- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Talking to ‘children’

“The YearlyKos presidential forum here in Chicago did such a wonderful job of spotlighting the extreme elements of the Democratic Party that conservatives should hope that they make it a monthly, even weekly, event,” Chicago Tribune columnist Dennis Byrne writes at www.RealClear Politics.com.

“Consider: It really takes something to makeHillary Clinton look good, but the leftwing bloggers who partake of the poisonous rhetoric that flows on the Daily Kos web site pulled it off. Of course, making Clinton look good isn’t saying much when you’re sharing the debating stage with the other Democratic candidates, there to kowtow to their base,” Mr. Byrne said.

“When Clinton spoke the truth at the forum about lobbying practices in Washington, the crowd roundly booed her. Asked about taking campaign money from lobbyists, she pointed out that lobbyists ‘represent real Americans. They actually do. They represent nurses, they represent, you know, social workers. They represent — yes they represent corporations that employ a lot of people.’

“See, right there she stepped in it, not just on the lobbying thing, but acknowledging what the lefties don’t want to hear: Corporations, for all their faults, do something good; they give people jobs.

“Amid the boos, she might have added — if she could have been heard — that people make their livings representing them too. There are abortion industry lobbyists, twisting arms for ‘a woman’s right to choose.’ Other lobbyists are prowling the halls of Congress on behalf 12 million illegal aliens yearning (we’re told) for citizenship, universal health care, global (un)warming, family farmers, teachers — I could go on forever listing lobbyists who are excused or ignored by the left because they are doing it for ‘good causes.’ …

Clinton discovered what conservatives long have known: Talking to lefties is like trying to talk to children. Rational argument and facts don’t impress.”

Going home

Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson is returning to his home state of South Dakota for the first time since suffering a life-threatening brain hemorrhage eight months ago.

The senator has been recovering at hospitals and in his Fairfax, Va., home and has not appeared in public since he fell ill. He will travel to South Dakota this month and is expected to return to the Senate in September. Mr. Johnson has been undergoing speech therapy and is expected to use a scooter to get around in the Capitol.

In a statement released yesterday by his office, Mr. Johnson said his doctors have cleared him for travel, the Associated Press reports.

“I know my return has taken longer than some people have liked — count me among them,” he said in the statement. “But I learned early on in this journey the importance and necessity of relying on the advice and counsel of those doctors, nurses and therapists without whom my return would have been impossible.”

Hillary vs. lenders

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday called for penalties against mortgage brokers who engage in predatory lending and a $1 billion federal fund to help homeowners avoid foreclosure.

The senator from New York has been critical of subprime mortgages, loans given to people with blemished credit histories or low incomes. Weak home prices and rising interest rates have made it increasingly difficult for borrowers to keep up with their payments; delinquencies and foreclosures are rising sharply.

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