That, and other news, in today’s Roundup and Recap.
First off, apologies for the spotty posts this week, as Cannes and the upfronts have pulled me away.
Dianne Feinstein tells Politico that she “might” make a bid for California’s governorship after assessing the current candidates plans for resolving the state’s budget woes.
“California is in serious jeopardy,” said Feinstein, who was first elected to the Senate in 1992. “So I don’t think anybody should become the next governor of the state of California without a specific plan to solve the problem.”
The rejection of five ballot measures incited a wave of editorials and commentaries on Wednesday, most of which pinned some of the blame on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for failing to fully reform the state’s budget process after his election in 2003.
But in an opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times today, Bill Maher chides voters for believing they can “solve our problems by election a superhero.”
He writes, “So the state will probably go bankrupt. It’s sad that we’ll be closing the schools, but you’ll want to keep the kids at home anyway, because we’re closing all the prisons and letting all the rapists out.
“Obviously Schwarzenegger wasn’t the answer. But there’s a new “Terminator” movie; we could get Christian Bale.”
“Idol” Chat: Was homophobia involved in Adam Lambert’s loss? One comic argues so.
Prop 8 Follow: Gavin Newsom denies that he sought to delay the announcement of the state Supreme Court’s Prop 8 ruling.
BCC Interview: The BBC’s Justin Rowlatt was in DC filming a series for “BBC World News America” called Ethical Man, in which he embarks on a 6,500 mile low-carbon journey across the country, mainly by train, to show that a limited footprint is possible. Along the way he ran into Daryl Hannah, who was in the city as part of a march with other climate change activists to protest coal burning. In the process he highlights a potential rift between the administration and environmental activists over the idea that clean coal is possible.
Hannah tells him, “Well there’s definitely more of window of opportunity than we’ve had with the previous administration. But still only a window of opportunity because Obama still does mention clean coal…in his last address he mentions clean coal which we know doesn’t exist. So I think it’s still incumbent on all American citizens to let the President know what we want.”
The interview airs tonight on BBC America.
No Nukes: Michael Douglas moderated a DC panel on Wednesday on nuclear nonproliferation with former senators Chuck Hagel and Sam Nunn and Robert Gallucci, a former U.S. diplomat who was chief negotiator during the nuclear crisis with North Korea in 1994.
White House in 3-D: Making the rounds on techie blogs is this photo of a recent White House 3-D screening, part of the administration’s Flickr feed.
Promises Revealed: Sam Haskell, who recently published his memoir “Promises I Made My Mother,” talks to Tammy Haddad about his mother’s wisdom that he’s carried into the entertainment/political world. He also offers some advice for the networks are they struggle with costs and a dire ad market.