John McCaslin

We had to laugh at Wednesday's official White House pool report on President Bush's Oval Office meeting with the visiting Indonesian president, whose name, the writer noted, is a mouthful:

"President Bush and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (for those doing radio, you're in trouble)."

GENUINE GAL

"I've butted heads with a few people - anyone who tells me I have to spruce up my hair and buy a new wardrobe - I haven't worn makeup since I was 21. You have to be authentic and genuine in serving the populace."

- Former FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley, who had urged the bureau to investigate terrorism suspect Zacarias Moussaoui weeks before Sept. 11, 2001, offended by suggestions that she would require a "makeover" before she could run for Congress in Minnesota as a Democrat.

ARNOLD'S DUMBBELLS?

Washington-based Republican strategist Cheri Jacobus is humored, more than anything else, by veteran Hollywood actor Warren Beatty's latest tongue-lashing of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

"I think Warren Beatty's comments . . . will have about the same political impact as Britney Spears' support of President Bush last year . . . or perhaps Al Gore's endorsement of Howard Dean in the primaries," she tells this column.

"I'm an opponent of (Schwarzenegger's) muscle-bound conservatism with longer experience in politics than he has," the 68-year-old Beatty told graduates of the University of California at Berkeley this past Saturday. "And although I don't want to run for governor, I would do (a much) better job than he's done."

In his commencement address, Beatty said it was no secret that Schwarzenegger, a former bodybuilder and actor, has his eyes focused on the White House - "running around raising money from Wall Street, K Street and rich Republicans all over the country."

"We are not the governor's dumbbells," Beatty said.

Although he's never held public office, Beatty's name has been floated as a Democratic challenger to Schwarzenegger in the November 2006 gubernatorial election.

Before Schwarzenegger could run for president, Congress would have to approve a constitutional amendment allowing foreign-born Americans to seek the nation's highest office.

DEAR CAL?

He's already the most widely syndicated columnist in America, and now comes word that Washington-based writer Cal Thomas has just surpassed 600 newspapers via his Tribune Media Services column.


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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