John McCaslin

Can you explain the difference between political and consumer sovereignty?

"In politics, you may vote for Candidate A over B. But if enough others vote for B, you're stuck with B," said Paul Jacobs, senior fellow at Americans for Limited Government. "In the market, it doesn't matter how many people prefer Campbell's Soup to Progresso, if you hate Campbell's, you don't buy it. Period."

EARLY WARNING

"Under the circumstances, the pro-life movement would never - absolutely never - support Rice, Giuliani, McCain, or anyone like them."

So pledges Douglas R. Scott, president of Life Decisions International, shooting down suggestions by pundits and conservative activists that the pro-life movement could be persuaded to accept a pro-abortion or "weak" pro-life Republican nominee for president if necessary to retain the White House in 2008.

Possible candidates whose names are being floated include Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

Scott says Giuliani would be a "disaster" for the party's abortion opponents, while McCain "would give us little more than lip service." As for Rice, who has not publicly declared her stance on abortion, Scott doesn't think she will run for president.

D.C. DEALER

The association that represents the commercial casino industry has a new lobbyist in Washington, veteran Capitol Hill staffer Dorothy R. Jackson.

A top adviser to former House Speaker Tom Foley, Washington Democrat, and former chief of staff to three members of Congress, Jackson becomes vice president of government affairs for the American Gaming Association.

Her new boss happens to be Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr., president and CEO of the association, who was chairman of the Republican National Committee for six of President Reagan's eight years in the White House.

When Fahrenkopf retired in 1989, he had been chairman longer than any other person in the 20th century, and second-longest in the history of the Republican Party.

MATTER OF TASTE

The nation's governors, in Washington for their annual huddle, were treated by President Bush and first lady Laura Bush to a lavish dinner in the State Dining Room of the White House.

In the background, the U.S. Marine Band played "Fascinating Rhythm," followed by the more somnolent "Lara's Theme" and a piano interlude.

Bush was dashing in his tuxedo, and our White House pool reporter described Mrs. Bush as "stunning in a long dress."


John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on Townhall.com and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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