You are not allowed to say another word about Kerry without thinking about facing down Nixon, facing down Reagan, facing down Bush I, and what kind of a person it took to do that.
The fact that we are not hearing about that stuff from the Kerry campaign shows just how damaged our political world is — the people running the Kerry campaign don’t dare bring up the times Kerry faced down corruption, rottenness, and pure evil in the form of former Republican presidents and their thugs, because people like those former Rethuglican presidents too much. They fondly remember the nuclear brinkmanship and raving, delusional, McCarthyesque anti-Red paranoia of Ronald Reagan. They think of Nixon not as a crook but as an elder statesman. They think of Bush I not as a creepy ex-spymaster who engineered Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait through duplicitous diplomacy (April Glaspie) in order to create a convenient excuse for a nice little war in the Middle East, but as a sane, wise statesman. They forget the history of Republicans busting the budget and accusing Democrats of fiscal responsibility, of shredding safety nets and making America a worse place for anyone who’s not rich to live, of massive deregulation leading to corruption and malfeasance and a degradation of the country’s business climate… After all, the Republicans want to cut taxes for the rich and make everyone rich, right? So we can’t say bad things about them…
And to be honest, Bush II does make his father, Reagan, and Nixon look like Franklin Delano Freaking Roosevelt in comparson, he’s so over the top.
But the whole thing is sad. Kerry isn’t “good enough,” he’s not a “barely adequate alternative.” He’s a great candidate, a great statesman, a great man.
But the Democrats are too fearful and weak and cowed to even speak of the best things Kerry has ever done.
That’s the kind of sickening world we’ve created.