Friday, October 01, 2004
I know; Kerry was more polished, and appeared to be in better command of the facts. The media will push the "Kerry Won" numbers as a meme over the next week. However, Kerry needed to score a rhetorical knockout over Bush and did not. The debate was, in that term, a draw. Bush wins all ties because he is ahead. Kerry will get a one to three point uptick, but it won't make a difference after a couple of weeks.
Expect to see Kerry's "global test" line in Bush commercials over the next month.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
...in me can't but help to point to Christopher Hitchens' column in Slate today (hat tip: RealClearPolitics.com). Hitch makes the point that Limbaugh has been making all year-the Democrats, particularly the Kerry Campaign, are pining for bad news. Please read the whole thing.
Meantime, as if to confirm their defeatist outlook, if one observes rather closely the DNC's latest ads, you'll notice that they are all predicated on the notion that we are losing the Iraqi Campaign. They emphasize high casualties and Halliburton in order to collapse any support the President might have for his war policy. That they have done Zarqawi's business for him appears not to have entered their head.
Now the Democrats are not traitors. No, it is actually worse. They are fools. They have entered Lindberghland and have become the latter day America Firsters. In the two years leading up to Pearl Harbor, Charles A. Lindbergh moved from town to town inveighing against Roosevelt's decision to back Britain through Lend-Lease. Lindbergh was a strict isolationist, and a defeatist, to boot. An air power enthusiast, he saw no force in the world that could confront the Luftwaffe. Consequently, he painted the Wehrmacht as a force that was ten feet tall. He spoke again and again against American participation in a European war. In his defense, however, when war came he volunteered for duty and begged Roosevelt to give him an assignment. FDR coldly turned him down, but Lindbergh did manage to fight as a "civilian contractor" in the Pacific theater in a P-38 squadron, the 475th Fighter Group. For all his courage in the Pacific, "Lucky Lindy" was forever tarred with his cooperation with the America Firsters and their outriders in the Isolationist Movement. When Hitler is one's opponent, the mind should clear and concentrate wonderfully. In Lindbergh's case, it did not.
However, in our time, it is the Democrats who have taken up the tattered banner of isolationism. One of the themes of their campaign has been that Bush has "wasted" 200 billion dollars by going into Iraq alone, or in the minds of many Democrats, by going in at all. The Kerry camp claims that that 200 billion dollars could have been better spent on education, health care, and Meals on Wheels. That such poundfoolishness is contemptible in a global struggle against Islamic Fascism should be quite evident to most observers. This war is a global struggle for the survival of Western Civilization and, implicitly, the survival of every global religion, from Christianity to Taoism. Further, the fact that we did not go in alone, but went in with the British, the Australians, the Poles, the Czechs, and other Coalition minor allies should have put paid to Mr. Kerry's fatuous assertions, but they did not. In the middle of the Fourth great World War in human history, John Kerry continues to gull the gullible with an appeal to isolationism and pennywise bean counting.
Such are positions whose advocate should be rewarded with contempt, and slight regard.
I think not. I'll probably go in with some after-action analysis.
However, the terrain going in has shifted to Bush. In both the CNN/Gallup/USAToday and the ABCNews/Washington Post poll, the President is substantially ahead of Senator Kerry.
Kerry needed to close or draw even before Thursday night's debate. He has done neither.