Skip to comments.Hail to the chief exemplar of conviction politics
Posted on 11/08/2004 8:49:13 PM PST by bitt
'...The Republican campaign attacked and severely damaged the leadership credibility of John Kerry: could Kerry lead? Kerry's own record in the Senate, undistinguished to even his friends, was served up as evidence. Kerry's endless iterations of policy nuance, appropriate to the Senate as a deliberative body, further undermined his claims to leadership. Bush, by contrast, is America's first modern president with a corporate background: he is a CEO with an MBA and his leadership looks just like that - decisive, focused and determined. In their effort to influence voters, the Republicans had a positive message: Bush was Bush - a strong and determined leader. Perhaps he had been hasty and wrong but you knew where you stood.
Moreover, Bush represented values that resonated with Americans. In 11 key states, "gay-marriage" referendum questions were on the same ballot paper as the President, House and Senate choices. These referenda served to highlight Bush's determination to uphold the traditional view of marriage, and brought Rove's "values voters" to the polls in droves. The traditional view of marriage was overwhelmingly endorsed, even in progressive Oregon....'
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The Bush marital team, as it turned out, was a much easier "sell".
So in the end the US election was, as ever, about character as much as policy content.
The Kerry campaign emphasised the uncertainty of Iraq and the uncertainty of the economy. But if the challenger lacked strength of character, how could he lead the way through those uncertainties?
Kerry in his campaign magnified the doubts about his character - the faux hunter shooting a Canada goose spoke volumes about a willingness to be less than true to one's self.
Bush spoke to the revolution which has created the new Republican majority: religion, strength, conviction and being true to one's self (whatever flaws that self might have). Bush's supporters know those flaws; in the privacy of the voting booth they said they understood. And in that there is a lesson for elites and opposition strategists.'
So others saw that too, but unfortunately we had to go to Australia to find one.
"Perhaps he had been hasty and wrong"
WHAT ..?? I never believed the President had been hasty .. or wrong.
We were ready to go to war a year before we actually went .. the UN stalled things for over 14 months .. and after 12 years and 17 resolutions .. HOW CAN ANYBODY WITH A BRAIN CALL THAT HASTY.