Mar 8, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Take the White House out of the mix and what’s left is an interesting list led by a holdover: former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who “won’t leave his house on Sunday,” so every interview becomes a remote production complete with microwave truck and rounds of wire and cable.

Also on the list is Ahmed Chalabi, who, as member of the Iraqi ruling council, brings with him big security issues and contingents. As Sen. John Kerry’s campaign gained steam, the Democratic presidential candidate also made the list (“He’s being so careful,” and his campaign staff has become “particular about the setting for remotes and a lot of attention is being paid to the look when he is interviewed”).

Also nominated: Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie (“Without a doubt. He wants to be [booked with] Terry McAuliffe like a conjoined twin. Nobody talks like they do.”).

2003 Highest-Maintenance: National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and “anybody with a security contingent,” including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Mr. Kissinger, writer Carl Bernstein and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas.