First of all, I want to preface this with I AM NOT ENDORSING KERRY! Nor do I support Bush. I'm just kind of watching it all from the sidelines. I
voted for Bush in 2000, but now I think he HAS GOT TO GO! He is the most dangerous president we have ever had. Cheney is the most dangerous VP we have
ever had. And Rumsfeld? Don't get me started on that evil little twit! I don't know what I'll do come November. I may swallow the bile rising in my
throat and vote for Kerry and then again, I might just sit this one out. It's all very interesting, though.
The two contenders are running two very different campaigns, which I find quite telling. BushCo.'s campaign is full of attacks and vitriol. Why?
Because they have absolutely NOTHING to run on. So, they are going to do everything in their power to make Kerry out to be a weak-kneed, candy-a$$ed,
____ you fill in the blank. He is not any of those, by the way. At least not in my opinion. And I've been following him for quite some
time. It's important to point out, too; While Kerry volunteered for hazardous duty in the 'Nam - when he did not have to - Bush was busy bein the
playboy back in Texas. At least Kerry understands what it means to send men and women into harm's way. Bush does not.
Kerry's campaign, on the other hand has borrowed largely from Edward's failed bid. (Which caused him to end up at the top of the heap, just below
Kerry.) It's positive, and doesn't even mention the opposition. Talk about a breath of fresh air. I don't know about you folks, but I'm sick and
damn tired of all gloom and doom all of the time since 9-11 (from this administration) and the viciousness emanating from the GOP. If they can't
appeal to me with their superior arguments and positions than they can just get outta my face with their hostile behavior and rhetoric. And I'm
saying this as a lifelong, conservative Republican.
Here's a good article on how Kerry can win:
How Kerry Can Win
By Kevin Phillips
John Kerry can win, given George W. Bush's incompetence, and White House strategists realize that. All the Democrats need to do is to peel away
some of the Republican "unbase" - the most wobbly members of the GOP coalition. The caveat is that not many Democrats understand that coalition or
why it has beaten the Democrats most of the time since 1968. Nor do most understand the convoluted but related role of Bill Clinton in aborting what
could have been a 1992-2004 (or 2008) mini-cycle of Democratic White House dominance and in paving the way for George W.
Elements of this shortsightedness are visible in both the party and the Kerry campaign. While attempts to harness "Anybody but Bush"
psychologies and to attract voters without saying much that is controversial might win Kerry a narrow victory, this strategy would be unlikely to
create a framework for successful four- or eight-year governance. Deconstructing the Republican coalition is a better long-term bet, and could be
done. The result, however, might be to uncage serious progressive reform.