Friday, October 01, 2004
A Sophisticated Man
John Kerry demonstrated a high degree of sophistication in debate with President Bush. His opinions and responses were in every respect intelligent, thoughtful and well-reasoned. Bush on the other hand presented his ideas in a simplistic manner, without guise or nuance. Nevertheless. I think it is Bush who has the correct read on his audience. Most Americans are unlikely to appreciate the more complex answers of Kerry over the straightforward responses of Bush. Case in point, Kerry's observation that America is on thin ice when it promotes worldwide nuclear disarmament even as it developes a new class of bunker-busting nuclear weapons. In this case, I believe most Americans are unlikely to appreciate the irony of the situation as presented by Kerry; like President Bush, they will simply trust that we are the good guys and we need big guns.