- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 12, 2000

Those dumb white guys

Los Angeles Times columnist Robert Scheer denounces white men (meaning supporters of George W. Bush) as dim bulbs who just don't understand what's good for them.
Mr. Scheer, a longtime leftist who is himself a white male, says white men are especially foolish for not supporting abortion on demand. After all, he says, a man never knows when he might get a woman pregnant.
But here is Mr. Scheer in his own words:
"Why are white men so screwed up? If you can believe the polls, they identify by a huge margin with George W. Bush as one of them. What gives with these delusions of grandeur in which Joe Six-Pack puts himself in the same boat with a pampered son of the super-rich? Did average white males grow up in the lap of luxury and get to squander funds invested by family friends in failing oil ventures? Can they fashion a well-greased political career based solely on their fathers' names?
"Obviously not, but what has traditionally bound white males to men like Bush is that they, too, like to think of themselves as being winners simply as a perk of birth. That way, if they also got poor grades in college, they could still think of themselves as smart enough to be president, when even the brightest women couldn't. Not that all white males are actually winners, but they don't have to feel like losers, since they can still feel superior to women and minorities."
Mr. Scheer added: "Let's say George W. gets to make good on his expressed desire to pick U.S. Supreme Court justices in the mold of Anthony Scalia and Clarence Thomas, who then overturn Roe vs. Wade. Where does that leave men who have gotten women pregnant and decide they are not ready for fatherhood? …"

Hillary's view on gays

Hillary Rodham Clinton, in an interview with the homosexual-oriented magazine the Advocate, says Vermont-style "civil unions" between members of the same sex should be extended to New York and the rest of the nation. She also said the Boy Scouts should be persuaded to accept homosexual scoutmasters.
While avoiding the word "marriage" for homosexuals, which the U.S. Senate candidate says she opposes, Mrs. Clinton nevertheless remarked, "And I think we have to extend the legal rights and protections to same-sex unions that have begun in Vermont."
Mrs. Clinton, in the interview with reporter David Kirby, said of the Boy Scouts' ban on homosexual scoutmasters, "I haven't formulated a final policy on it. I'm hoping that persuasion and, frankly, lobbying by people who are concerned will lead to a change in policy."
The interview with Mrs. Clinton appears in the Oct. 10 issue of the magazine. An interview with President Clinton will appear in its Oct. 24 issue.

The horse race

As the candidates stepped onto the debate stage last night, the presidential race remained incredibly close, according to four national tracking polls released yesterday.
The CNN/USA Today/Gallup tracking poll found a 45 percent to 45 percent tie between Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush.
The Voter.com Battleground 2000 tracking poll gave Mr. Bush a small lead, 43 percent to 41 percent.
The Portrait of America (www.portraitofamerica.com) tracking poll had Mr. Bush ahead, 45 percent to 40 percent.
The Reuters/MSNBC/Zogby tracking poll gave Mr. Bush a razor-thin lead, 43 percent to 42 percent.

Candidate charged

Republican congressional candidate Bill Federer has been charged with assaulting an intern of Mr. Federer's opponent, Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, Missouri Democrat, and breaking the intern's video camera during a parade.

An attorney for Mr. Federer contends that the intern, Jim Larrew, 22, had stalked the Republican candidate before the altercation, thus justifying Mr. Federer's reaction.

Mr. Federer could face up to a year in the St. Louis County Jail and a $1,000 fine on the charge of "assault for offensive or provocative physical contact," said St. Louis County Counselor Patricia Redington.

She filed the assault charge, a county ordinance violation, after reviewing the videotape and the police statements taken by eyewitnesses. She released copies of the tape to Mr. Federer and the intern, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Caught by curfew

Vice-presidential candidate Joseph I. Lieberman stuck around at a Democratic fund-raiser a little too long, forcing him to miss a flight takeoff curfew and keeping him in San Jose, Calif., for an unplanned overnight stay.
Mr. Lieberman was in Washington state Tuesday and planned to stay overnight in Portland, Ore. He had planned to drop down into Silicon Valley for a $3.2 million Democratic National Committee fund-raiser before flying back late Tuesday to Portland.
The local curfew bars private jet flights out of San Jose International Airport after 11 p.m., and nervous aides made it clear during the fund-raiser that Mr. Lieberman and his entourage had to be out of the Atherton, Calif., event by 10 p.m.
But one-time presidential contender Bill Bradley gave a long introduction to Mr. Lieberman, as did host Joel Hyatt, the Associated Press reports. Mr. Lieberman then spoke for 22 minutes.
"I know this will shock you, but we politicians spoke too long," Mr. Lieberman said at a Hillsboro, Ore., school yesterday.
He didn't leave until 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, and boarded the plane at exactly 11 p.m.
The flight crew negotiated with airport officials for 45 minutes, to no avail.
Mr. Lieberman, his staff and traveling reporters clambered back off the jet, unloaded their luggage, and piled into a hastily reconvened motorcade, which brought them to a San Jose hotel.

Too controversial

The following editorial appeared in the Wall Street Journal Tuesday:
"You think Joe Lieberman has problems with Louis Farrakhan? Until a last-minute rebellion from Democrats who'd previously supported the bill, the New Jersey state assembly looked set to pass a measure that would have called for the state's schoolchildren to follow their Pledge of Allegiance with the opening passage from the Declaration of Independence: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.' New Jersey's Democrats couldn't choke that down. In the end, none would vote for the measure, the result of a slightly surreal debate in which the Declaration was found to be anti-black, anti-women and too pro-God."

Party line

Pundits and analysts disagree on how well Al Gore's business bashing is playing with voters, but Agence France-Presse reports that it has impressed the Communist Party of the United States.
Reporter Michel Moutot, after interviewing Sam Webb and other U.S. Communist officials at their New York City headquarters, wrote: "The revolution however won't come anytime soon, Webb and his fellow travelers acknowledge.
"In the meantime, one of their biggest jobs is to block the election of George W. Bush as president of the United States in the November 7 election.
"The party knows which side it is on in the battle between Republican Bush and Al Gore, the Democratic vice president.
"Though Gore is no slouch when it comes to courting Wall Street campaign contributions, former oilman Bush is the bigger capitalist, they believe."

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