Oops — Did I Do That?
Michael Ubaldi, November 22, 2004.
On November 3rd, some on the right were so ecstatic with victory that they took John Kerry's concession speech at face value, practically dismissing the past fall's political fisticuffs as a simple misunderstanding. I didn't, and for good reason. Somebody at Kerry-Edwards accidentally sent The American Spectator's Shawn Macomber a red-meat party thank-you note. Abstract: if the left is on a collision course with disaster, the steering's locked. Macomber's fisked the letter and wonders if John Kerry is a second Al Gore, adding:
Ugh. Somebody get Teresa on the phone. It's time to stage an intervention. Look at the exit polls, my friend. You inspired, if anything, an extreme lack of passion. Nobody voted for you. Rather, 56 million people voted against George W. Bush. That's too bad for your voters, but worse for you. They only have to live through four more years of George Bush. You have to be John Kerry for the rest of your life.
All the same, it's tempting to look forward to history books musing about President George W. Bush's luck with having driven two vanquished opponents to madness.