William Saletan has an article advising John Kerry on how to beat President Bush that threw me at first, specifically in this passage:
He’s been telling Democrats Bush is “the biggest say-one-thing, do-another” president ever. Yesterday Kerry’s campaign responded to Bush’s ads by accusing the president of “unsteady leadership.” In the Democratic primaries, this accusation worked for Kerry, because liberals think Bush is a liar. But most voters don’t, for a good reason: It isn’t true. If Kerry makes the election a referendum on Bush’s honesty, Bush will win.
I’m a liberal, so I had trouble with this. It seemed to me that President Bush lies all the time. Saletan’s argument is that Bush doesn’t lie — he really believes the things he says. He’s probably right, and what President Bush does is worse than lying.