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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Thursday, September 16, 2004

    Time to refine and sharpen our focus 

    The focus of this campaign has been anything but sharp. While their performances during the Vietnam era may reveal some important character qualities or flaws of President Bush and his Democratic challenger John Kerry, this emphasis does not advance an understanding of such important issues of how we pay to improve education in Ohio and spend more than $200 billion fighting a war in Iraq, how we can afford prescription drugs and medical care when so many of us in Ohio are losing are jobs, how we will be able to fund Ohioblog's retirement when the country's deficit is growing by the second.

    The final straw has been the Rathergate. Because memos concerning Bush's service in the Texas Air National Guard may be more an oxymoron (fake but accurate, which, oddly, is possible) than illuminating, Ohioblog suggests this approach:

    - Forget what President Bush did in the National Guard.

    - Forget what John Kerry did in Vietnam and later as a war protestor.

    Look at both candidates with fresh eyes.

    Listen to them with an open mind.
    Peel away the husks from the hustings rhetoric.

    Study these men - really study them, trying to separate the sophistic from the factural.

    And finally, prepare to watch the debates with a critical view toward tomorrow, because that is where Ohioans and other Amerericans are going with one of these guys.

    - Steve Love

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 10:22 AM

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