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The liberal establishment put forward its best candidate in South
Carolina, and he lost. Despite the best efforts of Democrats, liberal
independents, and most of the mainstream media to take over the
Republican Party, their candidate, John McCain, was resoundingly
defeated by a genuine Republican, George W. Bush.

For years, members of the moderate wing of the Republican Party have
longed to cleanse the party of its ties to the Bible, the Constitution
and conservative philosophy. Open primaries have provided them with an
opportunity to undermine the will of Republicans, usurp the majority,
and dictate the party’s nominee.

I have struggled with finding the right way to characterize this
aborted effort. What comes to mind is the phrase “Trojan donkey” — or
perhaps that should be “Trojan jackass.” Or we could think of this
political smuggling as an “underground railroad,” that is to say, an
underground effort to railroad the nominating process.

The South Carolina campaign sent stunning messages. I will cite a
few.

With deep regret, I must point out the disgraceful and hypocritical
display put on by many members of the mainstream media, particularly the
television media. They so much as admitted that they tilted their
coverage toward McCain because he was more friendly toward them. I would
have thought that after having been exposed as eminently seducible by
the charm and wit of the infamous Bill Clinton, they would have at least
made an effort to appear objective, even if they had to fake it.

The media gave and are giving inordinate attention to the visit of
Bush to Bob Jones University to speak to several thousand students. They
imply that Bush has contaminated himself by visiting a university whose
founders have intolerant views toward interracial marriage and the
Catholic Church. They have made big news of this, and amplified charges
that Bush is guilty by association because he did not challenge his
hosts, choosing instead to speak of his vision for America.

The same media had little to say about the fact that one of McCain’s
campaign co-chairman is former Sen. Warren Rudman. In his book,
“Combat,” Rudman said the Christian right has enough “anti-abortion
zealots, would-be censors, homophobes, bigots and latter-day Elmer
Gantrys to discredit any party that is unwise enough to embrace such a
group.” Only a few weeks ago, Rudman referred to pro-life people
disagreeing with him as “imbeciles.” McCain has said that if elected, he
might appoint this anti-Christian bigot as his attorney general.

This same, selectively indignant media have been conspicuously
unconcerned by the parade of Democrat candidates, including Hillary
Clinton, to events hosted by the notorious Al Sharpton, a known bigot
and racist demagogue with anti-Jewish views. And the same media watched
with silent approval as Al Gore went to a grand meeting of the Human
Rights Campaign, the largest homosexual organization in America, and
kissed them on the lips. He did not confront his hosts with his
disagreements with them — assuming he still has them — on same-sex
marriage and lowering the age of sexual consent.

The selection of what is newsworthy and what is not, and the
selective reporting of what is politically correct and what is not,
directly mirrors deep media biases.

The South Carolina primary also gave us unpleasant insights into the
inner workings of John McCain. In one of the most virulent “concession”
speeches ever given, a snarly, whiny McCain, in effect, accused Bush of
taking the “low road.” He accused Bush of using the “defeatist tactics
of exclusion,” and delivering “a negative message of fear.” He said that
he, McCain, had fought for his country, and implied that Bush had not.
Immediately following this mean-spirited tirade, McCain congratulated
himself for not being negative.

Early on, McCain promised not to exploit his war record. However, he
has made his military service the centerpiece of his campaign. He rarely
misses an opportunity to reference his sacrifices in Vietnam, and is
good at manufacturing reasons to bring it up. It is wearing awfully thin
and becoming an embarrassment.

The truth everyone is afraid to touch is that five years of abuse,
intimidation, and degradation at the hand of cruel captors is not
necessarily the type of experience which would enhance one’s
qualifications to be president.

The good news of the campaign is that Republicans have found their
candidate, George W. Bush. He took his beating in New Hampshire like a
man, and was gracious in defeat. He came roaring back in South Carolina,
outsmarting McCain, thwarting the media, and frustrating the liberal
invaders. He is fighting the good fight, uniting Republicans, and
winning victories. He has the right stuff to lead America.

As they are now saying in South Carolina, “Bush will whip Gore like a
rented mule.”

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