Friday, September 15, 2006

Less Likely to Win; Unworthy to Do So

Peggy Noonan may well be right about this:

The Democrats' mistake--ironically, in a year all about Mr. Bush--is obsessing on Mr. Bush. They've been sucker-punched by their own animosity.

"The Democrats now are incapable of answering a question on policy without mentioning Bush six times," says pollster Kellyanne Conway. " 'What is your vision on Iraq?' 'Bush lied us into war.' 'Health care? 'Bush hasn't a clue.' They're so obsessed with Bush it impedes them from crafting and communicating a vision all their own." They heighten Bush by hating him.

If it turns out that the Democrats underachieve in a year in which they have all of the advantages, that will be the reason.

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