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On Jan. 20, we will have a president who is a decent, God-fearing man
of honor for the first time in eight years. We must give thanks to God
for delivering us from the depravity of the Clinton-Gore years.

But after we celebrate this miracle and the holidays, we’d better get
back to work. Because while the 2000 presidential election has finally
ended, the 2004 presidential campaign has already begun.

Al Gore’s concession speech showed us the better side of Al. It also
was a rallying call to the sizable piece of the electorate who voted for him. He
rightly believes that his base gives him a good shot at the White House
in four years. If Al has anything, he has ambition. And mark my words,
he will be back.

During his concession speech, Al said that he was going back to his
home state to mend fences, literally and figuratively. Don’t think that
he’s going back to Tennessee to plant tobacco. Al knows that if he had
carried his home state, he would be our president-elect. That has to
really hurt. He doesn’t want that to happen in 2004.

Congressional Democrats say that they will work with President-elect
Bush and they will. They love America as much as Republicans and
independents. They just have a different vision of what they want
America to look like.

They are also, however, politicians and strategists. They just lost
the presidency, and they can’t get that back for at least four years.
But regaining control of Congress in 2002 is another issue. The Senate
is split down the middle and the Republicans’ majority in the House is
razor thin.

Democrats know that if they can keep the discontent and frustration
that surfaced during the past five weeks alive, they have a real chance
of regaining control of the U.S. Congress. In fact, recent history has
shown that the party that loses a presidential election gets a “bounce”
in the first congressional election that follows.

The Democrats will try to convince President-elect Bush that he has
no mandate. They are wrong. The Democrats will try to cower
President-elect Bush. They must not succeed. The Democrats will try to
do to President-elect Bush what they did to the Republican-controlled
Congress. They must not be allowed to tar President-elect Bush with a
“do-nothing” presidency.

President-elect Bush must work with those who will work with him. He
has limited political capital right now and a very short honeymoon. So
he must go after issues that everyone agrees need to be fixed. His first
appointments must be of people who have a conservative track record and
have survived the fire of politics. He must appoint experienced
prosecutors to run the Department of Justice to help him run a clean
government.

Everything he does for the first few months must build political
capital and undermine the Democrats’ attacks. Everything that he does
must reinforce his base with conservatives and moderates. They are his
core constituency. But he must not make the mistake of President Reagan
and refuse to meet with members of the Congressional Black Caucus. The
White House must be open to all who have been elected to office.

That brings me to Jesse Jackson. If you want to know what Al Gore and
the Democrats really believe, listen to Jesse. Jackson’s incendiary
comments and “civil rights” protests during the past five weeks were
designed to re-energize the African-American voter, the largest and most
loyal voting block that Democrats own.

If you believe that Jesse Jackson is just a loud, egotistical,
unprincipled minister-cum-politician, think again. Jesse’s two campaigns
for the democrat presidential nomination in the 1980′s gave him a
political and financial base that many politicians envy. And don’t
forget, Jackson talked with Al Gore on a daily basis during the past
five weeks.

Jackson’s most recent call for massive protests to “delegitimize and
discredit” President-elect Bush is not accidental. It is part of a
carefully planned Democrat assault on the legitimacy of President-elect
Bush that started the minute it looked like Bush might be the winner.

Jesse will try to smear President-elect Bush with the same type of
character attacks that he has hurled at Justice Clarence Thomas for the
past nine years. But the presidency of the United States is different
from a U.S. Supreme Court position. Jesse Jackson will fail, but then,
his job is not to win, it is to weaken.

This war will not be limited to regaining control of Congress. Gov.
Jeb Bush will be the target of a massive Democrat attack when he runs
for reelection in 2002. Jeb’s decision to end affirmative action during
his brother’s presidential campaign galvanized Florida’s African
American voters to turn out in unprecedented numbers. Jesse Jackson’s
job is to pour oil on the flames and deliver the Florida governorship
back to the Democrats.

So, my friends, celebrate, rest and restock. The war for America is
far from over. We barely won this battle and there are many more to come
before we can rest. And that is exactly as God planned.

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