Tuesday, September 28, 2004

If I hate the headline, I'll make up the headline

The Kerry campaign is probably going to try to make further political hay out of being endorsed by Bush's hometown newspaper. They won't, if they're smart. Take a look at the reasons the editor gives; it's a veritable mirror of DNC talking points, complete with the old stalwarts of HALLIBURTON!, PART-TIME PRESIDENT! and INSULTED ALLIES! among the least frivolous. As both the Reuters story and editorial note, the Crawford Iconoclast endorsed Bush in 2000 - back when he was a peacetime, isolationist fiscal conservative, but that's beside the point. It was before the election; the seductive grip of Bush Derangement Syndrome hadn't yet taken hold. This editorial's tone doesn't speak of tortured, principled conservatism soured on encouraging democracy in the Middle East by mistakes and setbacks, but left-leaning loathing grasping for a laundry list of complaints.

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