- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 24, 2001

Goose liver
The era of bipartisanship, which was supposed to begin with the election of President Bush but did not really take hold until the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, is showing a few holes here and there.
Tom Buffenbarger, president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, blew through one of those holes this week.
Mr. Buffenbarger scolded Mr. Bush for planning to "attend a lavish fund-raiser with the Republican Governors Association October 25, his first public political event since the Sept. 11 attacks."
"While Bush and the Republican governors feast on fois de gras at $1,250 a plate, almost eight million unemployed Americans are living hand to mouth. The contrast could not be starker. Nor could the stakes be higher," Mr. Buffenbarger said in a prepared statement.
He got it right about tomorrow's event in the District being the first political fund-raiser for Mr. Bush since Sept. 11.
It's not a dinner, however, but a reception, RGA Executive Director Clinton Key told Ralph Z. Hallow of The Washington Times.
As for pate de fois gras, the goose liver paste Mr. Buffenbarger was apparently trying to name, it may or may not be one of the hors d'oeuvres served.
"I'm not certain what that stuff is, but maybe he can help explain," Mr. Key said with a laugh.
Nor is Mr. Key sure the president will show up. "We hope he can be there," he said. "We've invited him and are hopeful."

Hillary's boo-boo
"New York City Firefighter Michael Moran said [yesterday] that Sen. Hillary [Rodham] Clinton was jeered and booed by thousands gathered at the Concert for New York because of the 'claptrap that comes out of her mouth!'" Matt Drudge reports.
"The 13-year-veteran firefighter whose brother, Battalion Chief John Moran, was one of 12 members of Ladder 3 lost in the World Trade Center disaster spoke out on Rush Limbaugh's radio program," Mr. Drudge wrote yesterday at his Web site, www.drudgereport.com.
"'She wants to spew her nonsense she doesn't believe the things she says,' Moran said of the former first lady. 'She says what she believes will work in the moment. I don't think there has ever been a sincere word that has ever come out of her mouth.'
"VH1 cameras captured firemen and police heroes wildly booing Clinton, who attempted to raise her voice above the shouting crowd as she introduced a film by Jerry Seinfeld.
"'Get off the stage! We don't want you here!' yelled one New York City police officer just feet from the senator."

Blame Hollywood
"The widespread booing of Sen. Hillary [Rodham] Clinton at Saturday night's Madison Square Garden mega-benefit for the World Trade Center victims was regrettable well, sort of but hardly surprising," the New York Post says.
"After all, New York police and firefighters were given prime seats for the all-star concert, and they remember all too well what the state's junior senator has had to say about New York's finest pre-Sept. 11, that is.
"Her husband, the former president, also took his share of jeers from the crowd, which apparently considered him an inappropriate choice to deliver a tribute to heroism (or even speak of it).
"Once again, the booing was a little tacky yet entirely understandable," the newspaper said in an editorial.
"Besides which, we have to wonder: Why do the Hollywood types have to turn an event like this one into a celebration of Bill and Hillary?
"Miramax Films honcho Harvey Weinstein, who organized the concert with Paul McCartney, is one of the Clintons' closest friends and was perhaps their biggest Hollywood benefactor and his devotion to the former First Couple is legendary, as is his role as one of Tinseltown's top Democrats.
"Which may also explain why Democrats like Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle were featured while not a single member of the Bush administration appeared, even by remote video.
"Even on a fabulous night like this one, the Hollywood types couldn't leave their partisanship at home.
"How sad."

Murkowski's likely foe
U.S. Sen. Frank H. Murkowski, who on Monday announced that he will run for governor of Alaska next year, is likely to face Democratic Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer in the general election.
Mr. Murkowski is seeking to become the first Republican governor of the state since 1978.
The lieutenant governor announced her candidacy in Fairbanks on Saturday.
Despite Mr. Murkowski's long tenure in the Senate, to which he was first elected in 1980, he is no shoo-in, one political expert told Reuters.
The Murkowski-Ulmer matchup will be a "horse race," said Anchorage-based political consultant Marc Hellenthal.
"Fran is extremely popular. It's going to be an extremely interesting race," he said.
"She's more popular than [current Democratic Gov. Tony] Knowles. She hasn't done anything to really irritate anybody yet," he said.
Polls show that the Democrat's positive ratings are higher than Mr. Murkowski's, and her negative ratings are lower, Mr. Hellenthal said. But Mr. Murkowski, as a sitting U.S. senator, has funding sources that are unavailable to his foe, he added.

California's woes
"The two politicians who've arguably benefited the most from the national focus on war are both Californians congressman Gary Condit and Gov. Gray Davis. Too bad Mr. Davis is finding he still can't avoid his own chickens coming home to roost," the Wall Street Journal says.
"Only now are the folks in Sacramento learning that their governor's 'solution' to the energy crisis has been a political sham. A combination of collapsing budget revenues, foolish spending and bad credit ratings threatens to plunge the state into a full-fledged financial crisis," the newspaper said in an editorial.
"Gov. Davis' chickens left the roost back in May 2000, when California's botched scheme to deregulate electric power encountered a wicked price bubble. Wholesale prices, which had been deregulated, shot up, while retail prices, which were still regulated, didn't budge. This mismatch, along with other factors, generated huge supply disruptions and a first-class energy crisis."
Rather than let retail rates rise with the market price, Mr. Davis spent his time blaming everyone but himself and spending taxpayers' money to purchase power directly from suppliers, locking in high prices for years to come, the newspaper observed.
Now either ratepayers or taxpayers must foot the huge bill to pay the billions of dollars that California utilities owe their suppliers, as well as cash borrowed from the state's general fund. "Observers are estimating a budget deficit of almost $10 billion for next year," the newspaper said.

Ventura vs. media
Following through on his promise to wage his own personal war on the Minnesota media, Gov. Jesse Ventura devoted most of a 21/2-hour guest radio appearance this week to a wide-ranging denunciation of the local news organizations that cover him, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune reports.
Saying that the Twin Cities media are intent on "destroying" people, he advised Minnesotans to boycott local newspapers and TV news.
"Don't read either [daily] newspaper and don't watch the evening news," said Mr. Ventura, who was filling in Monday for "Garage Logic" host Joe Soucheray on KSTP in Minneapolis. "And then you will not be infiltrated with the half-truths, the National Enquirer journalism that's practiced today.
"Listen to talk radio. I'll tell you, it's more accurate on there," said Mr. Ventura, who has his own weekly one-hour radio show on another station.
On Friday on his radio show, Mr. Ventura promised that this week he would wage a "war" on those he perceives to be his media adversaries and get them "running and hiding as fast as the Taliban."

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