- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 7, 2000

Winner take all

"Michael S. Dukakis does a good job describing life on the wrong side of a presidential election: 'You want to know about losing?' he asks in a recent interview. 'It stinks. Winning is a lot better.'
"John B. Anderson, who ran as an independent in 1980, says the day after losing the race for the White House, it is as if 'you are thrown over a cliff' in anonymity. 'You are no longer a substantive, great and abiding interest.'
"George S. McGovern, who lost resoundingly to Richard Nixon in 1972, recalls the silence, the loneliness. 'Where did all those voters go? Where were those huge crowds on Election Day?' he asks. 'You have a huge sense that the country deserted you and left you alone.'
"On Wednesday, Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore will both enter elite clubs," Los Angeles Times reporter Maria L. LaGanga writes. "One will become the president-elect; the other will be the man who lost the final election of the 20th century. The world will hang on one man's every word; life, for the other, will get very quiet, very fast."

Evil Republicans

"On the third-to-last day of the presidential campaign, Al Gore revealed the spiritual sickness that afflicts the Democratic Party's elites their implicit view that American politics is not a system whose purpose is to provide freedom and protect Americans from tyranny, but is instead a moral pageant pitting forces of progressive 'good' against reactionary 'evil,' " New York Post columnist John Podhoretz writes.
Mr. Gore did so in Memphis, Tenn., "in an attempt to gin up his support in the unenthusiastic Democratic base of all bases, the African-American community. The Amazing Reinventing Candidate became a black preacher for an hour as he compared his campaign to the journey of the Hebrews from Egypt to Canaan which, though pretty offensive, was not nearly the most offensive thing he said."
" 'Deep within us,' the vice president preached, 'we each have the capacity for good and for evil. I am taught that good overcomes evil if we choose that outcome. I feel it coming …'
"There it is: Al Gore stands for good, George W. Bush for evil and by extension, the Republican Party is to be considered evil as well."
Mr. Podhoretz added: "This attitude suffuses the Gore campaign, and the statements both public and private of Democrats who loathe George W. Bush and the Republicans. They believe themselves the repositories of compassion and Republicans the enemies of it which is why Bush's appropriation of the word 'compassionate' to describe his conservatism so enrages them.
"For them, being a Democrat is, in and of itself, an expression of a superior moral understanding of the world."

Pandering is pandering

On the eve of the election, the New Republic an enthusiastic supporter of Al Gore expressed exasperation over Democratic running mate Joseph I. Lieberman's backtracking on affirmative action and, even worse, his attempt to meet with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
"… Does the Gore campaign, fearful that having a Jew on the ticket will depress black turnout, think the solution is for that Jew to link himself to an anti-Semite?" the magazine asked in an editorial this week.
"Is this some kind of hideous moral payback, whereby Lieberman's past colorblindness means he must now pay more, not less, homage to his party's worst instincts so as to prove his partisan bona fides? If so, the price is too high. This magazine remains deeply committed to the ticket on which Joseph Lieberman runs, and, of course, to the man who chose him. But the Connecticut senator seems to have forgotten that pandering is pandering, with or without God. What on earth, or in heaven, is going on?"

Now he tells us

Pat Buchanan says a third party may be the wrong way to reach the American people.

Mr. Buchanan, who left the Republican Party to run as the Reform Party nominee in the presidential race, also predicted a narrow win for Republican George W. Bush in today's vote.

He spoke at a suburban Detroit news conference yesterday before flying on to New York.

As for his own campaign, lagging with 1 percent support or less in national polls, the Associated Press reported that he was clearly having second thoughts about running as a third-party candidate.

"I've decided that a presidential campaign is really not a place where great ideas and great issues can be best advanced," said Mr. Buchanan, who sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1992 and 1996.

"But how do you get to the point where you can offer the American people an authentic third choice, and to influence policy best? I don't know the answer to that question."

He listed stumbling blocks, including exclusion from the three presidential debates, lack of access to the soft money that he said added many millions to efforts of Mr. Bush and Vice President Al Gore, and a lack of national media coverage.

Most national polls show the former talk-show host and Nixon White House aide getting about 1 percent support, trailing Green Party candidate Ralph Nader's 4 percent to 5 percent.

Mr. Buchanan said he would talk with Mr. Nader after the election "and ask him what we do, especially if he gets the 5 percent for the Green Party."

Shotgun election

Going to the polls carries an extra reward today for voters in two Atlanta suburbs a chance to win a $1,500 shotgun.
The National Federation of Republican Assemblies, a conservative group opposed to limits on gun ownership, is sponsoring the raffle at two gun shops in Norcross and Smyrna, Ga., the Associated Press reports.
Voters can take the "I Voted" sticker they receive after casting a ballot to the gun shops and fill out a raffle ticket.
A drawing will be held tomorrow and the winner will get a Benelli Super Black Eagle 12-gauge shotgun.
Steve Frank, president of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies, said the main purpose is to raise voter turnout.

Commies for Gore

"The Communist Party USA has decided to come out solidly in favor of Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore, even though party officials still have reservations about the vice president and his running mate, Sen. Joseph Lieberman," Worldnetdaily.com reports.
"According to a statement released [Monday], the CPUSA 'an independent voice of the left' said while 'in general we do not endorse candidates of other parties … we think the Bush/Cheney ticket represents a new threat to democracy and the well-being of working families.'
"Even though CPUSA leaders said, 'We have major differences with the Gore/Leiberman [sic] ticket,' a victory by GOP nominee George W. Bush and his running mate, former defense secretary Dick Cheney, would 'set back labor's rights, civil rights and women's right to choose'
" 'If they win,' the statement said, 'Social Security, our public schools, the environment and all government programs aimed to help the poor will be in great jeopardy.'
" 'That is why, like most of the labor movement, civil rights and women's, environmental, gay and lesbians organizations, we are calling for an all-out effort to defeat the Republican right at the polls on Nov. 7,' said the Communist Party."
The party added: "Our approach is not 'love Gore/ Lieberman' but rather 'No Son of a Bush' in the White House.' "
The CPUSA also joins the Democratic Party establishment in castigating Green Party nominee Ralph Nader.
" 'While we agree with many things he says, if he helps Bush win, he is placing his own party's advancement against the future well-being of millions of working families,' " said the statement from the revolutionary party now advocating strategic voting.

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