Here’s what we have at this hour:
- Obama calls for clean energy push (BBC) — That’s the broadest view, the historic view, of what he said from down on the Gulf today. He also promised to press BP to do more to make things right — which the White House says the oil giant has agreed to do. On the less rosy side, two House Democrats investigating the spill blamed “shortcuts” by BP.
- Rawl protests Senate primary defeat (P&C) — And remember, while I’m now referring you to an MSM outlet, you read it here first.
- Kyrgyzstan Violence Threatens Region (WSJ) — Five days of unrest pose threat to a strategically important staging area in the War on Terror.
- Losing candidates make runoff endorsements (various) — We already had Andre Bauer endorsing Gresham Barrett (for all the good that’ll do him). But today, we got Robert Bolchoz endorsing Alan Wilson, Barbara Nielsen (the last Republican state superintendent) backing Mick Zais and James Shadd throwing his support to John Meadors.
- Haley enjoys 20-point advantage over Sheheen (Rasmussen) — Which I actually think isn’t so very bad for Vincent at this point, given the enormous advantage she’s had in free media. Did you see the hagiographic profile of her in The New York Times over the weekend headlined — and I am not making this up — “All Her Life, Nikki Haley Was the Different One“? There’s nothing so seductive to the politically correct Eastern Establishment than a viable female minority candidate — it just blows ideology right out the window.
- We hardly knew ye, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (WashPost) — This is more than a few hours old, but as a boomer this is still significant in my mind — and not because he was the Sausage King of America (which makes him even bigger than Abe Froman). You know how I heard of the death of this former sidekick of TV’s version of Daniel Boone? From Robert D. Raiford on the John Boy and Billy Big Show (which I had not heard in a long time) this morning. Seems Jimmy and Raiford worked at the same radio station back in the 50s.