Gossip Roundup: Bob Dole Better Watch Out for Jack White Edition

The Reliable Source: Bush calls Chris Matthews' brother Jim "the smarter brother." Jim Matthews: "It was more impish than negative against Chris. It was typical George W. Bush retail politics. He is so good at it: Retail, the man is retail. He personalized it for the people in that room who knew how much I appreciated it." Chris: "It was just towel-snapping." Jim says they both voted for Bush.. . . LeAnn Rimes met with Bush privately to talk about children's hospitals. [WP]

Heard on the Hill: Three Capitol Hill insiders are in a new reality show about spying. The Learning Channel program is "high-octane" and reportedly two of the three advance. . . Senate Majority Leader Frist (R-Tenn.) gave his staff pedometers to measure their activity. Chief counsel Alex Vogel: "We need to have a sloth contest to see who can have the lowest count for the day. [Spokesman Bob] Stevenson and I are in the running for that one." Says Stevenson, "I logged something like 16K steps yesterday. The leader wants to make sure we go the extra mile for the American people.". . . Former NBA stars Bob Lanier and Mike Glenn will coach the Democrats and Republicans as they go head-to-head for the 11th Annual Galludet University Congressional Basketball Classic. [Roll Call]

The 411: Ethan Hawke: ""We have a new definition of puppet. I would love to see all of Bush's cabinet dismantled. It seems unnerving when somebody tries to use a tragedy for their own political gain. That tragedy belongs to all of America, regardless of party. I'm sure he's trying to draw attention to what he thinks was his finest moments of leadership, but I don't think he did anything remarkable as a leader during that period." [NYDN]

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Renee Zellweger tells Bob Dole she admires him. "And I'm an admirer of you," he replies. [NYDN]

Page Six: Kerry's Ketchum, Idaho lodge is too close to the road: "This morning there are three Suburbans in front of the house, plus a huge Sheriff's Department white trailer and six or seven other vehicles." [NYP]

Cindy Adams: Hillary: "John Kerry is no Michael Dukakis." [NYP]

Liz Smith: Let the Kerry-McCain speculation continue, says The New Yorker's Hendrick Hertzberg. [NYP]


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