- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Decisive battle

“We’re witnessing the political equivalent of Gettysburg,” Robert Moran writes at National Review Online (www.nationalreview.com).

“The Democrats needed to win this election to turn their prospects around. They needed the White House to win back the Supreme Court. They needed a pliable Senate to water down or halt the House Republicans. They failed, utterly,” said Mr. Moran, a vice president at the Republican polling firm Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates.

“The Democrats and all of their institutions (the media, academia, unions, Hollywood, etc.) threw everything they had into this election. Their 527s outspent the Right. They knocked Nader off a vast number of ballots. They juiced turnout to unprecedented levels. They created documentaries. The lied about the draft. They lied about their candidate. They lied about stolen munitions. They fabricated memos. They even got an assist from the now completely discredited exit polls.

“And they lost.”

Bush and Seabiscuit

“After John Kerry’s come-from-behind win in the Iowa caucus, after Howard Dean flagged in the stretch, and continuing through much of the 2004 campaign, Kerry’s fans had the temerity to compare him to Seabiscuit, the great racehorse of the mid-1930s,” Noemie Emery writes at the Weekly Standard Web site (www.weeklystandard.com).

“But one win does not make a champion, and to anyone familiar with Laura Hillenbrand’s wonderful book, and the movie made from it, it is apparent that the real Seabiscuit in the race was George W. Bush,” the writer said.

“Bush and Seabiscuit both had patrician forebears (Man o’ War was Seabiscuit’s grandfather), but each seemed a little less elegant, a little more common, a bit less refined. Bush was called a cowboy, as a term of derision; Seabiscuit was called a cow horse. Bush and Seabiscuit both had troubled youths, marked by bad attitude and self-destructive behavior. Both were turned around in the nick of time, Seabiscuit by his owner, his trainer and jockey; Bush by God and by Laura. Afterwards, both of them burned up the track.

“Al Gore and John Kerry may have lacked the pizzazz of War Admiral, the magnificent Triple Crown winner whom Seabiscuit beat by four lengths in a match race, but they had all the arrogance of his unpleasant owner, a pillar of the Eastern racing establishment who felt himself demeaned and degraded by having his horse run on the same track as this upstart from nowhere.”

Parting shot

Retired Rear Adm. Roy Hoffmann, founder of Swift Boat Veterans and POWs for Truth, issued the following statement yesterday after Sen. John Kerry decided to concede the presidential race.

“We are pleased with the fact that we were able to effectively bring attention to our issues and raise questions regarding Senator Kerry’s character, leadership ability and qualifications as a potential commander in chief.

“As we have stated since we formed, we believed that John Kerry’s actions in Vietnam, coupled with the reprehensible statements he made after he returned were serious and consequently made him unfit for command. The primary purpose of our organization was to provide a voice for the courageous and honorable veterans of Vietnam, more than 280 Swift Boat Vets, Coast Guardsmen and POWs who served their country with honor.

“Our national grass-roots efforts produced donors in every state in the nation as we raised more than $26 million, with more than $7 million in online contributions. In addition, Swift Boat Veterans and former POWs visited dozens of states to take their message directly to the American people. We were the true embodiment of grass-roots citizen action, complied fully with federal election law and had every right to participate in the public discussion of John Kerry’s qualifications as commander in chief.”

Thanks, Mike

David Bossie, president of the conservative group Citizens United, thanked filmmaker Michael Moore and other left-wingers for helping re-elect President Bush.

“I’d like to extend a thank you to Michael Moore, George Soros, MoveOn.org and the Hollywood left,” Mr. Bossie said in a prepared statement.

“These left-wingers and groups that made up the ‘Anybody but Bush’ movement tried every trick in the book to energize voters with their anger and venom, painting the picture of a divided and pessimistic America. Thanks to their over-the-top tactics, it backfired and actually helped the American people see clearly.

“Americans are unified by optimism for what lies ahead for our country, as well as President Bush’s strong leadership in the war on terror. We should all be grateful to these liberal extremist groups for helping elect George W. Bush to protect our nation another four years.”

Looking ahead

“Now that Campaign 2004 is out of the way, don’t think a few presidential wannabes haven’t already noticed that there are 1,461 days until Election Day 2008,” Chuck Todd, editor in chief of the Hotline political roundup, writes in the New York Times.

“Howard Dean and Hillary Clinton campaigned for or raised money for more than 30 House, Senate or governor candidates. Wesley Clark campaigned for at least 20 House or Senate candidates. Rudy Giuliani stumped for nearly a dozen candidates around the country. John McCain’s stump total was close to 20. Gov. George Pataki of New York distinguished himself in this category by stumping for more gubernatorial candidates than any other future presidential candidate in the country.”

McGreevey’s farewell

New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey will give a farewell address Monday, one week before he leaves office.

Mr. McGreevey, a Democrat, announced in August that he was resigning because his homosexual affair with an aide was about to become public.

“The 10- to 15-minute speech Monday afternoon will be made at the State Museum auditorium,” the New York Post reports, citing a McGreevey spokeswoman.

“Besides friends, staff and Cabinet members, guests are expected to include legislators, various appointees and supporters from organized labor and AARP,” the newspaper said.

Sackcloth and ashes

Laura Ingraham, the conservative radio talk-show host, said she felt certain that Katie Couric’s choice of a black dress yesterday morning on NBC’s “Today” was no coincidence.

“We noticed, Katie,” said Miss Ingraham, whose nationally syndicated program is heard locally on WTNT-570. Miss Ingraham said that she herself had reacted to President Bush’s re-election by doing a dance of celebration.

A colleague on Miss Ingraham’s show cited the “ashen look” on the face of MSNBC’s Chris Matthews as election night wore on. • Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or [email protected]

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