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Tuesday, June 22, 2004
Moving beyond "Anybody But Bush." Thoughts from Scott Turow via Amy Tan via
Tristero via Digby:
Scott Turow’s remarks on John Kerry and why he is the right person to be President:

I could say the following without blushing:  He is running against a man who was not fit for duty in 1968 and is not fit for duty today, a man who lacked the qualifications for the office when he was elected and has demonstrated it.  We have been through a skein of national disasters, for which he accepts no blame, because he literally doesn’t understand enough about the job to realize how a better President would have responded.  John Kerry has been in public life for 35 years..  He was a prosecutor when GWB was running an oil company into the ground.   And he was already a seasoned United States Senator when GWB decided it was time to give up abusing substances.  JK has a sharper grasp of foreign policy, and more experience with it, than any candidate for President in the last 50 years, with the possible exception of GHWB (see today’s NYT).   His dedication to the cause of our military and veterans is long established.  And his commitment to economic and social justice for all Americans cannot be doubted.  A man can’t be the committed liberal Bush sometimes maintains Kerry is, and also the unprincipled waffler.  Life and public service are complicated, as GWB doesn’t understand.  JK does.  He has a sense of nuance, and the experience and values to improve the life of the country.
This is a nice water cooler argument.

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