October 12, 2004


Diverse Tactics on the Stump: As Bush Pumps Up His Base, Kerry Aims for Middle (Dana Milbank, October 12, 2004, Washington Post)

The question is put to Andy Griffin, a supporter of President Bush from Canton, Ohio, after a Bush rally here. On Election Day, will his vote be for Bush or against Democrat John F. Kerry?

"It's 100 percent for Bush," says Griffin, a 22-year-old accountant. "It wouldn't matter who he's running against, unless it was my dad."

A day later and 50 miles to the east, the same question is put to Jack Saling, a Kerry supporter waiting for the Massachusetts senator to arrive in Youngstown for an event. "It's 50-50," says Saling, a veteran and retired trucker. "I've never followed Kerry that much, but we need a change, a serious change."

Those responses, typical of the partisans at Bush and Kerry events across the country, say much about the passions that define the 2004 elections: The Republican faithful love their candidate; the Democratic faithful have less such enthusiasm for Kerry but know he is their vessel for defeating Bush -- about which they are passionate.

The difference explains why crowds at Bush rallies, though similar in size to those at Kerry events, have been more energetic. The reception for Kerry is warm at Democratic events; the reception for Bush at GOP events is akin to that of a rock star.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 12, 2004 9:19 AM

A more accurate headline would be, "Voters like Bush, tolerate Kerry."

Posted by: Timothy at October 12, 2004 10:56 AM

Well, don't Libs consider tolerance to be the greatest virtue?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 12, 2004 12:07 PM

"You don't have to fall in love; you just have to fall in line".

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 12, 2004 12:11 PM

'.. you just have to fall for a line of BS'

Posted by: JonofAtlanta at October 12, 2004 12:47 PM

Kerry voters aren't that enthusiastic about Hanoi John. In Boston and in my Taxachusetts suburban town I've seen a sizeable number of vehicles with the Kerry bumper sticker taped to the inside of the back window. How about that for committed support? Those stickers will be very easy to remove on Nov. 3.

Posted by: Leonidas at October 12, 2004 2:52 PM

Who are Flick and Metzler?

Posted by: ratbert at October 13, 2004 2:38 PM