- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 11, 2003

Gore’s influence

The presidential campaign of Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat, says that donations have soared in the wake of former Vice President Al Gore’s endorsement of Howard Dean, widely seen as a slap in the face to Mr. Gore’s 2000 presidential running mate.

Lieberman staffers said the campaign received 17 times as many contributions online Wednesday, the day after Mr. Gore’s surprise endorsement, than on a typical day, Agence France-Presse reports.

“They feel that the way it was handled was not appropriate,” said Adam Kovacevich, deputy press secretary for the campaign.

While they declined to release dollar figures, workers said Wednesday was the fourth-largest day of online fund raising for the Lieberman campaign in terms of the number of contributions.

O’Connor’s journey

“Justice Sandra Day O’Connor more or less completed her ideological journey toward judicial activism [Wednesday] when she cast the deciding vote upholding the McCain-Feingold restrictions on campaign speech,” John Fund writes at the Wall Street Journal’s OpinionJournal.com.

“Proponents of judicial restraint who were leery of her when Ronald Reagan appointed her in 1981 acknowledge that even they didn’t expect her to come under the sway of elite opinion as much as she has,” Mr. Fund said.

“The court’s decision in McConnell v. Federal Election Commission is a body blow to the protection of political speech, which the Founding Fathers thought so important that they wrote the First Amendment explicitly to make clear that Congress ‘shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.’ You wouldn’t think they could be more clear. But by a 5-4 majority the Supreme Court upheld McCain-Feingold’s restrictions on ‘electioneering communications,’ or ads that run close to an election and mention a particular candidate.”

Mr. Fund noted “the extent to which Justice O’Connor now routinely provides the necessary fifth vote to advance an agenda viewed favorably by judicial activists. Over a decade ago she joined with David Souter and Anthony Kennedy, two other Republican appointees, to uphold the constitutionality of that Magna Carta of judicial activism: Roe v. Wade.

“This year she followed that up by joining a liberal majority that struck down state bans on homosexual behavior by using broad sociological language that would have made even members of the Warren Court squirm. And, of course, Ms. O’Connor wrote the court’s opinion this year upholding the use of race in university admissions in the University of Michigan case.”

Jimmy zings Zell

Former President Jimmy Carter says the appointment of Georgia’s Zell Miller to the Senate was a mistake because his fellow ex-governor “betrayed all the basic principles that I thought he and I and others shared.”

The comments, which Mr. Carter made Wednesday on the radio program “Fox News Live with Alan Colmes,” are the latest in a string of attacks by prominent Democrats on the maverick senator who has endorsed President Bush’s re-election and penned a new book arguing that his party is out of touch with the South, the Associated Press reports.

When Mr. Colmes asked Mr. Carter about Mr. Miller, the former president first said, “I would rather not even comment about Zell Miller on the radio,” then proceeded to call the appointment “one of the worst mistakes” Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes had made in his final four years in office.

Mr. Barnes tapped Mr. Miller in 2000 to fill the vacancy left by the death of Republican Sen. Paul Coverdell.

Dean’s ‘theory’

“The world is full of interesting theories,” Hugh Hewitt writes at the Weekly Standard’s Web site (www.weeklystandard.com).

“There’s the theory that FDR was warned of the attack on Pearl Harbor, but allowed it to happen in order to enrage America and bring us fully into World War II.

“There’s the theory that LBJ had JFK knocked off on the orders of Texas oilmen.

“There’s the Raelians’ theory that ancient space travelers planted people on Earth; and there are the very interesting theories contained in ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ along with the theory that the Bilderberger Group is secretly running the world.

“And there is the theory that President Bush is suppressing evidence in the investigation of the September 11 attacks because ‘he was warned ahead of time by the Saudis.’

“Of all these ‘interesting theories,’ however, only one — the last one — has been uttered by the leading candidate for the Democratic nomination,” Mr. Hewitt said.

“Howard Dean trafficked in this outrageous charge in an interview with NPR’s Diane Rehm on Dec. 1. Dean went on to say that it was ‘only a theory,’ and backed even farther away in an interview with Fox’s Chris Wallace on December 7, but with the exception of a column by Charles Krauthammer, a scolding by Howard Kurtz on my radio show, and a handful of other pinpricks, the national media has allowed Dean to skip away from this walk on the paranoid side.”

Breathtaking ad

“John Kerry put an ad on the air that sort of knocked my socks off,” Jay Nordlinger writes in his Impromptus column for National Review Online (www.nationalreview.com).

“It reads, in part, ‘Kerry will make energy independence a national priority so no American will have to fight for Mideast oil.’ That is a breathtaking statement, with its implication that American boys are being made to shed their blood for oil — a stock charge of the lunatic Left,” Mr. Nordlinger said.

He added: “I sometimes feel guilty for thinking that the Democratic Party has gone nuts. But it’s hard to ignore the evidence.”

Upcoming book

Longtime Republican strategist Craig Shirley has signed a contract with WND Books to write the definitive history of Ronald Reagan’s dramatic bid to capture the Republican presidential nomination and oust a sitting president of his own party, Gerald Ford, in 1976.

The book will be called “Reagan’s Revolution: The Untold Story of the Campaign That Started It All.”

“No book to date has gone into the detail of this campaign that really launched the conservative movement into its current-day form,” said David Dunham, publisher of WND Books.

Mr. Shirley, president of Shirley and Bannister Public Affairs, a Washington-area public affairs firm, said: ” ‘Reagan’s Revolution’ will show how Reagan changed the Republican Party from being a junior varsity version of the Democratic Party into its own, ideologically based national movement. The world would be a far different place today without the 1976 Reagan for President Campaign.”

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or [email protected].

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