- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 25, 2000

LaRouche's big vote

Political extremist Lyndon LaRouche captured 22 percent of the vote running against Vice President Al Gore in Tuesday's Democratic presidential primary in Arkansas, but the party already has declared Mr. LaRouche and his followers to be personae non gratae at the national convention in August.

Still, the LaRouche followers were ecstatic.

"This is amazing. We're shocked," LaRouche spokeswoman Angela Vullo was quoted as saying in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. "We're totally excited. It is incredible that this would happen in Clinton's state."

Normally, a candidate would need only to exceed 15 percent of the vote to win convention delegates, but Democratic Party officials ruled some time ago that Mr. LaRouche would be barred from the process. Twenty-two percent of the vote normally would translate into at least 10 delegates out of the state total of 48.

This is not the first time that followers of Mr. LaRouche have made trouble for the Democrats. In the 1986 Illinois Democratic primary, two associates of Mr. LaRouche surprised the party and the nation by winning the nomination for lieutenant governor and secretary of state, forcing gubernatorial candidate Adlai Stevenson to renounce the Democratic label and run for office under the Illinois Solidarity label.

Lindsey takes stock

George W. Bush's chief economic adviser, Larry Lindsey, said yesterday that contrary to his earlier statement that he does not directly own any stock, he is in fact invested in the stock market through his retirement plan.

Mr. Lindsey has been briefing the news media on Mr. Bush's proposal to let workers put a portion of their Social Security payroll taxes into their own stock or bond investment accounts that they would control. But last week the bearish Mr. Lindsey raised some eyebrows when he conceded that he did not own any stock, which he considers "too risky."

Al Gore, who will one day inherit nearly $1 million in oil stocks, thinks the Bush investment plan is tantamount to gambling. He jumped all over Mr. Lindsey's comment telling anyone who will listen that even Mr. Bush's chief economic adviser is afraid to invest in stocks.

But during a news briefing here yesterday, Mr. Lindsey told reporters that the pension plan he contributed to while teaching at Harvard has several investment options and he has put his money into three of them: stocks, bonds and real estate.

"Even if I never put in another dime, my monthly check will be three times what my Social Security benefits will pay me," Mr. Lindsey said.

Winner in Idaho

Idaho's four-term lieutenant governor has won the Republican primary and the right to run for the seat held by Republican Rep. Helen Chenoweth-Hage, who is retiring.

Lt. Gov. Butch Otter received nearly twice as many votes as Dennis Mansfield, 44, who co-founded the Christian conservative Idaho Family Forum with Mrs. Chenoweth-Hage. The Republican primary winner is favored to win this fall, the Associated Press reports.

With all precincts reporting early yesterday, Mr. Otter had 41,523 votes, or 48 percent of the total, to 23,554 votes, or 26 percent, for Mr. Mansfield. Six other Republicans split the rest.

Mr. Otter, a 58-year-old millionaire businessman, was attacked about his personal life and legislative voting record. Independently financed ads included one spot accusing Mr. Otter of supporting pornography and being potentially "another bad example for our children."

"This is probably the most negative and toughest campaign I've ever had to participate in," Mr. Otter said. "I hope as we look at the figures we can interpret this as Idaho rejecting all of this outside influence, Idaho rejecting the negative side of the entire campaign."

Most Republican leaders backed Mr. Otter in a campaign that focused on who would inherit Mrs. Chenoweth-Hage's conservative mantle. Though she did not endorse anyone, she did not object to a national term-limits organization's ads linking her politics to Mr. Mansfield's.

Meanwhile, Arkansas Democrats hoping to challenge embattled GOP Rep. Jay Dickey went to a runoff after Tuesday's vote.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, state Sen. Mike Ross was the leading vote-getter, with 44 percent. Second-place barely went to TV reporter Dewayne Graham over former state Rep. Judy Smith. Each candidate won 22 percent of the vote, with the gap being fewer than 600 votes.

Lazio a Clinton favorite

President Clinton has specifically praised Republican Rep. Rick Lazio in 12 separate statements over the past year, the Republican Leadership Council says.

However, Mr. Lazio is receiving no praise from the president's wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, now that he is running against her for a Senate seat from New York.

"Official White House documents show that from June of 1999 through April 2000, in press statements and even a national radio address, President Clinton praised U.S. Rep. Rick Lazio," the Republican group said in a press release yesterday.

Among other things, Mr. Clinton praised Mr. Lazio for his work on behalf of the economically disadvantaged, breast and cervical cancer victims and physically disabled Americans, the group said.

On April 12, talking about the bipartisan effort to bring new private investment to America's economically disadvantaged communities, Mr. Clinton thanked Mr. Lazio along with other representatives "for their leadership in moving this legislation forward."

In a radio address on Feb. 5, Mr. Clinton cited Mr. Lazio for his "strong bipartisan support" of legislation to help low-income women get treatment for breast and cervical cancer.

On Dec. 17, in a statement thanking lawmakers involved in the "challenging work" of developing "landmark legislation" to help disabled Americans with health care and employment services, Mr. Clinton gave "special thanks" to Mr. Lazio and other legislators.

Capitalists triumph

"The lesson of the '90s is this: If Democrats want to deliver the goods, they have to look past their own history as the party of labor and instead make deals with the party of capital: the GOP," syndicated columnist James Pinkerton writes.

"Why? For this simple reason: For the time being at least, capital has won the battle against labor. Global finance, which can go anywhere in the world at the push of a button, has effectively encircled and engulfed unions and proletariats around the planet," Mr. Pinkerton said.

" 'Workers of the world, unite!' was a catchy slogan when Karl Marx coined it in 1848, but it never happened. Today, workers are still organized nationally; it is business that thinks multinationally. To be sure, businesses compete for market share, but the capitalist leadership class has knitted together a worldwide system of market cooperation that unites in favor of open economics and free trade. And so it is that the New York Stock Exchange is a far more influential body than, say, the International Labor Organization."

Nader vs. Clinton

Ralph Nader, who is seeking the Green Party nomination for president, says the Senate made a mistake in acquitting President Clinton.

"I thought that he crossed the boundary so seriously in that scandal that the House was proper in impeaching him and the Senate really should have convicted him," Mr. Nader said on Political Points, the Webcast of the New York Times and ABC News.

Mr. Nader added: "I think law licenses have been taken away from lawyers for less egregious offenses than what President Clinton committed as president of the United States."

New York Times reporter James Dao offered this analysis of Mr. Nader's stance: "While the remark might please some disaffected Democrats and independent voters, it could also anger some of the liberals Mr. Nader has been courting in states like California, where a recent poll shows him pulling just under 10 percent of the vote."

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