- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 7, 2000

The race card appears to be the last ace in the Democrats' dwindling deck. Vice President Al Gore, Sen. Joe Lieberman and their associates have resorted to racial and religious polemics in order to counteract America's growing impatience with election-related legal maneuvering. Although the Rev. Jesse Jackson has received much of the blame for this, he clearly is simply executing the objectives of the Democratic machinery.
Last week in Ottawa President Clinton said he had Mr. Gore winning the Florida election by 100 votes, even if you don't count "the butterfly ballots from Palm Beach. Or the Holocaust survivors who supposedly cast their vote for the anti-Semitic Pat Buchanan. Or the blacks voting for the first time who were given the wrong instructions and double-punched." As America's commander in chief, Mr. Clinton's words carry particular weight. Since there is no evidence that a single Holocaust survivor voted for Mr. Buchanan or that blacks "were given the wrong instructions," his statements were particularly reckless. Mr. Jackson, meanwhile, has made similar statements. While in Tallahassee, Fla., Mr. Jackson said there has been "a clear pattern of voter suppression of African-American votes" throughout Florida.
Interestingly, although Mr. Jackson led a Florida crowd in the refrain of "Every vote counts" at a rally on Sunday, he clearly has a different standard for the 15,000 absentee-ballot votes in Seminole County, which a Gore supporter is trying to have thrown out in a lawsuit. Mr. Jackson said, "Those votes in Seminole that have been tainted must face a judgment." But it is Mr. Jackson's perspective that has been tainted. Republican Party workers simply added voter-identification numbers to ballot applications, but not ballots, in Seminole County after they had been left out in a printing error. Since one in three enlisted persons are minorities, one would think Mr. Jackson would want to protect absentee ballots, rather than support a lawsuit to get them thrown out. Right?
Now, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has joined the fray. The commission, which was created under the 1957 Civil Rights Act, will investigate accusations of voter intimidation in Florida. Six of the eight commission members are Democrats and the commission chairwoman, Frances Berry, was a contributor to Mr. Gore and the Democratic Senatorial Committee.
Clearly, efforts to contest the presidential election are stoking racial resentment which is deeply injurious to society at large. Civil rights activists undermine their own cause when they do the bidding of Democratic Party operatives.

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