Washington. -- Based on the way polls are moving in the Pennsylvania Senate race and bills are moving in Congress, the Democrats are starting to get their message together for 1992.
But the way the governor's race is going in Louisiana has Republicans in a dither about how to renounce the GOP messenger there after preaching the same message for the past decade. David Duke is an embarrassment to the president, as he should be. So are the opinion surveys that show Mr. Bush's popularity way off its earlier record highs.
What the Grand Old Party needs is someone to take voters' minds off mundane matters, to offer a new and stimulating challenge to America -- if not a different candidate, at least a different script writer. Without trying, I have come up with the ideal idea man, someone who could put words in the president's mouth to make us forget what Ted Sorensen and Peggy Noonan wrote for John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.
This original thinker resides in Texas, which should make Mr. Bush comfortable. With today's computers and fax machines, it doesn't matter where a writer does his typing; he can serve the White House as well from the Gulf Coast as from Ollie North's old office across the alley.
The nation needs to raise its sights, and in what he sends me this Texan makes clear that nothing is beyond us. "I think that we can evolve out of the animal show of bodies, color, race, sex, crime, money, politics, law and legal, with a design," he declares.
Looking beyond our borders, he perceives that "The money when any more than a trading convenience and the mercenary cult with the Great Gaming of the World Gambling Plutocratic that have set the odds for them to win with the rules, are not required today and are a pollutions of the thought processes."
Domestically, he proposes "a national system of routes for comfort at high speed and access convenience into homes and places as a science and technical development for routes 800 feet wide for the homes service owned free of the blank checks of taxes and debts or better pricing and profits nor the bail outs and perverse cost of the money cult worship monopoly."
These bright nuggets are from his brief covering letter. He encloses a 10-page single-spaced program that could serve as either party's platform for the coming campaign. But since it's now the in-crowd that needs inspiration, I pass along the program's highlights for consideration by John Sununu while the president is wherever he may be today.
"The things we do not need to support any more as tooling of the ancients that are not cost effective, as cities, highway, utilities, energy systems, Wall Street, banks, saving & loan, mercenary cult worship and money, the bureaucratic system of fox in the hen house, the political parties, the tax system, the United States budget, the school, hospital tax districts, the crime and police, the unemployment, big contractors, utilities, real estate, insurance, bonding, legal and courts, higher education, business, accounting, Chamber of Commerce, labor unions, cars and oil, the light and power, and of course the homes designs and the farm system."
Something there for everybody -- populists, libertarians, right-wingers, left-wingers, the whole population would have to rally behind the candidate bold enough to offer such a program.
True, Mr. Sununu would have to scrub some paragraphs before Mr. Bush used this as his announcement speech. For example, people might be nonplused to hear this president say, "We need to send in the whole new design team of ability to update the nation into the 'state of the art,' running about trashing, looting and plunder, pollutions and toxic dumps, the waste of the wet lands and the red woods with the oil and resources, etc."
But with judicious editing, this material could become the backbone of an unprecedented re-election campaign, a message that would stun the citizenry and frustrate both Democratic candidates and querulous journalists. What could a debate opponent possibly say in response? How could investigative reporters prove the president had broken a campaign promise?
On reflection, as a patriot, I will keep my Texas correspondent's name and address confidential. Arming either party with ideas that soar so far above today's norm would give it unfair advantage, perhaps thus distorting the democratic process. But hope these mere samples suggest what is possible if political thinkers dare to fly with the eagles.
Ernest B. Furgurson is associate editor of The Sun. His column appears on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.