Wednesday, August 17, 2005


Dollar Bill And The Parson

Steve Clemons chastises the William J. Clinton Foundation over its $15,000 entrance fee for the inaugural Clinton Global Initiative.

Due to my relationship with one of the event attendees, I will refrain from commenting. However, this parenthetical aside caught my eye: "wouldn't it be great if George Soros joined Carl Icahn to buy Time Warner out from under Richard Parsons...?! coincidence, if that pipe-dream actually came to pass, the always-prepared Ben Smith (same initals as "Boy Scout"! -- and, um, "B.S.") already has a new job
lined up for Mr. Parsons!

The idea of a corporate CEO running for governor in New York has a powerful appeal-- especially to take on the self-appointed
St. George-Who-Drove-The-Snakes-Out-Of-Wall Street (or at least settled with them). The fact that he is one of the most successful black men in the country is even sweeter. Given how far left George Pataki went over the last few years, having a real, live Rockefeller Republican succeed him would be somewhat fitting.

Such a candidacy would also be manna from heaven for annoying NY GOP Chairman Stephen Minarik after that Randy Daniels
unpleasantness a week or so back.

Alas, given what the New York Attorney General could do to Time Warner stock in a moment's notice, it probably behooves the wise CEO to banish such thoughts immediately.

Sorry, Ben, I think we all know what will be the ultimate
response to your little "Richard Parsons Project":

Don't leave false illusions behind
Don't Cry cause I ain't chnaging my mind
So find another fool like before
Cause I ain't gonna live anymore
Some of the lies while all of the Signs are deceiving

Yet stranger things have happened.

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