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When a Year Isn't
as it Should be
by Brian S. Wise
The Left is
discovering that this year is not going in its favor.
When a Year Isn't as it Should be
Brian S. Wise
Perhaps this hasn’t crossed your mind, but have you
given any thought lately to how hard it must be for liberals right now?
No? Huh; so much for “compassionate conservatism.” Anyhow, for the
purposes of this column, please consider the matter: it’s March in a
mid-term election year, where the party not in the White House
traditionally picks up more than a few seats in both chambers. About this
point in a President’s first term, voters are tired of seeing his face and
hearing his voice, so much so they’re already deciding to send a centrist
message at the polls.
Not this year, at least not yet, and
liberals are starting to feel it. Think of the Leftist funk as the Right’s
general and political uselessness as Bill Clinton’s second term went on
(and on, and on, and on); add to it the media’s savage inability to sway
the opinions of their readers and viewers away from President Bush and you
“get” their despair. And it’s only March, the hope being said despair will
find more depth, in addition to significant width, between now and
November’s first Tuesday. Think it won’t happen? It might not, but it
could; here are five reasons why.
One: The recession is
over. That Old Objectivist has said so without saying so (as is standard
operating procedure for all Fed chairmen), backing up conservative claims
made – at least by your author – as recently as three weeks ago. The best
we can get from That Old Objectivist is, the recession is nearing an end,
which means it’s over, as economies in recovery don’t suddenly reverse
themselves mid-recovery. What does it mean? It means Republicans can
campaign, and President Bush can effectively back them, on what amounts to
a clean and sturdy financial slate, at least so far as most voters can
determine. The deficit? Necessary in a time of war, as the president
mentioned at fair length during the 2000 campaign.
Afghan War, however, is not over. Our losses at the beginning of Operation
Anaconda alarmed enough Americans to pay attention again, underscoring
what president Bush has been saying from the beginning: ours is not going
to be a swift occupation with what amounts to a few high caliber slap
fights scattered throughout. Whatever remains of the Taliban and Al-Queda
fighters will regroup over the winter and pop up several times during the
spring, summer and fall months. Every time these fighters appear,
President Bush will make a few notable public comments toward the end of
anti-terrorism, the fighters will be killed, support will grow. Therefore,
Republicans can campaign in the name of maintaining a very successful
military campaign, and the strength it provides us.
We are going to fight another war in Iraq, everyone knows it, it’s going
to go on for a long time, and we’re going to win. This stands to be
another phenomenally successful move by the administration, for two
reasons: one, after the anthrax attacks in the District, New York City and
Florida, everyone now understands the sort of weapons Saddam Hussein is
developing; two, most people basically understand that Hussein is a
problem the two previous administrations failed to solve. Of the four
“Axis of Evil” States, Iraq is the only one we can logically invade, and
the citizenry basically sees it as unfinished business.
Four: Democrat smear campaign against President Bush aren’t working.
Enron, which was supposed to be the President’s Iran-Contra (if not
Watergate) has nothing that can logically be connected to President Bush,
at least not in the much hoped for conspiratorial sense. To help here, two
things: one, the video of Bill Clinton playing golf with Kenny Boy Lay;
two, the circumstances behind that golf game. Enron donated one hundred
thousand dollars to Democrats, which lead to the federal government
guaranteeing two billion dollars in loans, used to finance two new Enron
power plants overseas. Oops. While it’s clear President Bush had a closer
connection to Kenny Boy Lay than most, there’s nothing criminal, and the
company’s collapse can in no way be connected to the administration.
Voters, normally easily fooled in matters like these, see through Enron,
and generally don’t care as long as the retirement plan that was raped
Five: Republicans are starting to hit back.
Orrin Hatch’s spectacular meltdown before a “Borking of Charles Pickering”
Judicial Committee meeting last week wasn’t a singular occurrence; Trent
Lott’s backhanded pimp slapping of Tom Daschle (for criticism of the war)
displayed what is – one hopes – going to be a growing trend as the year
goes on. Republicans will not win the fight for Judge Pickering, but they
are making it known to Democrats, not to forget fellow Republicans, that a
punch delivered will be a punch returned.
Add to all of this
the fact that President Bush is the first in the history of the Gallup
Poll to score approval ratings of eighty percent or higher for five
consecutive months and you’ll understand more completely the Leftist
frustration. With four Republicans Senators retiring and the normal luck
of the draw, Republicans are going to lose seats. But there need not be
any concern of hemorrhaging as long as we continue effectively fighting,
and frustrating, the Left.
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