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  •  I never watch the Scab but... (4.00)
    Since I work for the Boston Globe I wanted to see Oliphant on the program (call it some weird kind of workplace pride although I'm a laborer and not a journalist) and I have to say I was impressed with the way Oliphant approached the conversation- very objective, almost academic. An AWESOME change to the usual talking heads that inhabit those regions.

    I've considered Kerry's strategy for awhile. At first, I felt like some in the blogosphere about Kerry's seeming lack of a rapid response to the attacks but my mind has changed in the last few days. It started after Kerry's soft-hitting response here in Boston last week. I know some of you may consider his counter at the firefighters conference as strong but I found it lacking the right "oomph". I hold the deepest respect and study all political campaigners (even the oppositions stars) and it struck me that Kerry would actually like the "not to swift and not to truthful" (to coin Jon Stewart tonight) campaign to continue.

    Why?

    Because I'm begining to think this attack is so fucking transparent that it might actually help Kerry in the long run. I don't think I've seen a worse personal political attack in in my life. I know everyone says that personal attacks are effective but the most effective personal attacks have usually been more subtle than this one which calls into questions the actions of a serviceman in combat while the country is conducting a war.

    I hope Kerry has something beutiful up his sleeve. In my opinion, he's got a ton of rhetoric to use and the ability now to bring the campaign anywhere without the fear of being called negative because what could possibly be more negative than this?

    I think Kerry would do well to contrast these attacks on his service record with the underlying war we are currently fighting in Iraq. I admit, I am a partisan but I'd never stoop to attack anothers combat record in the service as a campaign strategy. There is a way to backfire this attack and it isn't going anywhere because the press want anything to discuss but the real issues. I believe Kerry can find it, I also feel that the public is not far from getting highly annoyed if the right buttons are pushed.

    "How do you ask a man to be the last to die for a mistake?" -John Kerry, 1971

    by Demise on Mon Aug 23, 2004 at 08:58:43 PM PDT

    •  I really love Oliphant, (none)
      love his geeky bowties, love his sense of humor, and love the fact that he doesn't try to hide that he has a longstanding relationship with Kerry.  He's an honest man.

      Little known fact (though I've heard him say it more than once:  Oliphant's daughter was a speechwriter for Edwards and now works for Kerry.

      ...and everytime a Republican gets elected, God puts a baby bunny in a blender and hits frappe.

      by whometense on Mon Aug 23, 2004 at 09:25:36 PM PDT

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      •  Oliphant does Wilde (none)
        Love the guy. He just so damn twee.
        •  I like Oliphant NOW (none)
          But right after the primaries Oliphant was on NPR and he was very critical of Kerry and I was quite upset because I believed he was on Kerry's side.  Maybe if he was supporting Edwards he was bitter and now with Edwards on the ticket he is feeling better, but I just loved his interview on Scarborough last night.

          And Phase II will be dynamite  (hoping, hoping, hoping)

    •  a ton of rhetoric to use... (none)
      and this diary and these comments are right on the mark.  There's plenty more Kerry can do in the way of a strong and positive response; hopefully he can steer clear of the trap of directly criticizing Bush's measly service record--plenty of other people and voters themselves can make that comparison.  And don't back away from his post-war testimony, regardless of what Bob Dole recommends < /snark>

      Krugman is good today. "All the credible evidence, from military records to the testimony of those who served with Mr. Kerry, confirms his wartime heroism. Why, then, are some veterans willing to join the smear campaign? Because they are angry about his later statements against the war. Yet making those statements was itself a heroic act - and what he said then rings truer than ever."

      I'm more enthusiastic about Kerry for President than ever.
      •  Great Krugman quote. (none)
        And I can't tell you how many times, many months ago, that I argued exactly this point with my Repug friends, most of them retired military officers, who found fault with Kerry's 1971 testimony within hours of his primary wins.  All I got was "no, no ,no, he's a traitor, it was treason" and all that hoopla.  I feel vindicated by recent events, and I'm not hearing any more from the same people who ran Kerry down as above.  They won't vote Democratic, but maybe they'll stay home or play golf on Nov 2nd.

        "Some people call you the elite....I call you my base." George W. Bush in Fahrenheit 9/11 trailer.

        by tomathawl on Tue Aug 24, 2004 at 07:10:37 AM PDT

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