When Republican insiders in Washington privately complain about George W. Bush turning down free time on television, his strategists in Austin claim they must maintain control of their message, even if that means relinquishing network access to Al Gore.
Since almost no one these days -- no politician, certainly -- admits to being an atheist, Vice President Al Gore is about as close as you're going to get.
You can tell a lot about a man's character by how he acts when he's down. And during this last week of the campaign, Al Gore, tied in national polls but unexpectedly fighting to save traditionally Democratic states such as California, Oregon and Washington (not to mention his home state of Tennessee), is looking more and more like a desperate candidate, thrashing about for a lifesaving issue.
The GOP Revolution of 1994 now seems as quaint and distant a historical event as the American Revolution of 1776. Congressional Republicans pledged "to bring to the House a new majority that will transform the way Congress works."
The social chaos seen in other countries such as sabotage, guerilla bands and political assassinations has yet to emerge in our country. Because of that, we Americans have little appreciation and even indifference to the attack on the laws, customs and institutions that create the fabric for a free society.
President Clinton's latest antics with Congress and his most recent reflections on impeachment provide a perfect contrasting backdrop for showcasing George Bush's qualities as a leader who will restore decency, civility and accountability to the office of the presidency.
Last week, the Rand Corp. released a report on Texas education and test scores. Rand boasted that the report "raises 'serious questions' about the validity of" academic gains touted by Texas Gov. George W. Bush -- a.k.a. "the Texas miracle."
At some point, black voters are going to rebel against racist ploys to keep them in their place -- safe in the clutches of the Democratic Party. But Al Gore and Joe Lieberman are hoping that it won't be this year -- which is why they aren't saying much about the despicable NAACP ads running against George W. Bush.
Few changes in our society have done as much to liberate women from the drudgery of "women's work" as the washing machine.
Just in time for Halloween, Vice President Al Gore and the "status-quo crowd" are trying to scare senior citizens (now including Jack and Joanne Kemp, by the way) into believing that Gov. George W. Bush will bankrupt Social Security, if elected.
So Paula Jones has decided to pose for nudie pictures. I, for one, am deeply, pathetically despondent over it. I really did think, when I was spending weekends and evenings working on her behalf, that I was not only trying to expose a lying, felonious creep, but also was defending the honor of a good, sweet, innocent -- if somewhat naive -- girl.
Life, it is said, can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards. In that spirit, let's explore the relationship between the television industry and the family viewing audience by examining the way in which that audience was served last season -- and what its options are these days.
The future makeup of the Supreme Court hasn't caught on as a major issue in the presidential race. One reason is that the media combed through George W. Bush's judicial selections in Texas without finding much to complain about. (The media don't worry much about potential Democratic nominees -- all of them are presumed to be safe.)
Wide attention has been given to newspaper endorsements. They are put in perspective by recalling that the great majority of newspaper publishers in 1936 counseled their readers to vote for Alfred Landon, precipitating the greatest display of mutiny in modern times.
Demonstrating the same nauseating capacity for exaggeration he now exhibits with wild abandon, when Al Gore was in Vietnam he wrote one of his friends: "When and if I get home ... I'm going to divinity school to atone for my sins."