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Edwards vs. Edwards?; hip-hop hatchet job; Martha & dirty — the new Regis & Kelly?; ground control to Major Dave


http://www.jewishworldreview.com | Guess who said the following about the United States-led military action in Iraq:


"I think I did the right thing about this war . . . I think we should have gotten rid of Saddam Hussein. It's a good thing he's gone."


1) President Bush?
2) Vice President Cheney?
3) Donald Rumsfeld?


The correct answer is none of the above.


Those warlike words were uttered many months ago by none other than Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina — the guy who now wants Cheney's job.


At Wednesday night's screening of Alexandra Pelosi's documentary, "Diary of a Political Tourist" (airing tonight on HBO), I sat next to Pelosi's Democratic mom, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.


We watched as the man who's now John Kerry's running mate — but back then was a candidate for president in the Iowa caucuses — deals with a flannel-shirted protester.


"How do you feel about three and a half thousand Iraqi civilians dying because of your vote for the war?" the young man demands.


Edwards: "I think I did the right thing about this war."


Protester: "So you think they should be dead?"


Edwards: "I think we should have gotten rid of Saddam Hussein. It's a good thing he's gone."


"Wow," I whispered to my seatmate. "That's a lot different from what Edwards was saying the other night in his debate with Cheney."


(During Tuesday's debate, Edwards argued repeatedly that instead of going to war, Bush should have allowed the weapons inspectors time to do their jobs. Then Bush would have learned that Iraq actually had no weapons of mass destruction and thus there was no reason to divert military resources from targeting Osama bin Laden.)


"I'm sorry," a surprised-looking Rep. Pelosi parried. "I wasn't paying attention. I didn't hear what he said."


When I asked Alexandra Pelosi about Edwards' apparent contradiction, she laughed: "I think that no one's gonna notice."



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GROUND CONTROL TO MAJOR DAVE Now that Dave Navarro has been a rock star, a recovering heroin addict, a husband of ex-Baywatch babe Carmen Electra, and the co-author of a tell-all memoir, what's the one thing he'd still like to do?


"Fly into outer space," the ex-guitarist for Jane's Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers told this column at Wednesday's book party for "Don't Try This at Home," his tell-all. "If they get those new space ships going, I'll be first in line to spend $200,000 to take a ride."


Isn't the price of space travel for civilians more in the $20 million range?


"No, no, no," Navarro chided. "Have you been watching the news? There's a new spacecraft that's being made that will take civilians into space. What is it called, Space One? You should turn on the news every once in a while, it'd be interesting for you. I think a ticket is gonna be like two, two hundred fifty grand. I would definitely do that."


If he ever achieves liftoff, maybe it will be to escape the problems of the pop music industry.


"I think what's happened is that the industry has become wimpy," Navarro said. "What I mean is that there's lots of bands out that are hard rockin' and edgy and really cool — but because the industry doesn't touch them, doesn't put money behind them, MTV's not interested, hit radio's not interested, and they fall by the wayside."


THE BRIEFING


MARTHA & DIRTY — THE NEW REGIS & KELLY?: Five months from today, when jailbird Martha Stewart is freed from Alderson Federal Prison Camp in West Virginia, she might be starring in a brand new reality show. I hear that Jarred Weisfeld, manager of razor-tongued rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard and producer of the VH1 show "(Inside)Out: ODB on Parole," has been pitching a similar post-prison show to Stewart's publicist, Susan Magrino. On Thursday, Weisfeld told this column, "Yeah, I approached Susan Magrino's office about doing 'Martha Stewart on House Arrest.' We could have Dirty giving Martha tips on being on house arrest. She's actually got a very similar story to Dirty: They're two people where the public doesn't know the real them. Dirty's not a criminal, he's only hurt himself, and Martha's not a criminal, she's only hurt herself. They're a match made in TV heaven." A spokeswoman in Magrino's office declined to comment.


HIP-HOP HATCHET JOB: The Source Magazine, a rap rag, went nuclear Thursday on Russell Simmons, issuing a press release accusing the hip-hop and fashion mogul of all manner of beastly behavior for allegedly pulling out of the mag's voter education rally in Miami tomorrow. "Russell Simmons has been exploting Hip-Hop for years," Source owners Dave Mays and Ray Benzino argued. "Russell is a serious threat to the advancement of the black community." Simmons' response was more in sorrow than in anger. "I mean them no ill-will and wish them the best, and I hope I can still be a part of the process to promote healing between the artists and each other," Simmons told me. "But I was not committed to go to their summit." The Source has been beating on Simmons for months, and I hear he's responding by pulling hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of advertising. "I'm anxious to get to the point where we can advertise with them again," he said.



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