Baseball Crank
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June 17, 2004
POLITICS: Not So Easy

Some interesting Kerry stuff from Robert Sam Anson in the NY Observer last week - I can't find it online anymore - including Nixon privately calling Kerry "sort of a phony" on tape and a list of some of the daughters of fame and privilege Kerry has dated; I had forgotten that he dated Reagan's daughter.

Near the end, though, Anson says that this is an election "between a man who knows life's sorrows too well and agonizes too much, and a man who knows doubt, worry, reflection or serious hurt barely at all." You hear this sometimes about Bush, but it conveniently forgets one of the formative, and undoubtedly shattering, experiences in Bush's life - the death of his younger sister from leukemia when he was about 7 years old and she was 3 or 4. You really can't overstate the impact a thing like that that has on a kid that age, but because the Bushes don't dwell on it, Bush is seen as a guy who's never suffered.

Moreover, painting Bush as a guy who's immune to reflection ignores his decision to quit drinking, which is a fairly prime example of a man engaging in serious reflection and changing the course of his own life. Certainly you'd be hard pressed to find anything in Kerry's life over the past 30 years (i.e., since the end of his Vietnam protest days) that bespeaks a similar effort to take stock and really reorient himself. Perhaps the portrait of Bush could use some (gasp) nuance.

UPDATE: Dr. Manhattan, in the comments, points me to the link.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 6:57 AM | Politics 2004 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)
Comments

Don't you know that nuance is liberal by definition?
Anyway, here's the article in question.

Posted by: Dr. Manhattan at June 17, 2004 11:28 AM

The truth is, it's pretty unusual for first sons (esp. with the same name) of highly successful men to have any kind of professional success at all.

Posted by: John Salmon at June 18, 2004 12:13 PM
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