- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 21, 2006

Hateful heritage

Now that he’s not running for office and has some time on his hands, John Edwards is all full of himself. In a cozy session with former Clinton adviser George Stephanopoulos yesterday, the former Democratic candidate for vice president and U.S. senator from North Carolina agreed that President Bush was “the worst president of our lifetime.”

With Mr. Stephanopoulos supplying the cues on his ABC show “This Week,” Mr. Edwards also averred that the president was “worse than Richard Nixon,” later accusing Mr. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney of “dividing the country and taking advantage of it.”

“What they’re not good at is governing, and it shows every single day in this administration. And the country is paying a huge price for that.”

Rest assured that the Republican National Committee (RNC) has got Mr. Edwards figured, though. This aggression is part of a grand tradition, it said in its response.

“John Edwards is faithfully carrying on the legacy of anger and vitriol exhibited by failed Democrat presidential candidates. His divisive and pessimistic rhetoric may appeal to the far left, but it’s also further proof that leaving Washington D.C. does not disconnect a Democrat from his party’s agenda,” observed RNC press secretary Tracey Schmitt.

Yankee go home

“If Arnold Schwarzenegger had migrated to Mexico instead of the United States, he couldn’t be a governor. If Argentina native Sergio Villanueva, firefighter hero of the [September] 11 attacks, had moved to Tecate instead of New York, he wouldn’t have been allowed on the force,” noted Mark Stevenson of the Associated Press yesterday.

“Even as Mexico presses the United States to grant unrestricted citizenship to millions of undocumented Mexican migrants, its officials at times calling U.S. policies ‘xenophobic,’ Mexico places daunting limitations on anyone born outside its territory. In the United States, only two posts — the presidency and vice presidency — are reserved for the native born. In Mexico, [nonnatives] are banned from those and thousands of other jobs, even if they are legal, naturalized citizens.”

“Foreign-born Mexicans can’t hold seats in either house of the Congress. They’re also banned from state legislatures, the Supreme Court and all governorships … And Mexico’s Constitution reserves almost all federal posts, and any position in the military and merchant marine, for ‘native-born Mexicans.’ Recently, the Mexican government has gone even further. Since at least 2003, it has encouraged cities to ban [nonnatives] from such local jobs as firefighters, police and judges.”

Mexico has about 105 million residents and naturalizes about 3,000 people per year, the AP reported. Ironies abound. According to a San Francisco Chronicle article yesterday, about 10 percent of Mexico’s citizens are estimated to be living in the United States, and about 15 percent of Mexico’s labor force is working in the United States.

“If American policy-makers are looking for legal models on which to base new laws restricting immigration and expelling foreign lawbreakers, they have a handy guide: the Mexican Constitution,” wrote J. Michael Waller, information vice president for the Center for Security Policy in Washington, in a recent article on immigration called “Mexico’s Glass House,” which was cited in the AP article.

Gore’s inaccuracies

“An Inconvenient Truth,” Al Gore’s apocalyptic global-warming movie, is due in theaters this week. But the science behind his claims is “fatally flawed,” according to a new analysis by the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA).

“The complexity of the climate and the limitations of data and computer models mean all projections of future climate change are unreliable at best,” said study author David R. Legates, director of the University of Delaware’s Center for Climatic Research. “Science does not support claims of drastic increases in global temperatures, nor claims of human influence on weather events or extinctions.”

Activists relish blaming hurricanes, droughts, tornados and heat waves to global warming caused by humans — most of them Republicans, it seems. All the bad weather, though, is part of a natural cycle, according to the study. Global warming is also not responsible for the “bleaching” of coral reefs or decreasing polar bear populations.

“These over-hyped claims of extinction are the ‘Coca-Cola-lization’ of science,” concluded NCPA fellow H. Sterling Burnett. “If you want to sell a product, or a cause, just tie it to a cute, cuddly animal. Snails, snakes and spiders withering in the sun just don’t pack the same emotional punch as a cuddly, furry polar bear slipping beneath the melting ice.”

The Maines event

Is it arrogance, rudeness or pathetic naivete?

“I apologized for disrespecting the office of the President. But I don’t feel that way anymore. I don’t feel he is owed any respect whatsoever,” Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines tells Time magazine for the issue that hits newsstands today.

In the group’s Bush-bashing claim to fame, Miss Maines told a London audience only days before the war in Iraq began: “Just so you know, we’re ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas.”

Of course, all this cheeky stuff has much to do with the fact the group has a new album due out tomorrow. The magazine deems it a “ticket to the pop-culture glue factory.”

But the group seems convinced they are invulnerable.

“I’d rather have a smaller following of real cool people who get it, who will grow with us as we grow, and are fans for life, than people that have us in their five-disc changer with Reba McEntire and Toby Keith. We don’t want those kind of fans. They limit what you can do,” said band member Martie Maguire.

Mighty Quin

The mainstream news media may think it has cornered the White House, but the American Spectator’s Quin Hillyer has spotted a series of promising events at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

“First, Josh Bolten seems, so far, to ‘get it’ when it comes to assessing the administration’s problems. His first personnel moves — Rob Portman for the Office of Management and Budget, Tony Snow as press secretary — were brilliant, and the early word is that he wants an administration less arrogant and more open,” Mr. Hillyer writes in an online column.

He praises Mr. Snow himself as an effective foil against the “hostile and often petulant” press corps, and Karl Rove for delivering an “engaging” speech at the American Enterprise Institute last week.

“Fourth, the economy is indeed incredibly strong. Unemployment, inflation and interest rates are low, and just about everything good is up. And gas prices, especially in the fall, will eventually come down, at least a little,” Mr. Hillyer continued.

Mr. Hillyer also predicts a fight over judges and notes, “When the subject is judges, conservatives win.”

“Eighth, the Democrats are prone to self-destruction,” he said, deeming Dems “captive to the left-wing special-interest groups, overly shrill and angry, and hopelessly out of touch with middle America.”

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

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