Former George Bush speech writer Richard Brookhiser has shown it is possible to learn something useful from a political job. He has just completed a book titled "The Way of the WASP," all about the role of the WASP in America. Brookhiser says the election of Bush is "a clear-cut victory for WASPs and their ways." He also deplores the bashing of WASP culture and values and has compiled a list of WASP likes so we can all appreciate this much-maligned majority group.

Among them are: the WASP sandwich -- turkey roll on white bread; favorite WASP rock group -- the Beach Boys; favorite WASP men's clothes -- Brooks Brothers, heavy on pin stripes and seersucker; worst WASP sins -- debt and losing your temper; and favorite WASP dance -- the fox trot. Another way to identify the maligned majority is in the question Brookhiser presents: Do WASPs eat bagels, pizza and egg rolls? Of course they do, but only with a knife and fork.

Out and About

Martin Scorsese's hit gangland film, "GoodFellas," is on a roll. Last week it took the Los Angeles Film Critics Association best picture honors and yesterday it was named best movie of the year by the New York Film Critics. Scorsese was named best director, and his star Robert De Niro took the best actor honors for "GoodFellas" and the movie "Awakenings." The 28 critics for New York-based publications named Ruth Prawer Jhabvala for best screenplay for the new Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward film, "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge." Woodward was named best actress. Best supporting actress went to Jennifer Jason Leigh for "Miami Blues" and "Last Exit to Brooklyn," with Bruce Davison winning best supporting actor for "Longtime Companion" ...

With the film "The Bonfire of the Vanities" about to open, a federal judge in New Jersey has ruled that it was unconstitutional for the state's top judge to bar movie crews from shooting scenes at the Essex County Courthouse. State Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Wilentz had argued that the depiction of rioting black characters would undermine what little faith blacks have left in the judicial system. In his ruling yesterday, U.S. District Judge Nicholas Politan said, "By acting to further his concern for the welfare of the black community, {Wilentz} egregiously trammeled a fundamental bulwark against the spread of governmental despotism" ...

Joe Louis Barrow Jr., the son of the great, much-admired heavyweight boxing champion, believes the time is right to take another look at his father, who so dramatically changed boxing history. Barrow, who lives here, has commissioned Washington writer Sheldon Tromberg to begin work on a film treatment of his father's life, and Barrow said he is already negotiating with a couple of studios, attempting to sell the project. It is some measure of Louis's enduring popularity that his grave is one of the most visited at Arlington National Cemetery ...

Antiabortion leader Randall Terry has said that Operation Rescue will close its national headquarters here before the new year because of the heavy financial hits it has taken in court cases. "The purpose was to bankrupt us and to a large extent it worked," Terry said, referring to a federal court ruling that make Operation Rescue liable for fines its supporters incur during protests at abortion clinics ...

Royal Watch: The troops in Saudi Arabia may not get to see starlet Brooke Shields, but some of them will get to see royalty. Prince Charles is planning a visit to British troops in the desert this weekend as an "extension of interest of members of the royal family in gulf matters." Princess Diana, while not going to the Persian Gulf, will travel to Germany, where she is to meet with families of British servicemen who were stationed there and now are deployed in the gulf region ...