Contract: Null & Void
Reporter Jackie Judd: "The
day after the election - an election in which just over a third
of the electorate voted and only half of them voted Republican
- Newt Gingrich made a sweeping declaration."
Gingrich: "We have a mandate for the Contract. The American people have spoken on this issue."
Judd: "But the American people are not nearly so certain of that mandate, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post survey....One of the most personally troubling aspects of the survey for Speaker Gingrich may be the large number of people who said he doesn't understand their problems. Gingrich views himself as a man of the people. The survey result raises the question - what people?"
- ABC's World News Tonight, April 6.
"Gingrich's strength comes
from the fact that, whether you like what he says or not, he
does have this long term idea of where he thinks the country
should move. Now I don't agree with very much of it, but I can
see there is that idea there."
- Former Washington Post and New York Times reporter E.J. Dionne at an April 12 American University forum on coverage of the first 100 days shown on C-SPAN.
Rigid Far Right Ultra Conservative Extremists
"Congressman Bob Dornan is
the latest to seek the Republican presidential nomination. He
claims he's the right man for the job, as in far right. Linda
Douglass looks at Bob Dornan and the GOP's heavy thunder on the
- CBS Evening News anchor Connie Chung, April 13.
"Dornan's views are
considered extreme, but in today's increasingly conservative
Republican Party, he's not as far out as he used to be."
- Linda Douglass, same story.
"Unlike the rigid rightists
of his party, Dole believes in government, believes in its
utility at solving problems."
- Associated Press story by Washington reporter Mike Feinsilber, April 11 Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Robert Dornan makes his official announcement in Washington this
morning. He is ultra-conservative on social issues."
- Today co-host Katie Couric, April 13.
It seems to me this is
ideal for Dole because you have Bill Clinton, who looks like a
tired President, who no longer has a real agenda for what he
wants to do for the country, and you have Gingrich, who looks
like kind of a wild man out there on the extremes of the right
wing. Bob Dole becomes in that dynamic an agent of change, but
an agent of safer change than Gingrich."
- Newsday Washington reporter Susan Page in an April 12 American University forum shown on C-SPAN.
Foolish Tax Cut
"This `crown jewel' is
fool's gold. What they have done is make it harder on themselves
to balance the budget....how responsible is this? Repealing the
alternative corporate income tax is not very responsible."
- Newsweek's Eleanor Clift, April 8 McLaughlin Group.
"Big winners won this round
- corporations, investors, people with high incomes, including
yours truly. ....But every good deal carries trade-offs and here
are some to this tax bill. One, it invites the return of
mischievous tax shelters that distort the economy. Two, you
can't be sure of its results. The 1981 tax cuts were followed by
the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression. Three,
by encouraging consumption over savings the tax bill risks
inflation. Four, it stirs sleeping cynics. How come so many tax
breaks are proposed for wealthy individuals and corporations
who've been pouring money into party coffers at the rate of
$123,000 a day?"
- Bill Moyers' "Perspective," April 6 NBC Nightly News.
"Pat, a lot of
African-Americans in this country don't support your campaign.
Should they be afraid of you?"
- Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Frisby to presidential candidate Pat Buchanan, March 26 Face the Nation.
"Even on the radio on the
way in this morning, I was listening to a roundtable of older
Americans, and they're - it's worse than not thrilled -
they're downright afraid of you. Do they have anything to fear
- CBS This Morning co-host Harry Smith to Newt Gingrich, April 4.
It's Not a Cut, But It Is
"The Democrats are right to
complain that what the Republicans are doing is cutting back on
school lunches. The Republicans say that's nonsense, we're
increasing the budget, which they are. But they're not
increasing it enough to take care of the projected need under
- Sam Donaldson on This Week with David Brinkley, April 2.
Gumbel vs. Gibson
"The tone of your speech
yesterday suggested that Republican motives for many of the
actions they are taking are quite suspect. Do you sense a mean
spirit on Capitol Hill under Speaker Gingrich?"
- Today co-host Bryant Gumbel to Vice President Gore, April 4.
"What I hear, and have
heard for these 90 days now from the Hill, is number one, you
ought to be scared of what the Republicans are doing with the
Contract. Number two, they're the party of the rich. That sounds
like a bit of a message of fear, and a bit of a message of class
- Good Morning America's Charles Gibson to Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle and House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, same day.
Sounds a Bit Mean-Spirited Bryant
"We'll assume you won't be
talking with Senator D'Amato, right?...It would have to be a
monosyllabic conversation, so he could understand, maybe?"
- Bryant Gumbel to Katie Couric after D'Amato's Lance Ito impression made news, April 6 Today.
Bring Back Pre-Reagan Moderation
"Dole is now trying to
adapt himself to the changing center of gravity in his party.
That he should have to make the effort at all tells you how far
rightward the GOP has tilted. Until now, no one has challenged
Dole's conservatism. However, evidence of Dole's compassion -
his support for school lunches, food stamps, and AIDS research,
for example - is cited by his opponents as proof that he is a
closet moderate, which for many hard-core conservatives is akin
to saying he's a socialist. If Dole were truly the leader he
claims to be, he would be seeking to bring the GOP back to his
brand of pragmatism, the kind of Republicanism that flourished
before Ronald Reagan. Instead, Dole is slavishly striving to
join the rightward lurch."
- Time Senior Political Correspondent Michael Kramer, April 24 issue.
Time's Martian Satanists
"Banning leaded gas is a
regulation, and REGULATION, as conservatives know, is what the
Devil has printed on his T-shirt. So lawmakers clamor for a
risk-assessment bill that could be used (among other mischief)
to end the phase-out of ozone-destroying
chlorofluorocarbons....A distinctly raunchy odor arises from the
cynical proposed gutting of the 1972 Clean Water Act - gutting
decreed on order, to precise stipulations of industry lobbyists
- by Republicans who run the House Subcommittee on Water and
the Environment. Really? Here a thoughtful Martian might wonder,
`These must be the children. Where are the adults?'"
- Time contributor John Skow, April 24 "Essay."
Brent Bozell III, Publisher;
-Brent H. Baker, Tim Graham; Editors
- James Forbes, Andrew Gabron, Mark Honig, Steve Kaminski, Gesele Rey, Clay Waters; Media Analysts
- Kathleen Ruff, Circulation Manager;
-Melissa Gordon, Anna Johnson; Interns