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Wednesday, September 08, 2004

This article cracked me up:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=574&e=1&u=/nm/germany_wall_dc

Things must really be bad when one in five Berliners is waxing nostalgic for the good old days of Checkpoint Charlie, minefields, and goose-stepping guards with AK's. I remember when the wall came down, and I can't help but think back on the celebrations that were occuring on both sides.

Two interesting developments in the campaign. The first is that a group calling itself Texans For Truth will be running ads featuring former military officers speaking out against the lies of one of their comrades. Sound familiar? These guys, however, were with the National Guard unit that Dubya "served" with, and at least one was in his squadron. (The squadron apparently consisted of 25 to 30 pilots. If you were in that group, you'd probably notice the guy who wasn't.) Touche'.

The second is the shift in Kerry's tactics (probably brought on by some changes made in his staff). Kerry has shown two potentially deadly characteristics - he's very long-winded and too cerebral for most, and he's a bit of a stiff (more footage of the snowboarding, kitesurfing and Harley riding might help with that). The change - he's stealing a tactic from the Republicans (Bush in particular). KISS - Keep It Simple, Stupid. Recent speeches (look 'em up yourselves - I do have to work, you know) have had two themes: 1. Bush has been wrong on everything 2. and if you're OK with high deficits, a lousy economy, the quagmire in Iraq, etc., go ahead and vote for Bush. Why is this effective? Because this steals Bush's single biggest debating weapon. He's prone to say, during debates, that it all comes down to choice: either you like what he's doing, or not. That worked against Gore, when Bush had no track record to defend. Now he has to account for his actions. "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" It's a question that worked for Clinton, and it should work for Kerry.

http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/09/07/cheney.terror/index.html
These were ridiculous, despicable comments. Especially coming from the guy who chose to ignore briefings on the al-Qaeda threat in the months leading up to 9/11. Too busy planning to attack Iraq, I guess.

I'll say it again: the idea of painting your opponent to be some kind of traitorous Fifth Columnist is revolting, and fascist, and should be loudly condemned. I wish Chris Matthews had taken up Zell Miller on his challenge. Do I think Bush, Cheney and the rest of them are a bunch of morons? Absolutely. Would I accuse them of selling out their country? No, although I'd certainly accuse Cheney of trying to make a few bucks off the war for his buddies at Halliburton, thus ensuring that his retirement checks keep coming.

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