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News & Views, 10/27/04


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HANOI JANE RIDES AGAIN

“Actress and activist Jane Fonda has agreed to join a lawsuit against a web site that included her on a parody ‘traitor list.’ . . . Fonda has increased her activism during 2004, leading a feminist pro-Kerry program called ‘Vagina Votes.’ "

- GOPUSA.com, 10/27/04

A TIME FOR CHOOSING

Today is the 40-year anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s “A Time for Choosing” speech, delivered on behalf of 1964 Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater. Thanks to a heads up from my friend Rick Sincere, here’s a link where you can go online and listen to this timeless speech: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/reaganatimeforchoosing.htm


THIS AIN’T YOUR DADDY’S GOP

“The most surprising change (in Bush’s first term) has been the rise of ‘big government conservatism.’ Ever since the Goldwater campaign of 1963-64, conservatism has defined itself as an antigovernment creed. Barry Goldwater proclaimed that he had little interest in reforming government, ‘for I mean to reduce its size.’ Ronald Reagan proclaimed that ‘government is the problem, not the solution.’ The Republican Class of '94 believed that ‘government is dumb while markets are smart’ (to borrow a phrase from Dick Armey)--and set about balancing the budget and cutting popular government programs. But Mr. Bush has been different: an avowed conservative who is nevertheless willing to embrace big government.”

- John Micklethwait and Adrian Woodlridge, Wall Street Journal, 10/27/04

THE POLITICAL DISASTER SCALE

“I, for one, think that President Bush lights up the political disaster scale at about a 5.2 while John Jerry tips in at roughly 9.8, a new record. The liberals in this country, wrong as usual, would reverse those figures although, surprisingly, the leftwing nuts such as Alec Baldwin and Barbra Streisand have yet to issue their quadrennial threat to leave the country should the Republican win. Too bad. Nor have I heard similar threats from any on the far right, should Kerry win.

“I, for one, am not going anywhere. Regardless of whether Bush or Kerry wins, I’m going to stay and fight him. And to be honest about it, it would be more fun fighting Kerry; he is everything Americans who love their country and the constitution should oppose. For that matter, George W. Bush ain’t exactly perfect.”

- Lyn Nofziger, “Musings,” 10/25/04

ON THE POSITIVE SIDE

“Hi Chuck. Couldn't resist telling you about my brother who drives a big truck out of Portland, OR (part of the left coast). Dan is a conservative and he says ‘it rips his lips off’ to see his dues going into the 'Demon'crat coffers. So when he was handed a bunch of bumper stickers he decided to do a little surgery with the old X-acto knife. His truck is now sporting a ‘Teamsters for Bush’ bumper sticker, logo and all. After several days of driving around and getting a bunch of "thumbs up" from other drivers, several of his coworkers are now sporting the same sticker. Way to go Dan.”

- News & Views reader Jennifer Leinart

HERE ARE SOME DEPRESSING THOUGHTS

“We're one week away from the election, so here's my prediction. As much as it pains me to say this, I'm still predicting a Kerry win. The left is simply going to do a better job at voter turnout than the right. A huge part of the Democratic party base doesn't have to worry about such inconveniences as jobs to prevent them from voting. They have all the time in the world, and these early voting locations give the unions and other leftist activists all the time they need to get out there, pick up their myrmidons, and get them to the polls.

“The productive class, on the other hand, has distractions .. distractions that may prevent them from getting to the polls. Besides, it's difficult to herd individuals. Liberals don't have to try to herd individuals ... their followers gave up their individuality decades ago.

“Then, of course, there's the problem with stupid voters. It is beyond understanding that we actually allow decisions like this to be made by millions of people who have no understanding of government or of the candidates. They decide which candidate is going to give them the most stuff ... and that's how they vote.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz, 10/26/04

YEAH...THE ABSOLUTE BAREST

“Educating oneself about the important public policy questions of the day is the barest minimum we should ask of citizens.”

- Columnist Mona Charen

MORE DISCOURAGING WORDS

“The (presidential) race is close, but Bush's numbers are weak for an incumbent. Late breaking undecideds typically go against an incumbent, especially in Presidential races. Senator Kerry will defeat President Bush, but it won't be a Reagan-style landslide. In fact, it is possible that we could see a reverse of 2000: Bush may win the popular vote and lose the electoral vote. I think Bush will score wins by landslide vote margins in many of the states he carries, while Kerry will only score modest (or even razor thin) wins in many of the states he carries. That will cause the national vote total to look much closer than the race will be in terms of electoral votes.”

- Ron Gunzburger, Politics1, 10/26/04

THE SPOILER FACTOR...NOT

“(Libertarian candidate Michael) Badnarik is unlikely to play a Nader-like role in costing President Bush re-election. His appeal is concentrated in Western states that are now strongly leaning to either Mr. Bush or Mr. Kerry.”

- John Fund, Political Diary, 10/26/04

IS IT SAFE?

“My husband and I vote by mail, as I work the elections. I was sooooo freaked this time I would not leave our ballots in the mail box to be picked up by our carrier. I took them to the post office myself to mail. I only hope now that the P.O. has endorsed Kerry that even that was safe.”

- News and Views reader Iris

SOMETHING’S FISHY IN PHILLY

“Liberal registration groups have turned in so many new voter registration cards in Philadelphia that the City of Brotherly Love now has as many registered voters as the number of people over the age of 18 that the Census Bureau estimates live there. Republicans bought a copy of the voter file for Philadelphia last month and sent every voter who had registered between March and August a letter congratulating them and urging them to consider voting for the GOP. Nearly 10% of the 131,000 letters came back marked ‘Return to sender’ because there was ‘no such number’ or no one by the voter's name living at the address. Among the other names returned as unreachable were people who were in prison or dead.”

- John Fund, Political Diary, 10/26/04

HORRIBLE PROSPECT

“Between new voting equipment all over the country and a ballot initiative in Colorado that would retroactively divide the state's electoral vote, it's easy to imagine not one Florida this year, but several. This is a horrible prospect.”

- Washington Post editorial

ELECTION BY LITIGATION

“(R)egardless of turnout and your preferred candidate, everyone ought to hope that the victor wins by a big enough margin to avoid an aftershock of contested ballots, lawsuits and court decisions. The U.S. doesn't need a repetition of Florida on a grander scale. The danger is not simply a delay in knowing who the next president is, or the prospect that he'll be hampered in governing or the probable fury of the loser's supporters that the election was ‘stolen.’

“The more unsettling danger is that, having engaged in two rounds of post-election combat, party warlords will make this a permanent part of the American political process. Election by litigation is a sensationally bad idea. Undertaken piously to guarantee voters' ‘rights’ or to prevent ‘fraud,’ it would erode popular confidence in elections' integrity. . . . Here's what the U.S. really needs: The winner takes 52% of the popular vote and enough electoral votes so that a few close states don't matter.”

- Washington Post columnist Robert J. Samuelson

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