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Having dragged a group of Manhattan elites back from the Hamptons last week to attend a fund-raiser at a tony Chelsea night club, Al Gore criticized the Bush administration for “working on behalf of the powerful, and letting the people of this country get the short end of the stick.”

Back when he was exhibiting the Democrats’ renowned good sportsmanship after he lost the presidential election, Gore managed to fund his tantrum with donations sent in from such ordinary Americans as dot-com multimillionaire Steven Kirsch ($500,000), former Slim-Fast Foods chief S. Daniel Abraham ($100,000) and Minneapolis multimillionaire Vance Opperman ($100,000).

Gore also got some help from the Manhattan “working poor” such as Loews Hotels scion and tobacco company beneficiary Jon Tisch ($50,000) – who must have been on a break from demanding that West African peddlers be thrown off the streets of Manhattan; songwriter and ex-wife of pardoned financier Marc Rich, Denise Rich ($25,000); and investment banker Jon Corzine ($25,000), now representing working families against “the powerful” in the U.S. Senate.

Also warming to Gore’s pledge to fight for “working families” were many Hollywood billionaires. Notorious inseminator and Hollywood “producer” Stephen Bing ponied up $200,000. (In Democratic Party parlance, “producer” evidently means “a do-nothing who inherited a lot of money.”) Actress and traitor Jane Fonda gave the Gore-Lieberman fund $100,000.

George W. Bush limited donations to his Election Recount Fund to $5,000 or less and still raised $13.8 million – four times more than the $3.2 million collected by Gore. Americans saw what the Democrats were up to, and thousands upon thousands of small contributions poured in to Bush from across the country.

Gore’s Tantrum Fund took in $2.1 million from just 38 individuals – or, “working families.” He had 84 donations above Bush’s $5,000 maximum – totaling about $2.8 million. Of those, 30 were from California and 23 from New York. (Jane Fonda lists her address as Georgia.) Only $56,216 of the Gore-Lieberman fund came from donations of $200 or less. Bush raised more than $3 million in individual donations of $200 or less – more than the entire amount raised by Gore’s Tantrum Fund.

The genuine and spontaneous outrage of ordinary Americans against a small band of Democratic royalists was pointedly ignored in news accounts about the recount funds. The Washington Post’s headline was: “Bush Far Outspent Gore on Recount.” The Chicago Tribune’s was: “Bush spent 4 times as much as Gore in Florida recount.” The AP headline was: “IRS: Bush spent four times as much as Gore on Florida recount.”

The thousands of small donations sent to Bush from average Americans all across the country was said to demonstrate “the powerful fund-raising abilities of the Republican Party” – as The Washington Post obtusely put it.

Meanwhile, back at the Party of the People headquarters, the Democratic National Committee recently took in its largest single donation ever: $5 million from “producer” Stephen Bing – our featured Democrat this week.

In the current Vanity Fair, Bing is described by other Hollywood billionaires as a self-effacing, modest man. As evidence, they note that he has only one maid. “Name anyone else with his wealth who has only one maid,” Man of the People Rob Reiner says. “You’d be hard-pressed.”

I’d be hard-pressed to think of one of my friends who has a maid. Marie Antoinette did not flaunt her wealth in such a way as “progressive” liberals in America do.

Rich Hollywood progressives raved about how Bing helps out strippers when they’re down on their luck. (And, one may surmise, also down on their knees.) “I’ve helped so many,” Bing says, “you’d have to get me the names.” That’s “self-effacing” for a liberal.

Bing’s admiration for the underclass is mainly shown by his predilection for siring children out of wedlock. This seems to be the new status symbol among liberals, with Bing currently leading Jesse Jackson 2-to-1 in disclosed illegitimate children. (Q: How do you empty a room full of rich liberals? A: Ask for a paternity test.)

In a romance borne of progressivism, the mother of one of his illegitimate children, Elizabeth Hurley, crossed a Screen Actors Guild picket line. Bing gallantly paid her fine to the union. So much for the little people.

Also, he plays the blues on the piano. I take it back: He is a man of the people.

Interestingly, Bing doesn’t make a fuss about the estate tax. His professional accomplishments amount to having dropped out of Stanford – which we can assume he did not enter on the basis of his SAT scores – and then spending a decade writing a single episode of “Married With Children.” Bing’s credentials as a producer are as credible as his belief that women are attracted to him for himself.

The current Democratic Party is a crowd of idle, rich degenerates, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the czar’s court. When not occupied with abortions or strippers, they busy themselves denouncing the Cossacks as “the powerful.”

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