Paul M. Weyrich

Paul M. Weyrich is chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation.

Giants or Pygmies?

 

WASHINGTON — I had an interesting discussion with a newspaper columnist the other day. He was remarking on my commentary comparing the 90th Congress when I came to Washington with the 109th Congress that just began its business. The columnist said the incoming Senators can’t compare with those greats who were key players in both […]

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The Ohio Recount Outrage

 

WASHINGTON — There once was a time when the Rev. Jesse Jackson intervened in instances of genuine injustice. At that time there was racial discrimination on a variety of fronts. I have never been a fan but I have to concede that he once did some good. That was then and this is now. Today […]

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The Case of Two Toms

 

WASHINGTON — Boy, we can tell we are in the thick of the political season! There are two recent examples that deserve comment. First, the House Ethics Committee has slapped the wrist of Majority Leader Tom DeLay for the third time. I am not going to get into the question of whether DeLay was right […]

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Senate Uncertainties

 

WASHINGTON — While it would take a Kerry victory of enormous proportions to cause the House of Representatives to restore Democratic control, the Senate is a far different matter. There are enough Senate seats at play that if Democrats get all the breaks, they could well end up controlling that body again. Some years one […]

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How the Mighty Have Fallen

 

WASHINGTON — Up to this point I have refrained from commenting on the whole CBS controversy. Years ago, when I was the political reporter and weekend anchor at the CBS affiliate in Milwaukee, the CBS news team was regarded as the finest in the nation. When Walter Cronkite told us that this is the way […]

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The MIA Senator

 

WASHINGTON — Believe it or not, I actually attended two Democratic conventions. The first was in 1976 when Woody Jenkins, at the time a Democratic National Committeeman from Louisiana, called a meeting of the convention’s several hundred pro-life delegates. He asked us to help with logistical support. Think of it. Only 28 years ago the […]

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Persistence Pays Off

 

WASHINGTON — The year was 1967. A young Kansan went to work for Frank Carlson, the senior senator from that state. At the same time, a young Wisconsinite, whose adopted state was Colorado, went to work for Gordon Allott, that state’s senior senator. These two young staffers, one around 30 and the other in his […]

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Reagan Rediscovered

 

WASHINGTON — This may shock you. During the eight years of the Reagan Presidency I was not his biggest fan. I looked not so much at what he accomplished but what he didn’t accomplish. My expectations were that government would get smaller under President Reagan. It didn’t. I was disappointed. I looked at the agencies […]

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Oversee the PATRIOT Act

 

WASHINGTON — In the wake of 9/11 the Department of Justice began asking for more and more “tools” to aid law enforcement agencies in their effort to identify potential terrorist threats and, as Administration spokesmen like to put it, “protect the American homeland.” No conservative can disagree with the goal and virtually all of us […]

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Janus-Faced Kerry Compass

 

WASHINGTON — If John Kerry becomes president, some enterprising entrepreneur stands to make a fortune by creating and selling the “Kerry Compass.” Senator Kerry is a master at mixing and matching positions and metaphors to have it both ways — to try to sound one way on an issue while his heart lies with the […]

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