PRE-FACE – Tuesday, November 09, 2004Good morning!
Kerry can never be a distinguished legislator or an articulate spokesman, so methinks we're talking fundraiser.
He'll succeed only if the Party feels it is near collapse. He'll bring in some remaining, energetic Deaniac-types, but he would alienate most other Dems. We don't know about his fundraising in a party setting, and he most certainly isn't a plausible person let alone a competent person.
From a political standpoint, he has to; it is something he promised. It's a losing proposition, though, so he need not worry about it passing; any major expenditure of "political capital" would be ridiculous.
It's a game of placation. He assuredly received at least some votes from people concerned about this issue – discard the exit polls, for God's sake! – so he is obligated to keep his word.
And if this Amendment somehow managed to pass both houses of Congress and three-quarters of State legislatures, it is not going to kill the Republic. It could actually help the GOP in the long run.