Thursday, September 02, 2004

Today's Times

A couple of things struck me in today's New York Times.

On the front page, they have a diagram of the number of times certain words or names have been spoken during the first three days of each convention.


D: 30
R: 38


D: 127
R: 28


D: 19


R: 86

Secondly, I read today's Maureen Dowd editorial and the honeymoon may be over. She takes Cheney and the Republicans to task as always, there's no doubt about that, but she also accuses John Kerry of making "the mistake of responding in Bush black-and-white, calling the war on terror winnable" when he responded to Bush's claim the other day that it's not. What the hell is he supposed to do? You're right, George? You're absolutely right, it's a good thing you are now a man of nuance and complexity like me and can admit that this war on terror is unwinnable? Being that guy has not worked well for Kerry. Bush black-and-white is a tool he needs to use more often I'm afraid. Maureen is just so in love with her own repeated idea that the war on terror is a misnomer because you can't wage a war on a concept, which is what terror is.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, you CAN'T win a war on terror, can you? I think this is one of the only credible things Bush has ever said--so of course he recanted it. Look at the Palestinian-Israel situation, noone is winning that. I agree it was a mistake for Kerry to make claims that it is possible. I understand politically why he did it, but it can only come back to haunt him in the end. I was disappointed in him for making that statement. SB

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