September 24, 2004


John Kerry's Tipping Point (Don Hazen, September 23, 2004, AlterNet)

There is a growing sense that John Kerry's campaign has reached a tipping point. The watershed moment was a sharply worded and highly publicized speech attacking George Bush's policy on Iraq on Sept. 20 at New York University.

In his speech, Kerry said he would never have supported the invasion of an Iraq that didn't have weapons of mass destruction. By asserting that America is less safe now because Bush invaded Iraq instead of pursuing Osama bin laden – "We have traded a dictator for a chaos that has left America less secure" – Kerry is now drawing a sharp contrast with his opponent rather than trying to sell himself as a better version of Bush.

Suddenly, there was a sigh of relief heard round the world as Democrats and progressives finally got some sparkle in their eyes. Kerry was talking values, which in turn created greater clarity of purpose and momentum among his heretofore ambivalent, and carping, supporters. It also marked him for the first time as the anti-war candidate, clearly opposed to a war that a majority of Americans say has failed.

The speech represented a clear-cut articulation of progressive values that have been missing in his earlier, more mealy-mouthed statements about the war.

He's a dead man.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 24, 2004 7:25 AM

Why is he likening his candidate to a cow?

Posted by: David Cohen at September 24, 2004 7:29 AM

David: That was pretty good.

OJ: My behind. Don't you remember how well McGovern did? This is the first stage of the race to victory!


Posted by: Chris at September 24, 2004 7:33 AM

As Hugh Hewitt put it, "If it isn't close, they can't cheat."

And somebody explain "Progressive Values" to me. "Progressive People's Republic" is usually the self-description of a Mordor -- an insect-hive-with-God-King like North Korea.

Posted by: Ken at September 24, 2004 12:10 PM

Progressive Values-- a narcissistic belief that one's opinions and prejudices and whims are a substitute for long established morality and ethics, and must be implemented no matter what the cost. or how few people actually desire them.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 24, 2004 1:08 PM

John Kerry voted against authorizing the1991 Iraq war but in favor of the liberation of Kosovo. These two votes were shared by a number of other Democrats. These two votes negate every objection to the present Iraq war I can think of.

1. The UN Security Council approved the 1991 Gulf War, but not the liberation of Kosovo.

2. Iraq definitely had WMDs in 1991, but Serbia never had any.

3. Other nations of the world (particularly Japan) paid the bills for the 1991 Gulf War, but the US (so far as I know) paid for the liberation of Kosovo.

4. In 1991, Iraq threatened actual US allies like Israel and (such as they are) Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Kosovo was not an ally before or since; neither is there any apparent US interest to regional politics like there was in the Gulf.

5. In the prior two, the Democrats' objections are contradicted by both votes. Since France and Germany supported both Kosovo and Iraq 1991, only one of the votes is contradicted. Perhaps though, it ought to be one and a half, since France and Germany were mildly opposed to Kosovo.

Posted by: Kevin Colwell at September 25, 2004 4:48 AM