A Political Puzzle

Because our Senator is running for president, the national election becomes a local issue (or so that is how I rationalize posting this brain-teaser to our lil’ blog). I’ve been puzzling over this for weeks. The Bush campaign talking points, as repeated by his proxies and members of the co-called liberal media (Hannity, Limbaugh, Severin, Hume, et al.), say the following:

  1. Kerry is a flip-flopper; he’s been on both sides of every issue that has come up in US Senate over the past 20 years. Flippity-flop, flip, flip, flop.
  2. Kerry is a left-winger; he’s the most liberal liberal the liberal Democrats have ever put forward as their liberal nominee for liberal President. Golly, even the non-partisan (liberal) National Journal ranked Kerry The Most Liberal Senator in the Senate Since the Word Liberal Was Invented by Senator Caleb Strong. “For the rest of your life you must run,Your day in the sun is done, He’s a LIBERAL… Run, liberal, run.

How could the most liberal liberal in liberal history have been on both sides of every issue? I would think being on both sides of everything would average out to being smack dab in the middle? Help me understand.

3 Comments so far

  1. mk (unregistered) on August 6th, 2004 @ 4:36 am

    Argh, I am so sick of the word “liberal” being used as an insult.
    I have no answer to your question but that is some serious cognitive dissonance going on.

  2. antkeane (unregistered) on August 17th, 2004 @ 9:28 am

    The Republicans: A paradox of oxymorons. Senator Kerry is the most liberal of democrats because his voting record, which would only indicate that it is substantial, is riddled with deep leanings to the liberal agenda. Meanwhile, he never votes. Hmmm? I would kill myself, but a Republican DA might charge me with my own murder. These guys are confused.

  3. (unregistered) on August 17th, 2004 @ 10:47 am

    Check out this guy’s blog regarding Kerry’s “liberal record”: “>http://www.dailyhowler.com/dh072904.shtml> “>http://www.dailyhowler.com/dh072904.shtml
    And the “flip-flopping”: “>http://www.dailyhowler.com/dh081204.shtml> “>http://www.dailyhowler.com/dh081204.shtml (scroll down a bit.)
    Thanks to the NYT’s recent Paul Krugman editorial for mentioning this blog. This guy has the press nailed.

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