Fine words from Robert Tracinski at TIA Daily:

Throughout this week, I have urged readers of TIA Daily to be “anti-Bushites for Bush.” On Tuesday, I wrote:

“Both parts of the slogan ‘anti-Bushites for Bush’ imply the need for vigorous action. By being ‘for Bush,’ I meant that we should actively advocate and promote Bush’s re-election, but do so on specific, narrow grounds: that it is necessary to fight an offensive war against terrorism and to fundamentally reform the political system of the Middle East. But we should also be prepared, after the election, to immediately and vigorously oppose everything that is wrong with the Bush agenda–to demand that he live up to his fierce rhetoric in prosecuting the war, and to oppose his attempts to expand the welfare state and inject religion into politics.”

I would like to offer more specific advice on how we should achieve these goals.

First, a bit of advice on how to be for Bush: don’t oversell him. Don’t promote him as a strong and unyielding opponent of terrorist states. Explain to people that we need to be even stronger, that we need to stop making compromises and concessions, and that going on the offensive against terrorism means turning our attention to Iran, the main threat to the civilized world today. Then say that you support Bush because he is the only candidate who has even a prayer (so to speak) of going halfway in this direction.

And that leads me to the question of how to be an anti-Bushite.

It now seems likely that Bush will win the election, given the stunning incompetence of the Kerry campaign and the effectiveness of the Republican convention, which emphasized Bush’s strongest issues and buried his weakest ones. So even those who do not plan to vote for Bush need to prepared with specific measures to oppose his worse policies during his second term.

How should we do it?

For the rest, email Mr. Tracinski at TIA Daily.

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