- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 1, 2000

New alignment

"If elected, George W. Bush will be our first president with an MBA.

"This is not just a Republican or a pro-business attribute, but a broader culture alignment. Clinton tracks from the '60s, and follows the early-boomer experience into careers (when everyone went to law school or thought about it), marriage (and marital problems), and more-or-less conflicted adulthood. George W. represents later boomers: business schools, networking, deals, and a lot less personal angst (more cash flow perhaps equals less angst).

"Al Gore doesn't align very well with either of those psychographic halves of boomerdom. He isn't hip enough or flawed enough for the former, and he isn't plugged-in enough or operator enough or yuppie-like enough or even 'bobolike' enough for the latter.

"Cultural alignment is going to be a big deal."

Michael Wolff, writing on "B-Boy," in the July 31 issue of New York

PC apology

"General Mills, a company that has long been associated with providing our nation with quality food products, has been frantically apologizing for including a free CD-ROM in more than 12 million boxes of cereal.

"The reason for this frenzied act of contrition was that the CD-ROM included software of the Bible. In this politically correct age, a Bible without an apology just wouldn't be suitable… .

"As our nation continues to systematically expunge Christ from the public square, another disturbing trend one in which Christ and Christians are fiercely denigrated is simultaneously accelerating.

"Take, for example, many popular cable networks that have now authorized the use of the worst sorts of blasphemy to be broadcast over the national airwaves. Just a couple of years ago, this was not the case… .

"Plus, Christ has become depicted as a clownish fool on shows such as 'South Park,' 'Saturday Night Live,' 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien,' … and others… . In addition, the major television networks and the movie industry typically portray conservative people of faith as contemptible and insufferable villains… .

"So of course, in this hostile climate, it should indeed come as no surprise that a major company feels it must apologize for including the Bible in their cereal… . By the way General Mills has reacted, one would think they discovered that their product contained something as horrible as hard-core pornography.

"Then again, in this politically correct age, a pornographic CD-ROM in a cereal box might actually be more cordially accepted than the Holy Scriptures."

Jerry Falwell, writing on "Apologizing for the Bible at General Mills," in his e-mail newsletter July 27

'Seized by adoration'

"As the Republican Party convenes this week in Philadelphia where paeans to the Gipper will no doubt echo from the rafter once more it is more seized by adoration of Reagan than it was even at the height of his presidency… .

"One conservative columnist urges Republicans to 'reteach the lessons of Ronald Reagan to a new generation.' Another writes that 'it is optimistic visionaries who succeed, pessimists who fail. Mr. Reagan taught us that.'

"When conservatives fear they are on the brink of failure, it is Reagan whom they summon to stiffen their ideological resolve.

" 'You could conclude that [Steve] Forbes' withdrawal proves that the basic idea of a coalition of social conservatives and economic conservatives, oriented toward liberty, is dead,' the National Review editorialized this year, 'But that's not the lesson Ronald Reagan drew.' To associate an idea with Reagan is axiomatically to establish its truth."

Jonathan Chait, writing on "Still His Party," in the Aug. 7 issue of the New Republic

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