Sen. Franken, Soon to Be?


That, and other news, in today’s Roundup and Recap.

Norm Coleman’s attorney says he’s “done” and that Al Franken will still be ahead after the appeal is completed. But he did not concede the race.

Blowing Over?: President Obama apologized to Special Olympics chair Tim Shriver before the Leno show even aired. Maria Shriver issued a statement saying that laughing at such jokes “hurts millions of people throughout the world.”

At the White House, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger defended Obama’s support of the Special Olympics.

Meanwhile, Jason Linkins writes on Huffington Post that Obama essentially admitted to Leno that the first TARP failed.

Overexposure: Andie Coller of Politico writes that there are risks to Obama’s “everywhere” strategy, i.e. being a unibiquitous media presence.

She writes, For this president, Obama’s “charm and glamour” give him an opportunity that a lot of presidents don’t have — but one that he’s got to take carefully, said former Clinton White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers. When a president is in the public eye too often, she says, “at some point, people stop listening.” And right now, she adds, Obama’s ubiquity may also remind the public that he’s got a shallow bench: It “underscores that he doesn’t have the team of surrogates that he needs yet.”

On a Tour: Naomi Watts, preparing to play Valerie Plame in the upcoming movie opposite Sean Penn as Joseph Wilson, toured the White House press room and other parts of the West Wing last weekend. With her was Janet Zucker, one of the film’s producers. Jeffrey Ressner recently got a copy of the script and shared some of the details on The Daily Beast.

Blame Game: Suze Orman points the finger at George W. Bush for the financial crisis. “You blew up every single financial vessel we had and if you think you aren’t personally responsible , well, the blame starts at the top. There is no higher top than you, sir.” 

Recalling Ron Silver: Lionel Chetwynd and Roger L. Simon remember the actor on Pajamas TV.

Bonus Bombast: Norman Lear is dubious of Congress’ outrage at AIG. He writes on HuffPo, “Like raising a thumb to block out the sun, let’s take back some 70 odd bonuses and fail on all sides to see the systemic disease that got us here: short-term thinking; the lunatic need for a profit statement this quarter considerably larger than the last, at the expense of every other value.”

First Lady Fete: Sheryl Crow and Alicia Keys were among the stars who joined Michelle Obama to commemorate Women’s History Month.

Wondering About Wanda: Is Washington ready for Wanda Sykes? Politico’s Patrick Gavin writes, “If the pick of Wanda Sykes as this year’s entertainment at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner tells us anything, it’s that the days of Rich Little and Craig Ferguson are long gone.”

Mary’s Choice: Mary Tyler Moore has never been known to be too political — until now. She tells Kevin Sessums in an interview with Parade,”I do watch a lot of Fox News. I like Charles Krauthammer and Bill O’Reilly.”

Sessums writes, “Is Mary Tyler Moore a right-winger? “Maybe more of a libertarian centrist. If McCain had asked me to campaign for him, I would have.””

Today’s Top Read: Paul Krugman, on the adminstration’s response to AIG, writes in a blog post that the bonus fiasco is a sign that Geithner still has “faith in the people who created the financial crisis.” “This was bad analysis, bad policy, and terrible politics. This administration, elected on the promise of change, has already managed, in an astonishingly short time, to create the impression that it’s owned by the wheeler-dealers. And that leaves it with no ability to counter crude populism.”.

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