Robert Novak

 McCain likes to spend weekends at his Cottonwood, Ariz., "cabin" and has been reluctant to schedule events on Saturdays. Dewey Beach, an Atlantic resort, is far from any major airport and is not easy to reach.


 A new television ad by conservatives attempts to use outspoken Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean's own words to discredit his party on the war against terrorism.

 The Americas Majority ad shows a black-and-white still photograph of a sinister-looking Dean. His own voice is heard, with these words: "The idea that we're going to win this war is an idea that unfortunately is just plain wrong, and I've seen this before in my life."

 The ad continues with an announcer saying: "Every time a prominent Democrat tells America we can't win, his words are broadcast around the Arab world." At the close of the ad, the announcer says: "The terrorists know their days are numbered unless the Democratic Party wins the next American election."


 Only two members of Congress attended President Bush's relatively rare black-tie state dinner at the White House Tuesday, honoring Australian Prime Minister John Howard. That contrasted with heavy Capitol Hill representation at past such events.

 The guests were Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander and Democratic Rep. John Tanner, both from Tennessee. Alexander and his family spent six months in Australia in 1987 after finishing eight years as governor of Tennessee. Tanner is a friend of Michael Thawley, the former Australian ambassador in Washington.

 A footnote: The Howard dinner guest list contained nobody from Hollywood, including actors with Australian backgrounds.

Robert Novak

Robert Novak (1931-2009) was a syndicated columnist and editor of the Evans-Novak Political Report.

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