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The Joy of Gloating

Thursday, 07 November 2002 12:00 AM

Know what brings the biggest smile to my face after the Nov. 5 evisceration of the Clinton Party?

It's not that picture of a devastated Tom Daschle captioned with his comment that "This is the worst day I've had."

It's not the comeuppance so richly deserved by the loud-mouthed jerks who disgraced the Wellstone funeral service in Minnesota, costing Mondale the election.

It's not that hordes of high-paid Democrat staffers on Capitol Hill are now out of a job and won't be able to find another, because all the K Street lobbying firms won't hire them.

It's not all the newspaper headlines proclaiming the Republican Tsunami, and all the photos of a beaming Trent Lott, or Norm Coleman, or even that great shot of GW giving a thumbs-up.

Nope, the biggest smile of all comes with thinking of how bitterly miserable Barbra Streisand must be right now.

Normally, the emotion of what the Germans call Schadenfreude, malicious glee, should be assiduously avoided. Laughing at other people's unhappiness is almost always not a healthy or decent thing to do. But note the "almost" qualifier. There are, very occasionally, exceptions. This is one of them.

President Bush has handled the gigantic GOP victory with his typical class and graciousness. His comportment has been the antithesis of gloating, and has given the strictest instructions to all those at the White House to behave the same. He continues to live up to the moral ideal Americans have for political leadership.

But for you and me, ordinary Americans driven around the bend by America-hating liberals, we should be granted moral permission to gloat just this once. We should be allowed to admit that we are ecstatically happy that Barbra Streisand and Alex Baldwin and Woody Harrelson and Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange and Robert Altman together with all the other Hollywood clowns "embarrassed to be from the United States," as Jessica Lange puts it, are moaning threnodies of grief, dirges of gloom, wails of lament – in short, they're Singin' the Blues.

Permit us just this once to feel joy in their misery. I admit it. It feels absolutely great to know that pro-abortionist Kate Michelman is freaking out that the Senate will soon pass a ban on partial-birth murder, that eco-fascists are tearing their hair out over Bush's allowing oil to be drilled out of ANWR, that Judas Jim Jeffords is reduced to a powerless minority schmuck on Capitol Hill, that House Democrats are about to follow Nancy Pelosi like lemmings over a left-wing cliff.

There's so much to feel great about. But most gratifying of all is the utter anguish of that epitome of moral pretentiousness, the Hollywood Left. Of course, it's pleasing to know that same anguish is being experienced by Bill & Hillary, by the editors of the New York Times, by Rather-Jennings-Brokaw, and by hordes of Ivy League university professors. The most satisfying schadenfreude, however, is with Streisand.

So let yourself go. Feel free to gloat. The president and his people can't. But you and I can. Just this once.

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