Monday, August 16, 2004

measure of the man

This Seattle P-I article, Bush camp controlling admission to events, is good news in more ways than one.

Not only is Bush getting some of the bad press press he deserves, this article also shows that Kerry's people are on the right track...

By contrast, most of Kerry's events are open to the public, though there have been some town hall events that are invitation-only. For certain appearances, the Kerry campaign has distributed tickets to the local party, unions and other supporters.

But Kerry spokesman David Wade said that any member of the public can get a ticket from a local campaign office or from the affiliated groups on a first-come, first-served basis. Many people are admitted without any ticket.

"I think America deserves a president who is willing to talk to anybody, I don't care if you are Democrat, Republican or independent," Kerry said Friday.

Kerry's more open approach carries political risks. Sometimes protesters show up and try to disrupt his appearances. To get across their point that Kerry is a flip-flopper, they often clap flip-flop sandals over their heads, and chant, "Four more years!"

Such dissent is never a problem for Bush.
As I've mentioned before, I don't think it's necessarily wrong to screen campaign rally attendees, although it certainly does show the measure of the man. What I objected to is when they used the same tactics at a presidential (not campaign) event on the Fourth of July.