A play date with Congress?

"Bill Gates is not Elian Gonzalez," says Robert Bork.


Daryl Lindsey
May 2, 2000 8:00PM (UTC)

Spurned Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork draws on Elian for a Waco-like analogy, evoking the Cuban boy in a Wall Street Journal op-ed endorsement of the Justice Department's proposal to break up Microsoft. "The first thing conservatives need to remember is that Bill Gates is not Elian Gonzalez," Bork writes, comparing the conservative fervor against the antitrust case to their response to Janet Reno's raid on Little Havana. (Indeed, if Gates resembles any member of the Gonzalez family it's Marisleysis, for his uncanny ability to deny the obvious.) Bork completes the tortured analogy by writing: "Nor are Microsoft's executives the counterparts of Elian's rescuer, clutching their browser to their bosoms as armed federal agents break in to snatch the code in the middle of the night."

Writing in the Washington Times, American Enterprise Institute fellow Diana Furchtgott-Roth is less concerned about conservative political passions than the need for Elian to get his day in Congress. Overlooking, apparently, the trauma of the Iran-Contra hearings of the '80s and the Clinton impeachment proceedings of the '90s, Furchtgott-Roth suggests such an appearance might be just the leisurely diversion the boy is seeking, since he "may very well be tired of playing soccer with his father and friends and want a change of scenery" from Wye Plantation. But isn't it possible the comb-overs in Congress will frighten young Elian? "Some may argue that after Elian's gunpoint experience with the INS a subpoena to come before senators or representatives may cause further trauma. However, a visit to the U.S. Capitol would come during the day, not at night, and the trip would proceed in a quiet and orderly matter. He could be accompanied by his father, and he would be able to see the relatives with whom, as photos document, he spent so many happy hours."

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Daryl Lindsey

Daryl Lindsey is associate editor of Salon News and an Arthur Burns fellow. He currently lives in Berlin and writes for Salon and Die Welt.

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