20 thoughts on “Kerry

  1. As this post is quite short, it leaves open a
    lot of questions. Particularly whether your statement is based on personal estimation of the candidate or something else?

  2. What but truth could hurt most?

    But before we descend into philosophy here, what allows an accurate guess at a candidate’s future performance? Is Mr. Kerry known for witty remarks? If so, how would that talent make him an exceptional president?

  3. Quite an endorsement, David.

    Frankly, I think, if (really) elected, he would be a good president in the perception of “the NYT people”, simply because the intellectual standard of the Presidency has been lowered to unprecendented lows by the current President Bush.

  4. Just by the by, I was at a forum yesterday where a reporter for Bayerischer Rundfunk claimed that GWB would get 20 percent of the black vote. No effin way. If that happens, I will eat my hat and post pictures here.

  5. I hope GWB wins, among others for the pleasure to see sour faces of Michael Moore and other lefty idiots.

    If GWB loses, I expect to see sour faces on the left as soon as Kerry realizes which kind of business he’s in. He would have no choices but to go on with GWB’s policies. Maybe with slightly different retorics. That’s all.

  6. Truman was famous for being the only leader to ever order the use of nuclear weapons. And, he started the Korean war.

    On the other hand, he stopped the second world war and kept the Korean war from escalating into global conflict.

    Which achievements do you see Kerry living up to?

  7. Mr P, a tax cut every year and skyrocketing deficits? Amending the Constitution to enshrine discrimination? Assaults on civil liberties? Appointing right-wing judges to the federal bench for life? Scheming to privatize Social Security? Lying to Congress about the cost of Medicare benefits? Antagonizing allies for the fun of it? Firing generals who talk straight about the war? Firing economic advisors who talk straight about the cost of the war? Tilting the tax system to benefit wealth instead of work?

    These are just a few of the policies that Kerry will not have to go forward with. And that is just the beginning.

    I’m looking forward to having the grown-ups back.

  8. I hope GWB wins, among others for the pleasure to see sour faces of Michael Moore and other lefty idiots.

    Godwin’s law and all, but wasn’t that the thinking that got Adolf elected into power?

    Complain all you like about the French, but at least when they were given the choice between insane far right and someone not very palatable, they didn’t make that election all about “how much joy they would get (for a day or two) about pissing off some minor leftist enemy”.

  9. I thought the response to the attack on the south by the North Koreans was initiated by the United Nations?

  10. “I expect to see sour faces on the left as soon as Kerry realizes which kind of business he’s in.”

    Well, one thing you won’t see is Kerry at a nationally televised debate saying to the camera, with his eyebrows knitted and in a surprised, almost incredulous tone, ‘This job is hard work. It’s hard to be president and as president I have to work hard.’ Then, turning to his debating opponent, “I know bin Laden was the one that attacked us. I know that.” Slight roll of the eyes, but not too obvious cuz Laura told him not to do that on camera.

    Pavel – I’m not sure where you’re from. Looks like Eastern Europe. But, you know not what you ask for, friend. Like it or not, at this particular point in time, the president of the US has the power to dramatically effect the course of human events. Even if you think you support the Bush Admin’s policies, don’t think for a minute that Bush understands them, let alone is the architect of them. Having an empty vessel at the helm of the US is extremely dangerous. Who knows what strange plans are afoot for the potential 2nd admin now that it is obvious to all those in powerful positions in Washington how truly ignorant and uninterested in detail Bush really is. Someone very clever can easily manipulate him. You better hope it is not someone this time around who, rather than having designs regarding re-making the whole Middle East, has designs on re-making the lands from Poland to Uzbekistan. Perhaps a New Europe Union that would include the oil rich stans. Nothing, absolutely nothing is too outrageous an idea for someone so malleable as George W. Bush.

  11. Proclaiming Kerry to be a great president before he’s served office is one of the more absurd statements I’ve read on this blog. It can’t be based on anything other than image because if you go by his record as a senator, Kerry is rather average.

    But this is a blog for and by Europeans who have increasingly shown themselves to be nothing more than pompous blowhards and buffoons, which I guess would explain the Kerry attraction.

  12. Nobody said anything about ‘great’.

    The presidents since Truman include Eisenhower, who ushered in McCarthyism and Red Menace paranoia; Kennedy, who was corrupt and died before achieving anything; LBJ, whose domestic achievements were overshadowed by the Vietnam disaster; Nixon, who was appalling in every way; Ford, who was mediocre; Reagan, who was senile; Bush I, who was equally mediocre; and Bush II, who is a disaster.

    Carter and Clinton are the only postwar presidents with an even vaguely creditable record, and even they both have major flaws.

  13. “Eisenhower, who ushered in McCarthyism and Red Menace paranoia; Kennedy, who was corrupt and died before achieving anything; LBJ, whose domestic achievements were overshadowed by the Vietnam disaster; Nixon, who was appalling in every way; Ford, who was mediocre; Reagan, who was senile; Bush I, who was equally mediocre; and Bush II, who is a disaster.

    Carter and Clinton are the only postwar presidents with an even vaguely creditable record, and even they both have major flaws.”

    Ugh.

    Eisenhower was responsible for McCarthyism instead of say… McCarthy? Not that it matters, since most of todays “Red Scare” ramblings are actually about H.U.A.C., which preceded both McCarthy and Eisenhower. Still, I think if we’re going to rewrite history let’s be reasonable about it and not, for instance, blame the Civil War on Ronald Reagan or something equally stupid.

    Kennedy might have been corrupt by today’s standard, but not by the standards of yester-year. You’re right to point out that he died early and thus didn’t accomplish much, but you also failed to point out that most of the things he did get involved in he messed up, badly.

    Cuba is a good case-in-point. The Bay of Pigs failed completely, and would have led to a banana republic 90 miles of the coast of Florida becoming a nuclear power. Luckily for Kennedy he had competent predecessors, so he was able to trade away some of his predecessors strategic gains in order to get his own ass out of the fire in Cuba. For some reason that whole imbroglio was considered a “victory” for Kennedy, too.

    LBJ did accomplish a lot domestically, but he’s given too much credit for the Civil Rights act. It was basically pushed on the national politicians by Martin Luther King and other activists of the time via their widely published and broadcast activities. It was a national phenomenom that happened on LBJ’s watch more than something LBJ created.

    LBJ is also criticized too much for Viet Nam. Yeah it was a disaster, but it was disaster no matter what he did. Pull out and you get the humanitarian and political disaster we saw later. He tried to win and protect south Viet Nam from getting massacred by the communists. Get over it.

    I always wonder why lefties go on about Nixon so much. I can only assume it’s because he was strongly anti-communist because he was probably the most progressive president since FDR. Unlike the Democratic presidents who preceded him, Nixon actually did end the Viet Nam war. He also established relations with China. He instituted the first national drug policy, which was based on treatment instead of ramping up criminalization of it. He probably did more to accomplish things on the modern liberal “wishlist” than any president before or since, and he’s the president hated the most by the left-wing of America. It’s weird.

    Ford. Yeah, his was the oatmeal presidency.

    Reagan; senile. He also defeated communism, popularized the idea of a limited federal government and lower taxes, and probably instituted more of an ideological shift among U.S. citizens by his presidency than anyone understands.

    Carter and Clinton are the two presidents you think are creditable? Why?

    I can’t think of a single thing Carter did during his presidency other than get steamrolled by events. Those weren’t the easiest years to be a U.S. president, granted, but Carter only made things worse by believing that he(and by extenstion the entire country) were handcuffed. The “national malaise” he spoke of emanated from himself.

    Clinton’s presidency was equally devoid of substance, but at least Clinton could get the hell out of the way of events instead of getting squashed ala Carter. That didn’t make him a leader, it just made sure if something happened it wasn’t on his watch, wasn’t his responsibility, etc…

  14. In fact this observation from Mark A. R. Kleiman is most worrying:
    “It may also explain why Kerry has a much bigger lead among those with advanced degrees than Gore had four years ago. (Can someone supply a cite for that? I read it a couple of days ago.) On the other hand, there are advantages to denying reality, too: Bush has a much larger lead among those with less than a high school education than he had four years ago.
    There’s no obvious social-class reason why this should be true; my guess is that it means that those who care most about reality, and have the most interior and exterior resources for figuring out what’s going on in the world, are leaving Bush, while those most easily fooled are moving toward him. ” (my emphasis)

    IMHO this is not a US development per se. I am afraid this is true for Russia and Italy as well and can become reality in all countries that organize elections.

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