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Where Are the Republicans?

Friday, 10 November 2000 12:00 AM

Politics to them is blood sport.

That’s not true for Republicans. They like to behave like the nice guy.

And that’s great – except when you are in a life and death struggle for the future of this country.

Bush has exemplified the good guy approach.

He ran – let’s admit it – the most pathetic campaign in modern history. Gore walked all over him. He blew a 16-point lead that he held for six months. In the end, he didn't do much better than Bob Dole.

Now a high-level Bush operative tells NewsMax.com that the Republicans have no intention of fighting here.

"We’re taking the high road," the Bush lawyer told NewsMax.com.

Nixon took the high road in 1960 – and we got Vietnam, Johnson, the Great Society, and a mess.

Gore campaign manager Bill Daley spoke boldly on election night, as he retracted the Gore concession, "The campaign continues."

To the Gore folks this is not about an electoral process. This is war! The campaign continues.

I have no doubt the Democrats of South Florida have stolen lots of votes in this election and what should have been a Bush victory is now a horse race.

Gore is closing fast. Bush is passively allowing the absentee ballots alone to make the final determination. They may give Bush the election – and they may not.

Meanwhile Gore is pressing on every front – he is out seeking the hearts and minds of the American people. He has the popular vote – or so it seems – that gives him a tremendous psychological club as his people try to steal the vote in South Florida.

As Gore wages war, the Republicans keep the title of Mr. Nice Guy.

From almost the moment they lost, Gore’s Democrats have been crying foul, and have made tremendous progress in trying to overturn the election result.

And the Republicans?

They have been talking about forming a new government with Colin Powell as Secretary of State.

They could have swooped down here to South Florida, unearthing the massive voter fraud that has taken place, no doubt, in Miami-Dade and Broward.

Republican pundits could be screaming how just two years ago the Mayor of Miami was thrown out of office for voter fraud.

Instead, there is hand-wringing in the Bush campaign. Their team looks nervous and exhausted. (Please no more press conferences with Don Evans looking like he hasn’t slept in three days! Perception IS important.)

Now the election is down to a mysterious batch of absentee ballots – which Bush’s spokeswoman says are usually favorable to Republicans.

This reminds me of Bob Dornan, who went to bed winning the ballot on election night in 1996, only to find that the absentee ballots – with illegal aliens voting, no less – gave the election to his opponent.

You can bet the Florida Democrats – where documented voter fraud has been a way of life down here for decades – already have concocted schemes to steal the absentee vote.

First stop for the Bush campaign: check the U.S Post Office. Could Gore allies in the postal service be intercepting mail-in absentee ballots as we speak?

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