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John Forbes Kerry: Desperate For Relevance.

Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, wishing he were President, is still grasping for relevance, sending periodic messages on a variety of issues to his 2004 presidential campaign email list. The letters generally ask people to contact the media and/or elected officials, but many of them are just your typical fund-raising letters.

This month, Kerry's pet issue is the pending Supreme Court nomination:


Does John Kerry really believe his supporters are that simple-minded?

"Step one..."

Come on, Senator Kerry. We know you disdain those of us living in the middle part of the country. We know you believe Bush supporters are simpletons. But this ad is just incredibly lame. And bland. Whose mind is this supposed to change, anyway?

And, moreover, you want the same people who funded your lousy presidential campaign to pay for this ad to appear in newspapers all across the country?

Come on. You're becoming a lampoon of yourself. Do you really think that pandering to far-left groups devoted to the glorification of abortion is going to win over those Ohio voters the next time around?

In the email letter, Kerry tells his former supporters (and those of us who just signed up for the campaign updates), essentially, that he intends to filibuster any nominee who does not pass his own single-issue litmus test:

Dear Friend,

Let's make our principles crystal clear right out of the box.

We will never support a Supreme Court nominee intent on reversing Roe v. Wade and undoing critical civil rights protections. And we will never accept a double standard that says, on a decision vital to America's future, President Bush's most extreme supporters can campaign all-out while you and I are urged to be silent.

I am asking you to endorse and help pay for a powerful message that will appear in the days ahead in newspapers across the country. Show the President and the Senate just how strongly you feel about protecting our fundamental freedoms:


From the range of choices the White House is currently considering, America and the Constitution would be best served if President Bush chooses a nominee in the mold of Sandra Day O'Connor, who was named to the Court by no less of a conservative than Ronald Reagan and approved unanimously by the United States Senate.

But President Bush's most extreme supporters are demanding a nominee who doesn't think or act anything like Justice O'Connor. They want a rigid ideologue who will reverse what President Bush has called the "settled law" of Roe v. Wade, one who will support their efforts to use the Supreme Court as a battering ram to undo decades of progress on civil rights, Roe v. Wade, and privacy.

They want something else as well.

They want you and me to participate in this momentous debate about fundamental freedoms with one hand tied behind our back. They actually expect us to step aside while they roll over our rights. Let's prove that we will never let that happen.


While they unleash a multi-million dollar advertising campaign on behalf of President Bush's choice in close coordination with the White House, you and I are supposed to remain silent -- lest we be charged with "rushing to judgment."

While they conduct a no-holds-barred effort to brush aside any and all questions about the nominee's record and his or her commitment to protecting individual freedom, you and I are supposed to be silenced for fear of being called "obstructionists" and cowered by their threat to revive the "nuclear option."

That's worse than unacceptable. It's un-American, and it's not how we carry on public debate in the greatest democracy on earth. Show them that, with the future of the Supreme Court on the line, we won't stand on the sidelines:


I know I can count on your support in making the following commitment: I will insist on a complete and full examination of the record of President Bush's nominee. And, if that nominee is intent on reversing Roe v. Wade and essential Supreme Court protections for civil rights, I will use every option I have as a United States Senator to keep that nominee off the Court.


John Kerry

P.S. Don't let them silence our voices. Go out in your community and spread the word along to everyone you know by passing on this message. We must all commit ourselves to standing up for Roe V. Wade and our civil rights.

Incidentally, by "civil rights," John Kerry really means requiring affirmative action (race-based quotas), denying choice to kids in failing public schools, eliminating property rights (through Kelo-based eminent domain decisions), and removing all traces religion, entirely, from the public square, including from the Pledge of Allegiance.

There should be no doubt about what John Kerry is really talking about when he uses terms like "civil rights." If Kerry and his fellow Democrats block the President's nominee, it will only bolster the case that Democrats disdain democracy.

Obstruction of a qualified and mainstream Supreme Court nominee will only fit into the pattern we've seen in recent years of Democrats doing everything in their power to deny the demonstrated electoral wishes of our democracy. Americans don't like individuals or political parties messing with their democracy, and they will continue to respond accordingly.

One of these elections, the Democrats may finally hear what America is saying; they may, eventually, "get it."

Posted by Will Franklin · 11 July 2005 02:22 PM


I had to laugh. So far the only people Bush has told to shut up are the Conservatives. You remember- the ones who elected him.

Ooooh..."urged to be silent." Those nasty wepubwicans. Will, you need an audio link to the "Holy Grail" quote where King Arthur is telling Dennis the Communist to shut up. "shut up Shut Up SHUT UP!"

Posted by: Barbara at July 11, 2005 02:58 PM

That is laughable seeing how he is supposedly "Catholic"... Of course his religious beliefs wouldn't stop his decision to promote the Liberal Democrats agenda toward Roe V Wade! ... He really has no substance in his ideas for our country. So many of the Democrats don't realize that the Roe V Wade issue shouldn't even be an issue! John Kerry is so wishy washy and anti American! So many of the Liberal Dems. are! ...The Democrats really need to take a look at their Leaders! Maybe they should be thinking of looking into finding new people and new issues! It is as if they are left over Vietnam protesters, Draft dodgers and bra burners. This is 2005 they really need to move away from the past and look forward to the future of our country! We have real issues of today! Technology has changed and abortions are simply not a blob!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at July 11, 2005 04:26 PM

Mr. Kerry needs to schedule an appointment with the political coronor. He has a long time been dead meat on the Presidential list. No nuance here.

Posted by: Eneils Bailey at July 11, 2005 05:17 PM

Well put! He stinks...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at July 11, 2005 06:26 PM

In another attempt to remain relevant, Senator Kerry merely reinforces the caricature of himself that made him wholly unelectable.

There has been no muzzle on this particular debate. Kerry makes a giant leap to suggest that anyone even has the ability to silence debate on this issue. 10s of millions of dollars sits on the sideline waiting to get engaged. Will those voices not be heard?

The White House has played this beautifully thus far. Bush has been measured, thorough, and has involved the real relevant Democratic senators. He has warned his own activist wing, and has his feet squarely on the moral and political high ground while his opponents are declaring "war".

The activist far Left will be nasty and confirm that they are desparately out of touch with the electorate touch on this. The more Democratic Senators (like Kerry) who hitch their cart to the crazy horse the better.

Posted by: Ganesh at July 12, 2005 01:12 PM