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Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 04/07/2011

The Lunchline with Clinton Yates: Blackberrys, Filmfest D.C. and azaleas


News junkie and pop culture fanatic Clinton Yates. (Breton Littlehales - The Washington Post)
The speculation around who’s going to run for president in 2012 has officially taken a turn for the ridiculous. It turns out that Donald Trump — yes, The Donald — finished second behind Mitt Romney in a hypothetical Republican primary heat, according to an NBC/Wall St. Journal poll. Caveat: He was at least tied with Mike Huckabee. God bless America.

While the rest of us worry about what may happen to our tax returns in the wake of a government shutdown, some lawmakers have more important things on their minds. For example, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) is worried about what he’s going to keep on his hip should Capitol Hill shut down. The Post’s Karen Tumulty reports that the issue of what happens with government-issued BlackBerrys is a real concern among many. Some say they can get along just fine. Others, like Graham, say they can’t. Graham said, on the record no less: “I’m not sure I could handle it, though. It’s basically a part of who you are.” Meanwhile, federal workers across the nation are preparing to protest the budget standoff. Priorities, people.

Remember George Allen? The son of a Redskins coach, former Virginia governor and senator who famously, and arguably, torpedoed his reelection bid when he lobbed slurs at an opponent’s volunteer worker in 2006? Well, he’s back running for office again, and he apparently still hasn’t gained much in regards to racial sensibility. According to The Post’s Tom Jackman, Allen asked NBC-4 reporter Craig Melvin, a tall, black man, twice in two months what position he played in football. Take a guess as to what Melvin replied.

A new study claims that 9 million Americans are estimated to be gay, lesbian or bisexual. Gary Gates of the UCLA School of Law said he did the survey in “an attempt to encourage more research into the health and well-being of gay people,” The Post’s Carol Morello reports. The research includes some interesting details about what types of sexual encounters people say they have engaged in, but points out that the number of people that self-identified as homosexual or bisexual went from a low of 1.7 percent to a high of 5.6 percent. Honestly, those figures strike me as surprisingly low.

If you’re not familiar with Filmfest D.C., I’m not surprised. The festival, which is celebrating its silver anniversary this year, has never been the spectacular or quirky show that some of its national counterparts claim to be. This year is not much different. The event kicks off tonight with the showing of “Potiche,” a French film starring Catherine Deneuve playing a 1970s housewife. The Post’s Ann Hornaday reports on the rest of the highlights to come from the festival she calls “modest to a fault.”

It’s the first week of April, which means it’s time for sportswriters to head to Augusta and gush over the azaleas. Maybe it’s because I’ve never been, but the only time you’ll find sportswriting more slurpy than during spring training is this weekend. It’s a tradition unlike any other. The Post has full coverage of the golf tournament, and Thomas Boswell says Tiger Woods may make it back to the top, someday. Also, LaVar Arrington says that with the intimidation factor gone, Woods has to rely on skill to win.

Extra Bites

• There is less than one week and counting until the winner of The Washington Post’s Peep Show 2011 is announced, in case you forgot. If you’re looking for something to do to kill time at the office, take a look at this, a nice primer from the competition in years past.

• The Beastie Boys have a new track out, and it’s got just enough fuzzy boom-bap for my taste, with some funk on the side. Hopefully their over-the-top goofiness act is gone.

• Tina Fey is pregnant and 30 Rock is on the way out. Do we really want more anyways?

• What do you call the person who finished last in medical school? A doctor.

Send your suggestions or comments to me at clinton.yates@wpost.com. And click here to sign up for the Lunchline newsletter.

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