- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 6, 2000

Clymer unplugged

We can't help but laugh at New York Times political reporter Adam Clymer for saying, "I'm disappointed in the governor's language" referring to the disparaging remark Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush made about the scribe that was picked up by a live microphone.
After all, Mr. Clymer is, shall we say, a creative wordsmith himself.
It was during the previous session of Congress that the U.S. Capitol Police filed a rare formal complaint against Mr. Clymer for acting in a "loud, profane and abusive manner" with four of its officers as foreign dignitaries and tourists passed through the hallowed halls of the Capitol.
The complaint said Mr. Clymer approached one officer guarding the arrival of a visiting head of state and "demanded to know why he could not go down the corridor."
The complaint said Mr. Clymer "became abusive" and began unleashing profanities.
"His using profanity in a crowded area was unnecessary," the complaint said, "and he does not have any right to make physical contact, or place his hands on any officer who is performing his duties in an official capacity."
That would have been Officer Daniel R. Quigley, who said Mr. Clymer "attempted to push his way past me and enter the closed area."
Meanwhile, a veteran broadcast reporter revealed at the time that, come to think of it, he once witnessed Mr. Clymer going "totally bonkers with a Secret Service agent" on trip by President Ford, becoming "completely unglued … shouting, swearing. I've never seen anything like it."
In the 1970s presidential campaign book "The Boys on the Bus," Tim Crouse of Rolling Stone said Mr. Clymer "bitched incessantly about everything."

Dole man

Texas Gov. George W. Bush can whisper any bad things he wants about New York Times reporter Adam Clymer, but it could ultimately cost the Republican candidate Mr. Clymer's vote.
Seldom do journalists divulge their political stripes, especially in public, but as this column reported following the previous presidential election, Mr. Clymer actually disclosed during an interview with C-SPAN: "I voted for Bob Dole in the last election."

Gore man

Talk about relaying what's on your mind, Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank typed four pages single space and sent them to Ralph Nader, Green Party candidate for president, predicting what impact Mr. Nader's bid for the White House will have on everyone from gays to Al Gore.
An avowed homosexual, the Democrat says nowhere in Mr. Nader's acceptance speech "do you express any support for measures to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination unlike Al Gore in his acceptance speech."
And he scolds Mr. Nader for not addressing the consequences "if you succeed in taking enough votes away from Al Gore to elect George Bush."

Environmental stains

So much for EPA Administrator Carol M. Browner's agencywide "diversity action plans" and training programs.
"As you may be aware," the EPA head writes in a memo we've obtained, "a number of our Environmental Protection Agency colleagues have recently come forward alleging bias in the workplace."
Bias is apparently just the tip of the iceberg.
As Mrs. Browner herself notes: "I would also like to address the particular case of Ms. Anita Nickens, an EPA employee who has told an extremely troubling story of being ordered by a supervisor to clean a toilet."
As a result, Mrs. Browner and EPA Deputy Administrator Mike McCabe have formally asked the EPA inspector general to get to the bottom of the complaint.
"We have also scheduled a meeting with the NAACP and have reached out to other organizations and individuals to determine additional steps that EPA might take to guarantee equal treatment for all our employees," Mrs. Browner assures.
Mrs. Browner is no doubt frustrated by the flurry of bias charges. A former aide to Al Gore when he served in Congress, she's made equality and diversity two of her cornerstones at EPA.
She tries to soothe tensions in her memo by noting that since the start of the Clinton administration, "African-American representation in GS-13, 14, and 15 positions has increased by 94 percent."

Fish philosophy

Republican philosophy:
Teach a man to fish and you've fed him forever.

Democratic philosophy:
Give a man a fish and you have his vote forever.

Submitted by Don Thompson

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