Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Where's the beef, Kerry? 

A great article from Mister McGrory. columnist for the Boston Globe. As of today 09/10/2003. For those not aware of it, John Kerry, democrat Senator of Massachusets, announced that he was running for the '04 presidential elections.
By Brian McGrory, 9/9/2003

John, put that hairbrush down and pull yourself away from the mirror for a second. We need to have a little talk.

What's that, you're not sure you want to sit? You'd like to sit some of the time and stand some of the time? You're saying that by sitting, that in no way means you don't like standing?

OK, but that's exactly what we need to address. You were supposed to be a maverick, a thoroughbred, galloping toward the Democratic nomination with all those glue horses in futile pursuit.

But what's happened is, you're starting to look like a jackass. In New Hampshire, you're 12 points down in a Globe poll to a guy nobody knew back in May. Howard Dean? When you were railing on the Senate floor about huge national issues, he was, what, speaking to the Montpelier Elks? When you were fighting in Vietnam, he was, where, in a white coat learning how to give a flu shot?

So how did this happen?

All that stuff in your speeches about you being a courageous soldier with years and years of experience in international affairs -- can it. Can the impatient air of entitlement. Biography rarely wins an election, especially in modern times. Ask John Glenn. It gets you a seat at the table -- and in your case, a seat at the head of the table. But voters are fickle. They take your past for granted; they care more about their future and what you're saying about it.

Can, too, the campaign of inevitablity. The scariest aspect of the Globe poll wasn't that you're down by 12 percent in a state that's turning into a Boston suburb. It's that people believe Dean is as capable as you of beating Bush.

All that blather from your staff about Dean being from an insignificant state? You've heard of Bill Clinton, right? Before he was a New Yorker he came from Arkansas.

Forget, as well, your creed that we can't afford a president who needs on-the-job training. Prancing around Washington with a Senate pin on your lapel is not the best preparation to live in the White House. In fact, the last senator to get there was John Kennedy; meantime, four of the last five presidents were governors. Hate to say it, but your resume is not your friend.

It's early, you like to say, and in some ways you're right. But perceptions have already been formed by opinion leaders. Campaign contributions have already sculpted paths of little resistance. Heading into the final stretch, every candidate has been assigned a role, and yours is of the waffling patrician disconnected from the common man.

So what to do? First, heat up. Dean looks angry, like someone just wrecked the car. You look confused, like someone just stole yours. Second, lighten up. This should be fun, running for president, one of life's great experiences, and win or lose, you're still going to have houses in Georgetown, Beacon Hill, Idaho, and Nantucket.

Third, give us clear reason. Nearly every president had a short message. Richard Nixon was law and order; Jimmy Carter was honesty; Ronald Reagan was strength and optimism; Bill Clinton was economy and empathy; George W. Bush is -- well, I'm not sure, which is part of the point. Your slogan -- "The courage to do what's right for America" -- is one of the worst ever.

Fourth, speak from your heart, not your memory. The public wants conviction, not know-it-all nuance.

To that end, quit letting all those former staffers and -- wink, wink -- friends, so many of them mere cling-ons, define who you are and what you represent. Look within, not without. The voters not only know sincerity, they demand it.

There's a lot of politics to be played in the next four-plus months, and you've proven in the past that you know how to play it well. The lip-lock between Dean and the national press will inevitably end, and be sure that some tearing down will begin.When that happens, it will again be up to you.

Brian McGrory is a Globe columnist. He can be reached at mcgrory@globe.com.

© Copyright 2003 Globe Newspaper Company.

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

Bush won't change 

This is so eloquently put...I could not resist. This is from the Salt Lake City Tribune, as of today 09/09/2003.

A majority of the citizens of the United States, and particularly those in Utah, incredibly, still show support in the polls for Bush administration policies. In so doing, they will have mostly themselves to blame for allowing the administration to wreck the U.S. economy and destroy our foreign relations for at least the next decade.

In spite of clear reports from federal agencies such as the Congressional Budget Office, which last week projected a record $401 billion deficit this year and $480 billion in 2004, levels far above those seen under any previous administration, the Bush administration refuses to change the policies which have produced this deficit.

The same goes for mishandling the Iraq war, creating an economy which has lost over a million jobs. The administration refuses to change because they think the polls show their misguided policies still have the support of the American people.

The problem is that most of us don't bother to read federal agency reports. Neither do we read the reports of commentators who have carefully reviewed the doings of Congress and the administration and analyzed them for us, so the 50 percent of us who approve probably don't really know what we are approving.

It is probably wishful thinking that, in time, Americans will ultimately dig deeper and look more critically at the policies of the Bush administration. But unless that happens, I'm afraid we face unprecedented disasters in our economy, our foreign relations, our environment and our social services, because the Bush administration shows no willingness to change.

M. Walker Wallace
Salt Lake City

© Copyright 2003, The Salt Lake Tribune.

Monday, September 08, 2003

$87 billions!!! 

I am SO angry!! Did you hear Dubya's speech this past Sunday? He is requesting $87 billions to help rebuild Iraq and fight terrorism. Why? What about us, the American people?

Honestly, I doubt that other countries, contrary to what he said, will rush to our help. This government has acted in such despicable manner that all the countries that were friendly to us before the war are too p-o-ed to help now. The "old Europe" of Rumsfeld recently told Bush and his cronies to stick it, see?

So what you said? We all will pay for it: increased taxes for this or for that, reduced salaries, increased cost of living.

We would not be in such mess, if instead of meddling in another country's business, we had stayed home and focused on rebuilding the economy, increasing national security, working on providing jobs, education and cheaper healthcare for all. But no. Instead, we invaded under FALSE pretense a country to steal its oil.

Now, Dubya's clique is busy plundering Iraq's resources (Dick Cheney's Halliburton, not to name it...).

Meanwhile, the rest of us have to pay $2+ per gallon of gasoline, are loosing our jobs inspite of Bush's optimism about the state of our economy while elderly people go to Canada to refill their prescriptions since the drugstore across the street got to expensive....

All this is happening to us while the pockets of a chosen few are getting fuller, some Washington cats are getting fatter. But not you. not me.

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