- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 24, 2001

Whipping time
Republican Sen. James M. Jeffords of Vermont, who today goes "home to my people" in Vermont to explain why he is abandoning his party and handing control of the Senate to the Democrats, had better not show up in the town of Kirby.
Back in 1995, as this column reported, Kirby Republican Town Caucus Chairman John McClaughry and his Republican cohorts were so angered by Mr. Jeffords liberal voting record that they passed this horrifying resolution:
"And whereas, James M. Jeffords deserves to be horsewhipped and thrown forever out of public office; therefore, be it RESOLVED, that horsewhipping now being illegal, the Republicans of the Town of Kirby will do anything arguably legal or unlikely to be discovered to retire James M. Jeffords from public life."

Moore rules

Fresh from laboring to get the word out about President Bushs just-released national energy plan, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham — who as a Republican senator advocated eliminating the department he now leads — will appear this evening as honored guest of the Competitive Enterprise Institutes 7th Annual Warren Brookes Dinner.
CEI distinguished fellow Jack Kemp also will be on hand at the Mayflower Hotel to present the first-ever Julian Simon Award (named for the late political economist) to Stephen Moore, president of the Club for Growth, who once was Mr. Simons research assistant and collaborator.
As a backdrop to the dinner, CEI adjunct scholar Clyde Wayne Crews Jr. has uncovered these startling facts concerning the nations "regulatory overreach." Consider:
* The 2000 Federal Register contained 74,258 pages, the highest number since Jimmy Carters presidency and a 4 percent jump over 1999.
* The five most active rule-producing agencies — the Transportation, Treasury, Interior and Commerce departments and the Environmental Protection Agency — account for 48 percent of all rules under consideration.
* Of the 4,699 regulations now in the works, 1,054 affect small businesses. Rules impacting small businesses are up 40 percent over the past five years.

Dr. Ruth Republicans

We have it on good authority that in the U.S. Capitol this morning, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Americas leading sex therapist, will address congressmen who are members of the Republican Theme Team.
"Gee, I didnt realize we were getting into that kind of message," one high-ranking congressional staff member told Inside the Beltway last night.

Nanny Reno

Thanks to Greg Knapp, host of "The Greg Knapp Show" (a political news talk program on WSKY-FM in Gainesville, Fla.), for sending Inside the Beltway the results of a contest to select the best campaign slogan for Janet Reno, should the former attorney general decide to run for governor of Florida.
Unfortunately, were unable to publish the majority of his listeners political opinions (obviously, Republican emotions run higher in the Sunshine State than they do here in Washington, which isnt a bad thing. Were just not accustomed to Republicans displaying emotion up here).
That said, heres a few of the kinder, gentler slogans suggested by Mr. Knapps listeners:
Reno: When You Cant Handle the Truth
Honk if You Love Janet (for Palm Beach drivers, thats the button in the middle of the steering wheel)
Reno: Shell Get the Kids Out of Your House

Final picks

So long, Jockey Club. Hello, California-French Fusion.
California what?
Washingtons beloved Jockey Club, which for four decades catered to eight presidents, first ladies, movie stars, celebrities, correspondents (and more than a few co-respondents) and columnists, will close its doors on June 11, reopening in late August as Cabo (the original name for California) and introducing to the nations capital the hottest trend in haute cuisine — California-French Fusion.
California what?
"Our cuisine is California French in a fusion of Pacific flavors," explain Cabos five-star chefs, led by August Escoffier.
Taking a peek at Cabos menu, we select champagne sauteed sea scallops as an hors doeuvre, a Cabo San Lucas seafood salade, and finally, for our main event, filet of roasted rare ahi tuna. How about Chandon poached pears for dessert?
Cabo will also feature an extensive caviar bar, high tea, light tea, and a nine-course Cabo Sunday brunch. (These guys are still tourists, but theyll learn.)
"Well be closed for about two months for renovation," a waiter at the Jockey Club told us yesterday. "Until then, the Jockey Club is still here."

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