- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 24, 2000

Bush it is

It's not scientific, and it's not New Hampshire's Dixville Notch, but the now famous Joseph's Bar and Restaurant straw poll for Virginia's Feb. 29 GOP primary is now official.
The results: John McCain 10, George W. Bush 3, Alan Keyes 0.
One must stress the unscientific nature of this poll, conducted in one of Arlington's last neighborhood watering holes. In 1996, the poll results were Dole 15, Clinton 5, and Perot 1.
Which prompted Bob Dole, or so we're told, to remark to a campaign aide, "That's the only poll anywhere showing me winning."

King who?

We're told Spain's King Juan Carlos was forced to use the bellmen's entrance at the Four Seasons Hotel Tuesday night when he arrived for dinner because President Clinton had arrived two minutes earlier to host a fund-raiser for California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters.

Within and without

So what really happened to allow underdog John McCain to defeat George W. Bush in the Michigan primary?
"The union members and other public charges who pulled the lever for McCain in Michigan had every intention of doing harm, and they did," Lew Rockwell, president of the free-market-minded Ludwig von Mises Institute, informs this column.
"What we have is a full-scale subversion, reflecting a war within and without. Within, the war is between the pro-welfare/ warfare neoconservatives and regular party members who are essentially libertarian pro-tax cut, pro-local control, and anti-foreign war.
"From without, this vote reflects a vicious and unprecedented conspiracy by the Clinton political machine."

Psychic politics

Here in the height of this presidential primary season, one never knows where Republican pollster Frank Luntz is going to show up next. In fact, he's been appearing on Tom Brokaw's network more than the NBC anchor himself, and for good reason.
Mr. Luntz, as political forecasting goes, is riding one of his hottest streaks of accuracy ever. And now we see where the pollster is moving into the cyberspace side of the Fourth Estate, becoming a contributing columnist to the new political Web site Yrock.com.
Once a week, Mr. Luntz will write an exclusive column addressing polling and language topics. And if he can write like he can predict, he should quickly attract the attention of the computer crowd as well.
Take Long Island, N.Y. For a full century, the oldest, largest and most consistently successful Republican machine in America was located in Nassau County. That is, until the 1998 election.
Recently it was revealed that Mr. Luntz secretly worked for the Nassau County Republican machine, a desperate last-minute effort to save the party from what would be a historic defeat.
Still, the island's Republicans dismissed the pollster's dire warnings issued in late September, six weeks before the November elections as unthinkable and wrong. Now, to this day, the Republicans are shaking their heads about how accurate Mr. Luntz was.
With his presidential primary forecasting also on target, we expect Mr. Luntz to show up next on the Psychic Network.

Red and blue

Sen. Craig Thomas, Wyoming Republican and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on East Asia, asked Assistant Secretary of State Stanley Roth this week about a report in The Washington Post that said a group of anti-communist conservatives, dubbed the "Blue Team," claims the Clinton administration is withholding intelligence reports from Congress that show China in an ominous light.
"They should read The Washington Times," Mr. Roth said. "I really was kind of astonished by it, I mean, because I think that there's been an incredible amount of information out, both through open sources and then of course through leaked sources."
He noted in particular reports of China's missile buildup near Taiwan, a development first reported in this newspaper. "I really don't think there's been any suppression at all of information," said Mr. Roth, reputed to be a leading member of the pro-Beijing "Red Team."

Conservative bus

Rick Jore, a three-term Republican state legislator from Montana, has announced his intention to seek a fourth term, but this time it as a candidate of the Constitution Party.
Asked why he decided to change his party affiliation, Mr. Jore responded: "I don't see any change in direction of the GOP as far as restoring constitutional principles is concerned. The Republican Party takes the conservatives for granted.
"I have a responsibility as a legislator to stand up and fight for the principles our country was founded upon, while the trend in the GOP is to view the legislature as a place to strike deals with the Democrats."
Says Mr. Jore: "I feel like I need to get on a bus that's going where I want to go."

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