Jill Lawrence in USA Today: Character Issue Puts Democrats on the Defensive. “Imagine the Democratic presidential candidate and his allies assailing the character of the Republican nominee in ads and speeches every day for eight months. having trouble? That’s because Democrats generally don’t have the stomach or the discipline to do it. Often they don’t even effectively fight back when under attack themselves.” (Choking) It’s parallel universe time. It’s the Twilight Zone. What in the world is CBS firing four people for today? They don’t have the stomach or the guts to attack a sitting president and his character? What is the accusation of being AWOL from the National Guard? What are attacks on Bush about if not his character with all this talk about giving up American lives for oil in Iraq for Halliburton and Dick Cheney? What is Fahrenheit 9/11 if not an all-out, full-fledged assault on George Bush’s character? What in the world was eight years of the attempt by the Democrats to destroy Ronald Reagan. When they said Reagan created homelessness and he didn’t care about the homeless, and he went out in the park at night and stole their cans of pork and beans and went back to the White House and opened them and ate ’em and rubbed his stomach with glee as the homeless were eating
They don’t think they attack on character. They don’t think they attack. Not only they don’t do it, they don’t know how! They’ve got to go get lessons on how to do it. They’ve got to go to this professor out of Berkeley named Lakoff, rhymes with (pause) and get him to tell them how to use words effective because they’re not communicating their message and now they’ve got to get somebody to tell them how to attack on character. “Some analysts wonder how a party and its top strategerist can be caught off guard by a recurring tactic. Darrell West, a political scientist at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, said, ‘It is stunning the extent to which Democrats keep repeating their errors over time.’ Bill McInturff, Republican pollster and stratege[rist], says, ‘Democrats don’t attack much on trust issues because they’re addicted to running it is conservative wacko campaign as in, ‘My opponent is an extreme conservative wacko who’s got dangerous ideas.’ I never worry about whether Democrats are tough enough.'” If… (sigh) What… Is it not an attack on character to say somebody is an extreme conservative wacko with dangerous ideas? The next segment of this story begins this way:
“What are Democrats missing? Well, for a start, some academic analysts and party figures say Democrats underestimate the weight voters give character when choosing a presidential candidate. A central tenet of political science is that the vote for president is highly personal, often based on instinct and intuition, rather than policy,” and that’s
Why do they hate George W. Bush?
Then Gonzales leaves, here come these three eggheads, and Arlen Specter says, “All right, look. I want to bring up a delicate subject. I want to bring up the subject of the ticking bomb.” He may as well have said, “On September 10th, 2001, if we had captured Mohamed Atta, would you have favored torture to get his plans for the next day?” and these guys wouldn’t answer the question. Because in the real world when the questions get hard, the academics don’t want to play ball. They don’t show up. They live in their ivory towers and they live in the world of an intellectual feast. They sit around and talk about things in an academic way but they never get down to the card cold realities of things — and that’s who the Democrats are talking to. The most recent one here, “Joanne Ciulla, leadership professor at the University of Richmond in Virginia…” Did you ever take a course in leadership, Mr. Snerdley? You did. There was a course in leadership? You know, my contention: If leadership has to be taught, you don’t have it. If somebody has to teach you leadership you’re not a leader. Leadership, you either have it or you don’t. I mean, that’s why there are born leaders. There aren’t very many of them. Can’t teach people to be leaders, most people are followers.
That’s why I’m here and you’re out there listening, folks. Ahem. I’m just kidding. No, seriously. This woman, this leadership professor, University of Richmond, says, “Republicans are criticized for being publicly self-righteous,” but she says, “Democrats are inwardly self-righteous because they believe they’re on the side of the downtrodden so they don’t have to defend themselves.” That’s what they believe. That’s not what she said. She says, “They believe since they’re on the side of the downtrodden…” You know what she’s saying?
Washington Post, Dan Balz: Democrats United in Plans to Block Top Bush Initiatives. “As President Bush prepares for his second term Democrats in Washington,” who in our previous story didn’t know how to go on the attack on character and other issues, “say they are organizing for a year of confrontation and resistance, saying they are determined to block Bush’s major initiatives and thereby deny him the mandate he has claimed for his reelection victory last November.” So the Democrats are plotting their insurgency here, folks. We’ve got a Democrat insurgency that’s being plotted even as we speak on Capitol Hill. “The Democrats’ mood and posture represents a contrast to that of four years ago after Bush’s disputed victory…”
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