Does the person have me confused with another blogger? Or is this just some standard junk e-mail they send out to a variety of bloggers hoping someone says, "Oh, sure, I'll write on that! Why didn't I already?"
I will not be voting for Barack Obama in 2012. I have no idea who I will be voting for. I can tell you that if Newt Gingrich gets the nomination, I won't be voting for him either. He's seeking the GOP presidential nomination. (Could I vote for any Republican? I could consider voting for Jon Hunstman and I would have no problem voting for anti-war Ron Paul.)
But supposedly I was blogging about Newt this month (no, I was not) and I forgot to mention the whole woman with the missing kids thing in the 90s.
When Sunny told me about the e-mail, I couldn't stop laughing.
I can forget many things, this blog isn't really my primary focus. But that?
I wouldn't forget that.
A woman and her children (three?) made the news. The woman claimed, I'm not researching this, I'm using my memory so it may be faulty, that her children were attacked by a stranger. Newt insisted this was what happened with permissive Democrats.
Turns out the woman was the child of some big-whig in the state's Republican Party. Woops, Newt.
But why I remember it is I was dating a guy with CBS News and having a small dinner party. After we finished eating, my date asked if we could turn on the TV to catch the competition (NBC's Dateline). I believe this was a Monday night. Check with C.I. if you need specifics. She never forgets anything and she had flown in for the party.
So there are probably ten of us and we move to the living room while I turn on the TV. The story is that story, the woman and the kids. I am thinking -- I could be remembering wrong -- that Katie Couric was the one conducting the interview.
C.I. doesn't follow scandals. Over half the people present are, from the program's lead in, talking about the woman (S.S. -- I won't put her name up here). C.I.'s asking who this woman is and getting all this background. The interview starts and about 2 or so minutes in, C.I. says, "She killed those kids."
All hell breaks loose. You have half the group insisting she's a victim, about two wanting to know why C.I's saying that and three more just going over the facts of the case (and my then-boyfriend on the phone with colleagues telling them to look into the mother killing her own kids because he knew C.I.'s instincts).
As it turned out, the woman lied about the assailants and she did, in fact, kill her own kids. I have a million stories like that. I have never shared that one here which is how I know I haven't ever written about that woman or Newt's ridiculous claims.
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