I want to hear from our right wing crowd about how to explain our handing out weapons to all those terrorists in need. Does this bother anyone? Is there a line that George Bush can cross where you will no longer vote for him? I heard Democrats back in the 90s saying they wouldn't vote for Gore because of his link to Monica-gate. Who else is waxing nostalgic for those days?
Is the problem for right wingers really John Kerry? If Lieberman were running as the Dem nominee (using him as a conservative Dem), would you vote for him? Independent of wanting Bush over Kerry, does anyone honestly think Bush is doing a good job in Iraq? And isn't that not so small a campaign issue? For those standing by their man, keep pushing the 'freedom and democracy' line about why we went to Iraq because the 'making a safer world' and 'protecting our interests' defenses really are out of legs.
I appreciate Steve using personal experience because it opens up opportunities for me to do the same. Voting rights. In my discussions with campaign organizers, managers, and my own involvement, I'm hearing the same things over and over. People are getting calls that they will have to pay unpaid parking tickets when they show up to vote, that they can only vote if they filed income taxes, that they need to bring a passport or their social security number, that the police will be there making sure everyone voting is appropriate, that they will deport people who are not citizens. I'm not going to fight over this--and no doubt some of these rumors are exaggerations. So all I ask to those educated readers on our blog is that you volunteer to poll watch on election day. Knock on doors and make sure if anyone is too afraid to vote, that they go out, and that they don't get stopped on the way. Palooka, you too. Get out to vote whoever you want. I'm willing to take my chances with both sides being prevented from intimidation.
On a final note of feigned outrage, I live in New York City. Dorian lives in Chicago. Steve lives in Boston. These places are some of the biggest targets of terrorist attacks. We are the one's who really should be afraid (especially after losing all those weapons in Iraq). So, why don't the people in Utah, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and places like it, let us make the decision of who we want protecting us. Its our self-interest, right? Not some symbolic fear that a terrorist is heading to Arkadelphia (a real place--I was there once--I bought a t-shirt with the name on it). The big cities are rightly being scared of being attacked and the big cities are voting for John Kerry. Why is that? Someone should run regressions after the election comparing likely possibility of being attacked with vote for Bush/Kerry.