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January 20, 2004

Reasons to like Kerry. Nathan Newman reminds us of Kerry’s “investigation of the CIA-drugs-Contra connection where he almost single-handedly dogged the Reagan and Bush administration when the rest of the Democrats had slunk away after the Ollie North hearings.” As I so often remark about Newman, he’s not wrong.
So don’t buy any media line of Kerry as some cautious, blow-dried wonk. No one in the Senate has more experience dealing with terrorists, including those funded by the US through drug dollars down in Central America.
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Mr.Murder ::: (view all by) ::: January 20, 2004, 11:21 AM:

Great Post. The least favorite of the picks remaining, but his military service and longstanding merit conisderation.
This info in hand makes him a sure fire choice. Look for Faux news and drudge to muck up a war crimes story with the help of Ollie down the stretch.

Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: January 20, 2004, 12:02 PM:

Another reason to like Kerry: he's the only Democratic candidate to come out for a moratorium on the federal death penalty.

A reason to be suspicious of Kerry: He's a member of Skull and Bones, the same Yale secret society that both GWB and his father belong to.

Mike Kozlowski ::: (view all by) ::: January 20, 2004, 12:41 PM:

Nah, the glass is half full: Kerry can get a huge boost from the big "secret society" vote. According to Zogby, Dean's unfavorables are very high amongst secret society members, so having a strong secret society candidate is a big win for the Democrats in this key demographic.

BSD ::: (view all by) ::: January 20, 2004, 01:03 PM:

Other reasons to like Kerry:
One of the few "No" votes on DOMA.
96% from LCV (as is Edwards).
Implacable on choice.
Man of Conscience: Fought because he believed he should, realized he shouldn't, came home and protested.

Simon ::: (view all by) ::: January 20, 2004, 01:06 PM:

Nathan Newman wrote, "No one in the Senate has more experience dealing with terrorists" than Kerry.

I'm waiting for the Republicans to spin this quote out of context as Kerry sympathizing with terrorists.

Jeremy Leader ::: (view all by) ::: January 20, 2004, 01:24 PM:

OK, let's fix that right now. "No one in the Senate has more experience fighting terrorists than Kerry".


Kirby ::: (view all by) ::: January 21, 2004, 10:42 AM:

It's not just a media line. Kerry habitually does a great impression of a particularly unanimated member of the undead. He should stage a snowball fight stunt every day so that voters don't forget that he is a living person.

Kevin Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: January 22, 2004, 07:46 AM:

I'd also not overlook Henry Gonzalez (TX) and am surprised more Democrats aren't citing his efforts. Had he been given more attention on so many matters, so much would not have come back to haunt us since.

Aside from the primaries talk, if folks like Michael Moore or the Thomasons want to have a longterm impact on national electoral politics, they should do a movie on all he tried to spare us from.