God, I give myself no relief!! Why should you be any better??
I was reading an article in the Aug 2 Newsweek by Jonathan Alter. The gist of it is that hate-mongering among the Democrats can backfire. He suggests their best strategy is just list why people should not vote for Bush. I've read his columns before, and have never noticed any political bias. I still don't. Has anybody thought of him as "left" or "right" before? The reason I quote the article is that some of what he says is just what I've been amplifying.
"--- but the man who vowed to 'change the tone' in Washington and pursue a 'humble' foreign policy proceeded to govern as if he had carried 49 states. Without a mandate, he rammed through huge tax cuts for the rich and forced right-wing judges onto the bench. He sold out consumers to the pharmaceutical, insurance, and energy industries. The period following 9/11 was even worse. Bush squandered a rare moment of national unity by failing to ask for any shared sacrifice to confront the crisis, then exploited homeland security and Iraq to skewer Democrats in the 2002 midterm elections. Going to war in Iraq under false pretenses and botching the occupation were only the latest sources of outrage."
At the end, Alter says rather than name-calling,
"Better to calmly explain how Bush & Co. may look like grown-ups but have made one incompetent decision after another, even as they dodge accountability, kowtow to extremists in their party and (especially relevant for undecided business people) harm Brand U.S.A. throughout the world."
I'm sure many of us, including me, can nit-pick some of his wording, but I think the thrust of it is right on. That is, right in line what I've just finished posting.
<small>[ 08-06-2004, 01:35 AM: Message edited by: shostakovich ]</small>