Good Advice for Democrats and Kerry
outside Democratic strategists, and they all say it makes zero sense for Kerry allies to piggyback on the Rather attacks against Bush's National Guard service now that the anchor's credibility is melting like the Wicked Witch of the West.The whole, boring and startlingly irrelevant attack on Bush's 30 year old National Guard record has never made much sense to me. The only explaination I can come up with is that Kerry has so little to say that his campaign realized they had to come up with something.
Worried Dems say it shows lack of discipline, lack of strategy, lack of message and freelancing — just what a slipping campaign can't afford. "It's stupid, it's stupid, it's stupid. Get off the National Guard and all that bull. Every day we talk about the National Guard and Vietnam is another day that George Bush wins. No one cares about 30 years ago," a top Dem says.
Another tells of a focus group of swing voters this week where no one even mentioned Rather's Guard flap but an unnerving number "parroted back" attacks on Kerry as a flip-flopper who lied about his Vietnam service. "The Kerry people think they didn't attack Bush hard enough. They're dead wrong. More attacks on Bush aren't a reason to vote for Kerry," this strategist says.
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It is kinda pathetic that the Democrats couldn't have come up with a better candidate. Why not?
As much as anything my sense is that most of the better candidates - Joe Liberman, Dick Glephart, Hillary (well, for some she is) - were simply out of tune with the Moore Dems. They were clued in enough to realize that the legions of anti-war Moore/Dean supporters did not want to hear a more realistic message. While Liberman and Glephart ran in the primaries I had no sense their hearts were in it.
The nasty, dumb and entirely personalized attacks on Bush from the nutty elements of the left are not helping Kerry a bit. All they are doing is suggesting that this election is not about a pro-Kerry vote; its all about how many people will hold their noses and vote for anybody, literally, anybody but Bush. I am not inclined to think that voting block will be big enough to defeat Bush.