Here’s my prediction: Bush wins in November, because everyone on the Right can agree that they like Bush, but not everyone on the Left can agree they like Kerry.
I suspect i won’t be able to, in good conscience, vote for either of them, so since my state will vote Democrat/Kerry anyway, i will, with a clean conscience, just not vote.
I’m still trying to figure out whom I actually want to end up in office. I need to figure out what effect i think the President will actually have on various issues, ‘cause if the Pres and i disagree but there’s little chance of said Pres (being able to) enact legislation to that effect, it’s a relatively non-issue.
When Tammy Bruce came and spoke, she mentioned that although she and GWB disagree on many things, she voted for GWB in 2000 because she was concerned about what would happen if the U.S. were attacked. That was so far from being on my radar screen in 2000, and i hadn’t realized it was on anyone’s but there it is. And i feel like an obnoxious patriot saying it, but honestly, national defense and the willingness to play Policeman of the World [yes, i’ll be writing another entry defending my support of the Iraq war, because clearly i haven’t written enough about that] in other countries are the 2 biggest reasons i would vote for Bush. I mean, hi, i want to be allowed to marry a woman, i think abortion should be safe legal and rare, i think abstinence-only education doesn’t work. So GWB is hardly my ideal person in power.
Bush and i disagree on a lot of things, but i feel like i know where he stands, and if the country starts changing in ways i don’t like, i can get all political activist-y. In terms of post-9/11 stuff, though, i think Kerry is all over appeasement and kowtowing to an “international community” that doesn’t mean anything . Do i think things like Iraqi reconstruction can and should be handled better than the Bush Administration is doing right now? Yes. Do i think Kerry would do a better job? Absolutely not.
People talk about Kerry being “nuanced” in his positions and stuff, and i’m certainly a big fan of not doing the “This is my broad sweeping statement, and I’m sticking to it come hell or high water” thing, but i think Kerry flip-flops a lot, based on what he perceives as being politically useful, and i don’t trust him.
John Rosenberg points to the title of a NYTimes article: "Kerry Struggling to Find a Theme, Democrats Fear." He says: "I wonder if they fear the struggling, or that he'll actually succeed in finding one."