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and the Damage Done
What will the
real costs of the McClintock candidacy be?
hangs on my office wall that reminds of the glory years of the
Reagan Revolution. It
shows the White House team entry in the D.C. Nike Challenge from
1985. The six participants include Dick Hauser, then Deputy Counsel
in the White House; John Roberts – newly confirmed to the
U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then a young White
House lawyer; and me, also a young White House lawyer. The captain
of the "White House V-toes" was Pat Buchanan, at the
time the Gipper's communications director.
Whenever a visitor's
eye turns to the picture, I point to Pat and say, there's the
man who put Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen
Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court. Only the politically inclined
get it: Pat Buchanan's primary challenge to President George
H.W. Bush in 1992 bled the incumbent and opened the door to
Perot. Perot, of course, put Clinton in the White House, and
put those justices on the highest court.
fans sputter a lot when they hear this recounting of history,
and many splendid
arguments follow. They protest too
much, the Pat people do, because of the impulse to disguise guilt
with vigorous and emphatic denunciations. Facts, to quote Reagan
quoting Lenin, however, are stubborn things. Buchanan wrought
what he wrought, and honest accounting requires that the two
Clinton appointees be put credited to Pat's legacy ledger. So
much for the pro-life platform upon which Pat has long stood.
There is no doubt that he sincerely believes in the platform – but
there is overwhelming evidence that the unborn would have been
far better off had Pat never launched a public career.
becomes relevant as the California recall vote draws near.
Like Pat, Tom McClintock is a smart, talented and principled
public man. Like Pat, Tom is supported by a legion of dedicated,
energetic activists. Like the Buchanan campaign of 1992, the
McClintock campaign of 2003 thinks it has momentum, a mirage
created wholly by an elite media eager to wound a Republican
front-runner. A decade ago, that front-runner was President
Bush; these days it is Arnold.
And like the Buchanan campaign of 1992,
the McClintock campaign of 2003 is playing the role of unwitting
pawn of the Democrats
to a perfection.
It will not
be clear for some years what the real costs of the McClintock
candidacy will be. The GOP is
already damaged in California,
but the real disaster will arrive only if Cruz Bustamante replaces
Gray Davis, winning the second part of the California recall
with a margin less than the total number of votes garnered
ought to think about Breyer and Ginsburg as they launch rhetorical
salvo after rhetorical salvo
at Arnold. These
attacks are very similar in tone and detail to those hurled
by the Buchananites against the elder Bush in 1992. Whether
will result in the declaration as unconstitutional of such
laws as a ban on partial-birth abortion remains to be seen,
Buchanan clearly didn't set out to destroy such protections
with his candidacy of 1992.
But he did. What will the McClintock ledger
show a decade hence?
Principal Contributor Hugh Hewitt is an author, television commentator
and syndicated talk-show host of the Salem Radio Network's Hugh
Hewitt Show, heard in over 40 markets around the country. His
opinions on national issues can be found at HughHewitt.com
and he writes a weekly column (Wednesdays) for WorldNetDaily.com.
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