Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Kerry "Dead Last" in Likability Poll!

It certainly was disappointing to read of a "likability" poll from the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute in Connecticut. This is not a news report that I can ignore. I support Senator Kerry for President in 2008. But I also, like the Senator, want to deal truthfully with the facts of our world and that includes the news stories like this one.

As reported:

"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!



Blogger Michael said...

"This speaks well to the effectiveness of the swift-boat attack on Senator Kerry"

Attack? Kerry received 3 Purple Hearts without shedding one drop of blood and without spending one night in a hospital. He didn't get his Purple Heart for the first incident until he was transferred to Saigon in early 1969. Who recommended him for this ribbon 3 months later? Of course you liberals don't want to hear the answer to these questions. How come it took him 5 years to receive a Honorable Discharge? Most people receive theirs a year after their separation. How come Kerry didn't get his until Carter granted amnesty to deserters and those receiving less than honorable discharges? Once again, you liberals don't want to hear the answers to these questions. It's not that people have tired of Kerry, they don't trust him. He has never defended himself against the Swifties because he can't! People have heard all these allegations against him and realized that there is NO evidense to rebuke them. But there are those of you who refuse to remove their blinders. I have to admit I'm going to miss Kerry because there is so much evidence against his military record and I enjoy exposing it to his fans!

12:03 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

Yes, attack. You don't go after veterans, unless you are utterly lacking in any sense of patriotism. Swiftboat was one of the great moments of coordinated spin and hurt America.

But it is wrong to think that this is what turned people off of Kerry. He is not good at articulating a point. He lost to a candidate who has proven himself an inept leader, but who could speak in hyperbole and sound like he meant it. Kerry has never managed to show his passion for leading the country, and it is not clear where his passions are. Without some indication not just that he is qualified to lead the country, but that he wants to do so, he won't budge from that last-place position.

5:34 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

"Swiftboat was one of the great moments of coordinated spin and hurt America"

Care to provide some examples?

5:50 PM  
Blogger IFK Editor said...

It amazes me that there are "vets", or should I say GOP operatives, or wannabe operatives, who love to find any post defending Kerry and Bash him. They’re not satisfied unless every post in blog-land that’s remotely related to Kerry has some form of smear connected to it.

It’ll be the same if Hillary runs or Obama or any of them. Smear, smear, smear.

They won’t debate Global Warming, or Iraq solutions, or the economy and jobs, or healthcare coverage, but rhey’ll be happy to call names, and spread lies that have been refuted repeatedly.

Kerry is a good man. Not a perfect man. He is allowed to screw up a sentence from time to time.

His actions speak louder than words and he’s consistently backed the troops and promoted American values of opportunity and hard work.

Kerry can’t defend every underhanded attack in the blogosphere, but he shouldn’t have to. What are these attackers really afraid of?

That he he might win?

8:58 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

"Kerry can’t defend every underhanded attack in the blogosphere"

Why did it take him 5 years to get an Honorable Discharge? Please make an attemp at answering that question?

11:30 AM  
Blogger oncall said...


I will tell you why. John Kerry received other than honorable discharge - not a dishonorable discharge - because he spoke out against the war and those who were angry with him did what has been done to him by people like you. They smeared him. Jimmy Carter, himself a veteran, recognized that Senator Kerry was a victim of pure political retribution and therefore gave him the discharge he deserved: honorable.

11:15 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

"other than honorable discharge"

Other than honorable? You almost sound like you are trying to make this HONORABLE! IT'S NOT! He campaigned for President as if he was a honorable hero and he wasn't! He lied! Most people who get separated from the military don't need a Presidential pardon to get their Honorable Discharge! And only a democrat, searching for a Vietnam era military hero, would consider someone like kerry a military hero After all, he was one of the few of you liberals who didn't go running off to Canada during the 60's to avoid the draft!

12:23 AM  
Anonymous Robert Freedland said...


When attacking Kerry, I would suggest you avoid talking about people who avoided the draft. You see, Kerry went to Vietnam. He was wounded in Vietnam and received a purple heart for his efforts, among other medals.

The head of the Republican Party is the President who used his family influence to AVOID the draft, getting into the Texas Air National Guard where his attendance is quite in question. The Vice-President used something like FIVE DEFERMENTS to avoid the draft and serve in Vietnam.

So whatever criticism you might have of John Kerry, I wouldn't suggest you continue to talk about the "other Democrats" who ran away to Canada.


11:53 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

"Kerry went to Vietnam. He was wounded in Vietnam and received a purple heart for his efforts"

Wound? A scratch? Didn't shed a drop of blood? Didn't spend one night in a hospital as a result of his wounds? Some hero?

"The head of the Republican Party is the President who used his family influence to AVOID the draft, getting into the Texas Air National Guard"

I joined the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1965 and spent 2 years on active duty. Are you accusing me of being less than honorable by joining the reserve?

"So whatever criticism you might have of John Kerry, I wouldn't suggest you continue to talk about the "other Democrats" who ran away to Canada"

Listen, you need to start selecting your democrat war heros after understanding their military records a little better. kerry is a fraud and he makes you people look pretty stupid! Better pick another "democrat war hero", if you can find one!

12:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My God, Michael, are you out-of-work and don't have anything else to do except spew your obvious hatred for Senator Kerry? Maybe you should use some of your copious amount of free time to rent "Upriver, the long war of John Kerry" and see why there are still thousands of American who love and respect John Kerry for his courage, integrity, and love for his country. But then, judging from the tone of your posts, you have your own blinders cemented on, and are unwilling/unable to recognize the Truth. Too bad...

11:35 AM  

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