matter that came out of the biggest witch-hunt in our country's history. How much was spent investigating Clinton and what illegalities were subsequently pursued?

Posted by: bushburner on March 31, 2006 at 9:52 AM | PERMALINK

Bittersweet, I'd say. Notice in the photo how she clasps the candy can while flipping everyone off. Posted by: jayarbee on March 31, 2006 at 4:57 AM

Funny how I didn't notice that at first glance. I wasn't focused on her fingers....

Posted by: Dr. Morpheus on March 31, 2006 at 9:53 AM | PERMALINK

Good points bushburner if the Dem's were to spend 60-80 million dollars on an investigation, what do you think would turn up?

Posted by: Neo the commissar on March 31, 2006 at 9:56 AM | PERMALINK

None of this is a surprise to Barry Bonds ...

Posted by: VAMark on March 31, 2006 at 9:58 AM | PERMALINK

more of the "you just can't make up stuff like this..". I will have a smile on my face all day. thanks.

Posted by: bobbywally on March 31, 2006 at 10:20 AM | PERMALINK

Most of these "christians" are just religious whores. They perpetuate what Madison called the "unhallowed perversion" of using religion as a political club.

It's obscene.

Posted by: Religious skeptic on March 31, 2006 at 10:23 AM | PERMALINK

Good points bushburner if the Dem's were to spend 60-80 million dollars on an investigation, what do you think would turn up?

I don't know myself, but am more than willing to take a flutter at this one.

Posted by: Religious skeptic on March 31, 2006 at 10:25 AM | PERMALINK

so let's get the legislature back and start inquiring.

Anyway now I'm sure that "dating" really means what I thought it really means, as in "started dating a 24 year old waitress" -- "spoonful, everybody fighting about the same thing"!

Posted by: David on March 31, 2006 at 10:30 AM | PERMALINK


BUSHBURNER: As soon as Clinton lied under oath about this it was no longer private.

I disagree. They had no business asking him about his sex life. The entire matter was a witch hunt concocted by right-wing conspirators, who have since turned our country into a tyrannical farce.


Posted by: jayarbee on March 31, 2006 at 10:36 AM | PERMALINK

scanlon could have lived a more lavish lifestyle by proclaiming to be a preacher ( or whatever ) . then rent a vacant space in a strip shopping center and organize
a christian church of ( pick a name ) . it is not taxable and one can fleece the flock by making them feel like dirt that he is washing clean. WHAT YOU DON'T BELIEVE --- WHY JUST TURN ON YOUR T. V . OR
BETTER STILL DRIVE AROUND SOME OF THESE VACANT STRIP SHOPPING CENTERS . RELIGION IS BIG BUSINESS IN THE USA ---AND THE SUCKERS ARE BOUNTIFUL. AMEN

Posted by: SEE AND BELIEVE on March 31, 2006 at 10:36 AM | PERMALINK

Miller should have gotten herself another man. That would have been far more satisfying, in the long run, than what she did to Scanlon and Company. Yes, she brought him down, but as best I can tell from the WSJ story she's unattached. And unemployed.

Posted by: Peter on March 31, 2006 at 10:36 AM | PERMALINK


Miller is obviously a tough, vindictive little bitch. I'm sure she fit right into the Delay/Abramoff crowd, and went along with the program until she got jilted herself. But it was only a matter of time before the repubs starting turning on each other. Poetic justice really.

Posted by: tinfoil on March 31, 2006 at 10:47 AM | PERMALINK

SEE AND BELIEVE,

Yes, you, too, can be saved for just $29.95.

Posted by: stupid git on March 31, 2006 at 10:55 AM | PERMALINK

Ah, it's so nice to read about the fine, upstanding lives being led by the people who are restoring American values.

Posted by: Alek Hidell on March 31, 2006 at 10:57 AM | PERMALINK

Republican love is sooo adorable.

Have you heard that the Defeatists have joined Pajamas Media?

Quick, better stock up on duct tape and tuna before the blogosphere self-destructs!

Posted by: Spiro T. Agnew on March 31, 2006 at 11:04 AM | PERMALINK

I love the fact that they had a yoga instructor running a fake think tank!

Posted by: Matt in Eugene on March 31, 2006 at 11:06 AM | PERMALINK

Is it just me or after reading this article, my impressions of Tom Delay has improved.

Posted by: Freedom Fighter on March 31, 2006 at 11:08 AM | PERMALINK

"It's okay because they are heterosexuals. White is a bonus."

Yeah, I wonder if the MSM would give Miller the Paul Jones treatment and characterize her as white trash.

Posted by: Freedom Fighter on March 31, 2006 at 11:11 AM | PERMALINK

I am very happy Ms. Miller came forward and blew the whistle on Scanlon and DeLay. I hope all of the lovers of all of the corrupt politicians, Democrats included, come forward and expose their grasping for wealth at the expense of the commonwealth.

This is an old story, as is the one about Jesse Jackson giving Rainbow Coalition money to his lover and the one about Cisneros giving government jobs and money to his lover. The press and the blogosphere need to concentrate on exposing our politicians' graft, all of our politicians.

Posted by: Hostile on March 31, 2006 at 11:11 AM | PERMALINK

Isn't she the same Emily Miller who moved the camera and tried to cut off Timmeh when he was interviewing Colin Powell?

Posted by: Sauce on March 31, 2006 at 11:13 AM | PERMALINK

When will they ever learn to keep in in their pants?

What?

Never?

Oh. On we go then. Second verse, same as the first. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

Posted by: Tripp on March 31, 2006 at 11:14 AM | PERMALINK

"This is an old story. A year or so a go this was pened about; but it is still nice to see that people are still kicking this thing around. Thanks Kev."

Hey, you gotta resurect old stories just to make them seem new. There's much to learn from Dan Rather and 60 Minutes.

Posted by: Freedom Fighter on March 31, 2006 at 11:15 AM | PERMALINK

"It's okay because they are heterosexuals. White is a bonus."
Posted by: Kenji

*Momentary stare of dis-belief*walks away shaking head not even dignifying that statement with a response*

I WILL say however that this is an excellent case against dating in the office *grin*

Posted by: Lurker42 on March 31, 2006 at 11:15 AM | PERMALINK

When will Kevin Drum blog about the Democrat Congresswoman who punched a cop?

Posted by: BigRiver on March 31, 2006 at 11:16 AM | PERMALINK

"These guys ARE incompetent."

No, more like party loyalty. Can you imagine a Dem version of McCain calling for investigations, or the Feds under a Liberal administration nailing one of their lobbyists?

Posted by: Freedom Fighter on March 31, 2006 at 11:18 AM | PERMALINK

When will Kevin Drum blog about the Democrat Congresswoman who punched a cop?

When you learn the difference between a noun and an adverb. Meanwhile, move along, and take your alternate personalities with you, Sybil.

Posted by: shortstop on March 31, 2006 at 11:19 AM | PERMALINK

Well of course this is an old story. It is almost one of the oldest stories in the book. Right up there with resentful son usurping worthwhile father.

But it is still a good one. It's got sex, money, greed, lust, betrayal, jealousy and spite. If we just had a few photos TV would be sucking the juice from this prune for months. Then they'd gnaw the dry bones for another couple months.

Okay, prunes don't have bones.

Then they'd gnaw the dry pit for another couple months.

Posted by: Tripp on March 31, 2006 at 11:19 AM | PERMALINK

...difference between a noun and an adjective! Mea dang culpa!

Posted by: shortstop takes her medicine! It tastes baaaaaad! on March 31, 2006 at 11:20 AM | PERMALINK

Oops, should've read the article first.

Funny, usually there's at least one sympathetic character in these stories.

Posted by: Sauce on March 31, 2006 at 11:21 AM | PERMALINK

And another one bites the dust...

They're now reporting at msnbc.com that Tony Rudy (featured in the article) is expected to enter his guilty plea today.

Posted by: fishwife on March 31, 2006 at 11:21 AM | PERMALINK

"This is an old story, as is the one about Jesse Jackson giving Rainbow Coalition money to his lover and the one about Cisneros giving government jobs and money to his lover. The press and the blogosphere need to concentrate on exposing our politicians' graft, all of our politicians."

Funny how the numerous women whom came forward to file complaints against Clinton's misadventures, were characterized as liars and white trash? Weren't we told to moveon.org already?

Posted by: Freedom Fighter on March 31, 2006 at 11:23 AM | PERMALINK

Call me a romantic, but I just can't see the love story ending so terribly wrong. My guess is that we are in that part of the climax where the antagonists appear to be winning but really aren't. In the next chapter:

Miller "wins" the big jackpot at an indian casino, moves into a $17,000 a month apartment and buys a beach house -- all the time tortured by an eating disorder in which her stomach rumbles the names of loyal Republicans she has double crossed. Eventually her dog buries an extensive file of her dealings with the evil indian tribes ( who were trying to discredit the Republican establishment ) in the sand outside her beach house where the four year old son of a federal prosecuter finds it.

Abramoff gets a pardon, goes back to lobbying, and get's a part time gig at Fox News.

Scanlon gets a pardon and becomes the ambassador to Tahiti -- complete with two beachfront villas. His born again christian waitress wife teaches naked heathens the ways of the lord.

Posted by: tbrosz on March 31, 2006 at 11:23 AM | PERMALINK

"The news pages of the Wall Street Journal. The WSJ's news reporting is not "liberal" or "conservative," it's just good objective reporting like you get in any legitimate paper. It's the editorial pages (which are completely separate from the news) that are nothing but GOP propaganda."

You mean as opposed to the NY Times editorializing leftist propaganda in the news pages?

Posted by: Freedom Fighter on March 31, 2006 at 11:27 AM | PERMALINK

Miller is obviously a tough, vindictive little bitch.

Yes, yes, but very attractive.

Why am I so attracted to evil women?

Posted by: Dr. Morpheus on March 31, 2006 at 11:32 AM | PERMALINK

"Yes, yes, but very attractive.

Why am I so attracted to evil women?"

Yes I concur, almost as alluring as Katherine Harris.

Posted by: Freedom Fighter on March 31, 2006 at 11:36 AM | PERMALINK

He said women, FF.

Posted by: shortstop on March 31, 2006 at 11:40 AM | PERMALINK

DC Media Girl wrote about this stuff a while ago.

http://dcmediagirl.com/index.php?entry=entry20060103-194942

And to the dickhead(s) trying to equate this story to Congresswoman McKinney being treated like crap by the Capitol Police . . . .

GET A FRICKIN' LIFE

/rant

Posted by: Jayzen on March 31, 2006 at 11:40 AM | PERMALINK

Irrespective of her motivations for doing so, I think Ms. Miller should receive some offical recognition if not an award for her actions...

Posted by: Yoshi on March 31, 2006 at 11:46 AM | PERMALINK

Yes I concur, almost as alluring as Katherine Harris. Posted by: Freedom Fighter on March 31, 2006 at 11:36 AM


Katherine Harris?

Isn't it a little early to start sniffing glue?

Posted by: Dr. Morpheus on March 31, 2006 at 11:47 AM | PERMALINK

Oh, and thanks for the picture of inkblot, Kev.

Posted by: Yoshi on March 31, 2006 at 11:48 AM | PERMALINK

The idiot wind is blowing strong today.

The liberal response to this viper love story is precisely the right one: It's funny, and just desserts for the criminally idiotic Scanlon. It's the general setup for any hubris-based comedy, with the added modern ingredient of an absolutely hateful woman foil making it all an episode of Desperate Housewives. Old news? The oldest there is.

Clinton nailing an intern -- that's funny too, not a crisis of national security. Mock the Clenis all you want. What's so difficult to understand about this?

Man alive you shut-in conservatives are humorless.

Posted by: n.o.l.t.f. on March 31, 2006 at 11:51 AM | PERMALINK

You mean as opposed to the NY Times editorializing leftist propaganda in the news pages?
Posted by: Freedom Fighter on March 31, 2006 at 11:27 AM

I assume you're referring to the leftist propaganda published by Judy Miller, about all of the WMDs in Iraq?

Posted by: Wonderin on March 31, 2006 at 12:00 PM | PERMALINK

Al - either you're fake or you're really, really off your game today.

Posted by: HeavyJ on March 31, 2006 at 12:01 PM | PERMALINK

I think Ms. Miller should receive some offical recognition if not an award for her actions...

Medal of Freedom anyone?

Dr. Morpheus as to that pic of Katherine Harris you provided...
"the horror, the horror."

I have to disagree with this whole Miller is attractive thing - now Lara Logan...Rrrroooowwwrr!

Posted by: ckelly on March 31, 2006 at 12:01 PM | PERMALINK

And that's when Freedom Fighter came crashing in officer... he was fighting freedom as usual but also had a death grip on Clintons ghost and kept throwing up strawmen. He was raving like a madman asking what the frequency was while shaking some old newshound. It was awful, just awful...

But it usually is when he comes by.

Posted by: Eric Paulsen on March 31, 2006 at 12:03 PM | PERMALINK

This is the same Emily Miller who hijacked that NBC camera while Colin Powell was mid-interview with Russert.

Thank about that for a minute.

Colin Powell -- who could get any assistant he wanted from any organization he chose to call upon -- chose Emily Miller -- a Zealot freshly fallen from Tom DeLay's NastyIdiot Tree

Now what's that say?

I think there's something to the hunches that echo Emily Miller's words .... Colin Powell, "You are dead to us."

Hmm. I can't quite carry that off with Miller's fatal lack of irony. Shucks. But still, you get the point.

Posted by: SombreroFallout on March 31, 2006 at 12:06 PM | PERMALINK

Most troublesome to those leading the damage-control effort was documentary evidence -- albeit in highly classified government records that they might be able to keep secret -- that the president had been advised that many in the intelligence community believed that the tubes were meant for conventional weapons.

So, again from Josh Marshal we find that the President and his staff lied about what intelligence information was available to him before the decision to invade Iraq, yet more info withheld from both the public and Congress.

I'm sure the lemmings that follow Bush will come up with some new rationalization again why Bush never lied and gave Congress everything he himself had access to on Iraq.

Bush Infatuation Syndrome (BIS) is Fatal to the intellect.

Posted by: Advocate for God on March 31, 2006 at 12:20 PM | PERMALINK

Imagine if Tom DeLay had punched a cop - Drum would be posting 5 - 6 breathless posts a day.

But when a Democrat congresswoman punches a cop - Drum heads to the club for another tennis match with "Biff." Followed by bottled Perrier water.

Posted by: BigRiver on March 31, 2006 at 12:25 PM | PERMALINK

...President and his staff lied about what intelligence ..

Try selling to the American voters in November that witholding information that the enemy might use to harm us is equivalent to lying.

It appears to me that the liberals will go to any depths to undermine the authority of our Cammander-in-Chief during the time of war.

Fortunately, the American voters are quite wise.

Posted by: tbrosz on March 31, 2006 at 12:25 PM | PERMALINK

ckelly,

Oh, yeah, Lara Logan - even her name is poetry!

There is still hope for the human race.

Posted by: Tripp on March 31, 2006 at 12:26 PM | PERMALINK

Katherine Harris?

Isn't it a little early to start sniffing glue?

FF was responding to the commenter who wondered why he was attracted to evil women. So FF's comment that she is alluring would make sense in that respect, although I don't think he meant it that way.

Posted by: ibid on March 31, 2006 at 12:27 PM | PERMALINK

BigRiver,

Now why is it that while the rest of us are discussing attractive women you are discussing Drum?

Hmmmmm? I mean, he's okay in a sort of white bread way but you seem to be absolutely fixated.

Posted by: Tripp on March 31, 2006 at 12:29 PM | PERMALINK

It's probably not pertient to this discussion but I wish that I had Jessie's girl.

Posted by: demmoderate on March 31, 2006 at 12:31 PM | PERMALINK

Ah! The forbidden flower.


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Lara Logan (born March 29, 1971 in Durban, South Africa) is a television journalist for CBS News in the United States.

She attended Universite de LAlliance Francaise, in Paris, France, and University of Natal, Durban, South Africa (1992).

In her first major piece for 60 Minutes (aired 6 November 2005 and produced by Josh Yager), Logan examined the U.S. Army's efforts at securing the airport road in Baghdad. Her piece questioned whether the Army is in fact alienating Iraqis.

In November 2001, for example, Ms. Logan, then a correspondent for the British morning show "GMTV," managed to infiltrate the upper ranks of the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan, where she gained exclusive interviews at Bagram Air Base with General Babajan, a commander.

Ms. Logan, married for six years to Jason Siemon, until recently a professional basketball player in England, told how she had fairly begged a clerk at the Russian Embassy in London to give her an expedited visa days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Ms. Logan said that she never could have reached the upper echelons of American broadcast journalism if she didn't have tenacity, fearlessness and compassion.

Posted by: lib on March 31, 2006 at 12:32 PM | PERMALINK

SombreroFallout:

what makes you think that Powell picked Miller to be his Press Assistant, not that she was assigned to keep him from going off the reservation?

Posted by: northzax on March 31, 2006 at 12:34 PM | PERMALINK

"It appears to me that the liberals will go to any depths to undermine the authority of our Cammander-in-Chief during the time of war.

Fortunately, the American voters are quite wise."

Yes, and their wisdom is being so richly rewarded, isn't it?

Posted by: Kenji on March 31, 2006 at 12:36 PM | PERMALINK

Ms. Logan, married for six years to Jason Siemon...

I hear weeping 'cross the land...

Posted by: Gregory on March 31, 2006 at 12:38 PM | PERMALINK

married for six years to Jason Siemon, until recently a professional basketball player in England,

That hardly compares to a part-time blog commenter, does it?

Posted by: Tripp on March 31, 2006 at 12:40 PM | PERMALINK

Someone beat me to it; Emily Miller is that very nut who tried to shut off the camera during a live Colin Powell interview.

She's a maniacal control freak who, realizing her boyfriend had the temerity to get out of her clutches, had a complete meltdown and went to the fbi about it. (WSJ has this differently from my earlier reading, I understand she went to them.)

Petty, trivial, unselfconscious hysteria and vindictiveness, she may be the definitive Young Republican.

Posted by: cld on March 31, 2006 at 12:42 PM | PERMALINK

Imagine if Tom DeLay had punched a cop - Drum would be posting 5 - 6 breathless posts a day.

But when a Democrat congresswoman punches a cop - Drum heads to the club for another tennis match with "Biff." Followed by bottled Perrier water.

it's kevin's blog, so he gets to write about whatever he wants. there's nothing stopping you from heading over to blogspot and getting yourself a fancy new blog of your own where you can write about democrats punching cops to your heart's content.

Posted by: spacebaby on March 31, 2006 at 12:52 PM | PERMALINK

northzax --

certainly possible.

But it necessarily means that Powell would have had to know -- and accept -- his status as a captive-figurehead-eunuch as head of the State Dept.

And after all, he could bring in Wilkerson. So I'm sure he had to have SOME say over press aides, staffers and gophers. At minimum, as he sat in the group reviewing resumes, he had to see who she worked for in the past -- and clearly did not raise sufficient objection. If the Secretary of State can't do that, what can he do? That Powell accepted her speaks volumes about his judgment. The alternative -- that he just didn't know what DeLay was up to, is just as telling. Though it is unclear whether such ignorance indicates a pathetically sad blindness or a just a dangerous incompetence. Hard to say.

And yes, I'm aware that I'm expecting even Republicans to act according to some sort of dimly-remembered sense of principle. Doesn't mean what I say isn't accurate.

Posted by: SombreroFallout on March 31, 2006 at 12:52 PM | PERMALINK

Why don't you folks stop saying the Congresswoman "punched a cop." It's not true. She threw her cell phone at him. Much more hip!

Posted by: Lamonte on March 31, 2006 at 12:55 PM | PERMALINK

Movie of the Week

I'm thinking Holly Hunter plays Ms. Miller. Jake Gyllenhall and Keith Ledger renew their team as Scanlon and Rudy. Delay is played by Mickey Roarke. Abramoff is played by...have to think on that one a bit.

Posted by: Red State Mike on March 31, 2006 at 12:57 PM | PERMALINK

Gad, talk about a bunch who truly deserve each other...

Further proof, if proof was necessary, that Anthony Trollope is still one of the most perspicacious contemporary political commentators. This almost reads like a direct lift from "The Way We Live Now."

Posted by: TCinLA on March 31, 2006 at 1:01 PM | PERMALINK

Why don't you folks stop saying the Congresswoman "punched a cop." It's not true.

If the GOP apologists in these threads quit saying things that weren't true, they wouldn't be able to comment at all. Hey....!

Posted by: Gregory on March 31, 2006 at 1:11 PM | PERMALINK

When Republicans have sex, do they actually touch each other? Or do they just write each other checks and then go to sleep?

Posted by: craigie on March 31, 2006 at 1:11 PM | PERMALINK

Is it just me or after reading this article, my impressions of Tom Delay has improved.

It's just you.

Posted by: E. Henry Thripshaw on March 31, 2006 at 1:22 PM | PERMALINK

have to think on that one a bit. Posted by: Red State Mike

Only long enough to point out that Holly Hunter is at least 10 years older than Miller, and old enough to be Ledger and Gyllenhall mother.

Oh, I see. Mike the Red, like any other closeted Rethug, just wants to see more guy on guy action.

Calling Ken Melhman. Telephone call for Mr. Melhman!

Posted by: Jeff II on March 31, 2006 at 1:24 PM | PERMALINK

Movie of the Week

Delay is played by Mickey Roarke. ..

Posted by: Red State Mike on March 31, 2006 at 12:57 PM | PERMALINK


WHOOA NO! DeLay is gettin played by Joe Pesci! Anything less would be artistic malfeasance.

Abramhoff -- Alec Baldwin could do it physically but I dunno if it's a good fit.

Posted by: SombreroFallout on March 31, 2006 at 1:28 PM | PERMALINK

When Republicans have sex, do they actually touch each other? Or do they just write each other checks and then go to sleep? Posted by: craigie on March 31, 2006 at 1:11 PM

Wow! That was hilarious cragie! And I can just imagine a Lauri and Rob Petri bedroom. Two singles beds on opposite sides of the room.

Oh, and Lara Logan, yup, definitely a hottie. I figured she'd be married. Damn.

Posted by: Dr. Morpheus on March 31, 2006 at 1:32 PM | PERMALINK

Speaking of the Wall Street Journal, there is this peccadillo from one of its star writers and TV gasbag, John Fund
Republicans: the swinger Party that keeps on giving and giving (if the price is right).

Posted by: Mike on March 31, 2006 at 1:48 PM | PERMALINK

"Abramoff is played by"...George Clooney.

Posted by: sauce on March 31, 2006 at 1:54 PM | PERMALINK

"Abramoff is played by"...George Clooney.

I was thinking the guy from the comedy group Stella. The one with the hair.

Posted by: Red State Mike on March 31, 2006 at 2:02 PM | PERMALINK

Jeff II
Calling Ken Melhman. Telephone call for Mr. Melhman!

Why do you think accusing people of being gay is an insult? Are you homophobic?

That's quite the blunt object wit you've got there.

Posted by: Red State Mike on March 31, 2006 at 2:10 PM | PERMALINK

As an african-american christian liberal I am so tired of republicans trying to equate their voluminous criminal indictments with being persecuted because their christian. That is only a valid contention if:

1) Money laundering & managing to break Texas' "ONE AND ONLY" campaign finance law(Tom Delay)

2)Insider trading (Bill Frist)

3) Calling for the assassination of a world leader (Pat Robertson)

4) Getting a company to buy your home for more than it's worth, in exchange for steering defense contract to that company (Duke Cunningham)

5) Shoplifting (Claude Allen)

6) Using charity money to fund your race (Rick Santorum)

are christian values. Then I could see why republicans equate christianity with corruption. DEPLORABLE!!!!

Posted by: Morel on March 31, 2006 at 2:20 PM | PERMALINK

because someone was upset about the mentioning of that RNC chair with the 'Hollywoood good looks,' I'll mention that he allegedly eloped with a greek man (George Wobble-you would say "grecian...") he met while attending a wedding in Greece.

Posted by: Yoshi on March 31, 2006 at 3:08 PM | PERMALINK

Drum heads to the club for another tennis match with "Biff." Followed by bottled Perrier water

Man, Repubs are even hopelessly out of date with their attempted insults. Behold the legacy of being the kid all the boys would beat up and all the girls ignore.

a Zealot freshly fallen from Tom DeLay's NastyIdiot Tree...

No, no, it's Nastyidiot, all one word. The Latin is ficus dumbcreepula, according to thethirdpaul, who knows these things.

When Republicans have sex, do they actually touch each other? Or do they just write each other checks and then go to sleep?

They just write the checks, then exaggerate the next day about the amount written and the quality of the paper.

Posted by: shortstop on March 31, 2006 at 3:16 PM | PERMALINK

I mean, if he's gonna cheat on her, why wouldn't he cheat on you? Where's your common sense, lady?

And where was Scanlon's common sense when he dumped Miller, a total bitch on wheels and a high practitioner of smear, for a 24 year old waitress?

Did he think that she was just going to make off to her bedroom and sniffle?

Man, so much Karmic Justice in one story.

Posted by: frankly0 on March 31, 2006 at 3:21 PM | PERMALINK

Why do you hate America

Posted by: Duck of Death on March 31, 2006 at 3:26 PM | PERMALINK

Man, so much Karmic Justice in one story.

So true. So delicious all around.

Gee, I wonder if the 24-year-old waitress will write and visit him in prison?

Posted by: shortstop on March 31, 2006 at 3:57 PM | PERMALINK

Scanlon now knows the difference between thinking with one's dick and letting one's dick think for one. Real smart guy. And the woman scorned is a real sweetheart, too. Nice to see that our elected representatives hire such worthies to assist in doing the peoples' business.

I think Sinclair Lewis could have done this story better.

Posted by: Nixon Did It on April 1, 2006 at 4:40 AM | PERMALINK

What I found interesting, is the WSJ even used the same WaPo photo illustrating the original 'Raw Story' report (that the WSJ plagarized) as the source for THEIR foto-illustration.

So the WSJ couldn't even find an ORIGINAL photo?!?!

Posted by: Another Cynical Reader on April 1, 2006 at 2:29 PM | PERMALINK

Don't worry, ole Dana's going to make Scooter, Delay and turd blossom trusties.

Posted by: darby1936 on April 1, 2006 at 7:07 PM | PERMALINK

He buys and gives her a $4.7 million mansion, and lives in a $17,000 a month apartment, but it's only after he dumps her that she thinks, "hey, Mike seems to be living awfully high on the hog"?

Posted by: Frederick on April 1, 2006 at 9:00 PM | PERMALINK

You folks are late to the game, this story was on www.rawstory.com months ago.

Posted by: Bison on April 2, 2006 at 1:20 PM | PERMALINK

I have never seen so many dumb-ass republican trolls on one story.

Posted by: mparker on April 3, 2006 at 12:16 AM | PERMALINK

These trolls love their Free-spending politicians and their overpaid "aides"...

What Conservatives?
What Accountability?

I support the Death Penalty for Corporate Crimes that rip off 10,000 Americans in one sitting, as well as For Politicians who take bribes.

Posted by: Fade on April 3, 2006 at 2:48 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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