Is This The Best They Can Do?
The Bu$h-Cheney campaign must be running out of ammo if the best they can do is slap John F. Kerry for windsurfing in a political ad intended to illustrate alleged policy flip-flops. I guess when one compares windsurfing to, oh, say brush cutting or using a chainsaw to cut twigs, then it wouldn't seem nearly as manly. Windsurfing doesn't destroy anything, after all.
The sad part of this all is: too many American voters still fall for this crap. It makes on wonder how come this works, and luckily E. J. Dionne has some thoughts on the topic.
There is one good thing about President Bush's new advertisement showing John Kerry windsurfing: Kerry does enjoy windsurfing. That alone puts the ad on a higher plane of truthfulness than many of the statements the president regularly makes on the campaign trail. A press corps that relentlessly nitpicked Al Gore in 2000 in search of "little lies" and exaggerations has given Bush wide latitude to make things up.
A very intelligent political reporter I know said the other night that Republicans simply run better campaigns than Democrats. If I were given a free pass to stretch the truth to the breaking point, I could run a pretty good campaign, too.
Ah, E. J., if only there were more like you out there!