September 19, 2004

"But he'll remember, with advantages, What feats he did that day."

Shannon Love said some interesting things:

...I think Kerry got blindsided by the Swiftvets because he doesn’t really know what happened. He was there, but he remembers with such advantages that it never occurred to him that others that were there as well would have anything but glowing memories of his service. Nobody ever seems to have questioned his “Christmas in Cambodia” story and he retold it so many times I think he honestly believes it himself. The same holds true for his anti-war activities. He remembers the adoration he received from the Leftist intelligentsia but not the fury and hatred he engendered in the majority of veterans.

Bush and Kerry are like two opposing generals. Bush has a realistic understanding of the disposition of his own troops but Kerry does not. Kerry cannot predict the consequences of an enemy movement because he doesn’t know where his own forces are. Kerry ignored the Swiftvets because he never understood that he was in anyway vulnerable to attacks on his wartime service. The attack fell upon a weak point he did not even imagine existed. Worse, it was a weak point he believed was a strong point.

Bush’s business and personal failures in the mid-80’s forced upon him a self-reexamination rare in people involved in politics. I think it knocked the arrogance out him and let him look at himself in a ruthlessly honest fashion. He understands himself and this in turn gives him a good idea of how others see him as well. That’s a tremendous advantage for a politician...

I think it's a bit of a general advantage for Republicans. Getting constant brutal criticism from the Rathers of the world keeps us in fighting trim. And even me, a run of the mill conservative, is constantly answering criticism, though mostly from the imaginary critics in my head. (Boneheaded liberals who just won't understand, even when I explain over and over again. A few decades of that and I was ready to be a blogger...)

Just to clarify a point, the "failures' of Bush's two oil companies had little to do with poor business decisions. They found, and pumped, a lot of oil. But world oil prices crashed in the mid-eighties, and almost all of Texas was suddenly "failing."

Posted by John Weidner at September 19, 2004 4:49 PM
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