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George W. Bush and Changing GOP

August 06, 2000

I might have believed George W. Bush Thursday night if the convention had had some real debate on the change in the GOP image and his side won, showing a controlling number of Republican stalwarts agreeing with him. I might have believed Bush if his first real appointment had not been to placate the right wing with an anti-gun control, anti-choice vice president. I might have believed Bush if the diversity found on the stage had also been found on the floor.

I might have believed Bush if the congressional GOP leadership were different and reflected his stated image of the party. I might have believed Bush if I did not think the GOP pool from which he will have to select his Cabinet and other appointees was going to be different from what it has always been. But the disparity between what he said and the reality of the GOP is simply too great for me to believe him.

RICK ZIMMER

Anaheim

* Bill Clinton, the man from Hope, brought change with him to American politics, but candidate Bush, the man of change, brings hope with him to American politics.

SCOTT TUCKER

Monterey Park

* After watching GW's acceptance speech, it occurs to me that someone should remind GW that Clinton is not running. It's Al Gore!

WARREN MOLLOY

La Verne

* He had so much time to prepare and yet said so little. This "not ready for prime time" politician proved that indeed anything can be bought in this country, including your party's nomination. Next time, I hope the Republicans at least opt for a candidate with a strong resume.

BOB TEIGAN

Simi Valley

* Re "Top Donors Enjoy Fruits of Their Labors," Aug. 3: Your article berates the Republicans for allowing their big donors to view the convention from luxurious private boxes while being fed "herb goat cheese, shrimp and prime rib." Sounds like small potatoes to me compared to Democrat fat cats from China, Hollywood and Silicon Valley sleeping in the Lincoln Bedroom at the White House motel. And I'll bet they got a nice breakfast the next morning.

COLLEEN KIRST

Santa Barbara

* Having watched each night of the GOP convention, I now know my wish for November's election. May it be close, very close. May the two front-runners find themselves forced to learn--and even steal ideas--from each other, in hope of gaining the edge. And in the end, at the photo finish on that cold Tuesday evening, may Gore barely eke a victory . . . over Ralph Nader.

DOUGLAS GREEN

Los Angeles

* George P. Bush, Bush's nephew, stated that his uncle reminded him of Cesar Chavez (Aug. 3). Although I am an Anglo, I spent several years in the 1960s working in the fields of the Central Valley swinging both long and short hoes alongside the people represented by Chavez. George P.'s comparison is either indicative of his ignorance of who Chavez was or is a blatant exploitation of his Latino heritage. To compare the "fortunate son," George W. Bush, with this man who truly fought for the powerless should outrage Latinos everywhere.

JOHN BOYDSTUN

Woodland Hills

* After reading "Records Show Bush's Focus on Big Picture" (Aug. 2), I was appalled. Here is someone who wants to be president, yet on an issue that had the entire country's attention all he reads of a 36-page summary of the 261-page report is a highlighted half-page. Is that all he is able to comprehend?

Next, there is the paring down of review time of scheduled executions from 30 to 15 minutes. Is he even too busy to spend 15 more minutes dealing with a human life? And then he says he is convinced all executions in Texas are justified. Why is the press letting Bush off the hook so easily? No big questions. Everything he says seems like fluff, and so do the questions.

HAROLD EINBINDER

Long Beach

* Let me get this straight. According to Clinton, because George W. has a daddy who was president, he was a successful governor of a large state and owned and managed a large corporation (the Texas Rangers) he is unfit to be president (Aug. 2). However, having a daddy who was a drunk, being a marginal governor of a very small state and never having a real job qualified Clinton. I'm confused.

BILL WADDLE

Moorpark

* In her Aug. 1 speech, Condoleezza Rice said that her father became a Republican because the Democrats in Jim Crow Alabama of 1952 would not register him to vote. Those Democrats, known at the time as Dixiecrats, had bolted the national Democratic Party because of that party's strong civil rights stance.

Most of the Dixiecrats, including Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms, changed their party affiliations because they saw Republican "conservatism" to be closer to their segregationist hearts. Rice is now surrounded by the political heirs of those turncoat Democrats.

KENNETH H. BONNELL

Los Angeles

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