Friday, October 22, 2004

Kerry's voodoo politics 

This is simply ludicrous:

"Sen. John Kerry, bracing for a potential fight over election results, will not hesitate to declare victory Nov. 2 and defend it, advisers say. He also will be prepared to name a national security team before knowing whether he's secured the presidency.

"In short, the Democratic presidential candidate has a simple strategy for Nov. 3 and beyond: Do not repeat Al Gore's mistakes.

"The Democratic vice president prematurely conceded the 2000 race to George W. Bush in a telephone call, then had to retract his concession after aides said Florida wasn't lost. He never declared victory, an omission Kerry's advisers - many of whom worked for Gore - now believe created a sense of inevitability in voters' minds about Bush's presidency."
Gore's mistake, of course, was that he did not win the election. It had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that he didn't claim victory and thus created some sense of inevitability in public mind about the Bush presidency. It had everything to do with the fact that the Supreme Court decided recount was in order, and Gore lost that recount. To argue in effect that both the Supreme Court decision and the recount result would have somehow been different if Gore just kept banging his fist on the table insisting that he is the real president is not just dishonest, it's delusional. It's voodoo politics. It shows that the Democrats still live in a universe where the Republicans can't possibly win the elections so they have to steal them, where the only legitimate result of the election is a Democrat victory - because people couldn't possibly have voted for the Republican, could they? - and where the will of the people is not really expressed through the ballot on the day, but reflected in the rage both before and after the poll. In Kerryverse, he who screams the loudest, wins.

This, by the way, is the Kerry plan to fight any close election result:

"Six so-called 'SWAT teams' of lawyers and political operatives will be situated around the country with fueled-up jets awaiting Kerry's orders to speed to a battleground state. The teams have been told to be ready to fly on the evening of the election to begin mounting legal and political fights. Every battleground state will have a SWAT team within an hour of its borders.

"The Kerry campaign has recount office space in every battleground state, with plans so detailed they include the number of staplers and coffee machines needed to mount legal challenges.

" 'Right now, we have 10,000 lawyers out in the battleground states on Election Day, and that number is growing by the day,' said Michael Whouley, a Kerry confidant who is running election operations at the Democratic National Committee.

"While the lawyers litigate, political operatives will try to shape public perception. Their goal would be to persuade voters that Kerry has the best claim to the presidency and that Republicans are trying to steal it."
If only John Kerry had this comprehensive plan to fight the war on terror, I would rest easier at the possibility of his election victory. Instead, one gets the impression that the Dems believe the real war is the one against the Bush presidency, the Republicans are a greater threat to American democracy than al Qaeda, and Osama bin Laden is dangerous to the extent that he might actually get captured just before November 2.

How sad for the party of FDR and JFK.


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