TITLE

Pocket Veto

AUTHOR(S)
Beinart, Peter
PUB. DATE
March 2004
SOURCE
New Republic;3/22/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 10, p6
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
It is easy to poke fun at United States President George W. Bush's new reelection advertisements. The Bush ad titled "Safer, Stronger" declares, "January 2001. The challenge: an economy in recession." But the National Bureau of Economic Research, which officially dates these things, says the economy was not in recession until March. Given that the president is hurting politically because many citizens no longer consider him trustworthy, it is odd that he kicked off his reelection bid with a statement that is demonstrably untrue. Three of Bush's four new advertisements feature images from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Most of the objections have been against the use of any September 11 images in political advertisements. Presidential candidate John Kerry's reaction to the advertisements was a classic illustration of the way identity politics catches up with the left. Democrats are missing the point: The real outrage is not that the Bush campaign plans to endlessly discuss September 11; it is that it plans to do so while limiting other people's ability to do the same. House Speaker Denny Hastert, backed by conservative editorial pages (and perhaps the White House), tried to deny the independent 9/11 Commission time to finish its work--making the nakedly hypocritical argument that its findings should not be a factor in the 2004 campaign.
ACCESSION #
12515475

 

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