The Washington Post reports that Senator Daschle will be presenting the "Spirit of Liberty Award" on behalf of People for the American Way to former PFAW president Carole Shields: "Liberally Awarding Lefties." Excerpt:
Alerting all celeb spotters -- you didn't hear it from us, but Tuesday night's a good night to lurk around the Kennedy Center. You know the saying: Award 'em and they will come, and that's just what People for the American Way and its Foundation are doing there. The annual D.C. fundraiser for that granola-chomping semi-vast left-wing conspiracy promises to attract a mob of million-dollar faces. (Or at least five.)
Chevy Chase (the comedian, not the suburb . . . or bank, for that matter) and Cynthia Nixon have agreed to co-host the event. We do appreciate that if you're active within the People for the American Way, they do reward, er, award you well. Board member Alec Baldwin is getting a Defender of Democracy award, presented to him by PFAW founder Norman Lear, while former PFAW president Carole Shields is nabbing this year's Spirit of Liberty award, which she'll accept from soon-to-be-former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.). Meanwhile, who could throw a liberal bash and not invite Susan Sarandon? She's taking home a Defender of Democracy award, too, which is being handed over by Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.).
According to a recent article in the New York Times, PFAW is "girding for conflict" in preparation for the anticipated resignation of Justice Rehnquist from the Supreme Court. Excerpt from the NYT:
Liberals, especially, are girding for conflict because Mr. Bush has often said he admires Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, two of the court's staunchest conservatives. Ralph G. Neas, president of People for the American Way, warns that similar nominees would turn the clock back on civil rights and environmental protections, not to mention Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.