John McCaslin

Doing the math, Rep. Virginia Foxx, North Carolina Republican, figures the Democrats' proposed economic stimulus package would spend $275,000 per job in creating or saving 3 million jobs.


Democratic Rep. Frank M. Kratovil is the freshman congressman from Maryland's 1st District, having defeated Republican Andy Harris, who ousted incumbent Republican Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest in the primary.

Mr. Kratovil this week introduced himself as "a career prosecutor, someone whose job it has been to sort through facts in search of the truth. In my career, I have found that usually the truth lies somewhere in the middle."


As President Obama and the Democratic majority continue to furnish their respective houses, Republicans begin the difficult task of rebuilding their party from the ground up. First, they will need a construction foreman.

Endorsements continue daily for the six candidates vying to become chairman of the Republican National Committee, with the winner declared at the Republican Party's winter meeting later this month. The hopefuls include:

Chip Saltsman, former head of the Tennessee Republican Party (he landed in hot water recently after distributing a Christmas CD containing the parody song, "David Ehrenstein's Barack the Magic Negro").

Saul Anuzis, head of the Michigan Republican Party (a hockey dad and owner of a telecommunications company, he told Inside the Beltway his party requires a "tech savvy" leader of his caliber).

Kenneth Blackwell (the former Ohio secretary of state is backed by an influential slate of Republican heavy-hitters, including two-time presidential candidate Steve Forbes, former Attorney General Edwin Meese III, former Reagan adviser T. Kenneth Cribb Jr., Eagle Forum president Phyllis Schlafly, and American Conservative Union chairman David Keene).

Katon Dawson, chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party (well-known and well-respected, he is the fourth-longest serving state Republican Party chairman in the country and serves on the RNC's Budget Committee).

Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele (his supporters are throwing a reception in his honor Monday evening at the Rookery on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest).

Incumbent RNC Chairman Mike Duncan (he says don't count him or the Republican Party out in the coming four years, citing increased grassroots support and fundraising totaling more than $320 million in the last election cycle).


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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