Reporter's Note: President Obama gets a letter every day from me. Lucky man.
Dear Mr. President,
Maybe it’s just me, but I think the Republicans are convinced they have a great big, stinky fish on the line called Solyndra, and they are going to take their time reeling it in.
Because every single day they can keep that rotting whale rolling around in the surf, it is…to their eyes…an unavoidable reminder of where your White House went wrong.
Think about it: Not so long ago this solar energy firm was a shining symbol of so much of that hope and change you promised. Green energy. Jobs. A better future. Then things went south. A thousand people laid off. A $500-million dollar loan guarantee from the feds left flapping in the breeze like last week’s laundry. And you with egg on your face.
You have to admit, if the Republicans had a problem like that you and your Dems would probably not want it all settled too soon either. “Oh no, I’m pretty sure that dirty laundry is still a little damp. Let’s leave it out there just a bit longer.”
So your Energy Secretary is headed to the hill tomorrow for a Congressional hearing and you know they are going to turn up the barbeque on him. What did you know? When did you know it? Was this company given special treatment because 1) It might reflect on the president? 2) It might reflect on his fundraisers connected to the project? Or 3) Well, insert your reason here.
My advice: Buckle in and endure the ride.
Sure, your proxies can accuse the Repub’s of grandstanding and you can explain how some of their “facts” are either false or cherry picked to make the situation look worse than it is, but face it…it’s pretty bad, anyway. You were openly behind Solyndra as a symbol of what you wanted to do with the whole economy, and it crashed and burned. There is no way that is going to look good for you. And no way that the Republicans are going to let it go until they’ve wrung out every ounce of misery for your White House.
So, other than that, how is your week going? Weather seems a little wacky. Sunny one moment, cloudy the next; warmer, then cooler. It’s exhausting.
Call if you get a moment.
Editor's note: Don't miss a fascinating interview with the mother of a boy allegedly abused by Jerry Sandusky. Tune in tonight at 8 p.m. ET.
(CNN) – 1977 – Penn State football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky founds the Second Mile, a charity to help troubled youths.
1994-97 – According to the grand jury report, Sandusky allegedly engages in inappropriate conduct with three different boys he met separately through the Second Mile program. One boy was 7 or 8, another was 10, and the third was 12 or 13 at the time. According to the grand jury report, the now-adult men said Sandusky engaged in inappropriate conduct ranging from touching to outright sexual encounters, including several incidents during the nights before Penn State football home games, when the team, staff and boys Sandusky had allegedly invited were staying at a hotel.
1998 – Penn State police and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare investigate an incident in which the mother of an 11-year-old boy reported that Sandusky had showered with her son and may have had inappropriate conduct with him. In a June 1, 1998, interview with investigators from both agencies, Sandusky admits showering naked with the boy, admitting that it was wrong and promising not to do it again, according to the grand jury report. The district attorney advises investigators that no charges will be filed and the university police chief instructs that the case be closed, according to the testimony included in the grand jury report from the police detective who investigated the incident.
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Editor's note: Anderson will talk to Ari Fleischer and Hilary Rosen about Newt Gingrich's business with Freddie Mac. Watch AC360° at 8 p.m. ET.
(CNN) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich spent a second day trying to campaign in Iowa but fending off questions about his relationship with mortgage giant Freddie Mac.
The former House Speaker has surged to the top of Republican presidential polls over the last month but is now forced to play defense against reports of his relationship with Freddie Mac. Gingrich Group was paid between $1.6 million and $1.8 million to lobby Republicans in Congress on behalf of the government-backed mortgage lender, CNN has confirmed.
Questioned about the reports on Wednesday in Urbandale, Gingrich said that his consulting company was paid by Freddie Mac for "strategic advice over a long period of time."
Two of the best sportswriters in the country, Christine Brennan and Buzz Bissinger, talk about developments in the Penn State sex abuse scandal.
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