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  • Did Massachusetts Schooling/Culture Encourage Boston Bombers To Hate America? Bet Your Bippy

    04/22/2013 5:35:55 PM PDT · by joeclarke · 23 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 04/22/2013 | JoeClarke.Net
    At least, the Chechen President agrees with me,"Seek the roots of this evil in America," where the Tsnarnaevs were raised," said Ramzan Kadyrov. Islamic ideals, no doubt, were a driving force that drove the Brothers Tamerlan crazy, but there may be joint liability for their radical thoughts, then actions. I by no means am excusing the monsters. They made the decision to kill, no matter who inspired them to hate America. How did Tamerlan Tsarnaev slip by the FBI? Oh, wait a minute - that's President Obama's and Eric Holder's FBI, who have nearly affirmed that, "There is no such thing as...
  • A Remarkable Record on Immigration Issues From a true "Progressive" !

    05/19/2005 4:40:10 PM PDT · by genefromjersey · 12 replies · 464+ views
    Numbers USA ^ | 05/19/05 | vanity
    Did you know America's least-chosen swimming instructor is a true champion at increasing our national population ? Thanks to the good Senator,and others of like mind,our nation has had MANY "visitors" : some of whom brought us the wonders of 911. Click the link to learn more !
  • Two Cents: Putting Two Massachusetts Blowhards in Their Place

    02/05/2005 5:17:21 AM PST · by FlyLow · 18 replies · 1,969+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 2-5-05 | Chris Field
    Have you ever listened to politicians like Teddy Kennedy and John Kerry and wished you had the perfect retort to really put them in their place? Or maybe you've come up with a great response to one of their inane rants but had no place to air it. I've had the same frustrations. That's why I love it when I get to see someone else do it -- especially when it's not a conservative Republican or someone else with a potential political axe to grind. So today I want to share with you a glorious example of our beloved Lefties...
  • Kerry, Kennedy to vote against Rice

    01/19/2005 11:13:48 PM PST · by kattracks · 29 replies · 885+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 1/19/05 | AP
    WASHINGTON - Sen. John Kerry [related, bio], D-Mass., whose condemnation of the Bush administration's Iraq policies was a cornerstone of his presidential campaign, was one of two senators to vote against the nomination of Condoleezza Rice as secretary of state Wednesday.       Kerry said Rice, who has served as Bush's national security adviser, was a principal architect and defender of Iraq policies that alienated U.S. allies and failed to make the country safer.       ``Regrettably, I did not see in Dr. Rice's testimony any acknowledgment of the need to change course or of a new vision for America's role in...
  • Massachusetts Dem Opposes Roemer DNC Bid

    01/11/2005 2:37:03 AM PST · by paudio · 19 replies · 562+ views
    Fox News ^ | January 10, 2005
    The chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party said Monday that it would be "extremely foolish" for Democrats to chose someone who opposes abortion rights to lead the party. Phil Johnston (search), who heads the Democrats in losing presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry's home state, spoke out amid news of former Rep. Tim Roemer's (search) decision to seek the national party's chairmanship. "The fact that we lost the 2004 presidential race by a narrow margin should not result in the abandonment of our party's core principles," Johnston said.
  • Fox News - Kennedy Meeting with Kerry

    11/02/2004 11:11:14 PM PST · by kattracks · 57 replies · 298+ views
    Fox News | 11/03/04
    Kennedy meeting with kerry at 2 AM.
  • Senate in mind, Frank sharpens profile

    10/21/2004 6:35:49 PM PDT · by Radix · 9 replies · 372+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | October 21, 2004 | Frank Phillips
    The shadow campaign for US Senator John F. Kerry's seat saw light yesterday, with US Representative Barney Frank blanketing the airwaves of Eastern Massachusetts with television ads aimed at boosting his profile for the race that would occur if Kerry wins the White House.....
  • Bush Baffles Massachusetts Liberals: What does the president means as he slings the phrase.

    10/17/2004 1:16:58 AM PDT · by billorites · 46 replies · 1,554+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 17, 2004 | Elizabeth Mehren
    LEXINGTON, Mass. — Graphic designer Margery Stegman took notice the first time President Bush called his opponent a "Massachusetts liberal" in last week's final presidential debate. She bristled the second time the president tossed the term at Sen. John F. Kerry. Clearly the description was not intended as a compliment. When Bush used the expression a third time, Stegman said, "I thought to myself: How did this become such a pejorative?" So Stegman called her brother, an independent media producer in nearby Needham. Rob Stegman also had winced at the president's verbal triple-punch. It turns out many people in the...
  • ZOT! Lay off Massachusetts

    10/14/2004 11:30:12 AM PDT · by barbelmohr · 266 replies · 3,429+ views
    Slate ^ | Oct. 14, 2004 | Timothy Noah
    "He talks about PAYGO. I'll tell you what PAYGO means, when you're a senator from Massachusetts, when you're a colleague of Ted Kennedy ... " —President Bush in the Oct. 14 debate. "As a matter of fact, your record is such that Ted Kennedy, your colleague, is the conservative senator from Massachusetts." —Ibid. "[O]nly a liberal senator from Massachusetts would say that a 49 percent increase in funding for education was not enough." —Ibid. As a liberal, I long ago got used to name-calling from conservatives, even ones who occupy the Oval Office. (If liberalism itself were as unpopular as...
  • President attacks Kerry's liberal record

    10/07/2004 5:51:34 PM PDT · by ambrose · 17 replies · 739+ views
    President attacks Kerry's liberal record By Alec Russell in Washington (Filed: 08/10/2004) President George W Bush will tonight intensify his efforts to brand his rival as too liberal and defeatist, in a debate that has assumed a critical place in the race for the White House. Senator John Kerry's staff expect a fusillade of attacks on his long and liberal record in the senate, as Mr Bush attempts to make up the ground he lost in the first presidential debate last week. The President meets the people of Wausau, Wisconsin Convinced by their own propaganda, many Republicans sat down to...
  • Democrats Just Don't Get it

    09/30/2004 5:40:21 AM PDT · by Better to Be Lucky Than Good · 15 replies · 917+ views
    Insight on the News ^ | September 28, 2004 | Horace Cooper
    The Democrats have once again nominated for presdent a politically flawed candidate -- an East Coast liberal. And although we're almost six weeks away from election day, Kerry is almost certain to lose. And when that happens a familiar pattern will ensue: his party will proclaim the loss "unexpected" and will seek to rewrite history to explain it. You'd think the Democrats would understand the smart play would be to regroup and take a candid look at why their party has had so little success nationally winning only three times since 1968. You'd be wrong. More likely they'll do what...
  • Caption this pic! [Moby Dick and Flipper!]

    09/18/2004 11:01:29 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 30 replies · 1,483+ views
  • How Kerry Hood-winked Talk Radio

    09/18/2004 9:37:58 AM PDT · by Repub4bush · 164 replies · 6,896+ views
    Swift Veterans for Truth ^ | 9/17/04 | Geoffrey
    Kerry knew in 2002 when he was preparing his "search committee" that, if his Senate record became an issue or was even talked about on talk radio, they would start at the beginning: 1985. If they did, he knew he was done-for. So he had to come up with some way of distracting conservative talk radio. I guess he rolled the dice and figured he would rather weather the storm over his post-Vietnam activites than have anyone talk about his first four years as a Senator. He probably figured his military record was enough to pull a few pro-military/anti-Bush conservatives...
  • Kerry's left turn scares Democrats

    09/16/2004 6:48:50 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 59 replies · 2,489+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 16, 2004 | Robert Novak
    To the astonishment and dismay of Democratic politicians, John Kerry over the last weekend appeared to have forgotten his opponent for president. He did not seem to realize that he was running against George W. Bush, not Howard Dean. That was an understandable conclusion to be drawn from the Democratic nominee's course over four days. Last Friday, Sen. Kerry abruptly returned to the safely buried gun control issue by decrying President Bush for permitting the assault weapons ban to end. On Saturday, he addressed the Congressional Black Caucus with a liberal harangue. On Sunday, Kerry rested. On Monday, Kerry was...
  • Kerry’s pit bull: Ted K comes to the rescue - again

    09/14/2004 11:00:42 PM PDT · by Jenya · 21 replies · 418+ views
    Kerry’s pit bull: Ted K comes to the rescue - again WASHINGTON - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy [related, bio] is riding to John F. Kerry's rescue again, hitting the trail to blast President Bush [related, bio] in hopes of jolting Kerry's slumping campaign back to life. Kennedy - who propped up Kerry with appearances in Iowa, New Hampshire and Wisconsin when the junior senator ran aground during the primary season earlier this year - will campaign across the country starting in Pennsylvania this week. He's also planning a behind-the-scenes fund-raising and political organizing effort. ``George Bush knows he can't win...
  • Teddy to Stump for Kerry

    Kennedy to Hit Campaign Trail for Kerry Tue Sep 14, 6:30 PM ET By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (news, bio, voting record), often credited with giving a boost to John Kerry (news - web sites)'s presidential campaign, is launching a seven-week election drive for his Massachusetts colleague that will pair fund raising and travel with a barrage of speeches condemning President Bush (news - web sites)'s policies. AP Photo Slideshow: John Kerry Kennedy, D-Mass., will make two campaign stops in Pennsylvania on Friday, in addition to appearances around the country nearly every...
  • Kerry campaign haunted by ghost of Dukakis

    09/14/2004 7:57:39 PM PDT · by dano1 · 6 replies · 504+ views
    The Australian ^ | 15sep04 | The Australian
    ONE of the more interesting things John Kerry has done in 30 years in US politics is a stint as the number two to Michael Dukakis as governor of Massachusetts. Like much of the non-military part of Kerry's CV, however, this period has been little mentioned in the 2004 presidential campaign. Indeed, poor Dukakis has been noticeable by his complete absence from this year's contest, airbrushed out of Democratic history like an early Bolshevik in Stalin's Russia. The 1988 Dukakis presidential campaign against George Bush Sr is now widely acknowledged to have been among the most jaw-droppingly inept in modern...
  • Kennedy to Hit Campaign Trail for Kerry

    09/14/2004 3:57:21 PM PDT · by Stellar Dendrite · 92 replies · 1,609+ views
    AP ^ | 9/14/04 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    Kennedy to Hit Campaign Trail for Kerry 23 minutes ago By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (news, bio, voting record), often credited with giving a boost to John Kerry (news - web sites)'s presidential campaign, is launching a seven-week election drive for his Massachusetts colleague that will pair fund raising and travel with a barrage of speeches condemning President Bush (news - web sites)'s policies. AP Photo Photo AP Photo Slideshow Slideshow: John Kerry Kennedy, D-Mass., will make two campaign stops in Pennsylvania on Friday, in addition to appearances around the country nearly...
  • Kerry is getting the fatal Dukakis touch

    09/13/2004 10:32:13 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 55 replies · 1,562+ views
    The Times ^ | September 14, 2004 | Gerard Baker
    ONE of the more interesting things that John Kerry has done in 30 years in American politics is a stint as the No 2 to Michael Dukakis as Governor of Massachusetts.Like much of the nonmilitary part of his CV, however, this period has been little mentioned in the 2004 presidential campaign. Indeed, poor Mr Dukakis has been noticeable by his complete absence from this year’s contest, airbrushed out of Democratic history like an early Bolshevik in Stalin’s Russia. The 1988 Dukakis presidential campaign against George H. W. Bush is now universally acknowledged to have been among the most jaw-droppingly inept...
  • Kerry makes push to get black vote - "a task that Kerry has not had to perform in Massachusetts."

    09/11/2004 12:13:34 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies · 569+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | September 11, 2004 | Susan Milligan
    Jackson himself uttered a veiled criticism of Kerry this week, telling CNN that ''Mr. Kerry is reaching out, but he needs more than a shake-up. A shake-up cannot just be a vanilla shake. It has to be a bonding of the base." In 1988, Jackson overcame initial doubts about Massachusetts Governor Michael S. Dukakis, and the Dukakis campaign provided Jackson with his own plane to travel the country and help motivate black voters. This year, said Lynch of the Kerry campaign, Jackson ''will have his own plan, he will not have his own plane," but acknowledged that logistics of Jackson's...
  • Massachusetts governor said Kerry is heir to Kennedy's liberal legacy

    09/01/2004 5:10:32 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 5 replies · 351+ views
    Massachusetts governor said Kerry is heir to Kennedy's liberal legacy 9/1/2004, 7:47 p.m. ET By STEVE LeBLANC The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Massachusetts Republican Gov. Mitt Romney said he hopes John Kerry will stay his senator until 2008. Romney painted Kerry as the heir to the liberal legacy of Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. He said voters who sided with Kennedy during the 1980s should back Kerry, while those who voted former President Ronald Reagan should back Bush. "Let me say I respect (Kerry's) four months under enemy fire in Vietnam," Romney said in prepared text of a speech...
  • JOHN KERRY VOTED FOR KENNEDY's ban on ALL CENTERFIRE AMMO (63-34 defeated) - Yeas and nays

    03/02/2004 3:06:09 PM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 145 replies · 3,024+ views
    Thomas ^ | 3-2-03 | Ted Kennedy
    TEXT OF AMMO BILL YEAs ---34 Akaka (D-HI) Bayh (D-IN) Biden (D-DE) Boxer (D-CA) Byrd (D-WV) Cantwell (D-WA) Carper (D-DE) Chafee (R-RI) Clinton (D-NY) Corzine (D-NJ) Dayton (D-MN) Dodd (D-CT) Durbin (D-IL) Feingold (D-WI) Feinstein (D-CA) Graham (D-FL) Harkin (D-IA) Hollings (D-SC) Inouye (D-HI) Kennedy (D-MA) Kerry (D-MA) Kohl (D-WI) Lautenberg (D-NJ) Levin (D-MI) Lieberman (D-CT) Mikulski (D-MD) Murray (D-WA) Nelson (D-FL) Reed (D-RI) Rockefeller (D-WV) Sarbanes (D-MD) Schumer (D-NY) Stabenow (D-MI) Wyden (D-OR) NAYs ---63 Alexander (R-TN) Allard (R-CO) Allen (R-VA) Baucus (D-MT) Bennett (R-UT) Bingaman (D-NM) Bond (R-MO) Breaux (D-LA) Brownback (R-KS) Bunning (R-KY) Burns (R-MT) Campbell (R-CO)...
  • Say It Slowly: John-Kerry-Is-the-Most-Liberal-Senator

    08/08/2004 12:58:51 AM PDT · by Dane · 16 replies · 462+ views
    ChronWatch(Houston) ^ | 8/8/04 | Jay Bryant
    ...The Democrats 2004 campaign is a Trojan Horse cynically constructed to smuggle the extreme left wing into the White House. Incredibly, it is now clear that the cynical construction began forty years ago, when young John F. Kerry plotted out his resume-building, glory-grabbing, made-for-TV four and a half months in Vietnam--PT 109 on the cheap, as it were. As long as his constituency was only Massachusetts, Kerry didn't have to fudge his liberalism much--hence the 92% ADA rating. But winning the presidency is a different story, so the rating dips a bit (to 85% in 2002, the latest available on...
  • Anti-Kerry Group Seeks Press Exemption

    08/05/2004 6:58:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 761+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/5/04 | Sharon Theimer - AP
    WASHINGTON - A conservative group that complained about television ads for Michael Moore's anti-Bush documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" now wants an exemption from campaign finance laws so it can advertise a book on John Kerry (news - web sites). Citizens United contends the Federal Election Commission (news - web sites) should consider it part of the news media, and allow it to run election-time ads for a book called "The Many Faces of John Kerry: Why This Massachusetts Liberal is Wrong for America." In a request released this week, the group argued it should be able to run ads for the...
  • 38% See Kerry as Politically Moderate; 46% Say Liberal

    08/02/2004 1:02:28 PM PDT · by oblomov · 48 replies · 1,188+ views
    Rasmussen ^ | 8/2/2004 | Rasmussen Reports
    Monday August 02, 2004--A Rasmussen Reports survey shows that, following the Democratic National Convention, 46% of voters believe that Senator John Kerry is politically liberal. That's up from 43% in a survey conducted just before Kerry's convention speech. Following the speech, the number viewing Kerry as politically moderate dropped from 41% to 38%. This movement is within the survey's margin of sampling error but indicates that the Convention failed to move perceptions of Kerry towards the political center. Similar results were found for Vice Presidential nominee John Edwards. Before his speech, 35% viewed the North Carolina Senator as politically liberal....
  • MANY DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES SHUNNED CONVENTION

    07/30/2004 12:13:16 PM PDT · by areafiftyone · 14 replies · 934+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 7/30/04
    Despite Democratic claims of solid unity among members, some top candidates for office either showed up and quickly fled the national convention in Boston, or shunned it entirely. Most of the no-shows came from the South, or other conservative red state areas, and are seeking to distance themselves from the liberal Kerry-Edwards ticket. According to the Los Angeles Times, some of the party's most promising U.S. Senate candidates in the South opted to stay home and campaign in an effort to avoid being connected to their party's far-left nominees. Wrote the Times, "Many have staked out positions on such issues...
  • Avoiding the Dukakis Trap: Liberal? Who’s a liberal?

    07/26/2004 6:21:10 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 7 replies · 590+ views
    National Review ^ | 7/26/04 | Rich Lowry
    Boston, Mass — The union members here seem like liberals. The feminists seem like liberals. The black and Hispanic activists seem like liberals. But appearances can be deceiving, or so the Democrats hope to convince the public at their convention this week: "Liberals? What liberals? Nobody here but war-on-terror stalwarts and cultural conservatives." It must be particularly galling to committed liberals that some time in the past 30 years the natural word to describe them — "liberal" — became a political embarrassment, so much so that Republicans gleefully hurl it as an epithet, Democrats avoid it if they can, and...
  • Passion gap haunts Kerry even in Mass. (too liberal, distant, cold, opportunistic)

    07/17/2004 11:57:29 PM PDT · by Liz · 22 replies · 820+ views
    STAR LEDGER ^ | 7/18/04 | JOHN FARMER
    BOSTON -- The knock on John Kerry nationally is that he doesn't evoke much passion, either for his presidential campaign or against it. It's not much different here in his home state. Although he has represented Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate since 1985, was the state's lieutenant governor, a high-profile county prosecutor and made his name as a Vietnam War hero and protester, opinions of him are not strong here. Kerry seems generally well thought of by the home folks. But a visitor encounters little real affection for the 60-year-old Kerry, or animosity either -- the kind of strong reaction...
  • They're left of Ted! GOP: Dem team more liberal than Kennedy

    07/07/2004 12:08:04 PM PDT · by Jenya · 4 replies · 453+ views
    Kerry pick will fill charisma gap: VP pick Edwards hits trail running WASHINGTON - Sens. John F. Kerry [related, bio] and John Edwards [related, bio] hit the campaign trail as running mates today as the Bush campaign tries to shatter the debut by casting them as ultra-liberal and too inexperienced for the White House. Minutes after Kerry unveiled Edwards as his vice presidential nominee, Republicans pounced on the North Carolina senator as untested on vital national security and a slick trial lawyer who got rich suing companies and doctors in personal injury lawsuits. They branded the Democratic ticket as radically...
  • GOP Salutes 'Conservative' Teddy Kennedy

    07/01/2004 5:52:25 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 25 replies · 185+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 7/1/04 | Chuck Noe
    Those rascals over at the Republican National Committee are offering a salute to, of all people, longtime GOP nemesis Teddy Kennedy. Sorta. Noting the lineup at the Democrat convention late this month in Beantown, RNC rep Christine Iverson said today: "This presents an opportunity to showcase the fact that Ted Kennedy is the conservative senator from Massachusetts. And if Ted Kennedy is the icon of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, John Kerry's voting record is even more out of the mainstream." Question: Where will Kerry's former boss Michael Dukakis be during the festivities? Even if the hapless ex-governor...
  • Kerry's liberalism a weapon for Bush

    06/14/2004 12:07:09 AM PDT · by kattracks · 14 replies · 188+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 6/14/04 | Bill Sammon
    <p>President Bush's re-election campaign has begun a concerted effort to divide the Democratic Party by forcing its congressional candidates to either embrace or reject Sen. John Kerry's liberalism.</p> <p>"This is one of the huge stories of the campaign," said Bush campaign manager Ken Mehlman. "You're going to see a lot of efforts by Republican candidates and by the campaign to ask where people stand."</p>
  • Kerry's Dance

    06/03/2004 1:42:40 PM PDT · by Carthago delenda est · 29 replies · 208+ views
    The Nation ^ | June 3, 2004 | Eric Alterman
    It may have the ring of cliché, but America's next presidential election will be among the most crucial events in contemporary history. Rarely in the modern era has the world seen such unchecked power exercised so ignorantly, arrogantly and with such profoundly counterproductive results as the Bush Administration's bait-and-switch invasion of Iraq. As Al Gore told an audience at NYU recently, "The unpleasant truth is that President Bush's utter incompetence has made the world a far more dangerous place and dramatically increased the threat of terrorism against the United States." The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Gore noted, has...
  • Massachusetts Senate Votes to Repeal Marriage Law

    05/19/2004 1:44:59 PM PDT · by ambrose · 43 replies · 152+ views
    AP ^ | 5.19.04
    Mass. Senate Votes to Repeal Marriage Law Wednesday May 19, 2004 8:31 PM By JENNIFER PETER Associated Press Writer BOSTON (AP) - The Democrat-controlled state Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to repeal the 1913 law that Republican Gov. Mitt Romney is using to bar out-of-state gay couples from marrying in Massachusetts. The repeal was approved 28-3 as part of the Senate version of the state budget. For the law to be wiped from the books, the repeal would have to get through the far more conservative House and then survive a certain veto by Romney. The 81-year-old law bars nonresidents from...
  • Echoes of Dukakis' demise in Kerry's bid

    05/15/2004 5:45:28 PM PDT · by ambrose · 46 replies · 236+ views
    MN Star Tribune ^ | 5.15.04 | Steve Berg
    Last update: May 15, 2004 at 7:04 PM Echoes of Dukakis' demise in Kerry's bid May 16, 2004SBERG0516 My mind drifts easily these days to the steamy summer of 1988 when, in the midst of my 15 years as a political reporter, I witnessed up close the perfect crime: the skillful, premeditated and gradual dismemberment of the Democratic presidential nominee. The chief executioner was Lee Atwater, the brilliant young Republican tactician. One morning over breakfast he told a bunch of us that Michael Dukakis' double-digit lead in the polls didn't mean squat. Then he coolly described what he would do...
  • National Journal Senate Rankings List -- Does Anyone Have Access to the Full One? (Vanity)

    04/30/2004 1:13:19 PM PDT · by NH Liberty · 2 replies · 146+ views
    April 30, 2004 | NH Liberty
    The National Journal rated John Kerry the Senate's "most liberal member." I seem to recall that Red Ted was at #12 and Hitlery was at #7, but what about the rest of the list?
  • John Forbes Kerry: One sweet dude (Why 18- to 20-year-olds should not be allowed to vote)

    04/16/2004 10:16:57 PM PDT · by MegaSilver · 64 replies · 1,178+ views
    The Miami Hurricane (UM Student Newspaper) ^ | 16 April 2004 | Patrick Gibbons
    I mean, come on. What else can you say about the guy? He drops F-bombs in Rolling Stone magazine, he snowboards, he chills with Teddy Kennedy and he wears leather and rides a sick Harley onto the set of The Tonight Show. He's one sah-weet dude! Well, other than the fact that most of that (he really does chill with my boy Teddy) is just a carefully organized strategy to make JFK - that's what I like to call him - seem more hip than the 60-year-old Massachusetts Liberal he really is. And hey, I'm fine with that. If that's...
  • Kennedy's Support for Kerry Thrills G.O.P.

    04/10/2004 2:29:30 PM PDT · by NYC Republican · 62 replies · 204+ views
    NY Times ^ | 4/10/04 | Carl Hulse
    As he took the microphone at a crowded Washington fund-raiser a few days ago, Senator John Kerry made no secret of his strong ties to the man who had just given him a rousing introduction: Senator Edward M. Kennedy. "We are as close as Dick Cheney and Justice Scalia," quipped Mr. Kerry, referring to the vice president and Antonin Scalia, whose hunting trip together has raised some critics' concerns. With careers and lives that have intersected across 33 years, including 19 together in the Senate representing Massachusetts, Mr. Kennedy and Mr. Kerry have indeed forged a special relationship. And it...
  • Commentary: Sen. Kerry is as liberal as senators come, and data prove it

    03/31/2004 12:37:42 AM PST · by kattracks · 7 replies · 316+ views
    Union Leader ^ | 3/31/04 | WILLIAM G. MAYER
    IS SEN. John Kerry a liberal? As the Presidential campaign unfolds over the next seven months, the parties will no doubt spend a lot of time debating this question, with Republicans insisting that he is and Democrats just as vehemently denying it. The question of how to measure a senator’s or representative’s ideology is one that political scientists regularly need to answer. For more than 30 years, the standard method for gauging ideology has been to use the annual ratings of lawmakers’ votes by various interest groups, notably the Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) and the American Conservative Union (ACU)....
  • Bush scores points by defining Kerry. More voters see Democrat as 'too liberal'

    03/30/2004 9:44:26 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 55 replies · 191+ views
    MSNBC/Washington Post ^ | March 30, 2004 | Dan Balz
    Since the end of the Democratic primaries, attacks on John F. Kerry by President Bush and Vice President Cheney, backed by millions of dollars in negative ads, have wiped out the narrow lead Kerry enjoyed at the beginning of the month and damaged his public image. Kerry officials acknowledge that the Bush campaign tactics over the past month have hurt. "The Bush people dumped $20 million of negative ads on our heads; it's going to have an impact," said Steve Elmendorf, Kerry's deputy campaign manager. Bush and Kerry advisers agree that the race will stay relatively close throughout the spring...
  • Gavin: Bush's 'Proud Of Me' - Newsom wows 'em at bash in Washington

    03/26/2004 9:41:12 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 190+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 3/26/04 | Edward Epstein - SF Chronicle
    <p>San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said Thursday he realizes his push to legalize same-sex marriage has made him radioactive to many of his fellow Democrats and will severely limit his role in the presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry, a longtime friend for whom the mayor and his father are raising tens of thousands of dollars.</p>
  • Mississippi Insurance Commissioner George Dale: Time for Dems to 'reconnect'

    03/24/2004 4:52:21 AM PST · by WKB · 9 replies · 256+ views
    The Clarion Ledger ^ | March 24, 2004 | The Associated Press
    <p>Speaking to a civic club Monday in Starkville, Dale, a Democrat, said the majority of voters — particularly many white voters — feel the national Democratic Party has deserted them.</p> <p>"The party has lost the support of its base in the Deep South because of unpopular stances it has taken on base cultural issues important to voters in the South," he said.</p>
  • Ted helping Kerry fight Bush whacks

    03/22/2004 1:49:49 AM PST · by kattracks · 34 replies · 141+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 3/22/04 | JAMES GORDON MEEK
    WASHINGTON - John Kerry's campaign turned once more to "proud liberal" Sen. Edward Kennedy yesterday to stick up for the Democrat after a week of withering Republican attempts to define him as a flip-flopping, tax-raising liberal. The Kerry camp also for a second week in a row employed Howard Dean in the role of leading surrogate even though the ex-Vermont anti-war governor excoriated the Massachusetts junior senator in the primaries. But the curious unleashing of the lefties at times did nothing to deflect Vice President Cheney's recent claims that deposed dictator Saddam Hussein would still be in command in Iraq...
  • 90-Day Media Strategy by Bush's Aides to Define Kerry

    03/19/2004 8:46:41 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 25 replies · 249+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 03/20/04 | JIM RUTENBERG
    WASHINGTON, March 19 — President Bush's campaign is following an aggressive and precise 90-day media strategy to define Senator John Kerry as indecisive and lacking conviction, with a coordinated blitz of advertisements, speeches and sound bites, senior campaign advisers said this week. The goal, several campaign aides said, is to first strip Mr. Kerry of the positive image that he carried away from the Democratic primary contests and then to define him issue by issue in their own terms before the summer vacation season. The central thrusts will be national security and taxes, they said. The aides said the strategy...
  • Black caucus resists comparison of gay 'marriage' to civil rights

    03/14/2004 11:19:44 PM PST · by kattracks · 19 replies · 253+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3/15/04 | Brian DeBose
    <p>Congressional black Democrats said comparisons shouldn't be made between the struggle by homosexuals to legalize same-sex "marriage" and the civil rights movement of the 1960s.</p> <p>Members of the Congressional Black Caucus said they are on shaky ground with their constituents after the presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. John Kerry compared the two issues during a town hall meeting in Jackson, Miss., last week.</p>
  • Democrats and Republicans see asset in Kennedy's support for Kerry

    03/13/2004 1:02:34 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 21 replies · 152+ views
    SF Gate ^ | 3/13/04 | David Epson
    <p>With John Kerry's presidential campaign lagging in the polls last fall, fellow Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy paid an unannounced visit to headquarters to bolster a dispirited staff.</p> <p>Recalling his own race for the White House in 1980, Kennedy said: "Let me tell you, at this point when I was running in Iowa against President Carter I was ahead 20 points" yet lost. "So don't believe the polls," one participant recalls him saying.</p>
  • Survey: Kerry, Edwards Named Two of the Top Liberals in the U.S. Senate

    03/09/2004 7:26:26 AM PST · by april15Bendovr · 6 replies · 193+ views
    Mens News Daily web site ^ | March 1, 2004 | By Jimmy Moore
    Survey: Kerry, Edwards Named Two of the Top Liberals in the U.S. Senate By Jimmy Moore March 1, 2004 Talon News In a revealing political ideology survey released by the National Journal on Friday, Democratic presidential front-runner Sen. John F. Kerry (D-MA) was ranked as the most liberal member of the United States Senate in 2003. While the reelection campaign of President George W. Bush as well as the RNC have been portraying Kerry as a northeastern liberal, the reaction by the Kerry campaign has been to brand this portrayal as attacking his patriotism, as previously reported by Talon News....
  • Massachusetts Liberal: Don't get much more left than Kerry

    03/08/2004 10:22:52 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 2 replies · 138+ views
    NRO ^ | 3/8/2004 | Deroy Murdock
    Try to get to John Kerry's left. Just try. If you're a U.S. senator, you cannot. According to a recent analysis of the World's Greatest Deliberative Body, the Massachusetts Democrat was the "No. 1 Senate liberal in 2003." As the archest of the Senate's arch-liberals, Kerry voted last year to the left of fellow Democrats John Edwards of North Carolina (No. 2), Barbara Boxer of California (No. 5) and Tom Harkin of Iowa (No. 10). Kerry's ayes and nays were significantly to the left of the two liberals who most conservatives would nominate for a one-way fact-finding mission to Mars:...
  • LEADING ANOTHER LIBERAL TO SLAUGHTER?

    03/08/2004 5:40:55 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 15 replies · 151+ views
    Dodge City Daily Globe Online ^ | 03/08/2004 | James P. Pinkerton
    Monday, March 8, 2004 Pinkerton: Leading another Liberal to slaughter? By James P. Pinkerton We've seen this election before -- or have we? Sixteen years ago, a Republican named Bush was running against a Democrat from Massachusetts. In the spring of 1988, that Bush launched an offensive; in the parlance of politics, he "went negative." Bush zinged his opponent as part of the "Harvard boutique," declaring that the Massachusetts man might be presenting himself as a centrist, but he was, in reality, a liberal. The negative attacks worked. The Republican -- full name: George Herbert Walker Bush -- went on...
  • Why Kerry isn't the man to beat Bush

    03/08/2004 1:25:04 AM PST · by Cincinatus · 52 replies · 345+ views
    The Daily Mirror (London) ^ | March 8, 2004 | Christopher Hitchens
    TO start with only a small observation that might gradually turn into a big one... I have never met anybody, nor seen anybody interviewed, nor received an email from anybody, nor read a letter to a newspaper from anybody who really woke up in the morning and thought: If John Kerry doesn't win, I just don't know what I shall do. Actually, one could phrase that last bit less passionately. If Kerry had not run, nobody would have begged or even asked him to do so. In the short run, this doesn't matter very much. People for whom he was...
  • Kerry must defend voting record, beat historical odds

    03/07/2004 10:27:25 AM PST · by kennedy · 16 replies · 229+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 6, 2004 | JULIE MASON
    BOSTON -- In nearly 20 years in the Senate, Democrat John Kerry has built a record that is proving fertile soil for President Bush's re-election campaign. Kerry's votes over the years on the war in Iraq, affirmative action and teacher pay get a detailed airing on the Republican National Committee Web site. Bush has begun targeting Kerry's Senate record in speeches. "Kerry is going to have to try to make that case that his Washington experience makes him better equipped than Bush, that his background is well-suited to run the country," said Arthur Sanders, a political scientist at Drake University...