- The Washington Times - Friday, December 29, 2000

Shallow campaign

The co-president of the Stanford Federalist Society at Stanford Law School, Eric Cielaszyk, couldn't believe his eyes when seeing a letter bearing his school's name that was critical of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision crowning Texas Gov. George W. Bush the 43rd president of the United States.

We'd written earlier this week that the dean of a major university law school in Washington was one recipient of the letter, signed by Teresa Strausser, administrative assistant for the Stanford Law School.

"A large number of law professors concerned about the Supreme Court's recent decision are trying to circulate a petition to interested faculty," Miss Strausser wrote to deans across the country. "Could you e-mail us the faculty e-mail list for your school so that we could reach them expeditiously?"

The local dean labeled the letter "offending," and Mr. Cielaszyk is now reacting in a similar vein. He fired off his own letter this week to Stanford's law dean, Kathleen Sullivan.

"I recently came across information of Stanford Law School's imprimatur being placed on a partisan petition drive," Mr. Cielaszyk wrote. "In addition, the petition appears to be incredibly unsophisticated, which may tarnish the intellectual reputation of the law school beyond the matter of political bias."

The Federalist co-president added that as a proud member of the Stanford Law School community he hoped his "tuition money is not being indirectly converted into an intellectually shallow and quasi-political campaign."

"I support the right of anyone or any student group to spend their free time in any political endeavor they choose, simplistic or not," he added. "In my opinion, Stanford Law School's official resources and reputation, however, should be saved for more objective, balanced, and reasoned views."

The petition, ultimately signed by more than 300 university law professors, concluded: "[W]hen a bare majority of the U.S. Supreme Court halted the recount of ballots under Florida law, the five justices were acting as political proponents of candidate Bush, not as judges."

Minority bias

Before we close the chapter on the law school petition accusing the five right-leaning justices of the U.S. Supreme Court of having acted "as political proponents of candidate Bush, not as judges," court observer Johnnie Sancedio writes:

"I submit that it was the 'minority of the Court' who were acting as political proponents, not as judges."

Color blind

A sizable group of black Republican leaders around the country are voicing concern about the "invisible status" of blacks in media reports, as well as among Republicans within both the party and the White House transition team.

The group seeks to play a broader role toward gaining "black acceptance" of last month's election results by helping the Bush administration fully address blacks' governmental and domestic concerns.

William Reed, a Washington-based black Republican with the Business Exchange Network, tells us he and other black leaders can help President-elect George W. Bush move beyond the "heavy support blacks gave to Al Gore" by assisting him in addressing the needs and concerns that black voters voiced during the campaign.

He explains many blacks have a perceived notion that the Republican Party is "hostile" to their interests and hasn't reached out in a "meaningful" way.

"The national Republican Party's effort toward black voters did not meet that of the Democratic Party," opines Mr. Reed. "The 93 to 97 percent of blacks' votes [Al] Gore got over Bush was not happenstance."

"Of the $3 billion that was spent in the election, the Democrats, along with the NAACP Voter Fund, spent over $20 million to specifically gain the black vote. The Republican effort was unfocused and underfunded."

Down with cows

The Washington-based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is calling on the U.S. government to investigate health claims found in the new Elton John and Carson Daly milk-mustache ads.

This column is told PCRM will file an amendment today to a complaint currently under investigation with the Agriculture Department, charging many of the ads in the celebrity milk-mustache campaign violate Food and Drug Administration regulations for misleading advertising.

"[W]ith all the fat in milk, Elton John would do better to sing, 'Don't go clogging my heart,' " says Dr. Neal D. Barnard, PCRM president, citing studies showing dairy consumption is linked to heart disease, prostate cancer, diabetes and obesity.

He was parodying the singer's mid-'70s duet with Kiki Dee, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart."

Dr. Barnard says the Carson Daly ad is "even more egregious, implying that children need milk to reach their full height potential. While calcium is one of many necessary nutrients for bone development, milk is completely unnecessary for proper development."

Dairy farmers and Uncle Sam disagree.

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