New York Gov. George E. Pataki, the nation's longest serving governor, was in action in Iowa this week, as was former Speaker Newt Gingrich. Both men reminded me of two things.
First, we are by far the party of accomplishments and ideas. We need to take reality to the Democrats and defeat their proganda machine. The world isn't perfect, and neither are we, but Republicans measure success by policy and results. The Democrats lack both.
Second, and even more important, is every race counts. We should have known this from the importance of the Floridians decision in '98 to elect a Republican Secretary of State. Gov. Pataki reminded an audience in Newton-where Tim Morgan our challenger in SD 21 put on a great perfromance to a house party of 60 or so people-that the Justices he nominated to the New York Supreme Court blocked recognition of special marriage rights for homosexuals in the New York courts. Having control of Terrace Hill takes on a whole new importance when viewed in that light.