by Nathan Empsall, Sun Sep 20, 2009 at 06:26:04 PM EDT
Okay, so Max Cleland didn't really say that. What he said was technically past tense, which means he kind of said that, and I do have fun with a good headline.
The Huffington Post reports that the war hero and former Democratic Senator's forthcoming memoir, "Heart of a Patriot," contains some really interesting (and juicy) Hill tales, including:
- Cleland had mono at the time of the Clinton impeachment vote, and so "wrapped a green scarf around my neck, trying to keep warm. Pete Domenici, the senator from New Mexico, insisted I remove my scarf, as it 'violated the decorum of the Senate.'" As a result, Cleland got far sicker.
- One of Cleland's aides, Trey Ragsdale, was a former White House intern with high-level White House access. Ragsdale claims that Monica Lewinsky would frequently ask him to take her to the White House mess for snacks, and the president would always swing down for a hello. "He ultimately came to realize he was only being used as a cover to set up meetings between Monica and the president. In effect... to get Monica signed in to the White House without involving anyone on the president's staff."
- As one might expect, there is lots of well-deserved venom and bile for Saxby Chambliss and even George W. Bush. A sample: "The inauguration of George W. Bush as president ushered in a period I can only describe as unshirted hell."
More about the patriot and war hero at HuffPo - because I've had a long day and would rather sip my bourbon and blog about political gossip than serious-minded Sunday morning talk show policy discussions.