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FROM [NAME WITHHELD]:
What`s remarkable about [Wall
Street Journal Editorial Page Editor-designate
Paul] Gigot [in his final "Potomac Watch" column]
and much of the rest of the establishment press is
that they believe that they can continue to restrict the
topics fit for discussion and lie blatantly, the Internet
Consider his examples:
"[O]pposing immigration-bashing Proposition 187
in California when it was GOP orthodoxy"
The only prevailing GOP orthodoxy of recent years
has been an unquenchable thirst for political payoffs
and corporate welfare. If some Republicans supported
187, it was because they were aware from polls that it
was going to win — big.
"[P]redicting the rise of Newt
Gingrich as early as 1988, when everyone said he
His "rise" was the direct result of the
House Bank check kiting scandal, which even
"Merlin" Gigot does not claim to have foreseen.
Once in, the Republicans have held on because the
system tilts heavily toward incumbents. Who is Speaker
doesn`t matter, as is obvious from the nonentity now
holding the position. The Republicans will eventually
out, perhaps as early as 2002.
"[D]efending scientist David Baltimore against
congressional tormenter John Dingell."
The person the establishment press failed to defend
was the woman
who blew the whistle on Baltimore and consequently
lost her position.
"[A]nticipating that the 2000 election would be a referendum on character
and culture, despite the Senate`s failure to oust Mr.
It`s obvious that the 2000 election reverted to traditional religious and racial voting patterns, in the absence of incumbency, a recession, "read my lips", or some other defining event or issue, but that the Republicans fared worse than previously under similar circumstances because the percentage of white Protestants is at an all time low. The Dems certainly would have won the electoral college had they been a bit less arrogant and run Sen. Graham from Florida (or, if his FBI file was too dirty, some other scalawag with a southern accent) for VP. Even though the country clearly has slipped, I doubt that a "legacy" who branded frat pledges with a coat hanger, was stinking drunk at almost all times between the ages of 18 and 40, and who supported the Vietnam War while in a no-show but well paying Air National Guard position would be widely considered to be of good character.
August 27, 2001