John Kerry Must Go + (Why ANA Endorses a President)

  1. John Kerry Must Go
    Note to Democrats: it's not too late to draft someone--anyone--else
    April 27th, 2004 11:45 AM
    Mondo Washington
    by James Ridgeway

    WASHINGTON, D.C.-- With the air gushing out of John Kerry's balloon, it may be only a matter of time until political insiders in Washington face the dread reality that the junior senator from Massachusetts doesn't have what it takes to win and has got to go. As arrogant and out of it as the Democratic political establishment is, even these pols know the party's got to have someone to run against George Bush. They can't exactly expect the president to self-destruct into thin air.

    With growing issues over his wealth (which makes fellow plutocrat Bush seem a charity case by comparison), the miasma over his medals and ribbons (or ribbons and medals), his uninspiring record in the Senate (yes war, no war), and wishy-washy efforts to mimic Bill Clinton's triangulation gimmickry (the protractor factor), Kerry sinks day by day. The pros all know that the candidate who starts each morning by having to explain himself is a goner.

    What to do? Look for the Dem biggies, whoever they are these days, to sit down with the rich and arrogant presumptive nominee and try to persuade him to take a hike. Then they can return to business as usual--resurrecting John Edwards, who is still hanging around, or staging an open convention in Boston, or both.

    If things proceed as they are, the dim-bulb Dem leaders are going to be very sorry they screwed Howard Dean.

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    Additional reporting: Alicia Ng and Phoebe St John

    http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0417/mondo1.php
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  2. 22 Comments

  3. by   Jaaaman
    Not looking to good for the Dems these days...........
  4. by   Mkue
    Mr. Kerry came out criticizing the current administration, rather than promoting himself and I think that was the biggest failure. Although he has attracted anti-war, anti-Bush voters we really are finally getting to know more about Mr. Kerry and growing issues that are mentioned in hbscott's article.
  5. by   BeachNurse
    Not a surprise..
  6. by   BadBird
    So he got caught on tape in a couple of lies, what a suprise I personally wish there was a young Ross Perot running.
  7. by   hbscott
    Quote from mkue
    Mr. Kerry came out criticizing the current administration, rather than promoting himself and I think that was the biggest failure. Although he has attracted anti-war, anti-Bush voters we really are finally getting to know more about Mr. Kerry and growing issues that are mentioned in hbscott's article.
    And I can't help but wonder why the ANA endorsed Kerry?

    -HBS
  8. by   pattyjo
    Quote from hbscott
    And I can't help but wonder why the ANA endorsed Kerry?

    -HBS
    HBS; You can go to the ANA website http://www.nursingworld.org/ and then click on the Nurses for Kerry logo on the left side of the page. That link will take you to information about the member online voting process, the quesionaire sent out to all candidates and the review process, and other information about the decision making.
    Hope that helps.
    Patty
  9. by   hbscott
    Quote from pattyjo
    HBS; You can go to the ANA website http://www.nursingworld.org/ and then click on the Nurses for Kerry logo on the left side of the page. That link will take you to information about the member online voting process, the quesionaire sent out to all candidates and the review process, and other information about the decision making.
    Hope that helps.
    Patty
    Thanks!

    I have read the link you posted I just have trouble taking it seriously. The ANA claims this was a bi-partisan process but if you are familiar with the term "push polling" I think those principles can be applied in this case.

    The ANA has never endorsed a Republican so I find it hard to believe that the ANA is "fair and balanced." The ANA has a very well documented politically partisan history

    -HBS
    Last edit by hbscott on Apr 28, '04
  10. by   pattyjo
    Quote from hbscott
    Thanks!

    I have read the link you posted I just have trouble taking it seriously. The ANA claims this was a bi-partisan process but if you are familiar with the term "push polling" I think the principles can be applied in this case.

    The ANA has never endorsed a Republican so I find it hard to believe that the ANA is "fair and balanced." The ANA has a very well documented politically partisan history

    -HBS
    Ok, well, you wanted to know how/why ANA endorsed candidates, and that is the process. Endorsements for any candidate by any organization should be used as a tool to help voters make decision. It's our responsibility to weigh the positions and then vote according to our own set of beliefs/values/hopes.

    Perhaps ANA has not endorsed a Republican for President, and again, the reasons for endorsement have to do with the candidate's responses to very specific nursing/health care related questions, but it isn't true that they have never endorsed a Republican. Arlen Specter R senator from PA was endorsed in the PA primary which was held yesterday. (He won.)
  11. by   Mkue
    I believe the ANA has only ONCE endorsed a Republican. I could be wrong, not sure, not able to find any information about that person, maybe there is a list of their endorsements.
  12. by   Mkue
    pattyjo, is there a link to a list of past endorsements?
  13. by   pattyjo
    Quote from mkue
    pattyjo, is there a link to a list of past endorsements?
    Marie: I am trying to find a list of all endorsements, but since ANA has been endorsing since 1984, I am afraid it will be quite lengthy!! Perhaps HBS has some information, since her/his post makes reference to a well documented politically partisan history.
    I'll keep looking!
    Patty
  14. by   Mkue
    No problem pattyjo, I tried to find a list at the ANA site and wasn't successful, maybe something will show up.

    Thanks

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