Thursday, May 13, 2004

Gerard Baker notices in the FT today that, despite the unending string of bad news for Bush, Kerry just can't gain any traction.
Mr Kerry seems trapped - he wants to attack the president but does not want to be accused of undermining national unity at a time of crisis. Moreover, it is not really clear how he could conduct Iraq policy any differently, even if he wanted to.
Of course, the General's point all along has been that Kerry in fact doesn't want to do anything different -- only the same thing more competently. Kerry isn't contesting this election on ideas or visions for the future. He is looking like a Dukakis replica offering himself as the best technocrat on the market. The frightening thing is, maybe competency is all one can hope for at this point.

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