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Monday, September 20, 2004
But is it Too Little, Too Late?

By Steven Taylor @ 6:43 am

The Democratic Running Mate: Taking the Offensive, Edwards Says a Kerry Administration Would ‘Crush’ Al Qaeda

Opening a weeklong Democratic offensive on Iraq and terror, Senator John Edwards promised Sunday that a Kerry White House would eliminate what he called a “backdoor draft'’ of Reservists and National Guard members and would “crush'’ Al Qaeda.

On a day when he alone among the presidential and vice-presidential candidates campaigned, Mr. Edwards, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, added fresh elements to his standard remarks on war and terror, two subjects that polls suggest rank at the top of voter concerns.

First off, while I do believe that the current method of use of the Guard/Reservists needs serious reform (a problem that started back in the Clinton administration and the post Cold War draw down of standing troops), but I ask: how? And even if there is a plan, it will take a while.

Second, how will they crush al Qaeda? I am unconvinced that they have done anything to convince voters of their strength on this issue.

Of course, at least they are starting to talk about it, something I have noted as necessary for weeks. The question is: will it be in time? Or will they be perceived as all over the map and simply responding to polls, rather than speaking from conviction?

The strategy:

Mr. McAuliffe, in a conference call with reporters on Sunday, said that Mr. Kerry would deliver a major speech on Iraq on Monday and would criticize President Bush’s handing of the war in a new advertisement, and that party officials would hold a news conference with mothers of soldiers stationed in Iraq.

A senior Kerry adviser said the speech would address “what needs to be done” but would not present a point-by-point exit plan.

1) If Kerry had clear ideas along these lines, why hasn’t he been doing this all along? Starting from almost zero to build a coherent attack on the President’s Iraq policy should have started back late last year, not less than two months before the election. And 2), if he isn’t going to offer specifics, isn’t this just really more of the same from Camp Kerry?

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  1. > if he isn’t going to offer specifics,
    > isn’t this just really more of the same
    > from Camp Kerry?

    Why… yes it is!

    Comment by misterhung — Monday, September 20, 2004 @ 7:03 am

  2. The question, though, is not whether it is more of the same, but whether they can convince some voters that it is new, regardless of the reality.

    Comment by Steven L — Monday, September 20, 2004 @ 8:04 am

  3. Quite true.

    Comment by Steven Taylor — Monday, September 20, 2004 @ 8:08 am

  4. I just watched Kerry’s speech on Iraq, and I liked what he had to say. We do need change in our Iraqi policy, and FINALLY Kerry is telling what he will do. Why do I like what he had to say? I have a son in the military and I am tired of worrying about his safety. I bet there are alot of other military families that share my feelings.

    Comment by Cathy — Monday, September 20, 2004 @ 10:27 am

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