Political Circus: Kerry's a soul man. Clinton lights up the Web. And Biden is...
February 7th, 2014
03:38 PM ET
9 years ago

Political Circus: Kerry's a soul man. Clinton lights up the Web. And Biden is...

Washington (CNN) - Deep down inside-and we mean way down, like behind his spleen-Secretary of State John Kerry has blue eyed soul. Really.

Back during his prep school days he laid down tracks for The Electras.

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Later, the war hero-turned politician took his axe on the road during his 2004 quest for the presidency. He’s even shredded with Moby—though the Swiss cheesesteak scarfing Kerry probably didn’t break bread between sets with the tofu-loving electronic music guru.

It's little wonder Kerry waxed nostalgic with Haitian President Michel Martelly when the two met earlier this week. Martelly was known by the nickname "Sweet Micky" back when he played Haitian Kompa tunes.

Now that Kerry says "I'm out of politics" and has "no plans whatsoever." Maybe he'll form an ex-politicos band.

He could jam with fellow guitarist and former presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee. He could recruit former British Prime Minister and “Ugly Rumors” lead singer Tony Blair to do the vocals. Former President Bill Clinton could wail on the sax. Former GOP veep candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin could chime in on the flute like she did back when she was a beauty pageant contestant for Miss Alaska. And former Secretary of State and classically trained pianist, Condoleezza Rice, could tickle the ivories.

It's all about the brand names, baby.

Don't mess with California Sen. Diane Feinstein and her designer duds. She went off on Neiman Marcus Senior Vice President Michael Kingston during Tuesday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Target and Neiman Marcus data breaches.

We'll leave it to you to decide what to read into the fact that not one senator mentioned that they actually shop at Target. Slow blink.


Speaking of slow blinks and congressional hearings, Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, offered a bit of circumspection about drugs and alcohol during a House hearing on Obama’s pot policies. The level of discomfort after Cohen drops his wisdom is thicker than the smell of weed wafting on the night air on Beale Street.

He's baaack!

So Vice President Joe Biden is back in the Circus this week, this time for his quip about LaGuardia airport in New York being akin to something in “the third world.”

Oh, where to unpack the level offense with this one.

There’s the culturally outdated reference to other parts of the world. Check.

There’s a dig at Queens. Check.

The most “interesting” woman in the world.

There was buzz in political circles this week about what a hypothetical Biden vs. Hillary Clinton matchup might look like.

Pop some popcorn. Two of the most memed names in politics.We wanna see the political fight.

Her Tweets had their own Tumblr.

She’s a planetary body with her own gravitational pull.

She is the most “interesting” woman in the world. Stay politically engaged, my friends.

CNN Digital Producer Eric Weisbrod contributed to this report.

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Bill from GA

    Hey, I like this guy.

    He's like a cool version of Mitt Romney.
    He's like a nice version of Mitt Romney.

    OK, he's not really like Mitt Romney at all.

    February 7, 2014 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    So this is how CNN has decided to go about things? Articles deliberately treating prominent Dems in an unserious manner and painting them as unserious and "awkward"? Not a single GOPer/Teatroll gets talked down about or has their silliness pointed out here....despite them truly running amok saying insane crap on a daily basis. IOKIYAR

    February 7, 2014 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    And BTW, aside from a "too soon" reference to Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Cohen's rant about the absolute ridiculousness of the drug war, the classification of marijuana as Schedule 1 with thing like heroin and meth, and the lack of any scientific or even rational basis for the country's failure to focus on the truly dangerous drugs while using marijuana laws to lock up inner city youths and ruin their records...he was 100% correct, dead on, hands-down right about all of it. CNN taking a snippet out of context to make him look silly is dishonest.

    February 7, 2014 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |