- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 25, 2000

Lady in waiting

Inside the Beltway has learned that was Callista Bisek, the congressional staffer linked romantically to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, having a makeover at the trendy Andre Chreky Salon on K Street NW on Saturday.
The big question is whether Newt is picking up the tab to transform Miss Bisek's appearance from early-'80s frizzie to modern-day sleek, and more importantly whether she'll emerge looking like the new Linda Tripp.
"She is not quite the Andre kind of girl," opines our chichi contact, who was visiting Washington's No. 1 salon for beautiful people at the same hour. "It was quite funny: Andre didn't know her and she didn't know Andre."
Miss Bisek, the scheduler for the House Agriculture Committee, was not available for comment yesterday.

Try harder

If you're a Democrat and find Al Gore and Bill Bradley boring, perhaps Heather Anne Harder the leading woman on the primary ballot in New Hampshire after the withdrawal of Republican Elizabeth Dole will brighten your horizon.
Mrs. Harder is a college educator, entrepreneur, speaker, author and mother, with a progressive platform distinguished by a firm stand on the validity of the "UFO/ ET" (read unidentified flying objects and extraterrestrial pilots) phenomena.
Inside the Beltway discovered the issue in Mrs. Harder's political platform, beneath abortion, health care, Medicare, education, environment and taxes.
"UFOs exist and have always existed," says the Democrat, who like Mr. Gore is a native of Tennessee. "You must only view the Nazca Lines in Peru as proof."
Do you mean ETs are enrolled in our schools, working in our factories, city halls, and federal government, even sharing our beds?
"I believe we are not alone," she says. "The family of God is much larger than most of us. Daily hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of contacts are being made."
Um, are we in danger?
"Some of these contacts and ETs are friendly and others are not," says Mrs. Harder. "If the contact feels unpleasant, send them away. Your thoughts can do the job. Demand they leave you alone."

Losing vision

Word from daughter Maureen Reagan that former President Ronald Reagan can no longer speak coherently or even take walks struck a sad chord among his old friends in Washington, among them James Lake.
"I had heard his health was deteriorating," says Mr. Lake, president and CEO of Policy Impact Communications, who worked for then-Gov. Reagan in California and later as director of communications for the Reagan-Bush campaign and chairman of the president's inaugural committee.
The longtime Reagan aide calls the Gipper's two terms in office nothing short of "extraordinary."
"The most important thing I think one must possess to lead the country is a vision of the future, and Ronald Reagan had that vision," he told this column in an interview. "And the second thing you have to have is the ability to communicate that vision to inspire people to follow …
"We have had other good presidents, others with vision John F. Kennedy had a vision, Franklin Roosevelt had his own vision and they were great men, too," says Mr. Lake.
"But Reagan, in the modern era, had vision that people bought into like no other, and we have missed that."

Independently frugal

We called the Danville, Va., office of Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr., requesting press secretary Linwood Duncan fax us a copy of yesterday's announcement that the folksy Southerner was switching from Democrat to Independent.
"I couldn't if I wanted to," replied Mr. Duncan. "The congressman's in Rocky Mount faxing the things out himself. You know Virgil. Virgil is frugal."

No place like home?

Richard Born, a political science professor at Vassar University who specializes in congressional elections, says he doesn't believe speculation that President Clinton might consider running for the Senate in Arkansas upon leaving the Oval Office.
But if Mr. Clinton, who still hasn't switched his voter registration to New York, did mount a run in his home state, Mr. Born says he is unlikely to succeed.
"Whether Clinton could beat [Republican Sen. Tim] Hutchinson is pretty dubious in my mind," he says. "It would be very questionable if he could succeed."

Interpreter wanted

Hillary Rodham Clinton is giving her Hispanic supporters the short end of the Internet, so to speak.
After weeks of leaving the Spanish portion of her Web site (www.hillary2000.org) unattended, Mrs. Clinton has finally updated the page. Still, the Spanish version is a week behind her English page.

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