Wednesday, September 08, 2004

No, Dummy, That's Not What He's Saying

Ventriloquist and blogger Joe Gandelman's nose for offensive politicking is getting a tad too sensitive. Now he suggests that this quote from a news story:
Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday warned Americans about voting for Democratic Sen. John Kerry, saying that if the nation makes the wrong choice on Election Day it faces the threat of another terrorist attack.
Means this:
[I]f voters don't vote for this administration -- even if they support it on terrorism and Iraq but have other serious disgreements that cause them to vote for someone else -- they're risking the destruction of the U.S?
No. It means that if Kerry is elected, for whatever reason, his lackadaisical attitudes about war and terrorism will invite terrorists to attack us. Remember why bin Laden thought he could get away with 9/11, Joe? He thought we lacked resolve. Clearly, Kerry lacks resolve. He can't decide whether he's for the war in Iraq or against it. He can't decide whether he's for pre-emptive war or against it -- though he seems to be against it more than he's for it. Get the picture, Joe?

Actually, Joe got the picture, because he said:
[Cheney] was suggesting a vote against the GOP or for John Kerry means exposing the U.S. to a terrorist attack and massive bloodshed.
Joe somehow finds that offensive. I find it compellingly logical.