August 30, 2004

THE POST SIDES WITH THE REACTIONARIES:

The Republican Convention (Washington Post, August 30, 2004)

In looking back to four years ago, we are struck by the ways in which the Bush presidency has been different from the way it was originally sold to the country. Mr. Bush promoted himself to voters in the 2000 campaign as a bipartisan uniter, not a divider, but in office he has too often embraced a my-way-or-the-highway style of governing that has served to polarize voters.

Didn't the Democrats give away the game on this one in Ron Brownstein's piece?:
Even some Democrats agree that in the 2000 campaign's final stages, Bush scored points against Gore by hammering at that same argument, declaring, "He trusts the government, I trust the people."

Democrats acknowledge that the themes of choice, ownership and individual control that Bush is expected to stress could have long-term appeal in a society where more Americans own homes and businesses and participate in the stock market. But Democrats also believe the president will have difficulty selling his agenda when so many Americans are feeling insecure about their jobs, the costs of healthcare and the security of their pensions following drops in stock prices and corporate scandals.

"There may be a moment for [Bush's] argument, but not after three years of decline," said Democratic strategist Stanley B. Greenberg, Gore's pollster in 2000.


If they agree that the Third Way is the way to go but have worked to stop it then who is being divisive?

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 30, 2004 5:20 PM
Comments

I'm continually amazed at the pieces that whine that the platform that Bush ran on isn't how he governed.

It's as though Sept. 11 never happened.

Posted by: jsmith at August 30, 2004 11:20 PM
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