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6.15.2004

Responding to Responsive Chords

A catchy little post by Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel this week in her "Editor's Cut" blog proposes a method to sway "those four-in-ten Republicans who now say they would reconsider their support for Bush in November." That method? Pluck at their "responsive chords," of course.

Read the whole thing, if you want. It begs for fisking, but I lack the give-a-damn. Here's how this Nader-last-year-now-leaning-Bush voter responds to a few of her items:
Would you rather have a President:

Who can change his mind when his vision of reality turns out to be mistaken? Or one who dares not change for fear of appearing weak?

I dare anybody to use this line in a pro-Kerry commercial. Just go ahead and remind everybody that the "F" in "John F. Kerry" stands for "changes his mind every Few minutes."
Who asks a variety of wise men and women to advise him as well as God? Or one who thinks that it is enough that he hears and recognizes God's voice

About the only people who'd buy this claptrap are planning a write-in campaign for Michael Moore. But, by all means, alienate people (Demorats and Republicans alike) with your disdain for religious belief.
Who, when considering healthcare policy, gives first priority to the health of children and parents? Or one who gives first priority to the interests of the drug and insurance corporations?

This is the first one that might actually get some traction, and it's something Kerry certainly would have brought up, on account of the fact that every Democratic candidates since Thomas Jefferson has complained about the Republicans' callous disregard for [ahem] the children. Anybody who was going to respond to this chord already has.
Who can remember his mistakes, hence moves to remedy them? Or one who says he cannot remember any, hence cannot do any remedying?

Apparently, vanden Heuvel (lit. "of the chin") thinks that this obscure reference to an awkward press conference moment will really resonate with Bush supporters who are having second thoughts. And, just so we're clear, trying to have it both ways is not admitting your mistakes, it's being duplicitious.

Posted by Doug Brown
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