- The Washington Times - Friday, April 18, 2003

Cheering the enemy
Gary Kamiya, executive editor of the left-leaning Internet journal Salon (www.salon.com), confirms what some Americans have only suspected: Liberals were cheering for the enemy in Iraq.
"I have a confession: I have at times, as the war has unfolded, secretly wished for things to go wrong," Mr. Kamiya wrote last week. "Wished for the Iraqis to be more nationalistic, to resist longer. Wished for the Arab world to rise up in rage. Wished for all the things we feared would happen. I'm not alone: A number of serious, intelligent, morally sensitive people who oppose the war have told me they have had identical feelings."
More casualties would have been a preferred alternative to the "larger moral negative" of a victory that boosted President Bush's chances for re-election, he said.
"Many antiwar commentators have argued that once the war started, even those who oppose it must now wish for the quickest, least-bloody victory followed by the maximum possible liberation of the Iraqi people," he wrote. "But there is one argument against this: What if you are convinced that an easy victory will ultimately result in a larger moral negative four more years of Bush, for example, with attendant disastrous policies, or the betrayal of the Palestinians to eternal occupation, or more imperialist meddling in the Middle East or elsewhere?
"Wishing for things to go wrong is the logical corollary of the postulate that the better things go for Bush, the worse they will go for America and the rest of the world."

Not a Catholic
"Tom Daschle may no longer call himself a Catholic," J. Bottum reports at the Weekly Standard Web site (www.weeklystandard.com).
"The Senate minority leader and the highest-ranking Democrat in Washington has been sent a letter by his home diocese of Sioux Falls, sources in South Dakota tell the Weekly Standard, directing him to remove from his congressional biography and campaign documents all references to his standing as a member of the Catholic Church," Mr. Bottum said.
"This isn't exactly excommunication which is unnecessary, in any case, since Daschle made himself ineligible for communion almost 20 years ago with his divorce and remarriage to a Washington lobbyist. The directive from Sioux Falls' Bishop Robert Carlson is rather something less than excommunication and, at the same time, something more: a declaration that Tom Daschle's religious identification constitutes, in technical Catholic vocabulary, a grave public scandal.
"He was brought up as a Catholic, and he may still be in some sort of genuine mental and spiritual relation to the Church. Who besides his confessor could say? But Daschle's consistent political opposition to Catholic teachings on moral issues abortion, in particular has made him such a problem for ordinary churchgoers that the Church must deny him the use of the word 'Catholic.'"

Team Sharpton
The Rev. Al Sharpton yesterday named a campaign manager for his not-yet-official 2004 White House bid. Frank Watkins, the communications chief for Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., Illinois Democrat, was tapped for the post. Mr. Watkins is also a longtime spokesman for the lawmaker's father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
Mr. Watkins started his tenure with Sharptonesque rhetorical flair by announcing in a statement that "the Constitution clearly does not contain an individual affirmative right to vote if it did Al Gore would be our president" and does not have "an individual right to a public education, and health care of high quality, or an equal rights amendment."

Antiwar passion
"America is elated over victory in Iraq, but antiwar Democratic presidential wannabes are sticking to their for want of a better word guns, fueling talk that the party could McGovernize itself and walk right off a cliff in 2004," the New York Post's Deborah Orin writes.
"'Trust me when I tell you that in the Democratic Party right now, among real Democratic players, the passion and the majority is still against the war,' says [Democratic] pollster Paul Maslin, who backs antiwar ex-Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.
"Besides, he's ready to bet that something will go wrong in Iraq's reconstruction. Or in Syria. Or North Korea. Or we'll see another terrorist attack and then Americans will turn on Bush and complain: 'We didn't sign up for this.'"

Liberals' motives
"Earlier this year, Ralph Neas, head of the liberal group People for the American Way, promised a 'judicial Armageddon' to block President Bush's appointments to federal courts.
John Fund writes at the Wall Street Journal's OpinionJournal.com that Nan Aron, head of the liberal Alliance for Justice, has "spilled the beans on the real motivations for the liberal logjam she and her Senate allies are creating."
"She recently told a Federalist Society symposium shown on C-SPAN that 'I would certainly acknowledge that there is a group of law professors around the country that do believe this president, because he did not win the election, does not have the authority to select Supreme Court justices, and I think that view holds among many.' She went on to say: 'It's my view that, because this president did not win the election, he does not have a mandate to fill the federal bench with people who will close the door to those who seek access to justice.'
"Yet Ms. Aron's partisan bitterness over a disputed election is a mere pretext. Her real problem is with democracy itself: … This is not a Congress that necessarily, at least with the majority party, sees its role as expanding its capacity to meet the needs of the people of this nation. Neither house sees this role as its role.' In other words, since liberals can't get what they want at the ballot box, they will rely on unelected judges with lifetime appointments to impose their will on the nation."

'McCarthyism' returns
"ABC News on Wednesday night raised the specter of McCarthyism and blacklists in condemning how some have dared to criticize the antiwar views of celebrities, as if celebrities must be accorded the right to pontificate without anyone having the right to say anything adverse about those views," the Media Research Center's Brent Baker writes at www.mediaresearch.org.
"'World News Tonight' anchor Peter Jennings previewed the story by claiming celebrities are being 'punished' somehow: 'When we come back this evening, being against the war and in show business. And the people who want to punish you for that.'
"Reporter Jim Wooten soon highlighted how actor Tim Robbins 'criticized the political climate in which his right to express his views has come under attack.' Having cited only the decision of some radio stations to not play Dixie Chick songs, the United Way uninviting Susan Sarandon to an event and the baseball hall of fame deciding to disinvite Sarandon and Robbins from a movie-anniversary event, Wooten then ludicrously suggested 'blacklists' were on the rebound: 'All this has reminded some of the McCarthy era's blacklists that barred those even accused of communist sympathies from working in films or on television.'"

Cartoon gets scalped
The Wisconsin state Republican Party dropped a cartoon from its Web site that claimed taxpayers were "scalped" by the governor's new gaming compact with an Indian tribe after complaints it was racist and derogatory, the Associated Press reports.
The cartoon depicted a tomahawk flying through the air at a Wisconsin taxpayer. The voice-over said: "As taxpayers, we got scalped."
"We do not consider the cartoon to be offensive. It certainly wasn't our intent," said Republican Party spokesman Chris Lato.
He said the cartoon, on the party's Web site for one day, was intended to point out flaws in the agreement Democratic Gov. James E. Doyle reached with the Forest County Potawatomi. It was dropped Wednesday after complaints from the tribe and Democratic legislators, he said.



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