September 30, 2004


Old Democrat pick-up lines aren't working on women (Collin Levey, 9/30/04, The Seattle Times

If the Democrats are looking for a good campaign manual for the first presidential debate, they might consider Emily Post. The women's vote isn't behaving the way it's "supposed to." Maybe the problem's with the theory.

After weeks of watching President Bush's post-convention lead widen, John Kerry got his latest hint of rejection from the damsels Democrats have taken for granted for the past few elections: Across the country, the ballyhooed gender gap has narrowed and, in some places, disappeared.

So ladies are now set to get what you might call a thoroughly modern courtship from the Democrats — quick and dirty. "Sen. Romeo" from North Carolina has been dispatched to lunch with women's groups and, well, no one imagines Kerry acquired that sunny glow for the fellas. Minivan moms, start your engines.

Kerry has been going "Live with Regis and Kelly" and heading to a Redbook luncheon (cookie recipe forthcoming?). And Democrats like former Clinton press secretary Mike McCurry have predicted that Kerry will aim for some nice soft tones in tonight's debate, since women don't like to see bullies like Al Gore wandering and huffing about.

Not to say it can't be done, but it takes a pretty deft hand to attack your opponent's record relentlessly and appear to be a nice guy.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 30, 2004 8:50 AM

So, all he has to do tonight is appeal to women by being soft, men by being tough, the antiwar left by being Dean and the uncommitted middle by being Kennedy? Well, at least they've got the right man for the job.

Posted by: David Cohen at September 30, 2004 9:09 AM

David - unless his fake tan starts running or he sounds like Ozzy Osbourne the MSM will declare him the clear winner.

Posted by: AWW at September 30, 2004 9:35 AM

AWW -- Absolutely, as we agree up above. The one that took my breath away was the first debate with Gore, which the entire MSM declared a huge victory for Al for three days. Then, when the polls started coming in, suddenly it was a disaster from which he would never recover.

Posted by: David Cohen at September 30, 2004 11:19 AM


Who among them recognized on the night he gave it that Kerry's convention speech was a disaster?

Posted by: oj at September 30, 2004 11:30 AM

It never matters who is declared the winner by the press. They never understood when Carter self-destructed by admitting that Amy was his chief adviser, or that Ford self-destructed by freeing the Poles.

It is a simple matter to attack your opponent relentlessly and appear a nice guy. All you need is a decent sense of humor. It would appear that Kerry does not have one.

Posted by: Bart at September 30, 2004 2:00 PM


The economy might have had some effect on Carter and Watergate on Ford. Debates don't matter.

Posted by: oj at September 30, 2004 2:18 PM