- The Washington Times - Monday, March 12, 2007

Hillary and JFK

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, invoked the campaign of the nation’s lone Catholic president, John F. Kennedy, on Saturday night as she talked about her challenge in becoming the first female commander in chief, the New York Post reports.

“He was smart, he was dynamic, he was inspiring, and he was Catholic. A lot of people back then [1960] said, ‘America will never elect a Catholic as president,’ ” the White House hopeful told the New Hampshire Democrats’ 100 Club fundraiser in Nashua.

“But those who gathered here almost a half century ago knew better,” she said. “They believed America was bigger than that and Americans would give Sen. John F. Kennedy a fair shake, and the rest, as they say, is history.”

Noting women are “the majority” of voters and are in the work force in “record numbers,” she added, “So when people tell me ‘a woman can never be president,’ I say, we’ll never know unless we try.”

Juvenile victory

“Hard-core liberals can’t stand the Fox News Channel,” the Las Vegas Review-Journal observes in an editorial.

“Passing a television that’s tuned to the conservative favorite forces many of them to close their eyes, cover their ears and scream, ‘La la la la la la la la la!’ Then they dash to their computers and fire off 2,500 e-mails condemning the outlet, none of which are ever read,” the newspaper said.

“But liberals’ aversion to Fox News has finally gone over the top. The Nevada Democratic Party had agreed to let the right-tilting network co-sponsor, of all things, an August debate in Reno between Democratic presidential candidates. Party officials were serious about drawing national attention to the state’s January presidential caucus, the country’s second in the 2008 nominating process. What better way for the party to reach conservative and ‘values’ voters who might consider changing allegiances?

“But the socialist, Web-addicted wing of the Democratic Party was apoplectic. The prospect of having to watch Fox News to see their own candidates would have been torture in itself. So they set the blogosphere aflame with efforts to kill the broadcast arrangement, or at least have all the candidates pull out of the event. … You’d think the deal called for having Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter mock the candidates between comments. No, even unfiltered, unedited, live debate between loyal Democrats couldn’t be entrusted to Fox News.

“The approach of outfits such as MoveOn.org is so juvenile it’s laughable. Imagine if every political organization created litmus tests for news organizations before agreeing to appear on their programming. Republicans would have boycotted PBS, CBS, NBC, ABC, National Public Radio and the Associated Press decades ago.

“This hyperventilation results from the fact that far-left Democrats have no comparable media outlet, nor any widespread national appeal, for their radical views in favor of heavy-handed regulation, wealth redistribution, diplomatic capitulation and economic protectionism. So they attack their rivals’ messenger with a reckless barrage of rhetoric that cuts down their own allies with friendly fire.

“By Friday, the Nevada Democratic Party caved in to the lunatic fringe and began seeking a more ‘appropriate’ television partner. Comedy Central, perhaps?”

Death threats

Scientists who question mankind’s impact on climate change have received death threats and claim to have been shunned by the scientific community, the London Sunday Telegraph reports.

They say the debate on global warming has been hijacked by a powerful alliance of politicians, scientists and environmentalists who have stifled all questioning about the true environmental impact of carbon-dioxide emissions.

Timothy Ball, a former climatology professor at the University of Winnipeg in Canada, has received five deaths threats by e-mail since raising concerns about the degree to which man was affecting climate change.

One of the e-mails warned that, if he continued to speak out, he would not live to see further global warming.

“Western governments have pumped billions of dollars into careers and institutes, and they feel threatened,” the professor said.

“I can tolerate being called a skeptic because all scientists should be skeptics, but then they started calling us deniers, with all the connotations of the Holocaust. That is an obscenity. It has got really nasty and personal.”

Nigel Calder, a former editor of New Scientist, said: “Governments are trying to achieve unanimity by stifling any scientist who disagrees. Einstein could not have got funding under the present system.”

Feigning dismay

“Here is what has been said the past week or so that sparked argument: Bill Maher, on HBO, said a lot of lives would be saved if Vice President Cheney had died, and Ann Coulter, at a conservative political meeting, suggested John Edwards is a ‘faggot,’ ” Peggy Noonan writes at www.OpinionJournal.com.

“She was trying to be funny and get a laugh. He was trying to startle and get applause,” Miss Noonan said.

“What followed was the predictable kabuki in which politically active groups and individuals feigned dismay, as opposed to what many of them really felt, which was grim delight. Conservatives said they were chilled by Mr. Maher’s comments, but I don’t think they were. They were delighted he revealed what they believe is at the heart of modern liberalism, which is hate.

“Liberals amused themselves making believe they were chilled by Ms. Coulter’s remarks, but they were not. They were delighted she has revealed what they believe is at the heart of modern conservatism, which is hate.

“The truth is many liberals were dismayed by Mr. Maher because he made them look bad, and many conservatives were mad at Ms. Coulter for the same reason.”

Wife in treatment

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s wife is being treated for depression and exhaustion, his staff says.

The governor will limit his schedule in the next few weeks to spend more time with Diane Patrick and the family, according a statement from his office.

“The family asks for the prayers and understanding of the public. We also ask respect for the family’s privacy at this difficult time,” the statement said.

Mr. Patrick has come under pressure throughout his first eight weeks in office for a variety of things, including his hiring of a $72,000-a-year staff member to handle scheduling and interview requests for his wife. Mr. Patrick’s four Republican predecessors did not have staffers dedicated solely to handling their spouses’ official activities.

Diane Patrick is a partner at the downtown Boston law firm Ropes & Gray.

It was not clear what precipitated the announcement, made Saturday.

The governor’s spokesman, Kyle Sullivan, did not give any details on her condition or treatment, the Associated Press reports. “We are not expanding upon the statement,” he said.

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

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