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Poor Cher.

How concerned was singer/actress Cher about the possible election of
George W. Bush? She postponed a European recording session, losing
$50,000 a month, to stay home and campaign against Bush.

In an interview with Yahoo! News’ “Wall of Sound,” Cher offered this
mild assessment of the presidential contest: “Has everyone lost their
f—ing minds? Doesn’t anybody remember the illustrious Reagan-Bush
years when people had no money and no jobs? What has happened to
people’s memories? It’s like they have Alzheimer’s or something. … If
you’re black in this country, if you’re a woman in this country, if you
are any minority in this country at all, what could possibly possess you
to vote Republican?” Hmm. Wasn’t her ex, the late Congressman Sonny
Bono, a Republican?

Then Cher kicked into high gear. “If you think the president is an
ass, fine — after four years you can vote him out. But the Supreme
Court — that’s 30 years! The Jerry Falwells of this world will be right
in your back pocket. You won’t have one f—ing right left.”

No f—ing rights?

But many pundits say the candidates staked out relatively minor
differences. Professor James Thurber of American University in
Washington says that many past elections have produced a clear, distinct
choice. Not so with Gore vs. Bush. “This election,” said Thurber, “is a
matter of degree, a matter of degree on tax cuts, a matter of degree on
solving education and health-care problems, a matter of degree on the
role of the federal government. It’s not a yes-or-no election on whether
there’s any role for the federal government.”

So, I personally interviewed Cher about her unhappiness. She did not
disappoint: “If you’re a woman, you will no longer have the right to
control your own body … because George W. thinks that Clarence Thomas
is the epitome of what should be on the Supreme Court. I cannot agree
with that.

“The environment in Texas is the worst environment in the United
States. (Bush) has let people who pollute the environment have the
choice to clean up the environment; that’s like putting Dracula in
charge of the blood bank.

“If you look at Bush’s record, if you read Molly Ivins’ book,
‘Shrub,’ it will show you exactly what he’s done, what his record is.
What he’s done in his six years as governor is let other people make his
judgments for him, and they tell him, they give him their opinions and
he lets them do it. He’s stated that he doesn’t like to read. He wants
someone to tell him what the issue is and give him their recommendation
because he doesn’t like to read. … He’s not smart enough to be in the
White House.” Ladies and gentlemen, get ready for Armageddon.

But does Bush’s approach to Social Security differ drastically from
Al Gore’s? A recent front-page article in the Los Angeles Times says it
all: “Campaign 2000 — Neither Bush Nor Gore Solves Real Social Security
Problem: Analysts say candidates’ plans only ‘tinker at the edges.’”
Ditto with Medicare.

What about taxes? The National Taxpayers Union Foundation says that
both candidates intend to increase spending. Gore intends to increase
annual spending by $233 billion, or $161 billion more than the projected
10-year surplus. George W. intends to spend less, but the cost of his
programs add $42 billion to the budget.

What about abortion? Cher said, “I’m passionate about this because
I’m just so scared, I want people to know what’s at stake.” Worst-case
scenario, George W. Bush appoints enough Supreme Court justices to
overturn Roe v. Wade. The matter then reverts to the states, where,
pre-Roe v. Wade, 70 percent of the nation’s population lived in
“pro-choice” states, including New York and California.

Furthermore, any nominee must be confirmed by a Senate mindful that
most citizens remain pro-choice, if anti-abortion. And, there are no
guarantees. Wasn’t it a Democratic-dominated Senate that unanimously
confirmed Antonin Scalia, perhaps the most conservative judge on the
court? And didn’t the Senate confirm conservative Clarence Thomas with
11 Democratic votes? Once on the bench, a Supreme Court justice often
fools people. Republican Dwight Eisenhower appointed Chief Justice Earl
Warren, later calling it “the most damned fool thing I have ever done.”

The demonization of Republicans continues. After all, Bill Clinton,
according to his former adviser, Dick Morris, once called presidential
opponent Bob Dole’s proposals “evil.” Director Robert Altman said, and
actor Alec Baldwin implied, that they would leave the country if Bush
got elected. Many Hollywood-types fear a Bush administration, predicting
that conservatives will try and “clean up Hollywood.” Hey, with the
possible departure of Cher, Altman, and Baldwin, maybe Hollywood is
being cleaned out.

Now, if we could only do something about Ed Asner. …

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