- The Washington Times - Monday, October 20, 2003

Another Arnold voter

California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, often mentioned as a possible Democratic candidate for governor in 2006, says he voted for Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger in this month’s recall election.

“It was the first time I ever voted for a Republican in my life,” Mr. Lockyer said during a speech Saturday at the Institute for Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. “What Arnold Schwarzenegger represented for me was hope, optimism and change, and I want that.”

Mr. Lockyer said he voted against the recall of Gov. Gray Davis, but marked his ballot in favor of the Republican actor, the Associated Press reported. Mr. Davis lost and Mr. Schwarzenegger won, and the actor is set to become governor once the results are declared official, probably next month.

Mr. Lockyer is a liberal Democrat who was elected attorney general in 1998. Before that he spent 25 years in the California Legislature, where he was a frequent opponent of Republican Gov. Pete Wilson, who led Mr. Schwarzenegger’s campaign.

Asked Saturday if he plans to run for governor in three years, when Mr. Schwarzenegger would be up for re-election if he chooses to seek a second term, Mr. Lockyer insisted he has not thought that far ahead.

After his speech, Mr. Lockyer also took a swipe at Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, the only major Democrat who ran as a replacement for Mr. Davis if the governor was recalled.

Asked why he didn’t vote for his fellow Democrat, Mr. Lockyer said, “You know the people in your profession really well. You know who works hard and who doesn’t. Cops know that about cops. Doctors know that about doctors. I know that about politicians.”

Network ban

“Bernie Goldberg is back to spanking the liberal media, and guess what? His network targets still won’t let him inside the door,” Paul Bedard writes in the Washington Whispers column of U.S. News & World Report.

“Even after his first book, ‘Bias,’ proved to be extremely popular, the networks have barred Goldberg and his new book, ‘Arrogance,’ despite his predictions that he’d draw huge audiences. ‘I didn’t think anything trumped ratings,’ he says, ‘but something does — ideology.’ His latest book, due out next month, is more than liberal baiting, though there’s enough Dan Rather bashing to satisfy any dittohead starved by the absence of Rush Limbaugh during his drug dryout,” Mr. Bedard said.

“Goldberg offers a thoughtful 12-step plan to moderate newsrooms. Modeled after the Alcoholics Anonymous plan, his goal is diversity beyond skin color. ‘You’ve gotta diversify thought,’ he begs.

“Is the 28-year CBS vet, now retired, winning the fight? We recently heard a CBS White House correspondent fess that reporters do lean left but are worried more about their reputation than politics. Good enough? ‘No!’ Goldberg tells us. ‘They still have that liberal perspective.’”

Baby face

“In politics, as in romance, looks matter,” Michael Crowley writes in the latest issue of The New Republic.

“Fancying themselves deeper than they are, people like to deny this. But the evidence isn’t very persuasive. So why hasn’t John Edwards, possibly the most heart-throbby man ever to be on a ballot, already been installed in the Oval Office through a popular coup led by packs of giggling young women? Here’s the problem: He looks too young to be president,” Mr. Crowley said.

“If you don’t believe me, consider a scene captured by a C-SPAN camera trailing Edwards in New Hampshire earlier this year. The fair-haired senator bounded eagerly into a small diner to shake hands and, before long, came upon a huge grizzly bear of a man with a cartoonishly bushy white beard. ‘I’m John Edwards,’ he said. Slowly rising from his seat, the man shook Edwards’ hand and then announced in a booming voice, ‘I know. I seen you on television. You don’t look old enough to vote! Jeez, what a young guy!’ Edwards cringed. ‘50!’ he snapped, jabbing his finger at the man. ‘I’m almost 50!’ As he resumed his hand-shaking, the candidate’s winning smile looked more like a wince.

“The episode is a microcosm of the flagging Edwards campaign. No matter how much he talks about his law career, his family, or his economic plan, people see Edwards and think he should be sipping a malt after high school basketball practice.”

PR event

“On Thursday, The Washington Post celebrated a left-wing public-relations event spotlighting former diplomat and antiwar activist Joe Wilson, the center of the CIA-leak ‘scandal,’ with the panegyrical headline: ‘Paying Homage to the Truth and Its Consequences,’” the Media Research Center reports at www.mediaresearch.org.

“The Post never described Wilson or the event’s sponsor, The Nation Institute (part of The Nation magazine) as ‘leftist’ or even ‘liberal,’ even though Wilson wrote in The Nation that Bush’s ‘underlying objective’ in going to war in Iraq ‘is the imposition of a Pax Americana on the region and installation of vassal regimes.’

“In a piece on the front page of the Oct. 16 ‘Style’ section, reporter Reilly Capps passed on that Wilson had won the first Ron Ridenhour Award for Truth-Telling. Wilson appeared with leftist Daniel Ellsberg, the man who released the ‘Pentagon Papers’ on the Vietnam War to the newspapers, who also won a Ridenhour Award for a lifetime of ‘courage.’ Ridenhour inspired the prize name by exposing the My Lai massacre by American soldiers in Vietnam.

“Capps reported the Ridenhour Awards were organized by the Fertel Foundation and ‘The Nation magazine’s foundation, the Nation Institute.’ Capps didn’t call them ‘left-wing,’ ‘progressive,’ or even ‘liberal.’ It also failed to explain to less knowledgeable readers that The Nation’s award to Wilson for standing up for a revealed CIA agent wife is strange, since The Nation has generally been a forum for CIA abolitionists and an enemy of spies, at least those acting on behalf of the U.S. government.”

Kerry’s stimulus plan

Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry offered an education and job stimulation package Saturday that would provide tax credits for anyone who took vocational training or college courses to improve job skills.

“Our economy can turn around, and it will turn around, but we need to put jobs back at the top of the nation’s agenda,” Mr. Kerry said. “For most people, a jobless recovery is just a fancy term for recession.”

The senator from Massachusetts toured a community college job training site in Waterloo, Iowa, as he spelled out what he would do to support job training and education and invest in high-tech industries likely to create jobs. He put no price tag on the idea, the Associated Press reports.

His proposal includes giving $25 billion to the states in each of two years to help avoid soaring college tuitions that have blocked many from higher education and tax credits for college tuitions and vocational training.

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or gpierce@washingtontimes.com.

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