Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Hand me that ratchet

In a bid to establish equivalency, nearly every news media outlet has been telling us for the last week or so that "both sides are ratcheting up the rhetoric" in the final stretch of this electoral campaign. I've disagreed, being of the opinion that Bush is just stumping more often, but saying pretty much what he's been saying all along, and that the Kerry camp is the only one really getting foamy about the mouth. While I haven't found anyone yet who's noted that escalation from the Bush side of the ballot yet, Rodger from This Isn't Writing, It's Typing seems to have made the same observation about the Kerry camp -

In the past 10 days or so, the Kedwards campaign has:
  • Accused the Bush administration of planning to reinstitute a military draft.
  • Recycled the "no blood for oil" canard of the looney left.
  • Alleged that the Bush administration is somehow in the pocket of the Saudi royal family.
  • Told voters that, if they elect John Kerry, "people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk, get up out of that wheelchair and walk again."
  • Suggested that President Bush was planning a "January surprise" to privatize Social Security.
  • Advised Democratic campaign workers to launch a "pre-emptive strike" charging voter "intimidation" on election day even if no evidence exists.
  • Warned Florida voters that Republicans are "trying to keep people from voting."
  • Blamed the flu vaccine shortage on President Bush.
  • Twice called attention to the fact that Mary Cheney is a lesbian.
If you didn't know better, you might think they were getting desperate.

Are the Republicans really anywhere near this? The feckless media's being handled day by day, but the Democrat party may require a name change to effect honest recognition of it's character - maybe it's time to rename it The Populist Party.


Blogger timh said...

You can add today's Dem ad of parading 9/11 widows in front of the camera tauting the 911 Commissions "findings". And of course the standard Dem ploy of defecating on church and state seperation clause by political pandering to black churches. Can you see Kerry swinging and swaying to the old spirituals?

6:56 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

I hadn't seen that 9/11 widow ad, Tim - are you sure you've gotten it right? John Edwards assures us that "George Bush is playing on people’s deepest fears. He’s exploiting a national tragedy for personal gain.", and surely you wouldn't suggest that the Breck girl is a hypocrite.

As for Kerry "swinging and swaying" - it already happened.

8:26 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

You, me and Tim see the light, but I'm worried about those millions of Americans who are going to vote with us based on scanty knowledge and these half-truths. I feel like screaming out the window "John Kerry is an idiot and a liar" but I'm afraid they'd take my kids away.

11:06 PM  
Blogger timh said...


The Kerry 911 widdow's ad was previewed yesterday on Fox News. Nothing dramatic, but demonstrates Kerry's going to the bull pen late in the game. By the way, probably depends on whether your in a battle ground state if you get a chance to see the ad.

7:13 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Cable news is about the only place that I see presidential campaign ads - I live in New York state. For D candidates, our electoral votes are a surer thing than cash.

7:50 AM  
Blogger timh said...

Understand about NY. Up here in NH, its different and deceiving. I've written on my site how the perception has been that NH has been and is a Republican state. True, Republicans outnumber Democrat voters, roughly 31% to 26%, but independent voters number around 35% and its the independents that are hurting Bush. These numbers have not changed since 2000. And, to add irony into the equation, Democrat registration has actually decreased. But the independent numbers remain fairly constant.

9:46 AM  

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