Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Senator Kerry's e-mails

I received a mass e-mail yesterday from Senator Kerry, who continues to use the list that he amassed during the presidential campaign. Although I use the term "mass e-mail," I'm tempted to call it "spam" because for goodness' sake, the campaign is over! But the e-mails do have value in that they provide for some headscratching moments. Three such moments during the reading of yesterday's e-mail:

1. Kerry opens the e-mail with the line that "I have just come back from Iraq." Maybe it is just me, but I completely missed that item in last week's news.

2. Kerry then proceeds to call for Secretary Rumsfeld's resignation. Although there is a strong case to be made for Rumsfeld to go, and Bush likely made a tactical error in committing himself right after the election to keeping him onboard, the secretary seems fairly secure in his job. At least for now.

3. Finally, why focus on Rumsfeld when Dr. Rice is today's news? This is all the more puzzling because Kerry was one of only two Democrats in committee to vote against her nomination.

His use of the e-mails and refusal to fade into the woodwork like Gore did after the election make it painfully obvious that he hasn't stopped running for the presidency. I'm not sure anyone will listen much to what Kerry has to say, because he had his chance last year and lost. Who knows, Kerry may prove relevant again, but these days, I just don't see it happening. Not with e-mails like these.

UPDATE: Shortly after the above post, I received another mass e-mail from Senator Kerry explaining his vote against Dr. Rice as an "expression of [his] determination that we hold the Bush administration accountable." An interesting line from his e-mail:

[W]e've got to remain firm in our insistence that those who create policies that don't work have the courage to admit their mistakes and the wisdom to change course. Our johnkerry.com community has been expressing that determination in huge numbers.

For reasons I explained in a post two days ago, President Bush is unlikely to admit his mistakes. But even if the reference to a johnkerry.com community reads like a bad joke, continued criticism may provide Bush with the "wisdom to change course."

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Random comments.

I wonder why people despised Gore after the 2000 election. I really didn't care that he wouldn't fade out the spotlight. Politicians ramble on and refuse to go away. Nothing new. You said it yourself that politics is like Hollywood and in Hollywood, stars continue to bask in the limelight even though they really have no reason to be there.

I was about to write if Kerry doesn't vote NO on Rice becoming the Secratary of State, it would just be another example of what it means to be a spineless democrat. But then I putonmyspecs and reread your comments about Kerry still running for President and I wonder if him voting no - would it be because he doesn't think she is qualified or is it to protest the Bush administration. If its for the latter instead of the former, I think thats bad judgement on his part. Hmmm, if he does it for the latter reason maybe it is just another example of a spineless democrat: attacking the President indirectly instead of directly (i.e. not confirming him as President)

1/19/2005 07:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kerry in Iraq?

Who knew?

Kerry, however, was reported to be seen in Syria.
Looking for missing WMD, likely.

- Burp

1/19/2005 08:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's been brought to my attention that Kerry, in fact, was not in Syria. In actuality, Kerry was in Jordan.

I wonder why. Maybe someone forgot to tell Kerry that Jordan wanted nothing to do with the Palestinians.

- Abu Burp

1/19/2005 10:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or perhaps Kerry is being "unpatriotic in questioning the handling of the war"!

Yea unpatriotism, the new communism!

~JF

1/20/2005 12:24:00 AM  

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