November 21, 2006

Poll up

Just a note that there's a poll up in the sidebar on your opinion of John Kerry, prompted by his recent statement that he's still going to consider a run for the presidency.

Go Vote.


At 11/22/2006 12:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 11/22/2006 1:15 PM, Anonymous Common Sense said...

He may be a decorated veteran but the guy is a putz. If Edwards headed the ticket in 04 we would control the White House now. It goes to show that if they don't have the monitor on or the script in front of them, some of these guys are dangerous when they talk.

At 11/22/2006 8:13 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon 12:29....

Um... like the post says, in the sidebar. Over there -->

At 11/23/2006 5:07 AM, Blogger diehard said...

How sone we forget!
Kerry almost won. Hell, he probably did win!
But Diebold, Karl the pigboy Rove, and a crooked State official or two in Ohio may have stolen another election.
I don't know about you, but I would like a president that knew how to together a sentence and speak correctly. You know some one who at least sounded like he graduated from the 4th grade.

At 11/23/2006 10:08 AM, Anonymous saul said...

Re: common sense,

I think the candidates deserve a bit of a break when they foul up. Imagine what hell it would be if every word you said was scrutinized and jumped on by the opposition. People sometimes make mistakes when they speak, and sometimes we all stumble into awkward phrases that can sound really bad if taken out of context. It's too bad that in this age of "soundbyte" politics, "strategists" like Karl Rove can seize upon minor mistakes and make them into huge issues without having to address the substance of what the candidates are saying.

For example, the republicans tried to make us believe that Kerry, a war veteran himself, and someone who has been an advocate for veterans all throughout his political career, has contempt for the American soldiers. It makes no sense. It's absurd on the face of it. And yet somehow, this became an issue. Shame on everyone in the media who paid attention to this crap for one minute. Unlike his position on the war, advocacy for veterans is something Kerry hasn't equivocated over.

With regard to habitual misspeakers like Dan Quayle or our current Dear Leader, it's not such a surprise that some eyebrows are raised. Repeated mistakes deserve minor attention--fodder for jokes, at least. If you screw up too many times, people have some reason to think that you might be just plain stupid. I don't think that's the case with Kerry, (though it might indeed be the case with Bush and Quayle).

I do think that some "mistakes" do warrant closer attention, though. For example, the statements by George "Macaca" Allen or Trent "We wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years" Lott deserve attention because both of of those people have histories of, ahem, racial insensitivity.

I am not a fan of John Kerry. I didn't vote for him in the last presidential primary, and I doubt I will vote for him in the future. But this isn't because of a few turns of phrase, but because he has, to this day, still failed to take a principled position against the Iraq war. His excellent and laudable 1971 speech before the senate on the futility and devastation of the Vietnam war demonstrates that he should know better.


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