Wednesday, September 22, 2004

the bush response

readers of this site know i've spent the last week or so enjoying the new kerry message and expressing my optimism about the 'voice' that's emerging. reading the paper this morning i couldn't help but feel that the proverbial tango has its two:

Tuesday, Bush said Kerry "has taken so many different positions on Iraq that his statements are hardly credible at all."

this is the extent of the bush response to kerry's series of attacks and critiques of the iraq policy. kerry says 'mismanagement' they say 'flip-flop'. kerry says 'incompetence' they say 'flip-flop'. kerry says 'wasted opportunity' they say 'flip-flop'. dazzled by their consistency i may be, but if this is the best they can do, i'm tickled pink. the 'flip-flop' label is troubling, but it's not much of an answer to the kind of incisive critique kerry is laying down - certainly not when the news from iraq, and the president's own national intelligence council predicts further chaos and drastic problems. moreover, i can't help but feel that the flip-flop attack has run it's course. the public attention span for even a negative characterization is short - ok, he's a flip-flopper, but he's making sense on iraq . . .

i wont underestimate karl rove. something is headed our way to take the focus off of iraq. but today is a good day.

- LH

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