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  •  Terrorism vs. Iraq war (none)
    The numbers suggest that those who found terrorism to be important voted for Bush and those who found the Iraq War to be important voted for Kerry. We should keep in mind, however, that Bush supporters are much more inclined to see the Iraq War as one battlefield in the War on Terra. When you look at polling data on who the voters trusted to handle the Iraq War, the numbers aren't nearly as favorable for Kerry, because on that question Bush supporters don't exclude themselves because of their peculiar beliefs.

    In my opinion the number one reason why Kerry lost is because he couldn't sell himself to the great, ignorant masses as Bush's match when it comes to protecting the populace from terrorists. The election was decided on irrational fear - just not on fear of gays.

    "I don't understand 'proving to the world that you did it for legitimate reasons.'" -- Condi

    by Fleischer on Fri Nov 05, 2004 at 04:49:20 PM PST

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    •  Yes, and on national security (none)
      I have much less of an idea about how to counter the Bushies than on values.

      Bush defied both evidence and logic when he conflated the war on Iraq with the war on terror.  Even for folks who thought the war was a good thing to start, it would seem that Bush screwed it up so badly as to deserve the boot.  

      But John Kerry already made those points, effectively if not perfectly.  And he lost.  

      So what are we left with:  to keep harping on those points (of course we will--but why think it will be any more effective)?  To hope that something even more horrific happens, and wakes folks up (how many US troops have to die, and in how horrific a fashion, to break thru)?  

      If the Iraq war didn't cost Bush the election in 2004, it's hard to imagine it hurting the Republicans more in 2006 and 2008, when the US is sure to be pulling out (even if it's a very sloooow pull out).

      If I'm wrong here, somebody please tell me--because otherwise, this just looks like another reason to move to Canada (and yes, I'm kidding, so let's not start that conversation again).  

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