Hugh Hewitt's Weekend Symposium question is a good one: "How deep a hole have John Kerry, Mary Beth Cahill and the Edwards dug for themselves? How lasting the damage?
Before I answer this, I have to ask myself a question: how cynical do I feel about my fellow American?
I thought about it for a moment, and answered "pretty dang cynical".
Let's talk about it.
What does it take to be a Kerry supporter in this election?
To buy the Kerry line to the point that you consider him presidential material, you have to simultaneously believe that:
- George W. Bush was responsible for a recession that began well before he was nominated to run for the Presidency
- That tax cuts on "the wealthy" were responsible for the job losses during the recession,
- that "targeted" tax cuts given to score political points rather than foster contribution to the overall economy will be the cure...
- ...for an economy that's growing at a healthy clip
- That Bush "lied" by using a justification for war in Iraq that Bill Clinton and, incidentally, John Kerry and much of the liberal media wholeheartedly endorsed when their party was in power
- that John Kerry, internationalist extraordinaire who publicly called for a "global test" on American self-defense, would act first and foremost in America's best interest
- That "letting inspectors..." who work for an international body that was paid-off and in the tank for Hussein "...do their job" would ever have twigged to any weapons programs that Hussein did have,
- that porous sanctions imposed half-heartedly by paid-off politicians who had a fiscal interest in the sanctions' removal would even remain in force, much less break Hussein's stride
- that a candidate who has spent his entire political career subverting and short-changing our military, either by commission (his "Winter Soldier" testimony, his meetings with the North Vietnamese in Paris) or omission (his impatient frenzy to cash in the "Peace Dividend" by downsizing and down-budgeting the military in the nineties, and his votes under a variety of motivations against a fair chunk of our current military arsenal) will be tough on defense in the middle of a war,
- that a man who believes that terrorism in the eighties and nineties was ever a "nuisance", and that fat 'n happy, ignorant "nuisance"-hood is a desirable state for the nation's foreign policy has the faintest intention to "hunt down and destroy" terrorists
- that a man who has stated he'd respond to "imminent" threats - from an enemy who operates in complete, cloistered secrecy and whose operations are incredibly resistant to intelligence-gathering efforts - is capable of even recognizing the threat we face, much less effectively dealing with it
- That ceding our health care system to government control will, in abeyance of market laws, make health care simultaneously more affordable and yet better (all the while with John Edwards' strings being pulled by the Plaintiff's Bar)
- That decades of voting for abortion, even partial-birth abortion, are consistent with the rigorous Catholic faith of the good altar-boy
Given a population segment that must simultaneously
of those premises (or choke back their horror at them, which may be worse), how big a stretch is it to assume that they'd be equally facile at ignoring the deeply-hypocritical assault on Mary Cheney's privacy and basic human dignity?
To become part of Kerry's base, you must ignore so much reality, suspend so much disbelief, and employ such Kerri-Strug-like logical gymnastics, it beggars the imagination to believe anyone in that base would even bat an eye at their candidate's hypocritical, calculated "faux pas".
Among the swing voter? You must again ask yourself how cynical you feel about your fellow voter.
I live in Saint Paul, heart of liberal darkness, and Twin City of Minneapolis, "Berkeley on the Prairie". I may not be the one to ask.
Posted by Mitch at
October 15, 2004 05:04 PM