John McCaslin

"I'm surprised they don't search the records of their own party, and bring up the example of Geraldine Ferraro," Mr. Lockwood tells Inside the Beltway. "In 1984, the party ran Walter Mondale for president and Mrs. Ferraro for vice president. She had served no more than six years in the U.S. House of Representatives, yet they were willing to have her one heartbeat away from leadership of the free world."

In fact, Mrs. Ferraro addressed the "experience" question during one 1984 vice presidential debate with incumbent Vice President George Bush. Here's her answer:

"Well, let me first say that I wasn't born at the age of 43 when I entered Congress. I did have a life before that, as well. I was a prosecutor for almost five years in the District Attorney's Office in Queens and I was a teacher. It is not only what is on your paper resume that makes you qualified to run for or to hold office. It's how you approach problems and what your values are."

Cry with Hillary

Thanks to Herb B. Berkowitz, the former Washington PR mogul who now hangs his sailor's hat in Wilmington, N.C., for sending us the definition for "Electile Dysfunction: The inability to become aroused over any of the choices for president put forth by either party in the 2008 election year."

Which caused us to pick up the phone and ask Mr. Berkowitz to expand.

"Well, over at Folk Cafe, the local Wilmington coffee shop across from New Hanover High School (whose alumni include the great Redskin Sonny Jurgensen), we've been told that if we get excited about any of the candidates for more than four hours we need to go see a doctor," relays the top communications executive at the Heritage Foundation from 1977 until 2002.

"Never have so many would-be presidents inspired so little at such great cost. It almost makes you want to have a good cry with Hillary."

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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