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Here Comes the Bush Pivot

I've been figuring for a while now that BC04 would eventually begin to pivot at least partially from the "flip-flop" attacks on John Kerry to the more conventional conservative argument that JK is an old-fashioned, big-government, tax and spend liberal. If Bush's new stump speech, unveiled today in the NE Pennsylvania cockpit of one battleground state, is any indication, the pivot is fully underway. It's a very primitive and totally negative speech, emblematic of a president who can't claim the political center and thus is determined to shove his opponent to the fringes by sheer assertion and extensive misrepresentation of his record. Aside from focusing on some random 1972 Kerry statement on the role of the UN (we all know how substantive Bush was three decades ago, right?), the speech repeats the usual GOP lies about Kerry's defense record; accuses Kerry of an inveterate desire to raise taxes and expand government; and heavily features the one-year "most liberal Senator" rating of Kerry by the National Journal, a claim the DLC demolished months ago. It's hard to believe that the president, whose fiscal record is a disaster, and whose administration and party bestride Washington like a colossus, is trying to make John Kerry the candidate of Big Government and of runaway federal spending. But if we know anything about BC04, it's that it treats facts and reason, and the intelligence of the American people, with equal contempt. Get ready for some real outrages.
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