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A Man Needs A Fish Like A Woman Needs a Bicycle
Friday, October 15, 2004
EXPLAINING THE OUTRAGE OVER MARY CHENEY
The centrist and moderate left blogosphere is having difficulty understanding why the Cheney's and others are "outraged" over the "outing" of their daughter. Josh Marshall and Digby question the coherence of these tactics. Its not that hard, really.

The issue is that the Bush-Cheney campaign understand quite clearly the massive advantage that Kerry gained over the President after the last debate as an exemplar of unity, as I have already made clear in my post yesterday. Trying to paint Kerry as unfeeling or politically expedient would tarnish this impression. It also appeals to the protective instincts of large segments of the population (a "child" is being "abused". It is no accident that Mrs. Cheney used the word "tawdry" as Josh Marshall points out. Its designed to hit that particular button).


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