Fear of Clowns

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
- H. L. Mencken
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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Republicans still counting on voter stupidity 

I just got an email from the Bush campaign, touting a "Debate Briefing Book for John Kerry".

Most of the points assume voters have forgotten that three months after the Senate voted to delegated the decision to Bush wether to go to war with Iraq, Bush said,

You said we're headed to war in Iraq - I don't know why you say that. I hope we're not headed to war in Iraq. I'm the person who gets to decide, not you.

A point of note is that they're now comparing the Iraq resolution of 2002 to Congresses' January 12, 1991 voted to send US troops to the Gulf to take part in the conflict between Kuwait and Iraq, of which Kerry said,

This is not a vote about a message. It is a vote about war.

At first blush, the distinction is clear, but it probably isn't to many Americans. Here's how well informed Americans are about the candidates, according to a recent Annenberg Election Survey (full results at the Annenberg Public Policy Center),

Talk about the soft bigotry of low expectations.

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