April 30, 2004
Tina Brown. Wow. She had her own magazine, huh? Yeah. Wow. Her latest article is something really out of this world.
She starts it off with a waiter interrupting her dinner with 12 ‘power players’ in New York by telling them that he is, gasp, voting for Bush. Like a amateur hunter encountering a bear, Brown and Co. were speechless.
She writes ‘Or perhaps he just thought it might be helpful for the guests to hear from one of the Ordinary Americans whose unhappiness with the status quo they are in the habit of earnestly invoking.’ Can you hear her sneer as she writes ‘ordinary Americans’? She continues: ‘All eyes turned to him. “It might seem odd that a savvy New Yorker like me is voting for a guy in a cowboy hat,” he went on, as he recklessly doled out ice cream to a network anchor, “but what we want is stability. This Kerry guy — he’s all over the place.” Huh? Stability? What about all the mayhem in Iraq? His intervention immediately brought the table back from a troubled analysis of American options in Iraq to how the medals debacle is affecting perceptions of Kerry. It was as if the waiter was a plant from the Bush campaign, diverting attention at a critical moment, just as he was supposed to.’
Medals? Who said anything about medals? The waiter said that Kerry is all over the place. Do the intellegentsia just choose the easiest issue to rebut and go with it? Why not talk about Kerry’s multiple positions on Iraq? His flip-flop-and flip again on the Patriot Act. It’s not the medals story that is affecting perceptions of Kerry, it is the perception of Kerry that is driving the medals story. Brown then laments the absence of a Karl Rove-type in Kerry’s campaign. She longs for the return of Dick Morris. Nothing against Morris, he is an amazing campaign strategist, but in my humble not-quite-a-political-campaign-master-yet opinion Kerry should maybe identify and run on some issues. For a blow by blow of how liberals just don’t get it, keep reading Tina Brown as the election nears.
UPDATE: Wonkette on Tina’s retardo article.