A lame-duck American president and a dead-duck Israeli prime minister (opposed by three-quarters of his parliament and running 28 points behind in pre-election polls) are racing to try to change the Middle East landscape before they are both consigned to political oblivion.
As George W. Bush prepares to exchange the pleasures of rusticity at his ranch for the capital's political climate that he vows to improve, here is a proposal for doing so: Increase the size of the House of Representatives to 1,000 seats.
O.J. Simpson lawyer Johnnie Cochran and friends want to file a big-bucks, class-action lawsuit seeking reparations for slavery. On what legal grounds, against whom, on behalf of whom, and in which court? The attorneys haven't figured out those pesky details yet.
Last week, Gore addressed the Congressional Black Caucus, a group still seething over the "stolen" election. Gore urged calm, "I believe very deeply that we all must respect and, wherever possible, help President-elect Bush, because from the moment he takes his solemn oath, a great responsibility will rest in his hands." Gore, the born-again uniter, who now urges the Caucus to hold hands and sing "God Bless America."
John H. McWhorter has joined a club to which few desire admittance. Though the 34-year-old Berkeley linguistics professor does not consider himself a black conservative, he has written a book that is guaranteed to get him the same reception that Thomas Sowell, Shelby Steele, Walter Williams and Clarence Thomas have endured.
Among the people in cheery anticipation of independent counsel Robert Ray's pending indictment of William Jefferson Clinton are those who: demonstrated for George Bush in Florida; chanted "Get out of Dick Cheney's house!" outside the vice presidential residence in Washington; made possible George Bush's historic victory against an incumbent in peacetime and a booming economy -- and whom Bush is going to need when the left tries to "bork" his various nominees.
"Dateline NBC" has a reputation, often deserved, for preferring fluff to substance. On Jan. 2, however, the popular newsmagazine made amends for its obsession with the likes of JonBenet Ramsey by airing a segment concerning contemporary teenagers' sexual attitudes and behavior.
Doesn't anybody stay together anymore? In the age of drive-through divorces, maybe that's too much to ask. It would be nice, however, if the cheaters would do us surviving vow-keepers a favor and indulge themselves in private. Alas, infidelity chic is sweeping the airwaves.
Since Bill Clinton stuck his finger in the eye of all who care about American sovereignty and constitutional rights by signing the International Criminal Court Treaty on New Year's Eve, Congress should immediately pass Sen. Jesse Helms' American Service Members' Protection Act.
In Nightline's interview series on the Clinton years, erstwhile Clinton adviser, Dick Morris, recycles an anecdote from two years ago -- how he warned the president not to expect the voters' forgiveness should they ever find their leader had lied under oath concerning that woman, Lewinsky.
Black conservatives have paid a heavy price for holding views that run counter to the line set by the civil rights establishment.
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