John McCaslin

What Bush won't say

Lead paragraph in the German publication Deutsche Welle: "Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt called for an end to the 'hysteria' over global warming in the lead-up to the [Group of Eight] summit. The topic is 'hysterical, overheated, and that is especially because of the media.' "

Mr. Schmidt reasoned there's always been climate change on earth, "warm [ages] and ice ages for hundreds of thousands of years." To assume that global climate change can be altered by world leaders attending this week's G-8 summit, he said, is "idiotic."

Pajama party

What 2008 presidential candidate isn't turning to the Internet for votes?

It was big news recently when New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton turned to the popular video-sharing Web site YouTube to get nominations for her 2008 presidential campaign theme song.

Then there is former Vice President Al Gore, who is so futuristic that CBS News anchor Katie Couric has dubbed him "The Goreacle." Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is being seen by millions of young Americans on Facebook.

And that was former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson writing a letter not to the New York Times, but to the founder of "It's clear that all of you and our many friends across the blogosphere and on the Web are part of a true information revolution. That's why so much of my effort has been focused on talking to Americans through this medium."

Roger L. Simon, co-founder and CEO of Pajamas Media, is obviously pleased by the endorsement. He says Mr. Thompson understands the Internet's value more than most politicians, and that has helped propel him to second place among Republican presidential contenders in this week's Rasmussen poll -- even though he hasn't announced his candidacy.


Peter Daou, the Internet director of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign, and Josh Orton, deputy "New Media" director of Sen. Barack Obama's White House bid, will share the dais tomorrow with Jeff Berman, MySpace senior vice president for public affairs; Chris Kelly, Facebook vice president of corporate development; and YouTube politics chief Steve Grove.

They're among participants of a George Washington University/Brookings Institution conference, "The Future of Political Communication -- Connecting with Young Voters," which will center on the Internet's rapidly becoming a mainstream tool for political communicators.

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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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