- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Pat pines for Teddy

Pat Buchanan has called for the impeachment of President Bush. Well, sort of.

In a column written for Creators Syndicate yesterday, Mr. Buchanan noted that White House immigration policy had “created a hell on our Southern border,” adding “A president like Teddy Roosevelt would have led the Army to the border years ago.”

Mr. Buchanan demanded to know: “What are these Bush Republicans afraid of? Dirty looks from the help at the country club?”

But here is the very meat of the matter.

“Twice, George Bush has taken an oath to ‘preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.’ Article IV, Section 4 of that Constitution reads, ‘The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against invasion.’” Mr. Buchanan wrote.

“Well, we are being invaded, and the president of the United States is not doing his duty to protect the states against that invasion. Some courageous Republican, to get the attention of this White House, should drop into the hopper a bill of impeachment, charging George W. Bush with a conscious refusal to uphold his oath and defend the states of the Union against ‘invasion.’”

“It may be the only way left to get his attention, before the border vanishes and our beloved country dissolves into MexAmerica, what T.R. called a ‘polyglot boarding house for the world.’” Mr. Buchanan concluded.

Time to go home

So much for all the hoopla down in Crawford, Texas.

Cindy Sheehan’s anti-Bush vigil “has failed to mobilize large numbers of Americans against the war. If anything, her opposition has done as much to drive up support for the war as ignite opponents,” a Washington Post/ABC News survey found yesterday.

“Eight in 10 Americans — including overwhelming majorities of Democrats, Republicans and political independents — say Sheehan’s protest has had no impact on their attitudes toward Iraq. While one in 10 say she has made them less likely to support the war, the same proportion say she has made them more likely to back the conflict,” the Post noted.

The 1,006 adults were polled from Aug. 25 through 28, and the survey has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

Cindy’s real deal

Wait a minute. No veggie burgers or hydrogen-powered hybrids? Hey, was this a Republican rally? Here’s an on-site description of the Cindy Sheehan’s anti-war protest from the Austin-American Statesman.

Joan Baez arrived in a black Lincoln Navigator. Singer-songwriter James McMurtry and a day’s worth of speakers and musicians were also on hand. The activists ate donated food — organic, free-range chickens, buffalo fajitas, barbecue.”

Claire on the run

Everyone can rest easy now. Missouri Democrats want to send Mrs. Smith to Washington. Or Mrs. McCaskill, anyway.

Standing in front of her family’s old feed mill in rural Missouri, state Auditor Claire McCaskill declared her candidacy for Senate in order to bring “common sense and some kind of sanity to Washington, D.C.,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported yesterday.

Mrs. McCaskill, a Democrat, claims incumbent Republican Sen. Jim Talent is tied to lobbyists, oil companies and Beltway insiders, noting, “Washington has lost it.”

But Republicans suspect Mrs. McCaskill lacks viable experience and is running simply because she narrowly lost her bid for governor last fall to Republican Gov. Matt Blunt.

But she argues that her ingenue status is an asset.

“I think it is a very good thing that I don’t have experience in Washington. I will come with independence and a fresh perspective,” Mrs. McCaskill said, adding, “I think we’ve had all the Washington experience we can handle.”

Mormon factor

As Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney mulls a race for president in 2008, his strategists expect their family-values candidate — who opposes homosexual “marriage,” abortion and some forms of embryonic stem-cell research — to find support among religious conservatives.

But Mr. Romney’s Mormon religion could be “an obstacle for others among this same group, who make up a large and vocal segment of Republican primary voters,” the Boston Globe noted yesterday.

“It would be extraordinarily hard for mainline denomination people in the South to openly and strongly politick or be involved in a Mormon’s run for office,” Bobby Welch, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, told the Globe.

“Scholars say Protestant evangelicals who form the base of the Republican Party have more profound theological conflicts with the Mormon Church,” the paper stated. “A Romney run for president would test the unity of a Christian right voting bloc that for the past five years has demonstrated remarkable solidarity on issues,” the paper noted.

“In a Romney race for president, where Christian evangelicals see in the Massachusetts governor a like-minded leader on moral questions, some evangelical leaders say the issue may come down to a basic political question: Who’s the competition?”

“If he were running against Bill Frist or George Allen — if [evangelical voters] have a choice between a social conservative who is an evangelical or a social conservative who is a Mormon — most are going to choose a social conservative who is an evangelical,” Richard Land, a Southern Baptist Convention spokesman, told the Globe.

“But if Mitt Romney were running against Rudy Giuliani,” Mr. Land added, “He’d probably get a lot more votes than Rudy.”

It’s all in the cards

The grass is not necessarily greener in the Golden State — but it doesn’t pose as big a risk these days for some folks.

The California Highway Patrol has stopped confiscating all medicinal marijuana during traffic stops. The policy change was a victory for medicinal-marijuana advocates, namely the Oakland-based Americans for Safe Access, which sued both the highway patrol and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger earlier this year to have the practice stopped.

Even though the state legalized medicinal use of marijuana in 1996, holders of locally issued identification cards allowing them to possess the drug in their own jurisdictions have faced arrest traveling elsewhere.

Now they can have as much as 8 ounces, provided they have a certified user-identification card or written approval from a physician. Some local jurisdiction issue their own cards. In the meantime, San Francisco alone has 8,000 card-carrying cannabis users.

Highway patrol spokesman Lt. Joe Whiteford told the Associated Press yesterday that officers now “have got their marching orders.”

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

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