. . . Thursday September 30, 2004

The Intellectual Defeat

I’ve been trying to come up with one line that John Kerry can repeat over and over during Thursday’s debate on onwards. With just a few hours to go, I’m ready to share the line with Kerry and the world. Here it is:

The American people are smarter than that.

How does he use the line? Something like this:

You want us to believe that Saddam had something to do with 9-11 even though there is no evidence of any link. The American people are smarter than that.

You’ve tried to convince us, against all of the evidence, that Saddam posed an imminent threat and that Iraq is not a distraction from the war on terror. But the American people are smarter than that.

You want middle class families to believe that tax breaks for your cronies will somehow result in more money in their pockets. But the American people are smarter than that.

You think you can convince us that you’ve been good for the economy, good for healthcare and good for the environment. The American people are smarter than that.

You want us to believe that the mission is accomplished in Iraq and that the economy and job growth are on the right track here at home. The American people have their own eyes and they are smarter than that.



Now I’ll admit that there is one somewhat obvious flaw in this line. What is it? Well, if polling on the issues is any indicator, the American people may not in fact be smarter than that.

But if Kerry repeats the line enough, we’ll come around.


Concentration is important!