Jewish World Review Nov. 15, 2000 / 17 Mar-Cheshvan, 5761
Enough is enough, Mr. Gore
WHY AM I shocked that Al Gore's calculated effort to
divide this nation along racial, ethnic, gender, social and
economic lines for political gain has persisted beyond the
I realize it was naive, but I thought that there would be
some limits on what Gore would be willing to do to fulfill
his lifelong goal of becoming president of the United
For most of this week I have been beside myself with
concern that Gore would end up tinkering with the
system until the election results finally turned his way. The
thought of four more years of lawlessness and
demagoguery was quite depressing.
After everything that's happened this week, my fears
have shifted from the alarming prospect of a Gore regime
to the almost inevitable atmosphere of bitterness that will
prevail in Washington regardless of whether Bush or
Gore becomes president.
Let me be clear. I emphatically reject the conventional
wisdom that close elections breed disharmony or even
lead to gridlock. We have had close presidential elections
many times with no resulting chaos. Competing political
philosophies can be as healthy for the political system as
free enterprise is to the economy.
It's not the closeness that is problematic, but the
polarization that Gore and his camp have engendered
throughout the campaign cycle.
And don't tell me that every politician is polarizing. That's
intellectual laziness and dishonesty. George Bush isn't
dividing people. It's not in his makeup; it's not part of his
Gore's class and race-warfare is only part of the
problem. He is also polarizing the nation through his
endless trail of deceit. At least half of the people have
had their fill of it and are grievously alienated. Yet it
continues, to wit:
On election night, as soon as the networks reversed their
premature prediction that Gore would win Florida, the
Democratic machine whipped into action. The
Associated Press reported that the Democratic National
Committee paid TeleQuest Teleservices, a telemarketing
firm, to make thousands of calls on election night -- while
polls were still open -- to scare Palm Beach voters into
thinking they had voted incorrectly and to encourage
them to return to the polls and complain. But Florida
Democratic Congressman Robert Wexler, one of
President Clinton's most obnoxious flacks during
impeachment, ran to the press and pretended that he had
received spontaneous calls from voters who were
distraught over their confusing ballots.
Gore lawyer, Harvard Law professor Lawrence Tribe
said that machine ballots are biased toward poor people.
What a deplorable waste of a formidable IQ!
The sainted Joe Lieberman criticized the Bush campaign
for going to court while Gore had not. Yet Gore's
surrogates have filed eight separate lawsuits. Just how
dense do they think we are?
Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris announced
that she would comply with the state statute requiring her
to ignore ballots of any county that were not filed with her
within the statutory deadline. The pertinent statute clearly
affords her no discretion.
So what do Gore's venerable spokesmen say about Mrs.
Harris' statement that she will honor the law? Warren
Christopher denounced her as a partisan, saying her
decision was arbitrary and unreasonable. Leave it to a
former Clinton-Gore official to characterize obeying the
law as unreasonable.
Gore press secretary Chris Lehane said that Harris "is
trying to do an end run that would frustrate the will of the
people. ... She (Harris) is acting in the finest tradition of a
Soviet commissar." I can't comment on this remark
Gore communications director Mark Fabiani called the
Secretary of State "a crony of the Bush brothers" who is
"trying to steal this election away."
If you want to talk about political cronyism, you need
only consider the prospect of a manual recount in the four
most Gore-favoring Florida counties. If that doesn't
convince you, watch a replay of the banana-republic style
actions of the Democratic-controlled vote commissioners
as they used their election-Ouija boards to add votes to
Gore's column during the manual recount.
I am not advocating that Gore concede the election
before all the absentee ballots are received and tabulated.
But I am saying that he ought to stop acting like a
frustrated '60s radical who grew up and suddenly found
himself in a position to do real harm to the nation and
didn't say no. It's time to say no, Mr.
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