« One America | Main | Unredefeated »

11/03/2004

Steve Maloney on Kerry's looking-glass campaign

Kerry_rally

Here for your edification is a capsule of the lead story in today's New York Times:

New Voters Give Kerry a Surge; Bush Keeps Bulk of '00 Support By R. W. APPLE Jr. and JANET ELDER For the second time in four years, the American people showed themselves deeply split about who should lead their country …

George W. Bush wins by a popular vote margin of 4 million—almost Rooseveltian in scope—and that is what the "newspaper of record" presents. At the end of a thoroughly disgraceful campaign conducted by John F. Kerry, the detachment from reality continues.

As you may know, incredibly flawed—almost comical—exit polls played a role last night. Those polls showed President Bush losing the election, as well as the states of Virginia and North Carolina, both of which he carried in landslide proporitions.

The same exit polls showed the President losing Pennsylvania by 58 to 42. They showed him losing every demographic in the Commonwealth: men and women, Catholics and Zoroasterians, urbanites and suburbanites.

All total fantasy.

On CBS, while Dan Rather wasn't blathering away, Pat Roberts presented night-long discussions of the phoney exit polls, helping us understand why Bush lost Florida and Ohio. One almost expected Alice to burst through the looking glass. But Pat Roberts soldiered on.

In the early morning hours, Mary Beth Cahill, Kerry's campaign manager—a role something like that of captain of the Titanic—issued a cryptic statement about "counting votes." That did not appear to be the campaign's strong suit.

Shortly thereafter, the long-missing John Edwards ("a man who should campaign in short pants") appeared. He was near tears, his perpetual glibness arrested. He appeared to be on the verge of hyperventilation. He pumped his arms up twice, elicting applause and cheers from an adoring—but somewhat mystified—crowd at the "victory celebration."

John Kerry, meanwhile, was closeted with his personal wise man, Senator Edward M. Kennedy. (You remember "Teddy." He's the one who delivered a tear-stained speech about courage—shortly after he left a young woman to drown at Chappaquidick.)

The Democrats' mighty Achilles continued to sulk in his tent as his crowd of supporters in Copley Square drifted off into the night.

If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes, I'd have condemned it as an improbable fiction.

President Bush is a man of graciousness and compassion, unlike most of his critics. He well understands that he owes his friends and supporters enormous consideration for victory of historic proportions.

What he owes the others, frankly, is his enduring contempt. The campaign of vilification, hatred, and misinformation waged against him should not go unpunished.

Posted by Rodger on November 3, 2004 at 09:08 AM | Permalink

Comments

"President Bush is a man of graciousness and compassion, unlike most of his critics. He well understands that he owes his friends and supporters enormous consideration for victory of historic proportions.

What he owes the others, frankly, is his enduring contempt. The campaign of vilification, hatred, and misinformation waged against him should not go unpunished."

Spoken like a true republican and fascist. It is not enough to win, but you must destroy your opponent with personal attacks, innuendo, lies, manipulation, and then--in victory--threaten those who disagreed with you politically with punishment for their views.

Heil, you pig.

FROM THE BLOGDESK: Thank you, Mr. Kakoczky, for your insightful comments. We can see you're having a bad day; it's certainly more than understandable given your candidate's performance on Tuesday. (I understand, though, that he did surprisingly well in the exit polling.) I don't believe Dr. Maloney was directing his comments at those who disagreed with President Bush so much as at those who indulged in the very sorts of behavior you condemn—namely, "personal attacks, innuendo, lies and manipulation." There was enough of this sort of activity at CBS alone to fill volumes. And, by the way, might we remind you it wasn't anyone in the Bush campaign who attacked a certain broadcast chain with lawsuits and threats of "they better hope we don't get elected"—this for the crime of proposing to air the views of certain Vietnam-era P.O.W.s who testified (with ample corroboration) that some of Mr. Kerry's antiwar activities had been used by the genocidal North Vietnamese regime as a tool for torture and intimidation.

Give Michael Moore our regards next time you see him. We hope you're both feeling better soon.

Posted by: Albert C. Kakoczky | Nov 4, 2004 8:50:54 AM

"What he owes the others, frankly, is his enduring contempt. The campaign of vilification, hatred, and misinformation waged against him should not go unpunished."

I agree with you completely. I´m in law school and it seems the more schooling one attends, the greater the vitriol directed at the Right. It´s just a more emphatic version of, ¨"I can´t believe you don´t see how evil Bush is."

The dems are fighting for their soul and don´t even know it - that´s why they´re losing.

Posted by: Peter | Nov 4, 2004 11:04:07 AM

The comments to this entry are closed.