Thursday, November 04, 2004
Another thought on the Huffington column below, which thinks Kerry blew it by moderating too much. Look at Walter Mondale -- now there's a guy who didn't play to the center, did he? In the 1984 Democratic primary, it was the pre-Donna Rice Gary Hart whom the pragmatists were in love with; he was young, handsome, and moderate. Instead we all went with old-time lefty Mondale, who spoke his mind and did it passionately. One of my favorite moments was when he committed permanent campaign damage by saying "Yes, I'm going to raise your taxes. And Ronald Reagan will raise your taxes. The difference is he's not going to tell you -- and I just did." Mondale was creamed by Reagan who, two years into his second term, did indeed raise taxes.