Dead Dove Disaster
It was only a matter of time before people figured out those obvious ties between Osama bin Laden and Ariel Sharon.
Just think of it: A Zionist wave is sweeping the Arabian peninsula. Who knew?
Wanted: A Slogan in Every Pot
Don't forget the In the Loop Presidential Slogan Contest! This is to help the Bush and Kerry presidential campaigns come up with an incisive, memorable slogan to fire up their troops and move on to victory. We're looking for something along the lines of the great ones of the past: "54-40 or Fight," or "A Chicken in Every Pot," or "Morning in America." Or perhaps the great non-presidential one in Louisiana in 1991 when Klansman David Duke ran against the ethically challenged former governor Edwin W. Edwards: "Vote for the Crook, It's Important." (Edwards is serving a 10-year prison term.)
Send in your suggestions, no more than one per candidate, to: In the Loop, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071, or e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name and home and work phone numbers.
The 10 winning entries for each campaign will win classic, dark-blue-with-white-lettering In the Loop T-shirts. Contest deadline is June 23.
Michigan Win Is a Loss
Probably just as well for California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) that the Detroit Pistons destroyed the Los Angeles Lakers in a stunning upset and won the NBA title in five games.
Seems Schwarzenegger and Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm (D) had bet a bunch of their states' products on the outcome. The winner sends the loser the items to be consumed while wearing the winning team's jersey. Schwarzenegger's offer included California wine.
But sending wine to Michigan is illegal under Michigan law, the lobbying group Free the Grapes reminds us.
Opening a Former SecDef's Closet
Speaking of real estate and such, we're most upset to have missed a fine auction last weekend at a Chappaqua, N.Y., estate on Hog Hill Road that included, a New York Times ad said, "items from the personal collection of a former secretary of defense, et al." The items ranged from your usual Renoirs and Rembrandts and Monets to a "princess style sapphire and diamond necklace" and to "art owned by Elvis Presley plus a rare night gown owned by Marilyn Monroe."
Hmm. . . . Did he wear the necklace with the gown?
Hastert Aide to Lobby
Moving on . . . Darren Willcox, a top policy adviser on health care and Social Security issues to House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and before that top aide to Rep. Porter Goss (R-Fla.), is moving to the lobbying Dutko Group Cos. as head of the health policy practice.
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A Great Campaign Slogan, for a Change (The Washington Post, Jun 16, 2004)
Blowing Smoke? (The Washington Post, Jun 14, 2004)
They Wouldn't Wait in the Lobby (The Washington Post, Jun 11, 2004)
A Tossup on Reagan Tribute (The Washington Post, Jun 9, 2004)
An Initiative by Any Other Name (The Washington Post, Jun 7, 2004)
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