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Insider Report: Republicans Finding Hispanic Support

Sunday, 10 November 2002 12:00 AM

Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):
1. Republicans Finding Hispanic Support
2. Democrats Not So Worried
3. Hillary Still In Wings
4. Republicans Gain at State Level
5. Greens vs. Libertarians
6. Israel Wins Big In U.S. Elections
7. What Will Happen Next In War with Iraq


1. REPUBLICANS FINDING HISPANIC SUPPORT

Dick Morris calls it "the browning of America." Some pundits believe that changing demographics – with a growing number of Hispanic voters – will lead to a permanent minority status for the Republican Party.

But Republicans may see some hopeful signs from this past election.

Gov. Jeb Bush was re-elected with more than 60 percent of Florida's Hispanic vote. In New York, Gov. George E. Pataki won a third term, winning almost 50 percent of the Hispanic vote. In Texas, Republican Gov. Rick Perry was re-elected with more than one-third of the Latino vote.

2. DEMOCRATS NOT SO WORRIED

Washington Democrats are not so worried about the Republican sweep, we hear.

First, Dems note that the Republicans have full responsibility for the future – and Democrats, being eternal pessimists, believe it won't be so rosy.

They believe that W has peaked too soon, much like his dad's victory after the Gulf War. He can only go down, they say.

Top Dems are saying the stage is set for not only a take-back of the Senate but also a return to the White House in 2004. Dems note that the Republican sweep was by the slimmest of margins.

The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz reports that a switch of roughly 29,000 votes in Minnesota, 11,500 in Missouri and 9,500 in New Hampshire would have led to Democratic victories and Democratic control of the Senate.

3. HILLARY STILL IN WINGS

We're not buying claims that Hillary is out of the running for 2004.

The Drudge Report reported this week: "One person close to Senator Clinton said she was adamant about not running in 2004 and that her negative ratings were still too high to venture out now. ... 'We need a candidate who can, without compromising the essence of who we are, reach across the values divide, which is the divide that sunk us yesterday, and I'm not sure she can do that,' this Democrat said. 'I have no doubt she's planning to run in 2008. That's the plan and they'll stick to it, especially if they think 2004 is a loser.'"

But the Clintons are not writing off 2004, because they remember 1992. That's when Democrats wrote off Bush Sr. as unbeatable, paving the way for a little-known Arkansas governor to win the White House.

Hillary knows that if she is perceived as a candidate for 2004, this will make her a lightning rod of attacks. She also knows that with the DNC firmly in her grips, and the national network she and her husband built still in place, she could still enter the 2004 presidential race very late.

She could also wait until the Democratic Convention in 2004 to join the ticket as VP. Then she'll be a proverbial heartbeat away from the Oval Office if the Democrats win.

A lot can happen in two years. Stay Tuned.

4. REPUBLICANS GAIN AT STATE LEVEL

Republicans not only swept majorities in the House and Senate, they also had tremendous gains at the local level.

The Progressive Review reports that Republicans had a net gain of about 200 seats and control of 21 statehouses.

These results contrast with the traditional midterm election in which the party in the White House typically loses about 350 seats. Preliminary returns showed Democrats with control of 18 legislatures and nine others split between the two parties.

5. GREENS VS. LIBERTARIANS

Ralph Nader may have snatched victory from Al Gore's loss in 2000.

Now the ultra-left Greens are gaining power and stature. The Progressive Review reports that the Green Party won at least 66 races this year, up from 58 last year. It now has 171 members in public office.

This is bad news for the Dems. Every Green vote is a lost Democratic vote.

Meanwhile, the altruistic Libertarians elected a paltry two dozen candidates to local office. And we note that all three major Libertarian-led ballot initiatives -- in Massachusetts, Arkansas and South Dakota – were defeated.

The Libertarians have the best platform, but it is one that attracts few followers. Even Jesus knew he needed to hand out fishes and loaves to the faithful. That's just good politics.

6. ISRAEL WINS BIG IN U.S. ELECTIONS

The Jerusalem Post reports that while congressional support for Israel has been overwhelmingly strong in recent years regardless of which party controlled Congress, pro-Israel lobbyists celebrated the Republican sweep in Tuesday's midterm election.

"This new Congress is very supportive and is likely to be the most pro-Israel Congress that we've seen," said one Jewish official who tracks the Israel issue on Capitol Hill. "The number of Jewish senators grew from 10 to 11 with the victory of Democrat Frank Lautenberg in New Jersey. Norm Coleman, who triumphed in Minnesota, is also Jewish and has been a long-time member of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Coleman had been competing against another Jewish senator, Paul Wellstone, before Wellstone was killed in a plane crash last month.... The number of Jews in the House of Representatives remains 26 out of a total of 435.... Some Jewish officials expressed disappointment that Rep. John Sununu (R-New Hampshire) had triumphed in his Senate bid against Democratic Governor Jeanne Shaheen. While Sununu has been a consistent supporter of foreign aid, he has rejected several prominent AIPAC legislative initiatives over the years...."

7. WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT IN WAR WITH IRAQ

In his latest best-selling book, "The High Cost of Peace," Yossef Bodansky exposes a string of disastrous moves by the Clinton administration that paved the way for Sept. 11, the Iraq crisis, and renewed hostilities in the West Bank.

Bodansky, head of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism, was the first to warn of bin Laden's threat. His book on bin Laden, published before 9/11, quickly became a New York Times best seller.

Now, in "The High Cost of Peace," Bodansky reveals what will happen next. Also, in an exclusive audio program with NewsMax, Bodansky warns of new strikes by al-Qaeda and the secret ties between Iraq and bin Laden's network.

Bodansky reveals that if war breaks out, Iraq already has significant operations with al-Qaeda to retaliate in U.S. cities.

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