September 28, 2004


Anti-Bush Voters Seek Reasons to Back Kerry (Vanessa Williams, September 28, 2004, Washington Post)

Denise Mulle said she started out the election season more anti-Bush than pro-Kerry. But she read newspapers and Kerry campaign literature that helped her understand the Democratic presidential nominee's positions on the issues.

"It's not good enough to say that Bush is so horrible that I'd vote for Bozo before I'd vote for Bush -- even though that's what first brought me to the Kerry campaign," she said.

Mulle, 52, who runs a nursing home consulting business with her husband, Ken, said she wanted to do her part to help the Massachusetts senator, who she agrees has struggled to get his message out.

Using a list of undecided voters supplied by the Kerry campaign, Mulle sent out 100 invitations and called 80 other wavering voters to attend a reception at her home in this tony suburb of St. Louis on Sunday. About a half-dozen showed up.

As the guests sipped wine, the discussion was more a Bush-bashing session than a Kerry pep rally. "You've told us why we should not vote for President Bush," one woman said, "now tell us why we should vote for Kerry." Campaign workers rushed to answer the question, but it symbolized one of the biggest hurdles John F. Kerry faces.

This could be one of the epic achievements in the history of politics--an "anybody but fill-in-the-blank" candidate who is so unappealing that he can't capture the "anybody but fill-in-the-blank" voters. This is why it was a mistake for John Kerry to make any appearances after he secured the nomination. He was most attractive as a blank slate.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 28, 2004 12:07 PM

180 invitations and 6 showed up. Wow, very impressive!

Posted by: Bob at September 28, 2004 1:40 PM

A 3+% turnout in such a situation just might considered good news. Those are people who actually took the time and effort to physically go to that house. There are direct mail campaigns who'd love to just get 3% to respond by returning the pre-paid envelope, let alone adding in a check for $20.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 28, 2004 3:52 PM


This is as good a place as any to ask where the "undecided voter lists provided by the Bush Campaign" are.

You haven't mentioned the "Newsmax" piece that links to the dramatic voter registration differences in R v D. The left is killing us here.

Add these new "potential voters" to the lefts' penchant for fraud, and one has cause to worry.

I generally agree with you analysis of the election, but we are in wierd times. The left has allocated $100 million toward GOTV efforts.

I know our side hasn't been idle, but the "stupid right" has failed us here. Where are DeVoss' & Forbes' millions when we need them?

Posted by: at September 28, 2004 5:22 PM


Agreed as to 3% being an excellent response to a direct mail campaign (whether political or selling soap). But shouldn't one expect a larger response when the 'mailer' is personally calling friends and acquaintances, or sending personal invitations to same?

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at September 28, 2004 6:52 PM


Those people don't vote--it's one of the lessons of motor voter.

Posted by: oj at September 28, 2004 7:04 PM

>"You've told us why we should not vote for
>President Bush," one woman said, "now tell us
>why we should vote for Kerry."

Because he Served in Vietnam!
Because he won Three Purple Hearts!
Because he Served in Vietnam!

Posted by: Ken at September 28, 2004 7:51 PM

John Kerry is still a blank slate. Yes, it's been written on several times (over and over and over, in fact), but someone keeps whipping an eraser and wiping it clean every day or so.

Does anyone have a clear idea about what this guy stands for?

Posted by: Josh Silverman at September 28, 2004 7:57 PM

Josh Silverman:

One thing that's crystal clear is that Kerry intends to raise taxes.

Whose taxes, and by how much, isn't yet known, but anyone that believes that Kerry's bell tolls for thee, and not for me, will be in for a shock should Kerry be elected.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at September 29, 2004 3:02 AM

At least she tried to get them drunk before she brought up Kerry.

Posted by: AC at September 29, 2004 12:08 PM