Emmett Tyrrell

 In this campaign, Kerry has tried to reduce the issues to style and sophistries. Frankly, his style is pompous and oafish, and his sophistries are unconvincing. His brand of economics leads to slow growth and probably high inflation. His brand of foreign policy leads to the United Nations, where he admits he will take us for endless debates with corrupt foreign hucksters and dignitaries who hate America and its interests.

 It has now been many decades during which liberals have believed that liberalism is the morally and intellectually superior position. Conservatives are, in the liberals' reckoning, philistines, materialists, racists and uncouth. Yet it has been at least three decades since a Democratic presidential nominee faced the nation and proclaimed himself a liberal. Does this mean that the Democratic candidates consider themselves morally and intellectually superior to the rest of the nation? I think it does.

 In fact, they think themselves so intellectually superior -- and the rest of us so obtuse -- that they believe they can conceal their many years of liberal politicking from the electorate. Like participants at a masked ball, they practice masked politics in presidential campaigns.

 Unfortunately the American people are serious about matters of national security and economic growth. Faced with a windsurfer, a spandex-clad cyclist and a potential bungee jumper, I think they will choose a leader.

 Someday soon, the Democrats are going to have to face up to the sham that is their kind of liberalism. They are right about one thing -- it is unpopular across America.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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