Our glorious media has begun to notice a pattern of Kerry and Bush turning up in the same cities, sometimes only blocks apart, for campaign speeches and fundraisers.
At first I was merely annoyed by the party crashing, but I think I've figured it out.
The President knows that his expensive, exclusive, fund-raising photo-ops to various cities and states nearly always provoke large protests. If he plans his stops to coincide with John Kerry's and John Edwards's campaign stops, he may believe he can divide and conquer. Democrats and independents in these cities will have to decide which is more important . . . attending the Kerry event and showing support or protesting the Bush event. Republicans are completely uneffected by this new ploy from the Karl Rove dirty bag of tricks.
I don't know what to suggest to counter this very obvious piece of distraction, but I guess if I had to choose I would protest Bush before I would go listen to Kerry say things I've already heard before. Rove, no doubt, has an answer for that too. If we choose to protest Bush's presence rather than applaud at the Kerry fundraiser, he will point out that the crowd for Kerry was "disappointing" and demonstrates that he doesn't really have support. It's brilliant, really.
The biggest "sick-making" news of the day today was the press release about the Bush campaign courting the Amish vote. Forget that the Amish - like the Quakers - traditionally abhor violence . . . apparently they can forgive almost 1,000 dead for no good reason and the loss of liberties guaranteed us by the Constitution and ByLaws because Bush is beating the drum loudly against a woman's right to choose regarding reproductive rights.
How does it feel to be made into puppets by the outside world, Amish people? Oops, forgot that they probably aren't logged on to the internet. Still, I feel that there are plenty of intelligent Amish citizens out there and my hope is that ALL attempts to make them take sides as a bloc will fail.