Chris Wallace, Card-Carrying Democrat?

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By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Wednesday, October 11, 2006

In Sunday's New York Times Magazine, reporter Deborah Solomon asked "Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris Wallace what political party he belonged to. His answer: "None of your business."

Oh, please. Ever heard of a little thing called public records? After five minutes of exhaustive research, we found that Wallace is a registered Democrat and has been for more than two decades.

Wallace's political leanings were called into question by a red-faced Bill Clinton, who accused him of a "nice conservative little hit job" after Wallace asked a probing question about his administration's pursuit of Osama bin Laden . Clinton exploded in -- depending on your politics -- (a) a fit of righteous anger or (b) a premeditated display of Democratic mau-mauing.

The District resident says his party affiliation is driven by simple pragmatism: "The reason I'm a registered Democrat is that in Washington, D.C., there is really only one party," Wallace told us yesterday. "If you want a say in who's going to be the next mayor or councilman, you have to vote in the Democratic primary." (No offense intended, we're sure, to GOP D.C. Council rep Carol Schwartz or independent David Catania , who was first elected as a Republican.)

Wallace is a regular at his local polling place, and says he's voted for members of both parties. "Look, some people think [journalists] shouldn't vote at all -- I think that's a little silly. . . . However I vote personally, I think I'm professional enough that it doesn't have anything to do with the way I cover the news."

As they always say: Fair and balanced, people.

People . . . People Who Need People . . . Except That @%!$# Heckler Down in Front

Never could have imagined it, but President Bush and Barbra Streisand seem to have a sidekick in common -- comedian Steve Bridges .

Bridges, who brought down the house at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in April when he did his uncanny Dubya impersonation alongside the real thing, has been appearing with the famously liberal pop diva on her "farewell" tour. But some audience members in NYC Monday didn't take well to the Babs-and-George routine. As the Bush-bashing skit dragged on a little too long, a few started jeering.

"Come on, be polite!" the singer begged, according to several press reports. When one heckler kept at it, she let him have it: "Shut the [expletive] up! Shut up if you can't take a joke!" The room burst into applause, but Streisand apologized later: "I shouldn't have lost it."

So will Bridges stay with the show when it hits Washington on Friday? (Critics applaud his mimicry but say the routine detracts from the music.) Absolutely, say Streisand's reps.

Angelina Jolie, Looking the Part

Angelina Jolie and Mariane Pearl
Jolie in "A Mighty Heart," left, and the real Mariane Pearl.(Peter Mountain (Left) - Chris Kleponis -- CNN via AP (Right))
Fans wondering how much Angelina Jolie would be made to look like Mariane Pearl got their answer yesterday, when a still photo from "A Mighty Heart" was released. The film about the abduction of slain journalist Daniel Pearl began a month-long shoot in India on Monday, with Jolie starring as Pearl's wife, who is of Afro-Cuban/Dutch heritage.

HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?

ยท Caps star Alexander Ovechkin sitting in mediocre corner-section seats at Monday's Wizards game with girlfriend Veronika Dyvanskaya , his dad, Mikhail, and two others. Wizards officials told our sports-blogging colleague Dan Steinberg they would have hooked him up with a better spot if he had asked, but he hadn't; the NHL Rookie of the Year (just turned 21!) was barely recognized by basketball fans. Ovie wore a pink "Love Metal" T-shirt and gobbled Skittles; he and his sweetie fed each other fries and kissed a lot.

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