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Monday, December 08, 2003

Politics of Hate won't beat Bush

Susan Estrich has written a piece titled Politics of hate won't beat Bush. Here is an excerpt:

Then Laurie David sent an e-mail forwarding invites to the "Hate Bush 12-2 Event," and the right went nuts.

Who is Laurie David? In news clips, she is identified as Larry David's wife. Who is Larry David? He's the star of "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Maybe his wife should curb hers. It is only helping Republicans.

The way to defeat Bush is not to advertise how much you hate him. Hard-core ideologues who hate Bush are not going to decide this election. They'll vote for the Democrat, as they do every four years, but there aren't enough of them to elect a Democrat. You need swing voters to do that. Hatred may motivate the left to contribute money, but it is hardly an effective talking point for public consumption if you want to win elections.

I have voted for a Democrat Presidential candidate many times in the past, but there is no way I will jump on a hate-filled bandwagon. We might need to go beyond Bush, but the politics of hate is not the answer to bringing this country (or the world) together.