Byline: John McCaslin, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
"Here's one apple that fell far from the tree," boasts Ann Lewis of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
"Ron Reagan, the son of former President Ronald Reagan - hailed 'father' of modern conservatism - is a candid critic of the Bush administration and will speak at the Democratic National Convention in Boston on July 27."
"Ouch, that one hurts," she says.
Speaking of hurting, the Democratic Party had better warn Virginia Democratic Rep. James P. Moran not to remind the young Mr. Reagan during the Democratic convention of his pledge to do everything in his power to remove his late father's name from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
Speaking of former President Reagan and Virginia Rep. James P. Moran, it so happens that the Democratic incumbent's Republican opponent in this 2004 election year is Lisa Marie Cheney, whose husband, U.S. Navy Cmdr. David Peter Cheney - no relation to Vice President Dick Cheney - recently completed a tour aboard the new aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.
In fact, Mrs. Cheney stood alongside her husband on the carrier's hangar deck last summer when her husband welcomed former first lady Nancy Reagan on board for the ship's commissioning.
By her own right, Mrs. Cheney is an authority on defense. She's the president of a national security firm specializing in missile defense, and if elected to Congress pledges to provide U.S. troops with the most advanced technology and equipment. She also proposes to work closely with President Bush and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge on domestic security for the Washington area.
Beyond that, Mrs. Cheney has made "restoring dignity" to Northern Virginia's left-leaning 8th District her campaign slogan, citing Mr. Moran's long list of personal troubles since first being elected to Congress in 1990.
It includes Mr. Moran's questionable financial dealings with people who had business before Congress, his "discriminative" statements aimed at certain segments of the community, his Sunday verbal fight with his Catholic pastor over abortion, and his rowdy if not violent behavior on Capitol Hill, including shoving a fellow member of Congress off the floor of the House. …