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Massachusetts Liberal

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Do the right thing

John Kerry did the right thing, thankfully. But in typical John Kerry fashion, he still doesn't get it.

The junior senator has served 22 years despite what is a rather hefty wave of indifference toward him by Massachusetts Democrats -- and a mutual sentiment from the senator back to the voters. I often thought the most damaging unreported story of the 2004 campaign was the sentiment toward Kerry in his home state.

And by saying the prime reason for his decision to stay in the Senate is to fight for an end to the Iraq war he was for before he was against, Kerry once again is thumbing his nose at his base.

Ted Kennedy has long held the national stage that Kerry aspires to. But there's a major difference between the two: Teddy still remembers who voted for him and works every year on the basic constituent issues. He is known to mayors and selectmen.

John Kerry, it is often said, drops in every sixth year. Try Googling Kerry and Massachusetts elected officials and all you get is foreign -related items.

Kerry has significant fences to mend. The likelihood of a serious challenge is virtually nil (Kerry Healey, puhleeze!) but the junior senator really needs to remember who elected him in the first place.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's crap. He is in Massachusetts almost every week. If we're so indifferent toward him why did we go 60-40 Kerry in 2004? The people who travel in uber-liberal blog circles are luke warm toward him, but not the average citizen of Massachusetts. He is well liked by most blue collar working men and woman, as is refelcted by his comfortable margin of victory every time around. Google is your measure of how often he is in Massachusetts? Please...

January 24, 2007 9:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, but average blue collar working men and women don't all speak with one voice (hey, there are even uber-liberals amongst us, even if we do tend to look and talk like Flynn or Travaglini that doesn't mean we all think like them).

I don't have any use for Kerry, I'm far from the only one, and to say that he's beloved just because he wins elections in a state where a lot of us would rather cut off our own arms than vote for a Republican is a little disingenuous. If he had well known, well funded credible primary opponents and beat them decisively, then you'd have a point, but beating Republicans (or managing to win without an opponent) doesn't really cut it.

January 24, 2007 11:05 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Well said anon 11:05.

Google is admittedly an arbitrary measure about how often he does things to attract media (particularly local) and how often he puts out press releases about local (as opposed to foreign policy) issues.

With the state of the Republican Party in Massachusetts it's safe to say a breathing Democrat is going to top 50 percent. The standard benchmark really is the approximately 35 percent or so who would not vote for Teddy if he were the last person on earth.

January 25, 2007 5:47 AM  

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