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"Never let them know what you are thinking"
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Four years ago, we were given an education by Molly Ivins on the essence of the classic politician from Texas. Lying is not a sin, explained Molly, it's an art. Thus, one can supposedly be a "good, Christian man" in Texas, but if he or she is involved in politics a well-honed ability to prevaricate is a must. Without the ability to tell a good lie, one cannot be a considered a good politician -- that is, in Texas.

Swing to the East and think of the basic political edict that all politics is local. The bottom line to succeeding in politics inside the Beltway is today and always has been "never let them know what you are thinking." This posture is so inherent in the inside-the-beltway landscape, one always sees it displayed in companies, government entities, in short, everywhere.

Kerry plays this to the Nth degree.

Compare the demeanor of the politician from Texas who now resides in the White House to the demeanor of our classic politician from the East. The contrast could not be more startling. This recognition also helps explain why a political player from Texas could not possibly fit into the Washington landscape, much as a liberal from Massachusetts does not play well in Houston. It is a political cultural clash in the extreme.

I post this tonight in haste because I have intended to start a thread on this subject for the last four weeks, but simply could not make the time. I do this now at this late hour for one reason: if you are not a part of the inside-the-beltway mentality, and you find yourself a little confused by the nuances of the Kerry camp, you are normal.

"Never let them know what you are thinking." Just as the political liars from Texas confound and confuse those of us not a part of that political culture, the stoic politicians from the East often do just the same to people outside the political cultural boundaries of the beltway. (Note: this is not to imply all people from Texas are liars; it merely asserts Texas has more than its fair share of political liars, according to its political experts, for example, Ivins). The difference between us and them is that we are polished, we are diplomatic and we are not in the business of totally deceiving and manipulating the general populace. They are.

With this explanation in mind as to how the classic Eastern politician plays his hand, perhaps you will have a different lens with which to view the actions of John Kerry.

Submitted by a long-time political junkie in Washington solely for your political encouragement in continuing your fight to save our democracy. Do not be discouraged by what you see or don't see from John Kerry.

Bush stole it. Kerry knows it. But Kerry will never let Bush* know what he is thinking.

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  -"Never let them know what you are thinking" Samantha  Dec-29-04 10:38 PM   #0 
  - .  PROGRESSIVE1   Dec-29-04 10:40 PM   #1 
  - Okay, wise one, I know what you are thinking ....  Samantha   Dec-29-04 10:45 PM   #4 
  - Well said...  Darknyte7   Dec-29-04 11:39 PM   #38 
     - In that line of thought, my caption for this pic is:  zann725   Dec-31-04 12:52 AM   #135 
  - Very interesting...but I still think it's one of those things where we'll  TexasChick   Dec-29-04 10:43 PM   #2 
  - Every time I hear one of our political strategists say  Samantha   Dec-29-04 10:53 PM   #7 
     - Thanks, Samantha. I don't doubt Kerry a lot, it just comes in waves.  TexasChick   Dec-29-04 10:57 PM   #10 
     - Ahhhhhhhhh ... but TexasChick ... never let Them know what You are  Samantha   Dec-29-04 11:08 PM   #16 
        - Okay, I'm going to trust you on this one, Samantha. Thanks for the kind  TexasChick   Dec-29-04 11:14 PM   #20 
        - Sorry but when somebody posts the dreamy pool picture I have to let  bunny planet   Dec-29-04 11:49 PM   #46 
           - You mean like  Patsy Stone   Dec-30-04 12:39 AM   #76 
              - Yeah kind of like that.  bunny planet   Dec-30-04 12:56 AM   #79 
                 - Gotta go beddy bye.  bunny planet   Dec-30-04 12:57 AM   #80 
     - Just wondering Samantha,  Im with Rosey   Dec-30-04 09:28 AM   #100 
        - I have no inside track on Kerry's plans  Samantha   Dec-30-04 10:45 PM   #122 
           - So when Hoffheimer had to 'correct' his earlier statement...  zann725   Dec-31-04 01:05 AM   #136 
  - Good Point. Kerry HAS to know it was stolen  spooked   Dec-29-04 10:44 PM   #3 
  - Teresa is class.  shraby   Dec-29-04 10:51 PM   #5 
  - Teresa is not only class..she is....  flyarm   Jan-01-05 11:33 AM   #162 
  - Two reasons  Samantha   Dec-29-04 10:56 PM   #9 
  - Quiet  insane_cratic_gal   Dec-29-04 11:06 PM   #15 
     - No, I am not sure of that  Samantha   Dec-29-04 11:10 PM   #17 
        - East coaster Myself  insane_cratic_gal   Dec-29-04 11:28 PM   #28 
        - Are recounts or money for lawyers covered by the same 2000 dollars  bunny planet   Dec-29-04 11:53 PM   #50 
           - Is it about the money for you?  kerrygoddess   Dec-29-04 11:56 PM   #55 
              - Huh?  bunny planet   Dec-30-04 12:06 AM   #59 
                 - The point is  kerrygoddess   Dec-30-04 12:12 AM   #62 
                    - I was just thinking out loud, of course I don't expect them to make their  bunny planet   Dec-30-04 12:54 AM   #77 
                       - Better left unsaid  kerrygoddess   Dec-30-04 12:56 AM   #78 
                          - ok  bunny planet   Dec-30-04 08:55 AM   #99 
  - Bravo.  whometense   Dec-29-04 10:52 PM   #6 
  - I have no answer -- just a little advice  Samantha   Dec-29-04 11:00 PM   #11 
  - Interesting.  whometense   Dec-29-04 11:05 PM   #14 
     - Hang in there whometense  kerrygoddess   Dec-29-04 11:15 PM   #21 
        - Thanks, kerrygoddess!!  whometense   Dec-29-04 11:22 PM   #25 
           - Ah ... whometense  kerrygoddess   Dec-29-04 11:31 PM   #32 
           - I will check it out, thanks.  whometense   Dec-29-04 11:36 PM   #36 
              - Small World...  kerrygoddess   Dec-29-04 11:41 PM   #42 
                 - He still is,  whometense   Dec-30-04 12:22 AM   #72 
                    - He lost faith for a while there in the midst  kerrygoddess   Dec-30-04 12:27 AM   #74 
           - Hi whometense!!  super simian   Dec-30-04 12:01 AM   #56 
              - HI super simian!  whometense   Dec-30-04 12:14 AM   #65 
  - I continue to feel that letters, e-mail, calls to the congress, senate,  scubed   Dec-30-04 12:34 PM   #101 
  - Very Sicilian eom  me b zola   Dec-29-04 10:55 PM   #8 
  - Rove was thinking: Rally the base. K/E was thinking:what?  fishnfla   Dec-29-04 11:02 PM   #12 
  - Well  Patsy Stone   Dec-29-04 11:02 PM   #13 
  - And, if you were going to bet on which one actually  IndyPriest   Dec-29-04 11:30 PM   #30 
  - Or, more correctly,  Patsy Stone   Dec-29-04 11:37 PM   #37 
     - Yes, really, b/w JFK and little Karl.  IndyPriest   Dec-29-04 11:41 PM   #41 
  - And you don't even have to pay for it.  DieboldMustDie   Dec-29-04 11:36 PM   #35 
  - Lovely. TY. n/t  Patsy Stone   Dec-29-04 11:54 PM   #52 
  - Wow thanks.  jdog   Jan-01-05 11:09 AM   #160 
  - Get yer Art of War right here:  glitch   Dec-29-04 11:39 PM   #39 
     - You Rock!  kerrygoddess   Dec-29-04 11:44 PM   #43 
     - If you love literature you will love it there! nt  glitch   Dec-29-04 11:49 PM   #48 
        - I'm a readaholic  kerrygoddess   Dec-30-04 01:09 AM   #81 
     - Great Site. n/t  Patsy Stone   Dec-29-04 11:55 PM   #53 
     - Responses such as this one of yours  Samantha   Dec-30-04 10:53 PM   #123 
  - Thanks Samantha  kerrygoddess   Dec-29-04 11:11 PM   #18 
  - Good for you kerrygoddess  Samantha   Dec-29-04 11:20 PM   #24 
     - Courage  kerrygoddess   Dec-29-04 11:28 PM   #27 
        - Wow! Thank you! I felt the strength in that. It strengthened me too.  zann725   Dec-31-04 01:27 AM   #137 
           - Talk about strength! HELLO!  kerrygoddess   Dec-31-04 01:50 AM   #143 
  - But they know that you know that they know that you know  mulethree   Dec-29-04 11:13 PM   #19 
  - LOL!! n/t  TexasChick   Dec-29-04 11:17 PM   #23 
  - Well, the way I heard it  Samantha   Dec-29-04 11:26 PM   #26 
     - LOL! Boy, that's a tongue twister! I guess that made sense to 'ol  TexasChick   Dec-29-04 11:31 PM   #31 
     - If I DID know that, I'd never admit it.  Jim Sagle   Dec-29-04 11:45 PM   #44 
     - Because you would never let me know what you were thinking or  Samantha   Dec-30-04 11:00 PM   #124 
        - What didn't I know and when didn't I know it?  Jim Sagle   Dec-30-04 11:49 PM   #129 
           - Okay, Jim Sagle, it's not what you know but who you know that does not  Samantha   Dec-31-04 01:38 AM   #140 
     - To quote the poet DH Rumsfeld:  Patsy Stone   Dec-29-04 11:49 PM   #47 
        - Yes that sounds like the Secretary of Defecation himself.  bunny planet   Dec-30-04 12:02 AM   #57 
        - I've always been irked by that,  bleever   Dec-30-04 01:13 PM   #104 
           - And don't forget...  Patsy Stone   Dec-30-04 02:26 PM   #109 
              - ROFLMAO!  bleever   Dec-30-04 02:38 PM   #111 
  - I felt at the time that the concession speech didn't add up.  ginnyinWI   Dec-29-04 11:15 PM   #22 
  - I feel the air has been sucked out of the fight for the last two days  Samantha   Dec-29-04 11:30 PM   #29 
  - Psst...  Patsy Stone   Dec-29-04 11:39 PM   #40 
     - Interesting  Samantha   Dec-30-04 11:20 PM   #125 
        - Touche!  kerrygoddess   Dec-30-04 11:32 PM   #126 
  - Keep the faith Ginny!  kerrygoddess   Dec-29-04 11:34 PM   #33 
  - hey now don't jinx us!!!  Faye   Dec-29-04 11:35 PM   #34 
  - Try watching the concession speech AGAIN...this time without the sound  zann725   Dec-31-04 01:34 AM   #138 
  - I'll have to try that  ginnyinWI   Dec-31-04 01:51 AM   #144 
  - i saw kerry sunday night before election...  flyarm   Jan-01-05 12:10 PM   #163 
     - Thank you for relaying your feeling to us...  bear425   Jan-01-05 12:39 PM   #165 
     - what a great post  Faye   Jan-01-05 01:06 PM   #167 
     - thankyou!  ginnyinWI   Jan-01-05 09:48 PM   #172 
  - Kerry will not fall on his sword  stirringstill   Dec-29-04 11:47 PM   #45 
  - Well said  kerrygoddess   Dec-29-04 11:54 PM   #51 
  - Great comment.  whometense   Dec-30-04 12:19 AM   #69 
     - Going Upriver  kerrygoddess   Dec-30-04 12:29 AM   #75 
  - Absolutely 100% correct. Bravo. Phenomenal post!  saracat   Dec-29-04 11:50 PM   #49 
  - Thank you so much for your kind comment  Samantha   Dec-30-04 11:37 PM   #127 
  - I find the folowing words both comforting and sufficiently motivating...  understandinglife   Dec-29-04 11:56 PM   #54 
  - We will prevail  kerrygoddess   Dec-30-04 12:04 AM   #58 
  - A slightly "more graphic" version...  Senator   Dec-30-04 12:14 AM   #64 
     - Very, very cool!!! Thank you 'thedeanpeople' for all you are DOING!! (n/t)  understandinglife   Dec-30-04 12:18 AM   #68 
  - I know what I would do if I were in John Kerry's position ...  Straight Shooter   Dec-30-04 12:11 AM   #60 
  - What are they hiding? n/t  Patsy Stone   Dec-30-04 12:11 AM   #61 
     - Know the man and understand  kerrygoddess   Dec-30-04 12:13 AM   #63 
        - Not JK  Patsy Stone   Dec-30-04 12:15 AM   #66 
           - To know him is to love him  kerrygoddess   Dec-30-04 12:18 AM   #67 
           - He rocks so hard  Patsy Stone   Dec-30-04 12:21 AM   #71 
           - How can JK go wrong when Patsy's got his back  Straight Shooter   Dec-30-04 12:19 AM   #70 
              - We all have his back.  Patsy Stone   Dec-30-04 12:23 AM   #73 
  - This thread really cheered me up tonight-Thanks! n/t  TheGoldenRule   Dec-30-04 01:19 AM   #82 
  - Me too! Thanks!  zann725   Dec-31-04 01:35 AM   #139 
  - This post really made me think...  Firespirit   Dec-30-04 01:29 AM   #83 
  - Why Did U Trust Kerry?  Corey_Baker04   Dec-30-04 01:54 AM   #84 
  - Wow! Thank You!  kerrygoddess   Dec-30-04 02:07 AM   #85 
  - Psssst! KG!  Vektor   Dec-30-04 02:13 AM   #86 
  - Pssst....Vector  kerrygoddess   Dec-30-04 03:16 AM   #90 
     - How are you?  Vektor   Dec-30-04 03:22 AM   #93 
        - Me too  kerrygoddess   Dec-30-04 03:23 AM   #94 
        - I will definitely stop in!!  Vektor   Dec-30-04 04:00 AM   #96 
        - Self-edit  Vektor   Dec-30-04 04:00 AM   #97 
        - KIK and kerrygoddess  ginnyinWI   Dec-30-04 02:27 PM   #110 
           - Will be making my way there soon...  kerrygoddess   Dec-30-04 04:19 PM   #114 
        - hi you guys  ginnyinWI   Dec-30-04 02:09 PM   #108 
  - I agree  SharonRB   Dec-30-04 01:50 PM   #105 
  - I don't trust or believe easily either...  zann725   Dec-31-04 01:42 AM   #141 
  - He is  kerrygoddess   Dec-31-04 01:53 AM   #145 
  - I felt the same way, zann  ginnyinWI   Dec-31-04 01:56 AM   #147 
     - The funniest thing I heard about JK being aloof...was by JK himself...  zann725   Jan-01-05 01:07 PM   #168 
        - I believe he was quoting  kerrygoddess   Jan-01-05 03:01 PM   #170 
  - kerry goddess..i agree!!  flyarm   Jan-01-05 12:28 PM   #164 
  - I saw him in person too...  Vektor   Dec-30-04 04:02 AM   #98 
  - Thank you for your thoughtful response and your candor  Samantha   Dec-30-04 11:53 PM   #130 
  - Nominated this post for homepage. Excellent message! n/t  RevCheesehead   Dec-30-04 02:17 AM   #87 
  - 2nd that!  kerrygoddess   Dec-30-04 03:17 AM   #91 
  - 3rd that!  zann725   Dec-31-04 01:44 AM   #142 
  - I am so glad you liked it  Samantha   Dec-31-04 12:02 AM   #131 
     - Your post reminds me  kerrygoddess   Dec-31-04 12:10 AM   #133 
  - I understand the strategy; it didn't work, and it's not going to work in  KnowerOfLogic   Dec-30-04 02:19 AM   #88 
  - Evidently you just don't get it or JK  kerrygoddess   Dec-30-04 03:19 AM   #92 
  - i guess you never saw Kerry??  flyarm   Jan-01-05 12:56 PM   #166 
  - "For of all sad words of tongue or pen...  wakemewhenitsover   Dec-30-04 03:15 AM   #89 
  - Trust, faith and hope  livvy   Dec-30-04 03:54 AM   #95 
  - Thanks, Samantha, for quoting Molly Ivins, one of my  scubed   Dec-30-04 01:06 PM   #102 
  - I think the same thing:  whometense   Dec-30-04 03:11 PM   #113 
  - I agree with you, Scubed.  livvy   Dec-30-04 04:57 PM   #116 
  - Molly is also one of my all time favorites  Samantha   Dec-31-04 12:10 AM   #132 
  - I think we WILL win it this time because Ohio is NOT Florida...  zann725   Dec-31-04 01:55 AM   #146 
  - Which one were you at?  SharonRB   Dec-30-04 01:53 PM   #106 
  - I was at the October, Macomb rally.  livvy   Dec-30-04 05:04 PM   #117 
     - I also don't think many got in after us  SharonRB   Dec-31-04 08:15 AM   #150 
        - Wow...weird...  livvy   Dec-31-04 05:39 PM   #155 
           - Same with us  SharonRB   Jan-01-05 10:04 AM   #158 
              - St. Clair Shores Nice to meet ya'! n/t  livvy   Jan-01-05 10:50 AM   #159 
                 - You, too  SharonRB   Jan-01-05 11:18 AM   #161 
  - very few politicians I totally trust  ginnyinWI   Dec-30-04 02:42 PM   #112 
     - Agree. That's the impression I got hearing him in person, also.  livvy   Dec-30-04 05:09 PM   #118 
     - I always liked Kerry. But I really didn't GET it until  IndyPriest   Dec-30-04 06:50 PM   #120 
  - Okay . . . .  delphine   Dec-30-04 01:07 PM   #103 
  - would have thought you would have understood by now!  kerrygoddess   Dec-30-04 04:22 PM   #115 
  - It's too bad that  delphine   Dec-30-04 06:20 PM   #119 
     - seen and heard it all  kerrygoddess   Dec-30-04 08:50 PM   #121 
        - How sad that you even bother to read  delphine   Dec-31-04 03:30 AM   #149 
           - You missed the point  kerrygoddess   Dec-31-04 12:21 PM   #151 
              - No, you missed the point, which is:  delphine   Dec-31-04 02:27 PM   #152 
                 - There comes a point  kerrygoddess   Dec-31-04 02:41 PM   #153 
                 - Truth is  kerrygoddess   Dec-31-04 03:20 PM   #154 
  - How does this thread suggest Kerry is doing nothing?  Samantha   Dec-31-04 12:22 AM   #134 
  - Like the scene from Lion in Winter  Malikshah   Dec-30-04 01:55 PM   #107 
  - Great comparison  txindy   Dec-30-04 11:44 PM   #128 
  - You Mau Be Right About This  stepnw1f   Dec-31-04 02:03 AM   #148 
  - I agree and...  terry4kerry   Dec-31-04 09:29 PM   #156 
  - I don't understand it either  Samantha   Dec-31-04 09:50 PM   #157 
  - Kerry's Campaign Promised To Make Every Vote Count  corbett   Jan-01-05 01:41 PM   #169 
     - Oh so true...  kerrygoddess   Jan-01-05 03:03 PM   #171 
        - kick! :-)  ginnyinWI   Jan-01-05 09:58 PM   #173 
 

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