BIG RIFT ON 'THE VIEW': A longtime staff member on ''The View'' chatfest says, ''It's not as bad as during the Rosie [O'Donnell] era,'' but the presidential election has GOP-er Elisabeth Hasselbeck ''really upset'' with her liberal co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar. I understand ''View'' creator Barbara Walters has called a ''cooling off'' meeting to keep a lid on things.Might Walters be turning Whoopi Goldberg into a frilly fashion plate to fill the void that would be left by a departing Hasselbeck? One thing's for sure, Elisabeth: no one tangles with a master of passive-agressive manipulation like Barbara Walters and walks away unscathed. Sure, her icy smile and offers of chamomile tea might seem appealing, but we'd taste test that tea on a lowly PA first if we were you.
- Newman's own wit [Chicago Sun-Times]