Blog Posts by Amy Walter

  • Hollywood calling: Senator ready for his close up

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    What happens when a politician trades the C-SPAN camera for the movie camera? Senator Patrick Leahy is a mild mannered judiciary committee chairman by day, Gotham crime fighter by night. Leahy made a cameo in the Batman movie The Dark Knight back in 2008, telling Heath Ledger's character the Joker: "We're not intimidated by thugs." Right before the Joker sticks a knife to his throat. But the die-hard Batman fan wasn't scared off, and is returning for a cameo in the summer blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises.

    Will this Batman movie measure up?

    "This one has a bit of danger, but nowhere near what I faced with the Joker," Leahy local Vermont station NECN about his role.

    Almost as scary to watch this week:  Snooki and Newt fist bumping on late night television. That's right, former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich shared air time and traded jokes with the Jersey Shore reality TV star. A match made in TV heaven.

    Missing the match-up on the big screen this week

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  • Joe Biden’s Awkward Joke of the Week

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    You know the painful tension of an awkward moment? It's exponentially worse (or better?) when it's a politician. The power players on Capitol Hill had a busy week of gaffes, blunders and missteps and we couldn't help but take a minute to enjoy them.

    When Politically Foul MVP Joe Biden leans into the podium, you know things are about to get awkward.  Never one to miss an opportunity for wisecracking,  Mr. Vice President rolled the dice on a sex joke. The only catch….it was about his parents!

    "Having your grandpop living with you…having your great aunt and uncle…those walls were awful thin, I wonder how my parents did it," smirked Biden. With such a track record of awkward moments, we shouldn't even be surprised anymore.

    Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's attempt to gain momentum with the African American vote was thwarted at a NAACP event in Texas this week.  A (nearly) unwavering Romney was met with jeering and boos when he criticized Obamacare and the current

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  • What DC interns REALLY do on Capitol Hill

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    An internship on Capitol Hill is a prestigious resume building block toward a powerful career, right? Congressional interns have the opportunity to walk the halls of power, watch democracy in action from a front row seat, and help shape legislation while working side by side with influential lawmakers. Right?

    Well, sure. Or, you can make a cheesy video with your boss over this summer's answer to the "Macarena."

    That's what the interns in Rep. Linda Sanchez did this summer — although to be fair her press secretary did tell us that the video was all shot at the end of business on a Friday afternoon. A lighthearted summer break.

    Ok, fair enough. But nevertheless, we think the interns are going to look back on this video in about 10 years in cringe. Almost as much as Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel must be cringing when his high school yearbook photo surfaced online.

    That's right, budding politicians. It's never too soon to start worrying about how you're going to live

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  • Politically Foul

    Politics: it's not a game, exactly. But there are rules, and when you break them you are running….Politically Foul!

    Colin Powell: retired 4-star General, Secretary of State, suggested Presidential Candidate and....future pop star? Appearing on CBS This Morning with Gayle King, the former Cabinet Secretary used a commercial break to drop his rendition of Carly Rae Jepsen's hit "Call Me Maybe." Powell even went so far as to break out some signature dance moves showing that while the Retired General may have given up the march, he will never lose his need to boogie.

    Speaking of kicking it old school, Ragin' Cajun James Carville had some advice for President Obama this week warning that when the White House talks, "people take that as a signal that [the Obama administration] thinks things are fine." Hold on…flashback to 1994 when then-aide David Axelrod had this advice for President Clinton: "When you stand up and claim great progress, you are only alienating this

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  • Obama’s Intentional or Accidental Slip?

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    Politics: it's not a game, exactly. But there are rules, and when you break them you are running….Politically Foul!

    You know George Romney. You also know his son Mitt. Both were governors. Both wanted to be president. But only one is on the ticket this year. For President Obama, that can be a hard fact to remember.

    While addressing a crowd at a New York fundraiser, Obama said, "Not going back to a set of policies that say you're on your own.  And that's essentially the theory of the other side.  George Romney -- wrong guy. Governor Romney."

    So close Mr. President, you were just one generation off. Next time, check the roster.

    Celebrities love to be around Obama. And, Obama loves celebrities. But, sometimes it can get a bit….awkward.  Sure, Obama can dance with Ellen DeGeneres. And Michelle Obama can challenge Ellen to a push-up competition. But, when it comes down to it: Team Obama is intact.

    Obama gave a shout out to Ellen, "I want to thank my wonderful friend who

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  • A Politician’s Breaking Point

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    Politics: it's not a game, exactly. But there are rules, and when you break them you are running….Politically Foul!

    Perhaps inspired by famous coach-rant legends Bobby Knight, Jim Mora and Lou Pinella, Illinois State Representative Mike Bost swung for the fences when he stood to speak on the House floor this week. The Republican representative's rambling tirade against Democrats for their handling of a pension reform bill was capped off when Bost wound up to deliver the one two punch. Throwing the legislation into the air, he gazed out into the upper deck, lashed out with a right jab and. . .

    STRIKE! It's possible the representative is just in a slump but here's a tip: the only way to become a better hitter is to keep your eye on the bill.

    Mitt Romney loves America. We know that because he likes to sing about it, wax poetic about it.
    But, apparently his campaign is not so big on spelling it. On their new iPhone App, the Romney campaign called for us all to help him

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