Wednesday, January 6, 2010

S.C. Republicans scold Graham again

How is this for politics?

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham has been rebuked again by another home-state South Carolina GOP group for his work with Democrats.

The Lexington County Republican Party censured Graham late Monday for, among other things, supporting the federal bailout for banks and automakers in 2009. Rich Bolen, chairman of the Lexington County GOP, said the group is also upset with Graham for working with Democrat John Kerry and independent Joe Lieberman on climate change and on a bipartisan immigration bill.

In November, Graham was rebuked by the Charleston County Republican Party for working across the aisle.— Kathy Kiely

RNC's Steele says GOP 'screwed up'

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said in a new book that his party has mostly "screwed up" in the years since Ronald Reagan was president. He also told an interviewer that his party won't win the House of Representatives this fall.

Steele's book, Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda was released Monday. On the same day, he was asked whether Republicans could take the House. "Not this year," he said.

Ken Spain, a spokesman for the House Republican campaign committee, said capturing the majority remains a GOP goal.

PETA ruffles feathers in first lady's office

First lady Michelle Obama doesn't wear fur, but her office isn't crazy about the fact that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is advertising that choice. Obama is pictured with anti-fur celebrities Oprah Winfrey, Carrie Underwood and Tyra Banks in ads at Washington-area subway stations.

"We did not consent to this," said Semonti Stephens, a spokeswoman for the first lady's office.

PETA said in a statement that it hasn't "asked the White House to fund or promote the campaign, as they can't do such things." However, "Michelle Obama has issued a statement indicating that she doesn't wear fur, and the world should know that in PETA's eyes, that makes her pretty fabulous," the statement said.— David Jackson

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