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Jewish World Review July 16, 1999 /3 Av, 5759

David Corn

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In the Money --
SO WHAT DID I MISS? Al Gore distancing himself from Bill Clinton regarding the President’s recreational practices? That took guts. Hillary distancing herself from the President’s view on health care policy? Too bad she didn’t engage in such distancing when she was cobbling together a health care reform package that was limited by Clinton’s desire to appease Corporate America and the health insurance industry.

(After the Clintons went through policy contortions to avoid the wrath of Big Medicine, the insurance gang still ravaged the proposal.)

What a love-hate triangle there must be in the White House. Has anyone sold the film rights yet?

Then there was George W. Bush disclosing he had raised more than $36 million for the Republican presidential primary contest. Washington Post columnist David Broder was practically apoplectic over the conventional wisdom that this treasure chest renders the “largely unexamined” Bush inevitable. The role of money in the political system, Broder observed, is “drowning out decency and threatening the underpinnings of democracy itself.” That’s true. But in the not-so-distant past Broder has written approvingly of GOP-backed plans to raise the limits on individual contributions.

Currently, a Bush groupie can slip at most $1000 to W’s primary campaign. Raise that amount to, say, $5000, as some deformers have advocated, and Bush the Younger could pull in $100 million. It’s good the Post’s Grand Poohbah is raising the obvious criticism about Bush’s Texas-sized bucks. But maybe Broder is more upset that Bush’s money—like the bribes at the Palio—is getting in the way of a good horse race.

JWR contributor David Corn, Washington Editor of The Nation, writes the "Loyal Opposition" column for The New York Press.


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06/17/99: The Book On Bill
06/15/99: George W. owes Bubba big
06/10/99: You’re Okay, I’m Running For Senate
06/04/99: Gore to South Africans: Drop Dead
06/02/99: Gone Fishin’
05/28/99: It’s in The Water
05/26/99: Pistol-Whipped
05/20/99: Combat Pay
05/19/99: Meet the New Boss
05/14/99: A 37-Year Losing Streak
05/12/99: Funds Before Guns
05/07/99: Missing In Action
05/05/99: Gun Shy
04/30/99: A Flyover War
04/28/99: Darwin Made Me Do It
04/16/99: Spin to Sell
04/16/99: No Controlling Authority
04/16/99: Damage Done
04/14/99: No Left Churn
04/12/99: Clinton’s Policy Bombs
04/09/99: A Cuban Frost
04/05/99: Coups and Fibbers
03/31/99: The Flynt Fizzle
03/24/99: Liddy and St. Steve
03/19/99: Hope in Hollywood
03/12/99: Clinton: The Novel
03/08/99: A Tale of Two Clintons
03/04/99: ..and Dumber
03/01/99: Post-Mortem Ad Nauseam
02/25/99: What’s Next?

©1999, David Corn