John McCaslin

Still, the fellow's frequent critics in Al Gore's "global warming" camp might have you convinced of this, especially in light of the publication of Mr. Murray's much-talked-about book: "The Really Inconvenient Truths: Seven Environmental Catastrophes Liberals Don't Want You to Know About — Because They Helped Cause Them."


"Torpor" is a word rarely used in journalism circles, thus it caught our attention when it appeared not once, but twice in the same paragraph of Sunday afternoon's White House pool report covering President Bush's return to Washington from his Texas ranch.

Mr. Bush, it read, departed a "Central Texas torpor" and arrived in an "only slightly less oppressive Mid-Atlantic torpor."

Consider the three meanings of torpor culled from one dictionary:

"1. A state of mental or physical inactivity or insensibility.

"2. Lethargy; apathy.

"3. The dormant, inactive state of a hibernating or estivating animal."

Surely the White House pool writer was referring to the summer heat and humidity.

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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