Bush or Bush Not–There is No Kerry
Stephen Green notes that Maureen Dowd, who called Kerry “lame” on the Letterman show, is the latest of a growing line of Democratic pundits who lament the fact that they’re stuck with John Kerry as the only alternative to George W. Bush. William Raspberry is frustrated by Kerry’s unwillingness to take a position on any even slightly controversial issue. Michael Kinsley can’t muster a single word in favor of Kerry, choosing to use his debate with Charles Krauthammer to argue why Bush doesn’t deserve a second term.
It’s a precarious position for a candidate to be in, although perhaps enough for a challenger. Still, the economy, while placid, isn’t enough to energize voters. Things are getting quite a bit better in Iraq. Is there really enough anti-Bush animus to propel Kerry into the White House? It strikes me as unlikely.