John McCaslin

One Internet gang obviously doesn't appreciate Team Sarah, the 5,000-plus women advancing the Sarah Palin "revolution."

On Wednesday night, unidentified hooligans invaded the Team Sarah chat room, spreading "vulgar language and vile content," Inside the Beltway is told.

"Team Sarah members fought back into the wee hours of the morning, reporting and banning the offenders. At one point, the chat room had to be shut down temporarily," said one member.


Those were Silver Owls, or senior members of the National Press Club, holding their annual Fall Hoot Thursday night, inducting TV commentator and humorist Andy Rooney into the "Order of the Owl" - recognizing "birds of a unique species, weathered and wise, who have nested at the National Press Club and demonstrated that they give a hoot for Washington journalism."

This year's Fall Hoot was organized by the Council of Wisest Owls: Frank Aukofer, John Cosgrove, Allan Cromley, Mary Lou Forbes, Gwen Gibson, Bernie Goodrich, Don Larrabee, Arthur Wiese and Sid Yudain.


Hopefully, when Americans awaken Nov. 5, they will know who will be the next president of the United States.

And nobody better to discuss Election Day and its aftermath that Wednesday - appearing side by side, no less - than the respective chairmen of the Democratic and Republican National Committees, Howard Dean and Robert "Mike" Duncan.

The pair of party leaders has agreed to appear together at a National Press Club luncheon, when only one of the two gentlemen will be grinning from ear to ear.


Get a load of this contest: will pay cash bounties of up to $50,000 to those who can offer verifiable facts about the presidential candidates.

The Web site is offering $200 to those who e-mail previously undisclosed facts that can be verified and are then used on its site.

In addition, $1,000 will be sent to anybody who can prove that the information posted on the site is verifiably wrong.

However, the Web site will pay as much as $50,000 to the person who can make a claim on its "Knock Out Challenge" - verifiable information that stops either Democratic or Republican presidential campaigns in their tracks with news so stunning that it makes the election a foregone conclusion.


We see that the makers of the Obama Underwear line, Andrew Christian, created a viral video where superhero "Obama Man" saves the damsel in distress, Sarah Palin.

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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