Skip to comments.Where Kerry Went Wrong: Kerry and Shrum got it backward
Posted on 09/18/2004 10:17:05 PM PDT by Cableguy
Kerry and Shrum got it backward. If they'd sliced up Bush this summer, they could have used the debates to seem presidential.
After Labor Day, the political calendar goes into a time warp. Everything speeds up. With voters finally starting to pay attention, a week is about the equivalent of a normal month in political time. In late October the intensity can be so great that creative campaigns sometimes accomplish in a single day what it might once have taken three months to imprint on the minds of the voters. We don't know yet if we'll see such inventiveness this year, which means that for all of the weeping and moaning and rending of garments by despondent Democrats, we simply don't know if John Kerry is finished. We do know that his strategy so far, designed by Bob Shrum, lies in ruins, and for reasons that go far beyond the campaign's failure to respond quickly enough to the Swift Boat ads.
Shrum's grand plan wasn't complicated. He figured that with most voters believing the country is on the "wrong track," all that Kerry had to do was establish his credibility as a potential commander in chief and he would winhence the "bio" convention. No need to respond directly to Bush ads sliming him for wanting to cut the same weapons systems that Bush's father cut. No need to explain how the Iraq war had been botched. No need to discredit Bush at all, because he was already thoroughly discredited.
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Jonathan, Jonathan. When you use the word sliming you really put yourself into it.
Kerry went wrong much earlier than this campaign!
I still don't understand why he isn't in Levenworth turning big rocks into small ones.
jonathan alter is another little piss ant
Newsweek has no news here, only editorial opinion, and that opinion is rotten anyway.
What's news, contrary to this article, is that the Kerry Campaign is coming out with new attacks on President Bush on fake "business scandals," Environmental "lies," and they are even taping a TV show with Dr. Phil to call President Bush a liar about "healthcare" per U.S. News & World Report, among others...
That Dr. Phil TV show airs in October, by the way.
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Really, what a jerk.
I'm sorry...you mean they hadn't tried already over the summer?
Jonathan Alter is another liberal Democrat propagandist, who shilled for Clinton and is now engaged in resurrection therapy for the Kerry campaign.
1. Publishing "Tour of Duty"
2. Not running a single ad during the month of August, which left MoveOn running Bush-slam-ads across the midwest, but not a single POSTIVE message ad ran to give voters the other side of the coin. Stupid, amateur-hour politics.
To have credibility you have to stand for something. What does Kerry stand for besides raising taxes on the rich? Credibility involves more than just saying "I defended this country in Vietnam, and I'll defend this country as President" and posing as a "war hero" when he spent more time protesting the war than fighting it.
"I still don't understand why he isn't in Levenworth turning big rocks into small ones."
Thank you! I don't either. The RINOS don't care, most don't care if our country is history and our children and grand-children are doomed.
But, what can we do?
That's an insult to piss ants everywhere :-)
1. Without Tour of Duty (and Jim Rasmassen), Kerry would not have been the nominee.
2. DNC ran a bunch of positive ads on Kerry's behalf in August (highlighting his convention speech). In fact, DNC/527 groups outspent Bush in August.
It seems like this entire essay comes from that same smug world.
Alter: "...If they'd sliced up Bush this summer, they could have used the debates to seem presidential."
Alter is out of touch with reality. The DNC (Democrat Nazi Committee), Moveon.org and the News Media have been continually trying to slice and dice GW Bush for the last four years.
Alter cannot realize that Kaptain Ketchup does not have anything presidential in his demeanor. Kerry can only come across as totally phony.
We can keep our powder dry and await the probable.
One day, and possibly soon, the Patriots among us will have to pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor to the preservation of freedom and our Republic.
In the meanwhile, all we can do is to teach our children the value of morality, courage, and critical/logical thinking. The socialist elite that threatens our existence rely on the ignorance and/or inattention of the populace, coupled with slick propaganda in the form of "popular culture", in order to achieve their goals.
Nailing Bush means painting a big "F" for failure on his forehead for what's going on right now, then pivoting to explain in the simple terms that have eluded Kerry what he would do differently in the months ahead: Give reconstruction contracts to allies in exchange for helping us stabilize Iraq. Set a date certain for getting out of Iraq. Promise we'll never have another Iraq. Fight terrorism where it threatens us most, which is not in Iraq.
The reconstruction contracts idea is interesting, but how much military help could the French actually give us? Do they have enough military for this to matter? I'd rather stick with people who wholeheartedly support us, instead of those who will knife us in the back at the earliest opportunity.
Set a date for when we leave Iraq? Forget it. Unless you want to give the country to the insurgents, it's not going to happen.
Promise there will never be another Iraq? Don't make me laugh. You'd have to be clairvoyant to know the answer to that one. North Korea, Iran and Syria have done seriously bad things that might need to be opposed at some point. Tying your hands in this way is political suicide. Diplomacy doesn't work without a credible threat of force. Not recommended.
We're fighting terrorism in Iraq, which seems to have done a fair job at keeping it out of the US. Fair trade, especially since Iraq's going to be a lot better off in the end.
this twerp is deluded enough to be working at seeBS
perhaps he's thinking he'll replace Dannyboy...?
The whole Bush premise was that you don't give reconstruction contracts to the people who were aiding and abetting Iraq in the first place. The Oil For Food scandal proves that Bush was right when he said that France was heavily involved with the Hussein regime. Why would anyone want to reward France by helping to rebuild what they helped to build in the first place?
Jonathan Alter is a liberal. As for his advice to Kerry, it doesn't work because Alter, like Kerry, never tells us what Kerry would do different than Bush in the White House. And I have to laugh at the notion cutting and running in the face of the Al Qaeda affiliated Al Zarqawi terrorists IN Iraq would make America safer. Heck, even Ketchup Boy himself said Iraq IS part of the War On Terror. Alter doesn't acknowledge the Democratic presidential candidate is absolutely awful. What we can be thankful for is the libs continuing to be under the delusion the country agrees with them in their hatred of America. Alter and Co. are in for a rude awakening on November 3rd.
Kerry wanted to cut those weapons during the heat of the Cold War.
roger that, troop
KErry campaign figured the MSM was doing the heavy lifting on the negative campaigning. That way Kerry could be the guy on the white horse.
It wasnt enough. The GOP convention rebuted the phony MSM anti-Iraq war spin and told people, 'this is the war on terror, we didnt start it, but we will finish it - if you let Bush lead.'
Kerry had no retort to this - BECAUSE HE HAS BEEN IGNORING THE WAR ON TERROR. He doesnt have a position except "sensitivity".
So Kerry is reduced to bashing Iraq and spreading defeatism and gloom to 'win' that debate. But he CANT if he doesnt have credibility on the war on terror, since clearly Iraq is a part of the war on terror.
As far as I'm concerned, he should be in Siberia in the Gulag. He loves the commies so much . . .
Kerry hasn't stopped selling out this country. Check out the John F. Kerry Timeline. Email it to your friends.
1. Kerry is going to lose.
2. The reason for the impending loss is that "the Democrats haven't been mean enough".
They then proceed to offer free advice to the Kerry campaign about how they can turn it around.
Wonder if they'd be that free with advice if the tables were turned...???
Hey - the reason Kerry is losing is because he's such . . a . . . DORK! His wife can't even stand to be called Terry Kerry, her husband's last name.
The more people see of Kerry, the less they like him. He needs media filtering. But an excess of filtering just gave CBS, and the leftwing 'mainstream', generally, a black eye. And the swelling won't go down in just five or six weeks.
Kerry has to:
hide his phoney VietNam history
hide his anti-VietNam war treason
hide his leftist and rather meager Senate history
pretend to be a centrist
hide his 'I am the new JFK' bs
fight off the Swiftvets
keep his wife from hogging the limelight
keep Clinton from hogging the limelight
pretend he can relate to common folk
explain how his 'more sensitive' war on terror would work,
and attack Bush, without being overly blatant about it,
his VP choice, Johnwhatever, Esq.ambulance.chaser,
(from a state Kerry will lose) isn't helping any with
people who aren't hard core democrats
Is he still asking Teddy for help?,
Republican pranksters should attend Kerry's ralleys wearing lifejackets
I agree, if that had been your average John Doe and he pulled some of the chit that Kerry did while in uniform he would have been tried for treason and spent many a year at a federal prison some place. Really sucks, Kerry's a traitor now, as he was then and should pay for the things he's done against America and the fine men and women serving in our Armed Forces.
Sheesh. It never occurs to Alter that perhaps the problem isn't Kerry's campaign; it's Kerry himself.
Alter's road map for Kerry will take him straight off the nearest cliff. Liberals just don't get it, thank God. Talk about looking through the wrong end of the telescope.
yeah, it's all the republicans' fault
don't let the door hit you on the way out
No such thing as a leftist media, no siree.
Kerry has been pushing this idea of "Bush didn't get our allies involved, and that's why it's failing", which goes to show just how inept he is. The Oil for Food Scandal beginning to break, and it is glaringly obvious WHY our allies didn't want us to go into Iraq. When folks find out about it, they'll start to think the President was an GENIUS for not including those countries, even though he did TRY in order to try to assuage the media and rabid Dems. It is obvious, from the reporting about the scandal, that our allies were not only NOT interested in working with us,they were actively working AGAINST us until just recently!
2. The reason for the impending loss is that "the Democrats haven't been mean enough".
They'll do anything to pin this on the delivery and not the message. Which is fine with me - as long as they do that, they'll keep losing.
Of course, it's always struck me that questions on wrong track/right track have a lot of the same ambiguity as whether the war is being fought right or whether something changed your opinion of a candidate: It's perfectly possible to think the country is on the wrong track in many ways, while fervently believing Bush is at least trying to reverse it and Kerry would send it skittering further like the Gadarene swine!