||Jeff Greenfield is senior analyst for CNN. He will provide Web-exclusive analysis during Election 2000.|
Jeff Greenfield: Enough already
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Could everyone just...find something else to talk about for a few
Could those of you who believe that God personally stepped in to save
this little boy please stay silent until you have figured out why God decided
the little boy's mother should drown? I confess the theological assumptions
Could those of you who proclaim that the little boy will be returning to
a progressive, caring nation -- including writers and clerics -- please re-read
Chapters One through 346 of: "Utopian Fantasies of Leninist Police States"?
Could all of those child psychologists who are analyzing the emotional
and mental state of the little boy please bite their tongues unless they have
actually spent, say, 15 minutes or more in private conversation with
the little boy?
Could the political analysts who purport to measure the electoral fallout
from this story remind their audiences that the election is more than six
Could those of us who are not Cuban-Americans try to understand that, for
many in that community, Fidel Castro's Cuba is a state to which no one should
Could the Cuban-American community discourage those in its ranks who a)
assume that anyone who disagrees with them is evil or corrupt; b)threaten the
lives of those who disagree with them; and c) spread blatant falsehoods about
matters of plain fact -- e.g., those "doctored photos"?
Could we find a single politicians who will say: "Since I have nothing
constructive to offer in the way of advice or guidance, I respectfully
decline to offer an opinion in this case"?
Could a single newscast, broadcast or cable, begin its program by
announcing: "There's nothing new in this case, so we will bring you other
news that has been crowded out by our obsessive coverage"?
See how quickly the primary and caucus season will take off with this calendar.
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during the primary season.
If you need to know who's up in 1999 or 2000 and what seats are open launch this quick guide.
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Tuesday, April 25, 2000