|"Say a prayer ...
||[Feb. 25th, 2004|08:39 am]
... for the Pretender. Who started out so young and strong, only to end there."|
What could be dorkier than starting an LJ post quoting Jackson Browne?
I feel really disenchanted with the Democratic Party right now, and I don't think it's just that they pulled down the circus tent and left town after the caucus. What's bothering me now? John Kerry and John Edwards.
I heard their stump speeches in January and I hear them now again, soundbite by soundbite on the news. Why can't they talk straight? Why can't they build a substantive case against Bush on the facts of his term in office, and instead go off on rants about 'Special Interests?'
Why does Edwards talk as though he can really do anything to stop the flight of manufacturing jobs out of the country?
Why does John Kerry fill his speeches with vacuous rhetorical flourishes, delivered in an undertaker's monotone?
Why can't there be a politics of substance and precision, where candidates are specific, and take pains to say only things that are factual?
Conservatives deliver counterfactual fairy tales as eternal truths, employ proof by anecdote, and deploy laughable straw man attacks on liberals. Do the Democrats think that they can beat conservatives at their own moron games?