to Conquer Mr. Ashcroft
Louis Post-Dispatch, Wednesday, February 3, 1999, page B6
© Copyright 1999 St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Democratic Party is playing in the gutter with its smear of Sen.
John Ashcroft as the "white supremacist's presidential choice."
Gov. Mel Carnahan should tell his party to cut it out.
week the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee issued a too-clever
press release linking Mr. Ashcroft to a homegrown racist, Gordon
Baum of Bridgeton. Mr. Baum is head of the Council of Conservative
Citizens, which grew out of the old, infamous white Citizens Councils.
Baum has been in the news lately for inviting Sen. Majority Leader
Trent Lott and Rep. Bob Barr to speak to his benighted group.
Then, in a Jan. 24 interview on CNN, Mr. Baum expressed his admiration
for Mr. Ashcroft. The green political operatives in the
Democratic Party issued their press release saying that Mr. Baum's
statement "proves his [Ashcroft' s] base of support is the
is guilt by association, pure and simple. It's not good enough
for Mr. Carnahan to wash his hands of his party's dirty work.
He surely won't be turning down the committee's money next year
in his senatorial campaign. If the Democrats and Mr. Carnahan
want to attack Mr. Ashcroft's civil rights record on the merits,
that's legitimate. There's plenty to attack. But guilt by association
is out of bounds.