Giving Bush the benefit of the doubt
In a must read piece by Peggy Noonan
this week, she raises two very important points factor that will give the President the edge in the upcoming Presidential Election. The first, that Americans trust George W. Bush. They can relate to him, the understand the way he walks and what he means. They don't think he's a smooth talker, they trust him. They trust that he is doing his best and what's best for America. How else can his popularity remaining relatively high be explained? The Economy and Iraq aside, the Americans understand the threat of terrorism to their way of life and they believe Bush is doing his best. Much to the chagrin of the Democratic Party, there are other states that vote in the electoral college besides the "left coast", the Union states (Michigan, Illinois) and New York. The vast majority of Americans have morals which are very Midwestern/southern (I refer you to the 2000 County by County Presidential Election Map below). They believe in family, they believe in God, they believe in their country and the fight we face in our country's latest test to defend freedom.
The second factor, insightfully pointed out by Noonan, is that in an Presidential election campaign against an incumbent is of course a referendum on the job they have done. Coincidently, to vote that person out of office you must have a credible person to replace them. As she brilliantly states, " It's OK that he looks like a sad tree, but you can't look like a sad, hollow tree. And it looks a little hollow in there. As if Iraq is an issue Kerry feels he has to handle deftly, and not a brutal question we have to solve, together. As if homeland security is an issue, or civil defense, or preparedness. They're not issues. They're life and death. Mr. Kerry doesn't seem to know".
Of course, if the Democrats want to run an election on the mere fact that their candidate isn't Bush, they will lose plain and simple. They have yet to address the major issues facing our Nation, beyond of course Kerry's ludicrous promise to create 10 million new jobs, and the American people will not feel that Kerry is a credible or trustworthy enough candidate to replace the President.