Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Im Right. Everyone Else Is Wrong.

How many plummeting Kerry poll numbers do we have to see before we realize that relentlessly attacking Bush is NOT the way to go? Kerry has been lambasting his counterpart non-stop on every issue from Iraq to social security to jobs to the deficit and it has only led to worse internal numbers. Yet some people (Howard Fineman, MoDo and Helen Thomas) keep insisting that Kerry keep up the assaults.

Theyre wrong. Dead wrong, and so is everyone else that holds the same view.

If there is any lesson to learn from Bill Clinton is that the candidate should steer clear of making personal attacks. Thats what subordinates are for. Kerry should laud Bush for his post 9/11 leadership. He should thank him for his service to his country during the war on terror. Then he should say that despite Bush's victories, someone new needs to finish the job. Some one new must rebuild the bridges burned during Bush's tenure. Someone new needs to renew the international relationships damaged during the leadup to Iraq. And John Kerry is the person to do that (yeah, yeah, we know that statement is bogus, but it doesnt matter).

It would appear statesman-like. It would appear conciliatory. And most importantly, it would appear presidential.

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