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Bill Moyers, Dick Armey, Texas, Oregon, and more.

11:00 PM, Nov 17, 2002
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THE DAILY STANDARD welcomes letters to the editor. Letters will be edited for length and clarity and must include the writer's name, city, and state.

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Beth Henary's Things Go Right in Texas does a great job of capturing what happened here in Texas during the 2002 election. As for that "latent Democratic base" of voters, I think they may be in more trouble than just having lost all the state wide races, and control of the legislature. For example, look at my own location here in Washington County: We now have a Republican majority on the County Commissions, and all three are women, including the County Judge! Our state representative is a female Republican, and in a sign of the times the county treasurer, long a Democratic party member, quietly switched over to the GOP late last year. In fact, we only had two Democratic party members elected in all the races here in this county. Just more evidence that the shift in power is continuing, even after W. moved to DC!

--Bruce Bockhorn

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As a physician, I'm just wondering who would have paid the malpractice insurance premiums in Oregon (Claudia Winkler, Hillarycare on Steroids)? Years ago I tended a French cyclist in the ER in Monterey. He had "double vision" and needed an MRI of his brain which we immediately did (standard procedure). He was absolutely astounded that a provincial town like Monterey, California, would have an MRI machine when, at the time, there was only one in the whole of France. Americans have spectacular health care and it would be dirt cheap if the tort issues could be resolved. And that's what's so depressing for me. Tort regulation and Medicare changes would cut health care costs in half. But, rather then fixing that problem, the left wants to create an endless amount of new ones.

--Charles Kalsted

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Like Fred Barnes, I'll miss Dick Armey too (Armey of One). One thing I'll really miss about him is the kind of horse sense that led him to sponsor HB 4483 on Syria--an excellent bill that has received practically no coverage in the mainstream media at all.

--Jim McDonnell, Baton Rouge, La.

*4*

I am certainly looking forward to a change in the Judiciary committee, but I would like to see Elizabeth Dole as a member (Terry Eastland, Confirmed). Republicans have no women on the committee and the Dems are constantly battering nominees over so-called "women's issues." It would be nice to have a bright, star-quality, pro-life woman making the conservative argument against the likes of Feinstein and Clinton.

--Lynn Holman

*5*

When I saw Bill Moyers' "NOW" after the election, I must admit I was shocked (Stephen F. Hayes, Preaching to the Choir).

I've always found Moyers to be pompous (take for example his conversations with Mortimer Adler and his programs on Joseph Campbell). And I knew he was left of center, but (perhaps since I found him too boring to listen to at length), I thought he was at least part of the fairly sensible left-liberal part of the Democratic party.

Now we know. Irate that the Republicans won Tuesday, he's either gone over the edge or decided that he has nothing left to lose by admitting just how loopy he really is.

As Hayes says, give me a box to check on my tax forms to support him. The more he shows his true colors, the quicker he will be, as I'm sure he would say, "marginalized."

--Dan Heath

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A "banana republic"? Stephen F. Hayes had better believe it (The Northernmost Banana Republic). I'm a dinosaur of 63 years and have lived in Milwaukee my whole life. Both the city and county of Milwaukee have been a Democrat stronghold ever since I can remember. A candidate will never, ever win running for office as a Republican up here.