April 27, 2004

ISN'T ANDY CARD THE REAL ISSUE?:

Democrats to Target Cheney: Attacks on Vice President Aimed at Eroding Confidence in Bush (Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei, April 26, 2004, Washington Post)

Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) and the Democratic Party will open a week-long assault on Vice President Cheney today in hopes that tarring him as promoting secrecy and controversial policies will erode confidence in President Bush.

Cheney is less popular than Bush in polls, and Democratic strategists said they need to further inhibit the vice president's effectiveness as Bush's attack messenger.


Here's the mark of an undisciplined campaign--just because you're in the midst of picking your own doesn't mean that anyone cares about the vice-presidential running mate. All it does is deflect you from your main purpose.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 27, 2004 8:03 AM
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They are insane. Nobody cares about the VP except his Mom & Dad. Well, okay, also his wife and dog.

Out in the real-world (read: voter land), in the election the primary role of the VP is to have a name that sounds good on the right-hand side of the slash--Clinton/Gore, Bush/Cheney, Reagan/Bush, Carter/... uhhh, dang if I can remember who was Carter's VP.

Posted by: fred at April 27, 2004 1:29 PM

Bush could run with Charlie McCarthy and still beat Kerry, I suspect.

Posted by: Jeff Brokaw at April 27, 2004 6:01 PM

Mondale?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at April 28, 2004 12:16 AM

I guess Charlie McCarthy would work - after all, Edgar Bergen was a Republican.

McCarthy'd less wooden than Kerry ... and I think less of a dummy.

Posted by: John Barrett Jr. at April 28, 2004 12:32 AM
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