Democrats Are Coming

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Democrats Are Coming


Byline: John McCaslin, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Democrats are coming

About the only body in Washington that Democrats are in control of these days is the Democratic National Committee.

So rather than convening a summit on the South Lawn of the White House or in the majority wing of Congress to introduce what is being called the "New Democrat" agenda, powwow co-hosts Sen. Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana and Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico are summoning Florida Sen. Bob Graham and Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman both presidential candidates and Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln and a number of other influential Democrats to the Capitol Hyatt Hotel on June 17.

Inside the Beltway is told that the topics of discussion will include developing a "winning message" to retake a majority in Washington, terrorism and the role of U.S. leadership, the "stagnant" economy, and federal and state budget deficits.

'Hate baiting'

An irate Rev. Jesse Jackson says he is being attacked today much the same way as Martin Luther King was attacked in his day.

Playing the race card in defending his large but questionable business empire, Mr. Jackson says there's nothing illegal with him receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars each year from major organizations, including NASCAR.

In an interview with NASCAR Winston Cup Scene, Mr. Jackson responds angrily to requests by the National Legal and Policy Center of Washington which first appeared in this column that the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing end its support to his controversial organizations.

"These attacks by the policy center, these are unending attacks," Mr. Jackson says. "Dr. Martin Luther King was called a communist, he was called a nigger, he was hated, he was killed. This kind of hate baiting is really a perversion."

Put down your fork

Yes, it's come to this a Washington conference on eating, obesity, individual responsibility and public policy.

And no better time, as the tort system in this country, some fear, is on its way to dampening individual responsibility and threatening the existence of companies whose products may be labeled as fattening.

"By some calculations, being overweight is as deadly as smoking," says the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, whose panel of experts will examine that claim and others and their implications for public policy.

They'll tell us whether controlling obesity is a matter of government regulation through taxes and public-disclosure laws or whether it's a matter of willpower and choice. …

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