Bush is therefore launching an earlier than expected counter-attack in this presidential election year. John Kerry, leading Democratic hopeful, is to be portrayed as the snivelling elitist in the pocket of the rich liberal hierarchy. His prevaricating voting record will be pointed out. In his own stab at humour, George Bush recently said referring to Kerry: 'The other party's nomination battle is still playing out. The candidates are an interesting group with diverse opinions. They're for tax cuts and against them. They're for NAFTA and against NAFTA. They're for the Patriot Act and against the Patriot Act. They're in favour of liberating Iraq, and opposed to it. And that's just one senator from Massachusetts.'