- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 9, 2000

Good girl, Hillary

Five days after Jonathan P. Decker, an assistant professor of Broadcast Journalism at Howard University, opined in this newspaper that Hillary Rodham Clinton's run for the Senate "from a state in which she doesn't even have a library card" doesn't pass the smell test, guess who got herself a library card?
Mrs. Clinton's campaign tells this column that on Monday afternoon "Hillary received her Chappaqua Library card."
Afterward, the first lady asked the New York librarian, "So, do you have anything here on how to decorate a home?" and proceeded to check out a stack of books on home decorating.
Mrs. Clinton also sported a red and green sticker that read: "I got my library card today."
So there, Mr. Decker.

A problem like Maria

Perhaps John McCain took out his "Super Tuesday" frustrations on a supporter of sorts NBC newswoman Maria Shriver.
Although it's more probable she was acting obsequious, the California-based reporter allowed her personal feelings to slip out Tuesday while interviewing Orson Swindle, a friend of Mr. McCain's, about the senator's future plans.
She began her questioning, "If McCain does lose California … and we sure hope he won't …"
Mr. McCain, obviously, wasn't watching. For later that evening, just prior to delivering his concession speech, he all but escorted the member of the Kennedy clan from the room.
Mrs. Shriver had tried asking Mr. McCain how it felt to be a loser, which nobody wants to answer. When he turned away, Mrs. Shriver then pointed the question to Mrs. McCain, which served to push the McCain "tantrum" button we've heard so much about.
"Please get out of here," the candidate shouted in the meanest voice he could muster.
"I guess he doesn't like me," Mrs. Shriver offered to her audience a short time later.

The race begins

Leave it to Guy Vander Jagt, who served 28 years as a Republican congressman from Michigan, to assemble a who's who in politics for today's pre-fall election powwow on Capitol Hill.
"What the leadership might say after 'Super Tuesday,' " Mr. Vander Jagt tells this column. "We've also taken a poll of the people coming."
Meaning Republicans and Democrats from both chambers: Trent Lott, Dick Armey, Richard A. Gephardt, J.C. Watts Jr., Don Nickles, Charles B. Rangel, John D. Dingell, Ted Stevens, Tom DeLay, Tillie Fowler, Bill Thomas, Philip M. Crane, Richard E. Neal, Ellen O. Tauscher, Thomas M. Davis III and last, but never least, Newt Gingrich.
Each will spar over campaign issues they believe will result in victory for their party this fall, predictions sponsored by Baker and Hostetler (where Mr. Vander Jagt now hangs his hat), PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the Tax Foundation.

Irish breeze

Global warming procrastinators at Washington's Competitive Enterprise Institute are paying heed to the old sod, where flatulence among Irish cows is cause of concern for environmentalists and farmers alike.
"Not to mention their belching," writes Kevin O'Sullivan, an environmental and food science correspondent based in Ireland who reports in an article distributed by the CEI that bovine emissions could force farmers to change the way they do business.
In fact, he says, farmers face new quotas relating to the "gut process, manifested in flatulence and belching," because farming is responsible for more than a third of Irish greenhouse gas emissions.
"This factor is a major contributor to Ireland's growing greenhouse gas emissions problem," Mr. O'Sullivan quotes Frank Convery, an emissions expert, as telling the AgMet conference, an Irish scientific body.
Mr. Convery claims cattle account for 86 percent of the methane floating over the Emerald Isle.

Shaded capitals

Speaking of fresh air, to kick off the 2000 Environmental Film Festival in Washington next Wednesday, Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman will join a descendent of President Andrew Jackson in presenting D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams with an Andrew Jackson Southern Magnolia.
If you thought the Andrew Jackson Southern Magnolia is the same tree found just behind the White House, you're right. The tree is also found on the back of the old 20-dollar bills.
The gift introduces "The National Millennium Grove Project," an American Forests/Scotts Company (Miracle-Gro) project to plant historic trees in every state capitol.

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