I've seen a number of Bush operatives interviewed who keep saying the Kerry-Edwards ticket has a pessimistic view of the future, while Bush and Cheney have an optimistic one.
I was watching C-Span over the weekend and they ran a bunch of campaign commercials for both tickets. The only Bush spot that wasn't a negative one was the ad where McCain endorses Bush and that was done just to tweak Kerry. Like I said, not one positive ad about the President's accomplishments.
Must be because he doesn't have much to crow about.
In a way, Bush reminds me of Jimmy Carter before the election against Reagan. I don't mean in the negative advertising, but in the rationale as to why he should be re-elected. I supported Carter at the time (even though I was only 14!), but had a hard time coming up with a rationale for that support. If you're a Bush supporter, my question is: why?
Here's how Maureen Dowd in the NY Times addressed the "optimistic" Republican team.
"It's hilarious that the Republicans are trying to paint their ticket as the more optimistic one.
Mr. Cheney and Mr. Bush radiate negativity, even as Mr. Edwards and his photogenic blond kids glow for the cameras. Dick Cheney glowers for the camera, a Dr. No with a dark vision that has resulted in a gigantic global mess. (When he was stopped by applause at a campaign stop in Altoona, Pa., on Sunday, he asked, "You guys want to hear this speech or not?")
Unfortunately for this White House, it is Mr. Edwards's great talent to talk about the class warfare of "two Americas" in a sunny way. The Breck Girl is already getting under the Boy King's thin skin."
If you read the whole article, she also takes numerous swipes at Kerry. But that's Maureen Dowd. As the joke goes on bartcop.com, she hates everybody.
By the way, www.mediamatters.org is a must read every day. If you get frustrated when the dittoheads and right-wing monkeys keep parroting the lines they hear from O'Reilly, et al, mediamatters.org is your ammo to fight back. Check it out.