Let Jerry Speak!!!
XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX SUN JULY 25, 2004 17:02:35 ET XXXXX INTERNAL FIGHT OVER HOW MUCH BUSH BASHING AT CONVENTIONDemocrat party officials are struggling to contain the amount of anti-Bush and anti-war comments to be delivered this week during the convention in Boston, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.DNC chair Terry McAuliffe has expressed concern that nonstop Bush bashing from the podium could quickly spiral out of control and backfire.DNC staffers have also been told to be on the lookout for "unreasonable" Bush bashing signs held by delegates on the convention floor which could be highlighted on television. "We are not Michael Moore," McAuliffe has told his top staffers, according to a well-placed source. "Let's tell the voters what we stand for, not only what we stand against."McAuliffe has reportedly given orders to senior staff that hard-core Bush bashing should be saved for other forums and surrogates. "Of course there will be a fair amount of pointing out the president's record," a top party source explained from Boston. Top Kerry strategist Bob Shrum is also warning not to turn the convention into a default Hate Bush rally.But the temptation to rip Bush without mercy is proving to be too much for many of the speakers.Kerry operatives are editing convention speeches, sources say, with only Al Gore and Ted Kennedy believed to be off-limits. [The move is reminiscent of Nixon at the 1968 convention in Miami, when the campaign edited out anti-war liberal Republicans.]