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packing a lot into one sentence

For someone who votes Republican as much as I do, you’d think I’d have more nice things to say about their political skills. But I’ve always found them too timid to take on the Democrats. They’ve always let the other side dominate and define the issues, not to mention letting them demagogue those same issues. Their rhetorical skills have been too often dry and uninteresting, while the Democratic machine is well oiled, slick and ready to attack the Republicans for literally anything they try to do politically.
maybe that has finally changed…

President Bush at a California fundraiser yesterday ...
"Senator Kerry has been in Washington long enough to take both sides of just about every issue!"

Wow. In one sentence, he manages to be funny while also describing Kerry as BOTH a Washington insider and a wishy-washy Senator who can't be trusted. I would think it'd be hard to pack more meaning into one sentence.
Actually, this wasn't the only good line delivered by the President. Some other quotes from his speech ...
"``He seems to be against every idea that gives Americans more authority, more choices, and more control over our own lives. It's the same old Washington mindset: We'll give the orders and you will pay the bills.''
and ..
``My opponent admits Saddam Hussein was a threat, he just didn't support my decision to remove Saddam from power. Maybe he was hoping Saddam would lose the election in Iraq.''
and he drew more laughs with this...
``My opponent says he approves of bold action in the world, but only if other countries don't object'

Nice job by the President and his writers, these lines draw a clear contrast, both in issues and in tone, from what we have heard from Senator Kerry recently. Perhaps the Republicans will actually try to win this reelection campaign. For those who still remember and cringe at 1992, where Bush Jr.'s father was disengaged, uninterested in the election until it was too late, and alienated his conservative base, it's about darned time!

Posted by Rob B. at March 4, 2004 9:34 AM