Vitter text: Vote for me … and ‘is it true love?’



But some advice: Don’t buy your text messaging service on the cheap. If you do, you may share your service with ads for local bars, dating services or other establishments that may not square with your image.

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Hence the snickers when a political operative recently received a text message from the campaign of Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), he of Deborah Jeane Palfrey fame. Vitter’s camp went with a cheap service, and his message included an ad for ... what else? A dating service.

“Is it true love?” asks the ad. The accompanying link guides users to a website where they can find out if their “crush” feels the same way about them; we’re told “David” and “Deborah” is a match.

ITK texted the amorous senator’s campaign as well, hoping to find true love. Instead, we received no comment.


The ‘Washington read’: A dying breed


As this season’s political biographies and memoirs hit bookstores, ITK has noticed a disturbing trend: More and more authors and publishers are scrapping the index.

Considered a crucial element of any work of nonfiction, literary indexes occupy a unique place in the minds of political Washington; the oldest joke in town asks how a Washingtonian reads a book. The answer: He flips to the index and looks for his name.

But don’t try giving a “Washington read” to any of the following recently published autobiographies: Sen. Robert Menendez’s (D-N.J.) Growing American Roots, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s (D) The Governor, Sen. Jim Webb’s (D-Va.) A Time to Fight, former Rep. Max Cleland’s (D-Ga.) Heart of a Patriot or Rep. Barney Frank’s (D-Mass.) biography, Barney Frank, The Story of America’s Only Left-handed, Gay, Jewish Congressman. None of them has an index. (Weisberg said the advance ready copy of his book had no index, but the hard copy will have an index when it hits bookstores later this month).

A rare exception? The late Sen. Edward Kennedy’s (D-Mass.) memoir, True Compass.

According to Barbara Meade, co-owner of Politics and Prose, one of Washington’s most popular bookstores, one reason for dropping the index could be cost. “I think indexes are pretty necessary,” she said, “but hiring an indexer can cost $10,000 to $12,000, so if you’re looking to cut costs, that’s one way.”

Publishers of the above-listed biographies did not return calls and e-mails for comment.


Joe Wilson for president?


In politics, where there’s passion there’s often merchandise, and the controversy surrounding Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) proves no exception.

As the left rails against the insult-spouting congressman, the right is busy printing up a whole slew of Joe Wilson paraphernalia, designed to answer the “big” questions:

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Is your dog fed up with big government? Consider a Joe Wilson for President 2012 pet shirt. (In related news, the rights to the domain name joewilsonforpresident.com were snatched up last week.)

Does your newborn support the congressman? A “Joe Wilson: Truth Czar” baby romper might be just the thing.

Don’t worry about teenagers: Wilson’s campaign is now advertising on Facebook, under the Sponsored Links section, where teens will be sure to see it.

Meanwhile, CNN reported over the weekend that Wilson was filmed signing autographs of the infamous photo of himself yelling, “You lie!” at the president.


Senator pokes fun at Joe Wilson


While House Democrats consider censuring Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), one senator is having a joke at the congressman’s expense.

Revving up activists who were going to lobby Capitol Hill for a union bill on Thursday, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) cited the president’s speech to get the crowd excited.

“I don’t know if you watched Obama’s speech last night. I thought it was a great speech,” Harkin said to applause.

But on his way over to the labor rally, the Democratic senator noticed a lone protester standing on Constitution Avenue, right beside the Reserve Officers Association Building.

He later joked to the crowd: “When we came in the building and saw the guy across the street … with a little megaphone and is yelling about something. I said it looks like they’ve got Congressman Joe Wilson out there.”


McHenry: Obama should hire ‘marriage czar’


Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), one of the most outspoken critics of administration policy “czars,” said on Monday that the president should hire a Malaysian woman married 22 times as his “marriage czar.”

Last week, the third-term Republican called on President Barack Obama’s “czars” to testify before Congress on their “authority and responsibilities” in the executive branch.

The president’s “czars” have become a point of controversy among his opponents because they do not have to be confirmed by the Senate, as Cabinet-level officials do.

McHenry quipped on Twitter: “Possible ‘marriage czar’ candidate?”

McHenry linked the story of Wook Kundor, a 107-year-old woman from Malaysia whose latest husband is 37 and undergoing drug rehabilitation treatment. Kundor seeks a 23rd mate because she fears her spouse Muhammad might leave her for a younger woman. 

This column was updated on Sept. 16 at 11:15 a.m.

“I realize that I am an aged woman. I don’t have the body nor am I a young woman who can attract anyone,” she told AFP.