Friday, October 15, 2004

Double Agents

If any swing voters are inclined to factor into their decision the type of people supporting the various candidates, these amusing endorsements from novelists will surely not help John Kerry, as his supporters come across as a group of buffoons, paranoids, and pedantic ex-patriots. The handful of Bush supporters, like Orson Scott Card, Roger L. Simon, Robert Ferrigno, and Thomas Mallon (okay, that's the entire list of Bush supporters) are thoughtful, reasonable, decent, and, especially in the case of Ferrigno, amusing:

Mark me on the Bush side of the ledger, a lonely side for this survey, I'm certain. Most novelists live in their imagination, which is a fine place to be until the bad guys come knock knock knocking. I don't agree with Bush on shoveling free meds to granny and grandpa, or his antipathy to fuel conservation along with opening up the arctic reserve, but this is small stuff. I'll be voting for Bush because his approach to stopping the people who want to kill my children is the right one, i.e., kill them first. Kerry will dance the Albright two-step with Kim Jong-il, consult with Sandy Berger's socks, and kowtow to the U.N. apparatchiks who have done such a fine job of protecting the Cambodians, Rwandans, and the Sudanese. No thanks. No contest.

More like it

I always thought the conspiracy theory that the Bush administration was waiting to launch offensives on holdout towns like Falluja until after the election made no sense. Why would it be politically preferable for Bush (and the military) to be completely on the defensive in Iraq, losing a few men every day or so without being able to point to any progress? If I were making such decisions based on domestic politics I'd launch major offensives right up through election day. Even if they're militarily risky and may involve more short-term casualties, Americans are more than willing to support a president who seems to be fighting a war rather than policing someone else's country.
Looks like I was right.

People are smarter - and better - than John Kerry thinks

I think people are missing one major aspect of why people are offended by John Kerry's gratuitous invocation of Mary Cheney's sex life. Everyone, even those who, like Andrew Sullivan, don't think there's anything wrong with what Kerry said, realize it was done in order to make Bush's homophobic supporters uncomfortable.
I think the CW on why it's backfired -- because people object to a politician dragging a candidate's family's private life into the debate (summarized and expressed well by Hugh Hewitt here) -- is partly true. But I think this overlooks the fact that a lot of people are also insulted that John Kerry thinks we're a bunch of bigots. They saw through Kerry's statement and recognized that he thought they would turn away from Bush and Cheney because the Cheneys have a gay in their family. I think the marriage amendment is silly, but I know a lot of people who strongly support it. None of them would turn away from a friend because the friend had a gay daughter. They're insulted that John Kerry thinks they would.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Sad that Superman has died.
I can't help myself but consider the political consequences; no doubt it will keep stem cell research in the fore, at least for a few days, and make Kerry's position more sympathetic.
And I really wish I could help myself from speculating whether Kerry knew when he dropped his name in the debate Friday that his friend Chris was unlikely to make it through election day.