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Election '04 Epiphanies (George Will On Who Republicans Should Thank For This Year's Results)
Townhall.com ^ | 11/09/04 | George Will

Posted on 11/08/2004 9:21:53 PM PST by goldstategop

Edited on 11/09/2004 5:17:06 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

WASHINGTON -- In 2000, Americans were reminded that electoral votes select presidents. In 2004, Democrats were reminded that Bruce Springsteen does not. Other Nov. 2 epiphanies include:

In 1984, Walter Mondale's running mate was Rep. Geraldine Ferraro, a Catholic woman from New York. Ronald Reagan carried Catholics, women, New York -- and even Ferraro's district. Vice presidential nominees rarely sway this or that national demographic group. However, a running mate should help carry his or her state. But last week Bush carried North Carolina, getting 295,026 more votes than in 2000, and carried John Edwards' home county, as he did four years ago. Edwards was supposed to cut Bush's appeal in rural America. He did not.

While 44 percent of Hispanics, America's largest and fastest-growing minority, voted for Bush, African-Americans continued to marginalize themselves, again voting nearly unanimously (88 percent) for the Democratic nominee. In coming years, while Hispanics are conducting a highly advantageous political auction for their support, African-Americans evidently will continue being taken for granted by Democrats.

On election night, news organizations were very hesitant to call a winner in Ohio, where Bush led all night and won by 136,483 votes. They were less hesitant about calling Pennsylvania, where Kerry led all night and won by only 127,927 votes.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2004election; billmoyers; brucespringsteen; democrats; epiphanies; gavinnewsom; georgewill; guardian; liberalism
Republicans have quite a few people to thank. Among them Bruce Springsteen and Bill Moyers. This year as been full of epiphanies and the election has validated a picture of Red America as being anything but paranoid. In the meantime the Left keeps on indulging in illusions of an America that never was and never will be.
1 posted on 11/08/2004 9:21:53 PM PST by goldstategop
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To: goldstategop

I wasn't aware of that comment by Moyers. I knew he was an a-hole, but until now I didn't know he was stick-stone stupid.


2 posted on 11/08/2004 9:27:51 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (Creepy liar! You liar! Liar! Liar, liar! Creepy liar! -- The voice of the intellectual dem)
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To: Darkwolf377
George Will is awesome. I only wish I knew half the words he uses. :)
Seriously, he is an intellectual giant in a world of moronic piss ants.

:O)

P
3 posted on 11/08/2004 9:36:23 PM PST by papasmurf (Kerry..." What are you gonna' believe, me, or your own 2 eyes?"..(Groucho Marx))
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To: goldstategop

Don't forget to add Micheal Moore to that list.

And thank you Howard Dean for your mental melt down,
and thank you Clark for you contributions and showing America why you were removed as commander in Bosnia,
and thank you John Edwards for that excellent short movie about vanity, and thank you Woopie Goldberg for the excelent display of elite hollywood and showing just how vulgar and out of touch with BRAINS you really are...

There are so many other left wing nutters I'd like to thank, but the server can't handle the load.


4 posted on 11/08/2004 9:38:06 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: goldstategop

In the meantime the Left keeps on indulging in illusions of an America that never was and never will be.

Amen!


5 posted on 11/08/2004 9:39:47 PM PST by 26lemoncharlie (Defending America)
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To: goldstategop

I'll just thank God!


6 posted on 11/08/2004 9:41:19 PM PST by samiam1972 (Live simply so that others may simply live!)
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To: Darkwolf377
The elite liberal Dims will continue this arrogant denial to irrelevancy in the body politic.

Not a new fresh idea in the bunch. Just more of the lying propaganda machine. Thanks to FR and others, that dog will no longer hunt. The media swine have totally discredited themselves.
7 posted on 11/08/2004 9:46:23 PM PST by TUX (Domino effect)
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To: goldstategop

I am so glad that Bruce Springsteen was in charge of the Kerry campaign's GOTV.


8 posted on 11/08/2004 9:54:07 PM PST by RKB-AFG (Bush Mandate!)
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To: samiam1972

Amen !!!


9 posted on 11/08/2004 10:07:26 PM PST by no dems (NICE GUYS FINISH LAST. GET RADICAL !!!)
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To: TUX
The thing is, what's stunned the liberals so much is that they thought they were the liberal elites, i.e. untouchable. They thought that all they had to do was use the courts to push through whatever they wanted and we'd just have to sit and take it.

Last Tuesday, we began pushing back. The Susan Sarandon crowd believe that this is, simply, THEIR country.

It's not. But neither is it "our" country. It's a system, and all sides can participate in and shape that system. The Al Frankens thought they could jsut spout their grabage and there was nothing that could be done about it.

Now they're terrified. Because they see the cornerstone of their philosophy, abortion, could be endangered. The problem with most liberals is their thinking has no dimension BEYOND "abortion on demand". It's been said that abortions went down under Clinton; I have no idea if this is true or not, and it wouldn't move me an inch if it were true, because this society is so much more than who is in the WHite House. But the Libs live in their little bubble of libs and celebs and think that as long as they control the seats of power, they can dictate how this country is shaped.

The reason they're so scared is because all of their powers--persuasion, comfortable speaking in front of cameras, entertainment, money, money and more money--are nothing against people who do not like some directions this country is heading in. And the libs believed those people were powerless.

Wrong.

In the voting booth, you, me, and all those Hollywood stars have exactly the same amount of power, and that is the ONLY place where significant choices are made--not in Hollywood offices, or on stages.

They're scared because they blasted us and W with everything they had, thinking it would stop us from voting out of hopelessness. It didn't work. They are up late nights now, thinking "But all of this power I have is...meaningless when it comes down to where it MUST be of use."

Simply put, the Hollywood elites and Libs treat the American population like we're fools, easily duped by the glitter those folks find so enticing. And the "fools" just did the unthinkable--we thought for ourselves.

That terrifies them. Because they don't respect us. They feel like zookeepers, keeping all these stupid animals penned up and laughing at our helplessness...and they're just starting to grasp that we knew how to open the cages all along.

10 posted on 11/08/2004 10:07:33 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (Creepy liar! You liar! Liar! Liar, liar! Creepy liar! -- The voice of the intellectual dem)
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To: goldstategop

Bill Moyers? Isn't he that dorky guy on PBS who plays the piano and makes totally lame jokes?


11 posted on 11/08/2004 10:07:55 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: Darkwolf377

Darkwolf!! Great writing. Keep it up. I'm going to copy and keep that. I am always trying to impress on others the enormity of the forces that were arrayed against Pres. Bush and his conservative base. You put it well. Thanks.


12 posted on 11/08/2004 10:38:30 PM PST by SolomoninSouthDakota (Daschle is gone.)
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To: goldstategop
Ultimately, Pres. Bush has one person to thank for his victory - George W. Bush.

Pres. Bush should thank himself for putting together a good administration capable of handling one of America's crises. He should thank himself for having the courage to ignore the media and their talking heads and doing the right thing despite their vicious attacks. He should thank himself for holding on to the essentials of his vision of America in the midst of the corruptive politics of Washington.

It was the policies of George W. Bush that brought majority support to the polls.

13 posted on 11/08/2004 10:58:20 PM PST by Ophiucus
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To: Ophiucus

Thank Phil Burress, president of Citizens for Community Values in Cincinnati, who led efforts to place the Marriage Protection Amendment on the Ohio ballot...which evidence indicates won the state for Bush.


14 posted on 11/08/2004 11:02:37 PM PST by AFA-Michigan
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To: SolomoninSouthDakota

If I knew that I'd have put it in more coherent form! LOL Thanks for the nice compliment, though! :)


15 posted on 11/08/2004 11:03:18 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (My movie of the week is: Bubba Ho-Tep ! **** out of *****)
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To: AFA-Michigan; All
Thank Phil Burress, president of Citizens for Community Values in Cincinnati, who led efforts to place the Marriage Protection Amendment on the Ohio ballot...which evidence indicates won the state for Bush.

Here is a guy named Phil Burress who did a good job in Ohio, and every state and every county has many people like Phil, who contributed to the cause.

There are Swiftboat Vets, regular vets, catholics, jews, evangelicals, seniors, young people, hispanics, even some blacks, soccer moms, security moms, "Get-out-the-vote" workers, Karl Rove, Ken Mehlman, Peggy Noonan, Karen Hughes, Sean Hannity, Rush, Tony Snow etc etc etc...thousands of people, famous or not, contributed.

And it created a victory of massive proportions, 59 million worth. Frankly, I credit God Almighty. He wanted President Bush to fulfill his destiny (and legacy) for such a time as this. And I am in awe to President Bush for staying the course and not waivering in spite of unbelievable attacks. The man is truly a Rock! He knows where his strength comes from.

16 posted on 11/08/2004 11:30:46 PM PST by CaraM
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To: Darkwolf377
"It's been said that abortions went down under Clinton; I have no idea if this is true or not..."

Abortion went down during GHW Bush's term. It continued to go down much more slowly during Clinton's administration, even reversing the downward trend and going up one year. There are no nationwide statistics available yet for the year 2000 on.

17 posted on 11/08/2004 11:41:05 PM PST by Bonaparte (twisting slowly, slowly in the wind...)
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To: SolomoninSouthDakota
By the way, SSD, congratulations on dumping little Tommy.

Senator Thune will do you proud.

18 posted on 11/08/2004 11:43:48 PM PST by Bonaparte (twisting slowly, slowly in the wind...)
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To: goldstategop

Welcome back from the darkside George.


19 posted on 11/08/2004 11:56:01 PM PST by John Lenin
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To: Darkwolf377

Moyers is an ironclad idiot. He thought the ad Johnson ran of Goldwater blowing up a little girl picking daisies was funny. Years ago they showed it inside the studio on a political ad documentary and Moyers snickered himself silly. He's a rodent. A Dan Rather wannabe.


20 posted on 11/09/2004 12:04:31 AM PST by Luke21
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To: papasmurf
I only wish I knew half the words he uses. :)

Dictionary.com is my friend (now that Merriam-Webster.com is no longer free.)

21 posted on 11/09/2004 12:48:25 AM PST by GretchenM
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Let us have a moment of silent gratitude for the Swift Vets and all who supported them. These contributions to Kerry's defeat cannot be measured.


22 posted on 11/09/2004 12:49:39 AM PST by GretchenM
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To: goldstategop

Like a stopped clock is right twice a day, every so often even this little twerp gets it.


23 posted on 11/09/2004 7:05:06 AM PST by jmaroneps37 ( Kerry proved once again that you can't beat SOMEBODY with NOBODY.)
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