Jewish World Review March 9, 2000 /2 Adar 2, 5760
http://www.jewishworldreview.com -- BUSH IS ROUTING McCain among -- well, among everyone, except the media and voters in "Ben and Jerry" country -- but Bush is especially trouncing McCain among women. Contrary to all expectations, even I love him. It's the smirk and the sneer that really hit my soft spot.
Meanwhile, Gore talks to all audiences in the loud, condescending manner that idiot bullying husbands use on their wives. Gore may be wiping the floor with Bill Bradley in the Democratic primaries, but Bradley is the guy who got a 485 on his verbal SATs. (Consequently, the media dub Bradley "cerebral." They also call statist John McCain, marionette of The New York Times, a "maverick.")
If that's not enough for you, the day before his defeat on Super Tuesday, Bradley said: "The thing I'm most proud of is we put some issues on the agenda that weren't there before, in terms of health care, in terms of gun control, in terms of making sure people understand how important campaign finance reform is in this country."
Play back the part about "issues ... that weren't there before" -- like health care, gun control and campaign finance reform. Last year -- well before Bradley even announced his candidacy -- there were two major pieces of legislation considered for several weeks on the floor of both the House and the Senate: One was on campaign finance reform and the other was on gun control.
Clinton (remember him? the president?) campaigned in 1992 on providing "universal" health care. The first two years of his administration were basically dedicated to the media's excitement at what a wonderful job Hillary had done on her health care plan ... until it went down in flames and the American people voted in a Republican Congress in 1994.
Even in 1998 -- long after the ceaselessly feted HillaryCare (1993-1994), and well before the shootings at Columbine or the votes on campaign finance reform in Congress (both 1999) -- a Lexis-Nexis search for articles on any one of these three topics produces the following response: "This search has been interrupted because it will return more than 1,000 documents. Please edit your search and try again." Good thing Bradley entered this race, or it would have occurred to no one in the Democrat Party to harangue the electorate about health care, gun control or campaign finance reform.
OK, so Gore beat that guy.
But I think Mr. Inspiration-for-"Love Story"-Creator-of-the-Internet is going to have a tougher time beating back the chicks' pick: George Bush Jr. What I really like about W is that, first, he's not John McCain, and second, he's easily annoyed.
The problem with Bush's father was that he belonged to an older generation of patrician Republicans who never wanted to insult the other guy. This may be the preferred method of reasonable discussion in the more exclusive clubs, but it was a little frustrating for Republicans in the rest of the country to be forced to watch the elder Bush reject "negative campaigning" and character issues in a campaign against Bill Clinton. Clinton had a "War Room"; Bush Sr. had "Robert's Rules of Order."
While the elder Bush had to be coached to attack, you get the feeling that W has to be coached to stop attacking.
On Fox News' "O'Reilly Factor" the other night, there was a beautiful and telling exchange. Bill O'Reilly was asking Bush about his proposed tax cuts, speculating that the Democrats were going to attack him by saying, "He's a rich, silver-spoon guy who's never made it on his own." Before O'Reilly could get to his question, W immediately shot back this sarcastic query: "You mean Al Gore's going to say that?"
And he didn't drop the ball. This was an instinctive loathing of lying demagoguery.
O'REILLY: Yeah. He's going to say it. And then he's going to say, "Look at me. I ..."
BUSH: He's not a rich, silver-spoon guy?
O'REILLY: Well, he -- don't you -- you don't remember, Governor, that he was a -- a tobacco guy?
BUSH: Oh, that's right.
O'REILLY: Don't you remember that? So they're going to say ...
BUSH: I'm going to have to remember it more clearly as the campaign comes along. Finally, a WASP with a temper. I like that. And the Republicans are going to need that temper in the general election. The economy is good. By all rights Al Gore, as the "incumbent," should win. The only way any Republican is going to be elected president in a good economy is to constantly remind the public of the lies, corruption and dishonor of this administration.
Maybe someone should keep reminding W that those patrician WASPs in Connecticut voted for
JWR contributor Ann Coulter is the author of High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton.
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