- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 12, 2002

"He gets to prosecute both the snipper and the sniper."
Lawyer Gilbert K. Davis, who represented Clinton accuser Paula Jones before the U.S. Supreme Court, referring to the appointment of Virginia prosecutor Paul B. Ebert to try accused sniper John Allen Muhammad. Mr. Ebert is best known as the prosecutor in the Lorena Bobbitt case.
Family fiasco
"While the national party poured millions into a fruitless effort in Florida, other Democrats nationally could have used more last-minute money to avoid narrow losses that shifted control of the U.S. Senate to Republicans," opines Florida's Bradenton Herald.
The paper was referring to Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe's tremendous infusion of DNC cash into the failed gubernatorial campaign of Bill McBride against incumbent Gov. Jeb Bush.
Mr. McBride's finance chairman was Richard Swann, Mr. McAuliffe's father-in-law.

Made her bed
A letter addressed to the yet-to-be-re-elected Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, speaks for itself. The writer is Jeffrey Mazzella, senior vice president for legislative affairs for the nonpartisan Center for Individual Freedom.
"With the mid-term elections nearly over, all eyes are now focused on your run-off election in December," Mr. Mazzella begins. "Last year, you proudly took to the Senate floor and voted in favor of the McCain-Feingold Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) to, among other things, effectively eliminate so-called 'unregulated soft money' donations by national party committees in federal elections. In fact, you are a BCRA co-sponsor."
Mr. Mazzella tells Mrs. Landrieu that his center is a plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of BCRA "as we seek to restore the First Amendment rights of millions of Americans to engage in the political process that you and many of your colleagues so willingly stripped away."
"Your campaign reportedly raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in soft money donations for the November 5 contest through joint accounts set up with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee conduct that will be outlawed under BCRA should it be upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition you accepted tens of thousands of dollars in soft money contributions directly from the Democratic Party also prohibited under your 'reform' legislation.
"Per your wishes BCRA is the law of the land. We know that BCRA's provisions do not apply to run-offs, recounts or other contests resulting from the November 5 elections. However, as a matter of your own, albeit distorted, principles on campaign finance, it would behoove you to reject all soft money donations during the run-off and campaign within the bounds of BCRA. You voted for it; live by it."
Mrs. Landrieu did not receive the required 50 percent of votes in last week's election and, as a result, faces a Dec. 7 runoff against her Republican challenger Suzanne Terrell.

Dixie disease
President Clinton's former surgeon general, David Satcher, hopes to educate a pocket of naive Americans when delivering the keynote address to this week's "Southern States Summit on HIV and AIDS" in Charlotte, N.C.
Why a summit in the South?
It's true that new AIDS cases are declining or else are stable everywhere in the country except in the Southern states, which has seen a rise in deadly infections. Eighteen of the top 25 U.S. communities hardest hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic are in the South, says the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Also, more than half of the people living with AIDS in the South are black, although they constitute only 19 percent of the overall Southern population.

Second professions
Only 43 shopping days left before Christmas, which means it's time once again for Washington's largest literary event.
This Thursday evening, more than 60 authors, many local, will be on hand for the 25th annual National Press Club Book Fair and Authors' Night.
Some of our favorite local authors signing and selling their books include The Washington Times' own intelligence gatherer Bill Gertz ("Breakdown"), along with Christopher Hitchens ("Why Orwell Matters"), Jim Lehrer ("No Certain Rest"), David Vise ("The Bureau and the Mole"), George Will ("With a Happy Eye But ") and Shannon Henry ("The Dinner Club").
Other authors of exposes and biographies, histories and humor, will include Phyllis George, Katherine Harris, Lisa Beamer, Sarah Brady, Malachy McCourt, Dick Morris, Kenneth W. Starr, Caspar Weinberger and James Lee Witt.

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