The Right Coast

September 04, 2004
Susan Estrich's Secret Plan
By Maimon Schwarzschild

Leave aside Susan Estrich's round-the-bend tone here. Isn't the substance of this that Democratic donors either ought to assemble, or actually already are assembling, millions of dollars to "loosen lips" of people who will make last-minute scandal accusations against Bush and Cheney? The implication, of course, is that false accusations would be perfectly fine, and that false accusers can surely be found (and jolly well ought to be) in exchange for a cool million or so from George Soros or his like.

I suppose the Bush campaign ought to be ready for just this sort of thing. But what do you do to prepare? I suppose no one needs to be reminded that relying on the fairness of the "mainstream media" wouldn't exactly be a good bet.

Then again, if Susan Estrich or her friends are really planning such a thing, why publish a column announcing it?

So perhaps this is just one more shriek of rage.

The hatred is hard to fathom. It's not just Estrich, obviously.

This is an American election. It is not (yet, anyway) a civil war. The Democratic nominee, at least on alternate Tuesdays, says he agrees with Bush about the basic policy in Iraq, i.e. with the basic policy of the past three years. And still, there is this cloud of apocalyptic fury -- not just on the hard core left, but evidently among millions of otherwise-mildly-leftish people.

It's a little hard to see how all this will end well.