Baseball Crank
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March 18, 2004
POLITICS: Kerryism

This one is John Kerry in a nutshell:

I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.

(Link via Real Clear Politics). At the end of the day, of course, the vote was "yes" or "no," but Kerry never wants to stand up for a yes or no position on anything, does he? (UPDATE: Kaus: "If the $87 billion vote had come during the general election, and Kerry needed to appeal to moderates and conservatives, would he have voted for or against it? The question more or less answers itself") A lot of Kerry's waffles seem to come from a fear of being tagged as a liberal, which he so obviously is anyway. Prediction:

Like Al Gore's populism and Bob Dole's tax cut fever, Kerry will embrace his inner liberal only after he's frittered away half the summer.

This is why the primaries are supposed to be about showing the base you have the courage of your convictions, so you can rest on that and work on sounding moderate in the general election. Kerry hasn't proven himself as a man of principle, to put it mildly - he was busy working on looking 'electable' - so he'll have to work on that far later than he should.

Also, Ed Moltzen at LateFinal, who's been on a roll lately, fisks the living daylights out of Kerry's speech to the firefighters' union. (Link via Michele).

Posted by Baseball Crank at 7:23 AM | Politics 2004 | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)
Comments

He was for funding the troops.

He was against not repealing taxes to pay those troops.

He was against the manner in which $20 million would be awarded to external contractors.

Its not all black-and-white.

Posted by: C Giddy at March 18, 2004 5:03 PM
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