Thursday, January 13, 2005

The Moore's the Message

This article on TCS seems to have a slight misunderstanding about the Democrats:
Fahrenheit 9/11 was timed to coincide with the 2004 presidential election for the sake of maximum interest and box office -- but its publicity and controversy was a distraction to the Democrats at the moment they were trying to get their message out. Taking a stance against the Iraq war became more difficult, not less, after the movie was released, forcing Democrats to distinguish their criticisms from those of the silver screen conspiracy theorists.

But that's exactly the problem--Moore's message was the Democrats' message. The only difference was that Moore stripped away all pretenses of fairness, objectivity, political correctness, and caring about America's long term well-being. He showed the world the core Democrats' true beliefs, without all the rhetoric and hubris. Democratic Presidential candidates can't speak as freely; they have to couch their pessimistic messages and eternal carping in a language of hopefulness and optimism. Moore did the world a favor by showing us the true beliefs and thought processes behind the DNC.

And he wasn't as far outside the mainstream as the Democrats would like you to believe. As the article notes later on, "John Kerry was likewise forced to walk the Fahrenheit tightrope -- distancing himself from Moore without alienating the party's liberal anti-war base that was turning out in droves and filling movie theatres with applause." This was the Democratic base, the party faithful, not fringe groups that are tolerated but generally ignored. The fact that the core was indistinguishable from the fringe is what made the Democratic ticket so unpalatable to the American people.

Michael Moore didn't lose the election for Kerry; Kerry lost the election for Moore and his ilk.

(hat tip to Instapundit)


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