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Unsung Heroes: Elian, Lazaro, Judge Burton, LePore

Monday, 27 November 2000 12:00 AM

NewsMax.com, based as we are in West Palm Beach, Fla., has been on top of this story from the beginning. Jack Thompson in Miami offered some great on-the-scene commentary from there as well.

I would like to recapture for our readers some of NewsMax.com’s reporting and perspectives offered during this election crisis:

1. Elian. On election night, as Bush was named, I wrote that he owed his presidency to one child and one man. The child’s name was Elian, and the man’s name was Lazaro. We know Bush won Florida by a razor-thin margin. With Lieberman and the high numbers of seniors in Florida, Gore should have won the state handily. He didn’t because Cuban-Americans, who went strongly for Clinton-Gore in ’92 and ’96, went strongly for Bush.

What comes around goes around. Had Janet Reno not made her raid into little Elian’s home and the child had been kept here, I have no doubt that Al Gore would have been our next president instead.

2. NewsMax.com has said from the beginning that whoever was certified would be the next president. This is why we encouraged Katherine Harris to do so promptly. She has now done so – and the tide has turned dramatically against Al Gore.

3. Complacency still can kill. If George Bush has a weakness, it is his tendency to rest when in the lead. He is now in the lead, and he must remain vigilante until the electors meet and officially elect him. Gore ferociously wants the presidency and will do anything to gain it. His speech Monday night demonstrated that he won’t capitulate. Bush should stay on guard.

4. We suggested taking his case to the U.S. Supreme Court was a bad move. It has turned out to be thus, as it has given Gore cover to continue his contest. Still, as in chess, each side can make a certain number of errors, as long as no strategic errors are made.

5. Bush’s strategy, using hardball tactics deplored by the media, worked. Early on I encouraged Bush to make sure his people were "in Gore’s face." The only thing the Clinton-Gore folks respect is strength. Bush took the gloves off, and massive street demonstrations in Miami, Broward and Palm Beach showed that Gore’s support was shallow – and amounted to little more than a rent-a-crowd and Jesse Jackson.

Bush took a page from the Democrats' playbook and went to the street. People power works, though the crowds became over-exuberant at times (can you blame them?). The crowds showed that the American people were not going to accept election theft.

6. The U.S. media once again demonstrated just how biased and awful they are. As Jerry Nachman, former editor of the New York Post, noted on television last night, the press never missed an opportunity to identify Katherine Harris as a Republican. Meanwhile, the attorney general of Florida, a Democrat and Gore supporter, was rarely identified as such. This was just one small aspect of the media’s attempt to give this election to Al Gore.

The American people should not forget this whole crisis began with the major media’s phony projection of Florida to Gore. They have been complicit in Gore’s attempt to steal the election. We came very close to having a presidential election stolen with the aide of the major media.

7. Unsung heroes. This award goes to two Democrats: Judge Charles Burton and Palm Beach Elections Supervisor Theresa LePore. For one thing, they took Thanksgiving off and missed the Sunday deadline. More importantly, these two Democrats turned against Carol "I’ll go to jail for Al" Roberts, who wanted to change the long-standing policy of judging voter intent. Roberts wanted Palm Beach to change years of policy, loosen the standard to give more dimpled ballots to Gore. Burton and Lepore told her to take a hike.

In Broward, they changed the standard, giving Gore a boatload of votes. Had the Palm Beach board finished on time, and adopted the Broward standard as Roberts wanted, Gore would have surpassed Bush and been certified the winner. Burton and LePore demonstrated that integrity can be found in both parties.

I disagree with the media, Clinton and Gore that this has been good for America. Clinton said he saw no problem with the election crisis because the late-night shows were having a lot of fun making good jokes about it. How sad – this coming from a sitting president. Friends around the world tell me that America, the great democracy, has become the laughingstock of the world. This is not a good thing. It’s too important that our nation – the guardian of freedom – be respected.

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