Monday, October 18, 2004

You Know, I've Wondered The Same Thing

Opinion Journal's Best of the Web Today (a site I scan daily; I recommend you subscribe) wonders whether the Kerry campaign's showing signs of desperation:

In the past 10 days or so, the . . . campaign has:

Accused the Bush administration of planning to reinstitute a military draft.

Recycled the "no blood for oil" canard of the looney left.

Alleged that the Bush administration is somehow in the pocket of the Saudi royal family.

Told voters that, if they elect John Kerry, "people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk, get up out of that wheelchair and walk again."

Suggested that President Bush was planning a "January surprise" to privatize
Social Security

Advised Democratic campaign workers to launch a "pre-emptive strike" charging voter "intimidation" on election day even if no evidence exists.

Warned Florida voters that Republicans are "trying to keep people from voting."

Blamed the flu vaccine shortage on President Bush.

Twice called attention to the fact that Mary Cheney is a lesbian.

If you didn't know better, you might think they were getting desperate.

I certainly hope so.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Bush is reelected are we to expect that he will likely pick conservatives to replace the retiring justices on the Supreme Court? Someone I know claims that she is against Bush because he will try to have Roe v. Wade overturned during his second term. I haven't heard much on this issue yet. 

Posted by Anonymous

Monday, October 18, 2004 3:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this is one of the under-played major issues in the campaign. My guess is that Bush will try to appoint non-activist judges, which means they will not legislate from the bench. It will be very hard for either Bush or Kerry to appoint judges with an activist bent in either direction, unless one side or the other picks up a pretty solid majority in the Senate (which I don't think is likely, although Bush could expand the GOP edge if things go his way on election night). Even with a majority we have seen that the Democrats have used filibusters very effectively to keep judges from even being voted on in the Senate. Still . . . major decisions have been decided by a single vote -- for example, the one allowing the Boy Scouts to exclude openly gay adult Scout leaders. So the wrong judge in one or two spots could make a huge difference for the next few decades. 

Posted by Hedgehog

Monday, October 18, 2004 3:59:00 PM  

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