Sunday, October 10, 2004

Victor Davis Hanson On The Debate

VDH has weighed in in the second presidential debate. It is a short column and worth reading. An excerpt:

But by now Kerry is beginning to wear poorly, especially against a spirited and engaged candidate—such as George Bush revealed himself tonight as an opponent full of passion, ideals, and fight. As the night wore on Bush seemed the more human, the more real, Kerry the Boston Brahmin—smug, sanctimonious, self-righteous, and ponderous. Where Bush seemed genuine and vulnerable, Kerry appeared peeved, fussy, and smart-alecky.

Kerry ended almost every one of his shotgun blasts of facts and figures with “I have a plan”—though no plan was ever detailed or discussed, mostly because his proposals entail ceding American flexibility to international censure and sanction, and government as the first rather than the second or third recourse to solve social problems. A growing number of Americans is increasingly worried about that doctrinaire liberal worldview and precisely in anticipation of that fact we get the vague “I have a plan” whose details would bother if not frighten most Americans.

Read the whole thing.

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