Rich Tucker

His presidential opponent John Edwards recently tried to hire a couple of bloggers. But Edwards apparently wasn’t able to find any who didn’t come with baggage. One of them had written a blog post that asked, “What if Mary had taken Plan B after the Lord filled her with his hot, white, sticky Holy Spirit?” Ick.

The other blogger called conservative Christians “Christofascists.” Both women have since left the Edwards campaign, but it will be interesting to see if any Democrat candidate is able to hire a blogger who doesn’t have a history of over-the-top name calling.

There’s a reversal of reality happening here. It’s become an article of faith on the left that President Bush is a nasty, divisive leader. But where’s the evidence? It seems that one of the biggest complaints against the president is that he refers to the “Democrat” party instead of the “Democratic party.”

But this slight-of-the-tongue hardly qualifies the president as a Nazi. And in fact, the “Democratic party” isn’t always that democratic. Look no further than education reform. Obama tossed out some soundbites about that in his address. “Let’s set high standards for our schools and give them the resources they need to succeed. Let’s recruit a new army of teachers, and give them better pay and more support in exchange for more accountability,” he boldly declared.

But if the senator’s party really wanted to follow the democratic will of the people, it would allow voters everywhere to vote on whether to make school vouchers available to all students. Vouchers are overwhelming popular with parents. However, since Obama’s party is heavily indebted to teacher’s unions (which frequently use divisive Blaine Amendments to oppose vouchers), we’ll wait in vain for the democratic voice of the people to be heard.

Rich Lowry went to see the senator speak in New Hampshire. In the March 5 issue of National Review, he writes that “without a detailed agenda, it will eventually become clear that Obama is running on high-minded clichés.” And soundbites. Plenty of them, and apparently nothing else.

Attention, Obama supporters: That won’t be enough.


Rich Tucker

Rich Tucker is a communications professional and a columnist for Townhall.com.