2A -The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 20, 1999
Reform Party splits over Buchanan
The Washington Post
Television commentator and GOP dissident Patrick
Buchanan appears to have a good chance of winning the
Reform Party nomination for president in 2000,
although his prospective candidacy is already polarizing
the embattled political organization, according to party
leaders and activists.
Buchanan's likely candidacy has raised fears among
some party members of a religious right takeover and
triggered open warfare between forces loyal to Reform
Party founder Ross Perot and those in the camp of
Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, the party's highest elect-
But enough party leaders have put out a welcome mat
to suggest that only a full-scale fight by Ventura, who
has dismissed Buchanan as a "retread," or a decision by
Perot to run for a third time would provide strong
enough opposition to ensure a Buchanan rejection.
While not endorsing Buchanan, those sending clear
signals that they could back him include outgoing
Reform chair Russ Verney and 1996 vice presidential
candidate Pat Choate - both of whom are allied with
Perot - along with Lenora Fulani, the leftist third-party
leader in New York who has thrown in her lot with the
Fulani has become a power in the Reform Party
because she has a phalanx of supporters who, unlike
most party activists, will vote as a block. She said recent-
ly on CNN she could overlook differences she has with
Buchanan concerning issues such as gay rights and
abortion because Buchanan "can play a role as a unifier,
bring everybody together."
Even Jack Gargan, who won the chair of the Reform
Party earlier this summer with Ventura's backing, dif-
fered with the Minnesota governor over Buchanan.
"Buchanan's position on all the 'America first' concepts
certainly fit in nicely with Reform concepts," Gargan
said in an interview. "We are for a balanced budget,
keeping jobs in America, tightening up on immigration,
elimination of the influence of lobbyists and special
interests. Buchanan has had a strong record along those
lines for years"
The most adaman opposition to Buchanan is coming
from Ventura and his state Reform Party leaders.
Buchanan "has been out there for like eight years run-
ning as president, and I haven't heard his political
reform agenda." said Dean Barkley, Ventura s former
campaign chair. "I still see him having that abortion
issue and that social agenda on the front burner, and I
still say if he continues to do that he's not going to sell
well with a number of the people in the Reform Party"
Ventura first attempted to promote a presidential bid
by former Connecticut Sen. and Got Lowell Weicker,
and more recently by businessman Donald Trump.
Neither has produced a groundswell of support.
Polls shows Buchanan getting 8 to 10 percent of the
vote as a Reform Party candidate, with much more com-
ing from Republican voters than Democrats. He would
cost the GOP nominee a net loss of 3 percentage points,
according to sone analysts.
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Red Hot Louisiana Band.
At first glance, the group, with its
guitar, bass and drums-heavy sound,
seemed just like some bouncing
blues. But Chevier's instrument,
which he could make groove with the
best of the Hammond B-3 organ
grinders, was an accordion.
From French lyrics to their wash-
board plaver< this was no ordinary
blues band. For while the large, pur-
ple-suited guitarist squeezed out spry
licks similar to Guitar Slim as he
strut around the stage, the drums.
washboard and accordion would
throw a little two-step rhythmic
emphasis against that faithful blues
progression on occasion.
The crowd loved this New Orleans-
bred concoction and a cloud of dust
rose as hazy as the band's merger of
Cajun, R&B and blues rose from the
feet of dancing audience members.
Yet the afternoon's various lines of
musical lineage culminated with the
set of tenor saxophonist Pharaoh
Sanders. Reminiscent of his early
mentor John Coltrane, Sanders acted
as a sort of spiritual leader, guiding
his band and, at times, the audience
through his performance.
On Coltrane's "Od~' Sanders
began playing long phrases, then
short interjections strung so close
together that they became one long
passage that bubbled into a chaotic
mess of rises and falls and vacilla-
tions between low fluttering honks,
soulful mourns and sharp high-
He would leave the stage for a
while, only to emerge and hush the
ruminations of his sidemen on piano,
bass and drums into a percussive lull.
By the end of the song, Sanders
and the crowd were exchanging
screams of "OlM!" that harkened to
the call and response foundation of
all blues and jazz.
Throughout his set he shifted
between the ecstatic and the subdued,
even playing a rather pretty, but con-
fusing., interpretation of Whitney
Houston's "The Greatest Love of
It was certainly the most enigmatic
moment of the festival, with Sanders
half suppressing a smile that suggest-
ed the audience was on the outside of
an inside joke.
One might hope that those two
boys took a break from playing to
catch that joke; that they already
know how to learn the lessons Turre
remembered and that maybe, some-
day, they will return to the festival
and deliver its punchline.
AROUND THE NATION
Democrats call for minimum wage bik
WASHINGTON - Congressional Democrats plan this week to launch
big push to raise the minimum wage, forcing Republican leaders to come
with alternatives to avoid political damage or even defeat on the sensiti
issue of helping low-income Americans.
"There's an interest on both sides, Democrat and Republican, to get tb
done before we adjourn" for the year, said Rep. Jack Quinn (R-N.Y.), a
moderate who has been working with Democrats to produce a bipa
majority to pass the legislation.
The first test is likely to come tomorrow when Senate Democrats will t
to use a pending bankruptcy bill to force votes on legislation backed
President Clinton and most Democratic lawmakers to raise the hourly fe
eral wage floor by SI to S6.15 during the next two years.
Democrats appear to have the votes needed to block a move by GOP lea
ers to keep the bankruptcy bill from being expanded to include a minimu
wage increase, gun controls or other proposals opposed by mo
This could open the way for consideration of the wage initiative -
another delay if GOP leaders decide to shelve the bankruptcy measu
avoid votes on unrelated issues.
Ford develops new duced working models. But Ford is t
first automaker to give the Ener
fuel efficient car Department such a hybrid family car tb
can be driven daily and that they can te
WASHINGTON - Ford Motor
Company is delivering a full-size family Automakers critical
car to the U.S. Energy Department next ,
nonth that gets about 60 mpg - twice of Consumer Rep
the gas mileage of a typical car.
Government officials are calling the Consumer Reports, the magazine ri
step a milestone in joint government- lions turn to before shopping for ev
industry attempts to find technologies to thing from cosmetics to cars, is un
achieve a mass-produced, family car that fire by two auto makers in lawsuits th
gets far greater fuel efficiency than constitute the most serious attack ever
today's family cars. the 63-year-old publication.
The Ford car, called the P2000 LSR, Judges in Southern California coid
has a hybrid diesel-electric engine sys- decide as early as this week to send Jl
tem and can easily be refueled and driven federal cases to trial, and some lcg
daily. It has the passenger room, trunk experts say the suits could have a da
space and driving acceleration of a gerously chilling effect on the m
Taurus. But it is made mostly of alu- willingness to publish negative reviews
minum and other light weight materials, The product-disparagement suits
making it 40 percent lighter than the Japanese auto makers Suzuki Moto
Taurus, or about 2,000 pounds in weight, Corp. and Isuzu Motors Ltd., claim tli
Ford engineers said. magazine rigged driving tests for i
Ford will turn over the keys to the car 1988 review of Suzuki's Samurai an
in October, company officials said. its 1996 review of the Isuzu Troop
Other automakers are working on similar and its twin, the Isuzu-built Acu
fuel-efficient hybrid cars or have pro- SLX.
AR__UDTH E ORLD
Mexico opposes plan Some of Mexico's biggest compame
are leading a fierce lobbying effort f
to punish businesses defeat the proposal.
WASHINGTON -- The Mexican Elderly secret agent
government is opposing a push by the h n' Br a
U.S. Congress to levy major penalties caught
against businesses with ties to drug traf-
fickers, saying the sanctions could smear LONDON - Admitting to havin
innocent companies and damage U.S.- spied for the Soviet Union for nearly fou
Mexican relations. decades, 87-year-old Melita Norwod6
The legislation, approved by the has enraged and baffled Britainwh
Senate in July, would require the Clinton calmly waiting to see if she will be ps
administration to publish an annual list ecuted for treachery.
of major international drug traffickers, The great-grandmother who pass
their front companies and other business nuclear weapons secrets to Moscow ha
associates. It would bar the listed compa- been depicted as England's equivao
nies and individuals from doing business Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, who wer
in the United States, cut off their access convicted of trying to pass U.S. milita"
to American banks and freeze their U.S. secrets to the Soviets in the 1940s ad,
assets. It also would subject U.S. compa- subsequently executed. She has bee
nies that work with the listed companies called Britain's most important femal
to civil and criminal penalties. spy by hard-boiled reporters who con
Administration officials say that, after fronted her with her deeds - and the
initially opposing the legislation, they are left her house with jars of her homemad
working with members of Congress to chutney.
fashion a version that the House and
President Clinton can support. - Compiled from Daily wire repotm
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