- The Washington Times - Monday, June 21, 2004

Dating practices

“My momma always said to me, ‘Tell me who you go with, and I’ll tell you who you are.’”

—Democratic strategist James Carville, explaining why he is proud to “go with” Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota, whose opponent for re-election — former Republican Rep. John Thune — has received some heavyweight support of late from Vice President Dick Cheney and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee.

Sensitive sort

Editors at the Weekly Standard in Washington were amused by a phone call they received from liberal activist and Air America radio host Al Franken, relaying that he objected to the magazine’s suggestion that he was “gushing” over a recent conversation he’d had with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat.

“I don’t think I gushed,” Mr. Franken said for the record.

Farewell feature

Because of overwhelming demand from the public, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Foundation is rushing to produce an official compact disc and digital video disc relating to the funeral and burial of former President Ronald Reagan.

Both the CD and DVD will be produced in conjunction with family friend Merv Griffin. The target date for release is July 1.

Coin controversy

Democrats are calling on Americans of all political stripes who cherish the memories of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John Fitzgerald Kennedy to let it be known that they do not want the images of the two American presidents removed from the dime or half-dollar as a tribute to former President Ronald Reagan.

Democrats for America’s Future (DAF) is asking the public to issue complaints to four key senators — Republicans Sam Brownback of Kansas, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and Ted Stevens of Alaska — and U.S. Mint Director Henrietta Holsman Fore.

The four senators were appointed by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee to report back by mid-July on specific recommendations for a Reagan commemoration.

Calling Roosevelt and Kennedy two of the most revered Democrats of the 20th century, DAF executive director Jennifer Petty says: “It simply isn’t necessary to trash the memories of FDR and JFK to honor Ronald Reagan.”

Besides Democrats, she says, “no serious Republican or independent who cares about American history can stand by idly and watch this unwarranted and vicious attack on these bona fide American heroes.”

Not buying it

No, I’m not buying Bill Clinton‘s book

And I won’t even give it a look —

Had enough of that hound

The first time around

And have nothing to learn from a crook.

—F.R. Duplantier

Rabid fuhrer

A newly declassified document, among hundreds of thousands of pages of FBI, CIA and Army intelligence records, provides the first primary evidence surrounding a bizarre impromptu “tea party” hosted by an enraged Adolf Hitler.

According to the Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records Working Group in Washington, the tea party took place at Hitler’s field headquarters on the heels of an attempted assassination of the fuehrer on July 20, 1944.

The intelligence document quotes SS Col. Eugen Dollmann, a liaison officer to Benito Mussolini’s Italian fascist republic, as saying one year after the party:

“The fuehrer leaped up in a fit of frenzy, with foam on his lips, and yelled out that he would be revenged on all traitors, that providence had just shown him once more that he had been chosen to make world history, and shouted about terrible punishments for women and children, all of them would have to be put inside concentration camps. He shouted about an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth for everyone who dared set himself against divine providence.”

Mr. Dollmann acknowledged: “I thought to myself [Hitler] must be mad. I don’t know why I didn’t go over to the allies there and then.”

• John McCaslin, whose column is nationally syndicated, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin@washingtontimes.com.

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