"Esteemed" media figures Bill Moyers and Helen Thomas are the face of modern liberalism, and that face is firmly affixed to the head of the Democratic Party, as proven by the landslide election of liberal Nancy Pelosi to the Democratic House leadership position.
On the cover is 21-year-old singer Christina Aguilera, sprawled on a red velvet blanket. She is wearing black leather boots, black nail polish, one studded bracelet, ratty hair extensions, and as my child has so innocently noted, nothing else.
Staff at the United Nations made a point when Kofi Annan first took over as U.N. secretary-general in January 1997 of telling the press corps how to pronounce his name: "It's 'Kofi,' as in 'Sophie,' 'Annan' rhymes with 'cannon,'" they explained patiently.
After last week's drubbing in the midterm elections, the Abortion Party (formerly known as the Democratic Party) is looking for direction. Happily, both the party brass and base are coalescing around the idea that the Democrats were not adequately insane.
As Democrats ponder a period in which they are likely to be out of power in Washington for some years, a few are looking to the Republicans for ideas on how to rejuvenate their party. For their benefit, I will explain how I think Republicans went from doormats to majority party.
If Lawrence Lindsey resigns as President Bush's National Economic director, would the administration's economic leadership problems be solved while Paul O'Neill remains as secretary of the Treasury? The confidential answer from the White House is an unequivocal "no."
So, until the Democrats' presidential nominee is chosen, the party's most prominent national leader not implicated (as Dick Gephardt and Tom Daschle were) in this year's election failure will be a congresswoman in whose San Francisco district the 2000 presidential vote was: Gore, 77 percent; Bush, 15 percent; Nader, 8 percent.
Even in defeat, Democrats can console themselves that they still have a lock on minority votes in general and black votes in particular. Moreover, given the demographic realities, minority voters are going to be a growing percentage of all voters in the years ahead.
While lawmakers in Washington pat themselves on the back for cooking up a massively expensive and mostly cosmetic Homeland Security Department bill, many of the real heroes of homeland security continue to suffer recriminations and retaliation.
The American generation who suffered through the Great Depression and defeated the tyrannical designs that Adolf Hitler, Mussolini and Tojo Hideki had for the world has often been called "the great generation." Will history see it that way?
Republicans should get some comfort from the fact that liberals remain largely unchastened following their barnyard whipping and aren't likely to take corrective action anytime soon to bring themselves more in line with the electorate.
While Karl Rove, President Bush's top political adviser, has undoubtedly enjoyed the praise he's receiving as the tactician behind last week's Republican victories, his real concern is strategy: how to build a Republican majority that will last not just for a single election day but for a generation.
The Bush administration continues its efforts, in the president's marvelously sardonic reminiscence, "to give peace a chance" - even as it persists in seeking to help the United Nations save itself from total irrelevance.
Most Americans believe that for the past generation, America has been in a moral decline. And whenever conservatives describe this decline, they include the high divorce rate, along with crime and out-of-wedlock births, as a prime example.
Clinton Rossiter begins his classic study of The American Presidency by describing the five constitutional functions of the chief executive, such as commander in chief. He goes on to identify five "non-constitutional functions," beginning with chief of party.
If you wonder why the Democratic Party has regressed into sycophantic cheerleading for radical feminist candidates (such as the Hillary Clinton clones running this year), the explanation is in a new book called "Guide to Feminist Organizations."
Last night, the Washington area was drenched overnight by a steady, hours-long downpour. As the rain fell, a natural first reaction was gratitude that the drought that had been afflicting our region would be eased somewhat as reservoirs, rivers and wells inched back towards normal levels.
A visitor who had just arrived from Mars and looked at two maps of the political landscape, one from just before and one just after the Nov. 5 midterm election, would find very little difference in the two charts, contrary to a lot of punditry about a Republican electoral "blowout."
As Republicans and Democrats absorb the significance of last week's election results, a few things are starting to become clear. For one thing, Republicans are finally starting to settle into the idea that they are the majority party in this country. They have not thought so since 1932.
It was an historic and precedent-setting election. Minnesota and New Jersey changed ballots at the last minute to accommodate one senator's death and another's ego; a record $900 million was spent on television advertising...