McCain's proposals would hurt GOP With his criticism of...


January 04, 2000

McCain's proposals would hurt GOP

With his criticism of our campaign finance system, Sen. John McCain has become a favorite of the media. He has even won a friend in one of the most liberal of politicians, Bill Bradley.

Their handshake was a high price for "earned media," as campaigns call positive press coverage.

Unfortunately for Republicans, the media is not usually so inclined to cover a Republican candidate so positively. Most newspaper and broadcast coverage is more liberal than conservative.

So what Republican candidates must do, if they can afford it, is purchase "paid media."

That requires money. Money given by like-minded citizens expressing themselves and their shared beliefs, as protected by the First Amendment.

In supporting campaign finance reform, Mr. McCain ignores that the media, along with unions and academia, present a formidable barrier to the Republican Party and its candidates' ability to deliver their message.

It is a tribute to the strength of the Republican platform that despite the media bias and the efforts of the unions and of academia, the GOP is in the majority in Congress.

And Texas Gov. George W. Bush is poised to reclaim the White House.

Could Mr. McCain's surge in coverage in any way be spawned by a fear of that reality in the Democratic media?

Daniel Patrick Ronayne


Texans know limits of Bush's compassion

Molly Ivins' recent column, "Dragging Jesus into the secular political arena" (Opinion Commentary, Dec. 22) was a timely holiday-season reminder that we should beware of politicians who claim God is on their side.

Ms. Ivins was right to warm of fanaticism in such a linkage.

Texas Gov. George W. Bush is courting religious groups, claiming to be a "compassionate conservative." But as a Texan, Ms. Ivins questioned this claim in light of a number of Mr. Bush's actions as governor which clearly were not compassionate.

The most egregious was his refusal to change Karla Faye Tucker's death sentence. She became the first woman executed in Texas.

When it comes to checking a political candidate's claims against his or her record and behavior, it is logical to check with the people who know the candidate best.

It was no surprise, for example, to many Arkansans that Bill Clinton was a womanizer.

Jonas Bassen


Killings decimate city of Baltimore

Baltimore did it again: more than 300 homicides for the year 1999, for the 10th straight year.

In the last 10 years, Baltimore has seen more killing than Northern Ireland has experienced in 30 years of fighting.

What a great city.

George Peterson

Perry Hall

Reviving Washington, reviving Baltimore?

The Washington Post recently reported a population trend reversal trend in the District of Columbia. The District's population is stabilizing and people are returning to the city. This may have resulted from Mayor Anthony Williams' progressive policies.

Washington and Baltimore have similar racial, drug and crime problems. I hope Mayor Martin O'Malley can accomplish the same for Baltimore.

Donald Holland


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