MIRROR, MIRROR….The Bush team has a ? what’s the right word? ? truly Orwellian talent for saying and doing ghastly things and then turning right around and claiming that it’s really John Kerry who’s guilty of saying and doing those same ghastly things. A few examples:
Run the biggest deficit in modern history and then complain that Kerry has a “tax gap.”
Have Dick Cheney do everything but tell voters that they’ll be forcibly converted to Islam unless they vote for Bush, and then castigate Kerry for “scare mongering.”
Get your surrogates to explain on national TV that the al-Qaqaa fiasco was actually the fault of troops on the ground, not the president, and then get out on the stump and claim that Kerry is the one “denigrating the action of our troops in the field.”
Gain fame even among your own supporters for relentlessly putting ideology and partisanship ahead of facts on the ground, and then give a speech charging that Kerry puts “politics ahead of facts.”
You almost have to admire the chutzpah behind this campaign strategy, don’t you? Almost.