It must be Friday
(Yes. That's me. In my pajamas. With bedhead.)
"...all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature." ---Abraham Lincoln, First Innaugural Address
One of the interesting little tidbits of info that came out of the Armstrong Williams pay-for-punditry story is his association with Stedman Graham, the perennial fiance of Oprah Winfrey. The genesis of their relationship is unclear. They either met while working together at B&C Associates (A North Carolina PR firm which once represented Winnie Mandela) or when Williams was working for the Oprah Foundation. In any case, they were close enough by 1990 to go into business together as "Graham-Williams Group" which was originally branded as a sports marketing firm. A 1991 article lists GWG clients as including Oprah, Save the Children, Everson Walls and Sheridan Broadcasting. By the fall of '91, Williams was making a name for himself as Clarence Thomas' number one defender, which led to the creation of his GWG-produced and Heritage Foundation-sponsored radio show in November of '92. Graham began his own firm, S. Graham and Associates in December '92, and remained a consultant at GWG until Williams bought him out in 1994. And there their paths would seem to diverge...or not.
Once upon a time, there was a Republican Congressman from New Jersey named Chris. Because Chris was a good little Republican, he got to be the chair of the Veteran's Affairs Committee. But Chris had a problem: he actually wanted to help our veterans, so much so that he argued with the other Republicans! So a big mean man named Dennis gave Chris's job to Steve because Steve cares more about pleasing King George than about those dumb ol' veterans. Who probably didn't even earn those purple hearts anyway. Dumb veterans.