The same New York liberals who are interested in Richardson fear George W. Bush could build Republican support among Latinos by appointing a Hispanic American to the next Supreme Court vacancy.
NEW HAMPSHIRE BLUNDER
Sen. George Allen of Virginia, the hottest early prospect for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, blundered on his visit to New Hampshire May 3 by conducting two fund-raisers there.
GOP insiders in the nation's earliest primary state did not want to criticize him publicly, but called Allen's New Hampshire performance "odd." That's because presidential candidates are supposed to spend funds in the state, not take money out. Allen was raising money for his 2006 Senate re-election campaign.
Sen. John McCain of Arizona, landslide winner of the last contested New Hampshire Republican presidential primary in 2000, would be an early favorite in the state if he runs. McCain, Sen. Bill Frist of Tennessee and Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska are getting the kind of advice from New Hampshire that Allen apparently lacked when he conducted his fund-raisers.
FIGHTING GLOBAL TAXES
Supporters of John Bolton, U.S. ambassador-designee to the United Nations whose confirmation is stalled by a filibuster, are urging a recess appointment enabling him to oppose global taxes in the UN.
French President Jacques Chirac has suggested an international tax on airline travel, and the UN recently considered taxes on arms sales, currency exchanges or a global lottery. The House last Tuesday approved a proposal to require any U.S. envoy at the UN to oppose global taxes.
The measure, sponsored by House Majority Whip Roy Blunt, was passed by voice vote. Several Republican House members, however, would have preferred a roll call vote to reveal who supports a global tax.