Washington's Costumeless Ball
Hotline's poll of famous-for-DC types (and me) about Halloween costumes reveals that Democrats aren't the only ones out of ideas. McCain will be a "member of the Appropriations Committee." Rep. Robert Aderholt's (R-AL) is "dressing up as a congressman." Don't go nuts, guys. Media folk get a tad more creative, with Howard Fineman making an obscure connection between a recently indicted White House official and a child's toy. Our favorite, though, has to be Santorum rival Bob Casey's Jr.'s abstraction: He's dressing up as "weird socialization." Which, in Washington, may not be much of a stretch after all.
Complete list after the jump.
* Rep. Robert Aderholt's (R-AL) spokesperson Brad Buck: "He's dressing up as a congressman. He'll be escorted by his daughter (6-year-old Mary Elliott), who's going as an astronaut."
* Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN)'s twin sons, Beau and Nick, age 10, will celebrate by dressing up as the Blues Brothers.
* NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's (R) spokesperson said Bloomberg will be dressing up as a candidate for re-election, as "he's just campaigning."
* Rep. Mary Bono (R-FL) spokesperson Kimberly Pencille said Bono "will be flying back from Palm Springs to DC on Halloween and plane seats are not very conducive to fancy costumes!" She quoted Bono as saying, "I will be dressed as a tired traveler."
* PA treas. Bob Casey Jr. (D) manager Jay Reiff said Casey will be going as the concept of "weird socialization," a reference to Sen. Rick Santorum's (R-PA) quip about public school environments in Santorum's book, "It Takes A Family."
* Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) spokesperson: "He'll be a practicing physician."
* Coordinator for KY Gov. Ernie Fletcher's (R) Halloween events, Jillaine Hammond: "He's not dressing up...the First Dog, however, will be a little pumpkin."
* '02 SEN nominee Doug Forrester's (R-NJ) spokesperson said Forrester is "considering going as (Sen.) Jon Corzine (D-NJ)." The costume "includes a beard, a money-green suit, and wads of dollar bills in the pockets."
* LG Tim Kaine's (D-VA) press secretary Delacey Skinner said Kaine isn't going "to be going in costume," but "he'd probably want to be going as a prize fighter, because he always wants to throw the last punch."
* VA AG Jerry Kilgore (R)'s dep. press sec. Tucker Martin said that "Jerry is planning on going as" twin brother/VA Del. "Terry Kilgore (R), complete with fake mustache!"
* Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) spokesperson Doug Gordon: "Washington's a scary enough place under Republican rule that there's no costume needed this year."
* Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) spokesperson Andrea Jones said McCain will be a "member of the Appropriations Committee."
* Sen. Bill Nelson's (D-FL) spokesperson Dan McLaughlin said Nelson will be advised "not to wear costume that would require him to wear a lot of makeup for fear that if he did, all the newspapers would colorize his photograph" similar to Rep. Katherine Harris (R-FL).
* Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) spokesperson Stephanie Valencia said Sanchez "will be dressing up as Brazilian singer and actress Carmen Miranda."
* Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) spokesperson Jen Rae Hein said "the Congressman will be wearing a cape and fangs" while going trick-or-treating with his 3 sons.
* According to Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz's (D-FL) 6-year-old daughter, Rebecca, the congresswoman will dress up as a "good witch" to trick-or-treat with her three kids.
Those Media Types
* CNN Justice correspondent Kelly Arena: "My girls are going to be Teen Titans, and my son is going to be Spiderman. If they get to be superheroes, why not me? So, I will be escorting them as Wonder Woman. After all, anyone who works and has kids is worthy!"
* Time's Matt Cooper: "I don't have one yet. ...'Cowboy' is the fallback position."
* Ana Marie Cox: "I was thinking I could put a knife in the back of an electric blue dress and go as Harriet Miers."
* Newsweek's Howard Fineman said he thinks he will take his son's old razor scooter and go as Lewis "Scooter" Libby. Fineman: "I'll probably just pose with it, not actually risk riding it."
* CNN Hill correspondent Ed Henry: "My son 4-year-old son Patrick wants me to be Batman just like him. But I'm worried about the tights. And with all of these endless Supreme Court battles, CIA leak cases and budget endgames to cover, I may need a character with a can-do spirit. So it might be 'Bob the Builder' instead: 'Can we fix it? Yes we can!'"
* Time's Karen Tumulty said she'll be trick-or-treating with her 9-year-old son, who is going as Napoleon Dynamite. Tumulty: "I guess I'll be the grandma figure (from the movie)."