September 05, 2004
SEE, THEY COULD HAVE LEARNED THIS sooner (and cheaper) by reading the right blogs:
Senator Christopher J. Dodd, an influential Democrat from Connecticut, said his party's standard-bearer had "a very confused message in August, and the Republicans had a very clear and concise one."
Mr. Dodd was one of several Democrats who said they now thought Mr. Kerry had made a mistake at his convention in July by talking mainly about his history as a Vietnam War veteran and criticizing Mr. Bush's policies, without offering a vision of what a Kerry term would be like.
"We did not adequately lay out the contrast, compare and contrast what a Kerry administration would do and what the Bush administration has done," Mr. Dodd said of the Democrats' convention in Boston. "That was a mistake. Vietnam, in terms of John Kerry's service, that was a good point to make, but making it such a central point sort of invited the kind of response you've seen."
Gee, do you think? Check out this timeline for more perspective, though it doesn't include the Thursday night debacle. (Emph. added).
UPDATE: More blog wisdom for the Kerry campaign, here. And here.