WOLFOWITZ FOREVER….Despite rumors to the contrary, Paul Wolfowitz will be staying on as Deputy Secretary of Defense. Phil Carter, on vacation this week, emails to draw attention to Wolfowitz’s confirmation that he’ll be sticking around:

“I have been asked to stay and have accepted,” Wolfowitz said yesterday in a brief statement issued through a spokesman. “I can’t imagine life after Don Rumsfeld.”

This is ? what? Disturbingly fawning? Tragically overdependent? Painfully sophomoric? I can’t quite make up my mind.