The New York Times has make a science of the "faint praise" approach to journalism. In its coverage of the Bush and Kerry campaigns the Kerry camp definitely gets the short end of the stick.
President Bush sweeps into a rally of 10,000 supporters and Kerry rouses about 500 of his folks with incoherent lines like "(Bush) doesn't have a record to run away from" . . . Whatever that means.
One African-American Kerry support who admits he doesn't much like his candidate is sitting at a table inconveniently marked "white ticket holders only."
Kerry supporters. When not conflicted, sound downright confused.
His wife, Terri Forrest Reed, nodded from beneath a straw sun hat. "I'm a Republican," Ms. Reed whispered. "Don't tell anybody."
Not only that, she said, but as president of Thomas Jefferson Butler Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, she is tired of the Bush administration claiming it stands for Southern values.
In fact, Ms. Reed said, Mr. Bush reminds her of no one so much as a president who she said once betrayed the Constitution.
"That's right," she said. "Abraham Lincoln."
Bush is like Abraham Lincoln . . . and that's bad.
George Bush may be a vulnerable candidate but I'm still glad I'm not a Kerry supporter.