Link to jump to start of content The Seattle Times Company Jobs Autos Homes Rentals NWsource Classifieds seattletimes.com
The Seattle Times STOP: The Seattle Times Opinion Blog
Traffic | Weather | Your account Movies | Restaurants | Today's events



Welcome to STop, the Seattle Times Opinion blog where our editorial writers and editors share their evolving thoughts on a variety of issues. STop is a place where opinion writers and readers can exchange views and readers can learn more about how editorial positions are formed.

The opinions you read below are those of the individual writers, not necessarily views that will become formal positions of The Seattle Times. Respond to STop
(Please be aware that your name and comments may be published here, unless you specify otherwise).

Currently, STop cannot automatically post readers' comments on the blog. However, the editorial staff will regularly post readers' comments. Your comments are sent directly to the individual editor or writer.

space space space

Jim Vesely
space
Jim Vesely
E-mail | Bio


Lee Moriwaki
space
Lee Moriwaki
E-mail | Bio


Joni Balter
space
Joni Balter
E-mail | Bio


Eric Devericks
space
Eric Devericks
E-mail | Bio


Lance Dickie
space
Lance Dickie
E-mail | Bio


Bruce Ramsey
space
Bruce Ramsey
E-mail | Bio


Kate Riley
space
Kate Riley
E-mail | Bio


Lynne Varner
space
Lynne Varner
E-mail | Bio


Ryan Blethen
space
Ryan Blethen
E-mail | Bio


October 01, 2004

Were security moms watching?

If indeed there is something to the "security moms" phenomenon, I hope these women were watching the first debate Thursday. They would have seen a very poised, very presidential John Kerry outthinking and outclassing a very defensive, mumbling George Bush.

They would have seen a man of strength and conviction drill home what the Bush team hoped Americans had forgetten with its spin: That it was Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda that attacked us -- not Saddam. Bush's childish retort -- "Of course I know Osama bin Laden attacked us. I know that." -- was embarassing to watch.

They would have seen a man who coherently ticked off, one by one, nearly every mistake the Bush administration has made with this war. Just about the only thing Bush did, slouching and smirking at the podium, was to stay on message about "mixed messages" and "inconsistencies."

They would have heard Kerry talk about his plan to get us out of Iraq. A quick read of his four-point plan here will fill folks in on what he couldn't elaborate on in two-minute increments. Meanwhile, Bush had zero new plans, confirming Kerry's point that four more years would be four more years of the same.

The most important thing to come out of the debate last night is that we saw a strong, decisive, determined John Kerry address the American people. We saw a man who respects the gravity of war and who could make the decisions necessary as commander in chief in the face of war.

I just hope the so-called "security moms" of America saw all of this, too.

Respond

 
Posted by Colleen Pohlig at October 1, 2004 02:49 PM



Marketplace

November 2005

S M T W T F S
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30