- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 13, 2001

McCain's response

Republican Sen. John McCain told The Washington Times yesterday that he´s not worried about a recall campaign against him by some Republicans in Arizona.

"There´s a recall petition out against the governor. There are recall petitions out against several people," Mr. McCain said.

Asked what he thought was motivating the recall petition, Mr. McCain replied, "I don´t know and I don´t care."

Some Republicans in the state have expressed unhappiness with Mr. McCain moving closer to the Democrats this year, voting against the administration´s tax cuts and playing host to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat, at his ranch. McCain critics would need to gather about 350,000 signatures to put the issue on the ballot this year.

Armey apologizes

House Majority Leader Dick Armey apologized yesterday to House Republican Chairman J.C. Watts Jr. for criticizing Mr. Watts´ call for hearings on energy prices last week.

"Let me apologize to J.C.; I was wrong," Mr. Armey told reporters. "I didn´t fully understand what he was trying to do."

Mr. Armey last week belittled the need for hearings on energy prices and implied that Mr. Watts´ move was misguided, without mentioning him by name. But yesterday, Mr. Armey said he now understands that Mr. Watts, Oklahoma Republican, wants to show with hearings that energy-price controls are ineffective.

"Right now, I understand more fully what he is trying to accomplish, and I agree with him," Mr. Armey said. "I´m sorry I didn´t understand that better before I ad-libbed last week. I applaud him for his initiative."

Keep it quiet

"Sixty-four percent of Americans believe President Bush will nominate federal judges who are either 'about right´ in their judicial philosophy or 'too liberal.´ Only 30 percent believe he will choose judges who are 'too conservative,´" reports Human Events, the conservative weekly.

"Perhaps just as importantly, almost half of the 30 percent who think Bush will nominate judges who are 'too conservative´ say that, even if he does, it won´t bother them 'that much´ or 'at all,´" reporter Matthew Robinson writes.

"You won´t find the above poll numbers, however, in The Washington Post or on ABC News.

"Ordinarily, that would not be surprising. But in this case it ought to be. The numbers come from last week´s Washington Post/ABC News poll."

The Post "did not write a single word reporting that its own latest poll showed that 52 percent of Americans believe Bush will appoint judges who are 'about right´ philosophically, while 12 percent believe he will appoint judges who are 'too liberal.´" Human Events said. Instead, the newspaper and other media outlets emphasized that Mr. Bush´s job-approval rating had fallen from 63 percent to 55 percent.

The poll results concerning judicial nominees were buried among the other statistics on the newspaper´s Web page.

Riordan's loyalties

President Bush reportedly has urged retiring Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan to run for governor in 2002, and Mr. Riordan has said he is thinking about it. However, California Secretary of State Bill Jones, a Republican rival, wonders how Mr. Riordan could run against Democratic incumbent Gray Davis when Mr. Riordan has made sizable campaign contributions to Mr. Davis.

In fact, he said, Mr. Riordan has given more than $1 million in the last two decades to Democratic candidates, including $20,000 to Mr. Davis, and supported Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and state Attorney General Bill Lockyer (who recently threatened an energy company official with prison rape) over Republican opponents.

"If Dick Riordan wants to run for governor, he´s certainly welcome to do so," Mr. Jones said in a speech Monday, quoted in the Los Angeles Times. "But the Republican Party´s nominee for governor ought to be a Republican."

Without a clue

Media liberals, in trying to refute one of their most effective critics, keep digging themselves a bigger hole, the Media Research Center´s Brent Baker writes.

"In a C-SPAN appearance on Friday morning, former CBS News correspondent Bernard Goldberg disclosed that since his 1996 op-ed taking CBS to task for liberal bias, Dan Rather has 'never spoken to me,´ and neither has reporter Eric Engberg, whose story Goldberg had critiqued, who at the time 'said something I can´t repeat on this channel or any other.´

"Two weeks earlier on C-SPAN, Time-Warner magazines Editor in Chief Norman Pearlstine denigrated as 'ridiculous´ and 'absurd´ Goldberg´s contention that anyone who considers the New York Times´ editorial page to be 'middle of the road … doesn´t have a clue´ since 'the Times is a newspaper that´s taken the liberal side of every important social issue of our time.´ Pearlstine maintained: 'The New York Times is middle of the road. There is no active, aggressive, important publication of the left in America.´

"Not counting Time magazine, I guess." the Media Research Center´s Mr. Baker commented.

"As Goldberg reacted: 'I rest my case, your honor. If the New York Times isn´t a liberal editorial page, I´m totally confused.´"

Faulty assumptions

"Economists from the Clinton White House now concede that complying with Kyoto´s mandatory reductions in greenhouse gases would be difficult — and more expensive to American consumers than they thought when they were in charge," USA Today reports.

"Clinton administration economists say that, in retrospect, their low cost estimates were unrealistic. They assumed that:

* "China and India would accept binding emission limits and would fully participate in the emissions-trading system, even though they never signed the treaty.

* "European opposition to emissions trading could be overcome.

* "Most industries and consumers would quickly adopt new energy-efficient technologies, such as advanced air-conditioning systems and gas-electric 'hybrid´ cars, without financial incentives.

"Since 1997 [when the treaty was signed], however, it has become clear that consumers love their gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles and aren´t embracing energy-efficient technologies; China has no intention of participating in the treaty; and Europe still wants to limit emissions trading as a partial solution to global warming," reporter Jonathan Weisman writes.

Former Clinton administration officials cited in the article were Todd Stern, who was global-warming issues coordinator; Kathleen McGinty, who was chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality; and economist Robert Lawrence.

End of the charade

"'Europeans´ are said to fear 'global warming,´ according to the tendentious reporting of New York Times tree huggers. Hence, Mr. Bush´s rejection of the Kyoto Treaty on climate change was an affront," Wall Street Journal columnist George Melloan observes.

"In fact, the Kyoto initiative, driven by a Limits-to-Growth cabal inside the United Nations, was based on hokey science, and Europe´s national leaders surely know that. No European nation, save Romania, has ratified the treaty and none is likely to. The U.S. Senate rejected it unanimously. But paying lip service to Kyoto was a nice ploy for appeasing the Greens until Mr. Bush came along and ended the charade.

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