. . . Wednesday September 1, 2004

Letting a Bit Slip Out

There haven’t been many examples, but we’re starting to see a little bit of the real Republican Party slip out. For a good example, take a look at the recent charges made by a foamy mouthed Dennis Hastert. Why isn’t this guy keynoting? Who’s a better example of the folks running today’s GOP? Arnold?

Meanwhile, Karl Rove questioned whether John Kerry had tarnished the records of his fellow veterans.

And tonight, you’ll see a hint of Zell Miller’s greenhorn status as a member of the Right slip between the cracks of what is an otherwise airtight wall of mixed nuts. Tonight, Zell will proclaim:

“Like you, I ask which leader it is today that has the vision, the willpower and, yes, the backbone to ensure that freedom would not falter. The clear answer to that question has placed me in this hall with you tonight. For my family is more important than my party.”

He’s almost got it down, but not quite. Yes, he questions the backbone of the braver man. Yes, he questions the vision of the more thoughtful man. And yes, he’s got the fear thing working throughout.

But then he blows it with the line “my family is more important than my party.” Zell needs to know that this isn’t the way Republicans message. The idea is to create a sense of fear and then to suggest that anyone who cares about the safety of their little children will vote for the Daddy who will protect them.

You imply it over and over. You don’t actually come out and say it. Someone may think it’s part of a seedy strategy to scare people into voting for someone.

And that’s not to mention the stress Miller is likely putting on his own family. If they come first this year, who knows where they’ll come out in the pecking order next year.

After all, it was only about 36 months ago when Zell had this to say about John Kerry who he’s referred to as an authentic hero:

“In his 16 years in the Senate, John Kerry has fought against government waste and worked hard to bring some accountability to Washington. Early in his Senate career in 1986, John signed on to the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Deficit Reduction Bill, and he fought for balanced budgets before it was considered politically correct for Democrats to do so. John has worked to strengthen our military, reform public education, boost the economy and protect the environment.”

Concentration is important!