Kerry "Dead Last" in Likability Poll!
"Monday, November 27, 2006; 5:00 PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -
Democratic Sen. John Kerry, mulling a second bid for the U.S. presidency,
finished dead last in a poll released on Monday on the likability of 20 top
American political figures.
Among those placing ahead of Kerry were about
a dozen potential 2008 White House rivals, including Democratic Sen. Hillary
Rodham Clinton of New York and Republican Sen. John McCain of
"This is bad bad news for Kerry," said Peter Brown, assistant
director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute in Hamden, Connecticut,
which conducted the survey.
"Americans know who he is, and have pretty
much decided they don't like him," said Brown. He noted the poll found that 95
percent of respondents said they had heard enough about Kerry, who lost the 2004
White House race to President Bush, to rate the Massachusetts
The poll of 1,623 registered voters was conducted after the
November 7 national elections, which saw Democrats win back control of the U.S.
Congress from Republicans."
This speaks well to the effectiveness of the swift-boat attack on Senator Kerry.
Kerry is quite a 'dark-horse' in the 2008 race.
As events develop in Iraq. As we see our economy struggle against the ill-thought policies of this Administration. As we see the unfolding effects of global warming. And the failures of a foreign policy that depends on confrontation and not diplomacy. Americans will once again see the wisdom of Senator Kerry!
Can he succeed from this deficit? Can he connect to Americans? We cannot choose our Presidents on the basis of "likability contests", otherwise we shall be reduced to selecting leaders like we pick the most popular toys for the Season...
this is not a selection of "Tickle me Elmos" or Furby.
We are looking to choose an American from among us who can lead us through these difficult times.
This blogger understands that Senator Kerry understands the issues and the solutions for this nation. This blogger is not interested in popularity polls but answers and leadership. Senator Kerry has never failed to deal with challenges directly whether as a Veteran in Vietnam, or as a Senator facing controversy in Washington.
Our world is full of nuance and Kerry has been attacked because he understands that the solutions to those problems are equally nuanced. It is never simply a question of just right and wrong. Black and white. Evil or good. These are "TV land" solutions to real world problems.
People laughed when he said he first voted for the appropriation then voted against it. Flip-flop they screamed. But anyone with half of a brain would realize that all of the Republicans first voted against it then they voted for it as well. They just didn't say it.
He was attacked because he stated he was in Cambodia and somebody thought he was JUST in
Vietnam. Well he served his nation in Southeast Asia and received Purple Hearts for his efforts. More than some Republicans in the highest office of this nation who send young men and women from this country to die and lose their limbs for a mistake and for a lie.
He filibustered Alito when the other Democrats said they didn't have the votes. But trying to stop this nominee was the right thing to do and Kerry was there to do it. Alito was the author of the paper about signing statements. He is the one who believed in an Executive who could take power from Congress. And Senator Kerry understood this. And this President has been usurping power from the legislative branch.
And he was attacked by his foes because he mentioned a "global test", suggesting we should consult with our Allies before implementing our foreign policy. The wisdom of this is shown time and time again as we become bogged down in the quagmire of Iraq that we decided to do with "go it alone" cowboy foreign policy.
While media attention is diverted from him, now is the time for him to speak out on the challenges facing our nation without concern to what is politically correct, politically expedient, or politically advantageous. Now is the time for statesmanship from the junior Senator from Massachusetts!
America is waiting John! We have your back. You are #1 on our list!