That's the first thing I thought when I read this story:
Bush Planning August Attack Against Kerry
Mr. Bush's advisers plan to cap the month at the Republican convention in New York, which they said would feature Mr. Kerry as an object of humor and calculated derision.
I'd be careful if I were a Republican "strategist." As ...an object of humor and calculated derision their guy is a pretty easy target, though the humor might be black.
"Did you hear the one about the President who didn't have the self-confidence (or curiosity) to ask his own father's opinion...?"
Or the one...
"Did you hear about the President who lead his nation to war but didn't know why?"
It's true. Read the Woodward book. As any reader of this blog will know, I have never disliked GW Bush, always thought that perhaps out of simplicity -- idiot savant perhaps? -- might come a good Presidency. Personality is destiny; remember the old saw about Franklin Roosevelt -- "A second rate mind in a first class temperament." I'd had hopes that Bush, by his own admission no intellectual, would substitute commonsense and a balanced disposition and be a good leader. How wrong I was. The epiphany for me came from the Woodward book when Bush admitted freely that he had never drawn upon his own father's experience -- a unique situation indeed -- in deciding whether to pursue this Iraq adventure.
What an indication of a man lacking in curiosity and the self-confidence to fail to ask a question on a matter which puts the entire nation -- not merely his own life -- at risk.
UPDATE: Joshua Marshall also takes note:
And Democrats would do well not only to be on their guard but consider applying this approach to the current president, who is more than a bit ripe for such treatment.
I don't think that the Democratic Campaign would be leading if it started making fun of Goerge Bush. It's just so natural. GW is a fun guy all by himself.