- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 25, 2001

'Betrayed' backer
Georgette Mosbacher, who was vice chairman of Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign in 2000, now says she feels "betrayed" by the Arizona Republican.
"I feel betrayed and I'm so very disappointed in John," Mrs. Mosbacher told the New York Post.
Mrs. Mosbacher, the wife of former President George Bush's commerce secretary, Robert Mosbacher, is one of the GOP's top fund-raisers and helped pour "several hundreds of thousands of dollars" into Mr. McCain's campaign coffers.
"I think John doesn't appear to be making any effort to work with the president. On the contrary," she said.
"I feel at the very least the obligation of every Republican is to give the president the benefit of the doubt and try to work with him. I don't think he did that," said Mrs. Mosbacher, who is a member of the Republican National Committee from New York.

Carter raps Bush
Former President Jimmy Carter strongly criticizes President Bush in an interview with a Georgia newspaper.
"I have been disappointed in almost everything he has done," Mr. Carter told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer in an interview last week from his home in Plains, Ga.
Mr. Carter berated Mr. Bush for not pressuring Israel to withdraw from the Gaza Strip, for threatening to abandon the anti-ballistic missile treaty and for not supporting human rights more strongly.
He said Mr. Bush has ignored moderates in both parties and called Mr. Bush's proposed missile defense shield a "technologically ridiculous" idea that will "re-escalate the nuclear arms race."
Mr. Carter said he had volunteered to be one of the few Democrats at Mr. Bush's inauguration because he was optimistic about the administration.
"I hoped that coming out of an uncertain election he would reach out to people of diverse views, not just Democrats and Republicans but others who had different points of view," Mr. Carter said. "I thought he would be a moderate leader, but he has been very strictly conforming to some of the more conservative members of his administration, his vice president and his secretary of defense in particular. More moderate people like Colin Powell have been frozen out of the basic decision making in dealing with international affairs."
He was also critical of President Bush for not calling for the removal of Israeli settlements on the West Bank.
"George Sr. took a strong position on that issue, and so did I," said Mr. Carter, whose offer to mediate the conflict was declined by both the Israelis and the Palestinians.

Besting Hillary
First lady Laura Bush has made a positive impression on the public during her first six months in the White House. Sixty-four percent have a favorable view, a new poll says, and she isn't running into the resistance faced by Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 1990s.
There is none of the partisan and sex-defined opposition Mrs. Clinton stirred, says the poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, although younger people like her somewhat less than older people.
Men were just as likely as women to have a positive view of Mrs. Bush. Only one-fourth of Democrats saw her unfavorably in the poll.
In contrast, half of Republicans viewed Mrs. Clinton unfavorably early in her husband's term and more than one-third of men viewed her unfavorably.
In the Pew poll, people over age 50 were even more likely to view Mrs. Bush favorably (73 percent) than those under age 30 (53 percent).
"Laura Bush has got very wide acceptance she's almost the anti-Hillary," Carroll Doherty, editor of the Pew poll, told the Associated Press. "She's not nearly as divisive, broadly accepted, but she hasn't yet made a strong impression on the American people."
Mrs. Bush also has not altered her public persona as her predecessor had. First, Mrs. Clinton was an assertive campaigner who seemed as ambitious as her husband, then she scaled back her campaign style to a more traditional spousal role. Once in the White House, she took on a high profile as leader of the administration's health care team.
The poll of 1,003 adults was taken July 2-12 and had an error margin of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Sun hat in the ring
Former Ambassador Douglas "Pete" Peterson filed papers yesterday to run for Florida governor, the most prominent Democrat yet to challenge Gov. Jeb Bush in 2002.
"We're just making ourselves legal," Mr. Peterson told the Associated Press. "We'll start tomorrow on a trip down to South Florida."
Mr. Peterson, a former three-term northern Florida congressman, returned to the state six days ago after serving as the first U.S. ambassador to Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War.
He joins state House Minority Leader Lois Frankel of West Palm Beach, state Sen. Daryl Jones of Miami and Tampa lawyer Bill McBride in seeking the Democratic nomination. Also considering a run is former Attorney General Janet Reno.
Mr. Bush, the president's brother, is trying to become the first Republican to win a second term as Florida governor.
The 66-year-old former ambassador, whose wife Vi Le is Vietnamese, is seen as more conservative than other Democrats in the race. Mr. Peterson was shot down over Vietnam in 1966 on a bombing run and held for 61/2 years.

New sergeant-at-arms
Alfonso E. Lenhardt, a retired major general in the U.S. Army, was appointed yesterday to become the 35th sergeant-at-arms of the Senate. He is the first black to hold the position.
Gen. Lenhardt retired from the Army in 1997, last serving as commanding general of the recruiting command at Fort Knox, Ky.
"Al has a truly exemplary career in the service of his country," said Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. "With his unique combination of management and law-enforcement experience, I believe he will be an equally exemplary sergeant-at-arms."
Born in New York, Gen. Lenhardt earned a master's degree in administration of justice from Wichita State University and a master's degree in public administration from Central Michigan University.
He replaces James W. Ziglar, who has been nominated by President Bush to become commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Gen. Lenhardt and his wife, Jacqueline, have three daughters.

Whispering sea shells
The following item was written by Paul Berman at Slate.com and is presented here as a service to poetry lovers everywhere. It so inspired pundit Andrew Sullivan that he announced yesterday at his Web site (andrewsullivan.com) that he was awarding Mr. Berman the first "Streisand Award."
"Death, liberation, eternity, the sea, heaven — what are the D train or the Q train to me, who am lost in the 'Breakfast Table' poems? (Except that I have to take those damn trains to get anywhere.)
"That is how things stand with me, Sarah. It has been this way ever since Al Gore won the election and didn't end up president. I hold sea shells to my ear. I moon over old poems. I am distraught. Isn't that what you are saying, too, in your own fashion, going on about van Gogh and all? I gaze at the headlines. I reel. 'President who?' I say. 'He did what?' And I return to the whispering sea shells and think about eternity."

How thoughtful
The American Prospect, a magazine that considers itself the voice of liberalism, announced yesterday that it is taking out ads in 18 alternative weekly newspapers to "thank" President Bush for helping double its circulation, to 42,000.
Co-Editor Robert Kuttner, in a press release, said readers are flocking to his magazine's "thoughtful liberal viewpoints" as opposed to "the cynical conservatism of the Bush administration."
"Your administration wasn't what I had in mind, but it could be the most tonic thing for American liberalism since Franklin Roosevelt," Mr. Kuttner says in the ad.

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