July 30, 2004
Post Democratic Convention, NYT Headline: Kerry Pledges to "Restore trust and credibility" to the presidency.
Exactly who is he talking to? The Republican’s obviously trust Bush a lot. The terrorists know that a threat of force from Bush is credible. And, most of the undecided electorate – too busy to pay attention right now -- have to admit that you can trust Bush to do what he says. So, Kerry’s argument is not enough to get a purchase on the consciousness of the American people. The only people who don’t trust President Bush are the cynical partisans of the Democratic party that seek to tear down rather than build up. These are the same people who saw Clinton destroyed on the ‘character" issue and rather than come up with anything original, have copied the ploy. They have concluded that Bush’s pre-war statements on Iraq were intentionally to deceive his constituents. A therapist might call this: projection, in my estimation this mistrust and need to find deceit says more about the problems with psychology of the Democrats than about the President.