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Old White Woman for Obama

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Headlines blared that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was dealt a substantial blow when Democratic Party leaders this past weekend agreed to seat Michigan and Florida delegates with half-votes at this summer’s convention.

In response, the ever-stubborn Clinton campaign vowed to carry its uphill fight for the White House all the way to the August convention. Which comes as no surprise, of course.

A few weeks ago, Mrs. Clinton announced Project T-Shirt, in which she invited supporters to submit designs for her official campaign T-shirt to carry her into the final stretch. Thousands of entries were submitted, which have now been narrowed to five, including a silhouette of the pant-suited candidate and these words: “For everyone who’s ever been counted out but refused to be knocked out and for everyone who works hard and never gives up, this one is for you!”

Mind your manners

Currently posted by an event organizer on Sen. Barack Obama’s official Web site:

“It’s that time again to speak out. Do you think Sen. [Hillary Rodham] Clinton’s campaign tactics and rogue comments on DNC policy are unacceptably divisive? Take a minute to email/call DNC Chair Gov. Howard Dean now and tell him why he needs to step in [and] rebuke Sen. Clinton and mandate ethical conduct for this campaign.

“Please be respectful and illustrate what it means to be ethical. No cursing or slander, please. Remember we are representing a movement of Hope.”  

Obama soul

The elderly passenger riding aboard the Metro from Washington into Virginia glued this message to the brim of her canvas hat: “Old White Woman for Obama.”  

One man’s fool

It was Mark Twain who said, “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”

That said, while addressing Virginia’s Republican Party convention in Richmond this past weekend, Vice President Dick Cheney recalled that he served in the House for more than a decade representing Wyoming, a state with only one congressman.

“After being elected five times, I assumed I was pretty well-known throughout the state,” he said. “During my last campaign for Congress, I always remember campaigning in a little farming community at Torrington down along the Wyoming-Nebraska border. I walked to one old cowboy leaning with his back up against a tree and cowboy hat pulled down over his eyes. I reached out and grabbed him by the hand and said:

“‘Hi, I’m Dick Cheney. I’m running for Congress, and I’d like your vote.’ He said, ‘You got it. That fool we got in there now is no damn good.'”
 
CIA ‘dogs’
 
CIA insiders are suggesting that agency Director Michael V. Hayden consider inviting actors Harrison Ford and Cate Blanchett, stars of the popular new Indiana Jones flick, to participate in the CIA’s annual 5K race next year and issue them t-shirts saying, “CIA Running Dogs.”
 
That word on the heels of a London Daily Telegraph item by Denis Pinchuk from St. Petersburg, stating that Communist Party members are condemning “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” as crude, anti-Soviet propaganda that distorts history and calling for the movie to be banned from Russian screens.
 
Mr. Ford plays the part of an archaeologist competing in 1957 with a KGB agent, played by Ms. Blanchett, to find a mystic-powered skull.
 
“What galls is how together with America we defeated Hitler, and how we sympathized when Bin Laden hit them. But they go ahead and scare kids with Communists. These people have no shame,” remarked Viktor Perov, a Communist Party member in St. Petersburg.
 
His and other negative comments were voiced at a local Communist Party meeting and posted on the party’s Internet site. The film is currently being shown on an unprecedented 808 movie screens throughout Russia.
 
“Harrison Ford and Cate Blanchett [are] second-rate actors, serving as the running dogs of the CIA. We need to deprive these people of the right of entering the country,” another party member, Andrei Gindos, is quoted as saying.
  
Don’t eat him
 
Good grief, what can’t you buy these days on eBay?
 
“You are bidding on a rare sweet potato that looks like presidential candidate Barack Obama [-] very strange, a very rare find,” writes the seller on the Internet auction site.
 
“I was just in the grocery store this morning wearing my Obama ‘Yes We Can’ bracelet. I was in the produce section when someone stopped me in front of the sweet potato bin and asked me where I got my bracelet,” the posting continues.
 
“I then looked down and saw the Barack Obama sweet potato staring right back at me. Winning bidder will get the Barack Obama sweet potato . . . and as a bonus . . .  the Obama ‘Yes We Can’ bracelet that I was wearing when this strange event occured.”
 
The seller believes the potato “has mystical powers,” and stresses that it is being offered as “a collectors item only. It is not intended for human consumption.”
 
For the potato the winning bidder paid $8.49 plus shipping.
 
Star style
 
That was Linda Douglass, who recently left National Journal and other media outlets to join Sen. Barack

Obama’s presidential campaign as a senior strategist and spokeswoman, getting her blond locks shortened in recent days by none other than Christophe, stylist of the stars and, we won’t ever forget, of Bill Clinton on the airport tarmac in Los Angeles.
 
The stylist “travels to his salon in Washington every month,” one of Christophe Salon’s customers explained. “That way, everybody in D.C. who is anybody plans for the days he is here.”
 
The same woman, who asked not to be identified, quoted Mrs. Douglass as saying that she wanted to get her hair cut much shorter in anticipation of being on the road with Mr. Obama.
 
So did he cut your hair, too?

“I can afford Salon Christophe, but I can’t afford Christophe,” she said.

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John McCaslin pens the award-winning Inside the Beltway column for The Washington Times. His column has been syndicated by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate and Tribune Media Services.

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