- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 9, 2000

For the record

Newspapers and TV alike are hailing the selection of of Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat, as the first Jew on a major-party presidential ticket, which is true as far as it goes.

But it should be noted that the first candidate of Jewish ethnicity to appear on a major-party ticket was Barry Goldwater, the 1964 Republican presidential nominee.

Mr. Goldwater's father, Baron, was raised and died in the Jewish faith. His ancestors were Polish Jews named Wasserman the name was changed by Barry Goldwater's grandfather, the first to arrive on these shores.

However, Baron Goldwater married an Episcopalian named Josephine Williams.

"Since there was no organized Jewish religion [in Arizona then], Baron followed the Jewish custom of allowing the children to be raised in the faith of their mother," Lee Edwards writes in his book "Goldwater: The Man Who Made a Revolution."

The late Mr. Goldwater's Jewish ancestry is little noted today, but the man who became a senator and presidential nominee did suffer discrimination on that account. When a golf course official would tell him, "Sorry, no Jews allowed," Mr. Goldwater would say, "Well, I'm only half-Jewish. Can I play nine holes?"

White House Web use

A consultant hired last year to beef up security for the White House's computer network found massive pornographic video files passing through the system's Internet fire wall, www.WorldNetDaily.com is reporting today.

Some of the downloaded files were traced back to West Wing officials as recently as the beginning of last year, during the height of the impeachment crisis, reporter Paul Sperry writes, quoting unnamed sources who were involved in replacing the fire-wall system as part of year-2000 security upgrades.

"There were some significant names. I can say, yes, West Wing," said an unnamed White House source that WorldNetDaily.com said was familiar with the investigation.

The real-time video files which came from hard-core porn sites featuring homosexuality, bestiality and pedophilia were so large that they accounted for most of the traffic coming into the fire wall, the Web site reported.

All Internet links and e-mail must pass through the fire wall before entering the Executive Office of the President's network and individual users. The fire wall is designed to screen for network-crippling viruses.

A White House computer specialist recalled the reaction of one of the contract year-2000 computer consultants at the time.

"He started to laugh and said, 'It looks like the majority of traffic going through the fire wall is pornography,' " said a White House employee, who spoke to WorldNetDaily.com on the condition of anonymity.

The report has no named sources and mentions no effort to seek White House comment.

By February 1999, after the California contractor had replaced the old fire wall and alerted officials to the cyber-porn problem, White House computer specialists set up filters to block employee access to the porn sites, the Web site reported.

The White House has resisted requests from numerous investigators to turn over Internet fire-wall logs in response to subpoenas for missing e-mail sent to West Wing officials. Incoming e-mail travels through the fire wall.

Lott the peacemaker

With the encouragement of the Senate's top Republican, two senators appear ready to stroll into leadership jobs unopposed, the Associated Press reports.

Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania is running for chairman of the Republican Conference, the No. 3 leadership spot, and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas is running for conference secretary, the No. 4 position.

They had planned to compete for conference secretary, but last month's death of Georgia Sen. Paul Coverdell opened the race for conference chairman. Majority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi persuaded Mr. Santorum and Mrs. Hutchison to avoid a potentially divisive race.

Sens. Bill Frist of Tennessee and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska also may seek leadership spots, but their spokesmen said yesterday they remained undecided.

The cash trail

The Center for Responsive Politics, an advocate for campaign-finance reform, says Connecticut Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman's fund-raising record could pose problems for the presidential campaign of Al Gore.

"Though Gore's pick has been lauded by most Democrats, an analysis of Lieberman's fund-raising record shows the choice could undermine the vice president's attempts to show differences between his campaign platform and that of his opponent, Texas Gov. George W. Bush," the center said in a news advisory yesterday.

"Gore has cited campaign fund-raising statistics in an effort to tie Bush and the Republican Party to the pharmaceutical and insurance industries, which are chief opponents of the vice president's proposed health care reforms. Yet Lieberman is no slouch when it comes to getting campaign checks from those same industries," the center said.

"The Connecticut senator has taken in $91,150 in PAC and individual contributions from the drug industry, the third-highest total in the Senate this election cycle… . Additionally, Lieberman ranks No. 1 in the Senate when it comes to campaign contributions from insurance companies, with $197,419 in contributions."

Everlasting divorce

The Rev. Jerry Falwell, who supports Texas Gov. George W. Bush for president, had nothing but praise Monday for Connecticut Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, anointed by Al Gore as the Democratic Party's vice presidential candidate.

"I think the vice president made an excellent choice," Mr. Falwell told the New York Times. "It is a public acknowledgment that his candidacy has two great needs. One is credibility, which Mr. Lieberman brings to anything he touches. The second is an everlasting divorce from Bill Clinton, and this is that."

Purely political

This from a Wall Street Journal editorial yesterday:

"The Journal reported [Monday] that 'Al Gore's campaign … will likely be the driving factor in President Clinton's decision on whether to move ahead with a national missile-defense program, according to several senior U.S. officials.'

"Said one: 'It will probably come down to a calculation of what's best for Al Gore's campaign.' Some might think it impossible that even this national security issue could be reduced purely to political calculation, but on the other hand, some might find it entirely believable."

Browne ties Buchanan

The Libertarian Party is hailing a national survey by Rasmussen Research showing that their presidential candidate, Harry Browne, is now tied with Reform Party candidate Pat Buchanan.

The men each had 1.6 percent in the Rasmussen three-day rolling average of 2,250 voters. Green Party candidate Ralph Nader garnered 4 percent.

"Harry Browne has caught up with Pat Buchanan, whose campaign is leaking air like a punctured Zeppelin," said Steve Dabasch, the Libertarians' national director. "And Ralph Nader better start looking into the rear-view mirror of his puttering Corvair because Harry Browne is aiming to pass him next."

Gore's land again

A new Republican ad criticizes Vice President Al Gore for getting thousands of dollars from a zinc-mining operation that has been found polluting a river near Mr. Gore's land in Tennessee.

The ad by the Republican National Committee accuses Mr. Gore of hypocrisy for attacking Gov. George W. Bush's environmental record in Texas, while he "has allowed mining companies to mine zinc from his property" and pollute drinking water.

The ad began airing yesterday in 17 states, the Associated Press reported. The Gore campaign denounced it as misleading.

"Minor problems have arisen, [but] they were resolved quickly and in cooperation with state environmental officials and the operator of the mine," said Ron Klain, a senior Gore campaign adviser.

Mr. Gore over the years has received royalty payments of $20,000 a year from mining companies with leases on the Gore property near Carthage, Tenn.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, the companies Pasminco Ltd. and Savage Zinc Inc. have been cited four times since 1997 for breaking state water rules.

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