hesiod explains it all
Counterspin Central has some excellent advice for Democrats in general and lefty bloggers in particular:
Sadly, I think too many Democrats fear George W.. Bush. They shouldn't. If you fear him, you are half way to defeat. Everyone is trying to position themselves politically, instead of just emphasizing core Democratic principles, values and policies, and then TAKING IT TO Bush. Force Bush to fight on OUR turf, and to defend HIS crappy record. Do it with humor, repetition, coordination, aggressiveness and aplomb. But, most of all, do it with confidence and without fear.
To quote Frank Herbert: "Fear is the mind killer."
Bush is very beatable. Trust me. A third of people polled recently think we found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. 22% think Saddam actually USED wmd's during the war. With massive gaps like that between people's perceptions, and the facts, Bush is very vulnerable. If we all work together, fight hard, and take the GOP to the hole, we'll win this thing next year.
I quite agree. Like most bullies, Bush rules by fear and can't stand up to a fight -- why else would he feel the need to deliver his Bush-wa only in speeches in front of friendly audiences or in scripted press conferences? Democrats need to wake up to the gap between Bush's personal popularity and the public's perception of his effectiveness. A little reality check, and Bush goes down in flames. He can't defend his record, his competence, or his integrity -- only his ability to deliver favors for the rich. It's as simple as that.