The Florida Moth List

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Nov. 16 2000 1:35 AM

The Florida Moth List

A great public controversy (such as a disputed presidential election) impresses the famous and the obscure into service. William Daley, James Baker, Katherine Harris, Bob Crawford, Carol Roberts, Donna Blanton, Judge Charles Burton, and Theresa LePore--all have become familiar faces as they've been pushed onto the national stage by forces larger than themselves.

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Then there are the Moths.

Moths are opportunists, attracted by the gleam of lenses, who shove their way gratuitously into a floodlit scene of controversy. Theirs is not easy work, nor is it always easily noticed--many Moths in the Florida vote story, for example, were actually legitimate players in previous events. In order to recognize their efforts, kausfiles inaugurates the Moth List, an up-to-date ranking of the opportunists and self-promoters currently involving themselves in the twisted conclusion of the 2000 Election. The list will be updated periodically as appropriate.

1. Jesse Jackson--Well, this beats his other big recent cause, defending violent high school students in Decatur, Ill..

2. Leon Panetta--Surprise entry; goes on PBS early to play statesman, talk about need for "closure."

3. Robert Torricelli--Book him on your show and he may stab Gore in the back!

4. Laurence Tribe--Pro-litigation Times op-ed says Palm Beach revote should let Gore, but not Bush, add votes.

5. Hillary Clinton--Grabbed some surplus ink by saying she'd eliminate the Electoral College.

6. Carl Bernstein--Tries to play Statesman Game on Geraldo with silly Ford-Carter mediation proposal.

7. Sam Nunn--Another volunteer statesman.