- The Washington Times - Monday, June 6, 2005

Dissing Dean

Democrats Joseph R. Biden Jr. and John Edwards are criticizing party Chairman Howard Dean, saying his rhetorical attacks on Republicans have gone too far.

Mr. Dean has said Republicans never made an honest living in their lives andthatHouse Majority Leader Tom DeLay ought to go back to Houston where he can serve a jail sentence. Mr. DeLay has not been accused of any crime.

Mr. Dean “doesn’t speak for me with that kind of rhetoric, and I don’t think he speaks for the majority of Democrats,” Sen. Biden, Delaware Democrat and the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said yesterday on ABC’s “This Week.”

While discussing the hardship of working Americans standing in long lines to vote, Mr. Dean said Thursday, “Republicans, I guess, can do that because a lot of them have never made an honest living in their lives.”

Saturday at a party fundraising dinner in Nashville, Tenn., Mr. Edwards said Mr. Dean “is not the spokesman for the party.”

Mr. Dean is “a voice,” said Mr. Edwards, a former North Carolina senator and the Democrats’ vice presidential nominee in 2004. “I don’t agree with it.”

On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman said of Mr. Dean’s remark: “I’m not sure the best way to win support in the red states is to insult the folks who live there.”

Bayh’s solution

Sen. Evan Bayh, Indiana Democrat, sounded very much like a presidential candidate Saturday as he sharply criticized President Bush.

“When the history of our time is written, I believe this president will be judged very harshly,” Mr. Bayh told 1,100 Democrats in Indianapolis Saturday night for the party’s Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner, at which Mr. Bayh was the keynote speaker.

Mr. Bayh said President Bush should have responded to the September 11 terrorist attacks by raising the price of oil, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Mr. Bayh, accusing Republicans of dividing the country, said Mr. Bush failed to summon Americans to “something more” after the terror attacks. The president, he said, should have urged people to accept potentially costly moves to lessen the country’s dependence on foreign oil.

Mr. Bayh said he would have made such a request “if I’d been president of the United States at that time.”

Deep green

The daughter of the former FBI official who was revealed last week as “Deep Throat” told a California newspaper that money played a role in the family’s decision to go public.

W. Mark Felt, 91, was the key source for The Washington Post’s Watergate coverage that helped bring down President Richard Nixon.

Of the reasons behind going public with her father’s identity, Joan Felt, 61, told the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa: “I won’t deny that to make money is one of them.”

Some literary agents have said the family could earn more than $1 million from a book deal, according to the Associated Press.

“My son, Nick, is in law school, and he’ll owe $100,000 by the time he graduates,” Miss Felt said in an interview published yesterday in the Press Democrat. “I am still a single mom, still supporting them to one degree or another, and I am not ashamed of this.”

Romney’s press

“The last presidential campaign ended just seven months ago. Does any sensible American — a category that excludes political junkies and newspaper columnists — want to read a long magazine article speculating on the next one?” Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby asks.

“The Weekly Standard and National Review, two of the nation’s most influential conservative magazines, clearly think the answer is yes. Each is running a cover story on the presidential prospects of [Massachusetts] Gov. Mitt Romney,” Mr. Jacoby said.

Terry Eastland’s 6,000-word piece in [last week’s] Weekly Standard is introduced by a humorous cover illustration of a smiling Romney surrounded by donkeys. ‘Mitt Romney of Massachusetts,’ it says. ‘Can a Republican governor of a Democratic state become America’s first Mormon president?’ Eastland’s conclusion: Quite possibly. …

“On the cover of the [latest] National Review, meanwhile, a full-length photo of Romney — every inch the confident executive — is emblazoned ‘Matinee Mitt.’ Then: ‘Charming. Smart. Conservative. Now starring in Massachusetts, Governor Romney could be a premier attraction in the ‘08 GOP primaries.’

“Heady stuff. Romney could hardly ask for a more flattering introduction to the hundreds of thousands of politically aware conservatives who read National Review and the Weekly Standard. As a Republican from the bluest of the blue states, he knows he’ll have to prove his ideological bona fides to his party’s red-state core. To be certified as a worthy candidate by two of the right’s most important journals of opinion — and to have them do so this early in the political cycle — is a godsend,” the columnist said.

Hollywood Hillary

“Conservatives may strive to portray New York Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton as a polarizing figure, but she unified Hollywood Democratic political donors at a series of fundraisers that netted an estimated $1 million in a single evening,” the Los Angeles Times reported Friday, citing estimates by hosts of various events.

“In an industry where Democrats still like to describe themselves as in recovery from the re-election of Republican President Bush, the Clinton California swing this week was clearly a shot in the arm and spurred the inevitable talk of a possible presidential bid,” reporter Anne-Marie O’Connor said.

“From a $1,000-per-person soiree at the home of Warner Bros. chief Alan Horn to a late-night Young Hollywood shindig co-hosted by such performers as Christina Aguilera, Scarlett Johansson and Jake Gyllenhaal, organizers of the events Wednesday night had to turn away aspiring guests.

“One dinner at the home of radio syndication billionaire Norm Pattiz was expected to bring in $450,000 for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, organizers said. Clinton appeared at the event with Sen. Harry Reid [Nevada Democrat].”

Still at it

Dan Rather reiterated to CNN’s Larry King on Thursday night that he believes the memos, in his National Guard hit piece on President Bush, were genuine,” the Media Research Center’s Brent Baker writes at www.mediaresearch.org.

“Rather emphasized how ‘the documents were part of a fairly wide array of information we had’ and were ‘supported by all kind of things other than the documents.’ When King wondered, ‘so, are you saying the story might be correct?’ Rather replied: ‘Well, I’m saying a prudent person might take that view.’

“Rather pointed out how the investigatory panel named by CBS said that ‘the story was not born of any personal or political bias.’ Rather soon scolded those who presume the memos as forged: ‘They often say, well, they dealt with fake documents or fraudulent documents. Let’s just say gently that that’s not known. That’s not a fact.’”

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or gpierce@washingtontimes.com.

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