But one candidate still has his 4-day commercial coming up. It will be interesting to see if Kerry breaks with tradition and attacks the President during the week of the Republican Convention. He really has to do so.
He is desperate. He's didn't get his Edwards bounce, he is not getting his convention bounce, and none of the standard rules seem to apply. He has to unseat an incumbant who is extremely popular with half the country, and he himself is extremely popular with none of it.
Beckel's reply was curious: "Bush has never grabbed hold of the economy; he's been too focused on foreign affairs and the war." (The last part is a paraphrase from memory.) Beckel was arguing that a healthy economy will not benefit President Bush, as he hasn't done much with it.
That's as nearly as curious a statement as Kerry's assertion that Bush has no record (see post below). If Beckel's argument is the perception Kerry's team wants to foster, fine. But it's an invention.
I didn't hear any more of the show, but his assertion might have been that Kerry now has the incredible momentum and the President has to shake things up. Charlie Cook made a similar argument some weeks ago.
I'm not going to talk about what should have been done in the past, although I agree with what the President did. I will say that at this point, dumping Vice President Cheney for someone else would be seen as an act of desperation. Because that is exactly what it would be.
The President is not desperate.
A friend once joked that the greatest piece of American music ever written was Dvorák's 9th Symphony: From the New World.
Gershwin was a genius. And he wrote for Americans. While Beethoven wrote primarily for kings and princelings, Gershwin wrote for Americans who wanted to see a show. There is a beauty to a music created for capitalistic reasons that only adds to his merit as a composer.