Friday, September 24, 2004

Fear mongering

Tom at Corrente looks at Dana Milbank's article on fear mongering in American elections:

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Of course, Adams and the Federalists ultimately lost a close election in 1800 as most Americans (or, more accurately, most Americans who could vote at the time) rejected this fear-mongering and elected Thomas Jefferson president. Their fear-mongering didn't work.

Therefore it would be nice if history repeated itself in this instance.

Americans simply have to prove that they can't be scared into voting for an incompetent and bumbling incumbent administration. The Bush campaign is doing its best to "stampede the herd" and, so far, it appears to be working.

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Much as I'm a big fan of John Adams, bad policy is bad policy. Let's hope the American public wakes up before 11/2.

Update: 16:45:

Josh Marshall:

Can we re-check the sprinkler system in the Reichstag?

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