- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 12, 2004

By the numbers

A few telling tidbits from a new Winston Group poll of 1,000 registered voters conducted July 20-21 and released yesterday:

Sixty-six percent believe Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry is a liberal, 58 percent believe “Iraq could not be ignored,” 57 percent believe “Hollywood has gone too far” in attacking President Bush.

In a general election matchup, 49 percent favored Mr. Bush and 47 percent Mr. Kerry.

Of the group surveyed, 36 percent were Democrats, 34 percent Republican and 29 percent were independents.

Flip-flop flap

Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry is living up to his reputation as a flip-flopper, according to Human Events yesterday.

“Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry has waffled again, this time on his own recollections of a supposed mission to Cambodia on Christmas of 1968,” an editorial noted, citing a Kerry speech from the Senate, made in 1986.

“I remember Christmas of 1968 sitting on a gunboat in Cambodia. I remember what is was like to be shot at by Vietnamese and Khmer Rouge and Cambodians, and have the President of the United States telling the American people that I was not there; the troops were not in Cambodia. I have that memory which is seared — seared — in me,” Mr. Kerry had said.

Mr. Kerry made other references to his Christmas in Cambodia in a 1979 letter to the Boston Herald.

But Kerry campaign adviser Jeh Johnson was on mop-up detail yesterday on Fox News, noting that Mr. Kerry had amended his story yet another time:

“He has corrected the record to say it was some place near Cambodia, he is not certain whether it was in Cambodia but he is certain there was some point subsequent to that he was in Cambodia.”

Kerry, Part Deux

“The misnamed and misguided Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is as unconstitutional and unnecessary as it is mean-spirited and malicious,” Sen. John Kerry wrote in a Sept. 3, 1996, column in the Advocate.

The Democratic presidential nominee, who now says he opposes same-sex “marriage,” in 1996 called the law banning federal recognition of such unions “legislative gay bashing.”

“Echoing the ignorance and bigotry that peppered the discussion of interracial marriage a generation ago, the proponents of DOMA call for a caste system for marriage,” Mr. Kerry wrote in the Advocate, a national magazine devoted to homosexual issues.

Mr. Kerry said supporters of DOMA were motivated by “hatred and bigotry,” but the measure passed both houses of Congress by overwhelming margins in 1996. On July 12 that year, the House passed the bill 342-67, while the Senate approved the act 85-14 on Sept. 10, and on Sept. 21, President Clinton signed it into law.

In his Advocate column, Mr. Kerry cast himself as a leading proponent of homosexual rights: “When the Senate debated the outrageous ban on gays in the military, I knew firsthand from my tours of duty in Vietnam the bravery and distinction with which gay soldiers served their country. … When I first came to the Senate in 1985 as part of a new generation of young Democrats, I authored the federal gay and lesbian civil rights bill.”

Point and click

It could be enough to send Teresa Heinz Kerry into the dreaded “shove it” mode again.

On Tuesday, three Florida lawmakers charged that one of her foundations made an $8 million endowment which financed the initial linkup of Cuba’s Internet. The accusations were made by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart and his brother Lincoln Diaz-Balart — all Republicans.

The Heinz Endowments said the money went to two projects in Pennsylvania instead, the Miami Herald reported yesterday.

Hialeah, Fla., Mayor Raul Martinez — who supports Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry — denounced the accusation.

“This is incredible that the Bush campaign has stooped so low and talked these three Cuban congressional members into telling straight out lies,” Mr. Martinez said yesterday.

The link between Mrs. Kerry and the Cubans was dissected weeks ago by the Canada Free Press, however, which labeled the brewing hubbub “Tessie’s Cuba Libre.”

The July 19 account stated that Mrs. Kerry “had linked the Communist country up to the World Internet” using two Canadian communication companies which count among their clients “17 United Nations offices, 40,000 activists, some of the radical stripe and a legion of non-government organizations in more than 133 countries.”

Obama over Keyes

Democrat Barack Obama leads Republican candidate Alan Keyes 67 to 28 percent, according to the first poll of their Illinois U.S. Senate race, conducted by CBS2/SurveyUSA last weekend — before Mr. Keyes accepted the Republican nomination.

The poll found Mr. Obama leading Mr. Keyes 62 percent to 34 percent in the GOP heavy areas outside Chicago, and 56 percent to 38 percent downstate.

In Chicago proper, the poll found 79 percent support for Mr. Obama to 16 percent for Mr. Keyes, who only just signed a lease for an apartment in suburban Calumet City to establish his Illinois residency.

Black voters favored Mr. Obama 89 percent to 10 percent; white voters favored him 62 percent to 32 percent. Among women, it was 74 percent for Mr. Obama, 21 percent for Mr. Keyes.

Mr. Keyes replaced GOP nominee Jack Ryan on Sunday, who withdrew from the race.

Keyes, Part Deux

Folks in Illinois are weighing out the equities of Republican candidate Alan Keyes’ campaign, according to the Illinois Leader, an online conservative political newsletter.

“There are those who will say that Dr. Alan Keyes is a carpetbagger and compare him to Hillary Clinton’s run for Senate in New York state,” wrote one man to the Chicago-based publication.

“Three things about that,” he observed.

“1. Dr. Keyes is being invited to run, he’s not busting down the door like Hillary did.

“2. Dr. Keyes ran on an Illinois ballot in 2000 for president. It’s not like he’s never run for office in Illinois.

“And 3. Need I remind you, carpetbagger or not, Hillary won?”

Rock on

Among the entertainment acts to be featured at the Republican National Convention in New York: Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and his band Capitol Offense.

Specializing in classic rock, Motown, blues and country, the five-man group will perform at the Republican Governors Association meeting — right at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge — from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 1, Mr. Huckabee announced yesterday.

The governor plays the electric bass — a Gibson Tobias, to be exact.

But another governor has the emcee duties: New York Gov. George E. Pataki will host the concert.

Contact Jennifer Harper at jharper@washingtontimes.com or 202/636-3085.

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