Saturday, September 03, 2005

Some Damned Good Advice for John Kerry 

We are grateful to our funkadelic colleague Racrecir of What Alice Found for coming out of his latest semi-retirement long enough to share with us an editorial he found in the August 18, 2004 edition of the Wall Street Journal, an obscure tip sheet based in Manhattan:
Maybe national emergencies shouldn't be political events, but they are. So after Hurricane Charley ripped through Florida this past weekend, President Bush understood the political imperative: Get down there. With thousands left homeless and a million people without electricity, the president needed to walk amid the wreckage and stand with the people most affected. For those questioning his political motives in responding so quickly, Mr. Bush said simply: "If I didn't come, they would've said we should have been here more rapidly."

If 90% of success in life is just showing up, in politics often it's the whole ball of wax. This is a lesson that John Kerry could stand to learn. It isn't enough to be "right"; you must also be right there. Mastering and internalizing this lesson would go a lot further in showing that Mr. Kerry can lead in a crisis than boasting about his four months in Vietnam ever could. It would also reveal his more human, compassionate side. This is something Bill Clinton practiced shamelessly and Al Gore never learned . . . .

To win in November, Mr. Kerry needs to do one better and find a way to prove he stands shoulder to shoulder with Americans in times of crisis.
UPDATE: The Bush presidency in miniature, as a Dutch correspondent described it to our distinguished colleague Laura Rozen of War & Piece:
There was a striking dicrepancy between the CNN International report on the Bush visit to the New Orleans disaster zone, yesterday, and reports of the same event by German TV.

ZDF News reported that the president's visit was a completely staged event.
Their crew witnessed how the open air food distribution point Bush visited in front of the cameras was torn down immediately after the president and the herd of 'news people' had left and that others which were allegedly being set up were abandoned at the same time.

The people in the area were once again left to fend for themselves
, said ZDF.
We think it's time to stop harping on the fact that Mr. Bush is incompetent and start harping on the fact that he is, to put it as diplomatically as we can, evil.

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