What Else Is In Scott's Head?

The blog site for writer Scott C. Smith. Some observations on the world we live in and life in general. And maybe some politics.

Friday, August 13, 2004

Scott's Guide to Politics, Pt. II: Ignore Your Running Mate

When you're off on the campaign trail, you have to score points against your opponent. An easy way to do this is to take something your opponent said out of context and deliver it in a campaign speech. But what happens when your running mate makes the same comment as your opponent -- something you've criticized in your campaign speech? The answer is, you do nothing. Act like it never happened, and hope that no one was paying attention.

Okay, let's roll the tape again, for the "sensitive" remarks

Unity, Journalists of Color Conference
August 6, 2004

"Now in terms of the balance between running down intelligence and bringing people to justice obviously is -- we need to be very sensitive on that. Lackawanna, for example, was a -- there was a cell there. And it created a lot of nervousness in the community, because the FBI skillfully ferreted out intelligence that indicated that these people were in communication with terrorist networks. And I thought they handled the case very well, but at the time there was a lot of nervousness. People said, well, I may be next -- but they weren't next, because it was just a focused, targeted investigation. And, by the way, some were then incarcerated and told their stories, and it turned out the intelligence was accurate intelligence."

And once again Dick Cheney's remarks (a different venue than what I posted yesterday, but the same comments):

Dayton Convention Center, Ohio
Thursday, August 12
From the Palm Beach Post

In Dayton Thursday, Cheney said sensitivity is not an asset in a war against terrorists.
"America has been in too many wars for any of our wishes, but not a one of them was won by being sensitive," he said.

"A sensitive war will not destroy the evil men who killed 3,000 Americans and who seek chemical, nuclear and biological weapons to kill hundreds of thousands more. The men who beheaded Daniel Pearl and Paul Johnson will not be impressed by our sensitivity."

You tell 'em, Dick!

Okay, I have a confession to make. I was not completely honest. The remarks from the Unity, Journalists of Color conference on August 6 were not made by John Kerry.

The speaker? George W. Bush.

That's right. The day before Bush spoke of a need to be "sensitive" in fighting a war on terror, Kerry delivered remarks to the same group where he discussed fighting a more, among many other things, "sensitive" war on terror.

So...if you're Dick Cheney, you make fun of your opponent for his remarks on fighting a "sensitive" war, and ignore the fact that your running mate made nearly the same exact statement the next day at the same conference.

That's politics for you. Isn't it great?


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