That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.
Rep. Henry Waxman wins the battle of wins and will chair the House Energy & Commerce Committee, after the Democratic caucus voted to oust Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.)
Variety’s William Triplett notes that Hollywood has gained a new ally on a powerful committee.
One lobbyist tells him, “With the economic downturn, media issues probably won’t be heard about for a while. But if anybody made out on this deal, it’s the studios.”
But as I pointed out yesterday, Waxman does take a no-holds -barred approach to committee chairmanships, so the question is whether he would do any of his constituency of moguls any favors when business comes before their committee.
Prop 8 Prospects: A warning sign for those looking to overturn Prop 8: One of the state Supreme Court justices who dissented in the decision yesterday to take the case was among those who voted to allow same-sex marriage back in May.
King of Fox: Roger Ailes reups at News Corp.
Deep Throat Reunion: Woodward and Bernstein visit Mark Felt, aka “Deep Throat” from the Watergate years.
Opie’s Endorsement: According to Huffington Post, Ron Howard says he was a bit reluctant to do his Obama video endorsement.
“I started asking friends, what do you think of this kooky idea? They all thought, well, that would really cut through the clutter. If you want to do something that would actually get your opinion across, people will watch that. Then I checked with Henry, and maybe even more importantly Andy, and found that they really wanted to try to find a way to do something for Obama.”