September 21, 2004

A STRANGER TO DISCIPLINE:

Message in a Babble (Tom Frank, 09.21.04, New Republic)

One can only pity George W. Bush, who has just one real campaign advisor--one who's known, moreover, for being an evil genius. John Kerry, on the other hand, is blessed with thousands of campaign advisors--few of whom are evil, none of whom are geniuses, and all of whom have something to say every day. At least they've finally agreed that their candidate lacked what The New York Times called a "simple and concise message 'frame' through which to filter all their attacks on Mr. Bush." Or, as a school teacher might call it, a topic sentence. So it will be this: Bush makes "wrong choices," whereas Kerry offers "new direction." Yesterday, after delivering a speech about Iraq to showcase his new commitment to having a point, Kerry headed uptown for a big test of his new, improved candidacy: an appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman." It would not, however, turn out to be a night for concise message frames.

Unlike Jon Stewart, who, during Kerry's visit to "The Daily Show" last August, managed to step on Kerry's blabologues every time they seemed to be snowballing, Letterman let Kerry go--and go.


Try as he might, James Baker couldn't get the Kerry camp to trick him into a fourth debate.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 21, 2004 1:05 PM
Comments

A Kerry advisor told a reporter that they didn't ask for a fourth debate because they thought asking might make them look desperate. Don't worry, though, they'll ask for a fourth debate after the third one.

Posted by: pj at September 21, 2004 2:24 PM

pj:
On the contrary, I think after the first debate Kerry will be looking for some way to avoid the remaining two.

Posted by: jd watson at September 21, 2004 2:31 PM

> Letterman let Kerry go--and go

Another Rove plot.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at September 21, 2004 3:20 PM

jd - Hope springs eternal in a loser's breast. Kerry will believe that Bush's success is due to luck, not superiority.

Posted by: pj at September 21, 2004 5:02 PM

>Kerry, on the other hand, is blessed with
>thousands of campaign advisors--few of whom are
>evil, none of whom are geniuses, and all of
>whom have something to say every day.

"Have you ever attended a meeting of the New York legislature? Everyone talks very loud and very fast and no one ever listens, with the result nothing ever gets done." -- 1776: The Musical

Posted by: Ken at September 21, 2004 7:39 PM
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