- The Washington Times - Monday, August 14, 2000

Meet Joe Lieberman

Good grief, did anybody not see Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman on the Sunday morning talk circuit?
It's not like the Connecticut Democrat hasn't been available to chat previously. Now, suddenly, everybody wants to learn his thoughts on "star wars."
Turn on ABC's "This Week With Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts" yesterday and there was Mr. Lieberman. Switch channels to "Face the Nation" and hello again Mr. Lieberman. "Meet the Press," meet Joe Lieberman. "Fox News Sunday," ditto. CNN's "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer," there he was again. All before lunch.
Where's William Ginsburg when we need him?

Cheney's religion

Thanks to Al Gore, almost everybody in the world now is aware that Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman is Jewish.
George W. Bush, on the other hand, when naming his vice-presidential pick, dropped the ball by not revealing Richard B. Cheney's religion. As a result, Mr. Bush's poll numbers have dropped.
Just look at the results of one CBS News poll conducted 48 hours after Mr. Gore selected Mr. Lieberman as his running mate: 75 percent of voters already had learned that the Connecticut Democrat was Jewish.
This stands in stark contrast to the whopping 88 percent of voters who said they had no idea about Mr. Cheney's religion, which is Protestant.
Two percent guessed that Mr. Cheney was Jewish.

Joe's coattail

The National Jewish Democratic Council never imagined it would be carrying so much weight going into the Democratic National Convention.
Yesterday, on the eve of this suddenly historic gathering, in which a Jewish American will join a major party's presidential ticket for the first time in history, members of the press flocked around NJDC Executive Director Ira N. Forman, an expert in Jewish involvement in American political life. Topic: Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman.
But there are other questions suddenly of interest to the media, mainly Jewish Democratic Party loyalty and whether Mr. Lieberman's selection as Al Gore's running mate might improve Hillary Rodham Clinton's chances of election as New York's next senator. Mr. Forman also was quizzed about Jewish voting behavior in modern American history.
Meanwhile, more than a hundred young Jewish Democratic leaders gathered at Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles yesterday for a "Take Back the House Rally," and last evening more than 2,000 Jewish Democrats were on hand for the largest Jewish event of the convention, held jointly by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), United Jewish Communities, and the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles.
Today, Jewish Democratic Senate candidates from around the country will make themselves available for interviews in Los Angeles, hoping that Mr. Lieberman's coattails will help carry them into elective office.

Gone to Disneyland

Republicans elected officials and party stalwarts have traveled en masse to Los Angeles for the enemy's convention.
Taking a hint from Democrats who camped out in Philadelphia for the duration of the GOP convention, a team of Republican spokesmen is on hand this week to offer counterpoint to the anticipated "blizzard of spin and negativity," beginning with President and Mrs. Clinton's remarks to delegates this evening.
Among the GOP troops on hand: Virginia Gov. James S. Gilmore III, Washington Rep. Jennifer Dunn, Texas Rep. Henry Bonilla, California Rep. David Dreier, Republican National Committee Chairman Jim Nicholson and Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell.

Obsessed

The vexatious "devil" that often follows Hillary Rodham Clinton on the Senate campaign trail no doubt has rattled the first lady's nerves.
Mrs. Clinton went so far as to complain about the pesky rascal during an appearance on the "Tonight" show with Jay Leno.
A friend of the devil, who is rumored to live among us in the Washington area, says others are noticing him, too. New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, the friend says, pointed out the devil to Mrs. Clinton's opponent, Republican Rep. Rick Lazio, during the recent Israeli Day Parade.
And, reveals the devil's friend: "One of Hillary's rent-a-mob at the above parade actually poked the devil in the eye through the mask."

Devil in Bubba

Professing a feeling of grief,
He wants to make voters believe
He didn't intend
To do any sin,
But just for a moment was weak.
Jim Wrenn

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