domingo, agosto 29, 2004

MARK STEYN AFIRMA que Bush está desplegando sus habilidades como jugador de poker, jugando con varios ases en la manga y dejando que el contrario ponga toda la carne en el asador con unas cartas que cree mejores, pero que no lo son:
At the beginning of the year, Thomas Lifson, who was at Harvard Business School with George W Bush, made an interesting observation about the President. He notes that young George "was a very avid and skillful poker player" when he was a Business Administration student and that "one of the secrets of a successful poker player is to encourage your opponent to bet a lot of chips on a losing hand. This is a pattern of behavior one sees repeatedly in George W Bush's political career".

Indeed one does. In the months following Mr Lifson's observation, the President sat back, as John Kerry's consultants, the Iowa caucus voters, the Democratic Party at large, and the media convinced themselves that the one card that trumps Bush's leadership in the war on terror was Kerry's four months in Vietnam, and bet everything on it. They have just lost that hand.

Kerry is in seclusion, unable to expose himself to any but the most sycophantic interviewers, and getting whumped by hundreds upon hundreds of fellow Swift boat veterans, plus former POWs, plus retired admirals, over every aspect of his brief stay in the Mekong Delta.

The Senator put his money on the wrong war. After a couple of entertaining weeks of the aggrieved Swiftees driving down his poll numbers in battleground states, it seems a shame to interrupt the implosion of the Kerry campaign for the Republican convention. But I'm sure the seared Senator is grateful for the intermission, and for the rest of us the next week affords a rare opportunity in this election campaign to catch up with the issues of the current millennium before the inept Kerry resumes bogging us down in his personal Vietnam quagmire again.
Lo que dice Steyn cuadra además con la última declaración del cowboy de Texas, que deja bastante fuera de juego a su oponente en ese campo minado en que éste y sus asesores se han metido a propósito de Vietnam (via The Command Post):
US President George W Bush has described his Democrat opponent John Kerry's tour of duty in Vietnam as more heroic than his own service in the Air National Guard.

Debate over Senator Kerry's Vietnam war service has been running high in the lead up to the November presidential election, with a pro-Rebublican [sic] group criticising his record.

Mr Bush has told US television Senator Kerry was in harm's way in Vietnam but also said if his own unit had been called to go to Vietnam, he would have gone.

ACTUALIZACIÓN. No os perdáis este post de Ed Morrisey; finalmente, y tras haber hecho todo lo posible para enterrarlo, los grandes medios de comunicación estadounidenses no han tenido más remedio que abordar el asunto, y creo que los blogs han tenido un papel primordial para mantenerlo vivo contra viento y marea. Sí, Carmelo, estamos en una nueva época que los medios tradicionales ignoran at their own peril.