by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & Did He or Didn't He? & r & & r & Arianna Huffington dropped a bit of a shocker on her Huffington Post Website last week, claiming that neither John nor Cindy McCain voted for George W. Bush in 2000. And she claims to have heard it from the sources' mouths, at a Los Angeles dinner party just after that election. McCain had reason to be angry, after Karl Rove torpedoed his own run with what has widely been called a smear campaign in the South Carolina primary.

So how do you explain his cozying up to W ever since? "McCain's fall has been Shakespearean," wrote Huffington, "and really hard to watch for those, like myself, who so admired and even loved him. His nobility and his true reformer years have given way to pandering in the service of ambition."

McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds (yes, that's his real name) denied Huffington's tale: "It's not true," he told the Washington Post, "and I ask you to consider the source."

The Math

With Indiana, North Carolina and Guam (don't forget Guam!) in the bag, the Democrats' delegate fight gets more interesting, as there are more uncommitted superdelegates (264, according to NBC News) than there are left to be won in the remaining state primaries (217). But as the race winds down and every vote becomes more precious, Hillary Clinton is sure to notice the biggest trove is the 366 unseated, under-dispute delegates from the botched primaries in Florida and Michigan.

Bummer Vacation?

Both John McCain and Hillary Clinton have come out in favor of a gas tax holiday, but would it be very festive? According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the impact in Washington state alone would be dramatic. While the holiday would net the average Washingtonian a cool $28, the overall impact to the state's transportation picture would be $126 million in lost highway funds and 4,300 related jobs, according to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association. Sen. Patty Murray, chairwoman of the Senate Transportation Appropriations subcommittee, also told the PI the plan is a loser.

And if you think the 18.4 & cent; federal gas tax is too onerous, check out Great Britain (or any European nation), where, according to the Federal Highway Administration, the British tax on petrol is the equivalent of $4.71 in U.S. dollars.

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