Inside the Beltway: Dawdling Democrats

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“Oysters on the half shell, mock turtle soup, baked white fish and bechamel sauce, boiled turkey and oyster sauce, boiled sweet potatoes, steamed potatoes, stewed tomatoes, scalloped onions, salmi of game, olives, chicken salad, George Washington pie, Bavarian cream, variegated fruit jelly, marble cake, candied fruits, raisins, nuts, and coffee.”

“Salmi,” by the way, is thinly sliced meat reheated in brandied sauce. “George Washington pie,” the authors explain, is similar to Boston cream pie, but embellished with raspberries.

FIRST AMENDMENT MOMENT

“I think it’s my right, by the way, if I firmly believe that Osama bin Laden was killed by aliens, to depict that. And I should be able to put on there, ‘This is 100 percent true and anyone who doubts it is themselves abducted by aliens’ without a Senate investigation into where I got that notion. Right? In this country, isn’t that legit?” And so says Mark Boal, screenwriter for “Zero Dark Thirty,” to The Wall Street Journal.

It’s his response, by the way, to recent criticism from Sens. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, and John McCain, Arizona Republican, who called the film “grossly inaccurate and misleading,” and have suggested distributor Sony add a disclaimer that the movie contains “fictional narrative.”

POLL DU JOUR

• 88 percent of likely Republican voters in New Hampshire are undecided on whom to vote for in the 2016 presidential election; 6 percent have made up their minds, 6 percent are “leaning toward someone.”

• 82 percent of likely Democratic voters in New Hampshire are undecided who to vote for in 2016; 8 percent have made up their minds, 10 percent are “leaning toward someone.”

• 63 percent of Democrats would vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton is the election were today; 10 percent would vote for Vice President Joseph R. Biden, 5 percent for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, 2 percent for Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker and 1 percent each for former Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana, former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.

• 14 percent of Republican voters would vote for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie if the election were today; 12 percent would vote for Sen. Marco Rubio, 11 percent for Rep. Paul Ryan, 8 percent for Sen. Rand Paul, 8 percent for Jon Huntsman Jr., 5 percent for Jeb Bush, 3 percent for Rick Santorum, 2 percent each for Govs. Bobby Jindal and Scott Walker, and 1 percent for Sen. Ted Cruz.

A University of New Hampshire survey of 414 likely New Hampshire voters conducted Jan. 30 to Feb. 5 and released Thursday; respondents chose the candidates from a supplied list.

• Happy Presidents Day from Inside the Beltway.

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