h a surprise pop quiz. In this instance, there is no reason for Bush to be guarded, no reason to be cautiously politic - no reason to be anything except honest and straightforward." That's Beato's take. Mine was that he isn't articulate, isn't usually quick witted, and had no chance of convincing Pelosi when she went into the exchange convinced that it was a choice of voting for Bush, or voting to help the downtrodden.

"Not that Pelosi ends up looking much better. Her movie's built on a romance, but the romance can't really go anywhere beyond the 'Ick, I think I like him' stage - and that means there's a desperate need for something more to fill out the movie. Pelosi finds it in the servile skepticism of herself and her fellow journalists - to a man, they complain about the formulaic, controlled nature of newsgathering on the campaign circuit, with its endlessly repetitive schedule of photo ops and well-rehearsed non-events, but they do absolutely nothing to disturb the status quo they complain about." Yeah, yeah, we've been hearing this tune since at least "THE BOYS ON THE BUS." The candidates wish to look good, and since they know the media will make them look bad if it gets a chance, they make sure that chance isn't there.

"Take that moment where Bush has so much trouble telling Pelosi why she should vote for him: a true Bush critic would have gone in for the kill there, pressing him on his lack of vision, his inability to express whatever it is that he stands for most passionately. (If Pelosi had asked Clinton the same question, in the same informal, intimate setting, he might still be talking...)" There it is in a nutshell. Pelosi was supposed to "get" Bush, who can't explain what it is he stands for. Of course Clinton wouldn't have had that problem. He'd didn't believe in anything, he's very articulate, and he's magnificent at reading people. He'd have figured out what she wanted to hear, and told it to her. And the day Dick Morris told him it was costing him votes, he'd have dropped the old position and found a new one. H(If Pelosi had asked Clinton the same question, in the same informal, intimate setting, he might still be talking...)" There it is in a nutshell. Pelosi was supposed to "get" Bush, who can't explain what it is he stands for. Of course Clinton wouldn't have had that problem. He'd didn't believe in anything, he's very articulate, and he's magnificent at reading people. He'd have figured out what she wanted to hear, and told it to her. And the day Dick Morris told him it was costing him votes, he'd have dropped the old position and found a new one. His only sincerity was his unbridled appetite. Getting someone who wasn't like that is part of why we voted for W.

Beato doesn't like Bush, he doesn't like Pelosi because she didn't attack Bush, and he doesn't like the press corps because they didn't attack Bush. Big deal.

Posted by: Stephen M. St. Onge at November 11, 2002 06:48 AM
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