Spin Control

SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2008, 6:23 P.M.

Swearing off

Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who celebrates St. Patrick’s Day Monday by officially jumping into re-election mode, is swearing off fat. Not transfats or polyunsaturates or certain types of cholesterols. There may even be something more than granola at her campaign breakfast.

She’s attempting to go cold turkey from congressional pork.

She joined a Republican effort to quit sticking extra projects into a spending bill to get a little money for the folks back home. Sign her up for Earmarks Not-so-anonymous.

(Yes, we made that name up. Gotta love the prospects for such a group’s meetings, though: “Hi, I’m Sen. Snerd and I’m a congressional spendaholic. But I haven’t larded an approps bill with a dumb project supported by my campaign donors for three days.”)

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