- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 29, 2001

'Al Gore for Dummies'
Word is the environmental lobby has completed a psychological profile of the American voter and determined that the language of "global warming" has to change.
"The drawn-out shift from 'cooling' to 'warming' to 'climate change' being 'your fault' apparently has not been subtle enough to win the day," observes Christopher C. Horner, counsel to the Cooler Heads Coalition and senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
"The new terminology," Mr. Horner hears, "revolves around a 'carbon blanket' scary tales to follow. That imagery is going to be the centerpiece of an 'It's fossil fuels, stupid!' effort to get a public apparently tired from 'Chicken Little' campaigns to actually take the enviros seriously again."
And how does Al Gore fit into the carbon blanket?
"Here's the unique part: The enviros created an English-to-English translation of Gore's book themes, what you might call 'Al Gore for Dummies.' Suddenly, focus groups found him less scary and even sensible," says Mr. Horner.
"They need a spokesman for their new campaign," he adds, "and they might have a shot at having Gore use this as a segue back into public life."

Bridge to Monaco
Monetary rewards will soon fill the coffers of congressional candidates who support full voting rights in Congress for citizens of the District of Columbia.
The political action committee "DC Democracy Fund" says Washington's 572,000 residents pay federal taxes, serve proudly in the armed forces, share all other duties and responsibilities of American citizenship, but have no senator or voting member in the House.
"Just a nonvoting delegate in the House," the fund observes, referring to D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton.
"Basically our goal is to donate money," the fund's political director, Sean Tenner, tells Inside the Beltway, expecting contributions to "max out the 20 most competitive races involving candidates who support D.C. voting rights."
Democrats have long argued that establishing full voting rights for the District would require a nationwide campaign. Mr. Tenner says once primaries are completed, questionnaires will be sent to every Democrat and Republican nominee for the House and Senate, "letting them know that this is a group that has money to contribute."
How much legal tender, of course, if any, will depend on how the candidates respond to the questions about D.C. voting rights.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Norton has something else up her sleeve, having introduced H.R. 1193, or "The No Taxation Without Representation Act." High-profile Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat, has introduced the Senate version, providing that until residents of the nation's capital enjoy full voting rights in Congress, they will be exempt from paying federal income taxes.
But tax scholars say if such an act passed, every millionaire in the country would pack his Gucci bags for Washington to avoid paying taxes.
"The District would turn into Monaco," said Don Williamson, an American University professor.

North into Afghanistan
There are no arms for hostages on this itinerary.
Iran-Contra figure Oliver North, host of the Radio America Network's "Common Sense Radio" and the Fox News Channel's "War Stories," will begin reporting live from inside Afghanistan on Saturday.
Back on the battlefield, this time as a war correspondent setting up his microphone at the Marines' Forward Operations Base outside Kandahar, Mr. North will become the first nationally syndicated radio talk-show host to take his audience straight to the front lines of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The retired Marine lieutenant colonel says he'll also conduct interviews with ground troops and civilians to be aired on "War Stories," carried by Fox Sunday evenings at 8.
"I want to interview the heroes I want to go there and tell the stories of the Marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen who are doing their duty in harm's way," says Mr. North, whose radio show airs weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m.
Word from inside the Marine Corps is that morale is rising even higher with news of the colonel's arrival.

Gone huntin'
From Gonzales, La., to Hattiesburg, Miss., everybody and his mother weighed in on our item yesterday about the October 1962 police raid at the University of Mississippi's Sigma Nu fraternity house, presided over by chapter president and now U.S. senator Trent Lott. In all, 24 weapons were seized.
Writes Ron Olliff: "Regarding the gun inventory you seemed surprised at the [high] numbers. I was surprised at the small amount, but then realized the date was in the middle of hunting season and there were probably as many out in the fields as were in the house. It's a Southern thing, you know."

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