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Run and Hide

Is the Bush campaign's response to losing the first debate massively and the second two debates narrowly really going to be to assert that John Kerry "can run, but [] can't hide" from his record? Where is Bush supposed to be hiding. If we have four more years of George W. Bush's record we're going to have 20 million additional Americans and 600,000 fewer jobs. A larger than ever proportion of the population will be working for the government, as federal spending as a percentage of GDP reaches record proportions. Revenues, of course, will reach record lows, leading us toward the biggest deficits ever, and the largest national debt ever. Medicare premiums will keep increasing 17 percent per year which, when compounding four times, is a hell of a big increase. 20 million more net people will lose their health insurance, while Medicaid caseloads expand even further, stretching state budgets to the breaking points.

Meanwhile, the leaders of al-Qaeda who we were original told can run, but can't hide will continue to discover that they can, in fact, hide. The incidence of terrorist attacks around the world will continue to increase and America will -- astoundingly -- become even more despised in the eyes of the public. Nothing further will be done to enhance homeland security, but 5,000 more American soldiers will die, with thousands more seriously wounded. Military recruiting will fall apart. But Kerry can't hide....

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If you look at Bush's record, Kerry is safe. Bush told Osama he couldn't hide either, and Osama is still in pretty good shape.

Posted by: RDS | Oct 9, 2004 12:31:28 PM

Bush won last night.

Posted by: j.scott barnard | Oct 9, 2004 2:12:19 PM

Yeah. The egg-laying contest.

Posted by: Dan | Oct 9, 2004 2:18:29 PM

j.scott, the email-less wonder.

Posted by: scarshapedstar | Oct 9, 2004 2:43:53 PM

egg meets face, now I see the blog link.

Posted by: scarshapedstar | Oct 9, 2004 2:44:57 PM

At best a draw. Bush did look aggressive, energetic, confidant. Amazing for someone who can't think, knows nothing, and doesn't really care he was able to rattle off bullshit the way I sometimes talk about philosophy or military affairs. ummm..

Sometimes when I walk my shepherds they are attacked by dachsunds. They think it's cute.

Posted by: bob mcmanus | Oct 9, 2004 3:12:14 PM

4 More Years of this bullshit? Actually, Matt, those projections are just linear - I suspect it would be much worse.
And where do these fucking trolls come from? Bite Me, j. scott....

Posted by: grishaxxx | Oct 9, 2004 4:09:23 PM

I wish that Kerry had used the last question to nail Bush on "four more years of THIS???" It's not just that Bush now has a pretty unenviable record, what's so astonishing is that he doesn't seem to think there's a problem.

So, (at the risk of repeating myself), I've composed what Kerry SHOULD have used his last response -- a good moment in any debate -- to say after W couldn't really think of one, much less three, mistaked he had made, recognized, and fixed:

KERRY: "Your question, [name], asked the President to name a mistake he had made, and how he fixed it. And it tells us something that he wasn't able -- that he was _incapable_ -- of naming a single mistake that _he_ saw and fixed.

I ask you: is there anyone in this room who hasn't made some mistake in the last four years?

So, the President's answer tells you a lot: once he makes his mind up, he can't see how he was wrong, no matter what. And if you can't see where you went wrong -- it's a complicated and dangerous world we live in, you know, and it's hard to believe the US government gets every policy on every major issue exactly right the first time -- well, if you can't see where you went wrong, then you can _never_ correct and improve your policy.

If I'm elected, I'll make the best decisions I can, as laid out in my plans. But if it turns out that a choice I make isn't the very best, isn't the one that makes America as strong and as safe as it can possibly be, then you bet I'll admit it and find out how to do better.

And that's what the American people wants. Because with this President, you can bet that every mistake he ever made will be with us as long as he stays in office, because he can't bring himself to admit he might have been wrong. Can we afford four more years of all the things this Administration has gotten wrong?"

Posted by: PQuincy | Oct 9, 2004 4:15:10 PM

John "I support the Patriot Act" Kerry won this debate, and in the process convinced me to vote Libertarian up and down the ballot this year. In fact I'm probably finished voting for Democrats and Republicans forever. Bush has transformed the GOP of limited government and individual liberty into a populist, statist, imperialist monster, and the Democrats remain mostly as clueless as ever. If the GOP wishes to resurrect Robert Taft from beyond the grave, I'll gladly vote for him, and if the Democrats begin to stand against American empire, and for limited government and individual liberty, I'll gladly consider voting for them. I don't expect either to happen though.

Libertarians and leftists (no, not liberals - leftists) are the only boomers who can be trusted not to destroy my civil liberties and drive this country into fiscal ruin at home, and imperial ruin abroad. Too bad they won't have the oppurtunity.

Posted by: The Realist | Oct 9, 2004 5:39:00 PM

Recalling that Bush stole the line (twice in the debate, more on the stump I'm sure) from the promise he made about Bin Laden and failed to honor, indeed pretended was unimportant, will not further his campaign. I therefore suggest seeing that reminiscence every time he digs it up.
It's like seeing him onstage with the corpse of a first wife everyone thought was great.

Posted by: John Isbell | Oct 9, 2004 7:32:19 PM

Might be harder to sell many of our products to a world that hates America.

Posted by: yesh | Oct 9, 2004 8:03:58 PM

ah, pure lala-land realism, wish I could get me some.

Posted by: Troy | Oct 9, 2004 11:02:12 PM

Realist: when the Patriot Act was being rammed through, the most significant resistance came from about nine midwestern democratic senators who tried to amend it: from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, and even one of the Dakotas. The coastal liberals were significant in their absence.

I do think that libertarians would be marginally better off voting for Kerry than Bush, mostly because I think that Kerry is less strongly committed both to the illiberal Patriot Act and to the open-ended twenty-year War Againt Terror.

But that's a position that's hard to argue very confidently, so what I've been saying is that this year is put-up-or-shut-up time for people who call themselves libertarians. If someone votes for Bush this year, they will never vote for a libertarian under any circumstance. They're just a Republican.

Posted by: Zizka | Oct 10, 2004 11:13:22 AM

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