If this isn't a certified "AAaaaaargh!!!" moment, I don't know what is. Glenn caught quite the corn-laden log
from Kerry in the midst of an article.
The article excerpt:
On domestic issues, Kerry gave a "rock hard" pledge not to raise middle-class taxes if he becomes president, though he said a national emergency or war could change that.
Reminded that the country is at war already, Kerry said, "We're going to reduce the burden in this war, and if we do what we need to do for our economy, we're going to grow the tax base of our country."
And here's the pitch...
"Reminded that the country is at war already"? I wish the Democrats had nominated a guy who didn't need to be reminded.
*thwack*...it's outta there, folks.
If this is any indication of what to expect, it's looking like we're in for somethin' downright nasty no matter what. I can't be the only one scratching my head as to just how someone that would unleash such a brick is running for the WhiteHouse -- were the Dems asleep? Stinking drunk?
Geez, enough of this comes out between now and election day an' we might end up looking at a Bush landslide. It's almost like John Kerry woke up one morning and said to himself "hmm, I think I'll scare the living crap out of people entertaining thoughts of a return to divided government by suggesting I'd get them killed".
My initial view of the presidential election -- that I'd go for a protest vote, while hoping for Bush's defeat -- has been founded on a firm belief of mine that other than the gridlock effect that a Dem president facing a newly-angered GOP congress would have in slowing down our national decline, whoever took office would be a wash domestically. Foreign policy wise, I've felt that the current global terrorism concern would register as a universal "no duh", where regardless of the occasional rhetorical bone thrown to some loon on the fringes What Needs To Be Done generally would come to pass. So in the end, we'd be no worse off at the least, w/ the potential for improvement because we'd have an opposition party again.
That sound you hear is the above formulation beginning to crack.
I'm not saying I've changed my mind. That depends on what else comes out in the next few months. What I am
saying is that I have this nagging feeling in the back of my mind that maybe, just maybe
, we might have someone naive/crazy enough to blow it on defense sufficient to sweep to the side the homefront issues that made tossing Dubya worth even remotely batting an eye at for a libertarian when really no one fulfills our views. Much as I'd love to be able to pull the lever for someone campaigning to put the Nanny-State out of its misery AND respond to jihadist nutjobs w/ all the boom they deserve, sadly, I don't see that on the ballot...