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No Choice in 2008?

Tuesday, 26 June 2007 12:00 AM

National Review founder William F. Buckley Jr., once was asked who he would accept to balance a Republican ticket so that Ronald Reagan could be elected president.

Buckley famously replied that he could vote for then-New York Sen. Jacob Javits, a then-very liberal Republican, "with perhaps the explicit understanding that if President Reagan were to die in office, Vice President Javits would hurl himself upon the funeral pyre in grief."

In 1980 Reagan won the presidency, and by his choice of vice president launched the big-government-Republican Bush dynasty that now frustrates so many conservatives.

In that same year, conservative New York Republicans ousted longtime incumbent Javits by nominating and electing Alfonse D'Amato.

They refused to reelect a RINO, a Republican In Name Only, who on important legislation often voted with Democrats.

They decided that Javits might be the lesser of two evils but was nevertheless too far left — too evil — to deserve their votes.

Ironically, the upcoming 2008 election might give Americans a choice among three Jacob Javits clones, three New York liberals who on key issues are further to the left than Javits was.

New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, according to recent polls, remains the most likely Democratic presidential standard bearer in 2008.

Former New York City Mayor Rudi Giuliani, who won national admiration for his cool-headed leadership on 9/11, although sliding remains a strong prospect to win the Republican Party's nomination.

And current New York City mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg days ago switched his registration from Republican to "unaffiliated." He is giving himself an option to become the Ross Perot of 2008 by laying groundwork for an independent presidential run if the two major party choose candidates extreme enough to alienate pragmatic and centrist voters.

Without taking into account their ticket balancing running mates, how well would these three tenors — OK, two tenors and a very masculine contralto — appeal to religious southerners, conservative midwesterners, or rugged individualist wild westerners?

Would a ballot offering this trinity of liberal New Yorkers seem to most Americans to be no choice at all?

Sen. Clinton, long demonized as a far left-winger by conservatives, has acquired what the music industry likes to call "crossover" appeal. She increasingly appears to be a centrist, not because she has moved to the center — she still favors socialized medicine, for example — but because the Democratic Party has been pulled by its radical blogosphere activists and extremist fundraisers further and further to the left.

At times it almost seems that leftists boo her as part of a plan to help make Hillary appear more centrist to independent voters. If elected, she will revert to being a leftist "Big Sister" ruler.

Giuliani embodies conservative virtues of law and order, toughness, competence, and coolness under fire, and fiscal responsibility. But years of running a liberal Democratic city have compromised the former mayor in other ways. Get ready for lots of TV ads aimed to hit below the Bible Belt with video of Rudy in drag on "Saturday Night Live" and that remind conservatives that Giuliani is pro-choice on abortion and pro-gun control.

Mayor Bloomberg is so wealthy that he could bankroll a billion-dollar presidential campaign for himself out of his petty cash checkbook. Experts estimate his financial worth, earned as a business telecommunications entrepreneur and creator of Bloomberg LP, at between 5 billion and 15 billion dollars.

Bloomberg, who won election as a Republican only because the Democratic Party ticket was overcrowded, aspires to be America's national nanny, our beneficent Big Brother.

Like most liberals, Bloomberg is more eager to impose his morals onto the rest of us at government gunpoint than are the furthest-right conservative preachers.

He is pro-choice on abortion — but anti-individual choice on many other issues.

Bloomberg is not a live-and-let-live guy. He knows what is best for you and has no hesitation in using government power to ram it down your throat — along with higher taxes to make you pay for it.

As mayor, this advocate of extreme gun control has gone after firearms shops not only in New York City but also in several other states via taxpayer-funded harassing lawsuits. In doing this, Bloomberg apparently believes that he already rules the nation, not just his city's five boroughs.

Bloomberg has banned smoking in New York City workplaces and helped push through a law that prohibits city restaurants from using trans fats.

And Mayor Bloomberg favors incentive programs to pay the poor, but not overtaxed working New Yorkers — to do simple things such as personal hygiene we have always done without monetary rewards.

Bloomberg conceivably could win because today's Republican presidency and Democratic Congress are, according to recent polls, at or near record levels of public disapproval.

Or he might lose; but as a wild card, siphon away enough liberal and independent votes to tip the election by causing Hillary to lose New York and California.

If Bloomberg becomes president, get ready for a very paternalistic, increasingly powerful government that will snatch control over more and more facets of what used to be your private life and personal choices.

America has long been ruled economically and culturally from New York City, as you can see in the bias of network evening newscasts and other programming from Manhattan. But to be ruled politically from there as well would soon teach us why some of its local politicians have proposed New York City's seceding from the United States to become its own nation.

The Big Apple is where a famous New Yorker magazine cover depicted the United States as a vast, barren wasteland stretching from Manhattan to the Pacific Ocean. Manhattan is what the late individualist Senator from Arizona Barry Goldwater had in mind when he proposed sawing the Euro-socialist East Coast off from the rest of the country.

If Clinton, Giuliani, or Bloomberg is elected president in 2008, America will become a very different country from the land of Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. Get ready to rename our country "Bloomerica" or "New Empirica," after the Empire State.


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