Sometimes you stumble across a piece (or a post) that just pulls it all together for you.
today in the WaPo, Harold Meyerson.
This is the way that Bushes run for president when they fall behind: They plunge us into culture wars.
It was only when Poppy Bush fell behind Michael Dukakis in the summer of '88 that he made an issue of Willie Horton and the Pledge of Allegiance. It was only when George W. fell behind John McCain in the winter of 2000 that he went to Bob Jones University to align himself with the old white South.
And now the president has fallen behind John Kerry. Abruptly, it is the season of doctored photos showing Kerry alongside Jane Fonda, of Internet and Murdoch-media rumor campaigns about affairs that never were. Like father, like son; like Atwater, like Rove; no one spreads sewage quite like the Bushes.
Whoever said 'he's a war president, and the war is the culture war' really nailed it.
I'm liking the WaPo more every day, probably because it's leaving the NY Times in the dust.
I didn't like his father. But I really loath Junior. And if I needed another excuse, this FMA crap has really highlighted what's bad about him.
And that is unforgivable. Like I needed another reason.
So when the time comes, there'll be no reason to expect perfection from the Dem candidate. Whoever it is will need our help, our money and our committment to get this sunofabitch out of the WH.
Given Edwards' refusal to endorse civil unions (as of yesterday), looks like it'll be Kerry for me.