- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Dads and daughters

A celebration of dads and daughters brought Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, baseball legend Cal Ripken, NASCAR veteran Darrell Waltrip, and former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan together this past weekend.

The highlight: to raise a toast to Karyn McLaughlin Frist, wife of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who has just published a heart-warming volume of father-daughter memories, “Love You, Daddy Boy.”

An unique title, yes, although that’s exactly how Mrs. Frist’s father signed letters he sent to his daughter while she attended college.

“Mrs. Frist happened to be at the White House one day when the president was introducing Condi Rice, and he remarked how proud [Miss Rice’s] father would be of her accomplishments. Mrs. Frist teared up,” recalls Carolyn Weyforth, Mr. Frist’s press secretary.

“On another occasion, Mrs. Frist was at the White House when she noticed [an impatient] president keep looking down at his watch,” she continues, “and then his daughter Jenna suddenly came into the room and she saw how the president just melted.”

At that point, Miss Weyforth tells Inside the Beltway, Mrs. Frist decided to compile chapters of close and loving relationships between fathers and daughters. In doing so, she invited more than five-dozen well-known women, mostly Americans, to submit their own fond memories — or, as the subtitle reads, “Daughters Honor the Fathers they Love.”

Among the contributors are Miss Rice, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (who while very close to her Republican father recalls spirited debate with him about politics), Rosanne Cash, and Barbara Hoffa Crancer, daughter of Teamster Leader Jimmy Hoffa.

Man vs. media

A Republican senator says “fascinating events” have unfolded since early last week, when he went onto the Senate floor and sharply critiqued former Vice President Al Gore’s new movie, “An Inconvenient Truth” — labeling it “one of the slickest science propaganda films of all time.”

“[I]t seems my speech struck a nerve with the mainstream media,” said Oklahoma Sen. James M. Inhofe, chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, who was “almost at a loss as to how to begin to address the series of errors, misleading science and unfounded speculation that appear in the former vice president’s film.”

Still, he tried — for 50 minutes — starting with a quote from Richard Lindzen, a meteorologist with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who opined that “Mr. Gore’s approach is to ignore the fact that the earth and its climate are dynamic; they are always changing even without any external forcing. To treat all change as something to fear is bad enough; to do so in order to exploit that fear is much worse.”

By week’s end, several news media, including ABC News, set out to disprove Mr. Inhofe’s arguments, and he found himself back on the Senate floor — on the same day CNN ran a segment “criticizing my speech on global warming and attempted to refute the scientific evidence I presented to counter climate fears.”

He singled out CNN anchor Miles OBrien as the hatchet man, saying the TV newsman “falsely claimed that I was all ‘alone on Capitol Hill’ when it comes to questioning global warming.”

Furthermore, “O’Brien said my claim that the Antarctic was actually cooling and gaining ice was incorrect. But both the journals Science and Nature have published studies recently finding — on balance — Antarctica is both cooling and gaining ice.”

So who’s correct?

In the sprit of debate, Mr. Inhofe will go head-to-head with Mr. O’Brien this morning at 8:40 on CNN, according to Marc Morano, the majority communications director with the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), who invites Internet users to follow all the global warming developments at www.epw.senate.gov.

Care to choose?

America’s policy options, as presented by the Cato Institute, with regard to Iran’s nuclear program:

1.) Impose multilateral economic sanctions

2.) Orchestrate regime change

3.) Preventative air strikes

4.) Acceptance and deterrence

5.) Try for a grand bargain

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

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