- The Washington Times - Friday, November 22, 2002

The other 'memorial'

Bill Clinton, fresh from helping sink Senate hopeful Walter Mondale in Minnesota, flew off to Hawaii and joined a "memorial service" for Democratic Rep. Patsy T. Mink that turned into a political rally. The result: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mazie Hirono sank like a rock in the polls and ended up losing to Republican Linda Lingle.

"Mr. Clinton arrived in Hawaii on Oct. 29, flying all night after attending the infamous 'memorial service' in Minneapolis for the late Sen. Paul Wellstone. In Hawaii, Mr. Clinton made appearances at rallies on all the state's major islands: Hawaii, Kauai, Maui and Oahu," John Fund writes at www.opinionjournal.com.

"In Honolulu, he appeared at an event that had been marketed as a 'memorial service' for Rep. Patsy Mink, who died on Sept. 28. It was Minnesota writ small: Mr. Clinton used the occasion to exhort the crowd to elect a Democratic governor. While criticism of the event was not nearly as intense as in Minnesota, and it got little national attention, many callers to talk shows felt that Mr. Clinton's politicking was inappropriate," Mr. Fund said.

"At his Kauai rally, Mr. Clinton responded to a heckler who yelled out 'Liar' with yet another one of his trademark whoppers: 'Newt Gingrich once told me, "I'm sorry we have to be so mean to you, but if we fought fairly, we'd lose every time."' Mr. Gingrich says this tale is 'completely untrue.' Does anyone believe that a seasoned politician like Mr. Gingrich would have told his chief adversary such a thing?

"Mr. Clinton drew enthusiastic crowds to his rallies, but the election results were devastating for the Democrats. Ms. Lingle won, 52 percent to 47 percent, ending the Democrats' one-party monopoly rule of the executive branch. Republicans won upset wins in mayoral races in Maui and Kauai, and gained seats in the state Senate while losing some ground in the state House.

"The Clinton visit played a role in the Democratic defeat. Polls showed a sharp turn away from Democrats after Mr. Clinton's visit, Democratic pollster Don Clegg told the Honolulu Advertiser after the election."

Lonely legislator

"Despite denials by his staff, Vermont Sen. Jim Jeffords did approach several colleagues in the Republican Senate Caucus about returning to the fold," the anonymous Prowler writes at www.americanprowler.org.

Mr. Jeffords' overtures were first reported by The Washington Times editorial page.

"According to several Republican Senate leadership sources, Jeffords himself floated the idea to Rhode Island Sen. Lincoln Chafee and to Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe in the aftermath of the Republicans' regaining control of the Senate," the Prowler said.

"'It wasn't a half-joking conversation,' says a Senate leadership staffer. 'The senators thought it serious enough to go to their caucus leaders and raise the issue. At that point it became a joke.'

"Soon to be Majority Leader Trent Lott found the possibility of a Jeffords return humorous, according to the sources. 'In fact, as soon as we won Missouri and it was obvious we'd regain control, one of the first things we thought of was when Jeffords was going to come around looking to cut a deal for his committee chairmanship,' says another Senate leadership aide, referring to Jeffords' role as head of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee."

Familiar message

David Horowitz says he recognizes the message of today's Democratic Party it's the same one he and other radical leftists had back in the 1960s, when they were protesting for communist victory in Vietnam.

Having abandoned Marxism 20 years ago, Mr. Horowitz is now a conservative activist and Republican strategist, but he says Democrats are still stuck in the past.

The Republican victory Nov. 5 "shouldn't have been surprising," he told The Washington Times in a recent telephone interview, "because Republicans have always done well on the security issues, particularly since the McGovern campaign in 1972, when the hard left entered the Democratic Party in force and made it a party of blame America first and appease America's enemies, which is what we see today.

"Al Gore is out there accusing the Bush administration of seeking 'world domination' that sounds like Tom Hayden and Angela Davis, doesn't it?"

Mr. Horowitz, whose most recent book is called "How to Beat the Democrats," praised President Bush as "audacious" for "risking his political capital" in the midterm elections, and lauded Bush political adviser Karl Rove, calling him "the most brilliant political manager in my lifetime that I'm familiar with."

Of the war on terrorism, Mr. Horowitz said, "There's only one question: Whether we're going to fight this battle in the streets of Baghdad and Tehran, or whether we're going to fight it on the streets of Washington and New York."

Hillary vs. Corzine

"New York is battling New Jersey for power in the next Congress, with Sen. Hillary Clinton fighting Sen. Jon Corzine over who will lose their powerful committee spots," the New York Post reports.

"The donnybrook has both Clinton of New York and Corzine of New Jersey boasting of their value to Democratic leaders and claiming they've earned special consideration," reporter Vincent Morris writes.

"The problem started with this month's national elections, when Republicans regained control of the Senate, forcing Democrats into the minority. As a result, Democrats will likely eliminate at least one of their own from 16 committees to allow the GOP a majority.

"But Clinton is reluctant to give up her seat on any of her three committees: Budget, Environment and Public Works or Education, Health and Labor.

"And Corzine is equally attached to his assignments: Budget, Environment and Banking."

Landrieu trails

Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, trails Republican rival Suzanne Haik Terrell, 48 percent to 40 percent in the latest poll, according to Baton Rouge's WBRZ-TV.

The poll of 503 likely voters was commissioned by the Susan B. Anthony List, which backs pro-life women. The eight-point Terrell advantage is outside the poll's four percentage point margin of error.

Mrs. Terrell performed much better with her party base than Mrs. Landrieu, getting support from 72 percent of Republicans to just 16 percent for Mrs. Landrieu. In contrast, Mrs. Landrieu leads Mrs. Terrell by just 51 percent to 42 percent among Democrats.

Another recount war

An automatic recount was triggered yesterday in the race for Colorado's new congressional seat after updated vote tallies showed Republican Bob Beauprez ahead of Democrat Mike Feeley by just 122 votes out of nearly 163,000 cast.

Mr. Beauprez had led by 386 votes, but three counties were ordered by a judge to count every qualified provisional ballot in the battle to represent the 7th District in suburban Denver.

When the returns came in, Mr. Beauprez had 81,530 votes and Mr. Feeley had 81,408, the Associated Press reports. The margin is so small that a recount is automatic under state law.

Mr. Feeley said he would wait for the recount before deciding his next step.

"At that time and not one moment before I will know whether to celebrate or concede," the Democrat said.

Mr. Beauprez, who was hiring his staff, said in Washington he is confident he will win the recount, which under state law must be completed by Dec. 15.

Both men attended House freshman orientation in Washington last week. The race is the last disputed election in the nation, though two other states still have undecided races.

The Nov. 5 election was Colorado's first with provisional ballots, which are cast by voters whose names are not on official registration rolls. It is up to elections officials to determine whether the ballot is valid.

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