- The Washington Times - Monday, February 28, 2005

Somber return

There was no better reminder for Sen. Jim DeMint that freedom comes at a high price than the flag-draped coffins loaded aboard his flight from Iraq to Kuwait over the weekend.

The South Carolina Republican had spent the day accompanying the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force on a routine patrol of Fallujah. Shortly after the senator departed with the unit, Lt. Gen. John Sattler, commanding general of Marine forces in Iraq, was notified of a missile attack near his destination.

“I walked around in body armor and I can’t say it was comfortable,” the senator said, albeit a more painful portion of his trip was to follow.

“s we flew back to Kuwait City for the night I was saddened to see flag-draped coffins aboard our plane,” he said. “Upon landing and witnessing the respectful ceremony given to our fallen heroes, it was a reminder to us all that freedom does not come freely.”

All but king

Past presidential candidate, former Vermont governor and medical doctor Howard Dean has worn his share of hats, most of which he manages to attach to his signature as the new leader of the Democratic Party:

“Governor Howard Dean, M.D.

“Chairman, Democratic National Committee.”

Loser party

Democrats have had little to celebrate, yet that’s not stopping them from throwing some extravagant going-away parties.

Consider the 2,000 well-wishers who crowded amid the giant pillars of the National Building Museum to bid farewell to outgoing Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, who shared the stage with a still-dour Sen. John Kerry, runner-up in the 2004 presidential pageant.

Weather permitting, another large crowd is expected for tomorrow evening’s tribute at the same glitzy venue in honor of recently dethroned Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota.

Feeling blue?

First came yellow “Live Strong” silicone wristbands produced by six-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong’s cancer foundation.

Next, “Count Me Blue” bracelets began showing up, in support of John Kerry. On their heels or wrists, in this case came “Count Me Red” wristbands.

LaDonna Hale Curzon, a Count Me Red rep, says sales of both political bracelets, taking their colors from the blue-red split, remain strong now, months after the election. It’s a family matter, after all between 36-year-old Berns Rothchild of New York City, who backed Mr. Kerry, and her father, John Rothchild of Miami Beach, Fla., who supports President Bush.

“Rothchild’s daughter was distraught with the presidential election results especially so during a Christmas trip to London, where she was bombarded by European snide remarks about the election outcome,” notes Mrs. Curzon.

“So after her return from Britain, her mother suggested she wear a blue wristband to wear her politics on her sleeve. And so she did. She invested in making and marketing Count Me Blue wristbands.

“When her father caught wind of that, he determined that he had to counter with his own political sentiments, and he started Count Me Red wristbands. Now it’s a father-daughter competition as to who can sell the most wristbands.”

Defending Summers

The Caveman is defending an embattled university president.

“I thought, how ironic it is that Harvard President Larry Summers is taking criticism for pointing out factual differences between the sexes, and people are packing the Spectrum nightly to celebrate and poke fun at the differences between the sexes,” says Washington publicist Matt Amodeo.

Mr. Summers, he notes, has been sizzling in the feminist frying pan ever since suggesting “intrinsic differences” between the sexes when it comes to the ability to climb the science and engineering ladders.

Yet the show “Defending the Caveman,” which has been performed in more than 60 cities for the past 13 years, gets rave reviews by examining obvious differences between men and women.

Mr. Amodeo points to “lots of affectionate nudging during the performance and couples are commonly seen strolling out into the night holding hands.”

The Caveman even enjoys “a loyal following in the therapy community, having been seen and recommended by thousands of psychologists and counselors.”

“Defending the Caveman” is entering its fourth month at the Spectrum Theater in the Rosslyn section of Arlington.

John McCaslin, whose column is nationally syndicated, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslinwashingtontimes.com.

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