Norquist's Loose Lips

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) became a target in the latest round of political rhetoric when Republican strategist Grover Norquist referred to him last week as "the nut-job from Arizona."

At the College Republicans convention in Arlington on Friday, Norquist also referred to Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) as "the two girls from Maine," according to the Dallas Morning News.

Norquist backed away from his "girls" comment yesterday, telling The Post's Brian Faler that he did not mean to be derisive. "It was not meant that way. We were talking to a bunch of college kids," he said.

As for McCain, Norquist said he "misspoke" and added, "I meant to say gun-grabbing, tax-increasing Bolshevik."

Mark Salter, a senior adviser for McCain, issued a statement that said, "John McCain hasn't spent five seconds in his entire life thinking about Grover Norquist. He's not going to start now."

A Marriage Crashes on EBay

The wife of British radio deejay Tim Shaw sold his Lotus Esprit Turbo on eBay for less than a dollar after her husband announced on-air that he would leave her and their two children for a model.

BBC News reports Hayley Shaw sold her husband's 25,000-pound ($45,833) luxury car for 50 pence, or 92 cents, within minutes of posting it on the online auction site. Her ad read, "I need to get rid of this car immediately -- ideally in the next two to three hours before my husband gets home to find it gone and all his belongings in the street."

Shaw admitted she was under the influence when she sold the car, but said, "I just wanted to get him back." She added, "There is no hope for reconciliation." No kidding.

A spokesperson from her husband's station would not comment, because "this is a personal issue and not work-related."

Another Day, Another Picasso

She sure could pick 'em: A former mistress of the late Pablo Picasso put 20 of his sketches on a Paris auction block yesterday. Genevieve Laporte was in her twenties when she and the artist had a two-year affair in the early 1950s.

The sketches are of Laporte and many bear the inscription, "For Genevieve." Most of the works were drawn in 1951 when Picasso went on a summer vacation to St-Tropez with his mistress. Laporte, 79, said she kept the sketches in a safe because she was afraid of theft, but now wants to sell them. "I'm at the end of my road," she said. The sketches are believed to be worth nearly $2.4 million.

End Notes

* Save the date: India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is coming to Washington next month, and the White House is (finally!) hosting a state dinner, reports The Post's Roxanne Roberts. The White House has not officially announced it, but President Bush and the first lady are hosting a dinner for Singh on July 18. This will be the first state dinner since Bush was reelected in November, and only the fifth of his administration.

* Women are green with envy over Jessica Simpson's hair, according to a poll by InTouch Weekly. The magazine conducted the survey to uncover which star has the hairstyle most women want. Trailing behind Simpson are Jennifer Aniston in second place, "Fantastic Four" star Jessica Alba (third) and Angelina Jolie (fourth). Give it a week -- someone might demand a recount.

-- Compiled by Korin Miller

from staff and wire reports

Genevieve Laporte points to a 1951 drawing of her in Paris, one of 20 by Pablo Picasso. Valued between $1.8 million and $2.4 million, the sketches went up for auction yesterday.McCain, above, remains no favorite of Norquist, below.