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  •  John Kerry was not a mistake (3+ / 0-)
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    Brian A, Munchkn, annieli

    He just didn't want to fight back against attacks on his military service because he didn't want to open up old wounds.  Veterans like Kerry think it's best not to stoop down to the chickenhawks' level.  However, not fighting back against Bush and his 2004 campaign team (as well as the fraudulent Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth) made the race more of a nail bitter than it should have been.

    In fact, I myself and a number of those working for the Kerry campaign in 2004 believed the national campaign was just not run well.  Kerry's ground operations in the primaries were outstanding but neither he nor even Mary Beth Cahill really thought outside the box enough in mounting prompt attacks against the Bush campaign or even keeping up with that campaign's ground game.  Remember, campaigns for Democrats were run more by Washington insiders, not by real grassroots organizers like those in Obama's election and re-election campaigns.

    In fact, it has been argued that Kerry lost the election at the moment when the new Obama Bin Laden video popped up.  Immediately after the debates, Kerry had momentum but then the Bin Laden video really shut it down for him.

    Kerry had great experience, both military, foreign policy and knowledge.  He has been and always will be a bright  Democrat and one who never gives up in a debate.  He would have made an outstanding President.

    Hell, I still want Kerry to run again but I know at this point in his life, he'd rather stay out of the picture.  I don't blame him.

    •  Kerry was a mistake (2+ / 0-)
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      annieli, NonnyO

      because we had the option of Wes Clark, who would have generated quite a bit of the grassroots excitement that instead had to wait for Obama.  In the all-too-brief time of his campaign, Clark created a profoundly diverse grassroots coalition that convinced none other than Michael Moore to sign on board, and I remember being personally stunned by Clark's speeches myself.  

      Unfortunately, the Bushies saw him coming and knew he was the biggest threat, so they had their media properties savage him with utterly insane attacks in order to crush his campaign in its infancy - no "I Have A Scream" moment necessary: They just threw the kitchen sink at him and basically made shit up out of thin air to make him sound irrelevant and inept.  Wouldn't have worked once he'd been given the platform of a nomination, but it certainly convinced a lot of ignorant Democratic primary voters.  He could have saved us from four years of George W. Bush if we'd known what the hell we were doing.

      "They fear this man. They know he will see farther than they, and he will bind them with ancient logics." -The stoner guy in The Cabin in the Woods

      by Troubadour on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 12:20:57 PM PST

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      •  No he wasn't a threat (0+ / 0-)

        Seriously, I met John Kerry and believe me, you wouldn't want a debate with him.  The problem with Kerry was he was too ingrained in Washington insider politics,.  Even Wesley Clark would have had a lot of fighting to deal with within the Democratic Party if he ended up becoming the 2004 Democratic Presidential nominee.  Clark's problem was that he just wasn't prepared for the battles in the campaign and he also entered in the race must too late.  By that time, Howard Dean, Dick Gephardt, John Kerry and John Edwards were already big heavyweights.  Clark just had a major uphill battle although I agree, his grassroots campaign was strong.  I also give Michael Moore strong credit for introducing Clark.

        Besides, you shouldn't bag on Kerry anyway.  He is after all the one who selected Barack Obama to be the keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.  Would this have happened if Wesley Clark was the nominee?

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