The lunch crowd was gone. It was a slow afternoon in PJ's Pub in Ellicott City last Monday. Then a reporter from National Public Radio stumbled in.
Phyllis Crockett was working on a political piece to air before the Maryland primary and stopped at PJ's because she was thirsty, said bar manager Patrick Patterson. Soon, Patterson, being an amiable bartender, found himself being interviewed by Crockett, who said she was working on a story on why the American people are fed up with politicians.
"I said a lot of people were fed up with everything, and they were trying to send a message to the president, Mr. Bush," Patterson said. "They're fed up, but Bush isn't going to lose."