September 9th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

What would you give for dinner with Sarah Palin or Karl Rove?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

If you have a few extra dollars in your pocket, how about plunking it down for a dinner with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin?

E-bay is auctioning off the chance for a dinner for five with Palin and her husband, Todd.

It will cost you though - with bids starting at $25,000. Proceeds will go to a veterans' charity, called Ride 2 Recovery that gives bicycles to wounded vets... and organizes rides for them as a way to help their recovery.

There are some restrictions - the winner has to pass a background check... Palin gets to choose the time and place of dinner, which will last no longer than four hours but could be less at the sole discretion of Ms. Palin. Plus she gets to bring along up to 3 guests, and you have to pick up the tab. Some things never change.

The dinner is described by the charity as "the chance of a lifetime"... adding that Palin is "quite simply, one of the most talked about people in the U.S." The value of the dinner is described as "priceless." So far, there are about a dozen bids.

And if $25,000 is out of your range... there's also the chance to have lunch with Karl Rove. Bids for that start at $7,500.

The lunch for three - with the man President George W. Bush affectionately called "turd blossom" - will take place at a steak house in Washington.

Here’s my question to you: What would you give to have dinner with Sarah Palin or Karl Rove?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Karl Rove • Sarah Palin
September 9th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

Too late for Pres. Obama to change minds on health care?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Obama's speech to Congress tonight is seen as a turning point, one way or the other, when it comes to health care reform.

The month of August clearly didn't go according to the Democrats' plan; and even now, divisions within the president's own party threaten to stop his signature issue from moving forward.

Camille Paglia - who supports the president - writes on Salon.com that it's still possible for the president to turn things around with a strong speech tonight, but acknowledges that after a "summer of grisly hemorrhaging, too much damage has been done."

Paglia asks how a White House that couldn't even smoothly pull off an "innocuous back-to-school pep talk" will revamp health care, and criticizes the Democratic Party for becoming "arrogantly detached from ordinary Americans" and for not realizing that talk radio and the web is where the debate is at.

Maureen Dowd goes after the president in today's New York Times for not being tough enough:

"Sometimes, when you've got the mojo, you have to keep your foot on your opponent's neck. Civil discourse is fine, but when the other side is fighting dirty, you should get angry. Don't let the bully kick sand in your face."

Dowd suggests the president needs to be "less Spocky and more Rocky."

But despite all the gnashing of teeth, it's worth pointing out that the critical players in the industry are still at the table, and it's also worth remembering the political cost to Bill Clinton when reform didn't happen on his watch.

Here’s my question to you: Is it too late for Pres. Barack Obama to change people's minds on health care reform?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Health care • President Barack Obama