I'm predicting that Obama will NOT go after them. I, quite frankly, hope he does go after them. I hope he trounces on them and shows them for the lies they are. But I wanted the same from Kerry four years ago and got squat. There's no reason I know of to make me think Obama will act differently than Kerry.
I had very similar thoughts during the 2004 campaign, and kept wondering when Kerry was going to fight back, to prove that he had the wherewithall to counterpunch the "swiftboaters" back under their rocks. It didn't happen. THEN he conceded so quickly on election night, I was appalled. I was sooooo disappointed!
My sentiments exactly. If we are to compare the mood of the country now vs the mood of the country then, we'd see striking similarities.
By the Summer of 2004:
Abu Ghraib was still VERY fresh in everyone's mind. It was still a major hot button on all sides.
The Vietnam, er Iraq War was not going as they had originally promised.
In July, 2004, the official 9/11 Commission report was made public. Plenty of blame for the CIA, FBI, NSA and other government agencies was made public.
Moore's Farenheit 9/11 came out that Summer and it was a scathing criticism of Bush's presidency. It won France's highest film award, le Palme d'Or, and played to sold out crowds . It set daily sales record in NYC.
That Summer the UK Guardian newspaper reported that over $20 billion was missing in Iraq.
By the end of June, 54% of Americans thought that sending troops to Iraq was a mistake.
Reports that summer showed that foreign fighters were entering Iraq in droves to fight against the US there. Before the Iraq War, there was almost no terrorist activity in Iraq (Saddam hated competition). By the Summer of 2004, lots of reports of sympathetic arabs from other countries were pouring into Iraq.
June 12 - Afghan Election Delay is New Blow for Bush Campaign
June 16 - 9/11 Commission Contradicts Bush/Cheney: No Link Between Al-Qaida and Saddam
June 16 - Retired Top Diplomats, Soldiers Tell Bush to Beat It
And there's lots more of those types of occurrences. These were considered major gaffes at the time. Kery lead Bush during a lot of that campaign. Bush ran on only one single message, Keeping America safe from the terrorists. That's all he ran on because that's all he could run on.
Granted that Kerry wasn't given the keys to the castle and told to wash up and meet them there in January, 2005. He was sharply critcized on a number of fronts, but a few stick out like sore thumbs.
"Flip-flop" starting at the Republican Convention, all attendees were given flipflops and told to flip them over on cue. Now I realize that that in and of itself is asking quite a lot from the Republicans, but I'm sure they spent hours beforehand in rehearsal during the choreography sessions.
Just days before the election, Osama chimed in right on cue for Bush. October 29, 2004, where he spoke about the 9/11 attacks and how his guys carried it out. It was very nice of Osama to wait until days before the elections to remind Americans that he's the bad guy and Bush was the "Commander in Chief" guy, and Kerry was an "unkown, but probably liberal" guy. Fortunately, Bush's only campaign issue was US security so it was very fortunate that OBL came on days before the election to help Bush.
The Swiftboaters finished the trifecta.
I can honestly say that I see nothing that would make me believe that the Republicans won't continue their very successful PR campaign. In 2004 everyone was saying, "You gotta vote for Kerry. Bush can't get another term. That would spell the end to everything. The other elections where we said you absolutely had to vote for the Democrat pale in comparison to this election. If you don't vote Democrat in 2004, the blood of the thousands who are going to die there will be on your hands"
I think I can safely say that the elections were rigged to begin with and whether I voted for Kerry or not wasn't going to matter miuch. As long as Bush could get close to Kerry's advantage by election day, he had it all sewn up. Again, that's exactly what I'm seeing happen this year. It might "feel good" to rant and rave about the evil Bush and how we can't let it happen here, either, but for me, we are seeing Election 2004 - part zwei, The Passin of the Torch.