- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 23, 2000

Nobles: The 271 electors who officially elected Gov. George W. Bush the 43rd president of the United States this week.

Despite the heckles of Democratic operatives like Bob Beckel and the pressures of Democratic foot soldiers who barraged Bush electors with phone calls, letters and e-mails, every elector who made a promise to vote for Mr. Bush kept that promise.

In doing so, they again cemented a constitutional bulwark against stormy political situations. In Federalist 68, Hamilton explained that the electors are to have a "transient existence" and a "detached and divided situation" in order to avoid, "heats and ferments, which might be communicated to them from the people."

To their credit, Vice President Al Gore and Sen. Joseph Lieberman eventually disavowed party switching efforts from fellow Democrats, and yet ironically enough, only one elector was unfaithful this year, D.C. elector Barbara Lett Simmons, who chose to leave her ballot blank instead of voting for Mr. Gore.

Thanks to the actions of the faithful electors, even Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle and House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt have finally agreed that Mr. Bush is the legitimate president of the United States.

Knaves: The protestors planning on coming to the inauguration of Mr. Bush.

The overflowing river of liberal vexation which visited Washington during the World Bank protests will return to deposit its scum in the District during inaugural weekend.

A laundry list of professionally indignant organizations filled with people with interchangeable placards are planning on airing their grievances, including the International Action Center, the Justice Action Movement, and the National Organization for Women (NOW). NOW president Patricia Ireland, having dug in high heels of indignation, has said she will be at the protests, as will the Rev. Al Sharpton, who plans to be in front of the Supreme Court. The International Action Center has already prepared fliers for the event, one of which advocates shutting down the IMF, defending abortion rights, abolishing the death penalty and surprisingly enough, protesting President Bush's inauguration.

According to The Washington Post, the demonstrations will also feature "chants, giant puppets, skits and a squad of radical stilt walkers being trained in Philadelphia," which presumably will give attendees something to watch when they are not too busy rewriting their signs to fit with the chant of the moment.

The demonstrators may have difficulty breaking through the thunderous applause that Mr. Bush will undoubtedly receive as he takes the oath to become the 43rd president of the United States. Yet even if the protestors do manage to disrupt the proceedings, supporters of Mr. Bush should not forget that even the marketplace of ideas needs a discount humor section.

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