- The Washington Times - Monday, February 28, 2005

Cultural moment

Believe it or not, pro-life Senate conservatives are lauding the United Nations.

Earlier this month, the main U.N. legal committee passed a resolution calling on member states “to prohibit all forms of human cloning, inasmuch as they are incompatible with human dignity and the protection of human life.”

According to the Culture and Cosmos column of the Culture of Life Foundation & Institute, “conservative political leaders and some insiders see it as a positive step in the ongoing efforts to pass a comprehensive ban on cloning in the U.S.”

Sen. Sam Brownback, Kansas Republican, said he was “extremely encouraged that the international community has made such a strong statement … in support of protecting innocent human life and human dignity.”

This spring, he plans to bring up legislation to ban cloning, which has twice passed the House, but failed in the Senate.

Added Sen. Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania Republican: “I am pleased that a U.N. committee recently recognized the dignity of human life and recommended that member states enact a comprehensive ban on human cloning.”

Cultural moment, Part 2

The United Nations brings out partisan emotions, leaving Republicans glum and Democrats upbeat, according to a new Gallup poll released Friday.

Only 22 percent of Republicans polled, in fact, said the United Nations was doing a good job, compared with 48 percent of Democrats.

Another 25 percent of the Republican Party gave the organization a “favorable” rating; the figure stood at 60 percent among Democrats.

Only a slight majority of Republicans (52 percent) say the United Nations plays a necessary role in world affairs, compared with 74 percent of Democrats. The poll sample of 1,008 adults was conducted Feb. 7-10.

‘At least as good’

Former President Bill Clinton is going to stand by his, uh, woman. Should Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, throw her pashmina into the ring and run for president, Bill will be there for her.

“I don’t know if she’ll run or not,” he told Japan’s TV Asahi yesterday, interviewed in the middle of a last-minute book tour through Asia to promote “My Life,” his 2004 memoirs.

“She would make an excellent president, and I would always try to help her,” Mr. Clinton said. “If she did run, and she was able to win, she’d make a very, very good president. I think now she’s at least as good as I was.”

Breaking China

Hmmm. Seems like old times?

Former President Bill Clinton arrived in Taiwan yesterday on yet another leg of his memoir tour, despite Beijing’s clear warning that his visit could violate Washington’s “one China” policy toward the island.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan noted last week that Mr. Clinton, as former president, should be familiar with “China’s solemn position on the Taiwan question.”

Nevertheless, Mr. Clinton’s arrival in Taiwan was greeted with “just short of a 21-gun salute,” according to local press accounts. The former president gave a speech, then dined with Taiwanese leader Chen Shui-bian.

“Many Taiwanese are fond of [Mr.] Clinton, who visited this island four times as Arkansas state governor before he was elected U.S. president in 1992,” the Associated Press noted yesterday.

Bad Vladdy

Russia’s leader is a naughty boy indeed, says Sen. John McCain.

Vladimir Putin seems to me to be acting somewhat like a spoiled child,” the Arizona Republican told host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” yesterday.

“He tried to interfere in the elections in Ukraine, much in a very embarrassing fashion. He throws people in jail. He now is repressing the press. He is now appointing governors of all the provinces in Russia. Every step he takes seems to be headed toward a restoration of the old Russian Empire. And this is not good,” Mr. McCain said.

“The United States and our European allies, I think, should start out by saying, ‘Vladimir, you’re not welcome at the next [Group of Eight] conference,’ at least to start with. That has some symbology associated about it,” Mr. McCain suggested.

He later added, “I’m very worried about the Russian behavior. And we should be worried about this latest deal between Russia and Iran, because Iran does not need nuclear power, and obviously, this is a regime which became much more oppressive and repressive over the last couple of years.”


George W. Bush’s Scottish terrier, Barney, is a constant presence on TV,” the Russian news service Pravda noted yesterday.

“It is worth mentioning that President Bill Clinton was a fan of Labradors, like Vladimir Putin. Clinton’s Labrador, Buddy, did not star in any films, though,” Pravda continued.

And while Mr. Putin does indeed own “Koni,” a Lab, it’s Mrs. Putin’s poodle, “Toysa,” who really rules the Kremlin.

“I have been taking care of Lyudmila Putin’s little dog for quite a long time. One trimming costs 150 euros,” noted Aurika, a “dog hairdresser,” according to Pravda.

“Poodles are becoming fashionable again. … The Labrador was one of the most fashionable dogs in Russia for a long time. The trend started in 2000, but it is fading now. That was the time when everyone wanted to buy a ‘real man’s dog.’ The Labrador became a politically important breed, too,” the dog groomer said.

Biden his time

“One way or another, chatty Joe Biden gets himself noticed,” observed the Delaware News Journal’s Al Mascitti yesterday.

“Delaware Sen. Joe Biden’s trip to California was an excellent adventure. … It seems like only yesterday that Biden was making his decision not to run for the 2004 [Democratic presidential] nomination,” he continued.

The Democrat “hasn’t slowed down much since.”

“The 32-year senator has been a fixture on the Washington-New York gabfest circuit, critiquing the administration’s performance in Iraq from positions on both the left and right. That sort of compromise position often comes across as waffling, but Biden doesn’t seem to care,” Mr. Mascitti wrote.

“Potentially unpopular views aside, Biden has many reasons to avoid the effort of a campaign in 2008, from the looming shadow of Hillary Clinton to the fact that his own seat is up for election that year.

“Meanwhile, if Biden says he’s thinking about running for president, his remarks get noticed. If he doesn’t, his sentiments reach only insomniacs who substitute C-SPAN for Ambien,” Mr. Mascitti concluded.

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

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