Why Kerry will lose, part 2…
When we last left off, I was listing areas where the Bush administration was having trouble…and because I didn’t think Kerry was capitalizing, I was having a hard time seeing how he could possibly win. I’ll continue with what I see as just a few of Bush’s problems Kerry hasn’t/can’t capitalize on…
As a side noe, based on the response, I've clearly hit a nerve. Apparently, Kerry is doing fantastically well for a challenger and this president should be shaking in his boots because this situation never happens. My polls are all wrong, I've been assured, this is clearly a cake walk for Kerry. I'll simply ask you this...with so many commentators agreeing with me that Kerry is running a bad campagin (here-USWest comments, Chris Matthews last night, the DNC big wigs, media commentary, etc.) why is it that only the Yellow Dog Democrats on this site can't see the log in their own eyes?
Fifth, Kerry's inability to use the English language. He may be smart, Ivy League education, but Alan Keyes proves that won’t prevent you from saying dumb things. Heck, George Bush proves that. So when asked whether he regretted his decision to vote for the Iraq war, or whether he felt duped, etc., knowing everything that he knows now, Kerry said in one of his debates with Edwards, nope, he felt fine with his decision and would vote that way again. Umm, but Mr. Kerry, sir, you don’t approve of the war in Iraq. You think it was run by a mentally deficient blind monkey, you would have done it differently, you said the president either lied or misled the American people, you said this was not the most important thing, you said…or did you? What is your position? And don’t give me this nuanced crap, because what comes across is—I am George W. Bush. Or at least, I would have done everything he did. At best, it sounds like you’re trying to square the circle. [Update—he would have voted for war, but done the entire thing differently…so, how can you say you support this conflict if the whole thing was done incorrectly? More nuance…and to the American people, I guarantee you his position sounds like Bush’s.]
How about this: I originally voted to give the president backing in conducting foreign policy, as did many in the Senate. I assumed he would be conducting a diplomatic push in addition to his saber rattling—visiting foreign capitals, sending his cabinet members abroad to make the case, much as his father effectively used James Baker in the First Gulf War. In addition, I assumed he would be calling upon the full toolbox America has to offer, such as economic sanctions, arm twisting, trade, investment, diplomatic wrangling, loans, etc. But he didn’t effectively—or with much enthusiasm—communicate our goals, concerns, and interests to our allies. In addition, he chose to fight a war that alienated key allies and took our eye off of the real prize—bin Laden—at an inopportune moment. Therefore, if I had the opportunity to vote on this again, if time were reversed and knowing what I know now, I would not vote to authorize force, because I feel the president would misuse that opportunity as he did the first time around. Any questions?
Sixth, the VP laid out his rational for lower taxes at the convention. And, as previously mentioned, they were as follows: it would help us get out of this mess, and it did. Employment has picked up, mortgages are low, and first time home buying is high. Umm, right. All of those things were true four years ago, but more so. And without the massive jobs lost in between. And consumer confidence was higher. And we had a budget surplus. And we weren’t running record trade deficits. And Kerry can’t stick with these traditional “Democratic issues” and make a go of it?
Seventh, other foreign policy areas. Cheney mentioned Libya the other night. Now, I don’t have any inside dirt, but do you really think that Libya gave in, suddenly, even overnight, because we found Saddam cowering at the bottom of a spider hole on a farm in Iraq? Has anybody—press, Democrats, etc.—bothered to read the pieces in the NY Times or BBC about the multi-year effort that went into Libya, involving both the US and British? Or how that stretches back before the Bush administration came to power? Or how domestic political events in Libya, including the lobbying of one of Qaddafi’s sons, helped push the Colonel over the edge?
Is anybody going to mention Bush's flip-flopping and lack of policy on North Korea? His flip-flopping and only barely grudging acceptance of nation-building? What about a lack of policy on China? Iran? How about the fact that the EU (Common Foreign and Security Policy, my foot!) has a concerted effort to deal with Iran and we won’t even talk to them? How about Cuba, made any headway there? Glad we got rid of the Taliban in Afghanistan, but how’s that going? Smoothly? Got all the troops you need? What, you don’t, why not…? Oh, right, you had to send them to Iraq and possibly let UBL escape. Sounds like a good policy.
I’ll end it there, and leave you begging for the conclusion…more tomorrow.
Thursday, September 09, 2004
Why Kerry will lose, part 2…
Posted by Prof. Werner von Brawn at 8:38 AM