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Re: Bush up in the polls, Kerry down
« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2004, 12:35:14 PM »
Kerry is too friggin boring to win... but I hope I'm wrong.

The American people dont care about intelligence...all they care about is Charisma and Kerry doesn't have any!  Edwards can only do so much.

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Re: Bush up in the polls, Kerry down
« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2004, 08:34:05 PM »
Recently, Kerry was quoted as saying that Bush has never lost a debate.  The nation has yet to see any debates.  These debates will either make or break the Kerry campaign depending on whether he can come up with some totally convincing cover-ups for some of the goofball things he's said like the whole Cambodia seared in his mind thing.


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Re: Bush up in the polls, Kerry down
« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2004, 08:44:05 PM »
WASHINGTON -- Upon losing a game at the 1925 Baden-Baden tournament, Aaron Nimzowitsch, the great chess theoretician and a superb player, knocked the pieces off the board, jumped on the table and screamed, ``How can I lose to this idiot?''
   
Nimzowitsch may have lived decades ago in Denmark, but had the soul of a modern American Democrat. After all, Democrats have been saying much the same -- with similar body language -- ever since the erudite Adlai Stevenson lost to the syntactically challenged Eisenhower in 1952. They said it again when they lost to that supposed simpleton Reagan. Twice, would you believe. With George W. Bush, they are at it again, and equally apoplectic.

Actually, this time around, even more apoplectic. The Democrats' current disdain for George Bush reminds me of another chess master, Efim Bogoljubov, who once said, ``When I am White, I win because I am White'' -- White moves first and therefore has a distinct advantage -- ``when I am Black, I win because I am Bogoljubov.'' John Kerry is a man of similar vanity -- intellectual and moral -- and that spirit thoroughly permeates the Democratic Party.

Democrats feel a mixture of horror and contempt for the huddled masses -- so bovine, so benighted, so besotted with talk radio -- who made a king of an empty-headed movie star (Reagan, long before Arnold) and inexplicably want the Republicans' current nitwit leader to have a second term.

Historians will have a field day trying to fathom the depths of detestation that the Democrats are carrying into this campaign. Vanity is only part of it. What else is at play? First, and most obviously, revenge. Democrats have convinced themselves that Bush stole the last election. They cannot bear suffering not just a bad presidency but an illegitimate one.

Moreover, against all expectations, it turned out to be a consequential presidency too. Bush was not the mild-mannered Gerald Ford-like Republican he was expected to be -- transitional and minor. He turned out to be quite the revolutionary, most especially in his radical reordering of American foreign policy. A usurper is merely offensive; a consequential usurper is intolerable.

But that is still not enough to account for the level of venom today. It is not often that a losing presidential candidate (Al Gore) compares the man who defeated him to both Hitler and Stalin. It is not often that a senior party leader (Edward Kennedy) accuses a sitting president of starting a war (``cooked up in Texas'') in order to gain political advantage for his re-election.

The loathing goes far beyond the politicians. Liberals as a body have gone quite around the twist. I count one all-star rock tour, three movies, four current theatrical productions and five best sellers (a full one-third of the New York Times list) variously devoted to ridiculing, denigrating, attacking and devaluing this president, this presidency and all who might, God knows why, support it.

How to explain? With apologies to Dr. Freud, I propose the Pressure Cooker Theory of Hydraulic Release. 

The hostility, resentment, envy and disdain, all superheated in Florida, were not permitted their natural discharge. Came 9/11 and a lid was forced down. How can you seek revenge for a stolen election by a nitwit usurper when all of a sudden we are at war and the people, bless them, are rallying around the flag and hailing the commander in chief? With Bush riding high in the polls, with flags flying from  pickup trucks (many of the flags, according to Howard Dean, Confederate), the president was untouchable.

The Democrats fell unnaturally silent. For two long, agonizing years, they had to stifle and suppress. It was the most serious case of repression since Freud's Anna O. went limp. The forced deference nearly killed them. And then, providentially, they were saved. The clouds parted and bad news rained down like manna: WMDs, Abu Ghraib, Richard Clarke, Paul O'Neill, Joe Wilson and, most important, continued fighting in Iraq.

Stripped of his halo, the president's ratings went down. The spell was broken. He was finally once again human and vulnerable. With immense relief, the critics let loose.

The result has been volcanic. The subject of one prominent new novel is whether George W. Bush should be assassinated. This is all quite unhinged. Good God. What if Bush is re-elected? If they lose to him again, Democrats will need more than just consolation. They'll need therapy.

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Re: Bush up in the polls, Kerry down
« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2004, 09:28:13 AM »
Krauthamer?
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Re: Bush up in the polls, Kerry down
« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2004, 03:51:45 PM »
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Re: Bush up in the polls, Kerry down
« Reply #15 on: September 01, 2004, 04:13:21 PM »
Has anyone seen the newest ad? There's no mention of the whole medals controversy. Instead, its just quotes from Kerry's senate testimony about war crimes and atrocities in Vietnam, in his own voice. Then some vets talk about how betrayed they felt by this, etc. Its pretty harsh, but I guess no one can complain about the swift boat people making stuff up this time

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Re: Bush up in the polls, Kerry down
« Reply #16 on: September 01, 2004, 04:17:31 PM »
I think Kerry will bounce up a bit.  However, I don't think we've even started seeing the dirty tricks left in both candidates' bags.  I think a month or so before the election is when it is really really going to be on... That's when I'll be interested in what the polls have to say.

I'm waiting for them to roll Osama out of the closet they have him in about a month before the election.  (I'm not being serious, I hope).
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Re: Bush up in the polls, Kerry down
« Reply #17 on: September 01, 2004, 07:28:29 PM »
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Re: Bush up in the polls, Kerry down
« Reply #18 on: September 01, 2004, 07:46:09 PM »
What about Bush playing the card to the tune of no terrorist attacks on our soil since 9/11?  The closer the election the more it makes sense for him to play it.  The likely hood of an attack before the election goes down and if he's down in the polls then it really won't matter if there is an attack (at least as far as Bush’s election chances go).  In addition, if there's an attack after the election it will not affect who is president either (unless of course it's an assassination).

After all, protecting us from internal and external really is the president’s primary job.

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Re: Bush up in the polls, Kerry down
« Reply #19 on: September 01, 2004, 07:56:08 PM »
I think he really has to leave that one up to the voters and radio talk show hosts to suggest.  It is far too risky on a national level for the Republicans to bring it out.  I guess we will see, though.
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