- Running on empty: EPA slashes biofuel goals because of ethanol shortage
- ‘Gay Jeans’ that fade into rainbow-colored denim created
- Divided court strikes down big porn award
- Jimmy Carter: Don’t hurt Russian people with sanctions
- Oldest ex-MLB player dies in Cuba, 2 days shy of 103rd birthday
- ‘Top Gun’ for drones: Squadrons of carrier-based killers have Navy’s approval
- Bill Clinton to endorse Charlie Rangel for re-election
- Pfc. Bradley Manning is now Pfc. Chelsea Manning: Court says so
- Secret base U.S. special forces used to train Libyans now under terrorist control: report
- 9th suspect in N.C. kidnapping turns self in to FBI
Inside the Beltway
His resume reveals involvement in eight presidential campaigns, starting in 1976, focusing particularly on debate preparation.
He played the role of George H.W. Bush in mock debates with Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 and Michael Dukakis in 1988.
In 2000 and 2004, respectively, he assumed the persona of Dick Cheney in practice debates with Joe Lieberman and John Edwards.
For more than 20 times during the 1992 campaign he sparred with Bill Clinton in his debate preparation; in 2008, he assisted Hillary Rodham Clinton as she geared up for a whopping 23 primary debates.
Curious where he stood this week, Inside the Beltway reached Washington lawyer Robert B. Barnett at his Williams & Connolly office, and while he’s not playing the part of John McCain as Barack Obama undergoes three days of preparation for Friday’s first presidential debate, at the University of Mississippi, he assured us that he is involved in other capacities. He declined to be specific.
Alan Schroeder, author of “Presidential Debates: 50 Years of High-Risk TV,” and an associate professor at Northeastern University, told this columnist in a telephone interview from Boston: “Barnett probably has been the stand-in debater for more candidates than anyone in history.”
Washington lawyer Greg Craig, a former Clinton administration official, instead has the honor of playing Mr. McCain this week.
Meanwhile, if only for a few hours, prominent black Republican Michael S. Steele, Maryland’s former lieutenant governor, will become Mr. Obama as Mr. McCain prepares for the debate.
ONE MAN’S VIEW
“When there is a fire in your kitchen threatening to burn down your home, you don’t want someone stopping the firefighters on the way and demanding they hand out smoke detectors first or lecturing you about the hazards of keeping paint in the basement. You want them to put out the fire before it burns down your home and everything you have saved for your whole life.”
-Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, addressing the current economic crisis and why Congress must take immediate action to try to head off a serious blow to Main Street and this columnist’s 401(k).
ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL?
Portion of the laws passed by the current Congress that have involved the renaming of post offices: 1/4
-Harper’s Index, October 2008
KUDOS NOR HOLIDAYS
Members of the U.S. Senate and their staffs are told of rules and policies, some new and effective immediately, surrounding the use of the U.S. Senate Internet Service, including Web sites, electronic mail, blogs, podcasting and streaming media.
Be advised, ladies and gentlemen:
1. “Matter which constitutes or includes any article, account, sketch, narration or other text laudatory and complimentary of any senator on a purely personal or political basis rather than on the basis of performance of official duties as a senator is prohibited.”
2. “Reports of how or when a senator, the senator’s spouse or any other member of the senator’s family spends time other than in the performance of, or in connection with, the legislative, representative and other official functions of such senator is prohibited.”
3. “Any transmission expressing holiday greetings from a senator is prohibited. This prohibition does not preclude an expression of holiday greetings at the commencement or conclusion of an otherwise proper transmission.”
Wait until you get a load of the “Saratini” concoction that Republican activist LaDonna Hale Curzon is urging fellow female supporters of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (“Team Sarah,” the ladies call themselves) to serve at local debate-watch parties on Oct. 2, when the Republican vice-presidential nominee goes face to face against Democratic Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware.
Mix 1 ounce of Glacier Bay vodka (in honor of Alaska) with 2 ounces of champagne (in honor of her classiness).
Add a few drops of lipstick-red cranberry juice (in honor of the Red States and lipstick).
Shake and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with a silver bullet (in honor of her lifetime NRA membership).
Stir with a miniature plastic hockey stick swizzler (in honor of her “hockey mom” status).
Chase with a Moosehead beer (in honor of her moose-hunting abilities).
• John McCaslin can be reached at 202/636-3284 or Jim Mccaslin.
About the Author
By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
- Pentagon plans to replace flight crews with 'full-time' robots
- 'Top Gun' for drones: Squadrons of carrier-based killers have Navy's approval
- Texas is next! AG warns BLM wants 90,000 acres after Bundy ranch standoff
- America is an oligarchy, not a democracy or republic, university study finds
- Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy hailed as patriot, ripped as lawless deadbeat
- Obama avoids 'red line' for China, prepared to impose tougher sanctions on Russia
- CURL: Obama's foreign policy even worse than his domestic policy
- Ukraine claims torture by pro-Russian forces on the heels of Biden's stern warning to Moscow
- Sold out: Ukraine's leadership swapped best military weapons for cash
- Jimmy Carter: Dont hurt Russian people with sanctions
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