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     Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States
     Book III, § 1857.

Friday, October 15, 2004

Hugh Hewitt on Kerry romping all over Mary Cheney. I read this differently. This wasn't aimed at costing Bush some of the Christian vote, or, if it was, that was only gravy.

There are, especially among, shall we say, the more vociferously liberal part of our society, an increasing number of persons who just like to cause unredressable anguish. They adopt positions, and make statements, and do things, not because some system of belief drives them in that direction, but because those positions, statements, and acts offer the best chance that someone, somewhere, will be hurt thereby and unable to do anything about it. Kerry is one of them.

UPDATE: I suppose, having said that, and having shamelessly sent a link to Hewitt for his symposium, I ought to take a stab at the question he asked. So:

This gaffe hasn't dug Kerry much of a hole, for the simple reason that he has already dug an enormous pit, which this latest shovelful doesn't enlarge much, and the only ones who don't know this already are those for whom everything between the coasts is "flyover country."

ANOTHER UPDATE: Having reviewed the symposium entries so far posted, now, I note that only one of them agrees even halfway with what I wrote. "One Destination" wrote that Kerry's remark (and Edwards') was the result of "pathological narcissis[m]": "He is completely unconscious of the pain he inflicts on other people." No, he's not. He knows exactly how much pain he inflicts, and cherishes each and every wince.

YET ANOTHER UPDATE: Hey, I made the symposium! So, welcome, Hewitt readers!

ENOUGH WITH THE UPDATES, ALREADY: Paging through the new additions, I came across "Caring for the USA." His position is, Kerry is a pathological liar, and the thrill for such persons lies in making people jump. One can say the same thing of sadists, as well, but it leaves something out.

The voting, though, is heavily in favor of the "driving a wedge between Bush/Cheney and the Christians" line of thought. To my mind, this confuses the reason why someone does something he knows he shouldn't, with the justification he concocts to push him over the hump.

-- posted by Clayton 10/15/2004 07:21:00 PM

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