- The Washington Times - Friday, April 7, 2000

Dissecting Hillary

Good grief, is Hillary Rodham Clinton going under the microscope today, or what?

She's the specimen of an all-day Washington conference "The Legacy and Future of Hillary Rodham Clinton" and get a load of the topics and dissectors:

• "Is Hillary Clinton Eleanor Roosevelt?" (writer Christopher Hitchens)

• "Hillary Rodham Clinton as First Lady" (former Clinton aide Dick Morris)

• "Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton?" (Sen. Fred Thompson, Tennessee Republican and, perhaps, future colleague)

• "Hillary Rodham Clinton as Feminist Heroine" (Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum)

• "Hillary Rodham Clinton and the 'Third Way' " (David Horowitz, Center for the Study of Popular Culture)

All this and more for a registration price of only $10?

"For the cost, your best entertainment for the year," agrees Brandon Bosworth, with conference host American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. "We're hoping for a full house."

Dissecting Bill

Bone spurs on the spine are what's been giving Sen. William V. Roth Jr., Delaware Republican, fits with his feet.

So the senator tells us he'll undergo back surgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital Wednesday to remove the spinal spurs, which have caused a loss of feeling in his feet.

"I am eager to get this behind me so I can return to my work," he says.

Life in the minority

"I'm prepared to be very disappointed and shocked. Shocked and disappointed. Dismayed. Frustrated. Alienated. Minimized."

Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat, before one Senate vote Thursday.

Peacemaker

Would those persons who have never been represented by Washington lawyer Gregory Craig please stand up?

Anybody? Nobody?

Mr. Craig, the lawyer lined up for Cuban father Juan Miguel Gonzalez to retrieve his son, Elian, from the United States, is no stranger to the international spotlight.

Off the top of our head, we can recall when Mr. Craig, partner in the D.C. firm of Williams & Connolly, was an aide to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat; one of would-be presidential assassin John Hinckley Jr.'s attorneys; worked to remove Panamanian Gen. Manuel Noriega from power; saw major cocaine conspiracy charges dropped against Panamanian industrialist Carlos Eleta Almaran; and finally, as White House special counsel, managed to keep President Clinton in the Oval Office after his impeachment.

Mr. Craig has since rejoined the board of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as its vice chairman.

Mikhail summons Pat

Why is Reform Party presidential candidate Pat Buchanan traveling all the way to Brooklyn Park, Minn., Friday to meet with 19 students in Room 14 (Ms. Reeder's class) of Crest View Elementary School?

Because, we're told, he was touched by their nice letter:

"We were wondering if you could visit our class. Even though we can't vote, we have parents who can vote. We would like you to tell us about what makes you a good person for president. We would like to hear your ideas about spending money, peace, and pollution. You can call us between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to set up a time to visit us at our school. Thank you for your time."

Each child, Courtney to Mikhail, signed the letter.

Saving Private Gore

No reaction yet from Hanoi, but here in Washington we are swamped with correspondence after running a photograph Thursday of future Vice President Al Gore examining the business end of his rifle while a soldier in Vietnam.

One NRA insider tells us: "The National Rifle Association Education and Training Division has carefully researched all existing gun-safety rules and is unable to find: 'Always look down the barrel while adjusting the sling.' "

The American Society of Civil Engineers, meanwhile, got a lot of laughs by passing the picture around its office. One engineer later wrote to request additional copies, saying "something this good should be shared with the world."

Then there is Phil in Annapolis: "I loved your blurb on Gore, yet I am afraid we must give the devil his due. Although the future vice president has indeed forgotten or chosen to ignore the firearms-safety training that the U.S. Army gave him in abundance, the picture does show that there is no magazine in the weapon."

And for that, Phil, we can all be thankful today.

True blue

Finally, regarding our item Thursday about one respondent writing the word "human" in the Census 2000 space designated for race, Andy Harken writes: "On my census form I wrote, in reference to my race, American-American."

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