Saturday, October 02, 2004

Being president is really, really hard

This sounded bad during the debate, but it looks even worse in print:
In Iraq, no doubt about it, it's tough. It's hard work. It's incredibly hard. It's - and it's hard work. I understand how hard it is. I get the casualty reports every day. I see on the TV screens how hard it is. But it's necessary work. We're making progress. It is hard work. You know my hardest, the hardest part of the job is to know that I committed the troops in harm's way and then do the best I can to provide comfort for the loves ones who lost a son or a daughter or husband and wife.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

This is the best the Democrats can do?!?!

"Yes, I would have voted for the authority. I believe it was the right authority for a president to have."

--John Kerry, August 9

"We should not have gone into Iraq knowing today what we know. Knowing there was no imminent threat to America, knowing there were no weapons of mass destruction, knowing there was no connection between 9/11 and Saddam Hussein, I would not have voted to support war."

--John Kerry, September 29

What is WRONG with him? Can't he get it through his thick skull that he is seen as a flip-flopper? And that he should stop contradicting himself?

I imagine Kerry would explain this latest gaffe by saying something to the effect of, "I repeat--I would not have voted to support war. But I would have voted for the authority, because the president needed the authority to put pressure on the UN."

Yes, I understand the logic. And in the Senate, I suppose the argument could be made that that kind of thinking is reasonable. But it's not reasonable on the campaign trail. ESPECIALLY when your opponent has successfully branded you as a flip-flopper.


Tuesday, September 28, 2004

A prediction

I just saw New York Times columnist Paul Krugman speak at the Cambridge Forum, a radio program recorded at a Unitarian Universalist church in Harvard Square in Cambridge (our fair city), MA.

He made a prediction, and I like writing predictions down so that they can be revisited. He predicts that if Bush wins, a week after the election--in an effort to finally squash the insurgency--the fighting will reach a whole new level of intensity. It will fail miserably, Krugman says.