The latest from the Political Grapevine:
Some Voters Can Be Two Places At Once?
An investigation by the New York Daily News has found that 46,000 New Yorkers are simultaneously registered to vote in New York and Florida, a violation of both states' laws. The Daily News says 68 percent of the dual registrants are Democrats, only 12 percent are Republicans.
And as many as 1,000 have voted twice in at least one election, a federal offense. President Bush, you may recall, officially won Florida in 2000 by 537 votes.
A First Time for Everything
Speaking of New York voting, former New York City Mayor Edward Koch (search), a lifelong Democrat, says he will, for the first time in his life, vote for a Republican presidential candidate this time around, insisting, "the Democratic Party just doesn't have the stomach to go after terrorists."
Koch, in an interview with World Net Daily, says, "While I don't agree with Bush on a single domestic issue, they are all trumped by the issue of terrorism, where he has ... proven his ability to fight this war. ... Kerry [has been] surrounded by radical politicians like [former president Jimmy] Carter and [Senator Ted] Kennedy. ... I know Kerry will succumb to their pressure if elected."
President a "Political Imbecile"?
North Korea (search) is refusing to attend new talks with the United States regarding its nuclear weapons program, claiming the U.S. is run by, "a political imbecile bereft of even elementary morality as a human being, and a bad guy."
A North Korean spokesman says President Bush, who called North Korean leader Kim Jong Il a tyrant last week, is trying to topple the North Korean government and is "a tyrant and a man-killer" himself who "puts Hitler into the shade."
The State Department, apparently not wanting to be undiplomatic, called the remarks "inappropriate."
Not A Game?
The American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is calling on local officials in Wildwood, New Jersey, to shut down a boardwalk game called "Wack the Iraq," insisting the game amounts to hate speech. In the game, patrons shoot paintballs at runners dressed as Saddam Hussein and Usama bin Laden. Critics say that "encourage[s] people to hate Arabs or kill them."
But the game's operator insists the game isn't offensive at all, pointing out that he intentionally misspelled "whack" w-a-c-k, as in weird or eccentric. And a local official says the game is protected by free-speech rights.
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report