© 2003 by Doug Patton
you sick and tired of hearing Ted Kennedy fill the airwaves
with his vile lies about our country’s foreign policy?
you frustrated by the unchallenged accusations of the ten
small-minded Democrat presidential wannabes, crisscrossing
Iowa and New Hampshire, running off at the mouth about what
a “miserable failure” the war in Iraq has been?
you feel bewildered as you watch your president’s approval
rating plummet as these people accuse him of having destroyed
more American jobs than any chief executive since Herbert
you yearn for a response from someone other than Rush Limbaugh
and Tom Delay?
you are not alone. Many of us have become increasingly bewildered
at the lack of response from the White House, the Republican
National Committee and the GOP leaders in Congress.
corrupt, old Teddy Kennedy, who long ago philandered and
perjured away his right to be taken seriously, last week
accused George W. Bush of deliberately lying to the American
people, the Congress and the world about the threat posed
by Saddam Hussein.
was all made up down in Texas!” Kennedy shrieked hysterically.
His performance was reminiscent of his diatribe on the Senate
floor sixteen years ago against Supreme Court nominee Robert
White House response? Mr. Bush was quoted as saying that
the senior senator from Massachusetts was being “uncivil.”
Take that, Teddy! That should put you in your place.
Iowa, the wannabes can be observed parading across the state,
spreading their anti-Bush propaganda with abandon, scratching
and clawing for position in the first-in-the-nation caucuses
to be held there in January. Sen. Tom Harkin and Gov. Tom
Vilsack, two of the most partisan Democrats in America,
welcomed them all recently for a steak fry, featuring another
paragon of virtue, Bill Clinton, as their revered main speaker.
Clinton did not disappoint, smiling and spreading the same
kind of bilge he had used so effectively in 1992 against
the first Bush presidency.
1994, the GOP took control of both Houses of Congress for
the first time in forty years. That campaign, conceived
in the mind of Newt Gingrich and executed brilliantly through
the use of the “Contract with America,” proved that while
politics may be local, it is possible to nationalize a congressional
election by putting forth an agenda that makes sense to
the American people, and then defending that agenda with
everything in your political arsenal.
Democrats, who had run the show in Washington for as long
as anyone but Strom Thurmond could remember, never accepted
the idea that the American people really wanted them out
of power. The 2000 presidential election debacle only confirmed
this notion in their minds.
Republicans also seem to have bought into that idea, as
evidenced by the president’s feeble attempts to court favor
with Democrats like Kennedy by caving in to their extreme
positions on such issues as education, Medicare and the
environment. Teddy’s tirade is the thanks he gets for trying
to get along.
where are the Republicans? As the wannabes traipse across
Iowa and New Hampshire spreading fear among the voters,
pounding Bush’s poll numbers into the ground, where is the
GOP response? Where are the veterans of the House and the
Senate? Where is Speaker Dennis Hastert? Where are John
McCain, Orin Hatch, Chuck Hagel and Senate Majority Leader
Bill Frist? Where is gentle old Chuck Grassley, Iowa’s revered
are these leaders not speaking out? Why are they not taking
turns traveling across Iowa and New Hampshire, making the
news, refuting every lie told by Teddy and the wannabes?
I don’t know. They just don’t seem to have the stomach for
Patton is a freelance columnist who has served
as a political speechwriter and public policy advisor at
the federal, state and local levels. His weekly columns
can be read in newspapers across the country, and on www.GOPUSA.com,
where he serves as the Nebraska Editor. He also writes for
Talon News Service (www.TalonNews.com).
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