What Washington is talking about this week.

What Washington is talking about.
April 13 2007 4:43 PM

Zeitgeist Checklist: Scraggly-Haired White Boy

What Washington is talking about this week.

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Eloquence, Experience, Lymphoma 2008. Potential Republican candidate Fred Thompson reveals he has cancer—a seeming prerequisite for public life these days. Buzz also builds around Newt Gingrich, who defies all expectations at a debate with swoosh-haired Sen. John Kerry and advocates corporate tax incentives to combat global warming. Audience members half-expect "Gingrich" to tear off his mask and reveal himself as Al Gore. Meanwhile, as Sen. John McCain reasserts his commitment to this "necessary and just" war in Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama calls for a "surge in honesty." Obama 2008: Where the "O" is for "Oh, snap."

Christopher Beam is a writer living in Beijing.