For the first time in it's twenty years of activism, Dulles NOW will not endorse nor support any of the Virginia Democrats running for election or reelection on November 2.
Moments after Mr. Clinton was impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice in a sexual harassment case, the Democratic leadership rallied on the lawn of the White House, cheering wildly as Vice-president Gore lauded him "one of our greatest presidents". With the notable exception of Representative Goode from the 5th District, the Virginia Democrats did not object. When an impressive majority of Americans believed Juanita Broaddrick's allegation of rape by then Arkansas Attorney General Clinton, the Virginia Democrats did not question the eagerness to "move on". When a U.S. District Judge recently imposed a $90,000 fine upon Mr. Clinton for lying under oath in the same sexual harassment case and thus "undermining the integrity of the judicial system", the Virginia Democrats seemed unfazed.
We are particularly disappointed by the Democratic women. Funded and elected with the help of women based on the promises that they would stand up for their specific rights, this surprising docility to party line amounted to a betrayal of all Virginia women. Perhaps hampered by a failure to understand sexual harassment laws and how last year's presidential dramas were not "just about sex" as cynically trumpeted, they nevertheless had the freedom of choice our free society offers, as Mr. Goode exemplified. As such, the political choice they made weakened their authority and the credibility they need to represent women and other constituencies in a believable manner.
The collective silence and inaction the Virginia Democratic body maintained while their associates assaulted Title VII and ridiculed the legal process signified approval of abuses Judge Posner has called "felonious, numerous and non-technical". It was a raw and brazen display of contempt for the law and for women and it constituted a grave breach of trust with Virginia voters.
This casts doubts on it's present capacity to positively affect other vital problem-areas such a general crime, drug-control, voter fraud, family-law protections, education and gun-related issues. In that particular regard, the "soccer moms" so desperately courted by the Democrats would do well to remember that state party chairman Ken Plum (D) voted to water down gun-control legislation, thereby illustrating the tiresome Democratic double-standard a weary America has come to dub "Clinton fatigue".
We therefore endorse the prospect of a Republican majority in Richmond and in local assemblies for we believe that Republican legislators have demonstrated for now a better regard for the general public, a commitment to the law and thus a greater capacity for governance.
(Dulles NOW broke away from the organization over the Lewinsky scandals, called and continues to call for the resignation of the NOW national leadership, filed an Amicus brief on behalf of Paula Jones'appeal, believes Juanita Broaddrick and called for the resignation of Mr. Clinton.)