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Analysis: Kerry Term Would Face Hurdles
AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/23/04 | Nancy Benac - AP

Posted on 10/23/2004 9:12:41 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON - If Sen. John Kerry (news - web sites) is elected, his presidency is likely to bring a sharp shift in White House direction — along with pragmatic backpedaling on some of his boldest campaign promises.

From his ambitious health-care proposal to his pledges to add 40,000 troops to the military and 10 million jobs to the economy, Kerry has a multitude of multi-pointed plans, and he talks optimistically about making them reality.

Corporate tax loopholes? Gone "in a nanosecond," says Kerry. The Bush administration's new overtime regulations? Reversed on Day One, says running mate John Edwards (news - web sites).

And yet Kerry, a four-term senator, has been around Washington long enough to know how hard it is to get things done in an era of divided government, high budget deficits and war. Already, he has scaled back his child-care assistance and national service plans due to tight dollars and his pledge to follow a "pay-as-you-go" style of governing.

Kerry talks openly about the limitations he would face as president.

Asked recently what he would do to stop genocide in the Sudan, Kerry told a TV interviewer he'd do "everything possible," but he added that "our flexibility is less than it was" because of the demands from U.S. commitments in Iraq (news - web sites) and Afghanistan (news - web sites).

Reflecting on the past few years, with Republicans running both houses of Congress, Kerry said: "People don't understand what it's been like to have a House of Representatives run by Tom DeLay, and Republicans in the Senate run by a group of ideologues, and it's been hard to deliver things to people — anything to anybody."

Even if Democrats make inroads on Election Day, the next Congress is sure to remain sharply divided and highly partisan.

Kerry's maneuvering room would be further limited by the war on terror and the situation in Iraq, which are sure to dominate the attention of the next president. Osama bin Laden (news - web sites) and other al-Qaida leaders are at large, and Kerry's plan to "win the peace" in Iraq contains many question marks.

"His governing will be dictated by events that are imposed upon him, regardless of how he wants to govern, and the critical one will be Iraq," said Marc Landy, a political science professor at Boston College.

Landy's shorthand description of Kerry's approach to Iraq: "Bush without the swagger," following through on U.S. commitments while trying to get more support from other nations. But Landy said Kerry will be under intense pressure because many of his supporters simply want America to get out.

"Even John Kerry doesn't know what do about that, because it's such a nasty choice," Landy said.

Kerry's goal of beginning a drawdown of U.S. troops within six months and completing it in four years is dependent on the willingness of allies to shoulder more of the burden — anything but a sure thing. But he can sweeten his pitch for more international assistance by dangling a share of the reconstruction dollars that Bush has largely reserved for American companies.

Stylistically, the shift from Bush to Kerry would be dramatic. Where Bush is prone to short, simple declaratives and a Texan's folksy mannerisms, Kerry is a reserved New Englander known more for meandering deliberation and a self-described tendency toward "Senate-speak."

Still, former campaign manager Jim Jordan says the senator is sure of himself when making decisions on policy. "Although he is indisputably one who possesses progressive instincts, he's very rational and very, very practical. I think he would govern much like Clinton did," Jordan says.

Long a Senate backbencher without a leadership role, Kerry has little experience as a chief executive to evaluate in predicting his governing style. He appears to favor a fairly flat organizational structure, giving many aides access to him, rather than the more hierarchal organization associated with Bush.

"His leadership is based on extensive consultation," says Darrell West, a political scientist at Brown University. "He's not going to be an impulsive president."

Kerry's intimate knowledge of Congress and its key players could be helpful, West said, but there is also the risk that "familiarity breeds contempt."

"We know he's not a warm and cuddly guy," West said. "He may not have the personal relationships that are helpful."

Former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey, who served with Kerry, says that on both domestic and international issues, the presidential contender has shown "he's not naive when it comes to getting people to work together" on difficult problems.

Kerry's work in the Senate to normalize U.S. relations with Vietnam and resolve questions about American POWs there displayed "an open-mindedness that is going to be needed on problems from Iraq to Social Security (news - web sites), where people tend to draw an ideological line in the sand," Kerrey said.

In areas where Kerry could act unilaterally, meanwhile, he could be expected to issue a staccato series of policy reversals, returning a wide range of regulations on the environment, abortion and other issues to their Clinton-era status. Kerry also would move quickly to lift Bush's executive order restricting medical research involving embryonic stem cells.

More broadly, Kerry's administration could be expected to bring a new approach across the horizon: tougher on polluters, less heavy-handed in using anti-terrorism statutes, more amenable to addressing global warming, hostile to even partial privatization of Social Security, opposed to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, to name a few.

The path is less clear on some of Kerry's signature campaign proposals.

Kerry says his first order of business as president would be to "send Congress a health care plan that stops spiraling costs, covers every child in America, and makes it possible for every American to get the same health care as any member of Congress."

But the sheer scope of the proposal and the price tag — anywhere from $653 billion to $1.25 trillion over 10 years, by outside estimates — guarantees plenty of resistance. He's made other big-ticket proposals as well: a $2,500-a-year tax credit for college tuition, for one.

Kerry says he can finance his proposals by rolling back Bush's tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, closing various loopholes and getting allies to help share the burden in Iraq. But there is huge skepticism that he could deliver all he has promised and still meet his promises to cut the deficit at least in half within four years and not to raise taxes on people earning less than $200,000.

"On the big stuff, on Iraq, on the tax rollback, I don't see Congress being cooperative," said Barry Burden, a professor of government at Harvard University. Still there are other areas where Congress might be more amenable.

For example, Kerry's calls to increase financial support for schools under the No Child Left Behind law and to strengthen homeland security by doing more to protect ports and inspect airline cargo would be hard for Congress to resist politically, Burden said.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: analysis; face; hurdles; kerry; term

Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry (news - web sites) makes an unscheduled visit to the Red Rooster Cafe in Anthony, Texas, October 23, 2004. REUTERS/Brian Snyder US ELECTION


1 posted on 10/23/2004 9:12:42 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge
hurdle ? = Mama T :-\

Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry (news - web sites), receives a hug from a supporter after a rally Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004 in Miramar, Fla. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
2 posted on 10/23/2004 9:13:56 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... The War on Terrorism is the ultimate 'faith-based' initiative.)
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To: NormsRevenge

John Kerry, Doofus-in-Chief.


3 posted on 10/23/2004 9:14:55 PM PDT by Lunkhead_01
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To: NormsRevenge

Kerry asks, "Where's the Beef?


4 posted on 10/23/2004 9:16:19 PM PDT by hyperpoly8 (Illegitimati Non Carborundum)
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To: NormsRevenge
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., center, shakes hands with Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., after a Senate vote March 2. 2004, to extend the ban on military-style firearms another 10 years. At right,  Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and center, partially hidden,  Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. 'Kerry's intimate knowledge of Congress and its key players could be helpful,' says Darrell West, a political scientist at Brown University, but there is also the risk that 'familiarity breeds contempt.'' (AP Photo/Dennis Cook/File)

Sen. John Kerry (news - web sites), D-Mass., center, shakes hands with Sen. Charles Schumer (news, bio, voting record), D-N.Y., after a Senate vote March 2. 2004, to extend the ban on military-style firearms another 10 years.

At right, Sen. Edward Kennedy (news, bio, voting record), D-Mass., and center, partially hidden, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (news, bio, voting record), D-Calif.

'Kerry's intimate knowledge of Congress and its key players could be helpful,' says Darrell West, a political scientist at Brown University, but there is also the risk that 'familiarity breeds contempt.'' (AP Photo/Dennis Cook/File)


5 posted on 10/23/2004 9:16:32 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... The War on Terrorism is the ultimate 'faith-based' initiative.)
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To: NormsRevenge
We simply cannot let this person win. He cannot be President. It's as simple as that. Vote Bush!!!!!!!!!
6 posted on 10/23/2004 9:18:13 PM PDT by SoCar (John Kerry's campaign is a distraction from the fight against al-Qaida)
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To: NormsRevenge

Some lady showing Teresa she can work as an intern.


7 posted on 10/23/2004 9:18:35 PM PDT by hyperpoly8 (Illegitimati Non Carborundum)
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To: NormsRevenge
Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry holds five month old Zoey Busboom as he arrives at a rally in Reno, Nevada October 22, 2004. The sign on the baby's neck reads 'Don't make me pay for the Bush deficit, Vote Kerry Edwards'.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder     US ELECTION

Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry (news - web sites) holds five month old Zoey Busboom as he arrives at a rally in Reno, Nevada October 22, 2004. The sign on the baby's neck reads 'Don't make me pay for the Bush deficit, Vote Kerry Edwards'. REUTERS/Brian Snyder US ELECTION


8 posted on 10/23/2004 9:18:41 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... The War on Terrorism is the ultimate 'faith-based' initiative.)
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To: NormsRevenge

That "supporter" looks like she OWNS Treesa. The highness couldn't break out of that clutch with a crowbar.


9 posted on 10/23/2004 9:19:50 PM PDT by bannie (Jamma Nana!)
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To: SoCar

Can you imagine the nightmare scenario:

John Kerry elected president . . . two weeks later we capture Bin Laden.

Kerry gets all the credit.

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.


10 posted on 10/23/2004 9:22:42 PM PDT by ruiner
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To: ruiner
I can't and will not imagine that nightmare. What scares me is a Kerry win and me actually rooting against our country so that he gets no credit for any successes. That is my nightmare scenario.<p<Vote Bush!!!!!!!!!!!!!
11 posted on 10/23/2004 9:25:28 PM PDT by SoCar (John Kerry's campaign is a distraction from the fight against al-Qaida)
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To: ruiner

No, it would be more like 2 weeks later, Kerry spills the beans that Osama has been dead now for a long time... making him a Martyr, inviting more inspired attacks for revenge, spoiling the intelligence benefits of our enemy not knowing, etc.


12 posted on 10/23/2004 9:26:42 PM PDT by Safrguns
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To: bannie

Ms Kerry, like psuedo husband, does not like to be touched or hugged by common folk. In fact, they do not even like to touch each other. LOL


13 posted on 10/23/2004 9:26:46 PM PDT by Conservababe
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To: NormsRevenge
"On the big stuff, on Iraq, on the tax rollback, I don't see Congress being cooperative," said Barry Burden, a professor of government at Harvard University.

We need a Haavaad Professor to tell us this? What kind of a name is "Barry" for a Haavaad Professor, anyway? Do real professors actually use big words like "stuff"?

The next pronouncement by the learned gentlemen will be that tuition rates will be going up. "Stuff" happens, you know.

Kerry would have no mandate, no majority in either house, and no personal charisma. If he couldn't get anything of his through the Senate as a Senator, how's he going to do it as President?

Gerry Ford had more juice as POTUS than this guy would. We'll just have to call Kerry "Placeholder of the United States".

I hope there aren't any Freepers out there wasting tens of thousands of dollars a year on tuition for their kid so that he/she can learn how to say "stuff".

14 posted on 10/23/2004 9:29:25 PM PDT by You Dirty Rats (WE WILL WIN WITH W - Isara)
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To: NormsRevenge

Have you watched that video of Richard Holbrooke and Wes Clarke meeting with the KLA on behalf of Kerry? This isn't going to matter once this gets out.


15 posted on 10/23/2004 9:36:39 PM PDT by Eva
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To: NormsRevenge
The formating of this article is appropriate, in that it becomes clear that we must "read between the lines"

"From his ambitious health-care proposal to his pledges to add 40,000 troops to the military and 10 million jobs to the economy, Kerry has a multitude of multi-pointed plans, and he talks optimistically about making them reality"

$1.5 Trillion in new spending, massive tax increases to fund it, and a resulting slowing economy will not create 10 million new jobs. Kerry's spending will be largely money down the rat hole, with ever increasing health care costs and declining access and quality, as apposed to allowing American's to keep their hard earned pay. Add to that his anti-corporate, anti-capitalist agenda of onerous regulation, and burdensome and ultimately inflationary tax increases, and you can forget just about any new jobs.

Corporate tax loopholes? Gone "in a nanosecond," says Kerry. The Bush administration's new overtime regulations? Reversed on Day One, says running mate John Edwards (news - web sites)."

How Kerry expects to keep jobs here with his plans of tax increases, massive increases in regulation and employee health care costs, and the idiocy of the "Kyoto Accords" is beyond me. Look for an exodus of corporations offshore, scaling back of plans of foreign corporation's investment in plants in the US, and the steep decline of the Auto Industry in the US.

"Landy's shorthand description of Kerry's approach to Iraq: "Bush without the swagger," following through on U.S. commitments while trying to get more support from other nations. But Landy said Kerry will be under intense pressure because many of his supporters simply want America to get out. "Even John Kerry doesn't know what do about that, because it's such a nasty choice," Landy said."

Kerry hasn't a clue what to do about the war on terror. His term in office will be an unmitigated disaster. If we survive 4 years of his weakness and vacillation, we will be in such a terrible strategic position, that a Republican President will have almost nothing to work with by 2008. I have no confidence that Kerry will do anything aggressive or proactive as he has "said" he would do. Why believe a proven liar?

16 posted on 10/23/2004 9:58:00 PM PDT by Richard Axtell (Electing Kerry would be national suicide.)
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To: NormsRevenge
"... I think he [sKerry] would govern much like Clinton did," Jordan says.

I mean this most sincerely: God help us if this happens. <shudder>

17 posted on 10/23/2004 10:11:14 PM PDT by upchuck (Pajamas? I don' need no steenking pajamas!!)
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To: Eva

Where is that?


18 posted on 10/23/2004 10:19:44 PM PDT by Howlin (Bush has claimed two things which Democrats believe they own by right: the presidency & the future)
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To: upchuck

Amen to that. This is a honest to goodness nightmare scenario.

Think of all those Clinton people out there we hated -- the ones that brought us to 9-11; they're all out there, a government in waiting.


19 posted on 10/23/2004 10:22:06 PM PDT by Howlin (Bush has claimed two things which Democrats believe they own by right: the presidency & the future)
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To: ApesForEvolution

Read this.


20 posted on 10/23/2004 10:23:11 PM PDT by Howlin (Bush has claimed two things which Democrats believe they own by right: the presidency & the future)
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To: NormsRevenge

Ya know, a couple of Dem friends of mine told me awhile back that they were opposed to Bush because "he lied and I don't like liars". They both said the same thing, virtually word-for-word. At the time, I just let them rant.

However, since then, there has been a plethora of evidence proving that Bush didn't lie: the 9/11 Commission being the most important among them.

Funny thing, though, my liberal friends have laid low ever since. If they don't like liars, I can't help but wonder why they will vote for Kerry. I know that the facts that have been released about Bush have no bearing on them. but I would love to be a neuron in their brains for a day to try to understand how they think.

Because, after all, they don't like liars. But, they'll vote for Kerry. Go figure.


21 posted on 10/23/2004 10:32:34 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Repeal CFR NOW!!)
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To: Howlin

I read it. What do you think? BTW, 'hey!'...


22 posted on 10/23/2004 10:36:13 PM PDT by ApesForEvolution (You will NEVER convince me that Muhammadanism isn't a veil for MASS MURDERS. Save your time...)
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To: Howlin
Click Here
23 posted on 10/23/2004 10:39:42 PM PDT by Eva
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To: ApesForEvolution

I think if I really "think" about him becoming president, I might "think" about leaving this country.

Talk about running screaming from the room...


24 posted on 10/23/2004 10:45:51 PM PDT by Howlin (Bush has claimed two things which Democrats believe they own by right: the presidency & the future)
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To: Eva

Thank you, friend.


25 posted on 10/23/2004 10:46:29 PM PDT by Howlin (Bush has claimed two things which Democrats believe they own by right: the presidency & the future)
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To: Howlin

LOL

Can we liberate America from the IslamoCommunists from afar?


26 posted on 10/23/2004 10:47:59 PM PDT by ApesForEvolution (You will NEVER convince me that Muhammadanism isn't a veil for MASS MURDERS. Save your time...)
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To: Howlin

This is the most damning evidence that I can imagine. The only thing worse would be film of Kerry taking money from the Islamist terrorists. The fact that Wes Clarke and Richard Holbrooke seem to be hosting the fund raiser is amazing. Just when you think that the Democrats couldn't stoop any lower, this pops up. Holbrooke ties Clinton to this also, since he was a Clinton appointee.


27 posted on 10/23/2004 10:55:03 PM PDT by Eva
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To: Eva

Have you got another address for that? I can't get it to play.


28 posted on 10/23/2004 10:57:06 PM PDT by Howlin (Bush has claimed two things which Democrats believe they own by right: the presidency & the future)
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Presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry (news - web sites) speaks at a rally at the Field of Dreams in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004. (AP Photo/David Pierre)


29 posted on 10/23/2004 11:03:35 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... The War on Terrorism is the ultimate 'faith-based' initiative.)
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To: Howlin

http://cgi.omroep.nl/cgi-bin/streams?/tv/vpro/tegenlicht/bb.20040905.asf?title=Bekijk


30 posted on 10/23/2004 11:05:32 PM PDT by Eva
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To: Eva
Thanks!

A sign language interpreter translates as Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., speaks at a rally in Las Cruces, N.M. Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

A sign language interpreter translates as Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry (news - web sites), D-Mass., speaks at a rally in Las Cruces, N.M. Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

31 posted on 10/23/2004 11:10:09 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... The War on Terrorism is the ultimate 'faith-based' initiative.)
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To: Howlin

Do you think that this is the October Surprise?


32 posted on 10/23/2004 11:30:34 PM PDT by Eva
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To: ruiner
Can you imagine the nightmare scenario: John Kerry elected president . . . two weeks later we capture Bin Laden. Kerry gets all the credit. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

I think a lot of soldiers are not going to re-enlist if sKerry gets elected, that will leave a big hole for him to fill in. Can we say "KERRY DRAFT"!

Without the manpower, he will never get Bin Laden!

33 posted on 10/24/2004 12:01:50 AM PDT by blondee123 (Proud Member of the FR Pajama Blogger Brigade - New Sheriffs in Town!)
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