October 30th, 2004

Scorpion

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Two for this morning:
President Bush gave a brief interview to USA Today on Air Force One yesterday that, while low on substance, gave him the opportunity to frame Tuesday's election about as succinctly as I've seen. "This campaign boils down to a matter of trust: Who has earned the trust of the American people? Who do they believe in? Who do they believe can fight and win the war on terror and keep America secure?" he told Judy Keen. Of course for Bush, working from talking points on a small white notepad, the answer to those questions was self-evident.

-from Dan Froomkin's White House Briefing, always worth a read.
(Bonus: LiveOnline transcript.)

"I want you to stand, raise your right hands," and recite "the Bush Pledge," said Florida state Sen. Ken Pruitt. The assembled mass of about 2,000 in this Treasure Coast town about an hour north of West Palm Beach dutifully rose, arms aloft, and repeated after Pruitt: "I care about freedom and liberty. I care about my family. I care about my country. Because I care, I promise to work hard to re-elect, re-elect George W. Bush as president of the United States."

I know the Bush-Cheney campaign occasionally requires the people who attend its events to sign loyalty oaths, but this was the first time I have ever seen an audience actually stand and utter one. Maybe they've replaced the written oath with a verbal one.

-Slate's Chris Suellentrop