John McCaslin

The voting machine, I'm told in writing, is mine to keep (and hopefully to peddle on eBay). It was sent by HBO in advance of its film "Recount," which premiered Sunday night and examines the process that culminated in the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Bush v. Gore.

'King him'

Now that Sen. John McCain has concluded his Memorial Day powwow in Arizona, we figured we would narrow down the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's list of potential running mates. What did we know?

John J. Miller, national political reporter for National Review and contributor to the Wall Street Journal — the American Prospect calls him "one of the brightest young thinkers on the right" — posted the following on NRO Weekend beneath the headline "King Him":

"I recently asked a prominent House Republican who should be McCain's running mate. His answer, without a moment of hesitation: Rep. Pete King of New York. The idea is that the election will hinge on Midwestern Catholic blue-collar voters of the type who reject [Barack] Obama, are willing to vote for Hillary [Rodham Clinton], and are of mixed mind about McCain. They'd love King, a 64-year-old pro-lifer who would connect with them far better than just about anybody else who is likely to end up on either ticket. He also supported McCain in 2000 and McCain values loyalty. So that's the theory. I'm not saying I'm for it or against it. But it was the most interesting veep suggestion I've heard in a while."

Praise for Max

A Who's Who of Washington VIPs were on hand at the State Department when 87-year-old retired diplomat and Cold War-era arms-control negotiator Max Kampelman was presented with the Democracy Service Medal by the National Endowment for Democracy, headed by former Rep. Vin Weber, Minnesota Republican.

Among those praising Ronald Reagan's chief arms-control negotiator were former U.S. ambassador to Iraq-turned-deputy secretary of State John D. Negroponte and Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut independent.

Bobby's back

This afternoon beginning at 1 p.m., the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, the Freedom Forum and Vanderbilt University will hold a public symposium on the life and legacy of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, including the 1968 presidential campaign that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has suddenly thrust back into the news.

The symposium, which lasts until 4:45 p.m., will be held at the Freedom Forum at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. At 6:30 this evening, the Kennedy memorial will host the 2008 Robert F. Kennedy Book and Journalism Awards.

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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