- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 16, 1999

Professor Starr

Former independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr has accepted a position as a visiting professor of law at the George Mason University School of Law for the spring semester, which starts Jan. 10.
The announcement was made yesterday by Daniel Polsby, senior associate dean at the law school. He said Mr. Starr will be teaching a course on “advanced current problems in constitutional law,” which he previously taught at New York University School of Law.
“Judge Starr is writing a book on the Supreme Court,” Mr. Polsby said. “When he was here lecturing three weeks ago or so, we extended him the hospitality of our library” to use as he researches his book.
Mr. Starr accepted that offer, and law school officials made him another one. “As long as he was going to be here, we asked him if he’d be interested in teaching a course on constitutional law,” said Mr. Polsby, who described the former U.S. solicitor general and special counsel as a “leading” expert on that subject matter.
“We’re delighted,” said Mr. Polsby.

Gore on Broaddrick

Vice President Al Gore “sputtered and stammered” when asked Tuesday about Juanita Broaddrick’s charge that Bill Clinton raped her in a Little Rock hotel room years ago when Mr. Clinton was attorney general of Arkansas, Matt Drudge reports on his Internet site.
Mr. Drudge included a transcript of Mr. Gore’s response at a campaign event in Derry, N.H., on Tuesday. A resident of Derry asked, “When Juanita Broaddrick made the claim, that I felt quite credible, that she was raped by Bill Clinton, did that change your opinion about him being one of the best presidents in history? And do you believe Juanita Broaddrick’s claim? And what did you tell your son about this?”
Mr. Gore laughed, and then said, “Well, I don’t know what to make of her claim, because I don’t know how to evaluate that story, I really don’t.”
The vice president said he did not see the television interview with Mrs. Broaddrick. He then rambled on about not violating communications within his family, in regard to the last question. He went on to say, “I think whatever mistakes [Mr. Clinton] made in his personal life are in the minds of most Americans balanced against what he has done in his personal life as a president.”
Mr. Gore said Bill Clinton was his friend, “and if you’ve ever had a friend who made a serious mistake and then you repaired the friendship and moved on, then you know what that relationship has been like for me.”
Mr. Gore did not stop there. “I felt the same disappointment and anger at him during the period when all this was going on that most people did,” he said.
The vice president went on for several more sentences, but what was more interesting was he did not say: The vice president never challenged Mrs. Broaddrick’s charges; nor did he express doubt that Mr. Clinton would be capable of such a thing.

Civility pledge

Several presidential candidates have accepted a civility agreement. Signing were the campaigns of Bill Bradley, Al Gore, George W. Bush, Orrin G. Hatch and John McCain.Aides to Gary Bauer and Alan Keyes said they had not seen the pledge. The Steve Forbes campaign declined to sign, saying it would campaign on the issues.

All Bradley, all the time

The media are engaging in an outburst of Bradley-mania this week, reports the on-line newsletter Hotline.
The Washington Post will complete a massive six-part profile of Bill Bradley tomorrow, and the New York Times ran an extensive report on how Mr. Bradley nearly lost his Senate seat to Christine Todd Whitman in 1990.
But this only scratches the surface of media enthusiasm for the former New Jersey senator who is challenging Vice President Al Gore for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Hotline reports that the ABC News program “Nightline” will feature Mr. Bradley on two consecutive nights. Tonight, Mr. Bradley will join Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, to promote campaign finance reform. Tomorrow night, “Nightline” will feature Mr. Bradley and Mr. Gore.
ABC will continue its Bradley-mania on Sunday, when “This Week” will feature a taped interview of Mr. Bradley by Cokie Roberts.
NBC News, meanwhile, will contribute to the weeklong Bradley-thon when Mr. Bradley and Mr. Gore appear Sunday with Tim Russert on “Meet the Press.”

Buchanan on sanctions

Pat Buchanan, who is seeking the Reform Party presidential nomination, plans to call for the lifting of economic sanctions against Iraq and other rogue nations in an address this morning at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.Mr. Buchanan is expected to argue that sanctions not only don’t work, they are counterproductive.

The power of Peanuts’

President Clinton lamented the retirement of “Peanuts” creator Charles Schulz and said yesterday he had learned much about the human condition from Charlie Brown, Linus, Snoopy, Pigpen and Lucy.Mr. Schulz announced Tuesday he would retire after almost a half-century of drawing the world’s most famous cartoon to concentrate on fighting his newly diagnosed colon cancer.”Like all readers of Peanuts,’ I was saddened by the news that Charles M. Schulz will retire his beloved comic strip on Jan. 4,” Mr. Clinton said in a statement.”The characters Charles Schulz created are more than enduring icons,” he added. “Charlie Brown, Linus, Snoopy, Pigpen and Lucy taught us all a little more about what makes us human.”

Framing the issue

Presidential contender John McCain, campaigning in Spartanburg, S.C., yesterday tried once again to frame campaign finance reform as a conservative issue, even though its most ardent advocates tend to be liberals.
Republican leaders have “forgotten our conservative purpose” in pursuit of special-interest money, Mr. McCain said. Some fellow Republicans have warned that his signature issue campaign finance reform could destroy the party.
“It’s time to stand for a conservative policy agenda, to join this fight to change the status quo in Washington instead of continuing to defend it,” Mr. McCain said in an address at Converse College.
Mr. McCain’s address highlighted the delicate balance he must strike on campaign finance reform: He is trying to court independent voters without alienating rank-and-file Republicans, said Associated Press reporter Ron Fournier.
“Can campaign finance reform be a liability? You bet,” said Rep. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, traveling aboard Mr. McCain’s campaign bus. “That’s why we have to work harder to cut through the smoke and mirrors that are being put up against him. Why would I vote for something that hurts my party? It’s garbage.”

The complete list

Anyone looking for the complete list of top donors to the Vice President’s Residence Foundation and their contributions to Vice President Al Gore and the Democratic Party from 1993 to 1998 should revisit the Center for Public Integrity’s Web site. The nonpartisan watchdog group mistakenly published an abbreviated list which was reprinted in The Washington Times yesterday but it has now posted the full version at www.public-i.org

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