- The Washington Times - Monday, May 21, 2007

Cuss-worthy

Michelle Malkin didn’t get terribly excited about news reports that Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and John Cornyn of Texas got into a profanity-laced argument last week during negotiations for an immigration bill supported by President Bush and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat.

“So, open-borders sellout John McCain cursed out Sen. John Cornyn. Yawn,” the syndicated columnist wrote at MichelleMalkin.com. “I didn’t get all worked up about it. You know why?

“Because when it comes to [obscenities], no obscene utterance compares to the George W. Bush-backed, RNC-backed, Kennedy-conspired, fantasy-based amnesty profanity unleashed on conservatives and the country.”

Chertoff vs. Hunter

Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff says Rep. Duncan Hunter is “not right” in his claims that the Bush administration is stalling the development of a security fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.

During last week’s Republican presidential debate, Mr. Hunter, California Republican, said, “I wrote the bill that the president signed in October that takes the San Diego fence 854 miles across Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, and it’s mandatory. I called up the other day, and they’ve done two miles of border fence. This administration has a case of the slows on border enforcement.”

“He’s not right,” Mr. Chertoff said in response yesterday during an appearance on CNN’s “Late Edition.” “Basically, we will have 150 miles of fence built by the end of September. What Congressman Hunter’s not telling the public is, the way you build fence is you don’t build one mile and then build another mile.”

“I’ve been there. I’ve seen miles of fence that have gone up in the last year. We’re committed to getting 150 miles done by the end of September, and it will be done.”

Mr. Hunter’s bill calls for the hiring of 6,000 new border patrol agents and 370 miles of border fencing, Mr. Chertoff said.

“We’re at 150 miles by the end of this coming September. We will be at 370 miles by the end of calendar year 2008,” Mr. Chertoff said.

Southern front

“Delegates to the state Republican convention unleashed a rare chorus of boos and hisses at Sen. Saxby Chambliss (Georgia Republican) on Saturday, as he spoke up for a bipartisan immigration-reform package unveiled in Washington this week,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

“Chambliss had just finished emphasizing his devotion to border-security provisions contained in the measure, and brought up agriculture’s need for temporary, foreign workers.

” ‘We’ve got to face the fact that we’ve got to create a new, truly temporary-worker program’ — the boos started here, but Chambliss plowed on — ‘for that segment of our economy that need temporary workers.’ …

“After the speech, Chambliss said he took the crowd’s reaction as a lack of popular understanding of the shape of the current immigration system.”

Southern front II

“The crowd at South Carolina’s Republican convention cheered Saturday when [former] Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney criticized a new immigration proposal and booed a key ally of Sen. John McCain when he defended it,” the Associated Press reports.

Many of the 1,000 Republicans attending the event in Columbia, S.C., wore stickers with “Senate amnesty bill” crossed out, and cheered when Mr. Romney said: “One simple rule: No amnesty.”

Mr. Romney said the proposed new “Z visa” for foreign workers could be renewed indefinitely. “If that’s not a form of amnesty, I don’t know what is,” he said.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican and a key McCain ally, was booed when he said he had worked with Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, on the immigration legislation.

“It’s the best bill I think we can get to President Bush,” Mr. Graham said, as some in the crowd shouted “No.”

After the speech, Mr. Graham explained the boos by saying immigration is “an emotional topic.”

“People are mad,” he said.

Sneaky candidate

“Having watched the second Republican debate the other night, it’s clear to me the subject today is Fred Thompson, the man who wasn’t there. While the other candidates bang away earnestly in a frozen format, Thompson continues to sneak up from the creek and steal their underwear — boxers, briefs and temple garments,” Peggy Noonan writes at www.OpinionJournal.com.

“He is running a great campaign. It’s just not a declared campaign. It’s a guerrilla campaign whose informality is meant to obscure his intent. It has been going on for months and is aimed at the major pleasure zones of the Republican brain. In a series of pointed columns, commentaries and podcasts, Mr. Thompson has been talking about things conservatives actually talk about. Shouldn’t homeowners have the right to own a gun? Isn’t it bad that colleges don’t teach military history? How about that [new French President Nicolas] Sarkozy — good news, isn’t it? Did you see [former CIA chief George J.] Tenet on [“Meet the Press”]? His book sounds shallow, tell-all-y.

“These comments and opinions are being read and forwarded in Internet Nation. They are revealing and interesting, but they’re not heavy, not homework. They have an air of ‘This is the sound of a candidate thinking.’ That’s an unusual sound,” Miss Noonan said.

Brainy women

In June 1986, Newsweek created an urban legend by reporting that a 40-year-old single woman was “more likely to be killed by a terrorist” than to ever marry. It was only last June — two decades later — that the newsmagazine published a mea culpa, acknowledging it had misinterpreted and misrepresented a study’s findings on the subject.

But it was a column by Maureen Dowd of the New York Times in January 2005 echoing the same theme that prompted Christine B. Whelan to research and write “Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women,” published last fall, to “shatter the myth” that high education and achievement hold back women’s matrimonial and motherhood prospects.

Addressing the monthly Conservative Women’s Network luncheon at the Heritage Foundation Friday, Miss Whelan said that those she calls “SWANS” — strong women achievers, no spouse — marry at the same rate as other women, just a little bit later in life. In fact, she told the gathering that a new study found that “increased education increases your chances of marriage.”

“Be honest about your achievement,” counseled Miss Whelan, 29, who is engaged to be married next month to a lawyer. “It’s not holding you back.”

“Gentlemen prefer brains,” she added.

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

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