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  •  Not because I personally thought so, (0+ / 0-)

    I assure you. Yet millions did, and we ran against him a candidate for whom personal, folksy charm was not exactly a long suit. This was a mistake.

    I like John Kerry and look forward to seeing what he does at Defense. The point of my parent comment was not to bash him.

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    by eataTREE on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 02:15:40 PM PST

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    •  I Like Kerry and agree with you (0+ / 0-)

      He just wasn't That Guy. He wasn't Mr. Flash,  or Mr. Magnetic Personality. He was smart, competent, and sophisticated to be sure, but he was up against a  president, who, as far as Red Staters were concerned, was the next best thing to Jesus Himself.

      Also, we were in the thick of Iraq and Afghanistan. So that made Dubya a "War Time" president.

      There was one unforgivable unforced error: Kerry said that even knowing what we know now about WMDs in Iraq (vis a vis their non-existence) he would have still invaded the country. Well, shit, what the hell would be the difference then in electing you that we don't already have with Dum Dum?

      But that's the thing; Kerry was in an awful position, too close to 9/11 and with troops in the Middle East he needed to strike a position between being seen a strong Commander in Chief, and showing himself to be smarter than the current one.  It was an impossible task. It would take another four years of Bush fuckups to show the country that he was right.

      One more note: Howard Dean, God love him, would have been roadkill.  Yeah, we all might have felt better about ourselves had he been nominated rather than Kerry, but it would have been a more lopsided loss.

      Message to Dems: We HAVE to start showing up for Midterms.

      by Jank2112 on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 06:45:19 PM PST

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