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Supreme Sunshine Self-Interest

Sunday, 26 November 2000 12:00 AM

People usually go to Florida to soak up the sunshine. Now politicians and journalists traipse down there to bask

They all have their own motives: The U.S. Supreme Court has announced it will hear Gov. Bush’s case against the recounts on Friday. Yet there has not been one word about any of the nine justices ‘recusing’ themselves from the case. Keep in mind that several aging justices on both sides have let it be known over recent years that they’d retire if a new president of their own party were in place to name their replacements.

Thus, a political "motive" for various justices to rule a certain way.

As for the vote count’s "celebrity observers," things have gotten out of hand. Just yesterday in Broward County, on live national TV, we were treated to GOP governors Christie Whitman, John Engler and Marc Racicot, former Senator Bob Dole, and Congressmen Stephen Buyer and Asa Hutchison.

This apparently is the latest way to campaign for slots in a Bush Cabinet: give up your Thanksgiving holiday weekend and go to Broward or Palm Beach counties and make it known you’re against the recount. This act of sacrifice and loyalty will win you votes inside the Bush family when they start handing out administration jobs.

Of course, there is one other potential job slot they’re all aiming for: vice president. With Dick Cheney’s latest heart attack, whispers inside the GOP are growing louder that he will have to step down at some point in the not-too-distant future and Bush will appoint his replacement. The auditions for this job began this week during the recount.

Similarly, on the Gore side Senator Bob Kerrey, former Senator George Mitchell and a spate of congressmen have been garnering air time – all with visions of Cabinet slots dancing in their heads.

And with the Supreme Court hearing still six days away, we are certain to see more of these "talking head" auditions and press conferences. When you see one on TV, remember to ask yourself, "I wonder what job he wants?"

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People usually go to Florida to soak up the sunshine. Now politicians and journalists traipse down there to bask They all have their own motives: The U.S. Supreme Court has announced it will hear Gov. Bush's case against the recounts on Friday. Yet there has not been...
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