Subject: Al Gore Has No Worries
When Irving Berlin played "White Christmas" for Bing Crosby, Der
Bingle lit up
his pipe and said, "You don't have to worry about this one, Irving."
I say the same to Democrats who are worried sick about George
Vice President Gore sure ain't Berlin, and W's 12-point lead in one poll will
probably jump this week, but when the real campaign gets going, after the fall
debates, Bush will be gasping for air.
Reasons for this prediction abound, from the boom economy to the
peace of the
world, but all doubts will be put away by the American Woman.
On the three basic issues decisive for women — abortion, gun control
health care — Bush fails completely, and in that order. For all his vaunted
control over the Philadelphia convention, he has approved a plank that leaves
nothing to choice.
Not rape, not incest, not even the survival of a woman can justify
Bush bought this in South Carolina, and he sticks with it to the end.
His choice of Dick Cheney as running mate establishes no-choice as a
fundamental tenet of the Republican Party. If Bush sometimes allows as how he
doesn't really mean what he says about abortion, Uncle Cheney's congressional
record leaves no doubt.
Does anybody believe the women will buy this? That they will vote
ticket that will return America to the days of Prohibition, when doctors were
jailed for performing abortions?
Because that's what the Republican platform amounts to — prison
comeback of Hatpin Mary. If Roe vs. Wade is overruled by a Supreme Court
appointed by Bush, the state statutes that make abortion criminal will be
reinstated on the spot.
Except for New York and a couple of other states that went pro-choice
before Roe vs. Wade, the criminal laws automatically are revived.
Gore understands this, and in his interview with the Daily News Editorial
Board in the spring, he said he would put it to Bush.
"I'm going to pin him to the wall on abortion, you can bet on it."
Gore also will cut him three ways to Sunday on gun control, bet
The Republican platform assures the National Rifle Association that nothing will
be done to cut down the right to bear arms. Which is at one with W's position in
Texas and Cheney's everlasting love for the gun lobby.
On health care, Bush waffles a bit, but he remains in the arms of the
American Medical Association, and its right arm, the insurance companies.
Put it all together, and it spells Women Against Bush. And women have
controlled presidential elections since Bill Clinton took W's daddy out in 1992.
Bob Dole, who tried mightily to overcome his party's anti-abortion
— "I never read it," he said — lost the women's vote by 17 points.
And, of course, when the women say no, the men are not far behind. We are
talking about a society where men change diapers, and if they drink, they swig
the baby's formula.
So against all this, how come Bush leads in the polls and most
he will win?
The answer we are getting is that Americans don't care about issues.
What they want is a candidate who will assure them that issues don't count.
It's called "leadership" and "confidence" and most of all a desire to cleanse the
country of Clinton.
The same argument was made when Clinton was impeached. And it
Indeed, Bill, if he could run again, would win in a walk, as the moralists
concede even as they say Gore will lose to Bush.
They were wrong then and they will be proven wrong in November.
Don't worry about this one, Irving.