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A Concession Plan for W
by Brent Barksdale

brent@politicalusa.com

11/15/2000

It is clear that Al Gore and the Democrats are going to do and say whatever it takes to win this election.  Knowing this, a long-term strategy for the Bush campaign has come to mind.

Some obvious and historical factors helped me devise the strategy:

* Obviously, the candidate who wins this race is going to have a weak Presidency.

* Historically, every President who has won the electoral college vote, but lost the popular vote was a weak one term President

* Historically, the party who wins the Presidency almost automatically loses seats in the House and Senate two years later.

Just looking at these three factors it is clear that a Bush win would be better for the country in the short term, but may have a weaker long-term effect.  Therefore, I would advise Bush to concede in this fashion:

The Bush campaign should hold press conference with Colin Powell, Norman Schwarzkopf, James Baker, and as many credible, patriotic Americans they can find.

The scenery should be patriotic.  George Bush should make brief and pointed remarks.

"Mr. Vice President, it is obvious that you will stop at nothing to overturn this election and in the process drag our country through a legal mess and jeopardize our standing around the world. 

Mr. Vice President your place in history is now set and because my love of country is and always has been above my love of personal ambition I am conceding the race for the President of the Untied States of America.  And Mr. Gore in case you were wondering, don't worry, I'll see you in four years."

Let's face it.  If Bush does that he will be the President in 2004.  Gore will be a weak one term President and the Republicans will increase their majority in 2002 and 2004.

If Bush fights this and wins not only will he be a weak one term President, but the democrats will take over the house and senate.

Of course, that used to be my strategy. 

Then Al Gore had a press conference Monday.  In the press conference, Mr. Gore actually said that the one "saving grace" in all of this is that our school children get to see how our country picks its President and how our democracy works.

Really Mr. Vice President!  Just like how Mr. Clinton taught our children that it is ok to lie and that it's not your fault if you get in trouble.

Plan B-New Strategy:  Republicans must win this election no matter the future consequences to show our school children how we select a president and how our democracy works.

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© Brent Barksdale, 2000

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