- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 5, 2008


“When your spouse is in politics, you’re involved whether you want to be or not.”

— First lady Laura Bush, speaking at a pre-Election Day rally in Kentucky


“Well, if the GOP ticket doesn’t win, that makes the count 0 for 3: Geraldine Ferraro, Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin. All strong personalities, but what future do women have in politics … at this level if women are trashed like they did Sarah?”

— Retired Air Force Col. Doug Clements, writing to Inside the Beltway


“The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.”

— 18th-century political philosopher Edmund Burke, as posted by the Republican Study Committee on Capitol Hill hours before the polls opened on Election Day


We had to laugh when a reporter asked White House press secretary Dana Perino about next week’s Group of 20 summit in Washington and whether President Bush shared French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s optimistic view that the international gathering would yield swift and concrete decisions on global financial regulation.

“I don’t know,” Mrs. Perino replied. “I would refer you to my briefing a week from now.”


The Federal Election Commission has cited the campaign committees of 16 of this year’s congressional candidates for failing to file Pre-General Election Reports required under the Federal Election Campaign Act.

The reports, which list a campaign’s financial activity, were due Oct. 23.

Delinquent campaigns stretch from Doug Tudor for Congress in Florida to Larry Ishmael for Congress in Washington state.


Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), will arrive in the nation’s capital this post-Election Day to sign copies of her new book, “One Can Make a Difference.”

Indeed, veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas, soon to greet her 10th president, observes in the book: “All presidents mean well when they come to office, but then a funny thing happens to them on the way to the Forum.”

“Newkirk is hoping that whoever makes it to the Oval Office this time around will modernize the EPA’s old animal test policy in favor of high-tech research and put a tofu chicken in every pot,” PETA notes.

John McCaslin can be reached at 202/636-3284 or [email protected]

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