That was the other striking and disturbing aspect of the debate: Bush fares very badly when he is forcefully challenged. It makes you worry about his strength in circumstances he does not completely control. Since Sept. 11, 2001, the president has received a remarkably free ride. He rarely faces the media. He speaks only to partisan crowds; critics risk arrest if they show up. There is little evidence that Bush is challenged by his staff or his Cabinet. He is most comfortable when he sticks to talking points.And this kind of coddling and angling for television soundbites the GOP calls leadership! Geesh! No wonder Bush's campaign centers entirely on tearing John Kerry apart.
Saturday, October 02, 2004
King George Wilts Under Pressure
E.J. Dionne, writing in today's Washington Post, nails it:
Posted by Nick Carbone