- The Washington Times - Monday, February 21, 2000

Slow trickle

"The really amazing thing is how long it took the story to leak."
Republican National Committee Chairman Jim Nicholson, responding to Vice President Al Gore's explanation to FBI investigators that he drank a lot of iced tea during a key 1995 Democratic fund-raising strategy meeting, which could have necessitated a restroom break.

Pushing smear

Defining what a "push poll" is depends, apparently, on whose ox is getting pushed.
John McCain's campaign complained bitterly last week that they were on the receiving end of negative phone polls in South Carolina. The Arizona senator told a tale of a youngster who had his hero-worship of Mr. McCain destroyed by a nefarious pollster for rival George W. Bush.
Now Mr. Bush's campaign complains that the McCain campaign is push-polling in Michigan.
The McCain camp doesn't exactly deny the charge, they just disagree with Mr. Bush's definition of "negative push poll."
"We're making a lot of calls," campaign manager Rick Davis told Sean Scully of The Washington Times on a flight from Grand Rapids to Traverse City, Mich., last night.
But "We don't attack George Bush, we don't say George Bush has been misrepresenting his record or distorting it," he said. "We just say we have been the victim of a smear campaign."

Home alone

Ever since Hillary Rodham Clinton moved to New York to run for the U.S. Senate, a gentleman with an uncanny resemblance to somebody we know, chomping on an unlit cigar and clutching a bunch of plastic roses, has been pacing the sidewalk out in front of the White House asking women passers-by if they "Wanna Go Out?"
Wouldn't you know, as today's photograph reveals, beautiful women are rushing to get their hands all over the lonely man.
Kristinn S. Taylor, who snapped today's picture for Inside the Beltway, remarked that "apparently the dog is off the porch again."

Abandon Shipp

Disbelief best describes reaction to comments by E.R. Shipp, ombudsman for The Washington Post, who brushed off those Post readers who complain about the newspaper's editorial content as conservatives who "appear to be male, and from some of the issues they raise, they appear to be white."
"I have to ask," writes Bill Matheson of Aiken, S.C., "isn't she guilty of stereotyping or racial profiling? I can understand the former, based on first names and such, but to make inferences regarding the latter based on 'the issues they raise' seems suspect. If [black civil rights activist and California Republican] Ward Connerly wrote expressing his [conservative] view on affirmative action, would she infer he was white?"
While Chuck McNeil of Kenosha, Wis., says of Ms. Shipp: "Apparently she can dismiss conservative white men as irrelevant, I wonder what would happen if she were to dismiss liberal black women with the same ease as she does conservative white men?"

Who needs him?

During hearings of the the House Ways and Means Committee's subcommittee on health and human resources last week, an interesting finding caught the attention of the National Fatherhood Initiative.
A survey of 17,000 welfare mothers asked what would help to improve their lives, and only 4 percent responded that increased child support or increased child support collections would make things easier.
But perhaps more revealing, zero percent said marriage would help.

Explain thyself

A resolution urging state and federal courts of appeal judges to provide "reasoned explanations" for their decisions, introduced this week by the D.C. Bar Association, has won approval of the American Bar Association.
A number of organizations of judges opposed the resolution, as did the American Bar Association board of governors, which argued that the courts do not have the resources to give reasoned explanations. But after extended debate, the ABA House of Delegates passed the resolution.
"Our resolution sends the message to the judiciary that litigants and their lawyers deserve to be told why they have won or lost a case," says D.C. Bar Association President Jack H. Olender.

Don't ask, don't tell

Actual posting on the letterhead Cryptocercus Punctulatus (Cockroaches).
"Dear Fellow Cockroaches: The next meeting will be on Tuesday, the 14th of March. This session will be held at the Monocle [restaurant on Capitol Hill]. Our speaker will be Congressman Walter B. Jones, North Carolina Republican, Member of the House Armed Services Committee. As always, this event is by invitation only. Gary Sojka, Cockroach Secretary."

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