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Jewish World Review Nov. 29, 2000 / 2 Kislev, 5761

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Defending the
smaller principles


http://www.jewishworldreview.com -- AL GORE AND JOE LIEBERMAN say their motive in refusing to acknowledge their thrice-confirmed defeat is to defend the "larger principle" that every vote must count. I wonder if even one in four people believe them. If they keep this up, it won't be one in 10.

Rather, they are defending the "smaller principles" that every Gore vote must count at least once and that they must win at all costs.

What we are witnessing is an unparalleled demonstration of arrogance and self-indulgence. Do they really believe that their leadership is so important to the nation that all principles can be sacrificed?

I suppose that Gore and Lieberman think most of us in middle-America (flyover country) rode in on pumpkin trucks. But surely even imbeciles wouldn't have been fooled by that hokey televised conference call they staged with Dick Gephardt and Tom Daschle. To call it sophomoric would be abundantly generous.

Isn't anyone in the Democratic Party getting embarrassed at their behavior yet? Isn't there some point beyond which rank-and-file Democrats will withdraw their support?

Try to imagine Gore and Lieberman as our children -- which isn't much of a stretch, actually -- and how, as parents, we would deal with them. When they initially lost the automatic recount wouldn't we -- in order to instill in them a firm moral foundation -- have told them to accept defeat graciously?

After promising that they would accept the result of the manual recount, they reneged when it didn't produce a victory for them. Just like class bullies -- they keep changing the goal posts.

It's bad enough when the class troublemaker throws a tantrum when he doesn't get his way, but we are talking about the vice president of the United States and his running mate. Gore learned well from the master. This isn't that different from Clinton's reaction when he was "caught with his pants down" with Monica Lewinsky.

Do you remember that little poll Dick Morris conducted at his own expense to trial balloon an apology speech he had written for Clinton to deliver to the American people? In it he had Clinton admitting that he'd had an affair with Monica and putting his fate in the hands of the people. To Morris' utter surprise, the people favored Clinton's resignation, 47 percent to 43 percent. What do you suppose Clinton thought of the vaunted "will of the people" then?

You guessed it. He told Morris to scrap the speech. Clinton said, "Well, we just have to win then." That little sentence became the rallying cry for the next year, during which Clinton would subordinate every principle, all people and the national interest itself to his singular obsession to stay in power. And stay in power he did.

Fast forward to late October 2000. Bill Clinton's would-be-successor, aware of the polls, believed that he was on the verge of losing the election and that his lifelong dream would soon be shattered. So what did he do? He assembled the Clinton-Gore war room veterans and told them, "Well, we just have to win then."

Don't fool yourself. Gore's objections to the election were not formulated after he observed fraud or anomalies in the Florida election. They were part of a pre-formulated strategy conceived in the war room to create the illusion of substantial irregularities to justify a post-election judicial coup.

What Gore didn't anticipate was that popular opinion would turn against him -- he is said to be stunned by Bush's post-election PR success. But this isn't about PR; not everything is spinnable. I have a renewed confidence in America as I watch the Clinton-Gore propaganda machine finally being checkmated by the scrutiny of an acutely engaged electorate.

Several months ago, I ridiculed the idea advanced by some conservatives that Bill Clinton intended to remain in office beyond January 2001. How ridiculous.

Well, how much different is that from what is going on? Like a spoiled brat who thinks America exists solely for his and Al Gore's pleasure and designs, Clinton has instructed the GSA not to turn over the keys and transition money to president-elect Bush. Listen to me Bill and Al: Those are not your keys, and it is not your money.

In the immortal words of Glenda, the good witch of the North, "Be gone, you have no power here."



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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11/22/00: Doing 'anything to win'
11/15/00: Enough is enough, Mr. Gore
11/13/00: Al Gore: Thy country or thyself?
11/08/00: Bill and Al: Your time is up
11/06/00:The impending Bush mandate
11/01/00: Can't stop thinkin' 'bout tomorrow
10/30/00: George: Give Gore the ball back
10/25/00: Mr. Gore: A few more questions
10/23/00: It's the big government, stupid
10/18/00: Gore's down, so will he panic?
10/16/00: We're fresh out of new Al Gores
10/11/00: Gore: Fuzzy math = dirty politics
10/10/00:Gore: Renaissance man or unbalanced?
10/04/00: Where have you been, Albert Jr.?
10/02/00: Clintonís fragmented presidency
09/27/00: Liberal media doth protest too much
09/25/00: AlGore: Turning dreams into nightmares
09/20/00: Something fishy's going on
09/18/00: It's the liberalism, stupid
09/13/00: An open letter to open-minded cynics
09/11/00: The virtues of going negative
09/06/00: On a mission for marriage
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08/30/00: Lieberman and the paradox of liberal 'tolerance'
08/28/00: A campaign divided against itself
08/23/00: Al Gore's trickle-down populism
08/21/00: Prosperity without a clue
08/16/00: AlGore can run but he can't hide
08/14/00: When hate speech is OK
08/09/00: Bush: The pundits' enigma
08/07/00: GOP convention: Live or Memorex?
08/02/00: The first attack dog
07/31/00: The Cheney taint?
07/26/00: The anti-gun bogeyman
07/24/00: The raging culture war
07/19/00: Is Hillary 'Good for the Jews'?
07/17/00: How dare you, George?
07/12/00: Jacoby's raw deal
07/10/00: The perplexities of liberalism
07/05/00: Big Al and big oil
07/03/00: Partial-birth and total death
06/28/00: Some questions for you, Mr. Gore
06/26/00: Supreme Court assaults religious freedom
06/21/00: Waco: We are the jury
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06/14/00: Al Gore: Government's best friend
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06/07/00: Elian: Whose hands were tied?
06/05/00: Who, which, what is the real Al Gore?
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05/30/00: Clinton: Above the law or not?
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05/22/00: Gore's risky, fear-mongering schemes
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05/15/00: Right to privacy, Clinton-style
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05/01/00: The resurrection of outrage
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04/05/00: Noonan: End Clintonism now
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03/13/00: Deifying of the center
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02/14/00: The campaign finance reform mirage
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01/31/00: Veep gores Bradley
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01/24/00: GOP: Exit, stage left
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01/18/00: Do voters really prefer straight talk?
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01/10/00: Conservative racism myth
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12/15/99: Beltway media bias
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