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John Kerry has displayed a failure of leadership.

The goal of a Presidential candidate is to LEAD. That means not conceding the race until the last vote is counted. And if there is vote suppression widespread enough that it could have affected the outcome of the race, like Ohio, then the goal of a presidential candidate is to lead his supporters into the streets and not leave until another election is held.

By refusing to challenge the outcome of the election, John Kerry completely ignores the example of Victor Yushchenko. Yushchenko, on the basis of widespread election irregularities, led his people into the streets of Ukraine. They did not leave until a fair and transparent election was held. Whether Yushchenko won or lost was beside the point. The goal is to have a fair and free election whether your side wins or loses.

John Kerry calls for reforms of the electoral system. That is great. But the fact that he refuses to lead tells me he is better as a rank and file senator than he is presidential material.

Kerry is so scared of having to lead that instead of leading the fight for electoral reform, he runs and hides in the Middle East while the rest of us are left to fight it out on our own. I'll bet Rove is laughing himself to death at how he f----d Kerry so bad, he does the exact opposite of what he did in Vietnam.

It is pretty embarrassing that the Green Party, who barely broke 100,000 votes, is taking a leadership role in exposing Blackwell's antics while Kerry is running and hiding. It is amazing that Kerry is so scared that he thinks the Middle East is a safer place to be than Washington right now.

If Kerry wants my vote in 2008, he will have to learn that in order to win, he will have to learn how to be a leader instead of just a follower.

A good way to start would be to propose legislation containing the items he would have pushed for and tie up the Senate if Frist and Co. fail to give it a fair hearing. I suggest that he lead public protests against the misrule of Bush, much in the same way he did in 1971. I suggest that he go to Ukraine and meet with Yuskchenko and learn from him valuable lessons on how to be a leader. I suggest that he use Senatorial Courtesy as a way to keep unacceptable judges from being appointed to New England area courts. And I suggest that he go around to rural counties, drop into their bars and have a beer with the locals. That will debunk the myth that he is a French aristocrat who sticks his finger and goes with the wind.

One last thing. Please lay off Obama. Either he is naive or he doesn't recognize the extent of the problem. But he is only a follower right now. Kerry was supposed to be the leader of the party, so he should be the one held to a higher standard.

Originally posted to Stop the Police State! on Wed Jan 05, 2005 at 12:57 PM PST.


Since the election, my opinion of Kerry has:

8%4 votes
17%8 votes
73%34 votes

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  •  Tip jar. (4.00)

    by Eternal Hope on Wed Jan 05, 2005 at 12:47:23 PM PST

    •  He's lost me (none)
      I supported Kerry when he was third in Iowa, and he was the first candidate I actually felt good voting for since Paul Tsongas.

      Refusing to sign the objection to me looks like he is refusing to stand up for what is right becuase he wants to run in 2008. I don't believe we will change the outcome of the election, but we have to stop these abuses and start jailing people. And a Senator needs to stand on principal.

      To top it all off, he sent an email asking us to call Republican leaders to ask for reform. I find that insulting, frankly.

      Instead of political posturing, how about leading, Senator? I no longer believe that you deserve to be my President.

      I am pro-life; end the death penalty.

      by Aguas de Marco on Wed Jan 05, 2005 at 12:57:14 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  That leads to another question. (none)
        Should we support a moderate who's a strong leader or a progressive who's not such a strong leader in 2008?

        by Eternal Hope on Wed Jan 05, 2005 at 01:03:37 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  It's a false choice (none)
          I'll support a progressive who's a strong leader.

          I think much of the problem is the party machine. When Al Gore spoke at NYU, I was wondering where all that passion and commitment had been during his campaign.

          There seems to be something in the water that says the Party will only accept somebody who is "Presidential," which means without strong principals.

          I will say that I didn't think much of Dean, but since his primary loss, he has been rising in my own mind. Ditto for Clark. I am just tired of people with no fight. If we are going to lose, let's at least lose with somebody who will fight hard for what we believe in.

          I am pro-life; end the death penalty.

          by Aguas de Marco on Wed Jan 05, 2005 at 01:53:07 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  Just a technicality (none)
    Shouldn't it be "fallen" ?
  •  Immediately after the election (4.00)
    John Kerry was the most powerful democrat in America.  His failure to be a leader in any way since then has cost him that designation.

    He should have been speaking out about the DeLay situation, or about Social Security or at the very least, the irregularities in the election.

    Nothing, absolutely nothing.  

  •  The 28 year old John Kerry... (none)
    ...would have faught.

    The 64 year old John Kerry is another tired, failed politician.

    "Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything" - Joseph Stalin

    by Blue Shark on Wed Jan 05, 2005 at 01:09:58 PM PST

  •  My thoughs exactly! But... (4.00)
    I do not feel that there is anything Sen. Kerry
    could do that would earn my vote in 2008!

    I am getting more and more info on other potential candidates and am deciding which candidate I will volunteer for.  And I'm not the only one!  Sen. Kerry has lost three dedicated volunteers (to my personal knowledge). And this is in one county that he carried in a swing state!  (MI)

    The only second term dubya deserves is 20 to life!

    by Street Kid on Wed Jan 05, 2005 at 01:38:06 PM PST

  •  If Kerry gets nominated again (none)
    (which is doubtful) of course I'd vote for him.
  •  Respectfully, fuck you, John Kerry. (none)
    You know what he said in so many words in that letter?

    "Fraud occurred, but since our lawyers decided it wouldn't effect the outcome, I am not going to fight over it."

    Well fuck you too.

    [He won't even be in the Senate tomorrow when there will likely be objections heard]

    Resuscitate investigative journalism! Reality-Based does NOT mean investigations are wrong - it means investigations are essential.

    by nephalim on Wed Jan 05, 2005 at 02:54:52 PM PST

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