How Bush can destroy Kerry fast

Dick Morris says that, in choosing Kerry over Edwards, the Democrats have “broken from the pragmatism and moderation that dominated their party’s profile under Bill Clinton and Al Gore” and returned to the liberal extremism that was their downfall under Mondale and Dukakis in the ’80’s. Morris predicts Kerry will be easy prey and, despite the buzzword, that he is unelectable. He suggests Bush “take advantage of this by implementing a three-part strategy in the coming campaign”. The first prong of the strategy is the predictable focus on Kerry’s liberalism; Morris pooh poohs the suggestion that the Bush campaign might avoid negative ads, although it is not clear to me that anyone ever seriously doubted how dirty the campaign is going to be. But, outrageously, the second and third prongs of the Bush ‘campaign’ are actually suggestions for administration policy decisions. First, he should elevate the sense of threat Americans feel to raise the profile of the War-on-Terror® “so that his advantage as a war president begins to count.” Second, he should bring the American troops home from Iraq in time to stop the body counts in advance of the election. Morris authored Off With Their Heads: Traitors, Crooks, and Obstructionists in American Politics, Media, and Business.