- The Washington Times - Friday, November 1, 2002

Not a liberal?
The conservative Club for Growth attacks the left-wing group EMILY's List in a radio ad that urges voters in northern Indiana to reject Democrat Jill Long Thompson's bid for a U.S. House seat.
Here's what the announcer says in the 60-second commercial:
"Jill Long Thompson says she's not a liberal.
"Oh, really?
"Jill Long Thompson has accepted more than $100,000 in contributions from the radical feminist organization EMILY's List.
"EMILY's List has poured millions of dollars into the campaigns of liberals like Hillary Clinton, and now they are doing the same for Jill Long Thompson.
"Of course, EMILY's list, Hillary Clinton and Jill Long Thompson share the same liberal agenda. Jill Long Thompson voted to increase property taxes. And Jill Long Thompson was named a 'big spender' by the National Taxpayers Union. Jill Long Thompson even voted against missile defense to protect our nation from terrorists and rogue states.
"Support from the radical feminists of EMILY's List. Higher taxes. More wasteful Washington spending. Those aren't Hoosier values. Those are Jill Long Thompson's liberal values.
"Jill Long Thompson: liberal, out of touch, and out of step with Indiana.
"Paid for by the Club for Growth."

Short on cash
"As the 2002 election cycle ends, it is clear that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's bid to retake the House of Representatives has been hampered by the relative lack of competitive districts. But don't ignore anther key factor: money," political analyst Stuart Rothenberg writes in Roll Call.
"With its first priority the re-election of Democratic incumbents and the retention of Democratic open seats, the DCCC has been unable to fund some serious challengers and open-seat candidates. And too many of these candidates have proved unwilling or unable to fund their own campaigns," Mr. Rothenberg notes.
"Among the Democrats who are underfunded for the general election are Dan Wofford (Pennsylvania's 6th District), Joe Turnham (Alabama's 3rd), George Cordova (Arizona's 1st), Kevin Kelley (Michigan's 11th), John Arthur Smith (New Mexico's 2nd), Rodney Alexander (Louisiana's 5th), Brad Miller (North Carolina's 13th) and Lincoln Davis (Tennessee's 4th)."
Mr. Rothenberg added: "Some of the underfunded Democrats may still win on Tuesday. But they would all be better off now if they (and other Democratic House candidates) had raised more money. And in virtually all cases, the fault is their own, certainly not the DCCC's."

Grandma returns
Four weeks after killing off "Grandma," the Democratic National Committee has resurrected her.
In a fund-raising e-mail and on its Web site, the DNC had featured a cartoon showing President Bush pushing an elderly woman in a wheelchair down a hill, drawn as a graph line dramatizing the stock market's decline. The woman falls to the ground and ends in a puff of smoke.
Yesterday, though, the DNC announced that Grandma survived. In a new cartoon, she steps out of the cloud of smoke, picks up her wheelchair and smashes it on the ground.
"Thankfully, she's alright, but she's mad as heck at the president for trying once again to pull the wool over the eyes of America's seniors by signing a last-minute, election-year ploy, generic drug plan which does too little to help seniors in real need," the DNC announced. The original ad can be found at www.democrats.org/social_insecurity/ and the new ad at www.democrats.org/social_insecurity/sequel.html.
Republicans were furious at the original ad.
"Democrats have taken gutter politics to a deplorable new low," said Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, Virginia Republican, who is head of the committee tasked with electing Republicans to the U.S. House of Representatives. "We have not seen an attack this outrageous coming out of a national party in modern political history."
Yesterday, Republicans said the new cartoon, which also makes a plea for donations to the DNC, shows a party struggling.
"It's a window into the sorry state of affairs in the Democratic Party a bankrupt party, out of money and ideas," Republican National Committee spokesman Kevin Sheridan said.

Cheap theater
"De mortuis nil nisi bonum: Do not speak ill of the dead. That's been sound advice for millennia, and in the immediate aftermath of Paul Wellstone's untimely death we were encouraged to hear even his political foes pay tribute to the man's virtues," the Wall Street Journal says.
"How disappointing, then, to see his memorial, which should have been a moment of national grace, transformed into cheap political theater," the newspaper said in an editorial.
"Those who watched the service Tuesday night at the University of Minnesota's Williams Arena on C-SPAN know that it had to be seen to be believed. When pictures of Bill Clinton and Teddy Kennedy went up on the giant monitors, the crowd cheered. But the cheers turned to boos when Trent Lott came to mourn.
"Gov. Jesse Ventura, no friend of Republicans, said that the spectacle reduced his wife to tears. Ironically, it came just two days after Parson James Carville complained on NBC's 'Meet the Press' about the unseemliness of Minnesota Republicans who were 'attacking Senator Mondale this morning before we've even buried Senator Wellstone.'
"It used to be that the tragic deaths of American political figures served as a reminder to all of us that there is a drama to life above mere politics, and that it is precisely these higher things that bring us together as people and citizens. That understanding is what brought Paul Wellstone to the funeral of Sen. Barry Goldwater, his ideological opposite. But Tuesday night's spectacle inverted that understanding."

Fraud hot line
The American Conservative Union has opened a Voter Fraud Hotline and online communications portal for voters to report potential cases of voter fraud and illegal electioneering activities, the organization announced yesterday.
"Already in this election cycle, we've had reports of potential voter fraud in South Dakota, Nevada, Iowa, Connecticut, Oklahoma, Texas and Rhode Island," said ACU Chairman David A. Keene. "Obvious violations have included election officials sending out unsolicited absentee ballots, petitions loaded with forged signatures, vote-buying schemes, and even voter registrations who according to documents have the same residence as a certain sex entertainment club.
"We're asking concerned citizens to call (703) 836-8602 x19 or email us at [email protected] to report any observed instances of voter fraud, illegal get-out-the-vote activities, or election officials not properly checking voter identifications."
The organization said it would refer all legitimate concerns to the Department of Justice, the relevant state attorney general, and the local U.S. federal prosecutor's office.

Blowout in New York
New York Gov. George E. Pataki, a Republican, is steamrolling his Democratic opponent, H. Carl McCall, according to a new poll.
The Marist College poll of 432 likely voters showed Mr. Pataki ahead of Mr. McCall by 20 points, 47 percent to 27 percent, with 17 percent backing Independence Party candidate Tom Golisano. The rest were undecided or supporting other candidates.
Mr. McCall, who was handpicked for the Democratic nomination by Bill Clinton, might want to look on the bright side: If he can hold his lead over Mr. Golisano, at least the Democrats won't be banished to Row C on the ballot for four years.

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