- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 14, 1999

Media elite

“Why do Americans hate the media? …
“National journalists tend to reject the common citizen’s God while secretly adhering to an almost orthodox faith in the Democratic Party. Less discussed, but equally profound, is their extremely friendly attitude toward political power, which normal Americans typically fear… .
“The Monica Lewinsky scandal comes to mind. This scandal shocked many Americans … because of the huge knot of toads that hopped forward in his defense… .
“Pedants will argue for centuries over which symbol of this scandal etched itself deepest into the national psyche: the Gap stain, the president’s wagging finger, or the spooky visage of James Carville. My vote goes to the last. Perhaps the most troubling aspect of the Carville presence was the high regard in which he was clearly held by those who interviewed him. One wished a host would reach over occasionally and slap him upside the head and tell him to seek honorable employment. Instead, they fawned over him, and continuously begged him to return.”
Dave Shiflet, writing on “Let ‘Em Eat Cake,” in the autumn issue of the Women’s Quarterly

No outlet

” I have one overall goal in life, and that is to reverse the trend of de-industrializing America and to stop these insane trade laws that force our manufacturers to compete against impossible odds,’ George Becker, president of the United Steelworkers of America, recently told The New York Times. Yet there is little in the way of a political outlet for this globaphobic passion, with the two Democratic candidates for president both strongly and historically committed to internationalist economics. The AFL-CIO officially endorsed Gore for president in October, but only over the objection of the Teamsters and the United Auto Workers and with markedly little enthusiasm from Becker and others in the industrial unions.
” It’s one thing for the Vice President to get the AFL-CIO’s endorsement,’ Becker warned, and it’s quite another to mobilize our members.’ “
Ed Kilgore, writing on “Flirting With Disaster,” in the November/ December issue of the New Democrat

Retro relations

“The Millennial generation is increasingly retro’ in their dating and mating styles, their attitudes toward relationships being more like their grandparents than the do-your-own-thing approach of their Boomer parents… . For instance, I pity our times,’ says Stacey, a 22-year-old legal assistant/writer/actress from New York. We don’t have big balls to go to with big dresses. You can’t be classy about meeting someone these days.’
“In the longings expressed by this young woman, I hear the mindset that has catapulted ballroom and swing dancing, once the symbol of everything young people hated and despised, back into the limelight. There may still be plenty of young people who want to continue shaking their bodies at one another to an infernal beat, in that pre-copulative mating ritual that has passed for dancing for so long, but the romantic antennae of Generation Y are out.
“A few weeks ago, I found myself talking on a long flight to a senior vice president of Arthur Murray’s dancing studios, who told me that their business is booming as never before. Colleges are finding it difficult to provide enough ballroom classes for their undergraduates. This unexpected dance phenomenon has caught the eyes of the national media, who are already running pieces on young women ransacking thrift shops and secondhand clothing stores for the kinds of frothy confection that haven’t been popular for decades.”
Richard Kew, writing on “Whatever Happened to Sleeping Around?” in the November/ December issue of Touchstone

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