September 09, 2004

Election Woes

Well, the 1972 Election rolls right along. I am going to persist in calling it that as long as we’re so damned focused on Vietnam. Now that the Swift Boat Vets controversy has settled down a little, we get 60 Minutes “expose” on Bush’s National Guard service or lack thereof. Now look… no matter what your views on the election is, whether you think Kerry is a craven appeaser who will turn over the keys to the country to the French the moment he’s elected, or you think Bush is a fascist figurehead using the terrorist threat to drive the country into a corporate oligarchy, one set of facts are indisputable: Kerry went to Vietnam, Bush didn’t. Did Kerry deserve all his medals? Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t. Did Bush go AWOL from the Alabama and/or Texas National Guards? Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t. The problem with all of this sound and fury is that it obscures the basic questions of this election. Call me crazy, but I am more interested in what Kerry would do about Osama Bin Laden than his plans for Ho Chi Mihn. Likewise, how Bush is going to deal with Muqtada Al-Sadr interests me more than what happens to Vo Nguyen Giap. Can we please switch the debate to things that are more important?

Speaking of the debate, it sure seems that the Kerry campaign has decided that the best way to attack the President is over his handling of Iraq. This makes sense, because Kerry has put out such a clear and concise vision on the subject. He’s for it, he’s against it, he’s nuanced… Yeah, this is the best course of action there John. Bill Clinton, the premier political mind of his generation recently advised the Kerry campaign to focus on hitting Bush on the economy and health care, and to minimize the differences on the war on terror.

And John does the opposite.

Posted by Frinklin at September 9, 2004 05:55 PM
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