IT�S A CIRCULATION WAR! Which, apparently, the Inky wants to lose. David Sirotapoints out that fully 84 percent of Philadelphians voted against Rick Santorum last fall. So naturally, the Inquirer wants to repay Philly voters� loyalty with a column!
INKY RICKY. So Philadelphia magazine reports that the Inquirer is in column-writing discussions with Rick Santorum. This, the mag says, is the brainchild of Inky publisher Brian Tierney, about whom the mag article contains this amusing paragraph:
SPRINGING FORWARD, OR MAYBE BACKWARD. Interesting that George Bush and Dick Cheney are finally talking tough with Pervez Musharraf, no? Bush has warned the Pakistani prez that Congress, now in unfriendly Democratic hands, might cut offaid to Pakistan if the Musharraf regime doesn�t get more aggressive about hunting down al-Qaeda operatives within its borders (so it takes the presence of the �soft-on-terror� Democrats to make Bush tell his man in the region to get tough on terrorists!). Cheney made a surprise visit (does he make any other kinds?) to Islamabad today to drive the point home.
BRAVO DEL TORO. I�m with Comrade Lemieux on Gump, although agnostic on The Departed (it�s just a weird personal thing; I got kinda bored with mob movies around the time of Goodfellas and I don�t go see that many of them, although this one sounds a little different than most).