Tomorrow’s New York Times has an article about the difficulties John Kerry’s campaign is encountering. The story leads:
Two months after Senator John Kerry effectively captured the Democratic presidential nomination, party officials say his campaign is being regularly outmaneuvered by the White House as it struggles to find a focus and to make the transition from the primaries to the fight with President Bush.
That’s cheerful, if unsurprising, news for us conservatives. But this is the paragraph that jumped out at me:
At a recent meeting of senior staff members, Democrats said, Mr. Kerry’s aides became entangled in a lengthy debate over what might seem to be a less than urgent issue: whether they should send a Democratic operative to Bush rallies dressed as Pinocchio, a chicken or a mule, to illustrate various lines of attacks Democrats want to use against Mr. Bush. (They say they want to portray him as a liar, a draft avoider and stubborn.)
Nice. The Democrats are always complaining about the Republican “attack machine,” and they fall over one another, as in this Times article, to call Kerry “thoughtful” and “nuanced.” Maybe the Democrats should consider the possibility that the reason why Kerry’s campaign hasn’t gotten off the ground is that he really doesn’t have anything to say, beyond slandering President Bush.