Phoning It In:

While enjoying a $136,000 job as one of five directors of the Export-Import Bank thanks to an appointment from President Bush, former Sen. Max Cleland (D.-Ga.), a disabled Vietnam vet, spends his time campaigning against his patron. On August 25, Cleland pulled a vaudevillian campaign stunt for John Kerry, traveling to Crawford, Tex., site of the Bush ranch, for a photo op in which he tried to make Secret Service agents take hand delivery of a letter for the President from a group of liberal congressmen protesting the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth TV ads that the President has nothing to do with. Cleland, meanwhile, is scarcely seen in the Washington offices of the Ex-Im Bank for which he works. He usually participates in the weekly directors’ meetings by phone.