- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 26, 2000

Bubba blitz

Democratic insiders in New York say they expect President Clinton to launch a "Bubba blitz" to promote his wife's Senate candidacy, the New York Post's Fredric U. Dicker reports.
"We expect the president to come into New York big-time," an anonymous state Democratic leader told Mr. Dicker.
"We think he'll be spending many days campaigning from one end of the state to the other next month on behalf of Hillary's campaign."

October comes early

"We hope that by the time Election Day arrives, the people thinking of voting for Al Gore know just what this man stands for," the Wall Street Journal says.
"The vice president must be one of the most chameleon-like figures ever to run through a presidential campaign. His acceptance speech bashes one American business after another, then he sends Joe Lieberman out to tell his business friends not to take it seriously.
"He re-creates himself as a scold of the entertainment industry, then takes it back at a mega-fund-raiser. Now the author of 'Earth in the Balance' finds himself in the midst of a spike in oil prices, asks his friend the president to tap into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and we get lectures from them on how pro-energy their policies have been," the newspaper observed in an editorial.
"Maybe an October Surprise would have been too obvious. So President Clinton beat the clock, deciding Friday, one day after a public request from Al Gore, to release 30 million barrels of oil from the reserve over the next month.
"As readers of this page's Web site, OpinionJournal.com, know, we've been running an October Surprise contest. The first of many entries predicting a petroleum-reserve surprise came from Frank Fahey of Baltimore on Sept. 7."

Say what?

During a rare question-and-answer session with the press last week, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton performed an almost perfect pirouette around one of the more piercing questions the press has dared ask about her domestic "situation."
A reporter noted that Rep. Rick Lazio, her opponent in New York's U.S. Senate race, has constantly reminded voters of his adherence to family and the role his wife and two children play in his life. He brings his wife, Patricia, with him often and mentions his family frequently during his speeches.
Additionally, Mr. Lazio is also a good bit more personal. He talks of his passion for music, his background and generally is forthcoming as a person.
"Why don't we see more of that from you?" the reporter asked.
"Well, do you want to watch me sleep?" the first lady replied to nervous titters.
Then, of her family situation, she said: "I have circumstances I have to deal with… . We've come a long way in trying to diminish any impact… . I do have a few restrictions that others don't that I try to work around."
We're still trying to decipher her response, although it certainly worked for her.

Joe's other election

Joseph I. Lieberman took a detour from the vice-presidential campaign trail yesterday, returning home to Connecticut to campaign for a Senate seat that he acknowledged many voters want him to give up.

State law allows him to compete for both offices at the same time, but a recent poll showed Connecticut voters evenly split over whether he should do so, with 46 percent disapproving and 45 percent approving, the Associated Press reports.

"I understand this is an unusual situation," Mr. Lieberman told reporters. "In a sense, I and my extended family in Connecticut, that is the people of Connecticut, have agreed to disagree."

Nearly one in four voters said they are less likely to vote for Mr. Lieberman for Senate because of his dual candidacies, according to the Quinnipiac University poll released last week.

Mr. Lieberman leads his Republican Senate challenger, Waterbury Mayor Philip Giordano, by 72 percent to 19 percent, the poll stated.

A Senate debate is scheduled for Oct. 19, but Mr. Lieberman has not committed to attending. Mr. Lieberman said yesterday he was focused on preparing for his Oct. 5 debate with his Republican rival for the vice presidency, Richard B. Cheney.

Friend of Hillary

"Among the names on a list of overnight guests at the White House and Camp David released by the Clinton administration [Friday] is Paul Adler, a New York Democrat county chair who was charged last month with corruption," CNSNews.com reporter Justin Torres writes.
"The 404-person list was released [Friday] amidst allegations that donors to first lady Hillary Clinton's New York Senate campaign have been rewarded with overnight stays at Camp David and the White House Lincoln Bedroom," the reporter noted.
"Adler, chairman of the Rockland County Democratic Party, was indicted last month after allegedly enriching himself by nearly $375,000 through fraud, extortion and bribery. He donated $1,500 to the first lady's campaign and hosted a fund-raiser for her Senate bid."

Barr's ad

Rep. Bob Barr, Georgia Republican, yesterday announced his first television ad against Democrat Roger Kahn.
The Barr camp, in a prepared statement, described the ad, which it said is airing on Atlanta network television, as "a lighthearted look" at Mr. Kahn's "recent move to the Seventh District."
Mr. Barr, in fighting words for a Southerner, calls Mr. Kahn a carpetbagger, saying he moved to the district only last year. The Democrat previously lived in Key West, Fla., and the Buckhead section of Atlanta before moving to Bartow County, the Republican contends.

Scandalous poetry

"Thought the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal was history? Now it's something else: Poetry," National Journal reports.
"Henry Taylor, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who teaches at American University, has cranked out 'Brief Candles: 101 Clerihews' (Louisiana State University Press). Taylor's collection offers clerihews humorous biographical poems analogous to limericks for a half-dozen Clinton scandal figures, including Webster Hubbell, Susan McDougal, Gennifer Flowers and Linda Tripp.
"For instance: 'Henry Hyde/ struggled to decide/what the truth was/and when his youth was.' Ouch!" the magazine said.
"However, committing such 'celebrities' to verse doesn't necessarily assure their literary immortality. Before submitting his manuscript to LSU Press, Taylor trimmed some of the scandal-related poems. 'Some of the people had become too obscure,' he says."

A slap in the face

Radical-turned-conservative David Horowitz says he is trying to bring irreverence back to politics with a new slap-happy Web site.
At www.SlapHillary.com, those so inclined can slap an image of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the first lady and U.S. Senate candidate in New York.
"It's an interactive animation on the Internet that allows you to slap a cartoon Hillary by pushing a button," Mr. Horowitz said in a prepared statement. "It's good, cathartic American fun."
The site was produced and directed by Marie Poe, animation producer for the premier season of MTV's "Beavis and Butthead."
Is SlapHillary.com mean-spirited? "Absolutely," Mr. Horowitz said. "But we think even feminists will find it irresistible. It must be terribly frustrating to go around pretending that you like both hypocritical sides of this woman."

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