Behind the scenes

As Digby points out, everything you see happening right now is about the Grand Bargain.

Someone sent me this today, and it involves the usual Third Way/neocon suspects:

Dear Friends,
Tomorrow at 2:00 PM at the National Press Club we will be launching The Campaign to Fix the Debt.  This unprecedented coalition will mobilize business, civic and thought leaders from both parties, and people across America, in support of a comprehensive debt deal.  The campaign will make clear the consequences of not enacting such a plan, and educate the country about the benefits of dealing with these challenges responsibly and thoughtfully.


The launch of The Campaign to Fix the Debt will include remarks by Co-Founder Erskine Bowles, as well as from our Co-Chairmen, Judd Gregg and Edward Rendell, among several other supporters and allies.  See below for a full list of participants in tomorrow’s event.


We hope you can join us at the event.  If not, we encourage you to go to find out more about the campaign or tune into C-SPAN 3 to watch the launch live at 2:00 PM.


WHO:         Erskine Bowles, Co-Founder, The Campaign to Fix the Debt
Dave Cote, Chairman & CEO, Honeywell
Senator Judd Gregg, Co-Chair, The Campaign to Fix the Debt
Maya MacGuineas, President, The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
Senator Sam Nunn, Co-Chairman, The Concord Coalition; Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Nuclear Threat Initiative
Pete Peterson, Founder and Chairman, The Peter G. Peterson Foundation


Steven Rattner, Chairman, Willett Advisors
Governor Ed Rendell, Co-Chair, The Campaign to Fix the Debt
Alice Rivlin, Former Director, OMB; Founding Director, CBO
Paul Stebbins, Executive Chairman, World Fuel Services
Ambassador Bob Zoellick, former President of the World Bank
WHEN:       Tuesday, July 17th, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET


WHERE:      Zenger Room, The National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th
                    Floor, Washington, DC 20045

Drill, baby, drill

I got out my drill and installed two sets of shutter blinds in my kitchen today — which brought down the temperature by about ten degrees. And I felt so productive!

Political Animals

I watched the new USA series this morning and by God, is it fun. It’s a blatant takeoff on “Primary Colors”, starring Sigourney Weaver as Elaine Barrish Hammond, divorced former first lady, defeated presidential primary candidate, and current secretary of state. (And by the way, it’s one hell of a valentine to the woman on whom they claim it isn’t based. They make Hammond into a hard-as-nails but sympathetic superwoman, juggling problems with her grown kids and an Iranian hostage crisis. By the way, she’s also manipulated and set up by the president who defeated her for the nomination.)

The mini-series is pure political crack. The story lines are straight out of the (recent) history books, and the dialogue is sharp and witty. Ellen Burstyn is a particular delight as Margaret, Barrish’s boozy old mother. Oh yeah, and there’s a Maureen Dowd-ish reporter.

I’ll be sorry when it ends.

The rush is on

To make sure every eligible voter has a photo ID before November:

A complicated and mostly unorganized effort to get photo identification for all Pennsylvania voters is under way statewide in a rush to comply with the new voter ID law before November’s presidential election.

The election is 3 1/2 months away but given the hurdles to getting an approved ID — including the fact that some of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties either do not have driver’s license centers or the centers are closed most days — voting-rights advocates are trying to mobilize now.
The greatest efforts are in Philadelphia, where state records show 186,830 registered voters do not have PennDOT IDs, or 18 percent of all voters in the state’s largest county.

Allegheny County has the second-highest number.

In Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Voter ID Coalition, a collection of more than 80 civic groups, has set up a field office to track down those voters, using a list of names the Department of State provided Thursday.

“Time is clearly of the essence,” said Zack Stalberg, president and CEO of Philadelphia’s Committee of Seventy, a lead organizer of the coalition. “Trying to deal with this in September, October or November is going to be very difficult. We’re trying to use July and August as effectively as possible.”

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