Somewhat humourous though our 'friend" Cooter here has a few points.
First the one that I keep having to debunk...the 50 cent tax hike. That was in 1994. Since then Kerry has consistently said he regrets that vote. The Bush admin is making it sound like Kerry still supports it. He doesn't. He cast that vote 10 years ago and no longer supports it. Hey, we all make mistakes.
#3 I agree with. I would hope people stop the "hate french people" thing. That's just xenophobic and wrong.
#6 I agree with. Time for Kerry to give people a reason to vote FOR
him rather than just AGAINST George Bush.
#7, I understand the sentiment, many people are disillusioned with the UN, but at the very least we should get in there and do something to make the UN effective again. Someone's gotta grab the UN by the balls without alienating it. Bush has completely alienating it, when done the right way, it can be used as a huge advantage. I think Kerry can do a much better job of this.
#9, I sort of agree with. Using the economy as an argument against GWB is beginning to become a bit weaker as the economy improves. No doubt if the economy went into the tank again, it could only help Kerry. We are on a very slow recovery. The last thing we want people thinking is that Kerry WANTS the economy to get bad agan just to win. Some Kerry supporters, including myself, wish that the economic recovery would slow down just to help our candidate's chances. It's selfish, yes, but I want Kerry to win this one and get Bush out. Kerry does not, likely, endorse this point of view. And we dont want people thinking he does so maybe it would be a good idea to begin shifting focus.
#10, I dont think he's out of tough so much, it's that he doesn't realize that running a campaign for president is different than running a campaign for Senator of Massachussetts.
He's trying to approach this from the same way as his prior elections: Run even or behind for a while, then be a strong finisher and win. This could work, but on the presidential stage, once you're "defined" for the voters it is EXTREMELY hard to shake that bad image. First impressions last the longest and Kerry just sat by and watched the GOP define him for voters before voters even really knew him.
He's now labeled dishonest and a flip-flopper. sound familiar? Why it's Al Gore, the man the GOP completely tarred in the 2000 election. Blatant lies were not beyond them. Al Gore NEVER
said he invented the internet. The GOP made it up. They lied, and told that lie so many times it became truth, and as a result, Gore was seen as a liar and egotist by the public. They'll lie again, they already are lying, and Kerry is letting them do it because his approach is "let them use their ammo now so that they don't have any left for the general election."
Talk about a gamble. It could pay off, I certainly hope it does, but this isn't Massachusetts anymore. It pleases me to see Kerry running ahead in the polls, but that coud easily change. All it takes is an October surprise...or a faster economic improvement, or, in the unlikely even that it happens...Iraq stabilization and withdrawal of troops.
all three of those happen then what does Kerry have to run on? If Bush's fortunes improve, there needs to be a higher reason to vote for Kerry over Bush. And he ought to be outlining that right now, so that even if Bush DOES pull a few more rabbits out of his hat...or terrorists out of spider holes as it were...that people still have more reason to vote for Kerry, on positive issues, than to vote against Bush. This election is a referendum on the incumbent. If the incumbent suddenly has things go his way...the challenger will lose, unless the challenger makes a case as to why he is the better man regardless of the failures of the current admin.
Kerry is NOT fighting the way he promised he would. He better start soon. IF
not, his only hope of winning "FOR
Kerry" votes, not just "Against Bush" votes, would be to put a charismatic, exciting VP
on the ticket. And then allow that VP
to outshine even his own self.
Most of the other points I disagree with our dear friend "cooter" on.