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John Kerry and the "big rat" analogy
Posted by: McQ on Monday, May 01, 2006

This is funny.

For some context, Ellen Goodman hopes John Kerry won't run in 'o8:
The signs that John Kerry is going to run for president in 2008 are rising faster than the pollen count. There was the requisite New York Times op-ed — How many days late? How many dollars short? — on getting out of Iraq. There was the Globe op-ed that preceded the speech supporting war dissenters at Faneuil Hall to an audience of groupies yelling ''Run" and ''2008." There was Ted Kennedy's remark, ''If he runs, I'm supporting him."

And then there was his op-ed in The Manchester Union-Leader defending New Hampshire's place as first-in-the-nation primary. A true profile in courage.

All of this leads me to blurt out: ''Stop him before he kills (the Democrats' chances) again."
Elenor Clift claims she'd rather have Gore:
John Kerry came much closer to winning than Goldwater, but Kerry turned out to be a wind-surfing dilettante who in retrospect reminded Democrats they had a better candidate in Gore.
So Big John, does anyone out there feel you're still the man? Well I'm sure Wally Shawn at least feels like he did in 2004:
"Well, I—I think that, you know, it's an awful situation. I don't—certainly things are not going to become—I mean, Kerry will be like Clinton or maybe worse. He's—people don't usually—you know, they rarely surprise you in a good way; but I think that, yeah, it's important to tell the world that, you know, we didn't like this, the things that have happened under Bush. I think we have to make the statement—that, you know, we don't want to go on that road anymore. So, you know, for me it's humiliating to vote for Kerry, because I don't respect him; but I would—I will—it's unpleasant, it's like killing a big rat that is running around your apartment. It must be done. But you're not proud of it. But you have to do it. So, we have to tell other people, I think, that, you know, we didn't approve."
Hey, that's something to start a campaign on, isn't it?

HT: James Taranto
 
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He is the only candidate uniquely qualified to be President in this time of foreign military adventurism. John Kerry understands what it is like to serve in the military and understands what America must do to end an unnecessary conflict. Kerry is sophisticated and well-regarded around the world. He respects our international allies and does not ridicule them.
Didn’t the Swift Boat Vets at least bring this into question 3 years ago? Kerry is sophistecated? What you call sophisticated I call being a pompus ass. Ridicule our allies? I’m sure you are right on that. The problem is that sometimes they need to be ridiculed.

He is right on the environment. He is right on Women’s Rights. He is right on the right to privacy and the right to marry. He represents America and not the top 1% of earners. But they shall do well under his Presidency as well.
You care to back any of those up with specific examples? What exactly is he going to DO?
 
Written By: meagain
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There are a lot of us out here who support Senator John Kerry for President in 2008. [Not enough to elect him, of course, but you can’t have everything.]

He isn’t our second choice or our third choice. [What a coincidence! Not mine, either. Come to think of it, he also wouldn’t be my fourth, or fifth, or sixth, or...]

He is the only candidate uniquely qualified to be President in this time of foreign military adventurism. [I don’t suppose it’s worth pointing out that either "only" or "uniquely" would have sufficed.] John Kerry understands what it is like to serve in the military... [and has a video to prove it] and understands what America must do to end an unnecessary conflict. [Surrender?] Kerry is sophisticated... [as opposed to urbane] and well-regarded around the world.[Especially its better restaurants, resorts and hotels] He respects our international allies and does not ridicule them. [It’s a pity they won’t be voting. Perhaps he should take a shot at UN Secretary General?]

He is right on the environment. [At least when he isn’t left on the environment.] He is right on Women’s Rights. [Ditto.] He is right on the right to privacy and the right to marry. [Let me take a wild guess here... he’s, um, for them?] He represents America and not the top 1% of earners. [And he especially well represents the top 1% of rich non-earners, personally if not politically.] But they shall do well under his Presidency as well. [At least as long as he’s married to Teresa.]

So while Ellen Goodman and others may wish to put down the Senator from Massachusetts, the others of us shall continue the good fight for this fine Senator from Massachusetts. [And shouldn’t Massachusetts have at least one fine senator? Fight on, Mr. Freedland! Fight on!]
 
Written By: D.A. Ridgely
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There are a lot of us out here who support Senator John Kerry for President in 2008.
Well that’s fine, Robert, and more power to you, but the only reason I put all of this up was for the Wally Shawn quote. I laughed pretty hard with that one. Not necessarily because it was Kerry. Frankly it could have been any of a number of recent presidential candidates on both sides. It was more about how Shawn said what he said that just cracked me up.

 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
There are a lot of us out here who support Senator John Kerry for President in 2008.
And there are probably others out there that were for him... before they were against him.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Inconceivable!
 
Written By: Achillea
URL: http://quantum-sky.net
Gore obviously....after all he HAS already won one Presidential Election...
 
Written By: Blewyn
URL: http://blewog.blogspot.com
Gore can run on his accomplishments at raising awareness of ManBearPig. It’s half man, half bear, half pig. I hear he’s totally serial about running.
 
Written By: Chris
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There are a lot of us out here who support Senator John Kerry for President in 2008.

He isn’t our second choice or our third choice.

He is the only candidate uniquely qualified to be President in this time of foreign military adventurism. John Kerry understands what it is like to serve in the military and understands what America must do to end an unnecessary conflict. Kerry is sophisticated and well-regarded around the world. He respects our international allies and does not ridicule them.

He is right on the environment. He is right on Women’s Rights. He is right on the right to privacy and the right to marry. He represents America and not the top 1% of earners. But they shall do well under his Presidency as well.

So while Ellen Goodman and others may wish to put down the Senator from Massachusetts, the others of us shall continue the good fight for this fine Senator from Massachusetts
.

John, is that you? Don’t you have a windsurfing date somewhere?
 
Written By: shark
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Heaven knows he won’t be in the Senate voting on anything.
 
Written By: looker
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Hey Robert!

Was Kerry in Cambodia Christmas of 68?

Just what we need another lying self aggrandizing Democrat loser.

Nuff Said
 
Written By: McQ2
URL: http://nukethebabywhales.gov
Anything is better then what we got now. Thank the LORD that Bush can not run again and fool most Americans into voting for him. I am proud to say "Don’t blame me! I didn’t vote for him!" Esp. everytime I fill up my car with gas. It sure helps to have a big oil man as president, doesn’t it?
 
Written By: Susan
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Yep, cause of course no prices would go up if JK was President. Keep telling yourself it’s all Bush’s Fault. I even have some web sites you can visit to console yourself that he really IS Satan (or Hitler, or a chimp, depending on what you need him to be to fullfill your particular "I hate that the Democrats aren’t in charge" conspiracy scenario).
One of them even has evidence that Bush’s staff deliberately steered Katrina right up main street in New Orleans.
 
Written By: looker
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There are a lot of us out here who support Senator Kerry and will be there for him if he decides to run.

Just look at the numbers: his e-mail list has grown HUGELY since the election. He’s raking in money for Dems hand over fist and nobody is twisting our arms to give it to him. Many of us will only donate through Senator Kerry’s PAC. His recent visit to Grinnell in Iowa pulled in 1000 supporters where his last visit there (prior to the election) netted an audience of 400.

And check out the Kerry group at Democratic Underground. This group was started AFTER the election and it is currently at over 85K posts. We aren’t talking the Democratic Party here. We are talking REAL supporters. The Party might prefer someone else, but no other Dem has a support forum that even comes close to 85K. And the Party certainly isn’t going to tell me who to support.

The huge amount of support that is still out here for Senator Kerry and the rapid rate at which it is INCREASING has generated a lot of attacks from both sides. Yeah, I can see how a Kerry candidacy might threaten the ambitions of those with lesser qualifications.

 
Written By: DynamicDems
URL: http://www.dynamicdems.com

 
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