Sunday, September 19, 2004

All The Cook's In Kerry's Kitchen

If the state of a candidates campaign can be judged by the number of people who find it necessary to offer advice, the Kerry Campaign must be in trouble. RealClearPolitics has an almost incredible list of articles and columns by people who are either trying to explain what has happened to the Kerry Campaign or who are offering advice. The linst includes:

The Madness in The Kerry Campaign: Thomas Oliphant, The Boston Globe

Kerry's New Call to Arms: Richard Wolffe and Susannah Meadows, Newsweek

Kerry's Muddled Message: Gloria berger, US News and World Report

To Win Kerry Will Have To Answer Hard Questions: Clive Crook, National Journal

Kerry Edwards Subterfuge: Washington Times

And a section devoted only to people offering their advice: Leon panetta, Donna Brazile, Bob Kerrey, and Paul Glastris

This is a sign of big trouble within the campaign. The strategists will offer their advice" concentrate on domestic issues, play to the "choas" in Iraq, and so on. The problem is not strategy however, it is the candidate. John Kerry cannot take a position on any issue now without contradicting something he has said in past. It is the same for domestic issues as it is for issues of national security. He will have the same problem in the dabates. He will speak with hollow eloquence, taking a lot of words to say nothing, unable to take a firm position without alienating half of his base. The American people will compare that to George Bush straight, honest answers and although many will not agree with everything he says they will at least know what he means and where he stands.

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