- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 20, 2003

Carol Moseley Braun has fallen down, and she hopes that the women libbers will pick her up.

The National Organization for Women’s political action committee and the National Women’s Political Caucus PAC endorsed Mrs. Braun to ensurethe clan doesn’t get designs on any man. They all — even the real men — know that the type of president this country deserves needs neither a queer eye nor a straight guy to help him pull up his pants or put on his boots.

What Mrs. Braun lacks in brawn she tires to make up in smiles. She and the company she keeps should raise more than a few conservative eyebrows. This week, Mrs. Braun hired former NOW President Patricia Ireland to oversee her presidential bid, to do the squatting and the lifting. “Patricia Ireland and her team bring new energy and excitement to the campaign,” the candidate said in her announcement. “With more than 20 years’ experience in national politics, Patricia Ireland also expands our outreach to activists and organizers, supporters and contributors, all across the country.”

Smart politics, to be sure. Mrs. Braun needs more activists, organizers and supporters, and lots more money.

For her part, Mrs. Ireland said her boss is “the only candidate with experience in the legislative and executive branches, on domestic and foreign affairs.”

No doubt. Experience is good. But it is where Mrs. Braun stands on domestic and foreign affairs that women should question.

Women. Successful presidential candidates can’t run without them. What will the women do in 2004? Will gay moms whose children are stuck in low-achieving and violent schools vote for Carol Moseley Braun, if for no other reason than to legitimize their own political stock? Do conservative moms relate to Carol? Will moms who home-school their children see eye-eye with her education policies? Do moms even know where Carol Moseley Braun stands on educational issues?

Precisely where she stands on key issues is no secret. Her congressional voting record, which I happily brief you on later, speaks volumes — even if you already have heard the candidate herself articulate her positions.

For starters, allow me this: Carol Moseley Braun is a political animal, a mockingbird.

This is not opinion. This is fact.

Of the 18 questions posed by the National Education Association’s query to candidates, Mrs. Braun was in sync with the NEA on all issues, responding that she either supports the NEA’s position or agrees with it. She and her type hope to smile all the way to the 2005 inaugural balls.

First, though, she will have to win over the mothers, wives and Christians — the very people who will likely unite and expose the former federal prosecutor, state lawmaker, senator and diplomat for who she really is.

Carol Moseley Braun is no friend to pro-lifers: She voted in favor of using tax dollars to pay for abortions; against banning partial-birth abortions; and against banning human cloning.

She is no friend to senior citizens: She voted to raise the tax on seniors’ Social Security benefits.

She is no friend to freedom and democracy: She voted against defense spending bills; against anti-terrorism funding; and she co-sponsored legislation to cut intelligence funding.

She is no friend to parents trying to take their children out of dangerous, underperforming public schools: She consistently voted against school choice.

Carol Moseley Braun is a classic lefty. Her politics mimic that old song that says “Spend more government money, and everything will be alright” — a tune that lost favor with Democrats long ago. (Ask the Clintons.)

Of course, even knowing where she stands does not mean that she can be trusted. After the people of Illinois chose not to send her back to Washington, Mrs. Braun was asked whether she would again run for office. “Read my lips,” she said, “Not. Never. Nein. Nyet.”

She is from Chicago, home of the original BCL (Big City Liberals). She and her type have their place. Occasionally, a few of them are sent to Washington, to the Capitol, where more reasonable and mainstream politicians can keep an eye on them.

But the White House? Where she and her type would be in position to appoint mockingbirds throughout the federal government?

Not. Never. Nein. Nyet.


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