- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 30, 2005


Osama bin Laden says his own role is to tell Muslims what is good for them and what is not. And what this man who grew up in wealth and privilege considers good for poor Muslims is that they become killers and suicide bombers. He assures them that this is the road to paradise — though he never offers to go along for the ride.”

President Bush, speaking in recent days of the elusive terrorist mastermind.

Start bailing

So, Pat Buchanan, TV commentator and editor emeritus of the American Conservative magazine, tell us how you really feel about President Bush’s performance of late?

“George W. Bush is in big trouble, and so are we,” Mr. Buchanan warns his readers, describing this president as “the fortunate son who is beyond his depth in an office he would not have won had it not been for his name, connections and a friendly Supreme Court.”

“Yes,” he concludes, “we are all in this boat together, and it is taking on water.”

Pie judge

This past week was a busy one for conservative pundit Ann Coulter. First, she was given the gift of a Harriet Miers withdrawal as Supreme Court nominee, to which she responded in R-rated fashion in a statement read at the American Spectator’s annual Washington Club Dinner.

That same day she was presented with the first American Compass Conservative Book Award for her recent bestseller, “How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must).” During a ceremony at the book club’s offices in New York, Editor in Chief Brad Miner recognized Miss Coulter as “an iconic American woman who writes what she writes because she cares so much about America and Americans.”

The inaugural award, selected by the nearly 60,000 members of American Compass, included an honorarium for $5,000. In Miss Coulter’s acceptance, she noted that she was not accustomed to being before an audience that didn’t include at least one pie-thrower.

Rear of the bus

Suffice it to say, Helen Thomas, the former longtime White House correspondent for United Press International who now pens an opinion column for King Features Syndicate, is no fan of President Bush.

Not surprising, therefore, that that the one-time dean of the White House press corps, who celebrated her 85th birthday in August, has fallen out of favor with the White House.

Certainly, Mr. Bush wasn’t pleased when Miss Thomas stood before one audience and called him “the worst president in all of American history.” More recently, she opined that the president singlehandedly had made America “the most despised nation in the world.”

And let’s not stop there.

“The day I say Dick Cheney is going to run for president, I’ll kill myself. All we need is one more liar,” she was quoted as saying in the Hill newspaper this past July. (She later blasted the publication for repeating her comments.)

This past Friday, to be replayed this week on HBO and HBO-2, Miss Thomas was a guest of Bill Maher on “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

“They put you to the back of the bus now, didn’t they?” Mr. Maher noted. “You used to sit in the front row [of the White House briefing room].”

“I still sit in the front row for the briefings, but not the press conference,” replied the columnist.

“Why is that?” asked Mr. Maher.

“Because they don’t like me,” she said.

Happy Halloween

Dana Blanton, director of public-opinion research for Fox News, takes a much-needed break from politics and turmoil to present some intriguing findings about America’s spiritual beliefs.

Americans who believe in:

God — 91 percent

Heaven — 87 percent

Miracles — 84 per- cent

Angels — 79 percent

Hell — 74 percent

The devil — 67 percent

Astrology — 37 percent

Ghosts — 34 percent

Reincarnation — 27 percent

Witches — 24 percent

Vampires — 4 percent

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

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