July 21, 2004


John Kerry loses support whenever voters are exposed to that colossal Edvard Munch head of his. As Mark Steyn wrote last month:

[Kerry]'s such a terrible candidate people like him more the less they see of him. He took a week off as a mark of respect for the late President Reagan and his numbers inched up. If he had taken another week off as a mark of respect for the late Ray Charles, he could have opened up a clear lead. If he took the summer off as a mark of respect for the late Sir Peter Ustinov and the late Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, he would be heading for a landslide.

So what is the Bush campaign doing about it?

President Bush has ceded the national media spotlight to Sen. John Kerry for the rest of the month, resigning himself to nonstop press coverage of the political opposition that will climax in next week's Democratic National Convention.

"It's kind of their month," Bush campaign spokesman Nicolle Devenish said of the Democrats. "They are going to, for most of the month, dominate the news ... "

Evil. Pure evil.

Posted by Tim Blair at July 21, 2004 02:17 AM

Bush's team is terrible with communications. They have been poor throughout the WOT. I'm rather surprised the Bush people allow their opponents to go unchallenged as much as they do.

Posted by: Chris Josephson at July 21, 2004 at 04:40 AM

You know what group will vote 100% for Kerry? Cartoonists. They must be bored as hell drawing squint-eyes and monkey-ears. And for the less-talented, Kerry's a double-godsend because he comes pre-caricatured. It's like paint-by-numbers.

Posted by: Dave S. at July 21, 2004 at 04:42 AM

Chris: read Tim's post again.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at July 21, 2004 at 05:00 AM

And the amazing thing is that the Dems and even many Repubs don't seem to get what's happening until it's too late (too late for the Dems anyways)

It's like some sort of pavlovian response (the Dems are so convinced that Bush is STUPID, that they can't see reality for anything else) where Bush hands them a nice, thick, 3 foot piece of rope with knot instructions. The Dems take the rope with glee; follow the knot instructions; place rope around neck and climb up on chair...wow what a view! Then, that 'ol tricky Bush goes and kicks the chair right out from under them. Dohhhh!!!

That Bush is soooooo STUPID.

Posted by: phil gilbert at July 21, 2004 at 09:10 AM

Dave: Like hell we will.

Oh, who am I kidding? Most cartoonists don't know their ass from a spider hole.

Posted by: Sortelli at July 21, 2004 at 09:36 AM

I keep getting this picture in my mind of George Bush as a matador, ccleverly swinging his cape over the hopeless bull that is John Kerry and the Democrats.

The Republican tactics have been very clever. Let the aresholes in the media go on and on about Kerry, and bore the voters to death. It's the same here in Oz. The Fairfax papers and the ABC puff up Latham and the ALP as much as possible, whilst failing to notice that the real elite and the great swathes of middle Australia think that both organisations are useless resevoirs of the sad little anorak lefties who couldn't get anyone to go out with them in high school.

Posted by: Toryhere at July 21, 2004 at 12:22 PM

I heard that Kerry was on vacation again. Is that normal for a Presidential candidate at this point? It's almost as if he knew Bush would get out of his way, so he had to go underground to avoid cutting his own throat. Or maybe the more apt metaphor would be "to avoid hanging himself with Sandy Berger's belt."

Posted by: Dave Himrich at July 21, 2004 at 03:11 PM

I heard that Kerry was on vacation again. Is that normal for a Presidential candidate at this point?

Who knows. When Bush goes on holiday, its important enough for Michael Moore to devote umpteen minutes of it in his crockumentary.

Posted by: Quentin George at July 21, 2004 at 10:08 PM