Jewish World Review Nov. 8, 2002 / 3 Kislev, 5763
Election outcome is good for more than GOPers
The elections are almost over, and at least three good
things have come out of them.
First, the race card seems to have lost its
political punch. Bill Clinton traipsed to such places as Florida, Georgia,
North Carolina, Maryland and New York, intent on demonizing Republicans as
In response, voters yawned and GOP candidates won in
each and every one of the aforementioned states. In addition, figures
indicate that a couple of targeted Republican candidates, Lamar Alexander in
Tennessee and Elizabeth Dole in North Carolina, got better than average
chunks of the black vote.
Second trend: Positive campaigning - it made a
comeback of sorts. Sure, a few candidates got slimed, but not as many as you
Third, maybe-related civility broke out. Losers gave gracious
concession speeches; winners declared victory with class. No divisive
lawsuits. No Bush versus Gore. No Supreme Court hijinks.
For one election,
at least, office seekers acted like grown-ups.
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