- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 24, 2000

The Left Wing

"What would happen to 'The West Wing' if the Republicans win?" wonders Linda Stasi of the New York Post.
"The answer, I figure, is not much. I mean they aren't suddenly going to have a TV election and get a whole new administration starring Charlton Heston as right wing Commander-in-Chief."
After all, Miss Stasi writes, "the show's written in Hollywood, and most people there are genetically incapable of imagining a Republican president who wouldn't spend his time devising new and improved Star Wars nuclear-holocaust scenarios."

'Stand condemned'

Vice President Al Gore is "trying to make a passing grade in Populist 101" by criticizing corporations, says Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader. "The problem is for the past eight years, Gore has been walking a corporate line, not the populist line."
In a Monday speech in Los Angeles, Mr. Nader called on the vice president to reject campaign money from the industries he criticized during his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention.
"In his speech, [Mr. Gore] challenged and criticized the giant drug companies, the oil companies, the pharmaceutical industry, the HMOs," Mr. Nader said. "At the same time, however, these companies are pouring millions of dollars into the Democratic National Committee and into the personal coffers of Vice President Gore."
Mr. Nader declared, "Give the money back, Mr. Gore, or stand condemned of deceiving and misleading the American people."

Fighting for whom?

Following up on his convention kiss with wife Tipper, Vice President Al Gore's new ads hit hard on the family-values front, ending with a tag line declaring, "Al Gore, married 30 years, father of four, fighting for us."
"Al Gore is widely known as an effective vice president, but few know about his successful career of fighting special interests for working families," Gore spokesman Doug Hattaway explained to Dana Calvo of the Los Angeles Times.

Campaign fever

A post-convention flu has felled Tipper Gore, and her daughter will take her place on the campaign trail this week, the Associated Press reports.
Vice President Al Gore's Nashville, Tenn.-based presidential campaign announced yesterday that his wife was too ill from the nonstop campaigning around last week's Democratic National Convention to keep her dates in Pennsylvania today.
"She's got the bug," said spokeswoman Michelle Kucera, adding that several staffers are also sick with the flu.
The vice president has been hoarse and coughing ever since his red-eye flight from Los Angeles after the convention last Thursday night.
Karenna Gore Schiff, 27, the eldest of the Gores' four children, will substitute for her mother at a round-table discussion with former Pittsburgh Mayor Sophie Masloff and local women, as well as a campaign meeting with local black activists.
In Erie, Mrs. Schiff will fill in at an East High School rally.
Mrs. Gore is scheduled to resume campaigning Monday.

No apology

The Media Research Center's L. Brent Bozell III is steamed at Dan Rather of CBS News, who has refused to apologize for falsely blaming Republicans for last week's news leak about independent counsel Robert Ray's grand jury investigation of President Clinton.
"If you follow what Dan Rather has been saying on this subject … you will notice that every single time he mentions Robert Ray or, before him, Kenneth Starr, it was always 'the Republican special prosecutor,' which, in and of itself, is a slander against both of those individuals. I don't recall ever that Dan Rather called the 'Democrat Lawrence Walsh,' " Mr. Bozell said on the Fox New Channel's "Hannity & Colmes," referring to the independent counsel in the Iran-Contra scandal.
"Where I think he really went into foul territory was his complete refusal to correct the record or to apologize," Mr. Bozell said.

'Subliminal' ad

Republican hearts skipped a beat this week when a TV ad for a California Democrat running for Congress appeared to include an endorsement from conservatives.
The ad, sponsored by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, extolled the record of candidate Mike Honda, who is looking to replace Rep. Tom Campbell.
The ad brags Mr. Honda received a 100 percent rating from the California League of Conservation Voters, but the screen read: California League of "Conservative" Voters.
Jim Wilkinson, marketing and communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said the "subliminal message" caught them off-guard.
"We know they like to pretend to be like us, but this is taking it to the extreme," he joked. "We welcome Mr. Honda to the conservative movement."

Underdog George?

Texas Gov. George W. Bush might do better than expected in presidential debates with Vice President Al Gore, according to Mara Liasson of National Public Radio.
"If George W. Bush can come up with some humorous lines, kind of 'there you go again' type lines that cast almost everything Al Gore says as negative, and I think he's already done a great job of laying the groundwork for that, he can come out of the debates pretty good," Miss Liasson said on the Fox News Channel. Also, she said, "I don't think Gore is as good a debater as the Bush camp wants you to think he is."

Rick Gingrich

First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton has released a new 30-second ad attacking her Senate opponent, Rep. Rick Lazio, New York Republican.
According to the Albany Times Union, Mrs. Clinton's ads blame Mr. Lazio for: "The end to nursing-home standards. The largest education cuts in history. The slashing of Medicare by $270 billion."
The ad features photos of the Long Island congressman with … you guessed it: "Rick Lazio. Four years as Newt Gingrich's deputy. You won't see that in his ads. And you won't see his recent votes against 100,000 new teachers and against guaranteed prescription-drug coverage under Medicare. With Rick Lazio, the more you know, the more you wonder."
"Mrs. Clinton has gone from desperation to distortion to outright deception as the wheels come off her increasingly frantic campaign," Lazio campaign manager Bill Dal Col told the Times Union.

Hasta la vista

"The Democrats just blew the best chance they had to win over undecided Latino voters before this fall's election," writes Frank Del Olmo of the Los Angeles Times.
The only significant thing that happened for Hispanic officials during the Democratic National Convention, Mr. Del Olmo says, could be summarized "in two words: Playboy Mansion."
Among Hispanic officials, "veteran politicos" agreed that Rep. Loretta Sanchez, California Democrat, made a "political faux pas by not moving her fund-raiser once the Gore camp made its unhappiness with the Playboy Mansion locale known," according to Mr. Del Olmo.
"But there was also anger over the heavy-handed way party officials pressured Sanchez to back down, even hinting that they might withhold support for her congressional re-election bid."

Rim shot

Jay Leno of NBC's "Tonight Show" says: "Researchers at Emory University have used genetic engineering to make polygamous mice monogamous. You know what that means? Mice that would normally have a large number of sex partners have been genetically engineered to be faithful to just one mouse. And today, President Clinton called for a ban on human testing."

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