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Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Spin or substance?

It seems that General Wesley Clark has raised the stakes in the battle for the Presidency. He is starting to play Bush at his own game by redefining the President's form of patriotism into one where the courage to speak out is not condemned but praised. He has even coined a name for it - New American Patriotism. This is all very clever stuff and shows that the good General is no slouch when it comes to campaigning and the "political game". The problem is that so much of American politics is spin over substance that it is often difficult to know what these twists in the election game really mean for policy. Clark has however, got the tone right and he is starting to hit notes that may resonate with the American people. Maybe there is a chance yet to kick Bush out of the White House in next year's elections.

Meanwhile the President has raised the macho stakes by announcing plans to head out to California to meet the Terminator. Sigh!

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