Been there, doing that
John Rosenberg rips this tale from the very headlines:
[T]he platform of the Democratic party charges that "under the pretense of a military necessity of war-power higher than the Constitution, the Constitution itself has been disregarded" by such things as "the arbitrary military arrest, imprisonment, trial, and sentence of American citizens." The Democratic nominee, however, a decorated veteran, rejects the peace wing of his party and attempts to move toward the center, "vowing instead to prosecute the war with more skill and vigor than" the president.
He has, of course, a plan.
But I'm inclined to think that it may not matter come November. Posted at 2:22 PM to Political Science Fiction
I notice that Lincoln changed his VP "in order to increase his appeal to Democrats and the border states". While I don't disagree with your prophecy, it might be stronger if Bush had swapped Cheney for McCain. Or perhaps even better; Cheney swap Bush.
I'm not convinced McCain would have done as well in a debate with Edwards as Cheney did. Plus, one of Bush's positives with voters is his reputation for personal loyalty.
It's odd perhaps that his father's same reputation didn't serve him so well, but Poppy hurt himself with his base by going back on his 1988 "no new taxes" pledge. Maybe if Dubya had raised taxes -- you know, like Kerry wanted with his flip-flop on the $87 billion -- Kerry might actually have a chance of winning this election.