- The Washington Times - Monday, August 7, 2000

Republican '10'

"Who'd have thought it? Bo Derek, a cheerleader for George W. [Bush]. Yes, that's right, THE Bo Derek. You know, cornrows, the '10' girl, sex goddess of the later disco era, the seductress clad in a wet swimsuit and, often, gloriously, much less.

"It turns out that she's on the right, an unlikely star for an all-too-straitlaced party. She's a Republican and has been for years… .

"As a younger woman, she saw herself as a Democrat… . Then filming abroad opened her eyes… . The free market, she realized, works. Welfare is fine 'when people really need help, but as a lifestyle, I don't think it's good for the people receiving it… . It discourages dignity and incentives.'

"She is no social conservative… . [She is] pro-gay rights, pro-choice and, on occasion, anti-clothes. 'We're born nude and it just seems like the most natural thing.' … Bo Derek is never going to be one of the [feminists]. She had an unforgivably happy marriage to a much older guy, she took off her clothes in a lot of movies and, let's face it, she just looks too good."

Andrew Stuttaford, writing on "Hollywood 10," Thursday in National Review on line at www.nationalreview.com

Emoting as governing

"What makes [private charities] effective is precisely their freedom from the accountability that government money brings, their zeal to turn around lives and souls in ways no government should be allowed to, and the enthusiasm that real charity not bribed social welfare brings.

"Conservatives used to understand this. One of conservatism's central insights is that compassion is an emotion best left out of government. The role of government is to govern… . Love, friendship, generosity, compassion these are virtues best practiced by private individuals, not public bureaucracies. Compassionate conservatism, in other words, is neither.

"Of course, these are hard times in which to convey such a message. One of [President] Clinton's subtlest but deepest legacies is the conflation of feeling with governing. For Clinton, emoting is an integral part of the executive function, and a politician who feels others' pain but doesn't use the government to alleviate it is heartless or cruel or, in that hideous, focus-group-tested adjective, 'mean-spirited.' In some ways, Clinton is actually the archetypical compassionate conservative the kind of politician who feels bad for an inmate but executes him anyway, the kind of group-therapist-in-chief who thinks passing a hate-crimes law actually reduces hate, the kind of moralist who thinks that hugging a senior citizen is the same thing as running the country."

Andrew Sullivan, writing on "Armies of Confusion," in the Aug. 7 issue of the New Republic

No consequences

"There was a time when the Democratic Party occupied the moral high ground… . Democrats were moral idealists, whose hearts, at least, were in the right place.

"Today the Democrats have become the party of moral cynicism… .

"It is often forgotten how, just recently, the Democrats were the party of patriotism 'ask what you can do for your country' and of Cold War anti-communism. The Vietnam War turned leftists, academics and the cultural elite against the old Democratic Party, in all of its moral idealism. The turning point was the Chicago convention of 1968, in which the '60s radicals trashed the party and, when the dust settled, took it over… .

"[Vice President Al Gore's] wife Tipper used to be a culture warrior, leading the charge against the immoral lyrics and pushing for parental guidance labels. Now, to make up for that fault … she finds the opportunity to play drums with a lesbian rock band at a gay-rights event."

Gene Edward Veith, writing on "The lifestyle left's party," in the Aug. 5 issue of World

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