Campaign punches and punchlines
: Jon Stewart started his interview with John Kerry saying, “I watch a lot of the cable news shows, so I understand that you were never in Vietnam.”.
At a time when the campaign has become so dirty and sad, it was smart to go on a show where people could not only get back to the issues but get back to civility and laughter.
Beats the news.
: The Freeway Blogger gives us historical perspective on character. (See the Revolutionary War Veterans for Truth.)
: If I were going to talk character as an issue — and I won’t — I’d be more concerned about a candidate who allowed or condoned dirty campaigning in the present tense than about these particular supposed sins — by either candidate — in the past tense.
Every voter I know from both sides is turned off by the slime being slung during this campaign.
This is leadership?
You can say that the left was first with Michael Moore, attack dog, accusing Bush of deserting. And you’d be right. But it’s the Swifties who are now leaving a bad taste in the mouths of voters.
In fact, if they keep going, I think there’s a good chance that the Swifties and their ilk, having broken the camel’s back, will end up winning this race for Kerry.
: If all goes according to plan, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s op-ed page will be reprinting my post about character as a nonissue today.
Very cool that the Inquirer quotes from blogs every Wednesday. That’s the ticket: Listen to the people.
[And, hello, Philadelphians. I can’t let this opportunity pass without giving my sister, the Rev. Cynthia Jarvis at Chestnut Hill Presbyterian, a plug.]
: UPDATE: It’s in the paper.
: I’ll be traveling much of today, going to Chicago to talk to a very big ad agency about the wonders of citizens’ media. Posting when possible.