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"I live a few blocks from the Fannie Mae building," writes John Lockwood of Northwest Washington. "I was passing by to go to the post office to pick up a letter when I saw that somebody had left in front, right next to the Fannie Mae sign, a homemade 'HELP WANTED' sign."

EVERYTHING SARAH

Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and MSNBC's Chris Matthews were just two of several well-known faces on hand for Friday's YouthAIDS 2008 gala at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner, where emcee Sharon Osbourne took the stage, slid on her eyeglasses, only to announce on second thought:

"I'd better take these off. I feel like I look like Sarah Palin."

NO SOCCER MOM

"If we let that happen, then we'll soon be calling Dick Cheney the second-most dangerous vice president in history."

-Democratic strategist James Carville, worrying over the weekend about hockey mom and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin becoming vice president of the United States.

GO FIGURE?

No wonder James Carville left Virginia and returned home to Louisiana.

John McCain and Sarah Palin supporters, we see, have borrowed from the familiar "Virginia is For Lovers" slogan and printed T-shirts, complete with a heart, stating: "Virginia is For McCain-Palin!"

Or is it?

Last week, a Time magazine/CNN poll handed Barack Obama a most impressive (after all, a Democratic presidential candidate hasn't carried Virginia since 1964) a nine percentage-point lead over Mr. McCain, 53 percent to 44 percent, in the Old Dominion.

Similar polls conducted in Virginia of late gave Mr. Obama a smaller edge, although Republican faithful point to a Mason-Dixon Polling & Research survey, conducted over the same recent time period, putting Mr. McCain on top of Mr. Obama, 48 percent to 45 percent.

'IGNORANT BIGOT'

Father Sean Mc Manus, a veteran campaigner against anti-Catholic bigotry as president of the Irish National Caucus on Capitol Hill, is slamming comedian Bill Maher "whom I see as a malicious, vicious and ignorant anti-Catholic bigot."

The priest is angry about Mr. Maher's new movie, "Religulous," and speaks of his personal disgust in a letter to the Irish-America magazine in New York, which interviewed the popular HBO host for its latest issue.

"Even Northern Ireland has not produced worse bigots than Maher," writes Father Mc Manus, who forwarded a copy of his letter to Inside the Beltway. "And the fact that Maher was raised Catholic only makes his ugliness more offensive."

The movie is about Mr. Maher's personal take on organized religion, of which he is no fan.

BEYOND GREEN EGGS

Dr. Seuss for president?


John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on Townhall.com and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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