In the beginning was the money. Gray Davis isn't running for anything in 2000; he is just now beginning the second year of his initial four-year term. Yet in his first 13 months as governor, he's managed to collect about $1 million a month for his campaign treasury. That's about five times as much as Pete Wilson, his Republican predecessor, was able to assemble during his first year as governor.
Just how good is American liberalism's inner ear?
Defending an open
society in the wake of September's attacks demands that we strike the right
balance between security and liberty, between the first of the Declaration of
Independence's inalienable rights and the second; and that we remind our
countrymen that in a battle of ideals with a closed society, liberty and
tolerance can be the most potent weapons in our arsenal. Even so, we'll also need
some more conventional weapons along the way.
By night, we drop bombs; by day, we drop peanut butter and jelly. Our daytime rounds, at least at the outset of the campaign, seem more symbolic than our nightly ones; the amount of food we're delivering from the sky does not make up for the amount of food that no longer can be delivered on the ground now that our counterattack has begun.