Tuesday, September 21, 2004It's Quiet... A Little Too Quiet...
Has anyone else noted how oddly calm things have been election-wise lately? Oh, there's the occasional bubble rising to the surface, but given the churning vortex that must lie below -- this is, after all, one of the most contentious and important elections in living memory -- the stillness is eerie.
It's not that I'm looking forward to the conflict; I'm frankly sick to death of the whole election, and really just want it to be over so we can get on with things, whatever those things turn out to be. But judging from the lack of activity, you'd never think the actual election itself was only six weeks away.
What I hope happens is that Kerry finally pulls it out and aims a mighty double-barrelled cannon of truth right at Bush's soft underbelly; judging from his speech yesterday I think he's got it in him. I saw him on CNN earlier, and I'm really digging the "Bush needs to face reality" riff; I think that not only is it a powerful statement politically, but also irrefutably true.
This election should be so easy to win... Bush has nothing to run on. The war's a disaster, the economy is struggling to keep its head above water, and for all his "stay the course" and "tough on terror" blah-blah-blah, the obvious, glaring holes in Bush's approach to terrorism are easily detected by anyone with any degree of intellectual honesty and capacity for critical thought. Right now, while the water is relatively calm, is the perfect time for we on the left (and our respected allies on the sane right) to start kicking and splashing for everything we're worth. |