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Larkspur Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-28-04 03:34 PM
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Kerry Hasn't Earned Right To Run In 2008
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from The Day, Eastern CT newspaper

Some presidential election history for John Kerry to ponder:

In the 25 presidential elections held in the past century, there were 18 candidates who, like Kerry, lost in their first try for the office. Of perhaps greater significance, only three of those losers were allowed to run again, and only one of them became president.

From Alton B. Parker in 1904 to Kerry in 2004, forgiveness for failure has been rare and redemption when given a second chance is rarer still.


Kerry can claim neither the slender margin nor the brilliant campaign. It will be argued he was a better candidate against the same opponent than Al Gore but Gore lost by that slender margin and Kerrry was trounced.

Kerry made himself unclear about the campaign's major issue, the war in Iraq, only to become momentarily coherent when he said if he'd known Saddam Hussein didn't have weapons of mass destruction, he still would have favored going to war. I think that did him in-then and forevermore.

And so, sadly, when a place in history is found for John Kerry, it will be among those other obscure aspirants for the highest office like Alton Parker, John W. Davis, James Cox, Walter Mondale and Alf Landon, all of whom were honorable men who ran once, lost and were forgotten.
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  -Kerry Hasn't Earned Right To Run In 2008 Larkspur  Nov-28-04 03:34 PM   #0 
  - I thought everyone earned the right to run?  Old and In the Way   Nov-28-04 03:40 PM   #1 
  - I am with you - voters get to decide who should be running and who should  yellowcanine   Nov-30-04 01:59 PM   #37 
  - Kerry disagreed with you when he kicked Gore out of the race  robbedvoter   Dec-27-04 10:00 PM   #54 
  - no one has earned the right yet  imenja   Dec-29-04 12:40 AM   #62 
     - Or working against, as the case may be  LittleClarkie   Dec-29-04 01:39 AM   #65 
  - more banana republican lies and propaganda  unblock   Nov-28-04 03:45 PM   #2 
  - Kerry failed us on  cyclezealot   Nov-28-04 03:45 PM   #3 
  - He may have felt that the best approach  WakingLife   Nov-28-04 03:57 PM   #6 
  - Excuses, excuses  cyclezealot   Nov-28-04 11:44 PM   #17 
     - Painted into a corner  Jersey_Lib   Dec-29-04 12:46 PM   #73 
  - A Mistake (Which Kerry realizes)  Dr Ron   Nov-28-04 06:28 PM   #14 
  - That's what I say  LittleClarkie   Nov-29-04 03:13 PM   #25 
  - Polls varified Kerry's loss  cyclezealot   Nov-29-04 03:21 PM   #27 
     - Which polls dear  LittleClarkie   Nov-29-04 03:32 PM   #29 
        - Up until Swiftbooat Kerry consistantly lead most polls  cyclezealot   Nov-30-04 03:12 PM   #38 
           - What would have been the best response  Largemouth Bass   Nov-30-04 07:56 PM   #43 
  - Thank you for your measured response.  Andromeda   Nov-30-04 01:04 AM   #32 
  - What about Gore?  michaelwb   Nov-29-04 07:33 AM   #20 
  - "Damaged goods" ;-)  LittleClarkie   Nov-29-04 03:16 PM   #26 
  - That's not the way I remember it...  Withywindle   Dec-29-04 12:32 PM   #71 
  - Kerry did respond--remember that Chicago Tribune reporter who spoke up  marcologico   Dec-28-04 06:57 AM   #57 
  - I beleive Kerry did not want to win  The Zanti Regent   Dec-31-04 12:44 PM   #87 
     - that's terrible about your son  marcologico   Dec-31-04 01:43 PM   #88 
  - Depends upon what he does next  Dr Ron   Nov-28-04 03:46 PM   #4 
  - Huh?  TomClash   Nov-28-04 03:55 PM   #5 
  - Good catch  JDStutts   Nov-30-04 05:13 AM   #34 
  - Well, no, they're right about one thing...  IntravenousDemilo   Dec-31-04 10:34 AM   #86 
  - uh. earned?  nofurylike   Nov-28-04 03:58 PM   #7 
  - Maybe Kerry should do like Alf Landon and let the kids  cornermouse   Nov-28-04 04:04 PM   #8 
  - I couldn't agree more...  lateo   Nov-28-04 04:11 PM   #9 
  - BULLSHIT Read this!  saracat   Nov-28-04 04:24 PM   #10 
  - We should be organizing for a multiyear political fight against ...  struggle4progress   Nov-28-04 04:53 PM   #11 
  - YEAH RIGHT, Kerry was "trounced"  emulatorloo   Nov-28-04 05:08 PM   #12 
  - Hmm...  AlexHamilton   Nov-28-04 06:42 PM   #16 
  - Democrats seem to forget that  bobweaver   Nov-28-04 05:49 PM   #13 
  - Absolutely correct  Spiffarino   Nov-28-04 11:54 PM   #18 
  - You can tell this is true  LittleClarkie   Nov-29-04 05:25 PM   #30 
  - Good point. How can we beat them unless we become like them?  Redleg   Dec-01-04 01:22 PM   #49 
  - The right to run...  AlexHamilton   Nov-28-04 06:41 PM   #15 
  - There will be plenty of other people running in the 2008 G.E.  lojasmo   Nov-29-04 05:54 AM   #19 
     - Which principles did he sell?  LittleClarkie   Nov-29-04 06:08 PM   #31 
  - I agree: Kerry has not earned place in 2008  Tamyrlin79   Nov-29-04 09:04 AM   #21 
  - What about Edwards?  Jersey_Lib   Dec-29-04 12:26 PM   #70 
  - Stop. . .Blaming. . .The. . .Victim  wellst0nev0ter   Nov-29-04 12:02 PM   #22 
  - "You fucking morons."........ LOL  Cheswick2.0   Nov-29-04 02:46 PM   #23 
  - It was honest  LittleClarkie   Nov-29-04 03:25 PM   #28 
     - sorry, not buying  Cheswick2.0   Dec-26-04 08:57 AM   #53 
  - Bravo!  Andromeda   Nov-30-04 01:16 AM   #33 
  - I agree  taken   Nov-30-04 07:23 PM   #41 
  - Thank you for saying that.  Redleg   Dec-01-04 01:19 PM   #47 
  - The media really hurt Kerry  ObamaFan2500   Dec-28-04 11:24 PM   #59 
     - The blood will be on their hands too  LittleClarkie   Dec-29-04 01:38 AM   #64 
  - Bit early for such pronouncements if you ask me  LittleClarkie   Nov-29-04 03:10 PM   #24 
  - Kerry took a dive, plain and simple,  dand   Nov-30-04 05:40 AM   #35 
  - That's already been debunked for the most part  LittleClarkie   Nov-30-04 06:12 PM   #39 
     - Your gullibility needs to be debunked,  dand   Nov-30-04 06:30 PM   #40 
        - You sure the breeze wasn't a rush of "supporters,"  LittleClarkie   Nov-30-04 07:54 PM   #42 
           - Thanks littleclarkie,  dand   Nov-30-04 08:07 PM   #44 
              - I hope that badge doesn't have any pointy bits  LittleClarkie   Nov-30-04 08:24 PM   #45 
  - Kerry should not even be considered in 08  BlueGuyinGA   Nov-30-04 11:33 AM   #36 
  - what troubles me is how his campaign failed to respond to the Swift Liars  puddycat   Dec-28-04 11:31 PM   #60 
  - Consider Obama/Richardson  Jersey_Lib   Dec-29-04 12:42 PM   #72 
  - My new Senator-Elect...  Withywindle   Dec-29-04 01:13 PM   #75 
  - I disagree that Bush is a weak candidate  Withywindle   Dec-29-04 01:28 PM   #77 
  - Kerry Is A Loser  LakeCohoon   Dec-01-04 12:14 PM   #46 
  - We are the losers because Bush got "elected."  Redleg   Dec-01-04 01:21 PM   #48 
  - I Blame Kerry  LakeCohoon   Dec-02-04 09:45 AM   #50 
     - Good for you. You don't feel we all lose by having Bush in office  Redleg   Dec-02-04 02:51 PM   #52 
  - Fuck Kerry  EmpireWeAre   Dec-27-04 11:27 PM   #55 
     - that was the whole point  marcologico   Dec-28-04 12:43 AM   #56 
     - Wouldn't Teresa be upset  LittleClarkie   Dec-29-04 01:42 AM   #67 
  - Why Kerry conceded early without questioning? And silent now??  atim   Dec-02-04 09:53 AM   #51 
  - That is just total nonsense.  marcologico   Dec-28-04 07:03 AM   #58 
  - Ironic to be so against the Republicans  LittleClarkie   Dec-29-04 01:41 AM   #66 
  - Good point about Skull & Bones-- I hope Dems NEVER do that again.  puddycat   Dec-28-04 11:33 PM   #61 
  - Lousy point actually -- tin hatted stuff not based in reality  LittleClarkie   Dec-29-04 01:34 AM   #63 
     - My point is that Kerry conceded too quickly because S & B  puddycat   Dec-30-04 05:12 PM   #83 
  - Virtually every American...  Withywindle   Dec-29-04 12:52 PM   #74 
  - Hard truth that needs to be said -- mourn for Kerry if you must, but  Emillereid   Dec-29-04 02:27 AM   #68 
  - He has as much right to run as any other qualified American.  Bridget Burke   Dec-29-04 10:13 AM   #69 
  - Forget Kerry  Doctor Panacea   Dec-29-04 01:17 PM   #76 
  - I guess you didn't watch the debates, read the papers, check the platforms  marcologico   Dec-29-04 01:57 PM   #78 
     - I think this is not constructive at all...  maduroftime   Dec-31-04 07:27 AM   #84 
        - My opinion is based on substance, not on show. Does that help?  marcologico   Dec-31-04 09:27 AM   #85 
  - Kerry would have been a good president,  agincourt   Dec-29-04 04:33 PM   #79 
     - Is your tongue in your cheek?  LittleClarkie   Dec-29-04 07:32 PM   #80 
        - It don't make sense to me either,  agincourt   Dec-29-04 10:23 PM   #81 
           - Damn, speaking of royal families!  Withywindle   Dec-29-04 10:40 PM   #82 

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