I truly hope I'm wrong about this, but I have come to conclude that
Gore's perpetual post-election tantrum is just a prelude to the next
four years. Democrats, I'm afraid, are just getting warmed up for their
Four Years War.
Yes, they are trying to change the outcome of the election, even
though they know it's a long shot. But their tactics in furtherance of
that end also square nicely with their aim to delegitimize Bush's
presidency in the event their contest fails. So, from this perspective,
what do they have to lose?
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In seeking to win they have ignored mandatory deadlines, filed false
affidavits, misrepresented case law both to the Florida Supreme Court
and to the state circuit court, ignored the clear mandates of the
federal Constitution, overtly changed rules in the middle of the stream,
euphemistically characterized improperly cast votes (non-votes) as
"undervotes," contacted electors to intimidate them into switching their
pledged Bush votes to Gore, and defamed Secretary of State Katherine
Harris for performing her legal duties.
Now, in anticipation of their inevitable defeat, look at some of the
arguments they are making and actions they are planning:
How do they know? Some brilliant Ivy League professor told them so,
using a statistical model that was resoundingly discredited by Bush
attorney Phil Beck. But James Carville and other Democrats are promising
to conduct manual recounts even after Bush's inauguration under ballots
obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. Their goal? To
undermine Bush's moral authority as president.
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the electoral vote. Under our system, the winner of the popular vote is
legally irrelevant. Clinton never received a majority of the popular
vote. And, Gore is not leading anything -- that implies that the
election is still under way. It's over, the properly cast votes have been
counted, and Gore lost.
close. Yet, nothing in our Constitution says that you have to win by a
wide margin in order to acquire full executive authority.
over Senator Slade Gorton in the state of Washington, which will make
the Senate evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats. The
Washington Post reports that this development "has touched off a
full-bore Democratic push for 'power sharing' in the next Congress." In
an unprecedented and audacious power play, Democratic senators are
demanding a coalition government -- parity in committee assignments,
staffing and funding. They are threatening to rule by filibuster if they
don't get their way. This, notwithstanding the fact that the Republicans
will have an effective majority through the tie vote of Vice President
Dick Cheney as the Senate's presiding officer.
begun organizing for what could be a succession of quick, brutal battles
on nominations, tax cuts, the budget and other issues." These groups are
said to be "energized and ready to fight." A far cry from the usual
liberal cries for bipartisanship, no?
The media is already beating the drums for Bush to make concessions
by appointing Democrats to cabinet posts and diluting his agenda -- as
if Bush has done something wrong for which he must seek atonement.
I remind you that Clinton, despite being elected by only 43 percent
of the popular vote, did not scale back his programs one smidgen. He
attempted to take over a seventh of the economy through nationalized
Hillary-Care, and did pass the largest tax increase in American history
-- with Al Gore casting the tie vote. I further remind you that we heard
not a peep of protest from Clinton's media cohorts.
Al Gore's enormously selfish act of putting the nation through the
trauma of his election challenges has severely strained our economy and
stock market. This makes the implementation of Bush's pro-growth tax-cut
agenda that much more imperative.
Bush, as the lawfully elected president, will likely assume the
presidency in a war not of his making. While he should still reach out
to Democrats in an effort to work with them, he should be prepared to
govern over their planned obstruction and must not retreat from his