- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 2, 2000

Never say never

State Department spokesman James P. Rubin insists that Czech-born Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright has given no serious consideration to running for the soon-to-be-vacant presidency of the Czech Republic, but if her smile is any indication, she isn't closing the door on the possibility.
She radiated pride yesterday when Rep. Harold Rogers, Kentucky Republican and chairman of a House Appropriations subcommittee, remarked in Mrs. Albright's presence: "Maybe from here on in we can refer to her as 'Madame President.' "

GLAAD about McCain

Perhaps the next bizarre endorsement of Republican presidential hopeful John McCain will come from GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, as both parties of late are taking turns roasting the Rev. Pat Robertson.
As widely reported before this week's Virginia primary, the Arizona Republican strolled into Mr. Robertson's very own back yard to label the conservative preacher everything short of the anti-Christ.
As for the guys and gals of GLAAD, they're linking up with multidenominational clergy and drawing attention to the pain inflicted on the homosexual, bisexual and transgender community by Mr. Robertson's "anti-gay rhetoric" and "anti-gay" "700 Club" television show.
The group recently staged a protest at Fox Television's Los Angeles headquarters, which airs the "700 Club," and vowed to return for additional chanting later this month. With the California primary coming up, the question now is whether the unpredictable Mr. McCain will join the gay chorus.

Ready to roll

The media's infatuation with Sen. John McCain has prompted some in the fourth estate to speculate that the candidate will decide to run for president as an independent.
The Arizona Republican insists he'd never abandon the party of Ronald Reagan, but were he to change his mind it could split the Republican vote and deliver the White House to likely Democratic nominee Al Gore.
And how would the media react to that chain of events? Perhaps National Public Radio's Mara Liasson summed it up best after Mr. McCain's defeat in the Virginia primary became official: "We're all looking for a vehicle to keep John McCain's candidacy going."

Politics and golf

Speaking of merging left with right, two top political pollsters Democrat Greg Schneiders and Republican Chris Wilson have opened what they call the first fully bipartisan political and public affairs research company in Washington.
Mr. Wilson says the two will "scrupulously maintain walls" between their Republican and Democratic clients, but beyond that, bank on the bipartisan advantage their company SWR Worldwide will have over other firms.
The latter headed the Texas Republican Party during Gov. George W. Bush's first term, and has a client list that includes House Majority Whip Tom DeLay of Texas, and a number of other Republican congressmen.
Mr. Schneiders has worked for President Carter, Democratic Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia and Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt.
The firm also represents several private sector giants, including AT&T;, Johnson & Johnson, the Walt Disney Co. and the PGA Tour.

Dirtier women …

Uncle Sam will offer a one-day workshop to help women bureaucrats in Washington communicate more assertively when men are around.
"As more and more of us are expected to work on teams, it is important that we are able to communicate clearly, directly and assertively," says a spokesman for Uncle Sam. "Too often, because of indirect communication styles, individuals find themselves having to renegotiate issues already addressed."
Wasting time, in other words?
"This is especially true in the government, where bureaucrat-ese and political correctness can confuse the true essence of a message," says Sam's spokesman. "Complicate these things with the documented differences that women and men bring to communication and you can often have frustrating outcomes, which at times result in an aggressive impasse."
Women who sign up for this month's workshop will learn:
* Ways to manage unconscious cues that signal a lack of confidence
* How to respond to public criticism
* How to control anger and other emotions in heated situations

. . . cleaner boys

Speaking of becoming president, there is another point, says Exegesis editor Steve Myers:
"Only Patrick Buchanan, Alan Keyes and Howard Phillips have proven themselves to be squeaky clean and honest, which is why none of them is ever likely to become president."

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