- The Washington Times - Friday, March 9, 2007

Awakening to Reagan

Yes, it’s true: Legendary shock-rocker Alice Cooper was a big fan of Ronald Reagan.

So we had to laugh this week when local public relations executive and author Craig Shirley approached Mr. Cooper to interview him for Mr. Shirley’s forthcoming book, “Rendezvous With Destiny,” which charts the course of Mr. Reagan’s victorious 1980 presidential campaign.

Consider that Mr. Shirley has interviewed the likes of former President Jimmy Carter, former Vice President Walter Mondale and TV news anchor Tom Brokaw. However, the one interview he couldn’t score was with the outrageous Mr. Cooper.

Mr. Shirley, it so happens, was told that Mr. Cooper wouldn’t be able to remember much from that early Reagan era, as he was “drunk” from 1969 to 1982.


“Well, most of the time,” Mr. Cooper’s office replied.

Hillary for all?

When a politician becomes president of the United States, he — or she, perhaps — soon discovers it’s time to shed a layer or two of partisan skin in order to be the leader for all Americans.

That said, an interesting point is brought up by Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, who couldn’t help but pay close attention to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s luncheon address of recent days to members of the pro-choice group Emily’s List. During the event, Mrs. Clinton proposed a partnership to reach female voters in her quest for the White House.

“Everyone is talking about the possibility of having a ‘Madame President’ in 2008, but few are asking how well she would represent the majority of American women,” notes Mrs. Dannenfelser. “The devil is in the details, so to speak. Though her campaign is capitalizing on her status as the only woman candidate, Clinton’s extreme position in abortion puts her out of step with the majority of American women.”

Mrs. Dannenfelser encourages Mrs. Clinton to find a more “common ground” to unite women to support her candidacy.

Man or nature?

Lawmakers are lining up to applaud the formation of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, including Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, New York Democrat, who acknowledges that the question of whether the Earth is warming is not so much scientific as it is political, economic and social.

“My colleagues and I on the Democratic side of the aisle do not share this degree of doubt,” she said of Republican naysayers, who’ve questioned whether man is mostly responsible for our temperatures rising, or whether the cause is solar in nature, as is happening with other planets in our solar system.

Still, Mrs. Slaughter isn’t giving up hope, noting that “President Bush even used the phrase ‘climate change’ in his State of the Union address this year,” which she says is a start.

When the committee is impaneled, it will be made up of nine Democrats and six Republicans, each tasked with making recommendations concerning climate change, no matter who — or what — is to blame.

One is enough

“Five hundred thirty-five commanders in chief” — or so opined House Minority Whip Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican, referring to the number of members of Congress, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced yesterday that Democrats would not bring to the House floor a “clean,” or unrestricted, emergency spending bill for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Here to honor

The Radio-Television News Directors Association and Foundation paid tribute last night to Fox News President Roger Ailes and Philip Balboni of New England Cable News, plus Kimberly Dozier of CBS News and Bob Woodruff of ABC News, who both suffered extensive injuries last year in Iraq, at the 17th annual First Amendment Awards Dinner at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington.

The association represents local and network news executives in broadcasting, cable and other electronic outlets in more than 30 countries.

Hosting one of the many tables was Thom Mocarsky, vice president of communications for Arbitron, whose invited guests included his wife, Katy Bachman, of Mediaweek; Chris Berry, 630-WMAL president and general manager; Edie Emery, a CNN Washington fixture; and Jen Nycz-Conner, of the Washington Business Journal.

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

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