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Bush's tactical victory (John Kerry Hopelessly clogged)
BBC News ^ | Saturday, 4 September, 2004, 08:00 GMT 09:00 UK | Tom Carver

Posted on 09/04/2004 11:25:39 AM PDT by SarahW

George Bush is a master at disguising the punch.

In 2000, he fooled Al Gore into underestimating his talent as a politician, causing Mr Gore to overreach.

This time, he has forced John Kerry to have the wrong conversation with the voters.

When he should have been telling the voters his plan for the future, Mr Kerry has been spending his time talking about the past, believing that Vietnam was the way to establish his credibility.

Consequently, when the Republicans raised doubts about Mr Kerry's service in Vietnam last month, he had nothing to fall back on.

Money talk

This gave George Bush an opening at the Republican convention.

He was able to show the breath and width of his experience in office.

And in the absence of any detailed picture from Mr Kerry himself, Mr Bush filled in the blanks on Mr Kerry's political record sheet.

He criticised Mr Kerry for a policy of "expanding government", saying that Mr Kerry wanted more than two trillion dollars in new federal spending.

John Kerry John Kerry has left himself vulnerable to Republican attacks

George Bush neatly glossed over the fact that he himself has expanded federal spending by 29% since coming to office and sent the budget plummeting into the red.

The "tax and spend" attack on Mr Kerry works partly because that is what many Americans assume Democrats do, despite the fact that former President Bill Clinton successfully balanced his budget.

But it also works because Mr Kerry created the opening for the Republicans to attack.

Morals on show

The Republican convention was a virtuoso display of disciplined message.

Every image and every speaker were carefully choreographed to reinforce in the voters' minds the idea of George Bush as a steadfast, principled, say-what-you-mean-and-mean-what-you-say kind of leader.

Not a moment of doubt or hesitation. No mention of the missing weapons of mass destruction. Or the ongoing bloodshed in Iraq, a year after major hostilities were supposed to have ended.

Iraq was portrayed as part and parcel of the war of terrorism, and a war of moral necessity, not choice.

George W Bush Bush has taken the lead in opinion polls

The Republican faithful held up banners that read: "A safer world".

Did this mean that Mr Bush had created a safer world? Or was going to create a safer world? It was not clear. And it did not matter. What people saw on TV was the phrase and George Bush.

A key difference between John Kerry and George Bush is that Mr Kerry is trying to find a coherent philosophy that fits the world. President Bush has his philosophy and is happy to let the world fit in around it.

Losing momentum

Walking among the party faithful after his speech, the main reason people gave for liking Mr Bush is because they think of him as principled and resolute.

By contrast, they think Mr Kerry is a vacillating flip-flopper.

It is a powerful message, which certainly resonates with the party faithful. The unknown question is whether it works for the undecided voters, who may well decide this election.

In these troubling times, will Americans prefer someone as absolutist and unwavering as George Bush? Or will they go for someone with a more nuanced approach? Excellent arguments can be made for both sides.

But the first major poll since the Republican convention shows Mr Bush 11 points ahead of Mr Kerry - a huge bounce.

John Kerry is going to work very hard if he is going to push back the Republican momentum of the last month.


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p.s. It's Bush's fault.
1 posted on 09/04/2004 11:25:39 AM PDT by SarahW
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To: SarahW

"George Bush neatly glossed over the fact that he himself has expanded federal spending by 29% since coming to office and sent the budget plummeting into the red."

He forgot the "nuance" of a devastating attack, a war, and a recession that started before President Bush took office.


2 posted on 09/04/2004 11:28:07 AM PDT by OpusatFR ( Putin is not going to throw spitballs at the terrorists. But John Kerry would...)
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To: SarahW
He was able to show the breath and width of his experience in office.

A Professional Journalist wrote this.

Or maybe he meant "breadth and with".

3 posted on 09/04/2004 11:28:53 AM PDT by martin_fierro (_____oooo_( )_oooo_____)
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To: SarahW

Please put your title in parentheses and the true title before it..That's what makes the "search" feature accurate..Push abuse and ask the mod to correct it for you.


4 posted on 09/04/2004 11:28:59 AM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry has been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security)
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To: SarahW
This time, he has forced John Kerry to have the wrong conversation with the voters.

No one has the right to question John Kerry's patriotism...

No one has the right to question John Kerry's patriotism...

No one has the right to question John Kerry's patriotism...

No one has the right to question John Kerry's patriotism...

No one has the right to question John Kerry's patriotism...

No one has the right to question John Kerry's patriotism...

No one has the right to question John Kerry's patriotism...

No one has the right to question John Kerry's patriotism...

No one has the right to question John Kerry's patriotism...

No one has the right to question John Kerry's patriotism...

I that the conversation being referred to?

5 posted on 09/04/2004 11:29:23 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Drug prohibition laws help fund terrorism.)
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To: SarahW
The first BBC article to be only moderately unfair.
They are beginning to realize they are gonna have to deal with him for another 4 years.

SO9

6 posted on 09/04/2004 11:33:33 AM PDT by Servant of the 9 (Screwing the Inscrutable or is it Scruting the Inscrewable?)
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To: SarahW

Ever notice that when a Republican is leading in a race it's due to his skillful political skills, but when a Democrat is leading its due to his having the right views? Those Dems just aren't any good at politics, huh? LOL.


7 posted on 09/04/2004 11:36:30 AM PDT by HoustonTech
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To: SarahW
BBC: John Kerry Hopelessly clogged

...and I know just where to put the enema hose.

8 posted on 09/04/2004 11:37:45 AM PDT by RichInOC (John-John 2004: Going down faster than a small plane in Long Island Sound.)
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To: SarahW
This time, he has forced John Kerry to have the wrong conversation with the voters.

How in HELL did Bush force Kerry to keep bringing up his service in Vietnam? Kerry has been running on Vietnam for over a year now.

Was Bush holding Kerry's hamster hostage during the DNC Convention, forcing Kerry to make his "permission to come aboard" comments?

This reporter, while right that Bush is sharper than people give him credit for, seems to think that the President has mind control powers or something.

9 posted on 09/04/2004 11:38:11 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

What really makes that so laughably hypocritical is that the 'rats and Co have been screaming since 9/11 that "questioning"(lying about) the President,his policies,the WOT, the troops,their leaders,and every aspect of the defense and security of our country, is only "the American way" and "free speech", and therefore utterly patriotic. Well,now we're being patriotic on their terms.


10 posted on 09/04/2004 11:38:21 AM PDT by mrsmel
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To: SarahW

'Nuance' is the new 'gravitas'.


11 posted on 09/04/2004 11:41:09 AM PDT by John Jorsett
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To: SarahW

Please don't alter the title. Thanks.


12 posted on 09/04/2004 11:41:09 AM PDT by Admin Moderator (<--- Rogue Moderator, so watch out!)
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To: MEG33
Posted with correct title Here
13 posted on 09/04/2004 11:41:09 AM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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