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December 05, 2003

Disgusted By Decline, Kerry Calls It Quits

At Mr. Kaus's request--my Kerry dropout cover excuse.

"When I was just a boy, I came home late one night after playing poker with a few buddies. I found my father waiting for me at the kitchen table. He had warned me many times about gambling, of its dangerous allure, addictive nature and potential for ruin, so I rather shamefacedly confessed to him that I had been playing cards for money with some friends.

"How did you do," my father asked me.

"I lost 15 cents," I replied.

"Thank God!" my father said. "You might have won 15 cents."

He was right. Had I won 15 cents that night I might have been hooked forever. Short term gratification would have seriously endangered my long-term chances of success.

I've become increasingly reminded of that story in recent days. Since I began this race it has become more and more clear to my staff and I that certain radical groups have begun to dominate the internal Democratic party conversation. These groups have betrayed the ideals and wishes of the American people and the Democratic party by embracing the Republican-inspired politics of personal destruction. They are endangering the long term health of the party I love and have spent my life building up. I can no longer stand idly by and watch that happen.

Thanks in part to a front-loaded primary season, the very legitimate anger of millions of average Americans over the policies of the current administration and a media circus that values sensationalism and gotcha politics over practical policy and honest debate, these radicals have seized control of the Democratic agenda. In a very real sense, if a candidate does not hate hard enough and publicly enough for them, he is ignored. It is not enough to simply disagree with George Bush--one must rhetorically treat The President of The United States of America as if he is the focus of evil in the world today.

This practice is wrong, and it is something I can no longer ignore. My very presence in this contest lends stature and credence to those who embrace the same wrong-hearted and ugly tactics that nearly brought down the best President this country has had in a generation--William Jefferson Clinton.

I did not stand for those tactics then, and I will not now. Rather than continue my campaign, rather than bring myself down to the level of those for which no weapon is to base to wield, I have decided to cease my run for the Democratic nomination in the 2004 election. I am at peace with myself and my decision, which is sadly more than I can say for the soul of my party at this moment in time. God willing, those who have decided to ape the Republicans will suffer the deserved fate of all who abandon principles for posturing.

Then, in the fullness of time, my party can look back on these dark days and realize;

'Thank God! We might have won.'"

Posted by Bigwig at December 5, 2003 10:19 PM | TrackBack
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Did you know Kerry was in Vietnam?

Posted by: Kevin at December 5, 2003 11:23 PM

Yes. Have you seen his Doonesbury cartoon?

Posted by: bigwig at December 5, 2003 11:42 PM

Excellent, BW- I'll pull that out the next time his name comes up on the forums I frequent.

Posted by: Kevin at December 6, 2003 01:38 PM

Good, good, good. You should approach Mr. Kerry about a no-job in the un-white house as the non-president's no-speech writer.

Posted by: Yomamma at December 6, 2003 03:30 PM
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