McCaslin's Beltway Beat: Corry and Dubya

John McCaslin
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Posted: Jan 16, 2002 12:00 AM
The Equal Justice Foundation is turning 1 year old, having endured the usual struggle of getting a nonprofit foundation off the ground (though this is a bit more difficult, given the foundation's unpopular notion that domestic violence is a human problem, not a sex-related issue). Both sexes, nonetheless, took notice when the foundation presented a paper, "Controlling Domestic Violence Against Men," at the sixth International Conference on Family Violence in San Diego. "We have been very fortunate in obtaining volunteer attorneys and paralegals to help us," says foundation President Charles E. Corry, adding that his groundbreaking group doesn't receive financial support from the United Way or under the Violence Against Women Act, but "we're working on that." And who is Charles Corry? "For the fourth consecutive year I've been listed in Marquis' 'Who's Who in America' and 'Who's Who in the World,' as well as 'Who's Who in Science and Engineering,' " he says. " 'Who's Who in the World' narrows it down to 52,000 of the most accomplished and distinguished individuals they can identify on the planet. "George W. Bush," he can't help but note, "made it for the first time in the latest, 19th edition." TERRY'S TENURE Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, handpicked by Bill and Hillary Clinton to round up the donkeys, writes in a memo that the Democratic Party had an "incredible" first year under his helmsmanship. "When I won this volunteer post in February, I promised you that my only interest is in creating a four-year, full-time, professionalized and election-focused DNC," McAuliffe writes to the Democratic leadership. "At the one-year mark, we have made great strides and have great results and solid momentum for 2002 and 2004." The glowing memo, addressed to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and others, says records were set both at the polls and with fund raising. He cites regaining control of the Senate, winning three statewide races - the Virginia governor and lieutenant governor's races and the New Jersey governor's race - plus 39 of 42 big-city mayoral races, as examples. He adds that Democrats control more legislative chambers than the Republicans for the first time since 1996, and as for fund raising, the $46.5 million raised by the DNC in 2001 - prior, we should point out, to Sept. 11 - is the most ever raised in the first year after a presidential election. PRAYERFUL PARADE New York in only a few months' time is a different city, proof lying in the fact that Catholic Cardinal Edward M. Egan has been chosen - by unanimous vote - to be this year's grand marshal of the controversial St. Patrick's Day Parade. Then again, unlike past years, St. Patrick's Day Parade Inc. is now officially established as an independent body, giving it authority to prevent groups such as the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization from marching as identified units. Cardinal Egan will halt this year's parade at 12:30 p.m. for a moment of silent prayer in memory of the Sept. 11 victims. SNACK ATTACK The president seldom gets ill. At least he hasn't yet. Still, To maintain that vim, My advice to him Is to pass when proffered a pretzel. - F.R. Duplantier DANNY'S MISFITS "It was a perfect fit from Day One. - Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder upon last year's hiring of head coach Marty Schottenheimer, who was fired Sunday night. LATEST POOP A cheap and plentiful energy resource has apparently been right under our nose: cattle manure. "Demonstration of Biogas Production Using Low-Moisture-Content Beef Cattle Manure" is the title of the U.S. government's latest study of alternative energy resources. Given the millions of disc-shaped droppings dotting our landscape, Uncle Sam just might have stumbled onto something this time. TAKE FOUR The federal government recognizes the third Monday in January as King Day, in honor of Martin Luther King, when much of the country is treated to a three-day holiday weekend. Unless you live in Virginia. Virginia state employees will instead be granted a four-day holiday weekend, beginning Friday, in order to celebrate Lee-Jackson Day, after Virginia natives and Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. The new state holiday, held the Friday before King Day, was celebrated for the first time last year, following approval by the state legislature. Meanwhile, Friends of the Lee-Jackson holiday, a private group of citizens concerned with the accurate presentation of Virginia's history and the growth and public acceptance of the Lee-Jackson holiday, will hold a public ceremony Friday in the Old Hall of the House of Delegates in the state Capitol, with several prominent speakers on hand. Moderating the event will be retired Col. J.E.B. Stuart IV, chairman of the board of the Museum of the Confederacy. (In case you didn't make the connection, Stuart is a descendant of famed Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart.) DECEPTIVE TOM House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert of Illinois is going to great lengths to discredit Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, a likely Democratic presidential contender in 2004, issuing a news release yesterday headlined: "Honest Abe's Hometown Paper Labels Senator Daschle 'Deceptive' on the Economy." The Springfield (Ill.) State Journal-Register, we see from Hastert's clipping, has taken issue with Daschle's claim that President Bush's tax cuts are responsible for the "most dramatic fiscal deterioration in our nation's history." Truth be told, says the newspaper, the current recession began in March, two months after Bush took office and two months before Congress approved the president's 10-year, $1.35 trillion tax cut. WASHINGTON TEA PARTY A public hearing has actually been scheduled on Capitol Hill next month dealing with what some call the "unconstitutional origin" of the Internal Revenue Service and the "unlawful administration and enforcement of the IRS Code." Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, IRS Commissioner Charles O. Rossotti and Assistant Attorney General Dan Bryant have all reportedly agreed to have experts on hand to answer questions posed by an organization that for three years has requested the hearing, the New York-based We The People Foundation for Constitutional Education Inc.