John McCaslin

"But don't read that as any support for the Pats over the Giants — he loves Massachusetts and New York," a McCain aide told Inside the Beltway last night.

New life

That was Sen. Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina and Rep. Marilyn Musgrave of Colorado, both Republicans, among other worthy women presented with the Susan B. Anthony List Distinguished Leader Award at Wednesday night's Campaign for Life Gala at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel.

The pro-life group said it plans an "intense year of activity leading up to the 2008 elections."


We smiled knowingly this week when Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, reflected on the day he first came to Washington about five years ago, and "a colleague of mine said: 'Welcome to Washington, D.C. It is about eight square miles of logic-free environment, where perception is reality.'

"One reason I think people chuckle at that, and maybe groan a little bit inside when Washington is described that way, is because we send out such contradictory messages at the same time."

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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