Tuesday, August 31, 2004

The Kerry Campaign: What Is The Point?

Tod Lindberg has a piece in the Washington Times that asks a very pertinant question: What is the point of the Kerry Campaign? This is a question that more and more people have asked themsleves the past month, and fewer and fewer of them seem to have an answer. Kerry's many flip-flops and inconsistancies make it impossible for his campaign to have a theme, much less a core. The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth have had an effect on Kerry not because eveyone who sees their ads believes what they say, but because they have brought Kerry to the attention of people who had not paid attention to the race or the candidates. The more attention Kerry gets the worse he does. Kerry knows this which is why it has been a full month since he did any sort of serious media interview.

Kerry has been unable to outline a plan in any meaningful way. his attempts at policy are not memorable, his foreign policy is weak, as illustrated by John Edwards admission that A Kerry/Edwards administration would allow Iran to keep its nuclear reactors and make sure it is supplied with nuclear fuel.

The only point to the Kerry Campaign is to be the not Bush of this election. If the Democrats had nominated a cardboard cut-out it is likely that to this point the race would have been just as tight. Being "not Bush" will only take him so far, at some point Kerry will have to run on his record, and that will be the beginning of the end of his candidacy.

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