If any party is putting Potemkin politicians on their convention stage, it's the Democrats. In election after election, they run white men for president, but still can't seem to hoodwink white men into voting for them. Where are the snippy comments from The New York Times about that minstrel show perpetrated on the American people for more than half a century now? (Even when the Democrats win presidential elections without the men's vote, they have rarely gotten a majority of Americans of any gender or ethnic group to vote for them.)
A party that is so pathetically incapable of getting men to vote for them ought to be hanging its head in some perplexity, rather than haranguing Republicans for allowing blacks and women to speak at our happy, celebratory convention.
The Democrats have sized the people up, and realize they are going to lose. Things are so bad, they're trying to stir up the race pot just to be sure their own base votes for them. When the Democrats feel they need to race-bait Republicans to hold the black vote (which has not given more than 12 percent to the Republicans in 20 years), they can kiss the election goodbye. As they are starting to realize too late, Bill Clinton was, apparently, not quite so popular as their lying polls claimed.
The voters will be anxious: It is a good economy and Democrats keep trying to scare the American people with their babble about "risky tax schemes" and "right-wing Republicans." But Clinton may finally have cried "right-wing Republican" once too often. Paula Jones, Ken Starr, Linda Tripp, Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick, Gennifer Flowers, Newt Gingrich, the Miami Cubans, Paul Fray, the Arkansas state troopers (and so on) were all supposed to be scary right-wing Republicans, too.
Indeed, if Bush wins (and he's going to), this election will be a historical first: An incumbent vice president is going to lose in the midst of a booming economy. It's a bit of a risk, but the one thing the American people are certain of is that -- good economy or not -- if we keep these guys around for another four years, they'll wreck the country.