Originally Posted by RaiderH8r
Oh the humanity!! Still doesn't change the fact that with 49 days to go Mr. Heinz-Kerry still has no discernable agenda or policy that is widely known to the American public. All they know is that he likes to bash bush. Hell, under that criteria I should be president...I've bashed a bush or two myself
And therein lies the beauty of the RNC's MO. At this point, with a seemingly comfortable lead in the polls, it's unnecessary to confront criticism. You just mock it.
For months, Kerry was lampooned by pundits and late-night comics for his deathly dull speeches about health-care reform and the economy. He ignored the blistering criticism -- some of it fair, much of it underserved (the supposed $87 billion "flip-flop" being a prime example of the latter) -- and tried to stay on his policy message.
Finally, after the swift-boat smear and the Republican convention skewering, Kerry came out swinging. He now spends about seven minutes of his 30-minute stump speech fighting back. Of course, the media ignores the other 23 minutes, and the likes of Hannity, O'Reilly and Mort Kondracke sit there in the Fair and Balanced Network's studio shaking their heads at this "desperate" candidate who "refuses to talk about the issues, and just slams President Bush." And viewers sit there and believe it.
Kerry is far from the perfect candidate. But the Dems' bigger problem is that the Republicans are much better at playing dirty.