Kerry and his camp can’t be sleeping too well right now, because their beds which looked so soft and comfortable just a few weeks go, well, they’re falling apart this Monday.
A round up of news that is not so great for Mr. Kerry:
- He has been making promises again. The count is up to 54. Promises never bode well for any candidate, because they are almost impossible to keep, especially when Mr. Kerry will likely be dealing with an uncompliant Republican majority in both houses.
- Vanessa and Alexandra Kerry made an appearance at the MTV Music Awards last night, asking the raucous crowd to vote for their father. The crowd booed as much as it cheered, prompting Alexandra to ‘shush’ them and patronizingly tell people the importance of voting. You can watch a video of it here at the Daily Recycler. HT: Bittersweet.
- More confusing stories from Kerry’s military experience and a military suicide. Forest for the Trees provides a good breakdown of the problems here. Even though Republican leaders like John McCain are quite rightly praising Kerry’s military service, the mainstream press are smelling blood.
- Reuters is reporting the following: “Spending Rebounds: Good News for Growth”. Good news, whether in Iraq or Stateside, is bad for the John Kerry campaign right now. As a challenger, he really has no option but to say that things are bad now (with which I will agree to a certain extent), that they’re mostly Bush’s fault (with which I disagree), and that he can make things better (again, disagreement here). Good news removes the first premise and predicates its opposite on premise two, while making the third premise irrelevant.
- The Republican National Convention is starting, and Democrats are predicting a bounce of 6-9 points for Bush. The GOP will parade its popular moderates, John McCain, Arnold Schwarzenegger (what a country where this is a Governor’s homepage) and Rudy Giuliani. Critics who are quick to dismiss the convention as a masquerade ball should remember that those these fellows do disagree with Bush on social issues, they do largely agree with him on issues like the economy and the War in Iraq.
Is the darkest hour before the storm or the dawn? I rarely opt against bluegrass wisdom, but I think the storm is only getting worse.