- The Washington Times - Monday, December 3, 2001

Honest Bob
U.S. Term Limits Foundation began airing an ad yesterday on Denver television stations, thanking Rep. Bob Schaffer, Colorado Republican, for keeping his word on term limits. He will leave Congress at the end of 2001, after having served three terms.
"This is our chance to say thank you to Rep. Schaffer for keeping his word. He came to Washington to get things done, and he made good on that promise," said U.S. Term Limits executive Stacie Rumenap.
The ad, titled "Honest Bob," highlights the congressman's "great tradition" of following other "true statesman" from Colorado "like Bill Armstrong and Hank Brown," U.S. senators who stuck to their pledge to serve only six years in office.
The ad, which will run through Friday on all Denver television stations, goes on to say that Mr. Schaffer "never became part of the Washington system" and "stood up for Colorado, instead of caving in to the special interests."

Bennett's new project
"President Bush's PR campaign to keep the public on his side in the antiterror war has won an ally who knows how to fight the good fight," Paul Bedard writes in U.S. News & World Report.
"William Bennett, the influential former 'czar' of the drug, morals and education wars, has signed on to help. He's creating the Committee on Terrorism in American Culture, which aims to buck up American youth, especially college students whose patriotism is being met with snickers and sneers on some campuses," Mr. Bedard said.
"'The older kids,' says Bennett, 'are for this, and they need some encouragement.' His idea: Use TV and radio ads, special conferences and a patriot SWAT team to shush anti-patriots. While he sets up the committee look for former CIA Director James Woolsey to co-chair Bennett has already gone on the attack, questioning why Harvard University, for example, bans ROTC but has offered bin Laden-family-funded scholarships."

Brown defeats Sanchez
Houston Mayor Lee Brown held off City Councilman Orlando Sanchez in a tight race Saturday to win re-election to a third term and derail Mr. Sanchez's bid to become the city's first Hispanic mayor.
With 100 percent of the precincts counted, Mr. Brown had 165,865 votes, or 52 percent, to Mr. Sanchez's 155,164, or 48 percent.
Overwhelming support for Mr. Brown in several late-reporting and predominantly black Fort Bend County precincts put the incumbent over the top after the two candidates to lead the nation's fourth-largest city repeatedly swapped the vote advantage throughout the evening Saturday, the Associated Press reports.
"Let me commend Orlando for running a very tough campaign," Mr. Brown said in a victory speech. "I know he loves Houston, and I hope he'll continue to work with us to make sure we will have one city with one future."
Mr. Sanchez told his supporters: "They have counted up the votes, and we've fallen a little short. We want to congratulate Mayor Brown for a well-run, hard-fought campaign. Tomorrow we all wake up, we're all Houstonians, we're working together.
Mr. Brown, a Democrat and Houston's first black mayor, had characterized Cuban-born Mr. Sanchez as inexperienced, unreliable and a political extremist who should not be trusted to lead the city.
Mr. Sanchez, a Republican, criticized Mr. Brown for fire department staffing shortages and deteriorating streets, and he warned of an impending financial crisis, saying he could better set priorities and spend city money more wisely.

Too busy to act
President Clinton talked tough about terrorism, but he did not act tough, Byron York writes in the Dec. 17 issue of National Review.
"Indeed, a review of his years in office shows that each time the president was confronted with a major terrorist attack the February 26, 1993, bombing of the World Trade Center; the Khobar Towers attack; the August 7, 1998, bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and the October 12, 2000, attack on the USS Cole Clinton was preoccupied with his own political fortunes to an extent that precluded his giving serious and sustained attention to fighting terrorism," Mr. York said.
"At the time of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, his administration was just beginning, and he was embroiled in controversies over gays in the military, an economic stimulus plan, and the beginnings of Hillary Clinton's health-care task force. Khobar Towers happened not only in the midst of the president's re-election campaign but also at the end of a month in which there were new and damaging developments in the Whitewater and Filegate scandals. The African embassy attacks occurred as the Monica Lewinsky affair was at fever pitch, in the month that Clinton appeared before independent counsel Kenneth Starr's grand jury. And when the Cole was rammed, Clinton had little time left in office and was desperately hoping to build his legacy with a breakthrough in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Whenever a serious terrorist attack occurred, it seemed Bill Clinton was always busy with something else."

Under the radar
"President Bush's new political strategy looks a lot like his war plan in Afghanistan: Clearly define the objective electing Republicans in 2002, in this case and use stealthy tactics to accomplish it," the Wall Street Journal reports.
"While he has sworn off fund-raisers since the September 11 attacks, Mr. Bush has freed up top administration officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, to raise money for GOP lawmakers in little-publicized events. The president's aides also are calling in lawmakers to discuss what political assistance they need from the White House. And aides are working closely with corporate donors on issues such as tax cuts and terrorism insurance to keep them in a giving mood for next year's midterm congressional elections," reporter Jim VandeHei said.
"Mr. Bush's decision to keep his political activity under the radar is one of the many ways the terrorist attacks changed his presidency. 'There was a natural period when no one was interested in talking politics. But they are beginning to do more at this time,' said Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott, Mississippi Republican. On Tuesday, Mr. Cheney left his 'undisclosed secure location' to headline an event at the Willard Hotel [in Washington] for Mr. Lott's political action committee that benefits GOP candidates."

Tree-hugger news
Readers may remember Julia Butterfly Hill, the young environmentalist who made headlines when she took up residence in a California redwood tree to protest against logging.
For two years, Miss Hill lived on a platform high in the branches of the tree she named "Luna" trespassing on private property. She climbed down in December 1999 only after the property owner, Pacific Lumber, agreed to meet her demands not to cut down the tree and those around it.
To celebrate Miss Hill's tree-sitting radicalism, her supporters created a Web site for fellow environmentalists. Visitors to that site, however, are now seeing a very different kind of environment, Alexander Cockburn reports in the New York Press.
In a recent letter, Miss Hill's organization informs supporters: "Yes, we are painfully aware that the site www.lunatree.org has been taken over by a porn site. Unfortunately, the former manager/owner of lunatree.org allowed control of the site to lapse and thus the current owner took over. We've inquired about buying the site back, but the owner is asking an outrageous amount of money to sell it, which just isn't feasible. So please remove any links you have to that site."
Hmm. Pornographers have taken over Miss Hill's former Web address and refuse to leave unless their demands are met. Doesn't that sound familiar?

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