- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 28, 2000

Who is she?

"I see Mrs. Clinton as a turn-of-the-century Progressive. While she isn't always politically left-wing, she does firmly support what you might call New Age values. For instance, while she has proposed all kinds of programs to benefit children, she has never focused on the rates of children being born out of wedlock. She can't do that without getting a lot of negative feedback from her staunchest supporters… .

"[The Clintons have] repeatedly asked us to forget about what they were yesterday and accept the new identity that they have assumed today. 'Just get over it; that's all in the past,' they say. They both seem to lack any shame or concept that they have to deal with their own problems. So their problems become our problem.

"And of course, they attack. It's a feature of the narcissistic personality to see all criticisms as coming from enemies, people plotting against you. Hillary does have this. She might have said, 'Maybe I went a little overboard when I blamed these Monica stories on a vast right-wing conspiracy, because it turns out now there was something to it.' Just a little word of recognition that she got carried away would have made a healing impression. Instead, she compares herself to Jesus, who forgave St. Peter."

Joyce Milton, author of "First Partner," interviewed in the July/ August issue of the American Enterprise

Final answer?

" 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' … has demanded advertising rates that will make it easily the fattest cash cow in the history of the medium… .

"Such unprecedented dominance requires an explanation. What is it about this particular moment in our history that drives us to embrace this glitzy quiz show with such fanatical enthusiasm? …

"Could it be that huge social and economic forces have conspired to make it suddenly cool to be smart and knowledgeable? …

"In some sense, surely, the quiz-show craze reflects the explosion of information technology that is driving our current prosperity… .

"The new economy de-emphasizes charm or sex appeal, and requires legions of recruits with raw, well-disciplined mental acuity. It's no wonder that the highest compliment you can offer a successful quiz-show contestant is the suggestion that his (or her) ability to access information instantly reflects a computerlike mind."

Michael Medved, writing on "Just the facts, ma'am: Why we love quiz-show geeks," in Monday's USA Today

No Rush, no buzz

"By choosing comedian Dennis Miller over radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh for the 'third man in the booth' position on ['Monday Night Football'], ABC really blew it.

"Most of my friends in the worlds of sports and sports broadcasting agree that the choice of Miller is odd and won't be a good fit. We thought there could be no other choice than Limbaugh, because during the three months that Rush was in the MNF commentator sweepstakes, he generated more buzz than the show has seen since Howard Cosell announced his retirement in the early '80s.

"Miller's buzz? The decision was announced late Thursday, and by Friday night, the buzz was already over… .

"My sources say that ABC didn't want to take the risk of picking a highly political guy like Rush for MNF… . Plus, it's no secret that Disney, which owns ABC, is headed by Michael Eisner, a strong Clinton friend and campaign donor. But Rush wouldn't have been political on MNF, and in playing it safe, ABC is forsaking the marketplace, which can't get enough of Rush's radio show."

Debbie Schlussel, writing on "Too Bad It's Miller Time," Monday in Jewish World Review at www.jewishworldreview.com

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