- The Washington Times - Monday, March 19, 2007

Wait and see

“Everybody who was running for president still is running for president, to the best of my knowledge.”

Or so reacts one familiar politico in Washington who asks not to be identified, referring to reputed D.C. madam Deborah Palfrey’s soon-to-be-made-public client list, which is said to contain the names of 10,000 people, including — supposedly — several “influential” Washington figures..

“But throw a senator or congressmen into this lurid mix and, politically speaking, we could have the biggest Washington sex scandal in a decade,” he adds.

Sprinkles, please

Speaking of presidential hopefuls, we’ve heard many complaints about the 2008 White House campaign starting months too soon.

This columnist just returned from Charleston, S.C., where a whopping 30 persons bothered to show up for a morning meet-the-candidate event starring Colorado Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo. Indeed, more people were standing in line for donuts at the Piggly Wiggly.

Plame and potatoes

Now that she’s come out of the CIA’s “covert” closet, Valerie Plame is making herself available for lunch.

“I just wanted to give you a tip on the season’s hottest charity online auction with plenty of interesting lots for those of us inside the Beltway,” Jeffrey Buchanan, spokesman for the Center for Human Rights at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, told Inside the Beltway yesterday.

Starting today, the public has the opportunity to bid on all sorts of experiences at www.charitybuzz.com, which benefit the Washington-based human rights organization.

Apart from lunch with Mrs. Plame (chaperoned by her husband, former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV), AOL founder and Washington socialite Jim Kimsey is available to dine with for charity, as is Washington Post scribe Bob Woodward and former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.

Former astronaut and Sen. John Glenn will lead a private tour of the Air and Space Museum, while MSNBC’s Chris Matthews has agreed to escort the highest bidder through the U.S. Capitol, where in a previous life he toiled for former Democratic House Speaker Thomas P. “TipONeill Jr.

Shhh!

“My name is Valerie Plame.

Don’t tell anyone my name.

I’m a super spy

Who’s super shy.

Did I mention my name is Plame?”

F.R. Duplantier

Minus McCain

A hearing on global warming got even hotter yesterday when House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Rep. Henry A. Waxman accused fellow California Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican, of “smearing” the reputation of a key witness who had once accused the Bush White House of operating “more like Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union than the United States.”

“A [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] scientist cannot speak with a reporter unless there is a ‘listener’ on the line with him or her,” NASA’s top climatologist, James E. Hansen, said.

Mr. Issa took the opportunity yesterday to tell Mr. Hansen that while he appreciated his public service, he hoped the “campaigning you did for Sen. [John] Kerry doesn’t influence” his scientific research.

“I think you are smearing his reputation when you allege he’s an activist Democrat,” Mr. Waxman interjected.

“I’m sure the chairman would agree you should not compare anyone to Nazi Germany,” Mr. Issa countered.

As for Mr. Hansen, he testified yesterday that he would have voted for Republican Sen. John McCain for president in 2004 — not the Democratic Mr. Kerry — had the Arizona senator been on the ballot.

Save the date

Another sure sign spring is upon us is when we open our annual invitation to the Washington Testicle Festival — “Where Big Sky Meets the Beltway” — a springtime tradition sponsored by the Montana State Society.

Organizer Lyndsey Medsker of the public-affairs firm Dezenhall Resources noted that the first 100 tasters of the calf delicacies — aka Rocky Mountain oysters — this year get a free T-shirt.

Mark your calendars, if you dare, for April 28, 8 p.m. at the Arlington American Legion.

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


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