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If It's Not Close, They Can't Cheat
(Crushing the Democrats In Every Election and Why Your Life Depends On It)
A completely biased and partisan review of Hugh Hewitt's new book

By Doug Patton

It is an article of faith among many political observers that Democrats attempt to steal presidential elections whenever they can. This belief dates back further in our presidential politics than most of this generation can remember.

In 1960, John F. Kennedy was said to have been elected with the help of a lot of dead Chicagoans. The election was so close that Republicans could have demanded a recount, but unlike Democrat Al Gore four years ago, Republican Richard Nixon put the country ahead of his own career and self-interest by allowing the results of that election to stand.

In his new book, "If It's Not Close, They Can't Cheat - Crushing the Democrats In Every Election and Why Your Life Depends On It," Hugh Hewitt writes that preventing Democrats from stealing this year's presidential election is a matter of survival for America. In the process, he strips bare the strategy of deceit that has been the win-at-all-costs hallmark of the Democratic Party for most of the last half-century.

Hewitt, a nationally syndicated talk show host and author of four other books, is a sophisticated analyst of the current political climate who never apologizes for his conservative politics or the Christian beliefs that inform them. His analysis of the demographic shifts in American voting patterns and of three decades of Democrat pandering to the Party's dovish left wing is right on target, and one only has to look at the news coming out of the battleground states this year to see the seeds of
another stolen election.

Hewitt reminds us that Winston Churchill once expressed incredulity at U.S. Sec. of State Cordell Hull's complaint about the lateness of the hour in a strategy meeting. "Why, man, we are at war!" Churchill thundered at Hull.

Just such a gulf now exists between the supporters of George W. Bush and John F. Kerry, and nothing better exemplifies the difference between the two men's approach to terrorism. Kerry, like Bill Clinton before him, has said he wants to treat terrorists as a law enforcement problem – a "nuisance" – much like prostitution, drugs or illegal gambling, while Bush views it as what it is: a war against the most vicious enemy we have ever faced.

With such chapter titles as "I Don't Like You Because You're Going to Get Me Killed" and "Majorities Require the Votes of Some Not-Very-Bright People," Hewitt's reader knows immediately that this is going to be a provocative book. Liberals will call it "unfair" and "mean-spirited." Most conservatives will love it, as I did. I say "most" because there are a few sections that will strike some purists as more Republican than conservative. For example, with conscious tribute to Ronald Reagan's 11th Commandment ("Thou shall not speak ill of another Republican"), Hewitt titles one chapter, "There Aren't Enough Targets That You Have to Shoot at Your Friends?"

Hewitt recognizes the importance of political parties and devotes an entire section of this book to them. Partisanship is important and necessary.

He then turns to the issue of money, the mother's milk of politics. The chapter titles in this section tell the tale: "Give," "Give Until It Hurts" and "Give Some More."

But the most fascinating section of the book is "Message Delivery." Here, Hewitt takes us on a tour of the new media, and it quickly becomes apparent that one of the reasons for the rise of conservative politics has been the rise of conservative new media, especially talk radio and the Internet.

In addition to his radio and writing credentials, Hugh Hewitt is a professor of Constitutional Law. His other books include "In, But Not Of," "The Embarrassed Believer," "Searching for God in America" and "First Principles."

I highly recommend "If It's Not Close, They Can't Cheat" to anyone concerned about the survival of America and the need to become informed about the very real danger of an illegitimate Democrat victory.


Note: This is the first of a series of books Doug Patton will review before the November 2 election. In the weeks to come, Patton will review the following:

Oct. 25: "Trust – The One Thing That Makes or Breaks A Leader" by former White House Advisor for Presidential Personnel Les T. Csorba

Nov. 1: "The Meaning of 'Is' – The Squandered Impeachment and Wasted Legacy of William Jefferson Clinton" by former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr, R-GA. (A last minute reminder before Election Day of America's most recent Democrat president)

Doug Patton

Doug Patton
is a freelance columnist who has served as a speechwriter, policy advisor and communications director for federal, state and local candidates, elected officials and public policy organizations. His weekly columns are published in newspapers across the country and on selected Internet websites. Readers can e-mail him at dpatton@neonramp.com.

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