Yes on Schwarzenegger. No on Bush.
By William Saletan
Posted Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, at 12:12 AM PT
"Arnold Schwarzenegger gives one hell of a speech tonight. It's the best speech I've seen at either of this year's conventions. I bet he persuaded a lot of people who share some Republican attitudes but feel uncomfortable with the party's hard core—people like me—to think seriously about voting for President Bush."
Huh. But then he continues: "If you're one of those folks, I'd like to talk to you about why a Schwarzenegger Republican shouldn't support Bush."
So, regardless of what side you're on, I ask you to read it. And if you support Bush, I encourage you and ask you to reply to it. If you don't want to do it in 'enemy territory' (i.e. my journal) then do it in your own, marked friends-only if you want, or even in an email to me (which I will not, of course, show to anyone else) if you want complete privacy. But I want to hear what you think about it and if, as I suspect, you disagree with it, why. I will even promise not to reply to you if you want to just give your opinion without having to feel attacked or challenged afterwards. But I do want to know what you think about that and if you disagree with it, why you do.
I will not pretend to currently understand how people can support Bush, and I do want to understand more about it. Like I said, I'm even promising to shut up and do nothing but listen if that's what it'll take - which as you know causes me physical pain - but I'll do what I have to do to hear what you have to say. :)
Ok, next stuff:
There are a bunch of small posts, too many to try to quote them all, so just take a look.