Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Show Me the Money
Senator Hillary Clinton took what one report calls a backhanded swipe at Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean Thursday, saying he needs to concentrate more on fundraising for the upcoming elections and less on long-term strategy.
Newsday quotes Senator Clinton as saying Republicans are "pouring tens of millions of dollars into races and we're not matching that." She said Dean's investments in grassroot efforts were beneficial but cautioned that Republicans have "$60 million to $70 million waiting to drop on our candidates."
Dean's Democratic National Committee is said to have about $11 million in the bank, compared to about $39 million for the Republican National Committee. That does not count money raised by the respective parties' Senate and House fundraising committees.
'Dems for Joe'
Senator John Kerry is planning to campaign for Democratic Senate nominee Ned Lamont in Connecticut next month. Lamont is battling incumbent Joe Lieberman, a Democrat who is now running as an independent.
Kerry's one of just a handful of prominent Democrats to actively support Lamont. Senator John Edwards came to a rally last month, and Hillary Clinton has offered to host a fundraiser.
A sleep researcher says he has found fundamental differences between the dream worlds of liberals and conservatives.
Kelly Bulkeley of John F. Kennedy University in California tells The Ottawa Citizen that liberals are more restless sleepers and have a higher number of bizarre, surreal dreams. Bulkeley also found that liberals showed slightly higher levels of nightmares. He says conservatives' dreams were on average more mundane and focused on realistic people, situations and settings.
Bulkeley says some of his colleagues think his findings reinforce a stereotype of conservatives as repressed and uptight, but he says his research also shows “there may be a lot of hidden distress in the liberal mind."
Failure to See the Humor
Kazakhstan's president met with President Bush at the White House today. But another visitor from the country was unable to get an audience yesterday with the man he called "Premier George Walter Bush."
Borat Sagdiyev aka British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen caused a mini media frenzy when he tried to invite the president to a screening of his new comedy spoof "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan."
But Kazakh officials aren't laughing. They've threatened legal action against Borat for his broken-English pronouncements, including claims that the country imposes the death penalty for baking bagels and that fermented horse urine is Kazakhstan's official drink.
—FOX News Channel's Aaron Bruns contributed to this report.
With more than 35 years of journalism experience to draw from, Brit Hume currently serves as a senior political analyst for FOX News Channel (FNC) and contributes to all major political coverage. Hume also is regular panelist on FOX's weekly public affairs program, "FOX News Sunday" on Sundays at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET. Click here for more information on Brit Hume.