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Monday, October 25, 2004

SURPRISING VOICES
Endorsements don't always mean that much, their impact is suspect at best. For example, when the New York Times endorses John Kerry, it really isn't a surprise. And when the New York Post touts Bush as their man, most people simply roll their eyes. But sometimes, certain voices rise above the partisan din that should raise a few eyebrows:

American Conservative Magazine's Executive Editor Scott McConnell
"Bush has behaved like a caricature of what a right-wing president is supposed to be, and his continuation in office will discredit any sort of conservatism for generations. The launching of an invasion against a country that posed no threat to the U.S., the doling out of war profits and concessions to politically favored corporations, the financing of the war by ballooning the deficit to be passed on to the nation’s children, the ceaseless drive to cut taxes for those outside the middle class and working poor: it is as if Bush sought to resurrect every false 1960s-era left-wing cliché about predatory imperialism and turn it into administration policy."

John Eisenhower, son of Republican President Dwight D. Eisnehower
"I celebrate, along with other Americans, the diversity of opinion in this country. But let it be based on careful thought. I urge everyone, Republicans and Democrats alike, to avoid voting for a ticket merely because it carries the label of the party of one’s parents or of our own ingrained habits."

Mother Jones interviews four prominent conservatives
"I wouldn't use the title, "Worse than Watergate," if I didn't truly believe that what's happening in this presidency is far worse than anything that did happen during the Nixon presidency." - John Dean, former counsel to Richard Nixon

BushRelativesForKerry.com
Bush on Bush Crime: "Please, don't vote for our cousin!"

Bush's Hometown Turns on Him: The Crawford Iconoclast
"The Iconoclast urges Texans not to rate the candidate by his hometown or even his political party, but instead by where he intends to take the country. The Iconoclast wholeheartedly endorses John Kerry."

High Times: Help, I'm Stoned, Who Should I Vote For?
"Every dollar the Bush administration has spent on television ads blaming pot smokers for 9/11, or paying Tommy Chong's rent, is one less dollar spent to secure a port, put body armor on a soldier, or hunt down Osama Bin Laden."


Ok, so this last one isn't all that surprising, but it's a more entertaining read than any of the other ones. I just wish the writer hadn't wandered off into that tangent about the merits of the Twinkie halfway through. Mmmmmmm, Twinkies.

In the interest of fair and balanced bloggerism, I must also report some of the various endorsements received by the incumbent. Have no fear Bush supporters, not all Voices are against your man. In addition to support from La Cosa Nostra here at home, Bush has picked up a couple choice endorsements from abroad:

Bush Receives Endorsement from Iran
"We should not forget that most sanctions and economic pressures were imposed on Iran during the time of Clinton," Rowhani said of the former Democratic president. "And we should not forget that during Bush's era — despite his hard-line and baseless rhetoric against Iran — he didn't take, in practical terms, any dangerous action against Iran."

Yep, it sure is a good thing Bush is so tough on all those evil-doers!

Kremlin Expressing Support for Bush
"To believe that under Bush, Putin will have carte blanche — 'Do what you want inside Russia' — is unrealistic," Lukyanov said. "But Bush is far less concerned by the question of democracy in Russia than Kerry."

Hey, isn’t that funny? Bush isn't concerned with democracy here in America either!

More Conservative Endorsements for Kerry:
George Will, arch-conservative
"Why Conservatives Must Not Vote For Bush" by Doug Bandow
"Going to War in Iraq was a Mistake" by Rep Doug Bereuter (R-Neb)
Tim Ashby, lifelong Republican
Elmer Anderson, Republican Governor of Minnesota (61-63)

Endorsement Roundups:
Kos keeps score: The media, the military, scientists, economists, etc.
Also,
Republicans for Kerry collection from Kos.
Editor and Publisher's daily tally of
newspaper endorsements.
Doonesbury's Honest Voices Series.

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