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Jewish World Review May 24, 2000 /19 Iyar, 5760

David Limbaugh

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Not so fast, Hillary -- I'M TRULY NOT HEARTBROKEN that Rudy Giuliani has dropped out of the Senate race. And believe me, I would be if I thought it meant that Hillary would be the next senator from New York.

In her nominating acceptance speech, Hillary said, "Make no mistake about it: This election is not about me or about any Republican opponent. It's about the people of New York and the mission that we are pledged to." Sorry, Mrs. Clinton, this just doesn't pass the laugh test.

This is all about you. That's all it's ever been about. This is the moment you've been waiting for, ever since you partnered up with your philandering husband. This is your long-awaited reward for enduring all those humiliating years.

While to Hillary this race is only about Hillary, it's about far more than Hillary to the rest of us. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., was candid about what is at stake in this election. "With Hillary's victory, we're going to tell Trent Lott that he's no longer running the United States Senate ... that his dream of a Supreme Court that overturns Roe vs. Wade and an NRA that writes all gun legislation is dead, buried, gone with Hillary Rodham Clinton's victory." Thanks for the warning, Senator.

But not so fast, Mrs. Clinton. Signs suggest that your private jubilation at having vanquished Rudy with your signatured politics of personal destruction may be a bit premature. Rick Lazio has already hit the ground running, and things are looking mighty good. After all, Hillary gained only one point in the polls with Rudy's departure, even though Lazio announced just a few days ago. This concern about Lazio's low name-recognition is completely unwarranted. Remember, he is the one man that stands in the way of Hillary's presidential ambitions. Soon, every politically literate person in the country will know his middle name.

Hillary has enormous negatives. She's a carpetbagger who has spent more time pretending to be a New Yorker than being one. She has amassed a catalogue of scandals in her own right, not merely as the enabling spouse of only the second impeached president in American history. She has no real record of accomplishment apart from her husband. She's a hard-core liberal ideologue whose infrequent dabblings in the policy arena have proven miserable failures, such as her plan to socialize medicine.

Against Rudy, all of Hillary's negatives would have been mostly nullified because of Rudy's image as a compassionless tough guy. And if that wasn't true before it certainly became so once Rudy's alleged affair hit the front pages. It doesn't matter that Rudy's only crime was infidelity. The Clinton war machine is nonpareil at reducing all scandal to rough moral equivalence. One misdemeanor by a Clinton opponent cancels 40 Clinton felonies -- theoretically speaking, of course.

Lazio, on the other hand, appears to be squeaky clean, is quite likeable, and should represent a stark contrast to Hillary in the deportment department. And he's hardly a hard-core conservative, as Hillary is trying to suggest. One Long Island Democrat admitted, "I have a tough time figuring out what we're going to hit him with."

But that doesn't mean they won't try. Though Hillary is calling for a congenial campaign, her surrogates are already in full attack mode. An intercepted cheat-sheet of talking points faxed to pro-Hillary guests scheduled for the Sunday talk shows says it all: "Rick Lazio: Too Extreme for New York. Lazio was Part of Newt Gingrich's Extreme Republican Leadership. Lazio voted to eliminate the Department of Education." (By the way, if I can verify that this is true, I'm going to send Lazio a contribution myself.)

Hillary tells us she wants this election to be about issues and not personalities. But at this point, she continues to run a stealth campaign, refusing to answer any substantive questions from the press. My friend Rich quipped that we've heard a great deal about Hillary's listening tour. "It's time now for her answering tour."

Hillaryphobes everywhere should take heart. Hillary's running scared. How else do you explain her tired old tactic of trying to demonize her opponent by tying him to the retired Newt Gingrich? That smacks of desperation. As one who believes it is in the republic's best interests to end Clintonism, I'm feeling pretty sanguine right now.

JWR contributor David Limbaugh is an attorney practicing in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and a political analyst and commentator. Send your comments to him by clicking here.



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