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A Few Thoughts About President-Elect Bush

Tuesday, 28 November 2000 12:00 AM

There is a quiet steadiness about George W. Bush that breeds confidence in his ability to handle the awesome job the voters have just given him. His steadiness during the trying period since the election when he was forced to stand by and watch his opponent's campaign attempt to change the outcome by hook or by crook speaks well of his ability to stand up under intense pressure. It's much too early to call him Reaganesque, but there is something about him that brings Ronald Reagan to mind.

I don't expect that everything he does will please me – neither did Ike nor Dick Nixon nor even Reagan, for that matter. But in the things that really count I believe he'll do the right thing. As our elite media have delighted in telling us, he's not a policy wonk, unenchanted with the intellectual side of the political debate, and more inclined to remain above the battle and direct its course from the command post than to get down in the trenches and fight it out where the heat of combat distorts the overall view of the battlefield.

That's what a good leader does, even though it irks our Marxist media who prefer socialist gadabouts such as Clinton and Gore who run hither and yon, all agog with their majestic self-images and screw up just about everything they touch, to quiet solid leaders who go about their jobs with assurance and self-confidence oblivious to the howling of the jackals.

He's tough. He's got that slit-eyed, you'd-better- smile-when-you-say-that-pardner West Texas cowpoke look that tells you that behind all that down-home geniality is one hard-nosed Westerner it won't pay to push too hard.

He'll need it. He made a major issue out of his determination to work in a bipartisan manner with the Democrats on Capitol Hill. I hope he now recognizes that he's dealing with people who don't take defeat gracefully and who will come back in January full of resentment and a burning desire for vengeance.

I hope he realizes that the Democrat congressional leadership is socialist to the core. They have a Marxist agenda they simply won't surrender. They will fight to the bitter end – and beyond. Their idea of bipartisanship requires abject subservience to their point of view. Give them an inch and they'll demand 1,000 miles – for starters.

They are your sworn enemies. Keep that in mind, or they'll swarm all over you like killer bees. The only way you can counter them is to go after the more conservative among their membership – the ones willing to risk the wrath of their leadership to side with you when they know you're right.

Then there's the media – that effete, simpering mob of Marxist elitists who have already created the image of George W. Bush, intellectual lightweight who can't handle the English language to their satisfaction.

They wouldn't of course recall that Dwight Eisenhower, not a bad chief executive by any standard, got lost in the dense undergrowth of the English language whenever he didn't have Brice Harlow around to render him intelligible. When Ike said something off-the-cuff it sounded good until you saw it in type and realized it was gibberish. But he was a good president, and that's all that matters.

Dealing with these media exquisites will be something like dealing with the Democrat commissars on the Hill, lacking, of course, the brass knuckles and the blackjacks. Like the Democrats, they loathe you because you had the temerity to beat their beloved Mr. Gore, whom they believe was ordained by a higher more-liberal power to be president. Moreover, your conservative principles and policies, and especially your pronounced faith in God, drive them up a wall.

There are ways to handle these people, and I could tell you about some of the tactics we found useful in dealing with them in my days on the Hill, but I'll reserve that for some future time.

Mr. President Designate, you've got your work cut out for you. Just wait until you go after that odious form of infanticide called partial-birth abortion, or try to push tort reform through a sharply divided Congress full of members up to their eyeballs in political debt to the trial lawyers. Just wait until you nominate a constitutionalist to the Supreme Court, or take on the National Education Association or the AFL-CIO.

Keep this in mind when the going gets rough: The last two weeks have shown the American people the real nature of the Democrat beast, and it has disgusted them. Many Gore voters now openly admit they regret casting their votes for him, among them even the Washington Post's ultra-liberal Richard Cohen. So you have a majority of the people behind you.

You're in for a rough ride, Dubya, but I'm convinced you've got what it takes. You do what you have to do, and I'll pray for you at daily Mass every day from now on.

Faugh a' Ballagh!

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