Saturday, April 17, 2004

Sometimes I get things right on this blog....

Eleven days ago, I wrote a post (all blogs here have been reposted from the old server, but to see the original posting with date on the old site, go here) critical of an article written by Joel Klein for Time. You can see the post below in its entirely, but briefly the premise of the article was that both parties were preaching to the masses in this election, and thus missing a key opportunity to connect with non-partisan voters. I had several objections to the premises of Klein's argument, among them Klein's suggestion that

"[A] radical move to the middle, a campaign that looks and sounds different from the usual partisan claptrap—one that features more ideas like Kerry's proposed reduction in the corporate tax in return for corporate-loophole closing—may be John Kerry's only chance to transcend the swamp gas that is threatening to engulf this long, long political year."

My response to that was

A radical move to the middle... also known an unprincipled flip-flop. Can you hear it now "John Kerry doesn't even know what he stands for." Does anyone remember the last time our party ran a mushy, centrist campaign for the presidency (hint: it was about four years ago)? George Bush's administration is absolutely deplorable, and John Kerry has every right to call it what it is, and suggest exactly what is needed: a dramatically different course for America.

Around the same time that I wrote that entry, something interesting happened.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry promised Wednesday he would cut the federal budget deficit before it becomes a "fiscal cancer" that undermines the U.S. economy.
Kerry said he probably will have to scale back his own spending proposals on higher education, a national service program and early childhood education "because of George Bush's irresponsibility." But he said he would not reduce his proposals to spend money on health care, education and job-creation efforts.

Now, first of all, getting this country back in fiscal order after the current administration's fiscal malfeasance is a sensible policy, and doing so will require shared sacrifice, something a term which is foreign to the Bush team. However, that said, Kerry's move to reduce the deficit by scaling back some campaign promises could also fall into the rubric of "a radical move to the middle."

And what did the Republicans have to say about this shift?

Republicans are using John Kerry's recent speech on the economy to push their own campaign theme, that the Democratic presidential challenger is a chronic flip-flopper...

Which just goes to show, I got it right.


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