posted on Jul, 5 2004 @ 02:45 PM
I have been reading the comments at Eschaton and Daily Kos, the two most popular liberal blogs, and I can tell you that most of the liberal commenters
are really freaked out by the increasingly likely prospect that Dick Gephardt is going to be John Kerry's choice for vice-president.
As a liberal myself, I can tell you that I will be extremely disappointed if Kerry chooses Gephardt. This will be Kerry's first important decision
since becoming the presumptive Democratic nominee. Choosing Gephardt would be so wrong on so many levels.
First of all, poll after poll has shown that Edwards is the preferred choice among both democrats and independents. Polls have also shown that a
Kerry-Edwards ticket does better against Bush-Cheney than any other combination. I think it is also obvious that Edwards comes across much better on
television than Gephardt.
Second of all, Gephardt is exactly the type of mealy-mouthed, unprincipled politician that gives the Democratic party a bad name. Unfortunately, so
is Kerry, but we are stuck with him. I hate it when politicians adopt political positions to cater to special interest groups, rather than logically
analysing the issue. Gephardt is a strong opponent of free trade and NAFTA, because that is what the labor unions want. I am a strong supporter of
free trade and NAFTA, and actually agree with Bush and the Republicans on this issue. Many other liberals agree with me. Think Bill Clinton.
Gephardt is also a strong advocate of gun control, catering to the gun control nutcases. I believe the Second Amendment means what it says, and am
opposed to gun control. I agree with Bush and the Republicans on this issue, as do many other liberals. Think Howard Dean, who has an A rating from
the NRA. In my opinion, advocating gun control has caused huge damage to the Democratic Party, permanently alienating a large number of voters who
would otherwise be sympathetic to the Democratic Party.
Finally, Gephardt has been a strong supporter of Bush's Iraq War. I know, I know, Edwards also voted for the war. But Gephardt has been much more
outspoken and visible in his support of the war. No anti-war liberal will ever forget the pictures of Gephardt with Bush in the Rose Garden, backing
So why does it look increasingly likely that Kerry will choose Gephardt? Speculation is that Kerry just gets along better with Gephardt. The other
main speculation is that Hillary Clinton wants to run for President in 2008 or 2012, and the Clintons are opposed to any vice-presidential nominee who
would be a strong candidate for President in 2008 or 2012.
Anyway, we will probably know this week. I am hoping for Edwards, but I would be satisfied with Clark, Vilsack, or any of the other politicians the
media has speculated about. But please, dear God, ANYBODY BUT GEPHARDT.
[edit on 7/5/2004 by donguillermo]