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  •  Yeah... (0+ / 0-)

    he is a real Michael Dukakis...(who I actually have a great respect for.)  Kerry ran an unforgivably incompetent campaign.

    and Jesse Helms was chair of the Foreign Relations committee.

    We would probably do better with a lackluster bureaucrat..who wasn't shopping for a cabinet position, any cabinet position.

    Lackluster bureaucrats with diplomatic competence make excellent secretaries of state.  

    •  Look at the polling numbers below. (2+ / 0-)
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      JBraden, askew

      And get over 2004.

      Kerry's big mistake was selecting John Edwards as veep, which you probably agreed with.

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      by Bush Bites on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 08:34:07 AM PST

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    •  The hell he did (2+ / 0-)
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      NYFM, Zack from the SFV

      Kerry was the only Dem nominee to outperform his national average in the tipping point state (OH).  Which means he at least ran a better focused campaign than other nominees.

      None of Kerry's slip-ups (voted for before against, etc.) were all that substantive.  Certainly none came close to the 47% remark or picking Snow Snookie as a running mate. It's easy to portray any Senator as a flip-flopper.

      Bush was running as a wartime incumbant and shamelessly using every executive lever to assist his campaign (bogus terror alerts, steel tarifffs, etc.)  Kerry's only opportunities to take on Bush directly were the debates, and he wiped the floor with him.

      That being said, I agree Obama shouldn't nominate Kerry because keeping the seat is too important.  Obama didn't just foist Jan Brewer on us ahead of schedule.  He scuttled any chance at winning a seat in Kansas by nominating Sebelius to HHS.  He also nearly lost us a seat in Colorado by whisking away Salazar.

      •  Brewer wasn't even ahead of schedule (1+ / 0-)
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        Zack from the SFV

        She was profoundly unpopular among Republicans.  There is no way Brewer won her party's nomination in 2010 had Napolitano served out her full term.  Brewer's election was due to one thing: her signing of SB1070, which made her an absolute hero among Republicans.

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        by sneakers563 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 02:46:11 PM PST

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