Monday, November 01, 2004

 

The Real October Surprise

Vice President Cheney nails Kerry to the wall. The OBL tape has proven to be a dud in and of itself as an October surprise. However, the real surprise and a defining moment in the Kerry candidacy is what Kerry did after the OBL tape emerged. Kerry polled on it. For those of you who say, "so what", the point is that Kerry did not know what to say or what his position on the tape was until he took a poll. This is not the decision making process of someone with a solid base of principles, resolve and reason. This is how someone makes decisions who does not care about anything except getting elected. Vice President Cheney:

"The thing that I find amazing about it is that John Kerry's first response was to go conduct a poll," Cheney told supporters in Fort Dodge, Iowa. "He went into the field ... to find out what he should say about this tape of Osama bin Laden."


"It's as though he doesn't know what he believes until he has to go and check the polls, his finger in the air, to see which way the wind is blowing and then he'll make a decision," said the vice president, who offered no evidence to back up his claim. "George Bush (news - web sites) doesn't need a poll to know what he believes, especially about Osama bin Laden."


"I don't think that's a man who is up to the task of being commander in chief," Cheney said of Kerry

The Kerry camp then had this witty comeback:

Kerry spokesman Joe Lockhart said Cheney "should examine his own house before throwing stones."


Both campaigns were asked if they had polled on the OBL tape. The answers make it perfectly clear who polled and who did not.

Asked whether Kerry's polls included questions about the videotape, Lockhart said, "We don't talk about our internal polls."


Matthew Dowd, the Bush campaign's strategist, denied asking about the videotape.


"We have not asked any questions related to bin Laden, this tape, or any other tape in our polling," Dowd said. "The president stands on principle and so does the campaign."




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