Jewish World Review March 29, 1999 /12 Nissan 5759
Could the GOP stand Pat in 2000?
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MANCHESTER, N.H. -- In the span of a week, 173 House Republicans voted
against sending U.S. forces to Kosovo, the Senate endorsed a national
missile defense and 91 Republicans in the House joined 197 Democrats to pass
a bill limiting steel imports.
Pat Buchanan is smiling. It's shaping up to be a lock-and-load election in
Populist Pat, the economic nationalist and foe of the New World Order, is
running hard for the Republican presidential nomination.
The pundits predict he won't make it to the playoffs. The smart money says
he's too far to the right, too harsh and uncompromising, not presidential
Pat's still smiling.
On the stump, Buchanan fires statistics. Since 1990, the United States has
"poured $270 billion in hard currency into the communist Chinese regime." In
1996, Beijing had 30 M-9 and M-11 missiles targeted on Taiwan. Today, it has
Due to illegal dumping, "three U.S. steel companies went bankrupt and
10,000 steelworkers lost their jobs last year." In the past quarter century,
America has taken in 27 million immigrants.
Before writing off Buchanan, there are a few more stats the experts should
consider. In 1992, he entered the race 10 weeks before the New Hampshire
primary and took 27 percent of the vote against a Republican president.
Four years later, he won the caucuses in Alaska and Louisiana, came in
second in Iowa and beat Bob Dole in New Hampshire.
It took a total mobilization for Wall Street to repulse this assault from
Main Street. South Carolina's Republican governor took to the airwaves
charging a Buchanan presidency would throw the state into recession. By
then, the Buchanan campaign had run out of funds to reply in its own TV ads.
What makes Pat fun to cover, and gives an adrenaline rush to conservatives
who've grown disillusioned with the party of Bush (Sr.) and Dole (Mr.), is
his total candor and knack for turning a phrase.
This is an age when candidates get their positions from focus groups.
Elizabeth Dole has decided she's "personally pro-life," which, says the
National Review, means she's "glad she wasn't personally aborted."
Buchanan speaks from the heart. "To those who call me a protectionist, I
say without apology: I will use the trade laws of this country and my
authority as president to protect the jobs of our workers."
"Look," Pat recently told me over breakfast in Manchester, "the founder of
my country wasn't Eamon De Valera or Otto von Bismarck (Buchanan is
German-Irish), he was George Washington."
Buchanan decries multiculturalism, open borders, and our failure to teach
American history, values and the English language to a generation of
immigrants. "America is subdividing along racial and ethnic lines.
Hyphenated-Americanism has returned. ... Unless we go forward as one nation
and one people, we're not going forward at all."
It doesn't take death threats to elicit an opinion from a man who's earned
his livelihood as a commentator and served three administrations with
distinction. China's military threat? "The great coming challenge to this
country is communist China. ... This is the Rhineland."
What kind of Supreme Court justices would he appoint? "For me it's
pro-life, constitutional conservatives. Period. Paragraph."
If they're rejected? "You keep sending them up. Let them have vacancies on
the court. Break the other side's resistance." In other words, don't settle
for a David Souter or an Anthony Kennedy.
What does he think of Clinton, in effect telling Slobodan Milosevic:
Support peace or we'll kill you? "Kosovo is not America's war. Whose flag
flies over Pristina is an issue that is not worth the bones of a single
American pilot or U.S. Marine."
There's a reason a declining percentage of eligible voters cast ballots in
each national election. Apathy plays a role. But it's also a function of the
lies, equivocation, double-dealing and betrayals (not to mention the
vacuous, issueless campaigns) that have become the hallmark of American
Alienated voters may not enlist in the Buchanan Brigades. They'll tell
pollsters that they're concerned about Pat's divisive rhetoric. Then, not a
few will go to the polls and vote for him.
The loyalty Buchanan engenders can't be bought with patronage jobs. He'll
rally Republicans who don't just want to win, but want to win for a reason.
And, win or not, with Buchanan in the race we'll have something to write
about besides Elizabeth Dole's wardrobe and Steve Forbes'
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