Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Please just go away

I wish John Kerry were being sworn in as president Thursday, and not George W. Bush. But he is quickly growing tiresome in defeat, and I have to agree with the sentiments expressed in the Wall Street Journal's Best of the Web:

John Kerry* "used Boston's annual Martin Luther King Jr. memorial breakfast yesterday to decry what he called the suppression of thousands of would-be voters last November," reports the Boston Globe:

"Thousands of people were suppressed in their efforts to vote. Voting machines were distributed in uneven ways," the former Democratic nominee told an enthusiastic audience of 1,200 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in South Boston.

"In Democratic districts, it took people four, five, 11 hours to vote, while Republicans [went] through in 10 minutes. Same voting machines, same process, our America," Kerry said.

Dude, you lost. Get over it. And if there are problems with inadequate supplies of voting machines in Democratic districts, shouldn't the leaders of the Democratic Party be working with Democratic local officials to find a remedy, rather than whining about how unfair America is?

Democrats really need to stop pretending that the reason they keep losing elections is because Republicans cheat or because they fight dirty. Otherwise, they will keep losing.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

WSJ hit the issue square on the head.

I wish someone had hit John "Flubs" Kerry as hard on the noggin in Des Moines so we wouldn't have been burdened with his pitiful "campaign" ("I was in Vietnam for four months. Now please trust me with your military in the war against terror. I'm reporting for duty.")

Thanks, Iowa!

The problem with voting lines is a local one. If these are primarily Democratic wards, and there are not enough voting machines, volunteers to vet the rolls or waiver ballots in place to ensure every ballot counts, then shouldn't the Democrats who run these districts be held to account? Why are the evil Republicans to blame for your inability to make sure your voting machines work, county councils?

You mean that turnout wasn't heavy for the GOP in rural areas? Or suburbs? Or the post offices across from the mega-churches?

Martin Luther King, Jr. would not have voted for Bush. But he also wouldn't have pissed away a national holiday blaming a strawman huckster from Texas for "stealing" an election, especially one that clearly wasn't going in the Dem's favor.

Perhaps, John Kerry, you might ask yourself why the African-American vote dwindled when you ran, compared to the ever so urban campaign of Al Gore? Maybe you offered no new or exciting ideas about race or economic justice or morality, all powerful concerns of the great reverend.

Maybe on MLK day, you should just stay home with your favorite "African-American," the gagillionaire Teresa Heinz Kerry.

10:12 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gore did not go away, I doubt Kerry will either. The most dangerous place in America is between Clinton and a TV camera. Carter is always willing to shoot off his mouth too.

Compare to GHW Bush, and Ford, they stick to the old classy standard of not publicly commenting about a current prez. Kinda like how Johnny Carson handled retirement. Class.

- AtPC

9:09 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got a peek at this new magazine cover.


But why do I get the feeling, (un)connected as I am, that this photo could have been staged (errr, taken) in Des Moines last year minutes after the initial poll results came in.

Let's drink to Kerry.


Thanks, Iowa!

12:14 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or you can simply slash the tires of GOP get-out-the-vote vans in a crucial battleground state. What am I saying? That would never happen. Certainly prominent dems would step in and stop such a ridiculous stunt because it would bode poorly for the future prospects of nationwide branding efforts for the party.



5:21 PM


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