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  •  Richard Clarke (none)
    apologized for not stopping the 9-11 attacks.  Moreover he did it on live television, in front of a congressional commitee while looking some of the victim's families straight in the eye.

    He didn't seem weak.  He seemd to be the only real man to have served in the Bush Administration.

    ownership society - you are on your own

    by Sam I Am on Sat Aug 06, 2005 at 03:14:12 PM PDT

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    •  richard clarke (none)
      wasn't running for office.

      "i'm sorry" is no campaign platform, it's not even a starting off point.

      (OPTIMISM IS THE OPIUM OF THE PEOPLE! THE HEALTHY ATMOSPHERE STINKS! LONG LIVE TROTSKY!)

      by BiminiCat on Sat Aug 06, 2005 at 03:16:11 PM PDT

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      •  Did I say that an apology (none)
        should be the basis of a politcal campaign?

        The example of Richard Clarke was in response to the assertion that an apology would automatically make someone look weak.

        Do you think that Clarke diminished himself by his apology?

        ownership society - you are on your own

        by Sam I Am on Sat Aug 06, 2005 at 03:52:28 PM PDT

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        •  as a candidate (none)
          yes.

          (OPTIMISM IS THE OPIUM OF THE PEOPLE! THE HEALTHY ATMOSPHERE STINKS! LONG LIVE TROTSKY!)

          by BiminiCat on Sat Aug 06, 2005 at 03:59:38 PM PDT

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          •  Clarke's apology strengthened him tremendously. (none)
            • Clarke is not a candidate for office
            • even in your hypothetical answer, instead of speaking from evidence you're presuming or projecting.  Plenty of Americans know a strong leader when they see one.  Clarke has more credibility than any Democratic Senator who voted for the war.

            The fact that Clarke apologized draws your attention to the facts, which are that he did more to prevent 9/11 than anyone else whose job it was - yet he's still (wo)man enough to admit he wishes he had done more.  The problem with Dem Senators apologizing is, it reflects badly on their judgement.  That's all the more reason it takes courage to do it.  Right now the only Congressman who has that much courage seems to be Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican.  (Somebody correct me.  I wish it wasn't true!)

            Some voters (about 1/3) think hiding errors and faking strength are more important than speaking truth, being competent or learning from mistakes.  That's Bush's base.  Never compete for a fraction of that vote when you can aim for the majority.

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