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  •  Massachussets (none)
    Was clearly Code for "Gay Marriage Loving" and "High Taxes."

    It was a great disappointment that Kerry did not turn this around, by making it a matter of honor -

    - "How dare the President insult my state.  Is he aware that Massachussets ranks lowest [near lowest?] in divorces, etc. [educational opportunities, etc.] Have we said anything about Texas's (high divorce rate, etc.?)

    "The President should think twice before smearing one of the most succesful states in the union."

    •  Problem (none)
      While I agree with this sentiment, I know that if Kerry started to tout the successful institutions in Massachussets, the RWCM would pounce on Kerry for trying to "take credit" for all the good things about the state.

      As a senator, Kerry really has no say in regards to state laws, and unlike a governor, secretary of state or attorney general cannot take credit for successful programs in Mass. (other than those made possible through federal grants or laws).

      Nevertheless, Kerry could have responded to Bush's statement by saying something like, "I am proud to be from Massachussets. I would hope our President would want every American to be proud of the country and state he or she calls 'home.'"

      Signature goes here.

      by lalawguy on Wed Jul 13, 2005 at 02:42:56 PM PDT

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      •  Sometimes you have say "Fuck the RWCM." (none)
        A more critical example was the appearance of OBL on the eve of the election, which in the absurd world of our electorate, most likely helped Bush win.

        In retrospect, should Kerry have said, "Why is this man free?  Why was he allowed to escape at Tora Bora?  This shows the incompetence of this administration in the war on terror."?

        Maybe the RWCM would have jumped all over him for politicizing terror.  But maybe he could have added, "Some will say this is politicizing the issue of terror.  I say to you that no one has politicized terror more than this administration.  And the appearance and continued freedom of this gloating madman who the President said he wanted 'dead or alive' shows that the President has failed in the war on terror."

        Dean probably would have said something like that.  (But he also said OBL should get a fair trial.  True, but politically poisonous.)

        (I don't usually use obscenity in posts, but I just listened to "On Point" and heard David Corn sputtering helplessly as, after he had obliterated all of the purported Rove "defenses," Byron York and some Ga. Congressman went into their "partisan Dems. routine.")

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