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My So-Called Nomination: Miers Gets Schooled

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Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) scored big with the reason she doesn't date Republicans: "They make love like they make war -- they lie to get in, and they don't know what to do when they get there."

Unfortunately the judges* could pick only one winner: Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.), who strapped on a tool belt and did an imitation of President Bush in a hilarious bit accusing Cuba of generating "weather of mass destruction" hurricanes . . . oh, never mind. You had to be there.

* Full disclosure: The Reliable Source sat on the judging panel. You wanted objective? Go to another section!

You Be The Gossip

You hear that Chelsea Clinton has split up with longtime beau Ian Klaus. You're hot to go with it -- till you realize this juicy tidbit was broken by the New York Post . . . eight weeks ago. Do you:

a) Leave it alone? (She's a private citizen whose romantic life is none of our business.)

b) Pass it off to readers like it's new news? (What kind of person was reading gossip columns the day Katrina struck? We certainly weren't!)

c) Pen a glib, jokey item recommending high-profile new beaux for the once-and-maybe-future first daughter? ( Prince William , George P. Bush , Paris Latsis , W ilmer Valderrama, Kenny Chesney . . . )

d) Leap upon the fresh reports she was spotted snuggling with childhood pal Marc Mezvinsky . . . uh, four weeks ago. (Never mind!)

Readers Tell Us

Annandale writes: I have known David Grohl since he was a young lad and noticed an error in your "Shout Out" [Oct. 19]. David did not attend Annandale High School, but rather Thomas Jefferson High School (before it was a magnet science and tech school).

Ah, the old "I knew Dave Grohl when . . ." It's the Northern Virginia thirty-something equivalent of "Yeah, Woodstock, I was there , man . . ." Look, we're all in favor of name-dropping (have we mentioned that we have an ex-boyfriend whose best friend was in a band with Grohl and a best friend whose ex-boyfriend was in a band with Grohl?). Still, we've always been suspicious of all the people who claim to have gone to high school with the Foo Fighters frontman. There couldn't be that many! (Or could there . . . ?)

We asked the folks at the Fairfax County Public Schools to look up Grohl's permanent record (they really keep this stuff!). Turns out the best rock drummer of his generation did, indeed, make the rounds during his school days. So as a public service to all of you trying to check the veracity of your buddies' pre- Nirvana stories, we present the official academic journey of David Grohl:

Thomas Jefferson High School, Alexandria, 1983-84

Bishop Ireton High School, Alexandria, 1984-86

Annandale High School, 1986-87, dropped out.


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