- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 15, 2000

Daley machine

It's really quite simple, Al said.

The one who's behind should have led,

So we'll void votes for George

And then we will forge

Enough ballots to put me ahead.

F.R. Duplantier

Follow-up exam

A telephone hot line has been magnanimously set up for confused Florida voters, granted they're able to concentrate long enough to dial eleven numbers: 1-800/579-8871.

Counting 101

"Is there anything in that statement about mathematics in Florida?"

Lead-off question by a reporter to State Department spokesman Philip Reeker, who announced yesterday that President Clinton has declared Nov. 13-17 International Education Week.

Tapas with Pat

Wouldn't you know the same night Reform Party presidential candidate Pat Buchanan ducked into Taberna del Alabardero in Washington, the acclaimed Spanish restaurant was taking a poll of its international clientele on the U.S. voting controversy.

While all eyes were on Mr. Buchanan, executive chef Josu Zubikarai made sure the candidate enjoyed some privacy as he and his three guests took three hours to fill up on tapas and fish.

Afterward, a waiter presented Mr. Buchanan with his own ballot so he, too, could weigh-in on the election. Unaware of who might be lurking nearby (Taberna is a favorite hang-out of Vice President Al Gore), he smartly brushed it aside with his crumbs.

As for other diners, mainly members of the diplomatic corps, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, an overwhelming majority said the U.S. appears silly in the eyes of the world. Another 4 percent were disqualified for punching all three poll choices.


Reacting to the point we made in yesterday's column about a postal official traveling at 150 mph, "or approximately 50 mph faster than Al Gore's teen-age son, Albert Arnold Gore III, was clocked at doing through North Carolina in August" David DeWitt of Melbourne, Fla., writes:

"You don't have to get snippy!"

Gore and Pluto

Months prior to the presidential election, Washington-based astrologer Richard Houck was on the receiving end of some peculiar political vibrations.

For non-believers, Mr. Houck issued his seven statements on the presidential race well ahead of Election Day. Like April 3, when polls showed the race between Al Gore and George W. Bush dead even:

"Nevertheless, I think that George W. Bush is going to win the election. However, I must say that the chart of Bush has, by far, the strangest win pattern for a political election that I ever recall seeing. To my eye, there is no traditional, sharply defined smoking-gun pattern that one might expect to signal a win on Election Day, and that's very weird."

Skipping to Aug. 17:

"If I am wrong and Gore wins, it will only be because of this powerful astrological factor (the tertiary progressed Pluto station) in Lieberman's chart early on election month. [Current Note: Gore assigned Lieberman almost exclusively to Florida because of the Jewish connection and because of how positively the older people respond to him there. With the race now coming down to Florida, we see again that Lieberman's chart has indeed been the critical power factor for Gore as I've said all along.] I will continue to hold to my long-time forecast that Bush will win."

That same August day:

"One odd thing is that I have the charts of Bush's father and mother, but they really do not show a win pattern on Election Day as I would expect them to. And with regard to both Bush and Gore, I just continue to be really shocked at the general lack of contact angularity on Election Day in a way I am accustomed to seeing it.

Calling Coolidge

While millions of Americans are focusing on who will become the 43rd president, Washington public relations mogul and former Reagan aide Peter Hannaford is off to Vermont to celebrate the 30th.

Not his birthday, the president.

The Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation, hosting its annual dinner in Montpelier, the state capital, asked Mr. Hannaford to present the first copy off the press of his new book, "The Quotable Calvin Coolidge: Sensible Words for a New Century," to President Coolidge's granddaughter, Mrs. Lydia Coolidge Sayles.

This is Mr. Hannaford's eighth book, the sixth about a president. We can hardly wait for "The Quotable Bill Clinton: Sensible Words for a New Century."

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