- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 12, 2001

Bully for her

This columnist forced himself to pick up his daughter's latest issue of "Cosmo Girl" to learn Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's "secrets of success."

Her secret?

"Don't let your critics get you down."

How she did it?

"After being made fun of at school one day as a kid, she came home in tears. Her mother told her there was no room in their house for cowards, and made Hillary go right back out and face her teasers. She's been standing up to bullies ever since."

Will lobby

Paul Weyrich, president of the Free Congress Foundation, was startled when his phone rang and his secretary said, "George Will calling."

"Now George and I worked together 30 years ago for the late Sen. Gordon Allott of Colorado," Mr. Weyrich recalls of Mr. Will, the syndicated columnist and television commentator. "After Allott's unfortunate defeat in the 1972 election … Will and I pursued separate paths, both of us promoting conservatism in our own way … [and] although I consider George a friend, we seldom speak, so I was surprised by the call.

"Will was, as he always is, right to the point. 'I hope you and yours are doing everything you can to defeat McCain-Feingold in the House,' Will said emphatically. I assured him the troops were gearing up as we spoke. 'I assumed that was the case,' Will said. 'But I just wanted to be sure. This is the end of the world, you know.' "

Mr. Weyrich tends to agree with Mr. Will's assessment of the campaign finance reform bill crafted by Sens. John McCain, Arizona Republican and Russell D. Feingold, Wisconsin Democrat.

"It may not be the end of the world as Scripture defines it," says Mr. Weyrich, "but McCain-Feingold if passed by the House and signed into law by the president is the end of the world of politics and government as the Founding Fathers envisioned it."

Private stewards

Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton is expected to change the tone previous administrations have taken towards conserving and protecting the environment, emphasizing private-land stewardship instead when she presents the 2001 "Private Conservationist of the Year" award to a tree farmer today.

Mrs. Norton will appear at a "Private Conservation Day" event at the National Press Club, sponsored by the Center for Private Conservation.

"[W]e look forward to a productive relationship with Secretary Norton, which will serve to encourage, not restrain, private conservation efforts worldwide," notes Robert J. Smith, the center's senior scholar.

Dole mission

We divert our attention from China to an ongoing crisis in our own hemisphere, where in El Salvador the government anxiously awaits the upcoming visit this month of Elizabeth Dole to assist in earthquake-relief efforts.

The 2000 presidential contender and former president of the American Red Cross will be accompanied by El Salvador's ambassador to the United States, Rene A. Leon, and upon arrival to the Central American nation they will meet with President Francisco Floreso.

Since January, El Salvador has been rocked by four earthquakes. Of its 5 million people, 1 million are homeless.

"I am very honored to contribute to the reconstruction of El Salvador," says Mrs. Dole, now the honorary chairman of Project Round House, a Maryland-based nonprofit that is helping to rebuild 150,000 homes in the nation.

Her visit to the cities of San Miguel, Rio Roldan and San Agustin comes just days before the start of May's heavy rain season, which is expected to hamper relief efforts further.

Frank and Hoser

He's been soldier and spy, rising from the Army and CIA to head the Washington offices of Rockwell International Corp., McDonnell-Douglas and Boeing. Somewhere he found the time to be Sen. John Glenn's "defense guy" on Capitol Hill, too.

In the midst of it all, Robert Andrews was making a name for himself as an author. He'd published four international espionage thrillers and was working on his fifth until he and his wife and cat moved from the tranquil Virginia suburbs to urban Georgetown, causing a "continental shift in perspective."

The myriad sights and sounds of city life, some unpleasant, quickly encompassed Mr. Andrews' thoughts. The only way to lose them was on paper.

"It's the first in a series and parallels very closely actual crime in the District," says the author of "A Murder of Honor" (Putnam, $23.95), which walks the beat of two D.C. homicide cops, an Irishman and a black, Frank Kearney and Jose Phelps (nicknamed "Hoser").

"They've been together for 25 years, so long that they finish each other's sentences," says Mr. Andrews. "And I'm happy to say that readers are already reacting, 'We like those guys.' "

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