- The Washington Times - Monday, August 14, 2000

Dixie rising

"In the late 1990s, migration redistributed populations in what might be the first stages of a major geographic shift in markets… .

"The West the entire region, not just California began to experience net losses for the first time in its history after the 1990-91 recession, and has seen mounting net losses of domestic migrants even as the economy revived. For the first time in its history, the West is in the same position the Northeast faced since the 1970s: It only avoids population declines because arrivals from abroad make up for the net loss due to domestic migration.

"The South continued to attract by far the highest numbers of domestic migrants and scored striking gains among people in a number of high-profile and high-pay job categories. Among executives and professionals … the South decisively attracted more people than any other region."

Roberto Suro, writing on "Movement at Warp Speed," in the August issue of American Demographics

Empty promises

"Reporters are clearly frustrated by the lack of party fratricide [at the Republican convention]. CNN's Jeanne Meserve protested the absence of a fight with platform chairman Tommy Thompson: 'Is the party, for the moment, failing to grapple with some of the serious issues that divided it abortion, specifically?' Hours later, her colleague Candy Crowley tried to incite New York Gov. George Pataki: 'You and others who are for abortion rights in the Republican Party were frozen out of the platform… . What does that say, if anything, about compassionate conservatism and the broad tent?'

"On CBS, Dan Rather underlined that while other platform planks on education and immigration were softened, 'the Republican platform's hard stand against abortion rights and a woman's right to choose' remains unchanged… .

"On Aug. 2, Barbara Bush challenged ABC to question Democrats about their rigidity on abortion. ABC's Charles Gibson replied, 'Sure, sure, we'll ask that question.' Now that's a campaign promise that merits some skepticism."

Tim Graham in "Boo-hoo: GOP provides news media no negative campaigning to criticize" in the Aug. 12 World

Never on Sunday

"The choice of Joe Lieberman of Connecticut as Al Gore's running mate is so smart, so clever, so good, so satisfying, so striking that it just may turn this election a bit on its head for a while. What is most wonderful is that he is an Orthodox Jew. What does this mean? It means a lot of people who love America more than they love parties or politics are happy that a big and great breakthrough has occurred. A friend, a journalist who is politically conservative and Jewish, e-mailed me to tell me he had been weeping all morning, that he'd cried when he heard the news. Another friend, a producer at a TV news show, called and told me she woke her father in California to give him the news and they both got choked up.

"This is like 1960, she said, and I said I know, and I got choked up. It is wonderful when America is at her most American, and breaks down another barrier and says what's in your heart is most important …

"A powerful and respected political officeholder told me Monday that there's no upside to the Lieberman choice. I told him there's no downside. He was surprised and said, He can't even campaign on Saturdays! I said so what, America would love to see a politician who actually put God first one day a week."

Peggy Noonan in her opinion column posted Aug. 7 on Matt Drudge's Web site

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