May 06, 2004

Public Service Announcement

Courtesy of Atrios, we're reminded that in order to win, John Kerry needs an obscene amount of money. It's crass, but true.

If you can afford to give a little, but need the extra nudge, Atrios also reminds us that it's new jobless day. If you won't do it for yourself, do it for them. In the words of a guy who took a bus from Texas to stomp around in the freezing damn cold of Iowa and New Hampshire during the primaries, our country needs you.

I mean, the Bush administration isn't going to kick itself out of office.

Posted by natasha at May 6, 2004 06:21 PM | Elections | Technorati links |

Is Kerry actually preferable to Bush? If you look past the automatic "Democrat better than Republican" assumption? I haven't investigated him properly, but what I've heard so far doesn't encourage me to throw money at him.

Posted by: felice at May 7, 2004 07:39 AM

Yes, Kerry is preferable to Bush. At this point, Joe Lieberman and Zell Miller are preferable to Bush. Hell, Pat Buchanan and John McCain are preferable to Bush.

Bush is a menace to civilization, democracy, the global economy, and respect for the law. His administration has been rocked by scandal after scandal, in spite of the fact that the media seem to give him a free pass. He's hired the most grossly incompetent and venal people to staff major government agencies and his cabinet. He's put ideologues in charge of scientific and medical advice. He's alienated the governments of nearly every country on the planet, and the populations of all of them. He must go.

But in Kerry's favor, he's a guy who's serious about policy, committed to diplomacy, and has some sense of public service. I'm not his biggest fan, but I think he'll do a decent job as president. After this clown crew, it'll be nice to have someone serious and reflective to take on the task of cleaning up after them.

Posted by: natasha at May 8, 2004 07:17 PM

Bush is, apparently, an incompetent dangerous bastard. I'm scared that Kerry will turn out to be a competent dangerous bastard, which might be even worse. Kerry wants to put even more resources in to the "War on Terror", increase the number of troops in Iraq, continue interference in even vaguely leftist states like Haiti and Venezuela, etc. Marginally saner economic policies and more effort to put a palatable diplomatic sheen on the US doing whatever the hell it wants will only allow things to continue as they are for longer without a real change of direction. If I were in the US, I'd almost be inclined to vote Nader, even though I know it would be a wasted vote.

Posted by: felice at May 9, 2004 02:08 AM

Well, then I'm glad you won't be voting in our election. To pull out an oft-mangled paraphrase from Patrick Nielsen Hayden, you should always pick the lesser of two evils, because its, you know, lesser. A vote for anyone but Kerry is a direct vote for Bush, because that's the way our system works. We're not lucky enough to have the proportional parliamentarian system, wherein a person can vote for a party like Britain's Lib Dems and not wind up essentially voting for the Tories.

I will not vote for Bush, no matter how much the Democrats annoy me, and they do. Frequently. At least if the Democrat is in office, they have some nominal need to listen to other Democrats.

Posted by: natasha at May 10, 2004 06:51 PM

I certainly hope you're right.

Posted by: felice at May 11, 2004 10:39 AM