John McCaslin

Marc B. Miller, director of Miller Funeral Home in Woodbridge, told us Friday that he has never experienced anything quite like this before, and his heart goes out to the family. "Still nothing," he said yesterday when we called for an update.

Reached late Friday at USPS headquarters in Washington, spokesman David Partenheimer extended an immediate apology and condolences to the DeKay family, and then set out to find answers. Stay tuned.

Warners and such

Political pundits assumed former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner would be throwing his hat into the presidential ring of Democratic candidates, but it didn't happen. So what's a popular ex-governor to do?

If his solid polling numbers hold up, the Old Town Alexandria resident (Once upon a time, he and Republican presidential candidate John McCain lived two blocks from each other) is on his way to becoming the next U.S. senator from the Old Dominion.

Republican Sen. John Warner — no relation — announced last year that he would not be seeking a sixth term in office, leaving the seat vacant come January 2009.

As for a Republican challenger, Mr. Warner is likely to face former Virginia Gov. James S. Gilmore III, whom he succeeded in office. In the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Virginia voters released last week, Mr. Warner remained comfortably ahead of Mr. Gilmore, 55 percent to 39 percent, although the gap was slightly larger last month, when the Democrat had 57 percent.

"Warner dominates among unaffiliated voters," Rasmussen said. "He leads Gilmore 65 percent to 21 percent among those not affiliated with either Republicans or Democrats."

As for campaigning, Mr. Warner will be crossing the Potomac River on Wednesday evening for a cocktail fundraising reception at Teatro Goldoni on K Street Northwest in Washington. Meanwhile, Mr. Gilmore was also in Washington this past Thursday evening as keynote speaker at the Mayflower Hotel for the Bill of Rights Institute annual gala dinner.

By the way, it's worth noting that the same Rasmussen survey gives Mr. McCain a significant lead over Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton in Virginia.

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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