- The Washington Times - Monday, November 11, 2002

No left turn
Did you read the Democratic Leadership Council's take on Tuesday's Republican election landslide? Higher-ups in the party now recognize that bashing President Bush and demagoguing the prescription-drug industry, among other tactics, has not worked.
"After four straight election cycles of campaigning on an agenda pretty much limited to promising the moon on prescription drugs and attacking Republicans on Social Security, it's time for the congressional wing of the party and the political consultants who have relentlessly promoted this message as an electoral silver bullet to bury it once and for all," writes the council to party members.
"We agree with the many Democrats who are saying that the party needs a bigger, bolder, clearer agenda and message. But we disagree with those who are saying the party should achieve that clarity simply by moving to the left, creating partisan differentiation at any cost, and engaging in more negative campaigning against the president and Republicans in order to energize the Democratic base."

Now tell Harry
On occasion he loses his way-O;
Belafonte then causes dismay-O.
But he never goes wrong
With "The Banana Boat Song."
Why not stick to the singing of "Day-O"?

F.R. Duplantier

Right of Walter
It's become clear why Rep. Martin Frost, Texas Democrat, suddenly dropped out of the race for House minority leader, replacing Rep. Richard A. Gephardt of Missouri who could soon enter the race for president in 2004.
"At first blush, it appears that Martin Frost has failed in his mission to rally his party's centrists," notes Republican Deputy Majority Whip Rep. Mark Foley of Florida. "Oh, wait, there are no centrists. The reason the Democrats lost this election was because they were too extreme left.
"In fact, anyone slightly to the right of Walter Mondale was considered a moderate."

Deserving four
Former vice presidential nominee Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat, and Republican Rep. Philip M. Crane of Illinois are recipients of this year's Truman-Reagan Freedom Awards, to be presented tomorrow night by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.
In addition, a Truman-Reagan Award will be presented to former Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who bears the title "Father of Democracy" of his country, while Republic of Korea industrialist Hae Yung Chung will receive the foundation's Free-Enterprise Award.
Each year, the foundation honors men and women who have made significant contributions to the promotion of freedom and democracy around the world. The ceremony raises money for the construction of a memorial and museum on federal land set aside in Washington to commemorate the more than 100 million people who died at the hands of communism in the 20th century.

Placid beginnings
Inside the Beltway congratulates good friend Stan Bromley, former regional vice president and general manager of the landmark Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown, for being named "2002 Hotelier of the Year" by Hotels magazine.
Mr. Bromley, who just recently opened the plush Four Seasons in San Francisco, will accept the award at a New York gala this evening.
"With an acute eye for details and a visionary approach to hotel operations, he epitomizes what it means to be a leader in this industry," the award states, adding that the accomplished hotelier got his start at an early age by entering the family business upon the death of his father.
"For Stan Bromley, this meant at age 14 going to work as a towel boy and dishwasher at his aunt and uncle's inn in Lake Placid, New York."

Smith-Free?
Yet another Smith is joining the Smith-Free Group, which makes us wonder about the company's shingle.
"There is no truth to the rumor that non-Smiths need not apply," says group co-founder Jim Free.
"But being 'a Smith' doesn't hurt," adds co-founder Jim Smith.
Hence, the group will welcome Amy D. Smith, a Kansas native who most recently was deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury for legislative affairs under President Bush.
As for the founders, Mr. Smith is former comptroller of the currency under Presidents Nixon and Ford, while Mr. Free was White House legislative liaison under President Carter.


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