John McCaslin

It was just over a year ago that conservative blogger Matt Margolis filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission surrounding questionable fundraising practices by then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The complaint dealt with a $380,000 "cooks and dishwashers" fundraiser in New York, which sought campaign contributions ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. As Mr. Margolis pointed out, there was at least one donor who admitted to being an illegal immigrant, while another claimed she was illegally reimbursed for her contribution.

This week, the FEC took up the complaint - purporting "contributions were made in the name of another and contributions were made by foreign nationals" - and has now just ruled that it "found no reason to believe" Mrs. Clinton violated FEC regulations and "closed the file."


Talk about reaction to our interview this week with former judge Robert Bork, the one-time acting attorney general nominated to the Supreme Court by President Reagan.

Yes, some readers had forgotten that the former Yale Law School professor had opportunity to instill legal wisdom in a young radical-minded student named Hillary Rodham-soon-to-be-Clinton. Mr. Bork stressed that "she was in the room. I don't claim any credit for her development."

Most, however, wished to applaud Mr. Bork's argument that "the martini is a drink that is much abused - everybody's making chocolate martinis and apple martinis, and so forth. And it's the kind of thing that has to stop. The integrity of the martini is essential."

"I'm a Las Vegas bartender, and I happen to agree with Judge Bork on martinis," writes Mike Niederberger. "Although I don't drink 'em (I prefer an 18-year-old Irish whiskey or a Scotch), I am a martini purist. There is only one martini, and it's made with gin (your preference) and a splash of dry vermouth with three olives.

"The way I make 'em is, swirl about a half-ounce of dry vermouth in a chilled martini glass so you get the essence of the vermouth. Pour about 4 ounces of Bombay Sapphire in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into the chilled martini glass; add three olives on a pick.

"All these other goofy 'martinis' are nothing more than glorified cocktails served in a martini glass. End of story."


That was Hollywood actor Ted Danson on Capitol Hill on Wednesday lobbying members of Congress to reinstate an offshore-drilling moratorium that lapsed last year.

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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