- The Washington Times - Friday, December 31, 1999

What's left out

What candidates omit from their autobiographies is often more interesting than what they include.

In first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's autobiography on her Senate campaign Web site, (www.hillary2000.org/1bio.html), she fails to mention that she worked as a law partner at the Rose Law Firm, made famous for her "lost" billing records that turned up two years after the start of the Whitewater investigation.

In her likely opponent's bio (www.rudyyes.com/contents/rudy/ ), New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani never notes that he is married to Donna Hanover, a New York TV personality who seldom accompanies him to public events.

Speaking of their Web sites, the rivals are using them to solicit funds on line. Mr. Giuliani only accepts MasterCard and Visa but Mrs. Clinton also accepts American Express.

Mr. Giuliani's "exploratory" campaign site does have one feature that the first lady's does not: volunteers can sign up on line for the chance to star in a TV commercial.

Tipper growth benign

The growth removed from Tipper Gore's thyroid was benign, her surgeon at Johns Hopkins Medical Center said Thursday.

Mrs. Gore, the wife of Vice President Al Gore, underwent surgery Tuesday to remove a nodule discovered on the right side of her thyroid gland. She was released the following day.

"Mrs. Gore does not have cancer," Dr. Robert Udelsman said yesterday. The operation removed part of her thyroid gland.

Dr. Udelsman said it is not likely that Mrs. Gore will need thyroid hormone replacement but her thyroid hormone levels would be monitored.

The Clinton factor

George W. Bush is running against Bill Clinton not Al Gore, writes Boston Globe columnist David Nyhan.

"Bush's latest flood of pricey Boston-based TV spots going into New Hampshire picture Nice Guy George with his wife and handsome little kids, vowing to bring 'honor and integrity back to the White House.' In New Hampshire this month, one of the Bush brain trust said to me, 'We just feel that America wants to take a shower' after the revelations of Clinton's womanizing.

" 'America may want to take a shower,' I agreed, 'but the voters also don't want to take a bath.' The Democrats have to come up with a strategy that makes the prospect of Bush's future in office more terrifying than Clinton's past. So far they haven't. But it is easier for [Bill] Bradley to promise a new day for the Dems than it is for Gore.

"There are many voters, and many Democratic voters, disgusted with the fertilizer generated by Clinton's conduct and spread by a partisan Congress. Bradley keeps hanging around despite Gore's obvious tactical advantages because the vice president has yet to articulate a credible strategy for countering the Clinton fatigue factor. With his new TV blitz trumpeting 'honor and dignity,' Bush indirectly helps Bradley."

Hillary's minefield

Hillary Rodham Clinton's flip-flop on New York's St. Patrick's Day parade earlier this month is still angering some homosexual supporters.

On a homosexual Internet message board ([email protected]), one writer recently complained that the first lady, who has never lived in New York, "is finding out that running" for Senate there "is like walking in a minefield and expecting only to step on the daisies."

Just after Mrs. Clinton tried to attract homosexual voters by telling them the "Don't ask, don't tell" military policy was a failure, she upset them by saying she would march in the parade apparently without realizing it bars the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization. Her campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson, immediately stepped in and said she would "revisit the issue when we get closer to" the March 17 event.

"Revisit is hardly the word for it," the Internet scribe grumbled. "She is determined to be a New York politician. As such, she should by now expect a large number of political land mines under the daisies. The St. Patrick's Day parade is but one."

ABC's slant

"ABC News President David Westin is once again showing TV news junkies that he has no interest in keeping up appearances of objectivity," Tim Graham writes in a Media Reality Check for the the Media Research Center.

"This summer, he fiercely objected to ABC hiring 'unreliable' Matt Drudge as a radio host (this, from a man who defended the accuracy of ABC's Food Lion faking fiasco)," Mr. Graham said.

"Now, just weeks after paying for a 'working dinner' with Al Gore at White House reporter John Cochran's house that never produced a news story, Westin has dumped the contract of conservative 'This Week' pundit William Kristol."

Mr. Graham also noted that Mr. Westin previously had dumped "This Week" Executive Director Dorrance Smith, who used to work in the Bush White House. Mr. Westin is on record as saying, "We shouldn't have executive producers who have identifiable alliances either way."

Mr. Graham commented: "This quote is incredibly strange, given the history of ABC News, with executives like Vice President David Burke (former Ted Kennedy chief of staff), executive producers like Jeff Gralnick (McGovern aide) and Rick Kaplan (Clinton golfing buddy and media fixer), and veteran reporters Pierre Salinger (JFK press secretary) and Jeff Greenfield (RFK speech writer)."

Musical cheers

"Judging from donations from those in the music business, Al Gore should grab the big chair in the White House," Chicago Tribune columnists Ellen Warren and Terry Armour write.

"Sheryl Crow, Don Henley, Quincy Jones, Wayne Shorter, Barbra Streisand and Dweezil Zappa have each donated $1,000 the legal limit to Gore's campaign. Jones also has donated $1,000 to Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Bradley, whose only other musical supporter of note is Alice Cooper," the columnists said.

"For the Republicans, Pat Boone has given $1,000 to George W. Bush's campaign, while Wayne Newton, Ted Nugent, the Oak Ridge Boys and George Strait have publicly endorsed him. John McCain has the support of Burt Bacharach, David Geffen and MTV President Judith McGrath."

Bauer's warm-up

Gary Bauer will warm up for the Republican presidential debate Thursday by addressing the New Hampshire House of Representatives that afternoon.

The debate, sponsored by the Manchester Union Leader, will take place in the evening on the campus of the University of New Hampshire.

McCain's plan

Republican presidential candidate John McCain is supporting a plan that would allow more foreigners to work legally in the United States.

During a campaign stop in his home state of Arizona on Wednesday, Mr. McCain told Hispanic business leaders that he favors creation of a temporary workers program that would allow people from other countries to fill U.S. jobs, the Associated Press reports.

"There are jobs that Americans will not do," Mr. McCain told about 30 people attending the Hispanic Business Leaders' Roundtable in Phoenix.

A temporary worker program could help American businesses fill those jobs and discourage illegal immigration, Mr. McCain said.

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