From Jim Gilliam's blog archives
Could we make it any easier for Bush?
February 6, 2004 8:53 AM
You thought McGovern was bad? Try Dukakis:
Republicans and their allies have begun laying the groundwork for a familiar line of attack against Senator John Kerry: that he is "out of sync" with most voters, "culturally out of step with the rest of America," a man who votes with "the extreme elements of his party," as Ed Gillespie, the Republican chairman, has put it in recent days.
In short, that he is a Massachusetts liberal. It is a charge that ultimately proved devastating to Michael S. Dukakis, the Democrats' presidential nominee in 1988, who ended the campaign battered by the Republicans as "a card-carrying member of the A.C.L.U.," a product of the "Harvard boutique" who coddled criminals and was too much of a legalistic liberal to require school children to say the pledge of allegiance. [...]
This year, the state's liberal image is being highlighted anew by its role in the growing debate over gay marriage.
Billmon says what is just too painful
to think about right now:
As much as I hate to admit it, I cringed when I read that. I felt the same sinking sensation in the pit of my stomach that Charlie Brown must feel when he realizes that, yes, Lucy is going to pull the football away again, and, yes, he is going to spin around in the air and land on his head -- again. [...]
But Christ on his cross why did the ruling have to come down now? I can practically see Karl Rove and his minions dancing a conga line in the White House mess after hearing the news, while the Devil and the spirit of Lee Atwater exchange high fives in the RNC's basement annex.
Who needs Willie Horton when you're soon going to have hours of digital footage of gay Bostonians kissing passionately at the altar? How many different ways can their ecstatic faces be morphed into those of John Kerry and his running mate?
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
UPDATE 1:23 PM: And to add insult to injury -- the Democratic convention is in Boston.
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Read the 4 comments.
As I said earlier in reguards to Dean, the democrat primaries have not been to rough on anybody, the heavy punches start with the one on one national election. Kerry is going to find running as a Massachusetts liberal Yankee in the Old South or Midwest is going to be one rough row to hoe, even leftist California isn't the push over it was in 2000.
If Kerry has half a brain he'll get off the "I'm a Vietnam Veteran" slogan he's been singing lately before some very unsavory actions he has taken becomes front page fodder - say about a month before the election. A few lines like:
In the Senate debate itself, Kerry, launched a highly publicized diversionary investigation of the POW/MIA families and activists, who were demanding an honest accounting. Kerry labeled them "professional malcontents, conspiracy mongers, con artists, and dime-store Rambos" who were only involved in the POW/MIA issue for money.
One thing that pisses off veterans more then Jane Fonda is the minimalism of those who where left behind. Kerry has to many of these skeletons written in the congessional record to dodge them all.
Fri Feb 6 2004 11:34 AM
First off, you used the wrong "to" (should be too, not two or to, this hurts your credibility)in 'has to many of these skeletons . . .'
I am a veteran, I gave five years of my life for my country--I love it. I detested the Vietnam war just as much as I do the current Iraq operation. The brave ones were the Fondas and those who went to Canada. The dumb ones gave years of their lives or their lives period.
Why don't you volunteer for the Army and to go to Iraq. You must be safe or you wouldn't have this attitude. Or did you get in the Guard or Reserves to be safe. A lot got called this time, suprise, suprise.
Go Kerry. I'm from Texas and a Republican. My vote for Kerry won't count, Bush has our state around his industry given dollar bills.
Wed Mar 3 2004 6:51 PM
HELLO OUT THERE,MY QUESTINN IS. WHY DID THE
PRESDENT DIP INTO SOCIAL SECURITY AND GIVE IT TO
WELFARE,MY HUSBAND PASSED AWAY,I HAD TO SELL OUR
BUSNESS,TO PAY TAXE THE 4 YEAR TAXES HE OWED.SOLD
MY HOME BECAUSE I COULDN'T PAY THE PROPERTY TAX,
INSURANCES.SO I ENDED UP LIVING IN A MOBIL HOME.
AND EVEN NOW,I CANT AFFORD THE TAXES AND INSURANCE.HOW CAN 600.00 A MONTH PAY FOR TAXES,
INSURANCES,OIL,GAS,ELECT,PHONE,THE 13.00 A MONTH.
TO THE STATE.WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE,I WONT EVEN
BEABLE TO KEEP MY MOBIL HOME.WHAT DO I DO?
Sun Mar 14 2004 7:53 AM
I just wanted to say that I didn't understand what you had written. All I know is that instead of "anybody but Bush" I'm "anybody but Kerry." My reasons are this, he's for affirmitive action... but then again he's against it. He's against the war in Iraq.... but, and I quote, if he "Had been in office the war would be over by now." Do I want a president who can't make up his mind. What will happen when the U.S. needs someone who knows his own mind and not someone who can't figure out whether he wants the black tie or the white?
Tue Nov 2 2004 10:10 AM