September 19, 2004

September 19: Today's Reason Not to Elect George W. Bush

Today's shrill critic of George W. Bush is William Jefferson Clinton:

The Talent Show: The More Things Change...: "On Homeland Security, Democrats tried to double the number of containers at ports and airports checked for Weapons of Mass Destruction. The one billion dollar cost would have been paid for by reducing the tax cut of 200,000 millionaires by five thousand dollars each. Almost all 200,000 of us would have been glad to pay 5,000 dollars to make the nearly 300 million Americans safer—but the measure failed because the White House and the Republican leadership in the House decided my tax cut was more important- If you agree with that choice, re-elect them. If not, give John Kerry and John Edwards a chance."

- Bill Clinton, July 26, 2004

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Posted by DeLong at September 19, 2004 12:14 PM | TrackBack
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"Today's shrill critic of George W. Bush is William Jefferson Clinton..."

Well, *that's* a surprise! Is a DNC press release coming next? ;-)

BTW, has it yet occurred to anyone among the Democrats that it might help their guy stop sliding in the polls if somebody could come up with a list of reasons to actually vote *for* him, instead of vote against somebody else?

As W. J. Clinton's own guy Dick Morris just wrote ....

"Kerry's basic problem is that he has no overview of how he's going to win. His consultants and staff confuse a pile of ammunition with a strategy. Their basic idea is to hit Bush with everything and anything they can find.

"But throwing negatives at a sitting president is like punching a pillow. It feels good and keeps the base happy but it doesn't help to win the election...

"With their eye on the cheering section, not on the playing field, Kerry's people are throwing negatives because they *enjoy* it ... But it accomplishes no political purpose and doesn't close the gap in the polls. For *that*, you need a strategy."

http://www.nypost.com/seven/09172004/postopinion/opedcolumnists/28733.htm

Yeah ... so while you're all having *fun* telling each other stories about how those CBS memos might still be real, and are true anyhow even if they are false, and all kinds of other bad things about Dubya, in the end you're left muttering "we need a better press corps" because the one we have can't decide whether Kerry's blown his lead to fall behind by 15 points or only 4.

Now, Kerry's people clearly haven't been able to come up with any kind of "Today's Reason to Vote *For* Kerry" feature, so maybe we can make this a task for the left side of the blogosphere? If a daily reason is too challenging, then maybe a weekly?

C'mon, the blogosphere loves a challenge! And there aren't that many weeks left.

Posted by: Jim Glass at September 19, 2004 01:34 PM

Hey Jim:

Why don't you tell us why George the Younger should be re-elected. After all, an incumbency election is always a referendum on the candidate.

Please try to do so without Fox talking points.

Posted by: oneangryslav at September 19, 2004 01:56 PM

Obviously, whoever this William Jefferson Clinton is, he doesn't understand the kind of hard decisions that the President of the United States has to make, and unless he thinks he can do a better job than Dear Leader, he'd be well advised to take his amateur opinions and shove it!

:-p

Posted by: Jim D at September 19, 2004 03:44 PM

Jim Glass: "Now, Kerry's people clearly haven't been able to come up with any kind of "Today's Reason to Vote *For* Kerry" feature, so maybe we can make this a task for the left side of the blogosphere?"

Jim, apparently you failed to notice Brad's post on health care reform and the gist of this post on homeland security.

Posted by: Dubblblind at September 19, 2004 06:44 PM

One would assume that if there is another attack on Bush's watch, Democrats will be pointing this out stenuously. Bush is quite vulnerable if there is another attack.

Posted by: Bob H at September 20, 2004 07:31 AM