Produceret af ‘Rove Studio’, forestiller Frank Rich New York Times sig i en morsom artikel, der tager valgkampen i USA’s fiktionelle karakter på ordet, og anmelder (især Bush’) valgkamp og iscenesættelse.
Kerry får et par grimme ord med på vejen:
Whether he’s asserting his non-girlie-boy bona fides by riding a Harley onto Jay Leno’s set, “reporting for duty” at the Democratic convention or hunting geese in Ohio, he comes off like a second-rung James Brolin auditioning for a Levitra ad. And let’s not forget the words – all those words. When Mr. Kerry starts a sentence, you know you’re embarking on a long journey with no interesting scenery along the way and little likelihood that you’ll get wherever you’re going on time. “Vote for Him Before You Vote Against Him” is one of the more winning slogans at the hilarious Web site Kerry-Haters for Kerry.
Men Bush får de største hug med analyser som:
We like fast-paced narratives with beginnings, middles and ends. We like an upbeat final curtain. “What the American public always wants is a tragedy with a happy ending,” said William Dean Howells to Edith Wharton in 1906, by way of explaining why her refusal to let her heroine, Lily Bart, survive ensured that the stage version of “The House of Mirth” would flop. The president hoped to give the tragedy of 9/11 a speedy happy ending by laying out a simple war pitting God’s anointed against the evildoers, then by portraying Iraq as the “central front” in that war, then by staging a stirring victory celebration weeks after that central battle began. But when our major combat operations turned out not to be “over,” this purported final reel was seen as the one thing the American public hates even more than an unhappy ending – a false one.
After three years of nonstop thrills, Americans will just have to decide on Nov. 2 whether there could be fates even worse than spending the next four years being bored.
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