Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Michigan Congressman John Conyers, who would head up the House Judiciary Committee should the Democrats retake the house, has already held a mock hearing on impeaching President Bush.
But in Senate Judiciary Committee's party-line approval of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage prompted a shouting match between two opposing senators and led one to walk out of the meeting.
Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold declared that his love of the constitution forbade supporting the amendment — and announced that he would leave in protest. Committee Chairman Arlen Specter shot back, "I don't need to be lectured by you. You are no more a protector of the Constitution than I am," adding, "if you want to leave, good riddance."
Feingold replied, "I've enjoyed your lecture too, Mr. Chairman ... see ya."
Straight to the Heart
When Republican candidate Bill Conrad says his opponent, "Doesn't have the heart," for California State Assembly, he means it literally. In fact, Conrad highlighted that phrase in bold red letters in a direct mail to California voters making political hay out of fellow Republican Tom Berryhill's heart transplant six years ago.
Conrad notes that the average lifespan of a heart transplant recipient is seven years, that transplant recipients are vulnerable to severe stress, and that transplant medications make the recipient more susceptible to illness and death, adding, "Can you imagine the costs to taxpayers for a Special Election when poor health renders him unable to fulfill the duties of office?"
—FOX News Channel's Aaron Bruns contributed to this report.