WASHINGTON, March 31
Even with all the photo ops and talk-show banter, so much of what happens in politics and political media goes on behind the scenes.
And even with the advent of so much high-tech equipment attached to the hip, the old fashioned, Alexander Graham Bell telephone is still used with some regularity.
As we look forward to Congress' return to town (Between Easter and Schiavo, things have been oddly quiet in DC for March.), here are the pairs whose next telephone conversations we would most like to hear.
(Note Note: these duos weren't chosen at random.)
(Note Note 2: Google will pretty much solve any of these you don't know right off the bat.)
Rick Santorum and Tom Minnery
Al Hubbard and Daniel Luskin
Roy Blunt and Karl Rove
Eric Cantor and Roy Blunt
Paul Gigot and Stuart Roy
Stuart Roy and Dan Allen
Dan Allen and Tim Berry
Bill Frist and Shell Suber
Rick Santorum and Douglas Johnson
Bob Novak and Jack Kemp
Ron Klain and Joe Biden
Harry Reid and Howard Dean
Bill Richardson and Tom Vilsack
Ron Klain and Evan Bayh
Roberto Ramirez and Al Sharpton
Antonio Villaraigosa and Bill Carrick
Eliot Spitzer and Alan Hevesi
David Kirkpatrick and Ted Haggard
Gina Glantz and Carl Pope
Mitt Romney and Mike Murphy
Mike Murphy and John McCain
Mike Murphy and Jeb Bush
John Weaver and Mike Murphy
Mark McKinnon and John Weaver
Mike Allen and the last person he talks to at night
Mike Allen and the first person he talks to in the morning
Chris LaCivita and Dick Wadhams
George Lakoff and Howard Dean
Karl Rove and Don Fierce
John Ashcroft and John Danforth
Phillip Zelikow and Secretary Rice
Rudy Giuliani and a Red Cross official
John Danforth and Jack Oliver
Izzy Klein & Guinness Book of World Records (re: press releases per week)
Sen. McCain and Lindsey Graham
Bob Novak and a SAO
Dr. Dobson and Ken Mehlman
Bill Bradley and Mark Halperin
Bill Frist and Lee Bandy
John McCain and Scott Spradling
Leader Pelosi and Charlie Rangel
Brad Woodhouse and the FTC anti-spam department
Hillary Rodham Clinton and Pat D. Healy
Bill Burton & Rep. Lois Capps
Jack Abramoff and anybody
Trent Lott and Ron Bonjean
At 9:15 am ET, President Bush met with members of the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States regarding weapons of mass destruction in the White House Cabinet Room. He makes a statement on the panel's findings at 11:40 am ET.
That's the big political event of the day, and it would open up the Administration to political vulnerability, if the Democrats were (a) in town; (b) possessed of a unified, coherent message on national security.
First Lady Laura Bush is back from Afghanistan.
The board of executive directors of the World Bank are scheduled to hold a mid-morning meeting to review the nomination of Paul Wolfowitz to serve as the new president of the World Bank.
Opponents of Wolfowitz's nomination will protest outside the World Bank at 10:00 am ET with a "one-horse race" -- whatever that is.
Treasury Secretary John Snow talks about Social Security with local business leaders in Bismarck, ND, at 8:30 am ET, and addresses a government class at Bismarck High School at 11:30 am ET.