September 15, 2004
The Incredible Shrinking Kerry, Contíd
Our Fearless Nominee has an op-ed today in the Wall Street Journal. Longwinded and incomprehensible, itís about as successful as his midnight speech after the RNC.
Iím sure itís been fisked in full by now, but hereís my favorite part:
ĒUnder my plan, the tax cuts would be extended and made permanent for 98% of Americans.
Too bad the 2% of Americans for whom theyíre NOT made permanent is the same 2% that reads the Wall Street Journal.
And speaking of The Guy Weíre Stuck With, Ron Rosenbaum has a great New York Observer piece asking questions Iíve seen raised by no one but Peter Beinart: if this election is ďabout Vietnam,Ē how come we donít know how Kerry or Bush feels, exactly, about whether that war was right or wrong?
And finally, Todd Gitlin looks at how the Democrats and the rest of the left would respond to a Kerry defeat.
Posted by Stephen Silver at September 15, 2004 07:53 PM
Gitlin is certainly correct in that the aftermath of Bush's reelection will be a time of upheaval for the Left. Barack Obama is no Ronald Reagan(at least not yet), and the depressing lack of rational, reasonable voices on the Left does not bode well for the kind of practical, patient, mature response necessary for the Democratic Party/Progressive movement to regain its former stature and respectability. Unfortunately, barking at the moon and unrestrained violence seem the more likely response from today's Loony Left.
The problem with the Democratic Party is they keep trying to trick people into agreeing with them. Whether it's Michael Moore's movie, Kitty Kelly's book or Terry MacAuliff's AWOL comments. Their are plenty of good ideas from the left, but if you treat Americans like they're idiots, you won't be trusted. I don't believe a word out of T.M.'s mouth. This Haliburton non-sense is insane. Blaming Enron on Bush? Rediculous. If they have a better idea, they need to tell us what it is and why it's better, in plain language. Telling me the Republicans want to push old people down the stairs and that Bush is somehow a right-wing conservative (despite his liberal spending policies) only tells me to vote for John Thune. Can anyone show me why I'm wrong?