- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 20, 2002

Current affairs
Adultery, particularly committed by politicians, isn't such a bad thing after all.
Or so public-school students in Montgomery County, just outside Washington, are reading in the eye-opening book, "Beyond Scandal: The Parents' Guide to Sex, Lies & Leadership," edited by parenting expert Yosef I. Abramowitz. (Hollywood director Steven Spielberg contributed funds toward the book's publication, the introduction states.)
One character in the book, checked out from a county school library, is one-time Clinton presidential adviser Dick Morris, who resigned after being seen sockless with a prostitute. An incident overblown?
"We fantasize about finding true romance with someone else during our marriage," the book reasons, "yet we do not tolerate it when our politicians, military leaders, or clergy members break their marriage vows."
Although one might argue that's changing.
After all, many Americans overlooked Bill Clinton's repeated romps around matrimony. And as the book concedes, "We ignore the fact that our heroes Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr. had affairs."
None of which would shock today's youth, who get bombarded with sex and adultery through television, cinemas, magazines and the Internet.
"The media often celebrates adultery," the book observes, noting that one recent best-picture Academy Award went to the highly acclaimed "The English Patient," a story that "sympathized with, if not condoned, adultery."
"So, too, did the fabulously successful book 'The Bridges of Madison County,' which was made into a movie a few years back."
So what is a young person to believe?
"People who engage in extramarital sex are not giving up their marriage, but trying to modify it sexually and emotionally," says a human sexuality expert quoted in the book. "Extramarital sex is not just for sex, and sex is not necessarily its most rewarding part."

Democratic gold
The Democrats get the gold for deception and hypocrisy.
"If hypocrisy and deception were Olympic sports, Rep. Bob Menendez and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee would be gold-medal winners even with a French judge," Rep. J.D. Hayworth, Arizona Republican, says of the New Jersey Democrat and his DCCC.
In an impassioned speech during debate on campaign-finance reform, Mr. Hayworth late last week recounted several instances of communist Chinese trying to influence the outcome of the 1996 presidential campaign. The Republican lawmaker urged colleagues not to allow such "enemies of this state" to perpetrate similar abuses in the future, by banning non-U.S. citizens from making contributions to political parties.
Perhaps in an attempt to score points with minority voters, the DCCC instead issued a press release accusing Mr. Hayworth of saying that "Hispanics are enemies of the state."
Outraged by the assertion, Mr. Hayworth is now distributing a transcript of his remarks, where clearly the word Hispanic doesn't appear (the communist Chinese are mentioned at least five times).
The DCCC didn't stop there, sticking an audio track of Mr. Hayworth's speech on its Web site, "only it has been doctored," Mr. Hayworth has discovered.
In fact, all of the Republican's references to Chinese efforts on behalf of the Clinton-Gore campaign were edited out.
If that's not enough, Mr. Menendez is quoted in a DCCC release as saying that Mr. Hayworth attacked Hispanics, and rips Republicans for offering an underlying amendment prohibiting foreigners from making contributions to political campaigns, calling it an "attempt to silence voices and exclude ethnic groups."
Wouldn't you know, on March 30, 1998, Mr. Menendez voted "aye" on the Illegal Foreign Contributions Act of 1998 seeking to bar noncitizens from making campaign contributions or expenditures.

Majoring in Fitzwater
Who isn't showing up to dedicate the new state-of-the-art Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication at New Hampshire's Franklin Pierce College?
Former President George Bush will headline the May 23 dedication and tribute to Mr. Fitzwater, his jovial, cigar-smoking press secretary. White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card will also attend. Even Bill Clinton's former press secretary, Mike McCurry, is making the journey to New Hampshire to tour the 12,000-square-foot mass communications facility. And ABC newsman Sam Donaldson says he'll broadcast his radio show live from the Fitzwater dedication.
"It's been a wonderful experience for me," Mr. Fitzwater told us yesterday. "I got involved with Franklin Pierce College about five years ago. Communications is their largest major, and they said they'd like to build a new communications facility, and would I be willing to lend my name to it? I said yes, and have spent the last three years raising money, getting involved with the students, lecturing, mentoring … and now that the building is ready to be dedicated, we can start working on the curriculum."


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