Jewish World Review Dec. 17, 2004 / 5 Teves, 5765

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NBC poll and Chevy Chase tirade highlight secret to Bush's success


http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll helps explain why John Kerry and the anybody-but-Bush machine came up short in last month's election.


Forget about all the other issues cluttering cable news outlets and the Internet. In the end, we are a nation at war that lives in an age of terror.


The political party that understands that reality, and positions itself as the most able to take the fight to the terrorists, wins.


Unfortunately for the Democratic Party, the NBC/WSJ poll shows Republicans with a clear advantage on that issue.


A majority of Americans say Bush has a mandate to do whatever it takes to win in Iraq and the war of terror, while Republicans generally enjoy a 15 point lead when voters are asked who they trust more to handle those wars.


But instead of facing up to this great challenge, Democrats and their supporters are still obsessing over vote counts in elections that are already over. And elites in New York, Washington, and L.A. keep opening their mouths only to make matters worse for the candidate they will all support in 2008 (see Hillary Clinton).


May G-d help the Democratic Party over the next four years, because Hollywood and CBS News sure as heck won't.

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This morning, Americans awoke to news of political assassinations in Iraq, swarms of locusts in Mexico, and a new audio tape of Osama Bin Laden.


But they won't be talking about those stories around the watercooler today. Instead, chances are good that many more will discussing Christmas plans, this weekend's football games, and former "Saturday Night Live" star Chevy Chase's tirade at the Kennedy Center.


I can almost hear an office worker asking another if she heard what that crazy Bill Murray called President Bush at the White House Christmas party right in front of his two children!


But it was Mr. Chase who lost control of just about everything this side of his bowels when he delivered a broadside against President Bush.


He started by calling the President a "dumb f_ _ _."


The Washington Post also reported today that Chase used Dick Cheney's favorite slur as an adjective, assuring the audience, "I'm no f_ _ _ _ _ _ clown either... This guy started a jihad."


But the line that will make Republicans from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to Orange County, California smile with glee was his description of the President as an "uneducated schmuck."


Republicans like Bush and Reagan have always fed off of others' low expectations.


And far from being angered at having their fearless leader referred to as a "dumb, uneducated blankety-blank schmuck," Republicans exploit such insults for their political gain. That's why I suspect Karl Rove and his family will probably pay homage to Chase this weekend by sitting down to watch "Caddyshack" and "Fletch."


Like Michael Moore, Chevy Chase makes Rove's job so much easier.


When Ronald Reagan first ran for governor of California in 1966, he was considered to be so stupid that friends of sitting Governor Pat Brown funneled money into the Reagan camp — all so this dimwitted B-list actor could win the GOP primary.


Reagan did, and then whipped Brown


Fourteen years later, Jimmy Carter's White House threw a party after Reagan locked up the national Republican presidential nomination. The thought was that America would never elect a man held in such low esteem by elites on both coasts.


Fast forward to Election Eve, 1980, and there was Jimmy Carter complete with quivering lip telling the voters of Plains that he just hoped he didn't do anything to embarrass them.


He did.


Dumb Ronald Reagan gave Carter a historic drubbing and entered the White House underestimated and misunderstood.


Hell, Dan Rather and hundreds of Marxist professors across America and Europe still don't understand how Reagan won the Cold War and died a national hero.


And the original host of SNL's "Weekend Update" doesn't understand how shrill attacks like his only helps the man he hates.


I held hundreds of townhall meetings while in Congress, and I know first hand that nothing sells on the stump like Hollywood arrogance. And one of Hollywood's favorite sons used his time on the fabled Kennedy Center stage to slander the President of the United States as an uneducated moron — who, by the way, received more votes than anyone else in United States history.


The Democrats should be so dumb.


And by the way, I pray that my children will be so "uneducated" as to attend Yale and Harvard when they grow up.


Instead of focusing on recounts and recriminations, the Democratic Party needs to be constructive. I have a homework assignment its members can complete over the Christmas break: Read the New Republic's cover story from last week, "An Argument for New Liberalism."


In the article, TNR editor Peter Beinart warns Democrats that unless they confront Islamic totalitarianism as seriously as Truman faced down Stalinism, the Democratic Party will be relegated to permanent minority status.


The article is sure to anger Democratic activists and amuse arrogant Republicans. But mark my words: Beinhart's approach will be embraced by Hillary Clinton over the next four years, as she prepares to win back the White House for the Party of Hollywood, Chevy Chase, and Michael Moore.


It will be a tough task for Clinton or anyone else. But impossible if Hollywood clowns like Chevy Chase don't understand how they have played a role, however slight, in the unraveling of their once great party.

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Former Congressman Joe Scarborough (R-Fla.) hosts “Scarborough Country,” 10 p.m. ET, weeknights on MSNBC. He is the author of the recently published "Rome Wasn't Burnt in a Day : The Real Deal on How Politicians, Bureaucrats, and Other Washington Barbarians are Bankrupting America". (Click HERE to purchase. Sales help fund JWR.)Comment by clicking here.


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