Tuesday, March 02, 2004
Edwards drops out. The President calls to congratulate Kerry. Kerry gives a spirited speech, his first as the nominee. He echoed much of what he's already said during the campaign, going on the offensive against the current administration. He covered jobs (or the current lack of, more on that in a second), foreign policy (or our current unilateral policies), the economy (or our current case of Hallibursitis) and uniting the country (you get it.) I thought it was a great speech and the "Bring it On" quote is just the beginning. He will not lay down when the Rove Smear Machine tries to shift into second gear. Kerry will bring up the discrepancies in Bush's military record and some other dirt the Dems couldn't dig up four years ago.
Our Vice President had an interview interview on MSNBC to day where he laid this one on us:
"...If the Democratic policies had been pursued over the last two or three years, the kind of tax increases that both Kerry and Edwards have talked about, we would not have had the kind of job growth that we've had." (Emphasis added)
I'll leave the analysis in the capable hands of Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo:
"First of all Cheney seems to be caught in some sort of weird mental causality loop since what Kerry and Edwards support is a repeal of the 2001 Bush tax cuts (or most of them). So if their policies had been pursued over the last three years that means that the cuts simply never would have happpened at all, not that there would have been big tax increases.
More to the point, did Cheney really intend to say that without the President's policies "we would not have had the kind of job growth (i.e., negative job growth) that we've had."
Will someone ever straighten this guy out?"
I hope on the first Tuesday in November.
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