Oh good Lord, now we have Nader entering the race controversy. Ed Rollins hit the nail on the head when he said " Ralph Nader is today a tragic case of what he may have been, at one point in time, which was a crusader for good issues..... I think he's only in this for ego purposes, at this point in time......This kind of rhetoric only does a detriment to the process". Right on Ed, now can you explain why Nader's words are still the newsworthy? Divisiveness is ugly and if it serves no purpose why spread it?
Here's Wednesday's panel.....Ed Rollins, Rev. Al Sharpton and Roland Martin. This screengrab sort of cracked me up. They look like the panelists on the old game show "To Tell The Truth".
Which leads us to the title of the post. Roland Martin said " The Spinners had a song 'Everybody Plays the Fool, Sometimes', which he thought was a good description of Nader. To which Anderson replied "That's probably the first time the Spinners have been quoted in a political climate". (More on this later.)
Candy Crowley filed a report about relations between the Obama campaign and the Clintons and Tom Foreman gave us his take on McBush in Raw Politics. I loved the political ad that was shown in part during TF's piece. I did some searching and found the full ad on You Tube and I think it's just brilliant. Hope you agree?
Randi Kaye filed a report in the Crime and Punishment segment about a young, pregnant Army soldier who was found dead in a hotel room. Randi's stories almost always seem to deal with death and tragedy. I'm not sure if it's because she's so empathetic or if CNN just has pigeon-holed her.
I really appreciate that AC360 is starting to branch out a bit from the political overload. The second half hour had David Mattingly's report on the con man who pretended to have ties to the Vatican and Drew Griffin's report on prescription drug sales on the internet. But aren't there more important issues?
• The Senate panel that explored legislative options for ending "excessive speculation" in commodity markets.
• Or Zimbabwe. And after reading Anderson's excellent post about Zimbabwe I was hoping for some additional coverage.
• Or updates on our military in Afghanastan and Iraq. Didn't Anderson say he was planning a trip there last Spring?
Thanks to Sapphire for clipping the lighter moments of Wednesday's AC 360. Enjoy!
There were a few interesting comments by our favorite anchors on the Live Blog on Wednesday night.
And there was a lively discussion about Roland's reference to The Spinners doing 'Everybody Plays The Fool'. Personally, I think Roland's wrong...it was done by The Main Ingredient, at least that's the version that I'm familiar with. Take a listen and see if you agree.
It's been quite a day at Chez Phebe. Seems sometime Tuesday night my router and my modem had a fight and decided not to speak to each other any more. After an hour on the phone with my internet provider's technical department Wednesday morning I was forced to give up until someone smarter than me could arrive to straighten the whole thing out. My son-in-law saved the day, but not until I had gone through 11 1/2 hours with no internet connection. I had no idea how addicted I had become to my computer. Going cold turkey was painful.
So for those of you who didn't see your comments posted yesterday or those of you who did only to see them later disappear, forgive me. I couldn't moderate as I usually do and I had some housekeeping to do when I finally got back on line.
Let's just hope that modem and router can get along better in the future. Or I will need to find a detox facility for my addiction.
That's it for me today. If you have time please check out our latest Q & A with Betty Nguyen at All Things CNN. Until tonight~Phebe
All Things Anderson is a blog dedicated to CNN's AC360 and its host Anderson Cooper.