Two Democratic consultants are accusing Arianna Huffington and her business partner of stealing their idea for the powerhouse liberal website Huffington Post.
Peter Daou and James Boyce charge that Huffington and partner Ken Lerer designed the website from a plan they had presented them, and in doing so, violated a handshake agreement to work together...
Don't know much about Boyce, but Huffington and Daou are loathsome. In the best of all words, they'd tear each other to pieces, with nothing left but a stack of Daou's Belle and Sebastian records. But in real life, Daou's going to get his ass handed to him. He lacks the stones to take on a lady who, marveled Ed Rollins, is "the most ruthless and ambitious person I've met in 30 years in national politics."
Here's the Washington Post from 1987, profiling the future liberal icon as she galloped to the top of the D.C. social scene:
Before her husband's appointment, she flew to Boston to hear Assistant Secretary of Defense Richard Perle, whom she had never met, give a speech. They attended a dinner afterward, then went to a friend's apartment and chatted until 2 a.m. "She's very bright and lively," says Perle. "Even on a subject that wasn't her field, she had intelligent questions." Perle says the meeting took place after the White House had asked him to interview Huffington -- a longtime friend and supporter of Vice President George Bush -- for the defense position.
"Richard," says Arianna, "has such a wonderful mind."