The Corner

Bush Vs. Intellectual Emptiness

Steyn: “It’s only a day or so now till the chad-dangling round of Campaign 2004

begins but, when the lawsuits are over and the bloodletting begins,

serious Democrats need to confront the intellectual emptiness of their

party, which Kerry’s campaign embodies all too well. The Dems got a

full tank from FDR, a top-up in the Civil Rights era, and they’ve been

running on fumes for 30 years. Their last star, Bill Clinton, has no

legacy because, deft as he was, his Democratic Party had no purpose

other than as a vehicle for promoting his own indispensability. When he

left, the Democrats became a party running on personality with no

personalities to run. Hence, the Kerry candidacy. Despite the best

efforts of American editorialists, there’s no there there.”