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System’s victims?

Posted by Tod Lindberg on 28th March 2000

The Washington Times

Is Al Gore miscast as a champion of campaign-finance reform? He of “no controlling legal authority” notoriety on the subject of the propriety of fund-raising calls he made from his office, he of the visit to a fund-raiser at a Buddhist temple, etc.?

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McCain’s road back

Posted by Tod Lindberg on 21st March 2000

The Washington Times

What next for John McCain? Let’s start with an assumption – that he still wants to be president of the United States, and a given – that he currently has a problem with a number of Republicans, a hangover from the campaign he waged. His attack on Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell obviously hurts his long-term prospects with Christian conservatives. But it also constitutes a serious problem among certain elements of the party establishment, who wonder where a new majority coalition will come from.

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The establishment wins

Posted by Tod Lindberg on 14th March 2000

The Washington Times

First, it looked like the Democratic presidential nomination was all sewn up, the GOP field wide open. Al Gore was heir apparent, the Republicans uncertain where to go after their 1996 loss. Then it looked like the GOP nomination was all sewn up, thanks to the canny front-porch campaign of Texas Gov. George W. Bush, while the Democratic nomination was up for grabs. Then it looked like both the front-runners might be in trouble -thanks to Bill Bradley’s appeal among Democrats looking for a vessel into which to pour their various grievances over the Clinton-Gore years, and thanks to Mr. Bush’s singularly weak debut on the campaign trail, which instantly elevated the stature of his principal rival, John McCain.

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Marriages of convenience

Posted by Tod Lindberg on 7th March 2000

The Washington Times

It is a truism of presidential politics that a successful convention is one from which the party emerges united – fired up for the dozen or so weeks prior to the election. There was a time when the convention’s first order of business was to select a nominee. That is something generally long settled nowadays, and in fact most commentators -myself included, though you’d think we’d have given up predicting by now in this surprising year – expect today to be the day when the possibility of dethroning the establishment candidates in each party ceases to exist.

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