- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 18, 2007

Helpful staffers

Sen. Barbara Boxer was probably really glad she travels with an entourage of staff yesterday when one of them saved her from a potentially embarrassing verbal typo.

Talking about global warming policy hearings slated for her committee, she alluded to the English government’s position on climate change.

“When I met with Tony Snow, Britain’s prime minister,” she told reporters, as her staffer interrupted, saying, “Blair.”

“Blair - sorry,” Boxer continued, as the scribes chuckled. “Tony Snow is not the British prime minister. I have him on the brain.”

Indeed, Snow is President Bush’s press secretary.

— Christina Bellantoni, Capitol Hill correspondent, The Washington Times

Just noticing

Virginia Sen. Jim Webb must have been awfully thirsty at today’s Foreign Relations hearing on Iraq - the Democrat chugged two bottles of water in less than 60 seconds, then polished off what was left in his Styrofoam coffee cup.

— Christina Bellantoni, Capitol Hill correspondent, The Washington Times

Kerry jinxes Pats

Trash-talking John Kerry today challenged Sen. Evan Bayh to bet on Sunday’s AFC Championship game between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts.

“The only thing I love more than watching the Patriots play is watching them beat the Colts,” said the Massachusetts Democrat. “Overcoming an injury-plagued season, the Patriots have managed another outstanding finish - fighting their way into the playoffs and containing one of the most potent offenses in the league.”

The senator proposed wagering a hearty helping of Boston clam chowder against Mr. Bayh’s South Bend Factory Chocolate Crunch, caramel corn drizzled with milk chocolate — a treat described by Mr. Kerry as “an old Hoosier State favorite.”

Mr. Kerry called it a “friendly bet.”

Mr. Bayh, Indiana Democrat, was not immediately available to respond.

— S.A. Miller, Capitol Hill correspondent, The Washington Times

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