Jewish World Review Nov. 8, 2000 / 10 Mar-Cheshvan, 5761
Bill and Al:
Your time is up
IF THE ELECTION turns out the way I'm anticipating -- Republicans win
the presidency and retain both Houses of Congress -- I think two factors
will be at work, which will also interact after Nov. 7. So, let's look
at the election for purposes of looking beyond it.
The first factor is conservatism. Given the essential foundation laid
down by a handful of seminal conservatives such as William F. Buckley
Jr., Ronald Reagan almost single-handedly legitimized conservatism among
the body politic. For the last eight years, Bill Clinton and Al Gore
have done a great deal to de-legitimize it.
They have been so successful in demonizing Republicans that Al Gore
miscalculated that he could run as a liberal without risk. His unabashed
big-government platform provided an oversized bull's-eye for George
Dubya's sights. Bush shrewdly shot directly into Gore's target by
contrasting himself as one who trusts the people rather than government.
We haven't had such a distinct ideological dichotomy between the
presidential candidates since Vice President Bush ran as a conservative
against the unapologetically liberal Michael Dukakis. Remember how that
turned out? You will also recall that neither President Bush nor Bob
Dole ran as conservatives, and Bill Clinton certainly didn't run as a
liberal against either one of them.
For Democrats to recapture the White House they had to edge toward
the right. Enter Clinton-Gore's New Democrat facade. They tried to
govern as Old Democrats -- Hillarycare, tax hikes, opposing Welfare,
Medicare and Social Security Reform -- but always campaigned as New
Democrats. They didn't dare expose their complete leftist colors,
especially at election time, because they knew they were out of sync
with the electorate.
The second factor is Clintonism. Nationwide, people are going to
reject it -- resoundingly. In New York, I'm not so sure.
Unhappily for Democrats, Bill Clinton infected their entire party
with his corruption. More significantly, the party allowed it to happen
because it willingly embraced him. The contamination was complete. The
party sold its soul, and is about to reap the consequences of its
The American people ultimately demand accountability from their
elected officials. Indeed, the nation's survival as a constitutional
republic depends on it. If America's political and legal institutions
are prevented from exacting accountability, the electorate will assume
the duty. The wages of unrepentant, unjustified political sin is
The Republican Party was able to purge itself of the Nixon taint for
one simple reason that has everything to do with human nature. They
owned up to it -- a delegation of Republican senators encouraged Nixon
to resign. Nixon had the residual integrity not to oppose his
Clinton and congressional Democrats did just the opposite. Clinton
has never genuinely apologized. For those who have deluded themselves
into thinking he did, consider two things: First, he's denied any
wrongdoing other than having "non-sexual" relations in the Oval Office
and lying to the American people about it. He's denied the entire
panoply of felonies he committed in trying to cover up his tryst.
Second, if he were truly sorry, would he still be demanding an apology
from his Republican prosecutors?
Congressional Democrats conspired with Clinton to deny the gravity of
his infractions. They aided him in redefining words, redefining conduct,
and redefining the Constitution to permit Clinton, and thus their party,
to hold on to power.
Neither congressional Democrats nor the Clinton Justice Department
discharged their constitutional obligation to help bring Clinton and
Gore to justice. They have left that unfinished business to the voters
who will complete it.
The consummation of "the bargain" will also have consequences beyond
the election. In the final years of their Faustian temporal euphoria,
Clinton, Gore and his congressional lieutenants have begun to lose their
magic -- the public is no longer buying into their duplicity and
fear-mongering. Even in his double-dealings with Congress, Clinton has
finally run out of juice. So, I disagree with those who say Bush will
have no takers when he extends his hand across the aisle to
Having lost the bully pulpit of the presidency, the Democrats are
going to have to make their case on the merits instead of scare-tactics.
The bargain's final payoff, then, is that Bush will start with a clean
slate. Even with a recalcitrant minority he'll be able to achieve most
of his agenda. That's justice.
Soon, G-d willing, it will be morning in America
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