Empty Days

Sunday, April 25, 2004



Mr. Invisible

Finally, a concise answer to a silent question I've been asking myself - how can John Kerry ever defeat Bush if it's nearly impossible to figure out who the man is and whether he's got any ideas of his own :-0

Overview:
Almost two months after effectively clinching the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. John F. Kerry still faces a major task � introducing himself and his candidacy to many American voters.

Kerry, his advisors and political analysts agree he remains unknown to large portions of the electorate, despite extensive media attention during the primaries and his regular presence on the campaign trail since his last major Democratic rival left the race in early March.
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New polls, meanwhile, have found that about two-thirds of Kerry's supporters back him simply because they do not like Bush; in contrast, most of the president's supporters plan to vote for Bush because they admire him and his policies.
Indeed. I don't know why the fuck some people "admire" Bush, but I sure understand why it's so hard to admire Kerry - he's non-existent or invisible, or both. And I have to wonder whether it's got something to do with his personality - maybe he's so cautious and letting his campaign people test the water before dipping his toe, that he's actually got pretty much no initiative or strong ideas of his own. Or this initiative is constantly over-run by cautiousness. Either way, there is something fishy about this whole situation. A stronger personality would have become a bit more visible by now, it seems to me.





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