John McCaslin

Bo's back

Who better to headline the Alexandria-based O'Keeffe & Company's "Perfect 10" anniversary party than actress Bo Derek, who nearly 30 years ago starred in the movie "10."

Fortunately, the attire portion of the invitation reads "cornrows and gold swimsuits are not necessary."

Bold book

In the words of Angela McGlowan, who was feted Tuesday night at Finemondo Italian restaurant on F Street, the liberal "script" never changes: the Democratic Party is the party of racial freedom and equality.

"Just ask them," writes the black founder and president of the District-based public relations and government affairs firm Political Strategies and Insights, in her new book, "Bamboozled: How Americans Are Being Exploited by the Lies of the Liberal Agenda."

Mrs. McGlowan, who has appeared everywhere from the stage of Bill Maher's "Politically Incorrect" show to the pages of Jet, takes particular aim at the Democratic National Committee, which contends it has led the fight "on every civil rights issue." She considers the statement "so brazenly false that one wonders where to even begin in dismantling it."

A black leader she does praise for his "intellectual honesty" is Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr., Illinois Democrat, who once observed there is "no doubt that the Democratic Party is the party of the Confederacy; historically, that the Democratic Party's flag is the Confederate flag."

"She makes bold statements, but they are backed up by facts," the author's husband, John Venners, remarked at his wife's crowded book party. Case in point: The pastor of a black church in Memphis, Tenn., recently invited his wife to speak to his congregation, and told her to "bring 500 of your books with you."

As for stepping on so many toes -- from politicians and absentee fathers to high-school dropouts and drug dealers -- Mrs. McGlowan told Inside the Beltway: "Are you asking me if this is all worth it? This book contains my dream, and the whole reason for writing it is to spread this dream to as many people as possible."

Rinse cycle

"Democrat Dirty Laundry: Another Load." Or such was the National Republican Congressional Committee's response when divided Democratic leaders in the House this week considered postponing their promised vote on overhauling lobbying laws.

Thou shalt not ...

John McCaslin

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

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