Wednesday, February 25, 2004

So why won't the SCLM give Kerry the same pass they give Bush? 

Nice column by EJ Dionne:

When I was young and irresponsible, I was young and irresponsible."

That was George W. Bush's brilliant dodge throughout the 2000 campaign whenever questions came up as to how he behaved during his twenties and early thirties.

Which makes you ask: If Kerry's twenties and early thirties are destined to be an issue in this campaign, is it fair for the media to give the same years in Bush's life a pass just because he's the incumbent? To paraphrase John Edwards, will we have two standards, one for a Democratic challenger and one for a Republican president?

Gee, I don't know! And wait for the shitstorm, while Bush does his "likeable" schtick:

The template is what Bush's campaign did to Sen. John McCain, another Vietnam hero, in South Carolina during the 2000 Republican primaries.

If the past is any guide, it's better to force Bush to take responsibility for his whole campaign, overt and not-so-overt, than to let him float above it all while his surrogates slash and burn. Just ask John McCain.

Of course, we all know Bush turns vicious when cornered. Now that he's started playing vicious with the anti-marriage for gay people amendment, we know we've got him cornered. It's early for that, so let's keep up the good work!

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