Miscellaneous Mental Musings of an Emerging Artist
Nobody took 50%, although Dean came close, so for now the MoveOn coffers remain uncommitted, at least until a few months down the road, when they hold another one of these “primaries.” A few thoughts on the results:
* As a John Kerry supporter, I was a bit disappointed in his showing, coming in third behind–predictably, I’ll admit–both Dean and Kucinich. Kerry began his campaign as a bit of a cold fish, and he still has to cement his position on such topics as the allegedly victorious war on Iraq, but I feel that in recent weeks, he’s started to find his voice, as well as his anger at an administration that needs a good hard roasting over the coals. It’s unfortunate for Kerry, however, that he’s arrived at the party late, I think it’s arguable that Dean’s blockbuster numbers and Kucinich’s impressive showing in this poll are a direct result of their fearless candor in the face of a White House that considers, like its imp Bill O’Reilly, the invective “shut up” to be a valuable debate tactic.
I think of the candidates we have available, Kerry is the most likely and the best-equipped to take down the Big W. Kucinich is going to be hard-pressed to find a large support base, and Dean’s shown himself to be weak on defense knowledge, which will hurt him against the hawk establishment of the Bush White House–Dean’s a firebrand, and frankly I’d support him as a Vice President, but as of this moment I feel like Dean’s ability to unload on the administration is the only trick he has, even if that trick is vital and inspiring. Kerry’s health plan is a good one, and his outreach is getting better all the time. He’s got a little over a year to build up steam, and I have a lot of faith he can do it.
But I’m an optimist by nature.
* I love that Joe Lieberman; the false, hollow Repubicrat Joe Lieberman, received less of the vote than an unnamed “other.”
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