Despite the pleadings of Al Gore, the shameless racial
pandering of William J. Clinton, and the arrogant
prognostications of Terry McAuliffe, Republicans trounced
Democrats in Tuesday’s mid-term elections. The GOP’s
electoral volley not only won control of the U.S. Senate away
from progress-retardant Tom Daschle, but also revealed
mainstream America’s disgust with the Clintonian status quo.
With several high profile gubernatorial and Senate setbacks,
the political utility of Bill Clinton and his burly gang of
hirelings appears exhausted. In New York, incumbent Governor
George Pataki throttled Bill and Hillary’s handpicked
candidate Carl McCall, even after a series of black church
jamborees that featured the nation’s first ‘black’
president and her majesty, New York’s junior senator.
Massachusetts liberal Shannon O’Brien, a major
‘beneficiary’ of Clinton and Al Gore’s hyping, lost
convincingly to Mitt Romney, and Bill McBride, who Terry
McAuliffe guaranteed would be Florida’s next governor, was
embarrassed by incumbent Jeb Bush. Al Gore’s appearance in New
Hampshire only worsened the thrashing Craig Benson administered
to Democrat gubernatorial hopeful Mark Fernald.
In perhaps the most gratifying triumph for the GOP, Robert L.
Ehrlich humbled Maryland’s Democrat establishment, with a
convincing win over liberal Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. According
to conventional wisdom, this was a race Ehrlich had no business
winning, with Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Ted Kennedy stumping on
Townsend’s behalf. But despite the Democrats’ 38-year death
grip on Annapolis, Ehrlich carried the day, winning as much as
25 percent of the presumably inaccessible black vote.
In the Senate, most of Clinton and McAuliffe’s favorites
tasted bitter defeat. Jeanne Shaheen lost to John Sununu in New
Hampshire, while Paul Wellstone’s festive memorial featuring
Bill, Hillary, Terry and Al cost ‘New Democrat’ Walter
Mondale a shot at defeating Norm Coleman. In Texas, John Cornyn
handily beat McAuliffe’s choice, former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk,
and Missouri voters rejected incumbent Jean Carnahan in favor of
Republican Jim Talent. Continuing an embarrassing trend, former
Bill Clinton water-boy Erskine Bowles failed in his bid to win
in North Carolina; the loss was yet another defeat for former
Clinton administration dirt bags.
Democrats won a single race against a Republican
incumbent--the senate race in Arkansas where conservative voters
rightfully punished Tim Hutchinson for his philandering.
Tellingly, Democrat victor Mark Pryor rebuffed Bill Clinton’s
attempts to appear in Arkansas on Pryor’s behalf.
Moreover, several Clintonian referendums on the ballot in
various states went down in flames while other more conservative
measures passed muster with voters. Nevada, the home of
legalized prostitution, amended its constitution to affirm the
sanctity and legitimacy of marriage between only a man and a
woman. In Northern Virginia, overtaxed voters resisted Democrat
Governor Mark Warner’s sales tax overture. Normally
‘progressive’ Massachusetts’ voters endorsed an
English-immersion ballot measure, as well.
Collectively, these midterm results demonstrate the political
impotence of Bill Clinton in all but the most depraved
communities. The former president has destroyed the Democrats.
Indeed, during the past decade, a once respectable party has
deteriorated into a collection of aggrieved victim groups under
the dutiful coaching of Arkansas’s hacks, Bill and Hillary.
The Democrats lost their congressional majorities and the White
House, and party policy-makers still can’t articulate any new
ideas that resonate with the American public.
The party that once boasted respected intellectuals like
Daniel Patrick Moynihan now features mudslinging yahoos like
Terry McAuliffe and James Carville, obnoxious, militant
feminists such as Hillary Rodham and Kathleen Townsend, and
whining congressional obstructionists in the mold of Tom Daschle
and Dick Gephardt. Fraud, deceit, and semantic gymnastics, the
calling cards of Bill Clinton, now characterize the admirable
party of FDR and Harry Truman.
Consequently, many Americans, including the growing black
middle class, are disenchanted with the Democrat party. In
Maryland’s gubernatorial race, Robert Ehrlich and Michael
Steele received unprecedented support from certain segments
of the black community, in a state long-controlled by
race-baiting Democrats. Despite Bill Clinton’s gratuitous
assertions that the GOP suppressed black voters in 2000, Florida
voters resoundingly affirmed their trust of Republicans like
Katherine Harris and Jeb Bush. Calculated attempts to sew anger
and hatred in predominantly black precincts simply didn’t
work; blacks either stayed home or voted for Republicans.
The wild card in all this, though, is the lack of accusatory
rhetoric coming from Democrats. Many assumed an army of Democrat
lawyers and civil rights whores would challenge certain election
results. But this time around, there were no mystifying
butterfly ballots, no contentions of mass black voter
disenfranchisement, no judges keeping the polls opened an extra
three hours, and no ballot boxes turning up the morning after
the election. Perhaps all contests would run accordingly if
Republicans monitored precincts to keep soulless liberals from
The American electorate is moving away from the nasty,
destructive elements of Clinton-style politics and towards the
more reasonable course advocated by President George W. Bush.
The President has been given a mandate to push his agenda and
here’s hoping he does just that.
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