On Saturday night at 9 p.m., political reporters across the Beltway will gather round their flat-screens swelling with an odd mix of regret and expectation, like paunchy forty-somethings at a college reunion looking at an old video clip from that great blow-out party years past. Boy, did we have it good, then, and boy is life now dull by comparison. Instead of Obama and Hillary, it's Mitt and Rick. And instead of Sarah Palin, it'll be ... Rob Portman?
“Perhaps Time meant it as an insult,” former Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell told the crowd about the title of her new book, Troublemaker, which was inspired by a Time magazine article, “but I took it as a compliment. I think all of us should take it as a compliment.” O’Donnell was promoting her book last week at a Tea Party gathering at the Hendry House, a restored 20th century mansion at Fort F.C. Smith Park in Arlington, VA. But that wasn’t all.
Pity Audi: These days, the feds seem to be lavishing most of their attention (and money) on near-bankrupt Detroit automakers, foreign car companies benefitting from cash for clunkers, or upstarts promising newfangled batteries. And that's left Audi straining to attract Washington's attention. So, last year, the 100-year-old German company moved its U.S. corporate headquarters from Detroit to Northern Virginia, started hosting swank policy soirees, and sponsored Obama’s inauguration, the Symphony, the Washington Ideas Festival, and the Redskins. Why so little notice?