- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Sauerbrey’s ‘sin’

“The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected to vote this week on the nomination of Ellen Sauerbrey to be assistant secretary of state for the bureau of population, refugees, and migration,” National Review’s Kate O’Beirne writes at www.nationalreview.com.

“California Democrat Barbara Boxer will reportedly make the case against the former Maryland lawmaker’s confirmation. Sen. Boxer’s argument goes something like this: Ellen Sauerbrey, who is pro-life, reliably represents the policy positions of the administration she has served,” Mrs. O’Beirne said.

“While an orchestrated campaign of hostile editorials dishonestly casts Sauerbrey as a political crony in the tradition of FEMA’s hapless Michael Brown, in truth, she is being blackballed by the feminist left owing to the Bush administration’s position on abortion and its refusal, backed by Congress, to fund abortions through donations to international organizations. Ellen Sauerbrey is far more than a ‘Bush loyalist,’ although as his nominee she would no doubt plead guilty to being loyal to the president’s agenda. And, that’s her sin in the eyes of the monolithic sisterhood.”

Stealth attack

“The feminists have launched a devious attack on the U.S. Armed Services that could have a very detrimental effect on morale, retention and recruitment. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was a college wrestler at Princeton, and now we will see if he is man enough to stand up to the feminists,” Phyllis Schlafly writes at www.eagleforum.org.

“In 2004, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) introduced a bill of over a hundred pages to authorize a high-level Office of the Victim Advocate (OVA) in the Department of Defense; fortunately, it didn’t pass. In 2005, congressional feminists sponsored a four-page version of the same bill, which likewise went nowhere.

“But the feminists are resourceful. They have persuaded Rumsfeld’s Community and Family Policy office to award a contract to Wellesley College Centers for Women to make recommendations about establishing an OVA in the Pentagon.

“The recommendations are wholly predictable — they would be based on Slaughter’s failed legislation. They will call for setting up an OVA in Washington to provide feminists who major in Women’s Studies with tax-funded jobs from which they can pursue worldwide feminist goals in the Armed Services and destroy the career of any man who stands in a woman’s way.”

“A Pentagon Office of the Victim Advocate would soon become an out-of-control agency working to implement feminist beliefs, i.e., men are batterers and women are victims, a woman’s complaint or he-said-she-said allegation must be accepted as valid and acted upon while no presumption of innocence is granted to the man, the definition of domestic violence does not have to be violent or even physical, and the complaining woman must be provided with free legal and ‘victim services’ while the man is on his own to find and hire a lawyer willing to challenge feminist anti-male orthodoxy.”

Reporter defended

Bloomberg News strongly denies that one of its reporters stole a confidential internal document from the House Education and the Workforce Committee, contrary to charges by the committee’s Republican chairman and the ranking Democrat.

Last week, Rep. John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican and the panel’s chairman, and California Rep. George Miller, the ranking Democrat, sent a letter to the Capitol Police, asking for an investigation. They called Bloomberg’s acquisition of the document “a potential criminal incident.” The document supposedly was taken from the committee’s minority office.

“Bloomberg News stands behind the reporter involved in the incident,” said Albert R. Hunt, Bloomberg’s executive editor in Washington. “The reporter was specifically given access to the document by a committee staffer and did nothing wrong. When the committee’s minority staff later asked for return of the document, the reporter did so out of deference to the source’s wishes. Any investigation will unequivocally establish these facts.”

Roll Call, citing “sources familiar with the incident,” identified the reporter as Jay Newton-Small.

The document contains sensitive pension-plan information on hundreds of U.S. companies. Bloomberg has not published any articles based on that data.

Hoekstra’s reply

“The seemingly endless stream of leaks in Washington poses a growing and insidious threat to U.S. national security,” Rep. Peter Hoekstra, Michigan Republican and chairman of the House Intelligence committee, wrote yesterday in USA Today.

“Far from missing the forest for the trees, the clear issue at hand is our ability to conduct the nation’s secret business in secret,” said Mr. Hoekstra, who was offering an “Opposing View” to an editorial expressing outrage that House leaders want an investigation of a leak about secret U.S. prisons overseas holding captured members of al Qaeda.

“The reality is, we are a nation at war,” Mr. Hoekstra said.

Big leads

New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, both Democrats, hold huge leads over potential Republican rivals in their respective races for Senate and governor, according to a poll released yesterday by Siena College’s Research Institute.

The poll found that Mrs. Clinton led Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro by 59 percent to 31 percent in a hypothetical matchup. Several other Republicans are eyeing the GOP Senate nomination.

In the governor’s race, Mr. Spitzer led billionaire businessman B. Thomas Golisano by 58 percent to 26 percent, and former Massachusetts Gov. William F. Weld by 64 percent to 16 percent, the Associated Press reports. Republican Gov. George E. Pataki is not seeking a fourth term.

CBO chief to exit

The top budget analyst for Congress, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, has announced that he will be leaving his post as director of the Congressional Budget Office by year’s end.

Mr. Holtz-Eakin is leaving to lead the Center for Geoeconomic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, a Washington-based think tank.

The CBO is Congress’ official budget scorekeeping office, responsible for providing estimates on the budget to rival those produced by the White House. It also estimates the budgetary impacts of legislation proposed by lawmakers, which gives it a crucial role in the legislative process in Washington.

Mr. Holtz-Eakin came to the CBO in February 2003 from the White House, where he was the chief economist for the Council of Economic Advisers. Mr. Holtz-Eakin won praise from lawmakers in both parties for his evenhandedness at the helm of the agency, the Associated Press reports.

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

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