On the evening of June 29, Amedeo Scognamiglio, a jewelry designer on the Isle of Capri, met friends for drinks at the elegant Grand Hotel Quisisana. Around midnight, Scognamiglio says, “I noticed some familiar American faces.”
Former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, speaking in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, described an effort spearheaded by strategist Karl Rove to intervene in Republican primaries as “yesterday’s ballgame” and called on his party to focus on big ideas rather than political tactics. Huntsman, a former U.S. ambassador to China, also said he worries about the danger that a military “incident” between China and Japan may escalate into an unintended conflict.
Former U.S. Representative Tom Davis, a Virginia Democrat, said in an interview airing this weekend on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt” that Republicans won’t be harmed in November’s congressional election by the intra-party schism that ousted House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, though inaction may hurt the party’s chances of winning the presidency in 2016.
Leaders of the anti-tax Tea Party are fuming about plans by some Republican strategists, including Karl Rove, to tap the party’s wealthy donors and raise money to help “electable” candidates win primary races.