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Friday, 16 September 2005 12:00 AM

Former Rep. Pat Toomey, president of the conservative Club for Growth, has come out in support of Sen. Rick Santorum's bid for re-election next year - but he stressed that his endorsement doesn't reflect the Club's position.

"The Club for Growth and Pat Toomey are two entirely separate entities," Toomey said. "I'm endorsing him separately in my own capacity as a private citizen."

Club spokeswoman Aimee Steel also tried to keep Toomey's September 9 announcement at arm's length, saying: "It was strictly a personal endorsement."

Toomey's support for Santorum came as a surprise for two reasons, according to the publication The Hill.

For one thing, Republicans have expressed fear that conservatives may not back Santorum due to his support for his fellow Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Arlen Specter.

Specter is opposed by many conservative activists for his support of abortion rights, among other issues, The Hill reports.

Secondly, Santorum, as Senate Republican Conference chairman, campaigned heavily for Specter in his 2004 primary race against Toomey, which Toomey lost.

But Toomey - who represented Pennsylvania from 1999 until this past January - said in a carefully worded news release on the Santorum campaign's Web site:

"When I look at the record of the two major candidates in the race for Senate - what they have done for Pennsylvania, what they have done for our nation, their vision for the future - endorsing Rick Santorum is one of the easiest decisions I have ever made. I look forward to passionately campaigning for his re-election."

The Web site also carried a statement from Santorum: "Throughout his tenure in the United States House of Representatives, Pat Toomey was a champion for Pennsylvania families' pocketbooks.

"I am very pleased to have received the endorsement of Congressman Toomey, and I look forward to campaigning with him as I lay out my vision for Pennsylvania for the next six years."

Santorum is the third-ranking Republican in the Senate and reportedly the Democrats' top target in 2006.

A Republican aide told The Hill that the Toomey endorsement prevents Santorum's likely Democratic opponent, state Treasurer Bob Casey, from "preying on any of the conservatives."

Casey opposes abortion rights and has sought to portray himself as a centrist with bipartisan appeal.

Socialists are furious that leading liberal Laurence Tribe didn't take Chief Justice William Rehnquist's death as an opportunity to bash him - and instead wrote a highly complimentary article.

Of the many "hymns" sung in praise of Rehnquist, "none was more obsequious than that penned by Harvard law professor Laurence H. Tribe for the New York Times," John Andrews complains on the World Socialist Web Site (WSWS).

As the article on the socialist site states, Tribe is considered within the legal community to be the leading voice of liberalism on issues of constitutional law.

But the WSWS takes him to task for breaking with knee-jerk liberals and writing a piece, entitled "Gentleman of the Court," that states: "It is not too soon to reflect on why so many who served with him as colleagues, worked for him as law clerks or appeared before him as advocates are already prepared to render a verdict of greatness and to tell the world how deeply his passing is mourned."

The WSWS calls the respected justice "an unmitigated scoundrel" and a "dyed-in-the-wool reactionary," and says Tribe's praise of Rehnquist represents "the decayed corpse of American liberalism on full display."

The site also criticizes Rehnquist for his decisions in a number of cases involving gay issues.

Rehnquist dissented, along with Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, in a 1996 case that struck down a Colorado law permitting discrimination against gays and lesbians.

He also dissented in a 2003 case that invalidated laws criminalizing consensual homosexual conduct.

And Rehnquist wrote the majority opinion in a decision that invalidated a state law prohibiting discrimination against gay scoutmasters.

To the WSWS, these decisions qualified Rehnquist as a "blatant homophobe."

Finally, the WSWS draws on its best Marxist rhetoric and delivers this self-serving conclusion: "Tribe's cowardly effort to paint a pleasing portrait of a vicious hatchet man for the ruling elite underscores the unbridgeable gulf that exists between the liberal establishment of the Democratic Party and the interests of the working class, which are fought for by the Socialist Equality Party and the World Socialist Web Site."

Publishers are rolling out a string of new books about Hillary Clinton in the wake of Edward Klein's runaway bestseller about the likely 2008 presidential nomination seeker.

Klein's book "The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She'll Go to Become President," was a phenomenal success after its June release - even though it received almost no positive reviews from major media outlets that normally cover the publication of important new books.

Now, at least seven major books on Hillary are due out in the next year, NewsMax has learned from publishing sources. Even more may be in the pipeline as we write this.

Highly anticipated this October is "Condi vs. Hillary: The Next Great Presidential Race," by former Clinton adviser-turned adversary Dick Morris and Eileen McGann.

The genesis of that book was a NewsMax Magazine cover story in January entitled "Condi vs. Hillary," in which Morris declared that "2008 could turn out to be the race of the century."

The book's publisher, Regan Books, will also release in October "The Case for Hillary Clinton" by longtime Democratic strategist Susan Estrich. Don't look for too much negative spin in that one.

Said Judith Regan, president of Regan Books: "Hillary is one of the rare people who ignites everyone's interest: the good, the bad and the ugly."

Two months after Klein's book began soaring up the bestseller charts, Avon Books reissued last year's unflattering "American Evita: Hillary Clinton's Path to Power" as a paperback. The book's author, Christopher Andersen, had a No. 1 New York Times bestseller with "The Day Diana Died."

The American Conservative Union is also reissuing as a paperback "Hillary Rodham Clinton: What Every American Should Know," originally published in 2002.

The paperback, which has been updated, details Clinton's past involvement in Arkansas' "Cattlegate" and Whitewater scandals, and her "Travelgate" and "Filegate" troubles as first lady.

Crown Forum has scheduled a May 2006 release date for "Can She Be Stopped?" by conservative thinker John Podhoretz, a Fox News Channel contributor and former Ronald Reagan speechwriter.

The title leaves little doubt about Podhoretz's views on a 2008 Hillary run for the White House.

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is catching heat for backing a Republican mayoral candidate in Ohio who wrote that "only born-again believers" should be elected to public office.

Giuliani praised the candidate, Charles Winburn, during a September 7 visit to Cincinnati, saying "I think he has a very good approach to how you make a city safer."

Wilburn, an African-American pastor, was running on a law-and-order platform, and came in third in the September 13 primary, ending his bid.

"He's trying to position himself as a social conservative around the country, to earn credentials to offset his history of being pro-abortion, pro-immigration and pro-gay marriage," Hank Sheinkopf, a Democratic political consultant, told The Forward.

In his 1989 book "Ruling and Reigning in the ‘90s," Wilburn wrote: "We Christians must clean up politics. It is our job to elect only born-again believers to public office."

He also wrote that "it is God's will for the Church, through the Kingdom, to influence and run the county and city school systems," and advised: "Don't be deceived by this issue of separation of church and state."

In a recent interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer, Winburn said he would express his thoughts differently if he were writing his book today, and that his remarks were meant as a "call to action for Christians to get involved in politics."

Giuliani's spokeswoman Sunny Mindel told the Forward that he stood by his endorsement, saying: "The mayor is very comfortable with Mr. Winburn's explanations."

Other Christian evangelicals are also comfortable with Giuliani. CBN President  Pat Robertson recently announced on his "700 Club" show that he could endorse Giuliani for President, but that he would strongly oppose John McCain if he were to run.


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