Not Much Of A Settlement: Unsuccessful California Republican gubernatorial contender Meg Whitman settled with her controversial former housekeeper on Wednesday, agreeing to pay her $5,500 and admitting no wrong doing. That's a very low figure. Whitman spokesman Tucker Bounds said the controversy surrounding whether Whitman knew that Nicky Diaz Santillan was a "political charade" orchestrated by attorney Gloria Allred. http://bit.ly/9b09bH No Hard Feelings? Election postmortems are always good reads and the latest from the New York Times is no exception. In particular, Rep. Mike Castle (R), an institution in Delaware politics who lost the Senate GOP primary to the inexperienced Christine O'Donnell offered this quote: "My wife argues it's almost better to lose the way we did because it all seems so irrational...But you lose, you lose. I wish I could say one way was fun. They're both pretty bad." The story also features quotes from outgoing Reps. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.), Rich Boucher (D-Va.), James Oberstar (D-Minn.), Chet Edwards (D-Texas) and Dina Titus (D-Nev.) -- most of whom said they were swept out in a wave and not because of their personal records in Congress. In that sense, they're keeping with the Pelosi line that it was the economy that led to their political misfortune, not their votes on cap-and-trade and health care. http://nyti.ms/a8Q2WE
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