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Are We That Bad?

Well, that just did it. Bauer, without skipping a beat, popped off the now commonly procured and deployed F Bomb.

“F--- you,” Bauer said as he kept walking.

A spokeswoman for Bauer, head of American Values, said that Bauer would not comment on what he said to the protester. What he would comment on, she said, was that a “bunch of people were shouting in his face, ‘F you.’” She said it was “just terrible.’’ Police had to come escort Bauer and his staffer away, she said. “They were concerned for his safety.”

From our end of things, sounds like Bauer can stick up for himself.

Frist in His Class. On the flip side of potty mouth, a heckler at Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s press conference Wednesday afternoon invoked Cheney-esque salutes to the Tennessean as he was talking to reporters about World of Hope, the Frist charity that has raised $3.5 million to fight HIV/AIDS.

In the beautiful promenade of the Rockefeller Plaza, Frist didn’t even flinch as a lone heckler on 49th Street started screaming, “Mr. Frist, we don’t want your war.”

“F--- off and go home,” the man yelled. “Quit killing babies, mother-f---ers.”

Again, Frist didn’t miss a beat, just kept talking. As HOH and Frist’s aides commiserated after the man left, all were in agreement: If you’re going to tell the Majority Leader to Cheney off, at least get the salutation right. It’s Dr. Frist.

Meanwhile, Frist was gearing up for the big show in the plaza Wednesday night, with Brooks and Dunn headlining and a special guest appearance by Bono. Top corporate donors to the charity fundraiser include Target, FedEx, Bell South, Ford and PepsiCo.

But don’t think the good doctor was out late partying. He again threw down the gauntlet to reporters and encouraged them to join him and his able-bodied staffers, including Communications Director Bob Stevenson, for the 6:15 a.m. four-mile run through Central Park on Thursday morning.

The Senator noted that Stevenson, spotted out late Tuesday at the New York Yacht Club, did, indeed, make the 6:15 a.m. run Wednesday — yet not a single reporter showed up.

“Y’all are just here living it up,” he said, implying a real New York experience would be a four-mile run around the park’s reservoir.

Any takers?

Hammer’s Thugs. Lou DuBose, who co-wrote “Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush’s America” with Texas liberal funny woman Molly Ivins, is coming out with a new book: “The Hammer,” which, we can only assume, is a less-than-flattering biography of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas.)

In the galleys of the book, obtained from a reliable source, DuBose paints a hilarious picture of pressmen Stuart Roy and Jonathan Grella. The pair comes off as a couple of hardened thugs more adept at whacking skeptical reporters and throwing them to the fish than in spinning them silly until they write nice things about their boss.

Here are a few excerpts:

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