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“Confidence, Resolve, and Hope”

I like that line in particular from the new batch of Bush ads. The confidence and resolve hits at a crucial difference in Bush and Kerry’s leadership styles. Meanwhile, “hope” gets at what could become a Kerry vulnerability: his relentless negativity and the defeatism inherent in his new protectionist-leaning position on trade. Bush has a huge opening to be the optimistic candidate, which is usually an advantage—unless, of course, there is an angry and pessimistic mood among the public come November.

Rich Lowry — Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com. 

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