- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Rice for brains
Kellyanne Conway, president and CEO of the Polling Company in Washington, is still shaking her head over the results of her new poll showing the nation is vastly unaware of who or even how many justices sit on the United States Supreme Court.
Nearly two-thirds of 800 Americans polled could not name a single member of the current court and just 32 percent knew that there are nine justices. Only five persons in the entire survey could name all nine.
In contrast, a whopping majority 75 percent knew there are three Rice Krispies characters and 66 percent proudly cited their names: Snap, Crackle and Pop.
"While pundits left and right breathlessly claim that 'Americans are gravely concerned' about the composition and opinions of the Supreme Court, one might expect some fundamental knowledge among the masses," Mrs. Conway says. "Sure, Kellogg's spends more in advertising than the court, but no one runs around proclaiming (apparently unknowingly) that Snap, Crackle and Pop are threatening their right to choose or steal elections."
Sandra Day O'Connor was the most frequently cited justice by both men and women (27 percent and 22 percent respectively), while the total name recall for Justices Stephen Breyer (3 percent) and John Paul Stevens (2 percent) was lower than the poll's margin of error.
Blacks were more likely to remember Clarence Thomas (26 percent) than other justices, but were no more likely to offer his name than whites or Hispanics.
And if you thought we government junkies here in the East are more likely to know the makeup of the nation's highest court, think again. Americans in the Mountain and Pacific regions were more likely to know the correct number of justices (39 percent and 37 percent respectively).
The nine justices are: Sandra Day O'Connor, Clarence Thomas, William H. Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony M. Kennedy, David H. Souter, Stephen G. Breyer, and John Paul Stevens.

Classified leak
A few select Washingtonians were made aware last night of a sinister plot to draw the United States and Russia into World War III.
Not to worry. Even as world tensions escalate, a young CIA analyst Jack Ryan has already set out to uncover who is behind the conspiracy.
If you haven't guessed, a special advance screening of Paramount Pictures' "The Sum of All Fears," based on Washington author Tom Clancy's best-selling novel of the same name, was presented last night at the AMC Mazza Gallerie.
The film, which opens May 31 (Washington will host the world premiere on May 22), stars Ben Affleck as Jack Ryan, a role made famous by Harrison Ford ("Clear and Present Danger," "Patriot Games") and Alec Baldwin ("The Hunt for Red October").

'She Span'
The female-oriented Oxygen Network's "She Span" political roundtable is turning out to be a lot more entertaining than the Sunday morning talk shows.
A recent guest was CommonConservative.com publisher Tom Adkins, who tossed a bomb when host Stephanie Miller challenged him to cite one difference between the marital problems of Donna Hanover, estranged wife of former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the wife of you-know-who.
"Donna Hanover tolerated a discreet affair, which eventually became public," Mr. Adkins replied. "Hillary Clinton tolerated a misogynist who molested, abused and raped women."
In the ensuing shoutfest with the female panel, Mr. Adkins backed up his accusations with court testimony and congressional depositions.
He couldn't help but then ask the ladies: "Why don't you liberals care about rape victims anymore?"
Wouldn't you know, one day after the editor's appearance on "She Span," word was filtering through New York's gossip columns about Mr. Clinton meeting a "blonde woman" for weekly trysts at the Hudson Hotel, each reportedly arriving separately on midweek afternoons and spending one to two hours in the hotel's 24th-floor penthouse apartment.

Summoning Ito
"Joyce Woodson has it exactly wrong," Robert Williams writes of the Alexandria Democratic councilwoman who says it is not the city's "patriotic duty" to host the trials of several suspected terrorists.
"It's a boon to Alexandria to have the terrorist trials in our federal court," Mr. Williams says. "Our hotels are filling up, and King Street shops and restaurants are buzzing again with out-of-town lawyers, reporters, TV crews, paparazzi, security agents, spectators, etc. Our only fear is that, with its penchant for judicial efficiency, the Eastern District of Virginia (a k a 'the Rocket Docket') will have these trials over before our local businesses can recoup what they lost when [Ronald Reagan Washington National] airport shut down.
"Where's Judge Ito when we need him?"

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