. . . Wednesday September 15, 2004

It’s The Character, Stupid

Michael Tomasky: “I should note for disclosure purposes that I think they’re a bunch of scurrilous liars. But what I think isn’t the point of this column. The point is how organized and good they are at what they do. There are occasional departures from the script, like Dick Cheney’s extemporaneous remark that a Kerry election would ensure another terrorist attack; everyone understands that that is certainly the implied message of Republican salvos, it’s just not the kind of thing you’re actually supposed to say. But 97 percent of the time, the Republicans stay completely on the message they decided on shortly after they knew who their competition was going to be. And sure enough, come November 2, a lot of American voters will be driving to their polling places, thinking to themselves, “Gosh, I just don’t think John Kerry can be trusted to fight the war on terror.”


Concentration is important!