Mary Lynn Jones

Mary Lynn F. Jones is a Washington-based writer. Her work has also appeared in The Chicago Tribune, National
, the Washington Business Journal and Barron's Guide to the Most
Competitive Colleges
. A native Washingtonian, Jones has been a regular
political commentator for WMAL-AM and has made numerous radio and television
appearances, including on National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation"
and Fox
News Channel. Mary Lynn received her master's degree in journalism from
Columbia University and her bachelor's degree from Wellesley College.

Recent Articles

The Traditionalist

M any liberals were startled when one of the strongest Senate voices warning against invading Iraq turned out to be 84-year-old Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, a man slightly to the center-right of his party, a defense hawk and very much a traditionalist. But at the heart of Byrd's traditionalism is reverence for the U.S. Constitution. And in the days leading up to the Senate vote to give President Bush authority to take military action against Iraq, Byrd hammered away at two points: First, the Bush administration was trying to take away Congress' constitutional right to declare war; and second, the Senate wasn't spending enough time debating a momentous resolution that could send American soldiers to their deaths. Of course, Byrd's arguments were defeated when senators first voted for cloture, blocking Byrd's threatened filibuster; they then backed the White House by a vote of 77-to-23, with a slender majority of Democrats supporting Bush. During the Iraq debate, Byrd was anything...

Party of Lincoln

Imagine the following scenario: It's election night and the Senate again splits 50-50. Who is now the most important man in Washington? It's not President George W. Bush, Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) or Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.). It's a freshman senator from a small northern state. That senator is Rhode Island Republican Lincoln Chafee, and the scenario isn't as unlikely as it sounds. If the Senate splits, control of the chamber reverts to Republican hands. The untimely death of Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.) on Oct. 25 means Republicans could regain their majority as early as November 6, if Republican candidate Norm Coleman wins the election and takes his seat immediately. Chafee -- who has opposed the administration on numerous issues like President Bush's tax cut, campaign finance reform, drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and, most recently, authorizing military action against Iraq -- could find himself holding the fate of the Bush agenda in his hands. The junior senator...