"How's everything going?" Inside the Beltway asked former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, bumping into the eldest of Robert and Ethel Kennedy's 11 children in the "Quiet Car" of Amtrak's Acela Express as it traveled between Washington and Boston.
Figuring correctly that we had politics on our mind, Mrs. Kennedy Townsend, apparently predicting victory for her Democratic Party in the 2008 presidential campaign, smiled and whispered back: "Everything will be better next year."
Pause for hardball
Inside the Beltway spotted several well-known Washington political types in the stands of Fenway Park for Game 1 of the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies, including:
Former presidential adviser David Gergen, MSNBC "Hardball" host Chris Matthews, political pollster and campaign strategist Frank Luntz, Weekly Standard Executive Editor and TV pundit Fred Barnes, U.S. Chamber of Commerce national political Director William C. Miller Jr., and the Fox News Channel chief political correspondent Carl Cameron, who made the short drive to Beantown Wednesday night from Manchester, N.H., where he's on the heels of the 2008 presidential candidates.
"Meet the new SCHIP bill, the same as the old SCHIP bill."
Or such is the clever, if not R-rated play on words by House Minority Leader John A. Boehner of Ohio, who says the Democratic majority's latest SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Program) bill still insures adults and illegal aliens at the expense of low-income children.
As anticipated, there was plenty of reaction from readers about a new study finding that men who wear bow ties are "a little weird." A majority of those polled, in fact, said they don't want a bow-tie wearer "in the neighborhood, as a friend, or in the family."
"The liberal elite editors and publishers of the Boston Globe have been famously monikered with the term 'The bowtied bumkissers of Morrissey Boulevard' — Morrissey Boulevard being the home address of the Boston Globe," notes Eddie C., who like most of the men weighing in could live without bow ties.
But then we opened this sincere rather touching note from Denise Noe:
"It's upsetting to see men who wear bow ties perceived negatively. After all, what does almost every man wear on his wedding day?"
Many good men
Navy blue will be shed for black tie Monday night at the annual Lone Sailor Awards gala presented by the U.S. Navy Memorial to sea service veterans who have distinguished themselves in their careers while exemplifying the core values of honor, courage and commitment.
This year's honorees, feted at the Grand Hyatt, include: legendary St. Louis Cardinal and baseball hall-of-famer Stan "The Man" Musial; Republican Sen. John Warner, former Navy secretary and Virginia's longest-serving senator; Tom Benson, the owner of the New Orleans Saints who demonstrated his support of the city following Hurricane Katrina;and Morgan L. Fitch, former partner at Fitch, Even, Tabin and Flannery law firm in Chicago, who founded the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps youth program.
Inside the Beltway is told that House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton, Missouri Democrat, will present Musial's award to no better "pinch hitter" than fellow St. Louis Cardinals legend and hall-of-famer Lou Brock.