John McCaslin

While presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain awaits a Democratic challenger — either Sen. Barack Obama or Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton — the Libertarian Party tomorrow kicks off its national convention in Denver, where it will select its presidential nominee for the 2008 election.

"This is going to be a watershed year for the Libertarian Party," says party spokesman Andrew Davis. "Voter dissatisfaction with the major two parties is at an all-time high, and people are looking to the Libertarian Party to provide a third choice on the ballot in 2008."

He explains that voters are tired of the "business-as-usual" politics from the current slate of candidates.

Desert bargain

"Reagan's Rancho Mirage House for Sale!"

So read the posting on the Web site of Michael Reagan, the eldest son of former President Ronald Reagan, who yesterday sold the California home of his late mother, actress Jane Wyman, at the Rancho Mirage Country Club.

Mr. Reagan inherited the three-bedroom, 2½-bath residence on Bob Hope Drive, one of the community's original model homes, upon his mother's death in September.

The single-level Montebello plan, which "boasts over 2,370 square feet of living space with soaring 20-foot ceilings and walls of glass that look out to the private pool and spa," sold for about the $699,000 asking price, we're told. Included in the purchase price was Mrs. Wyman's complete bedroom set.

Upon her death last year, Mr. Reagan said, "I have lost a loving mother, my children have lost a loving grandmother, my wife has lost a loving friend she called 'Mom,' and Hollywood has lost the classiest lady to ever grace the silver screen."

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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