John Kerry


"I cannot vote for Kerry... [in the] 2000 election... we needed one senator to step up to the plate and sign House members' request for an investigation into the election, and the votes would not have been certified. Instead, Kerry told us to "move on" and "quit crying in our teacups"" (Letter. Texas Observer, 7/30/04: 2).


"George W. Bush, in an agreement with Ariel Sharon, accepted Jewish settlements as permanent and renounced Palestinian refugees' right to return, Kerry immediately endoresed it" (Esther Kaplan. "The Jewish Divide on Israel." The Nation, July 12, 2004: 20-24).


"His finger to the wind, John Kerry has uncritically endorsed Bush's enthusiasm for Sharon; while he once spoke somewhat critically of the wall Sharon is erecting deep inside the West Bank, Kerry now wholeheartedly endorses it as a necessary security measure" (Esther Kaplan. "The Jewish Divide on Israel." The Nation, July 12, 2004: 20-24).


"Above all Kerry can be counted on not to disturb the party's uptight wariness toward big ideas and adventurous goals. His meticulous self-caution may be the unspoken reason he was picked as everybody's default dandidate. With Kerry, the long-stewing intra-mural arguments over what exactly the Democratic Party stands for could be deferred once again... They expect Kerry to win the people's gratitude for not being George W. Bush...

"The Democratic Party has been stuck in slow gear for two decades... the party chose accommodation or shyness...

"John Kerry did not create this ambiguity of purpose, but he also does not intend to resolve it. His career and carefully nuanced positions suggest he is comfortable with straddle politics, and may not even regard it as a problem...

"The contemporary Democratic Party has also drawn back from the kind of up-close engagement with ordinary people that used to be its hallmark. It is still very much a top-down operation...

"The warrior President is breaking up before our eyes -- trapped by the consequences of his own dumb arrogance and cynicism... the clever manipulations of popular emotions are no longer able to override the visible facts. People can see the man is inadequate, also fraudulent...

"...the policy adviser Kerry assembled... are Clintonoid retreads, both in economic and foreign-policy, schooled to think small and adhere to the conventional center-right principles.... they would deflect any serious pursuit of many large issues that animate the party's rank and file: globalization, corporate power, ecology, public investment on a major scale, getting out of Iraq and not repeating that bloody folly elsewhere" (William Greider. "Slow-Gear Democrats." The Nation, Aug. 2/9, 2004: 8-10).


Colby Glass, MLIS