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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-29-06 10:34 AM
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24. Thank you AssKicker -- I'd be interested in seeing your posts on this
I'm inclined to be easier on Kerry regarding that episode than you are.

I don't think that he actually ran away from the "liberal" label -- but he didn't embrace it either. What he did was to talk in general terms about the fact that debates should focus on specific achievements rather than on labels. I see a significant difference between that and running away from the "liberal" label.

There is merit in focusing debates on specific achievements rather than on labels. For example, if I were ever to run for elective office, notwithstanding my feelings about the proud heritage of liberalism, the best case I could make for myself would be my specific achievements (speaking theoretically, since I have no political achievements) or my specific proposals for the future, rather than to merely claim that I was a liberal.

Yet, it is also true, as you imply, that Kerry could also have used the opportunity to (in addition to complaining about the unfairness of labels) defend liberals in general by talking about their achievements.
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