Notes from the US presidential campaign trail:
Asked who she'd go out with on a date -- with any celebrity, living or dead -- and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton chose . . . a Republican.
Her fantasy date would be with President Abraham Lincoln, Clinton said in an interview being published in the People magazine hitting newsstands Friday.
The question: "If your husband gave you a pass for one night and you could go on a date with any celeb, alive or dead, who would it be?"
Clinton's answer: "That's such a dangerous question! How about Abraham Lincoln?"
Another surprising tidbit: Despite the 19-hour days she puts in on the trail, she's apparently never heard of the energy drink Red Bull. Asked if she's ever had one, she replied, "No. What is it?"
Clinton, D-N.Y., also equivocates on a few either-or questions: She refused to choose between comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, said she likes both wine and beer, and wouldn't select either "American Idol" or "Dancing With the Stars"; she said her mother -- who lives with the Clintons -- keeps her up to speed on both programs.
She did, however, choose Weight Watchers over the South Beach Diet -- but didn't elaborate on her own eating habits.
Except this didn't appear in People magazine. It appeared on ABC News' website.
I'm coming around to the school of thought that the D.C. media aren't as infuriatingly shallow and insular as they appear to be; they're genuinely sick, sick in the way an alcoholic or a drug abuser knows he or she is sick, but feels powerless to repeat a destructive compulsion.