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Thursday, July 29, 2004
Live Convention Blogging, Part I

By Steven Taylor @ 8:31 pm

This will be a single pre-Kerry Speech, live-blogging post that I will update as I watch. I suspect I will switch to a second Kerry-specific post.

First Comment (Vanessa): Not to be overly critical, nor to suggest this a Democratic/Kerry phenom, but clearly being the family member of a big time politician clearly does not equate to being a particularly good public speaker.

Alexandra I: Alexandra is a far better speaker than her sister. Although, wowie, it didn’t take long for the Viet Nam comments to start. Gee whiz.

Alexandra II: Ya gotta love the semi-veiled reference to abortion rights. And I am so weary of the suggestion that Republicans don’t want children to have clean water and clean air. Yes, I want my kids to breath smog and drink swamp swill.

The Film: I have no reason to denigrate Kerry’s service, but the focus on a relatively small slice of his slice continues to strike me as an over-focus on a small slice, albeit a significant one, of an overall career. Especially given that his political career is like a blip in comparison. And let’s face facts: his political career is far more significant than his military one in terms his qualifications for the presidency.

Kerry quote from the video-"I’m alive today through the grace of a higher being"-gee, way to take a stand for one’s faith.

Said the narrator (Morgan Freeman): in the Senate Kerry “became known as a foreign policy expert"-that’s news to me. I have never though of him as such, even well before he ran for President.

Kerry: “I decided to run for President because I was frustrated.” This is supposed to be a compelling reason to elect him to the presidency of the United States?

Film II: Indeed, if the time devoted to specific elements of Kerry’s life in the film were proportionate to the time that element actually occupied in his real life, then the conclusion to draw would be that Kerry was a careerist in the military who only lately got involved in politics.

The Band of Brothers: OK, nothing wrong with them being there and supporting Kerry. That is fully legitimate. However, I would like to see the press treat those who served with Kerry, but don’t think he should be President a tad more respect. It is as if the pro-Kerry veterans are pure and perfect in their motivations, yet the anti-Kerry are considered suspect and shady.

Max Cleland: Senator Cleland deserves a great deal of respect, if anything for his service to his country and for the fact that he overcame is injuries and lived a successful life in spite of them. However, again with the litany of horrors (bad schools, etc.) that the Republicans would visit upon us.

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  1. “Because I’m frustrated” is at least as good a reason to run (in my opinion) as “the consultants thought I could win.”

    Comment by Mark Hasty — Thursday, July 29, 2004 @ 8:55 pm

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