John McCaslin

"It's gotten boring around here."

Or so Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton supporter James Carville tells Inside the Beltway is one reason he's happy to be moving to New Orleans this summer with his family, including wife Mary Matalin.

Kennedy fan

"I like RFK better."

That was the immediate reaction from Washington print and broadcast journalist Morton Kondracke when we bumped into him in the sprawling concourse of the newly opened Nationals Park during Saturday evening's exhibition baseball game between the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles.

Otherwise, Mr. Kondracke, who battled alcoholism during the 1980s, made it clear he had visited an untold number of beverage vendors in the sparkling new stadium — trust us, there are many dozens — and yet none served nonalcoholic beer.

"You can print this: 'Mr. Lerner, where is the nonalcoholic beer?' " asked Mr. Kondracke, addressing his question to Ted Lerner, whose group of Washington-area businessmen owns the Nationals.

We'll let the journalist explain his nostalgia for aging Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium when he and Fred Barnes bring viewers their next installment of "The Beltway Boys" program on the Fox News Channel.

Fix the rug

Taking a private West Wing tour of the White House one evening last week was "24" actress Regina King, otherwise known for her roles in "Ray," "Jerry McGuire," "Miss Congeniality II" and "Legally Blonde II."

"The White House staff was excited to see her, and she posed for photos and signed autographs," tour arranger Joe Deoudes, president of Principled Capital, told Inside the Beltway.

"Her observations to me were: 'The Situation Room was very impressive, and the Oval Office rug is blue on '24' and not accurate with the actual light colored rug.' "

Word is the upcoming seventh season of the popular terrorism-fighting TV series, starring actor Kiefer Sutherland, will be centered primarily in Washington.

Military or not?

If anybody has a difficult time figuring out the dress code for Washington's myriad social functions it's members of the U.S. military, who we now see also must know when — and how — to become civilians.

Take the Navy. Depending on whether it is an informal, formal, dinner or ceremonial event, there is summer white and winter blue, dinner dress blue and dinner dress white, service dress blue and service dress white and service khaki. For the Army, there is Army green, Army blue and Army white, as well as blue mess and white mess. Keep in mind this is barely peeking at the extensive wardrobe for these and other military branches, including the Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard.


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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