Baseball Crank
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June 23, 2004
POLITICS: The Man Who Came To Dinner

I wonder about the effect of Bill Clinton's listen-to-me tour on the Kerry campaign. Of course, the effect of such things tends to be minimal either way, but . . . Reagan's death was a mixed bag for Bush: Bush clearly stands for many of the same things Reagan did, has endured many of the same criticisms from the same sources, and shares some of Reagan's strengths. On the other hand, especially when it comes to his wit and persuasive powers as well as substantive issues like battling government spending, Bush is clearly no Reagan.

But Clinton doesn't even hold such mixed blessings for Kerry, because Kerry shares few of Clinton's virtues (his charm and charisma, his willingness to take on elements of his party, his ability to tap into the nation's innate optimism) and has different liabilities (his positions are both more liberal and less distinct than Clinton's, plus Clinton was never accused of being an aloof, out-off-touch elitist). You can draw parallels between Clinton and Kerry, to be sure, but you have to work so hard at it that you aren't likely to convince anyone but the choir.

Plenty of Clinton stuff out there, if you care to read it. Kathryn Jean Lopez notes that Clinton's 957-page opus ignores his own signing of the Defense of Marriage Act. Blackfive has a humorous anecdote and some more pointed observations. Favorite line: "Dan Rather looked like he was taking the hottest girl to the prom..."

Anyway, I've still got serious Clinton fatigue; I'm working on one or two posts but I'm not going to spend a lot of time on all this.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 7:06 AM | Politics 2004 | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

I actually tried going to the B&N yesterday during lunch to see what he had to say. Fortunately, I didn't go hours in advance. Unfortunately, it meant I didn't get in. I wonder if Bush will draw that kind of a crowd in Manhattan for his memoirs?

Posted by: Dr. Manhattan at June 23, 2004 10:20 AM

If Bush writes his memoirs - which I doubt, frankly - he won't go to Manhattan to promote them. He'll make some red state appearances, go on Limbaugh, etc.

Posted by: The Crank at June 23, 2004 10:25 AM

If Bush writes his memoirs, and he gets Eric "Very Hungry Caterpillar" Carle to illustrate it, they can split the touring duties.

Posted by: Mr Furious at June 24, 2004 10:41 PM
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