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so what do you guys know about John Kerry?(5 posts)

so what do you guys know about John Kerry?gtx
Dec 11, 2002 6:53 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/09/politics/campaigns/09KERR.html

Anyone from Massachusetts? I don't know much about him but figure anyone is better than Gore in 2004...
He had the firehydrant relocated from in front of his Louisburg128
Dec 12, 2002 7:29 AM
Sq. house (er..her, Louisburg Sq.house) to the corner so he could park his car there instead. (I know a Beacon Hill plumber.)

Kerry is a strong candiate, and may make a run for it if he can shake the Dukakis/Kennedy NE liberal trap....(and get cheaper haircuts! There was an article recently shaming him for spending too much on a coif. I guess women are allowed to spend in that department but not the men....no gender bias there....) I think he's doing a good job framing the tax cut/budget, health-care, and foreign policy issues and at challenging the current admin. on these issues.
So far I also like Howard Dean -VT govenor. Stronger on the fiscal conservatism than Kerry and as reasonable regarding social liberalism.
Which isn't that bad,TJeanloz
Dec 13, 2002 8:05 AM
He did have the fire hydrant moved, but consider that Louisberg Square is a private street (so it wasn't a case of 'pull' at City Hall), and the corner is the more reasonable place for hydrants because you can't park on corners anyways. Add to that the fact that parking in the 'hood costs ~$400 a month, and his moving the hydrant makes a lot of sense, fiscal and otherwise.
Best quality to me is that he isn't Bush...Silverback
Dec 12, 2002 8:39 AM
Actually I voted for Gore, and I'd do it again. Bush has done exactly what I feared he would, and if it weren't for Sept. 11, I think his approval ratings would be in the 30-percent range. He's hidden behind the war on terrorism and done a lot of things with executive orders that really should have been debated in public--typical GOP elitism, but with no apparent conscience and a constant fog of rhetoric, it's easier to carry it off.
As for Kerry, I have relatives in Mass who can't stand him, which speaks well of him. He's a good man, fiscally pretty conservative but with an open mind on social problems the Repubs don't quite recognize. His war experience makes him credible to some people who might otherwise reject him.
I doubt that he's a serious threat unless Bush does something really stupid, but I predict you'll start seeing mysterious stories slamming him for all kinds of things (the fire hydrant the other post mentioned is an example). If they can crush him now, they'll have less trouble in 2004.
He's pretty wealthy53T
Dec 12, 2002 10:51 AM
He had a bunch of family money, but then he married the heir to the Heinz Ketchup fortune. Now he is truly in Kennedy Country. I'm not a liberal, so I steer clear of him whenever possible.