[sixties-l] Prepare For Political War, GOPers

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Date: 11/15/00

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    warning!! -- Horowitz content below -- warning!!
    New York Post-Tuesday, November 14, 2000
    e-mail: <dreher@nypost.com>
    EXUDING a Strangelovian calm, Al Gore declared to the media
    yesterday that he would commit the political equivalent of
    bombing Florida back to the Stone Age.
    With skin-crawling unctuousness, Gore mewled that this election
    wasn't about him, but about "our democracy."
    And he said he wouldn't want to win "by a few votes cast in error
    or misinterpreted or not counted."
    MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews heard in the veep's deceptively
    mild words a declaration of total war.
    "He has escalated this thing all the way," a stunned Matthews
    said, explaining that Gore appears prepared to fight for an
    extraordinary revote in Palm Beach County.
    Will the Republicans at long last realize that they're battling
    extremely clever berserkers who will do anything - anything - to
    win? Haven't they been paying attention for the past eight years?
    Ex-radical-turned-neoconservative David Horowitz, a Bush adviser
    whose most recent book is "The Art of Political War," is sickened
    and astonished by what he's seeing unfold in Florida.
    "What Al Gore has done by unleashing the dogs of political war
    here is the most irresponsible act of a political leader in my
    lifetime," Horowitz said.
    "What they're doing is delegitimating the next government. Once
    the traditional order has broken down, it's all against all."
    Conservatives have waged the Florida war less well than the left,
    said Horowitz, because they are temperamentally ill-suited for
    scorched-earth political combat.
    Believing, "If only one side is shooting, the other side will
    soon be dead," Horowitz is trying to teach the guerrilla warfare
    he learned on the ramparts of the radical left to his new allies
    on the right.
    "I always feel ambivalent as an ex-leftist teaching Republicans
    bad manners," Horowitz said. "But the reality is, when there is
    no referee, when the gloves are off, you have to beat them back
    by similar methods."
    The left took the propaganda initiative yesterday, organizing
    "nonpartisan" demonstrations around the country. Yesterday's
    relatively small event in downtown New York was a pro-Gore media
    bonanza, thanks largely to a brief appearance by Hollywood
    liberal Alec Baldwin.
    With the cameras rolling, unreconstructed Sixties radical Todd
    Gitlin, see-no-evil Clinton loyalist Rep. Jerrold Nadler and
    others upchucked the most fraudulent oratory since the last time
    Gore opened his mouth.
    They quoted the Declaration of Independence. They invoked
    patriots of yore. They recalled the civil-rights movement. A
    rabbi even likened their struggle to that of the Israelites
    escaping Pharaoh, headed to the Promised Land.
    Meanwhile, in an attempt to present a neutral face to the viewers
    at home, an organizer tried to get people hoisting openly
    pro-Gore signs (including a lovely one calling for the
    decapitation of Gov. Bush) to stifle it.
    The demo was a sparsely attended crock, but it made for effective
    TV. Once again, clueless conservatives are allowing themselves to
    get clobbered on the propaganda front.
    "We should have had demonstrations in the streets saying this is
    a political coup d'etat, and we have to defend the Constitution,"
    said Horowitz. "And we should have been doing it first. But
    Republicans don't go into the streets. We're not about mob rule."
    True. But the ruthless Democrats aren't giving them a choice. So
    far, it looks like Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris,
    who is holding Democrats to the letter of the law by forcing
    counties to have all their votes certified by today at 5 p.m., is
    the only Republican willing to play hardball by the Dems' rules.
    Team Gore is screaming bloody murder.
    Harris is doing her job.
    "Politically, it is better to be seen as a peacemaker than as a
    warmonger," Horowitz writes in his book.
    "But it is not always possible. If forced to fight, then fight to win."

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