- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Clinton vs. Edwards

A spokesman for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, on Sunday ripped into 2008 White House contender John Edwards, the New York Post reports.

The broadside from the Clinton camp came just hours after Mr. Edwards, in Harlem, delivered a sharp condemnation — clearly aimed at Mrs. Clinton, although he didn’t mention her by name — of those who fail to “speak out” against the war in Iraq, the newspaper said.

“Silence is betrayal, and I believe it is a betrayal not to speak out against the escalation of the war in Iraq,” Mr. Edwards, a former North Carolina Democratic senator, told a crowd at Manhattan’s Riverside Church, where Martin Luther King had declared his opposition to the Vietnam War.

“If you’re in Congress, and you know that this war is going in the wrong direction … it is no longer OK to study your options and keep your own private counsel,” he said. “Silence is betrayal. Speak out and stop this escalation now.”

Mr. Edwards’ hit on the presumed front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination was not lost on the Clinton team, which sees criticism from Iraq war opponents as one of the major threats to her expected campaign.

“In 2004, John Edwards used to constantly brag about running a positive campaign. Today, he has unfortunately chosen to open his campaign with political attacks on Democrats who are fighting the Bush administration’s Iraq policy,” Clinton adviser Howard Wolfson said.

Holiday greetings

MoveOn.org chose Martin Luther King Day to announce a fundraising drive for an anti-war “March on Washington” later this month.

“Today, as we honor Martin Luther King Jr., I have been thinking about his words: ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter,’ “ Eli Pariser, the 26-year-old executive director of MoveOn.org’s political action committee, wrote in an e-mail to the liberal group’s supporters yesterday. “On January 27th, United for Peace and Justice are planning a March on Washington to end the war. …

“To make it plain that most Americans are united in our opposition to more war, we want to have people from all 50 states and every congressional district marching. So, if you yourself can’t make it, can you donate $25 to help pay travel expenses for a MoveOn member who otherwise would not be able to make it? …

“Big marches and rallies in Washington D.C. have helped to secure many of our country’s most important gains. Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington in 1963 was a turning point in the fight for equality and civil rights. The power of Americans standing together for justice cannot be underestimated. This march on Washington can be a similar turning point for the war.

“Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and thanks for all you do.”

‘Bogus’ report

An Associated Press story yesterday about the United Arab Emirates proclaimed: “When it comes to squandering the earth’s natural resources, residents of this desert land … are on a par with even the ravenous consumption of Americans, according to the World Wildlife Fund.”

The AP report then said: “The United States is no longer bound by Kyoto, which the Bush administration rejected after taking office in 2001,” referring to the multinational accord on combatting global warming.

“Bogus,” says University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds on his blog (www.instapundit.com), citing the online reference source Wikipedia.com: “On July 25, 1997, before the Kyoto Protocol was finalized (although it had been fully negotiated, and a penultimate draft was finished), the U.S. Senate unanimously passed by a 95?0 vote the Byrd-Hagel Resolution (S. Res. 98), which stated the sense of the Senate was that the United States should not be a signatory to any protocol that did not include binding targets and timetables for developing as well as industrialized nations or ‘would result in serious harm to the economy of the United States.’ ”

Mr. Reynolds adds: “Once again, a Web page by unpaid amateurs is more accurate and nuanced than an effort by the Associated Press.”

Flag day

Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., a Democratic presidential hopeful, said yesterday that he thinks the Confederate flag should be kept off South Carolina’s Statehouse grounds.

“If I were a state legislator, I’d vote for it to move off the grounds — out of the state,” the Delaware senator said before a march and rally at the Statehouse in Columbia, S.C., to support the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s boycott of the state.

Jim Hanks stood across from the Statehouse with about 35 Confederate battle-flag supporters, the Associated Press reports.

“We love this flag. We love our heritage,” Mr. Hanks said.

Some carried signs saying: “South Carolina does not want Chris Dodd,” referring to the Connecticut Democratic senator, who also attended the NAACP rally.

Mr. Hanks said Mr. Dodd, Mr. Biden and other Democrats running for president “would probably say most anything if it would get them votes.”

Mr. Biden expects legislators here eventually will move the flag. Pointing to his heart, he said, “as people become more and more aware of what it means to African-Americans here, this is only a matter of time.”

On Sunday, Mr. Dodd told the Associated Press at a King remembrance service in Greenville that the Confederate flag belongs in a museum.

“I don’t think it belongs on the Capitol grounds,” Mr. Dodd said.

Professor Ford

Former Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr. has been appointed visiting professor of public policy at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and will teach a class on American political leadership.

Mr. Ford, who spent a decade in Congress before running unsuccessfully for a Senate seat last year, will lead a seminar titled “Foundations of American Political Leadership” for undergraduates during the spring semester, which begins this week.

Mr. Ford, who earned a bachelor’s degree in U.S. history from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from the University of Michigan, served five terms in the House of Representatives. He was a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of centrist and fiscally conservative Democrats.

“Vanderbilt is a world-class university, and I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to teach at this wonderful place,” Mr. Ford said. “Now, more than ever, students need to be engaged in deciding the direction of the country. I hope the students who take my class will come away from the experience understanding the vital role they play in deciding the kind of leadership that leads the nation.”

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

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