john kerry, sensing the coast is clear, jumps to action

I don’t know if it’s any great distinction, but apparently John Kerry agrees with me about the Gulf Coast turning into a giant conservative laboratory. Here’s a clip from a speech he gave this evening at Brown University:

…And the rush now to camouflage their misjudgments and inaction with money doesn’t mean they are suddenly listening. It’s still politics as usual. The plan they’re designing for the Gulf Coast turns the region into a vast laboratory for right wing ideological experiments. They’re already talking about private school vouchers, abandonment of environmental regulations, abolition of wage standards, subsidies for big industries – and believe it or not yet another big round of tax cuts for the wealthiest among us!

I’ve lost a lot of respect for Kerry (“that spineless douchebag”) since last year at this time, when I was working on his campaign, but the speech is good, and worth sharing.

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  1. mark
    Posted September 19, 2005 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    Maybe I’m being too harsh. Kerry’s probably not a bad guy, as far as politicians go. I just wish that he had a little more fire in his belly. I, and I think a lot of other people, feel like he let us down after the election. Instead of keeping the heat on the Bush administration, he slunk away. Occasionally, he’d jump back to life, like now, but it was usually only after a number of other people had already entered the fray and proved that it was safe to be there… And, when he finally does make a statment, like this one at Brown a few hours ago, he usually sends it accompanied by a request for a contribution… As a matter of course, I just delete his messages when they come, but this time someone forwarded to to me (thanks, Tamara), so I opened it up.

    None of that changes the fact that it’s a good speech though.

  2. be OH be
    Posted September 20, 2005 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    I completely agree about Kerry and most other candidates who lose elections. The country’s attention is on them whether they win or lose. Why waste your time in the spotlight or avoid it altogether? Democracy does not begin nor end on election day.

    I have no more use for John Kerry. He’s an astounding disappointment.

  3. mark
    Posted September 20, 2005 at 9:37 pm | Permalink


    I’ll do whatever I can to keep him from running again.

  4. Posted September 21, 2005 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    it was a tough election campaign and kerry took alot…..maybe he didn’t fight back enough – who knows. campaigns, are no doubt more complicated then we all let on. i would just commend kerry for his speech, hope he speaks up more open and more like this. he is certainly more passionate and more practical than the majority of politicians out there – repub or dems…….

    the Brown U. speech quite well done.

  5. mark
    Posted September 21, 2005 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    Agreed… but it could have been been delivered a week earlier.

    I get the sense that he’s always sitting back, trying to determine which way the wind is blowing. It’s typical for a politician, but I expect more from the leader of the party. I want my next vote to go to someone who actually believes in something and is willing to fight for it.

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