What Will The Bush Cabinet Look Like?!?

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Mon Jan 24 14:43:49 MST 2000


     Who'll Be In George W. Bush's Cabinet?

        You see them all over the place around here: in Washington's poshest
restaurants enjoying hefty expense account lunches, popping into the
plastic surgeon's office for a quick peel or a facelift, huddling together
at upmarket functions discussing in animated whispers the latest phone call
to Austin's Governor's Mansion.

        They are Washington's permanent Republican faces, and they've been
pacing the floor for seven long years, waiting diligently for the return of
the White House. Some are working as lobbyists, others are writing books,
and all are biding their time, as they wait hopefully for a phone call from
'Dubbya'. They show their smiling faces, and very often their smiling
checkbooks, whenever the Republican Dauphin appears.

        In the past month, the pace has quickened as it has dawned on the
faithful that George W. Bush now looks virtually certain to become the
first son to follow his father into the White House since John Quincy Adams
in 1824. One can't blame the enthusiastic supporters: all the signs are
there to be read.

        This week, the Republican establishment turned out in force at the
Washington Hilton to swoon over their man, who handily relieved them of
several million dollars, exactly a year after his first fundraising dinner
here.

        This time, however, he didn't even give them a meal in return, but
they were all there anyway: lobbyists, former Cabinet members, lawyers,
contributors, wannabes, and the odd media personality, many of whom have
been hiding themselves discreetly away in Washington's leafy suburbs.

        We should mention - without much modesty - that Exegesis readers were
told all this on January 24, 1997: "It is widely believed that 'the powers
that be' are looking favorably on Texas Governor George W. Bush as the next
President." On June 15, 1998, we added: "The media are tanned, rested and
ready to lie, distort and manipulate. Their goal this time round is the
election of a Republican. Why a Republican? Because, bless their sensitive
little noses, they and their hidden masters have detected that America is
ready for a Republican president, and to keep the two-party deception
alive, the voters must be given what they think they want. In this case,
it's almost certainly Gov. George W. Bush. The establishment operates
seamlessly from one election to the next, and Mr. Bush has assembled a
formidable staff, some of whom began their labors for him the morning after
the 1996 Dole defeat."

        There will even be a reappearance of Billybob Clintondole, the 1996
candidate, this time as cheerleader, in the upcoming Gorebush season. Yet
unlike 1996, Mr. Bush will enjoy a huge margin of victory. Al Gore will
have been told already, as was Mr. Dole in 1996, that he has been chosen to
lose, and will be suitably rewarded for doing so gallantly.

        So, after millions of dollars have been drained from well-meaning
folks in order to maintain an appearance of effecting what has already been
determined, there will begin another season of bogus opinion polls,
pseudo-electioneering, misleading predictions, half-truths, slanted remarks
and meticulously scripted bias from the media. Then, George W. Bush will
likely step up to the podium on the US Capitol's West Front on January 20,
2001 to take the Oath of Office, quite possibly with Elizabeth Dole as his
Vice-President, as the new President's proud parents beam in delight and
Washington's Republican establishment salivate excitedly about all the
gold-rimmed invitations to dinner at The White House they earnestly hope
and fully expect will be popping through their mailboxes for the next eight
years. No wonder they're brimming with excitement and seem eager to part
with their cash: to them, it must feel just like 1980 all over again.

        So who will be in Mr. Bush's Cabinet? As we sift through the clues
and observe the scene, we can make some reasonably educated guesses.

        First, are there leftovers from previous administrations? In this case,
after an eight year gap, most have gone on to more lucrative professions
and many have lost the appetite for front-line politics. An exception is
retired General Colin Powell. While he has firmly ruled out a run for
elected office, he longs to run the State Department, where he would pursue
the same New World Order friendly policies as Madeleine Albright, but these
days, that's expected from any incumbent.

        Next, as we glimpse at the fertile field of presidential candidates,
we see those who are running solely to establish their credentials as
Cabinet members. In this category, we find Senator John McCain, whose
fundraising is second only to that of Mr. Bush. He may be offered the
Defense Department, while Steve Forbes would enjoy the chance to implement
a flat tax at Treasury. Former Vice-President Dan Quayle has boxed himself
into a unique corner. He could not accept a Cabinet position without losing
face, yet cannot credibly continue his faltering campaign. He is losing
staff to Mr. Bush, and really ought to have taken the wise advice to pursue
only his golfing ambitions. Likewise, plaid-shirt salesman Lamar Alexander
closed his Washington DC office ten days after opening it, and will not be
rewarded at all. Alan Keyes, Gary Bauer, and Senator Bob Smith are in the
race for entirely different individual reasons. They all have a genuine
conservative Christian message to advance, and certainly Alan Keyes can
afford to campaign until the very end. Senator Smith has hinted at running
on a third-party ticket. Patrick Buchanan will probably return to CNN, and
John Kasich is still best employed on Capitol Hill. Senator Orrin Hatch
confidently opened his campaign this week by saying it would take a miracle
to elect him. Of course, he doesn't expect to be elected. Rather, he's
hoping to move across the street to the Supreme Court; he knows at least
two vacancies will occur during Mr. Bush's presidency, and he would really
like one of those seats.

        Others waiting on the sidelines include Rep. JC Watts, Kay James and
former Republican Party Chairman Haley Barbour. JC Watts, who recently
started the American Renewal Political Action Committee (The Chairman of
the American Renewal Foundation is honored by his choice of name!), would
make a superb General Chairman of the Republican National Committee. There
is a mutual need too. The RNC needs a gifted, eloquent conservative, and he
needs increased visibility to further his ambitions, rumored to be Governor
of Oklahoma or a Senator. Mrs. James has just resigned as Dean of Regent
University's School of Government and is writing a book. She is well placed
to be offered the Department of Health and Human Services, having served in
that position under Virginia Gov. George Allen, and as a White House
adviser on that subject to Mr. Bush's father. Haley Barbour, currently
earning a pile as a lobbyist, may well have his eye on succeeding Janet
Reno as Attorney-General. At least he'd be much better looking.

        Little of this resembles Americans' true wishes. In last week's Iowa
straw poll, Alan Keyes beat George Bush 32-18%. But George Bush it will be,
so we may as well expect it. His administration has to be better than the
current one, but real change cannot come until the electoral system allows
all parties to compete equally, and is free from vote-rigging, and that
won't happen until the Elite are deposed. We must summon the courage to
expose evil and restore freedom.

        As we have pointed out before, Christians are not here to negotiate a
truce with evil: we are here to triumph over it, and with God's help, we
shall. It will be a blessed day when an honest electoral system replaces
the exhausting, mind-numbing cycle of pretense, rigged primaries, biased
media and fake results. Meanwhile, let's remember that God sees it all. "He
brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing."
(Isaiah 40:23). So let us not be overtaken by discouragement or despair,
but let us keep faithful in prayer. Steve Myers Editor



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