Jewish World Review Nov. 12, 2002 / 7 Kislev, 5763
http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | Lately I've been receiving a local high-society magazine. That's sort-of like sending a corporate jet prospectus to a trailer park, but, heck, I took a look: Pages and pages of party pictures -- men in tuxes, women in heart-stopping finery.
Democrats discovered this year that you can't beat something with nothing.
The party of Jefferson bet its future on rage and fear and got nowhere. At a time when Americans are skittish about the economy, Democrats argued that people are ... skittish about the economy.
They had no national plan, other than to wave their arms warning that the GOP was the Great Satan.
Bill Clinton dealt the race card from Florida to New York. Nobody played.
Al Gore talked about searing memories of the Florida recount. Audiences yawned.
The Wellstone memorial turned into a showcase for people so screwed up by politics that they couldn't even stop to share a few bittersweet tales of a very good man.
This is the party of compassion?
Finally, when Democrats needed to replace disgraced or fallen candidates, they turned to two guys who get first seatings each night at Ponderosa: Walter Mondale and Frank Lautenberg.
Yeesh. Party of Methusaleh.
Republicans replaced Strom Thurmond with a younger man. Voters figured out
all that out -- which helps explain why Republicans won.
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