John McCaslin

While Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton continue to duke it out for the Democratic nomination for president, Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is trying to refocus some of his party's negative attention on Republican candidate Sen. John McCain.

"John McCain wants to stay in Iraq for 100 years. He's said it, and it's on tape," Mr. Dean recalled this week, although he opined that the McCain camp "viciously" attacks anyone who references the 100 years comment as "deliberately misleading voters."

So Mr. Dean has taken Mr. McCain's "own words" — video of him saying that 100 years would be "fine with me" — and made a TV ad for Americans to watch this week when they otherwise would be tuning in to the Obama-Clinton saga, which as the DNC chairman knows all too well is growing uglier by the day.

Auditing Al

That was Imperial College of Science and Oxford-educated Iain Murray, senior fellow in energy, science and technology at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, delivering a Heritage Foundation lecture yesterday on his new book, "The Real Inconvenient Truths: Seven Environmental Catastrophes Liberals Don't Want You To Know About — Because They Helped Cause Them."

You can read all seven catastrophes in the book, but as for one of them, Mr. Murray addresses Al Gore's "crusade" against global warming and as an aside examines whether the former vice president practices what he preaches.

He does, doesn't he?

"Of course not," says the author. "At the end of 'An Inconvenient Truth,' Al Gore outlines some things the individual can do to 'make a difference' about global warming. First and foremost among these is cutting the energy you use at home.

"The Tennessee Center for Policy Research performed a home energy audit on the former vice president and revealed him to be a Class A hypocrite," Mr. Murray states. "In 2006, Gore devoured nearly 221,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) — more than 20 times the national average. Last August alone, Gore burned through 22,619 kWh — guzzling more than twice the electricity in one month than an average American family uses in an entire year.

"As a result of his energy consumption, Gore's average monthly electric bill topped $1,359."

Larry turns 20

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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