Monday, October 18, 2004

Desperate or Delusional? You decide.

Part of the All-Star discussion on Fox's Special Report tonight was about Kerry's recent talking points in his campaign speeches. Jeff Birnbaum posited that it was the "black & white" stage of the election where John Kerry would just try to take the opposite position of whatever President Bush said. Fred Barnes thinks that because Kerry is behind he has to be on the attack that the he has to defend his own ground, evidenced by his campaigning in Palm Beach while President Bush tries to break new ground in New Jersey.
On the issue of Kerry's recent catch phrases, Best of the Web Points out a post from Rodger Morrow:

In the past 10 days or so, the Kedwards campaign has:

Accused the Bush administration of planning to reinstitute a military draft.

Recycled the "no blood for oil" canard of the looney left.

Alleged that the Bush administration is somehow in the pocket of the Saudi royal family.

Told voters that, if they elect John Kerry, "people like
Christopher Reeve
are going to walk, get up out of that wheelchair and walk again."

Suggested that President Bush was planning a "January surprise" to privatize Social Security.

Advised Democratic campaign workers to launch a pre-emptive strike" charging voter "intimidation" on election day even if no evidence exists.

Warned Florida voters that Republicans are "trying to keep people from voting."

Blamed the flu vaccine shortage on President Bush.

Twice called attention to the fact that Mary Cheney is a lesbian.

If you didn't know better, you might think they were getting desperate.

Desperate indeed.
I hope I don't need to say anything more about the draft. Even Mara Liasson admits that there is no potential for the draft. Kerry is indeed just exercising a scare tactic.
The same is true for Social Security. His plan to partially privatize Social Security is not a surprise, he campaigned on it in 2000. The President has insured that no senior citizens will lose their benefits under that plan. Social Security has to be fixed. It's just a matter of time.

Meanwhile, Best of the Web comments:
Of course, the problem with a Hail Mary pass is that there's always the danger of being intercepted, which is what appears to have happened with the Mary Cheney Hail Mary. On the surface, it was actually a very clever play, a way of gay-baiting while also appealing to gays (who saw it as a way of exposing what they see as Republican cruelty or hypocrisy on same-sex marriage).

The problem for Kerry is that a lot more Americans have children than have strong feelings about homosexuality one way or the other. People tend to be very protective of their own families and sympathetic to the protective instincts of others. It was the invasion of the Cheney family's privacy, not anything having to do with homosexuality per se, that got Kerry in trouble.

There has been so many polls and discussion over whether Kerry's Mary Cheney comment was right or wrong, whether he should have said it at all or said it a different way. Therefore, it seems that Kerry would have been better off to just apologize and end all the speculation because that speculation just keeps the comment in the headlines and forces the media to explain exactly why a majority of Americans think he shouldn't have said anything.