- The Washington Times - Monday, February 19, 2001

Next generation?

"A specter is haunting America the specter of Clintonism. Yes, the man is gone, off to a lifetime of golfing at all-white clubs, biting his lip in the pulpits of black churches while the hallelujahs soar … slithering in and out of shady business deals, being collared by showbiz bores at Barbra Streisand's parties, and defending himself in court. And yes, his lady has no future beyond the U.S. Senate. The people of New York, trapped in their little Stalinist time-warp … will probably go on voting for her until, like Gagoola the hag in 'King Solomon's Mines,' 'She has lived so long that none can remember when she was not old, and always she it is who has trained the witch hunters, and made the land evil in the sight of the heavens above.' But given … her amazing capacity to make people detest her where'er she treads, Hillary's maxed out: She has no real future.

"Yet still the presence of that specter can be felt, an icy wind blowing to us from the unseeable future, disturbing our sleep, arresting us in the midst of our daily tasks, chilling and warning us. Bill and Hill are history, but Clintonism may yet rise again… . On February 27th, Chelsea Clinton will turn 21… .

"It isn't over, folks. Dr. Nancy Snyderman, a 'friend of the family' … is quoted as saying that Chelsea shows every sign of following her parents into politics… . Be afraid: be very afraid."

John Derbyshire, writing on "Be Very Afraid," Thursday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

Gone.com

"Disney's attempt to conquer the Internet with a Web portal is going away. The Magic Empire plans to shut down the Go.com site, its clone of Yahoo, Lycos, and other services.

"Disney announced the closure as part of a 'strategic shift,' in which the company will 'focus on its top-ranked content Web sites' and get rid of the Disney Internet Group. Other company sites like ABC.com, Disney.com, and DisneyStore.com will keep running.

"Go.com was representative of the get-online-or-get-clobbered mentality of the late 1990s… . The problem was that there were already enough portals in existence and Go.com wasn't unique enough to move ahead of the pack.

"Go.com's failure shows that even the most powerful media players find the new frontier challenging."

Chris Stamper, writing on "Going, going, gone," in the Feb. 17 issue of World

Making a difference

"The large unruly band of Republicans newly elected in the election of 1994, to give their party a majority of both houses of Congress for the first time in 40 years, were at the beginning united in their desire to change the way America is governed. But there were a few a very few, as it turned out who were different. They were the new congressmen who really did not intend to stay for long in the halls of power.

"Three stand out. Business executive Matt Salmon of Mesa, Ariz., 34 years old when he was elected in 1994; obstetrician Tom Coburn of Muskogee, Okla., age 46; and real estate investor Mark Sanford of Charleston, S.C., age 34. They vowed they would only serve three two-year terms and then leave the House of Representatives. Wonder of wonders, they actually kept their word, declining to run for a fourth term in 2000 …

"The tiny band of self-limited congressmen did vote differently. Mark Sanford knew that the fix was in from his first day in Congress… . [He said] 'Re-election fever is what leads politicians to exaggerate good news and water down bad news. People want something simpler: They want the truth. A lot of people in Washington somehow miss this.' "

Robert D. Novak, in his Foreword to "The Trust Committed to Me," the new book by former Rep. Mark Sanford, South Carolina Republican

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