Thursday, August 16, 2001 at 1:00am

The only way to make any news in this town is to disappear. Energy? Patients' bill of rights? Forget about it; those stories are strictly below the fold. This week George W. Bush is bigger in the buzz than Chandra. How dare this "windshield" cowboy head off to his ranch for 30 days!

To the cloistered inhabitants of Washington, D.C., the message George W. posted is painful to both ear and ego. "Goodbye," it says. "See you sweathogs in September."

But what's the message to the 280 million other Americans? Bush says they should think of him heading "home to the heartland." Bush is heading as deep into that red part of the map as Bill Clinton

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