Gossip Roundup: Take the Stairs Edition

The Reliable Source: McCain, in his new book, on fighting fears of terrorism: "Get on the damn elevator! Fly on the damn plane! Calculate the odds of being harmed by a terrorist! It's still about as likely as being swept out to sea by a tidal wave. Suck it up, for crying out loud. You're almost certainly going to be okay. And in the unlikely event you're not, do you really want to spend your last days cowering behind plastic sheets and duct tape? That's not a life worth living, is it?". . . Fox News nabs Donald Trump for the Correspondents' Association dinner tonight. [WP]


Under the Dome: James Lilek on why Kerry's Senate stature will keep him from 1600: "Twenty years of saying anything in a room full of rich guys who aren't really listening has to have an effect on one's ego. No one ever stands up and shouts 'Balderdash! Poppycock! Fatuous twaddle, sir.'". . . Kerry camp wastes money on hundreds of ATM fees. . . Kitty Kelley is preparing her "unbiased, authoritative" book on the Bush clan. [Hill News]

Heard on the Hill: Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) spotted in a pressed suit with white sneakers. "It's all part of a shameless appeal to soccer moms," according to flak. . . As Howard Stern warns of a Clear Channel-Republican conspiracy, a new report incates the radio company has given $42,200 to BC-'04 while the campaign reimbursed the company for $3,093. . . At the 9/11 Commission, Bob Kerrey asks Rumsfeld, Myers, Wolfowitz, et al: "First of all, I'�d like to know how many cars it took to get all of you over here.". . . Frist and Harkin want to put up signs by Senate elevators encouraging stair usage. [Roll Call]

Inside the Beltway: The Washington Times would like to remind you that Barney Frank is gay. Frank's challenger wrote that the Congressman "exhibits the type of aggressive male behavior that is perhaps enhanced by a life without the civilizing influence of a woman." Frank replies, "I don't know if you've ever been smacked by a 91-year-old, but if my mother reads this, he's going to need a bodyguard.". . . 29% of the 2004 vote will not have a paper trail. [WT]

Page Six: Kerry flak about Kerry's "son of a bitch" quote: "I don't know. I wasn't there. . . it's a hypothetical I'm not interested in. . . I wasn't there. Were you?". . . [NYP]

Cindy Adams: Ben Affleck may want to be a senator, but he rarely votes. Not even for Gore, who he stumped for. [NYP]

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