I’ve posted a not-so-short set of instructions for Cheney to follow tomorrow night over at you all know where. I know this may or not be great guest blogging ettiquette (bait and switch linking?), but I don’t have any way of monitoring traffic here, and I get such a cheap thrill seeing traffic counts (“they like me, they really like me”), so I hope you all don’t mind too much.
And with that, I’m off to watch the rest of the game.
First of all, I’m not giving up trying to do whatever I can do to see Bush pull it off – I just don’t think he’s going to. I will hope – the same way I hope the Cubs will nail down the wild-card slot this year. Oops, my bad. I will vote, I will send (more) money, I will do what (little) I can.
And, to prove it, I just participated in a 10 minute telephone survey of my voting intentions. Even with a WSJ to read and dinner to eat, I took the call in order to get one more Bush vote into the survey tally.
But the one who really counts is Bush himself, perhaps with some help from Cheney tomorrow night. They are the ones to close the sale.
Bush let us down. Who’s “us?” The people who are not traditional Republicans but who agree with him on foreign policy and back him on Iraq and the War on Islamism.
We crossed party lines to support Saddam’s overthrow and the quest for freedom in Iraq. We voted against Dubya in 2000 and still have serious problems with much of the GOP’s domestic social agenda. We might favor letting gay folks get married or legalizing pot, and differ with Bush on that, but like him we recognize a vicious and hate-filled enemy and we will close ranks to fight it. And we see America’s military might as a force that can be a positive good in the world, chasing fascist tyrants from their thrones.
We’re half Zell Miller and half Wendell Wilkie. You don’t have to be a Bible-thumping Creationist to see and comprehend the notion of “evil.”
If all that is so clear to us, and to George W. Bush, why didn’t he articulate it against Kerry in Thursday’s debate?
As I posted below, I believe the single biggest reason Bush will end up losing this election will have been his failure to effectively fight back against the Democrats. They can pretty much say anything about him, Cheney and his administration and there’s next to nothing in the way of rebuttal and countercharge coming from Bush. It’s almost as if he believes the voters are too smart to believe what Kerry and the rest of the kool-aid drinkers are saying about him.
Michelle Malkin offers up a much better defense of Bush’s reactions to Kerry during the debate than I could come up with. Plus, she has better links.
Of course, none of this will matter as the media has their story line all set. But I thought you all might like to read it anyway…