"Sarah Palin is going to sit down with Oprah Winfrey," the AP reports. "Harpo Productions announced Tuesday that the former governor of Alaska and Republican vice presidential candidate will appear on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' on Monday, Nov. 16. According to Harpo, the interview will be Palin's first about her new book, 'Going Rogue: An American Life,' and it will be the first time Palin and Winfrey will meet."
"Some Republicans are worried that just opposing Democratic initiatives instead of offering alternatives will put the party in an untenable political position in the 2010 election," The Hill's Wilson writes. Check out this quote from Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher, of California: "Unfortunately, I see a lot of Republicans simply involved in political games." More: "The Republican leadership in the House right now is constantly trying to play a political game to get a headline, and I don't think that is going to take us anywhere."
Welcome to the spin zone: "Republicans believe their war against President Barack Obama's health care overhaul drive will be buttressed by two events mostly outside the president's control: the election of a Republican governor of Virginia and the unavoidable necessity of raising the debt limit… And Republican Congressional sources talk as if they already have the Virginia gubernatorial contest locked up. They stand ready to use a GOP victory in a moderate state carried by Obama to spook moderate Democrats whose support for health care reform is not a sure bet." (And so New Jersey no longer matters, eh?)
"South Carolina Republicans found an unfortunate way to praise their U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, extolling how, like wealthy Jews, the senator is 'watching our nation's pennies,'" the New York Daily News notes. "That description came in an op-ed over the weekend written for The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg by a pair of county GOP chairmen, Edwin Merwin and James Ullmer. The chairmen's opinion piece was first flagged online by the liberal TPM.com.
What they said: "There is a saying that the Jews who are wealthy got that way not by watching dollars, but instead by taking care of the pennies and the dollars taking care of themselves… By not using earmarks to fund projects for South Carolina and instead using actual bills, DeMint is watching our nation's pennies and trying to preserve our country's wealth and our economy's viability to give all an opportunity to succeed."