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7/29/2004

 

An Independent Editorial


This paragraph is from an editorial in the Brit paper Independent, reprinted in the Thursday's Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

This Democratic Party convention is not striking out in any new direction. It is a classic of the genre, with the star-power of the Clintons and the Kennedys raising the curtain in the grand style for the arrival today of presidential nominee John Kerry.

This convention is no make-or-break gamble in the sense that it could doom or even weigh down Kerry's campaign. It's far too carefully orchestrated for that. …

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To many voters, including many Democrats, this new JFK remains senator for Massachusetts and Vietnam War hero, but otherwise a blank. He has been unable to project an image of himself across the United States as a national leader in waiting, an attractive and forceful personality who has a well-qualified team and a full slate of well-formulated policies for the country.
That concept could have been lifted from this space except that I complete it. Kerry cannot "project an image of himself across the United States as a national leader in waiting, an attractive and forceful personality who has a well-qualified team and a full slate of well-formulated policies for the country," because he "remains… a blank."

His only hope is that enough voters believe that a blank is better than Bush. And he'll need more than Clinton's 43-percent.

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