Robert Novak

Sen. Hillary Clinton, Schumer's fellow Democrat from New York and co-sponsor of the Woodstock earmark, has given no such assurance to Coburn. But the Democratic presidential front-runner has kept arm's length from the Woodstock project and did not help Schumer in his unsuccessful floor fight.


A Washington-based conservative think tank is trying to organize a protest in Oslo Dec. 10 when Al Gore receives the Nobel Peace Prize for his activism against global warming.

Nobel presentations in the Norwegian capital are usually dignified affairs without hecklers, even for radical peace activists. However, Gore is a controversial political figure whose environmental positions generate conservative opposition.

The proposed anti-Gore demonstration would involve around 30 people, all Norwegians.


The Club for Growth, founded to support conservatives and punish liberals in Republican primaries, showed this week it is not blindly partisan. The organization blasted Missouri's conservative Republican Sen. Kit Bond and praised the state's liberal Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Bond led the 74 to 19 vote Thursday overriding President Bush's "compromise" bill authorizing $23.2 billion for water projects, nearly twice as much as the bill passed by either the House or Senate. McCaskill voted to sustain the veto because of pork barrel projects "added behind closed doors."

The Club for Growth gives McCaskill a 40 percent anti-pork rating, second best among Senate Democrats, compared with 13 percent for Bond. "It is no wonder that taxpayers have trouble trusting Republicans," said former Rep. Pat Toomey, Club for Growth president. Toomey suggested veteran Republican Bond, up for re-election in 2008, could "learn something about opposing wasteful projects" from freshman Democrat McCaskill.

Robert Novak

Robert Novak (1931-2009) was a syndicated columnist and editor of the Evans-Novak Political Report.

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