- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Peace treaty

The Democratic National Committee’s Howard Dean and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Rahm Emanuel, at odds for months over election strategy, have struck a deal, according to the Hotline, National Journal’s daily political briefing.

The DNC has agreed to spend money in 40 of Mr. Emanuel’s House races, a Democratic official said yesterday. Sources outside the party said that some Dean advisers wanted to include a “good behavior” clause that would increase the amount of money given to House races if Mr. Emanuel refrained from publicly or privately denigrating the DNC. But that idea never made it past the drawing board and was never introduced by the DNC.

Officials at the two committees declined to specify the scope of the DNC’s investment, but several strategists privy to the negotiations said they think that the DNC has committed to spend at least $60,000 per race.

DNC officials are currently negotiating with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee about spending in key Senate contests.

Rep. James E. Clyburn, South Carolina Democrat, helped broker the agreement, which was reached by the DCCC’s executive director, Karin Johanson, and Mr. Dean’s top aide, Tom McMahon, Hotline said.

Soros speaks

Liberal billionaire George Soros yesterday called U.N. Ambassador John R. Bolton “rabid” and said the next president must bring about “radical change ” in U.S. policy.

Addressing a standing-room-only crowd at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Mr. Soros talked about his latest book, “The Age of Fallibility: Consequences of the War on Terror,” and took questions from the overflow audience, reports Robert Stacy McCain of The Washington Times.

“After Bush was re-elected,” Mr. Soros said, “I asked myself, what’s wrong with us? And this [book] would be the answer.”

During the remaining two years of the administration “you can’t see the kind of radical change you need in American policy,” he said. “That will have to wait for the next president.”

Asked about prospective 2008 presidential candidates, Mr. Soros said it was “too early” to say whom he might support. The next president will need a “new vision,” he said. “I haven’t seen that articulated by any of the candidates so far.”

When one questioner mentioned a rumor that the Senate would “kill” Mr. Bolton’s confirmation as U.N. ambassador, Mr. Soros responded: “Bolton is one of the most rabid conservatives … part of the Cheney gang. It was very important to see him not confirmed.”

Mr. Soros said that he wished he had been “more reticent” about comparing the Bush administration with Nazi and Soviet totalitarians. Of the reported $27 million he spent in an effort to defeat President Bush and Republicans in 2004, Mr. Soros said, “The money was properly spent, but you can’t buy elections with big money.”

A denial

Air America Radio, the liberal talk network, which signed on the air almost 30 months ago, yesterday denied multiple reports that it is bankrupt and going off the air.

“If Air America had filed for bankruptcy every time someone rumored it to be doing so, we would have ceased to exist long ago,” spokeswoman JaimeHorn told reporter Jennifer Harper of The Washington Times. “It may be frustrating to some that this hasn’t happened. No decision has been taken to make any filing of any kind. We are not sure of the source of these rumors, and frankly cannot respond to every rumor in the marketplace.”

But the rumors were loud and clear yesterday from ThinkProgress.org, an online blog produced by the District-based Center for American Progress, which reported that the network would file for bankruptcy tomorrow, adding, “Air America could remain on the air under the deal, but significant personnel changes are already in the works.”

Sources at the New York Daily News and media watchdog blogs such as Newsbusters also have reported the Manhattan-based network was “so broke” that it could no longer pay personnel or subscribe to wire services.

Great Awakening

President Bush thinks the United States has embarked on the latest great religious awakening of its history.

Mr. Bush was quoted as saying Tuesday that the United States appeared to be undergoing a cultural change on the scale of that seen in the 1950s and ‘60s, Reuters news agency reports.

“There was a pretty stark change in the culture of the ‘50s and the ‘60s. I mean, boom. But I think something is happening here,” Mr. Bush said at a roundtable with conservative columnists. His words were reported by National Review magazine.

“I’m not giving you a definitive statement — it seems like to me there’s a Third Awakening with a cultural change,” Mr. Bush said.

Historians have pointed to periods such as the early 1700s and early 1800s, as times in which religious movements were particularly significant in America.

Those eras are referred to as Great Awakenings, although there is disagreement on how many there have been. In one such period, in the 1730s and 1740s, religious revivals in the United States coincided with similar movements in Germany and England.

Separate senator

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Michigan Democrat, was one of 18 members of the Senate to get a “perfect score” on the Secular Coalition for America’s scorecard for “commitment to the separation of church and state, and their willingness to protect the interests of the non-theistic community,” the Hill newspaper reports.

At the conservative RedState.com site, Erick Erickson observes, “This is the same Debbie Stabenow that once said of Christian voters: ‘We have to tell people that they are out to destroy the Constitution. This is an attack on our system of government.’ Perhaps Christians in Michigan should show Stabenow she’s wrong. They’re not out to attack our system of government, just to defeat anti-Christian bigots like Stabenow.”

Language dispute

The executive director of a group that wants to make English the official language of the United States disputes an academic study that says Spanish-speaking immigrants easily transition to English over generations.

“They are comparing apples and oranges,” said K.C. McAlpin, executive director of ProEnglish. “Census data clearly shows the nation is in new and uncharted waters in terms of immigration, assimilation and the acquisition of English. For example, the number of residents the census classifies as ‘linguistically isolated’ grew to almost 12 million by 2000, an increase of more than 50 percent in a single decade.”

Mr. McAlpin was referring to a report by three sociologists in the September issue of Population and Development Review, a publication of the Population Council.

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

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