April 21, 2003

Outrageous, Inc.

I rarely bother talking about Florida politics, for a variety of reasons. But I have to say something about this article on our own Bob Graham's decision to run for president in 2004. I won't say he's pulling a Kerry, but he approaches that senator's technique with his statements about how he saw the country as "headed in the wrong direction" after September 11th. What direction is that, you ask? Why, towards war, of course -- what else?

It motivated him to drop his usual bipartisan approach and take on the president over what he saw as a misguided war against Iraq.


The Iraq war, he argued, would distract the country from the more important battle against terrorism and could invite reprisals from terrorists in the United States.

I can see him thinking this before the war, but after a successful campaign? Are Democratic senators in some sort of different space-time continuum from the rest of us?

And the article tantalizes us with Graham's hints that the administration covered up "groups" and governments that might have aided terrorists, but doesn't name names -- I guess he is saving his bombshells for the campaign trail. What do you want to bet he's going to say "Saudi Arabia Syria Pakistan"? He claims it is because the administration didn't want to "offend" these countries -- sure, and I'm the Queen of England. Either he is too naive to be in a position of power, or what is more likely, he thinks that the American people are dumb enough to think that fear of giving offense is behind any of the machinations of this current administration's actions. Whether you disagree or not with Bush and his advisors, you must admit that they don't seem particularly concerned with anyone's feelings.

Posted by Andrea Harris at April 21, 2003 06:41 PM

"Are Democratic senators in some sort of different space-time continuum from the rest of us?"

Yes. Vietnam-era, circa 1972.

As are most college professors, and members of the Perpetually Indignant.

Posted by: Kim du Toit at April 21, 2003 at 06:59 PM


Posted by: Andrea Harris at April 21, 2003 at 07:03 PM

don't lump 'alla Dem dare' senators together. as far as i know Lieberman has always been in favor of the war.

Posted by: chris at April 21, 2003 at 08:07 PM

"Are Democratic senators in some sort of different space-time continuum from the rest of us?"

Well, let's see. Many of them are willing to say in public that: Al Gore is an intellectual, raising the minimum wage will help poor people, and that we're running out of oil. Their delusions extend far beyond things military. On the other hand, they threw the Kyoto agreement under the bus when they had a chance, so they have occasional fits of lucidity.

Politicians play to their audiences, and some of the Democrats' audience cannot be persuaded by mere factual events.

Posted by: Dave Himrich at April 21, 2003 at 10:26 PM