posted on Dec, 25 2004 @ 09:54 PM
I've said this before on ATS, but since I voted for Bush, people ignore me for it. Here goes again.
Kerry didn't lose voters because of his stance on obortion; he lost swing voters because of his presentation of his beliefs.
I listened to Kerry carefully, and he was extremely reticent to discuss the issue. I think, frankly, that to a lot of people in America, that looked
like he was embarrassed about it. He referenced his Catholic beliefs, but didn't ever discuss how he squared his own political stance with his own
or his church's belief system. Translation: I'm a Catholic, just not a sincere one.
Allowing himself be cast that way KILLED his image; I suspect he did worst with fellow-catholics (hispanics in my state turned out for Bush 6 or 7 out
This was not an impossible issue for him. Kennedy survived a similar question, which was a hot-button issue back in 1960, of how a Catholic could be
President and not "take orders" from the Pope. Kennedy said very forthrightly that he would be taking orders from his constituents when he served
as an elected official. And he carried the religious sector with no problem.
See, here's the thing: for most of the swing voters it really was about values---NOT RELIGION. I think that the reason Gore did well against Bush
back in 2000 was because of Joe Lieberman. I go to church, and a buncha little old conservative ladies at my church voted Democrat, because they
liked Lieberman. They didn't care if he was a Jew, they wanted someone who shared their priorities and world-view.
Kerry's problem with voters was not that he disagreed with his own church, most Protestants have a similar attitude toward their own church
leaders---but the problem was that Kerry was not up front about it.
What I'm saying is this: The Democrats don't need to shift their policies, they need to shift their advertizing, and the way they talk about
people's motivation. I honestly think Kerry could have carried Ohio if he had said something like Kennedy did. Or maybe "hey, I don't like
abortions. I think they are morally wrong. But ultimately, you've got to uphold the individual's right to be secure in their property and person,
like it says in the Constitution. I don't love abortion---I love individual liberty and individual responsibility."
The problem is that social conservative hear democrats talk about 'defending a woman's right to choose,' and they don't think there's any
difference between the democrats and "pro-abortion activists." You don't hear democrats say anything conciliatory, like "we understand that many
people find abortion abhorrant. No matter what stand we take, we will always acknowledge the heartfelt convictions on both sides of the issue."
Instead, what we hear is Carrville, saying anyone who doesn't approve of abortion is a fascist.
Well, gee glenda; I guess we're not democrats anymore, then.